Venue

The Workshop will be held will be held at the Portuguese Naval Base (BNL), in room 1 of the Portuguese Naval Academy. Smaller meeting rooms will be provided if necessary. A conveniently located meeting secretariat fully equipped with telephone, fax, copying machines and internet point of access will be available on-site.

Mobiles and Laptops

Mobiles and laptops are permitted on the premises.

Meals and Coffee Breaks

Coffee breaks will be served on the same floor as the meeting room. Lunch will be taken at the cadets’ canteen. Lunch vouchers for the whole meeting can be purchased for 20€.

Portuguese Naval Academy

The roots of the current Naval Academy – alma mater of the Navy officers – dates back to the time when Portugal gave new worlds to the world, opening the Atlantic to navigation on the high seas and forever altering the perception that humans had of the world and what was known as the Dark Sea. The demand for new revenue forced the Portuguese to face storms and tremendous monsters, but, above all, the unknown , thus broadening the knowledge of humankind, leading it into a new era – that of the Discoveries and the Renaissance.

Tradition says that the Naval Academy began in the mythical School of Sagres, which was created by Prince Henry to support his demand towards the South. This myth, which emerged from the pen of an Englishman in the early seventeenth century, has some truth to it, since in the protection and expansion of the interests attributed by the king it is natural that the Prince, his brother, had coalesced around him all those whose knowledge could assist such demand.

The creation of the Class of Chief Cosmographer in 1550, formalized the transmission of empirical knowledge of navigation at sea, marking the beginning of theoretical training to those who roamed the seas of the world. The Royal Academy of Midshipmen, the true predecessor of the Naval Academy, was founded in 1782 by Queen Maria I, with the function of forming officials of the Royal Navy, having been established in Lisbon. With the Napoleonic invasion of 1807, the academy moved to Rio de Janeiro, along with the Portuguese royal family, and returned to Lisbon in 1825 following the independence of Brazil. In 1845 the academy gave rise to the current Naval Academy and, in 1936, was transferred to the Alfeite, which occupied a large area on the Naval Base of Lisbon.

The Naval Academy is a public, higher level education establishment tasked with the raising and moulding of officers that proudly serve the Portuguese Navy and the Homeland, as well as other officers serving other allied Navies. It is also, more importantly, an institution with a profound connection to the sea, and with values and traditions deeply rooted not only in the school’s historical and cultural legacy, but also in the immense knowledge that has been compiled within its walls over the years. The Naval Academy is a forward thinking, open institution that has kept up with the rapid changes of society, and has always looked to modernize and innovate, whilst still providing the same famed, rigorous and demanding education that upholds the essence of the Academy’s motto adopted long ago from its first patron, Henry the Navigator – talent de bien faire.


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