UN breakable Alliance


About the Congress

The organization of this Congress was brought to light to allow the presentation of present cutting edge information on the medical and surgical treatment of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and insightful discussion on Reference Centers and international cooperation. The entire community of health care providers for OI, including clinicians, researchers, therapists and other medical professionals, are welcome to take part in this educational opportunity.

Further Educational Opportunities at the Congress:

The program includes a PreCongress Course on the basics of OI, which will give an introduction of Osteogenesis Imperfecta for those who are interested. This event will take place on Thursday, October 6th.

Please indicate on the registration form if you plan to attend. There is no additional charge.


About the Organizers

This Congress is organized by APOI (Portugal) and Fundación AHUCE (Spain), under the Iberian partnership seal "UNbreakable Alliance“. This alliance is aimed to stimulate the cooperation amongst patient organizations, health care providers and professionals, industries and families whose common objective is to improve the quality of life of those living with OI.



The Congress will take place in the facilities of “Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa - Universidade de Lisboa”. 

These are located in the main hospital of the city, Hospital de Santa Maria, just 5 kilometers away from the airport and the city center.


Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte
Av. Prof. Egas Moniz
1649-035 Lisboa

GPS coordinates
Latitude: 38º44'59.41 N
Longitude: 9º09'39.21 W

METRO - station "Cidade Universitária", yellow line


How to get there 


Once you step out of the plane, you simply follow the arrows to “EXIT/LUGGAGE” until the luggage hall, which you have to cross to reach the exit into the ARRIVALS HALL. Right in front of this EXIT you will find the MEETING POINT, as well as all transport , taxi, bus, Aerobus, and car rental services.

Lisbon Airport pays special attention to people with reduced mobility. There is a personalized “Mobility at ANA” service aimed to aid any passenger with a disability travelling within the boundaries of the EU. This service is called “My Way service” and should be pre-booked with the air carrier or its agent up to 48 hours before departure.


The Aerobus is the best way to travel to and from the airport. This is a bus service with regularized departure schedules that provides connections between 40 Lisbon hotels and the main points of interest of the city. 

Each Aerobus  can accommodate 1 wheelchair passenger.

Take Line 3 to go DIRECTLY TO NOVOTEL, IBIS HOTEL, SANA MALHOA HOTEL (Bus stop – Av JoséMalhoa Sul)   - every 30 minutes. 

There are no Aerbus lines to SANA Matropolitan Hotel or Marriot Hotel.

Tickets*: One way: 3,50€, Return: 5,50€, Child (4-10): 2€

You can also buy tickets online with a discount: https://www.aerobus.pt/pt-PT/Pagina-Inicial.aspx


There are two taxi stops within the perimeter of the airport, one at the arrivals hall and the other at the departures hall.

There is an initial fare, that should be visible on the taxi meter. Outside the city limits, city fares are charged per kilometer .

Before taking a taxi, inquire about the fare*.

* An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime services from 9pm to 6am.

Subway - METRO

Lisbon Airport has a new metro station with good connections to the city. The congress venue is also available by metro.

Special attention is needed for wheechair people because only a few subway stations are equipped with elevators (and some do not work properly) – WE RECOMMEND THAT PEOPLE USING WHEECHAIR DO NOT USE THE SUBWAY

Fare: 1,4€ - You must previously buy an electronic card (0.50€) which is sold at every automatic ticket booth in the stations.


Food and refreshments

Refreshments and coffee are included in the registration fee and will be available during breaks. Lunch on Friday will also be available and included in the registration fee for professionals and Members of OI Organizations (lunch is not included in the student fee).

Nevertheless, if you prefer additional or different food you can buy lunch and refreshments in several catering areas within the hospital facilities.

The Venue


Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours - highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty.

There are so many things to see and do in Lisbon that visitors have access to a wide array of different experiences.

As we walk through Lisbon - whose history spans back thousands of years – we find streets filled with heritage monuments, and characteristic neighbourhoods where the city first developed and can still be experienced at its most genuine level.

Visit Lisbon of the River Tagus, whose riverfront is dedicated to leisure activities and links the monumental zone of Belém with the modern area of the Parque das Nações.

Have fun in Lisbon, where nightlife continues till dawn.

Experience calmer moments in Lisbon in the city’s parks, gardens, belvederes, cafés and esplanades.

Or simply enjoy the pure pleasure of being in Lisbon, through its gastronomy, luxury hotels, spas and shopping centres.

learn more on http://www.visitlisboa.com



English is the official language of the Congress OI in 2016. Please note that no simultaneous translation will not be provided. 



The official currency in Portugal is the Euro.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, usually from 08:30 am to 3:00 pm, though some may stay open until later.

ATMs (cash machines) can be accessed 24 hours a day and are available at the facilities. 



The organizers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants and guests should arrange for their own coverage.


Wheelchair access

The congress venue and all hospital facilities are easily accessible by wheelchair. Kindly address any request for special assistance to the congress secretariat: [email protected]



The voltage in Lisbon is 220 volts. Hotels may have a 110-volt or 120-volt outlet for shavers, but travelers are advised to bring a power converter and an adapter for two-prong, round-prong plugs with side grounding.


No-smoking policy

Smoking is strictly prohibited during all meetings and sessions and in exhibition halls at all times.

Additionally, both University and hospital uphold a non-smoking policy.


Time zone and weather

Lisbon follows Greenwich Mean Time Zone (UTC+00:00). Learn more about the time zone and the weather in Lisbon HERE.

Liability disclaimer

The organizers cannot be held responsible for any hindrance or disruption of congress proceedings arising from political, social or economic events or any other unforeseen incidents beyond their control. The organizers will accept no liability for any personal injuries sustained or for the loss or damage of property belonging to congress participants, either during or as a result of the congress, as well as during all tours and events. Registration of a participant entails the acceptance of these conditions.