13th AEHE International Conference

Science, technology, innovation and economic development in historical perspective

Bilbao, 1-4 September 2020

Bilbao 2020

The 13th International Conference of the Spanish Association of Economic History (AEHE), which is organised by the Department of Economic History and Institutions of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Cliobasque research group (member of the Basque university system), will be held in Bilbao at the Bizkaia Aretoa, a modern building conceived to host all kinds of social, academic and scientific events. It is located in Bilbao’s Abandoibarra district and was designed by architect Álvaro Siza (it is the building on the right-hand side in the above photo). The Abandoibarra area, which is situated in the centre of Bilbao, is probably the best example of the urban regeneration experienced by Bilbao in the last 25 years. This transformation has received several international awards the last of which has been the European City of the Year in 2018. The conference will bring together around 250 participants, most of them from Spanish and Latin American universities. They will present their research papers in a number of plenary and parallel sessions.

The conference will revolve around the central theme of the role of science, technology and innovation in long-term historical economic development. This theme has been chosen because it reflects very closely the economic transformation undergone by the Basque Country in the last thirty years. The Basque Country is currently one of the NUTS2 European regions more industrialised and technologically advanced within the EU.

Location of the conference venue (Bizkaia Aretoa)

Getting there


Bizkaia Aretoa is located on the Abandoibarra riverbank and at walking distance from the centre of Bilbao (20 minutes maximum).

By underground:

The nearest stop is Moyua (exit for Ercilla-Guggenheim). From the exit, walk down Calle Elcano towards the estuary (in the direction of Abandoibarra), keeping the Government House building on your left, and when you come to the Euskadi roundabout, turn into Calle Ramón Rubial and continue until you come to the Bizkaia Aretoa building. It is about a ten-minute walk. Click here for a map showing how to get to the venue from the tube station.

By tram:

The nearest stop is Guggenheim, which is right by the Bizkaia Aretoa building. It is about a one-minute walk.

By car::

The nearest carpark is Parking de la Plaza Euskadi (in the sqare of the same name). The entrance is in Calle Ramón Rubial. It is about a two-minute walk.

By bus:

BilbobusLINES 1, 10, 13 and 18 stopping in the Plaza del Museo de Bellas Artes and on Deusto bridge (it is about a six-minute walk from both bus stops). Lines 13, 27, 38 and 48, stopping at Alameda de Rekalde (it is about an eight-minute walk from here). Lines 11 and 71, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case, you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a five-minute walk).

BizkaibusLines A2153, A2314, A2322, A3225, A3411, A3516, A3517, A3518, A3527, stopping at Plaza del Museo (with about a six-minute walk from here), Lines A3247 and A3414, stopping at Alameda Recalde (with about an eight-minute walk) and Line A3223, stopping at the Universidad de Deusto (in this case you have to cross the estuary via the Pedro Arrupe footbridge, which is about a five-minute walk).

Scientific committee

Local committee



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