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Welcome to Metanexus’ 9th Annual international, interdisciplinary conference…our first on the road!

The 2008 Metanexus annual conference is generously co- hosted on the main campus of the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Calle Alberto Aguilera, 23, Madrid, Spain,

We are so pleased that you are joining us as we forge ahead in our collective work to advance transdisciplinary approaches!

Below are travel, registration, housing, and other relevant logistical information to help in planning attendance. Attendees should plan to arrive on Saturday, 12 July.

This is the sixth annual gathering of the Metanexus Local Societies Initiative, now boasting 240 groups in 42 countries across the globe. Over 150 participants in this conference will represent granted groups of the Local Societies Initiative.

From all of us at the Metanexus Institute and the University of Comillas, we warmly welcome you and thank you for participating in Subject, Self, and Soul: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personhood. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or specific needs that you may have. We look forward to sharing this exciting conference with you!

2008 Conference Staff
Metanexus Institute
Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

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Conference 2008 Information
From left to right (clockwise): Teresa of Avila’s Vision of a Dove, Peter Paul Rubens; Portrait d’une Espagnole, Claudio Coello; Boy with a Pipe, Pablo Ruiz Picasso; The Melon Eaters, Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo; Aesop, Diego Velàzquez.

Air Travel

If you are traveling to Madrid by air, the most convenient place to arrive is the Barajas Airport (airport code MAD).

Madrid Barajas Airport
Madrid Barajas International Airport is located 13 kilometres (eight miles) north-east of central Madrid. Road links to all terminals have recently been revamped; the Madrid Metro is easy to access from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and reasonably easy from Terminal 4; buses provide an effective service; taxis are always available, with a journey time to the center of Madrid of under 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Car Rental

Most rental operators operate between 7:00 am and 12:00 midnight, though some airport offices stay open for longer.

In Terminal 4 rental services are located on the lower ground floor (Terminal 4 Level -1), the floor below Arrivals.

In Terminal 2 rental services are located on the ground floor (Terminal 2 Level 0) in the Arrivals area by baggage claim.

In Terminal 1 rental services are located on the ground floor (Terminal 1 Level 0) near baggage reclaim.

AresMobile - T1 and T2 only - +34 917 477 570
Avis - T1, T2 and T4 - +34 902 135 531
Europcar - T1, T2 and T4 - +34 902 405 020
Hertz - T1, T2 and T4 - +34 902 402 405
National - T1, T2 and T4 - +34 902 100 101
AresMobile also offer the option of hiring a car with a driver.


Shuttle Transportation

Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) is served by taxi, Metro and bus. Transfers between Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 are by shuttle bus. (Additionally, to get from Terminal 4 to its satellite T4S, travelers use a special train service.)

Terminal 4 Airport authorities advise those travelling to Terminal 4 to consult with their airline or agent on how much time to allow for the journey. Since Terminal 4 is further away from the city, journey time will be longer than for journeys to the older terminals. The terminal is also very large, so regular travelers may have to adjust their schedules.

Train Transportation from Airport

This is the preferred transportation option of our hosts in Madrid.

The Madrid Metro system is efficient and covers most of the city. From the Airport trains run between 6:00 am and 1:45 am every day. Metro Line 8 runs towards the city center, but passengers need to transfer at Nuevos Ministerios (Lines 6 or 10) or at Mar de Cristal (Line 4) to reach the most central destinations, depending on where one is headed. Lines 8 and 6 –to Metropolitano (Colegio Mayor Poveda) or Arguelles (Comillas and area hotels)– or lines 8 and 10 –to Alonso Martínez or Plaza de España– may be a much quicker option than transferring at Mar de Cristal to the long and slow line 4.

This webpage offers calculation of the best itineraries and their times, at top left, in Spanish:

The Airport metro stop is in Terminal 2, reasonably close to Terminals 1 and 3. The entrance is on the lower floor of Terminal 2, off a corridor that also leads to Parking Lot P2. The stop is well signposted. A Metro connection to Terminal 4 is also available, at level 1 of this rather big and new Terminal.

Train connection information, courtesy of Aena

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation information, courtesy of Aena

Line 204 buses stop at the Terminal 4 Arrivals floor and link the airport with the Avenida de América. Passengers should use this service to travel between Terminal 4 and the city center as an alternative to the Metro.

Line 200 stops at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and links the airport with the Avenida de América. The bus stops are located at Arrivals/Departures. Passengers should use this service to travel between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and the city center as an alternative to the Metro.


Taxi Transportation from Airport

Taxi transportation information, courtesy of Aena

Official taxi stands are located outside the ground floor in all terminals. In Terminals 2 and 3 the stands are located close to the baggage claims.

Journey time to central Madrid is 25 to 30 minutes, depending on traffic, which can be heavy. On starting the journey, passengers should check that the taxi driver has set the meter running. At its end, passengers may ask for a receipt. Note that passengers should take a taxi from a stand rather than from unofficial drivers offering taxis inside the terminal.


Directions by Car

From Barajas Airport to Conference Registration Site

Travel Time: 25 to 30 minutes (dependent on traffic)

For driving directions, link to
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Further Airport Transportation Information

Convenient Subway Lines: Argüelles, San Bernardo, Ventura Rodríguez

Convenient Bus: Lines 1, 2, 21, 44, 74, 133, C


Madrid Public Transportation Information

MORE public transportation information
Madrid Transportation System:
Empresa Municipal De Transportes De Madrid:


Parking: Zones and Meters

There are painted lines on the side of the road where parking is available. Blue dotted lines mean that you can park for two hours maximum, but you must pay at the meter. You may also come across green dotted lines. This is parking especially reserved for permit holders only, but other cars may park there for a maximum of one hour, paying at the meter around double the price of the parking spaces with blue dotted lines. During Saturday afternoons (from 15:00 pm on) and all day Sunday parking is free in blue and green places for everybody (it is not necessary to pay in the meters). Be sure you read the instructions on the parking meters, usually located in one place on the block.


Conference Registration

Attendees should plan to arrive on Saturday, 12 July. There will be a bus trip to Toledo departing in the early morning of 13 July. 

Register for the conference here.


Opening day in Toledo

Buses for the cultural excursion to Toledo on Sunday, 13 July will be picking up at various locations (to be shared with registrants). Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and buses will load at 9:00 a.m. and depart promptly at 9:30 a.m. A morning plenary and interfaith session will be held at the Sinagoga del Tránsito, Calle Samuel Leví, s/n in Toledo. The afternoon will be free in Toledo and we will gather again at the Iglesia de los Jesuitas de Toledo, Pza. Padre Juan de Mariana, 1, Toledo for the evening plenary session. The evening plenary session will be followed by a cocktail reception with tapas at the University of Toledo before the return to Madrid.

Please note: If a guest wishes to be included in the trip to Toledo, the cost will be $62.00. Those wishing to purchase additional tickets for this excursion may do so when they register or by contacting the conference staff.

If you choose to arrive early or stay late, you may need to make your own arrangements for lodging (see alternate accommodations, below).


Area Accommodations

The following area accomodations are all within walking distance of the conference site.  They are listed in order by distance from the conference site.

Let reservationist know that you are attending the Metanexus/Comillas conference to receive a discount.

Hotel Husa Moncloa
Calle Serrano Jover, 1
28015 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 424 582

Hotel Husa Princesa
Calle Princesa 40
28008 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 422 100

NH Alberto Aguilera
Calle Alberto Aguilera, 18
28015 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 460 900

Melia Madrid Princesa
Calle Princesa 25 - 27
28008 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 418 200

Conde Duque, Madrid
Plaza del Conde Valle Suchil 5
28015 Madrid, Spain
+34 914 477 000

Hotel T3 Tirol
Calle Marqués De Urquijo 4
28008 Madrid, Spain
+34 915 481 900



All accommodations offer breakfast on site. On Sunday, 13 July lunch will be on your own in beautiful Toledo but a reception and tapas will be provided in the evening. Lunches and coffee breaks on Monday 14 July, Tuesday 15 July, and Wednesday 16 July will be graciously provided at the conference venue Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Evening meals on Monday, 14 July and Tuesday, 15 July will be on your own in the beautiful city of Madrid. A list of area restaurants within walking-distance of Comillas will be provided to all attendees. A festive closing dinner on Wednesday, 16 July will be held at the Hotel Husa Princesa, two blocks from the conference site and is included in the registration fee.

Please note: If a guest wishes to attent the closing dinner, the cost will be $95.00. Those wishing to purchase additional tickets for this dinner may do so when they register or by contacting the conference staff.

We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our conference guests. If you have particular special needs please let us know!


Madrid Weather

July is one of the hottest months in Madrid, but is not humid. Minimum Temperatures are around 16 -20 ºC (61-68 ºF), with maximum temperatures around 32-37 ºC (90-100 ºF). Actually it could get quite hot, even in the evenings, but the weather is unpredictable and some cooler weather could also be possible. Due to heavy air-conditioning in most public places it is good to have a light jacket at hand. Rain is not probable in July, but sometimes there might be a quick summer storm. Casual business to everyday casual clothing and good walking shoes (especially for the day-trip to Toledo!) are recommended. You may wish to bring an alarm clock and an umbrella.


Book Store

Information to follow.


Local Religious Activities and Communities

An extensive list was completed by the Comillas and Metanexus organizers and is available as a downloadable PDF document here.


Get to Know Madrid


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