The workshop will be held at the European Space Astronomy Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESAC), located 30 km north-west of Madrid city centre.

The Building D conference centre is located on the far-side of ESAC premises, about 300 meters walking distance from the entrance gate. Poster sessions together with coffee breaks will be held in the entrance hall of Building D.

The workshop will be held in conference room "D002", directly accessible from the entrance hall. Tables and chairs are provided with electrical sockets accessible to all participants.

Lunch will be served in the ESAC on-site restaurant from 13:30h.

Direct printing from your laptop or mobile device is possible on a printer located in the D building in the same floor with the conference room. This printer can be used to produce your boarding card or other documents of small volume. User instructions how to connect and configure your printer setup are provided on the conference desk (for OSX, Windows, Linux and IOS devices).


WIFI connection at esac

You can connect to esa-conference (SSID) network what allows your devices to connect the internet through wireless network. This restricted network allows the use of some basic protocols (http, https, ssh, ftp) and VOIP services such as Skype and Webex. 


remote participation

In case you cannot attend the workshop in person but you want to follow discussions and participate online then  please use the ESA Webex virtual attendance service. Please visit the "Videoconference" page for further details.



We have no pre-booked rooms so please, book your own accommodation. A free shuttle bus service (see below) will be available every day from Moncloa area in Madrid downtown to ESAC and back. Some good options in the Moncloa/Argüelles area where ESA visitors usually stay are:

- Leonardo Hotel City Centre

- Leonardo Boutique Hotel Madrid

- Exe Moncloa

Please, consider that they do not apply special rates. In case you are looking for cheaper options, have a look at Airbnb or Booking webpages.


workshop shuttle

A bus (55 pax maximum) will be provided every morning from Moncloa area in downtown Madrid to ESAC and back in the afternoon after the last session. The seats are limited to the attendees that signed up for the bus in the registration form.

The meeting point is in Paseo de Ruperto Chapí every morning at 8:00AM. Please, be on time!

The bus driver will NOT have the names of the passengers and he will not wait for passengers who are late.

The bus will have an ESA sign on the front window. The afternoon bus from ESAC to Madrid will be at 18:30 on Monday and Wednesday and at 20:00 (after the cocktail) on Tuesday.

Here is a map of the meeting point:



The Moncloa metro station is reached by both the grey (L6, circular) and the yellow (L3) metro lines. Here is a map of Madrid subway:




arriving to esac

Your passport or ID number is required for the registration. You will need to show to Security the registered document at arrival to the ESAC main entrance gate.

Security will issue a visitor badge valid on 23rd - 25th April that you need to wear visible all the time at ESAC premises. Visitors coming to ESAC with a valid badge do not need to repeat the passport or ID check.

All participants are requested to proceed from the entrance gate to Building D conference centre.


social event

A cocktail will be offered on Tuesday 24th April between 18:30 and 20:00 in the hall of the D building at ESAC. The bus to Madrid will leave at 20:00.


access to The European Space Astronomy Centre (ESA/ESAC)


ESAC Address

European Space Astronomy Centre                               
Camino Bajo del Castillo s/n,
Villanueva de la Cañada,
28692 Madrid, Spain


GPS Coordinates

Latitude: N 40° 26' 42.7"
Longitude: E -3° 57' 10.4"







Getting to ESAC from Barajas Airport of Madrid

Approximate Time: 40 minutes in non-peak hours
Distance: 45 km

Madrid Barajas Airport is located 15 km North-East of the city and is linked to Madrid by the M-11 highway. The best option to reach ESAC from Madrid Airport is by car, a trip of 45 km, taking about 40 minutes in non-peak hours (avoid such trip between 18:00 and 20:00). Check the Transport Information System of Madrid for details. There are no hotels near the site, but visitors can either stay in Madrid, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial or in Majadahonda/Las Rozas. The following information indicates the way to ESAC, illustrated by a set of detailed clickable maps below.

1. Exit Madrid Barajas Airport and follow signs Madrid and M-40 in the direction of Zaragoza and Feria de Madrid. You are on the M-11 going toward the M-40.
2. Exit the M-11 highway to the right onto the M-40 Norte at the junction indicating M-40 A-1 E-5 Burgos and A-6 A Coruna.
3. Continue on the M-40 for about 23 km.
4. Take exit 41 to the right toward M-503 Majadahonda and Villanueva de la Canada.
5. Keep right onto M-503 towards Villanueva de la Canada. Exit (exit number 9) onto ramp indicating Villanueva de la Canada.
6. At the roundabout take the road indicating M-503 Villanueva de la Canada.
7. Drive about 5 minutes until the Villafranca and ESA exit which leads you to a round about where you take the third exit towards ESA.