Cabecera del ISMEC 2013





The Scientific Programme will consist of plenary lectures, keynote lectures, oral communications and poster presentations, covering a diverse and multidisciplinary research agenda within the main conference topics. As a novelty, also is included a Brokerage session that aims to promote common research strategies and establish new collaborations.
The Social Programme consists of:

Social Programme
    • Welcome Reception
    • Reception and cocktail by the Lord Mayor of the City Council
    • Concert by G.I. Mediaevum and cocktail
    • Excursion: Burgos sightseeing including a guided tour for both “Cartuja de Miraflores” and Burgos Cathedral.
    • Social Dinner and Bienmesabe Flamenco group
Programme for accompanying persons
    • Excursion to Santo Domingo de Silos Monastery, Yecla Gorge, Covarrubias and Lerma.
    • Burgos Castle
Scientific programme

Meanwhile, a list of oral and poster communications will be given at the conference, upon registration. Bellow you can view and download them.

- Click to download thfinal programme

- Click to download the list of communications

- Acta of the International Symposia on Metal Complex (2013) (ISMEC 2013 Acta book)

Social programme
Welcome Reception (Sunday 16th, 19:00) 
The Wellcome Reception will be held on “NH Palacio La Merced” Hotel. It is  located in a former monastery erected in the late fifteenth century. The interior offers a magnificent late Gothic cloister.

Reception by the Lord Mayor of the City Council (Monday 17th, 20:30)

The Burgos Lord Mayor will offer a reception to all participants in the Red Hall of “Teatro Principal”, erected in 1858. Closed in 1946 under threat of ruin and reopened in 1997, it has a regular and high artistic quality programming and is one of the most important in the cultural circuit.

Concert by the G.I. Mediaevum and cocktail (Tuesday 18th, 19:30)
The concert will be held on the “Monasterio de San Juan”, the former Hospital of San Juan that was founded in 1091 by Alfonso VI with the aim of serving the French pilgrims who came to Burgos. The present building was built in the fifteenth century and preserves the Renaissance cloister and the magnificent chapter house. Today is a museum and a cultural center.

The Mediaevum Interpretation Group was created in Burgos in 1988 with the aim of studying and interpreting the multiple sides of the liturgical repertory and medieval anthology. The Group has participated in numerous performances and Jacobean cultural events in Burgos, San Sebastian, Valencia, León, Palencia, Madrid, Logroño. With occasion of the cultural programn "A medieval market in the ways to Santiago" held in Logroño, Pamplona, Burgos and Palencia as well as in university courses and scientific meetings devoted to the Pilgrims Way, the Spanish language and literature celebrated in El Escorial, Jaca, Estella, Elvas (Portugal), Valladolid and Burgos. In December 2002, the Group participated in the Opening Ceremony of the XIII General Assembly of ICOMOS (UNESCO), presided by Her Majesty, the Queen of Spain. For further information visit:

Excursion (Wednesday 19th, 15:00)
The excursion will consist of a Burgos sightseeing guided tour (offered both in English  and Spanish) for “Cartuja de Miraflores” and Burgos Cathedral.
The “Cartuja de Miraflores” is a monastic complex situated at about 3 Km. from town. In 1453, under the patronage of Juan II, there were commissioned works by Juan de Colonia, starting in 1454, and continued by his son, Simon de Colonia after his death. The works were completed in 1484 at the request of Queen Isabel the Catholic, daughter of Juan II. This building continues the gothic tradition in Burgos, and shares artists and workers, with some parts of the cathedral.

Burgos cathedral’s construction began in 1221, following French Gothic. It had very important modifications in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, adding advanced Gothic elements, such as the towers of the principal facade, the Constable Chapel and the dome of the cruise, that give the temple its unmistakable profile. The last of important works belongs to the XVIII century, in which gothic gates were also modified. The cathedral style is Gothic, but several Renaissance and Baroque decorative elements are found inside.

Social Dinner (Wednesday 19th, 21:00)
The gourmet dinner will be held on the splendorous late Gothic cloister of the “NH Palacio de la Merced” Hotel, followed by the flamenco music group Bienmesabe. 
Bienmesabe is a young, emerging group from Burgos, which has consolidated its popular flamenco style, rumba and dance music, as well as bulería and cante hondo. Over the last two years, Bienmesabe has participated in a large number of events all over Spain.  Recently, the Group has been awarded the Renault 2013 contest to the best creation and, hence, they were appointed to provide the accompanying music for the advertisement spot of the launching of the electrical Twizy car. They have played in several concerts with important violinists and soloists bass of Cuban salsa, widening their repertoire..  For further information visit:

Special Program for accompanying persons:
For accompanying persons, a guided tour around the province, visiting Silos Monastery, the Yecla Gorge, Covarrubias and Lerma medieval towns will be offered on Tuesday 18th.  On Wednesday morning, June 19th, a guided tour around Burgos Castle.  Adequate sporty, comfortable shoes and clothes are highly recommended.

Santo Domingo de Silos Abbey
Benedictine monastery in the village of Santo Domingo de Silos, southern Burgos. Archaeological findings claim that the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos in Burgos was built in Visigothic, though its heyday was the second half of the eleventh century, under the leadership of the future Santo Domingo, who begins on these dates the reconstruction of the monastery. In the eighteenth century, the Romanesque church was destroyed and rebuilt by the architect Ventura Rodríguez in neoclassical style.

La Yecla Gorge

Yecla Natural Park is a deep and narrow gorge, modelled limestone materials. A series of bridges and walkways allow crossing the gorge in a suggestive walk (600 meters), over waterfalls and pools.

Lerma's story reaches its climax with Don Francisco Gómez de Sandoval y Rojas, the famous favourite of Philip III. The first Duke of Lerma created a real court in the town, building one of the most interesting ensembles of its time. They worked the best architects of his time, and built the magnificent Ducal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the collegiate church and six monasteries, becoming the town into a veritable museum of Herrera style.


In the X century, because of the Count of Castile, Covarrubias became the head of one of the most important estates, for this reason it is known as "The origin of Castile". It has a well-preserved urban fabric and a rich heritage.

Castle Ruins
It is located on San Miguel hill, elevated 75 m above the city, and was raised by Count Diego Porcelos in 884. Throughout its history, it was fortress and royal residence, prison, and place of notable guest accommodation. The final reconstruction of the castle dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. In 1813 Napoleon's soldiers destroyed it almost entirely before leaving the city.

Free Time

Tickets to visit the “Museo del Libro” (Book Museum) and “Museo de la Evolución Humana” (Museum of Human Evolution) are included in the conference package. The ISMEC identification must be shown at the entrance.  Also it is highly recommended carrying with you your university identification.
The Museum of Human Evolution of Burgos was financed by the regional Junta de Castilla y León government and Burgos Town Hall as a modern and excellence bid to build a new patrimony infrastructure, appropriate to the findings of Sierra de Atapuerca Site.
Opened on July 23, 2010, the Book Museum Fadrique de Basilea was the project of Siloam publisher that focuses on the fac-similar recreation of the books that have marked the history of humans. The museum displays his collection in an educational exhibition with the aim of bringing visitors to this fascinating world.