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StixCamp 2019

28, 29, 30 June

Castelo Rodrigo - Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo

Community Development Through Science and Arts


Throughout the world, there is an increasing number of examples showcasing how science and arts can constitute key factors for local development, namely by promoting natural and cultural heritage and identity, fostering intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, and ultimately boosting economic development.

StixCamp 2019 is an invitation for a 3-day collective reflexion on “Community Development Through Science and Arts” namely in rural, low-density territories, by bringing together researchers, artists, nature conservationists, educators, social entrepreneurs, adventure travellers and interested citizens.

By immersing into the lands of RibaCôa, hidden in the northeast border between Portugal and Spain, and between the valleys of the Côa, Douro and Águeda rivers, we want to think about the challenges and opportunities of local communities, share good practices and design collaborative strategies for local development through science and arts.


StixCamp 2019 will happen from June 28th (Friday) to 30th (Sunday), in the historical village of Castelo Rodrigo, one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal: Authentic Village.


The program will feature a set of speakers showcasing projects in the intersection between science, arts and community development, open discussions, and co-creation sessions for project development based on ideas proposed by the participants.

Please see here the program.


Please see here the Sustainability Policy of StixCamp 2019.


The registration is free of charge and includes coffee-breaks, lunches, and dinner on June 28th.

Registrations are now closed.

Being the venue in the historical village of Castelo Rodrigo, we recommend staying at Castelo Rodrigo (walking distance) or Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo (3 min by car).
Accommodation suggestions:

          * if you want to book a room at Hospedaria please contact them directly to:

             ​+351 912 411 061 or

Here you can also find a list of hotels/guest houses/houses in the county of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

- From Lisbon: GMaps directions
- From Porto: GMaps directions
- From Madrid: GMaps directions
Via Michelin is a useful tool to plan your trip, where you can simulate the price of your journey, according to your route, type of fuel and tolls.
Public transportation
- Train and bus to/from Guarda/Pocinho
Schedule and price information:
- Train here
- Bus here
- Buses between Guarda/Pocinho and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo here
- List of local taxi drivers here 
Since public transportation between Guarda/Pocinho and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo is limited (see above "Buses between Guarda/Pocinho and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo"), the Municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo will provide shuttles on June 27th and 30th between the train stations of Guarda/Pocinho and Castelo Rodrigo/Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, on the following schedules:
  • ARRIVAL: June 27th
    • From Guarda: 23h00 (train from Lisbon arrives at 22h51)
    • From Pocinho: 20h45 (train from Porto arrives at 20h35)
  • DEPARTURE: June 30th
    • To Guarda: 16h00 (train departs at 18:07)
    • To Pocinho: 16h00 (train departs at 17:21)
Program curated by:
Maria Vicente (Plataforma de Ciência Aberta, Municipality of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo - Leiden University)
Pedro Prata (Rewilding Portugal)
Pedro Russo (Leiden University)
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