About Florianopolis

9th International Symposium on Solid Mechanics

Florianópolis is widely known in Brazil for its natural beauty, its beaches and its vibrant culture. The city is often ranked as one of the best capitals to live in Brazil, offering an excellent quality of life, with a pleasant climate, good infrastructure, quality education and health services.

Its geographical characteristics have made it a hotspot for lovers of outdoor sports; in just a few minutes, you can switch between water sports such as sailing, surfing, swimming, kite-surfing to hiking, trekking or even climbing, cycling, off-road running, among others.

In contrast to this leisure environment profile (or perhaps aided by it) the city has stood out in recent years as a technology and innovation hub, contributing to the growth of the technology industry in Brazil. The city has seen a significant increase in the number of startups and entrepreneurs choosing Florianópolis as their headquarters. This is driven by the presence of quality universities, skilled labor and an environment conducive to the development of new businesses.

View of Avenida Beira Mar, downtown

The Alfa Technology Park (or AlfaTech), for example, is a partnership between private enterprise, the state government and UFSC, which aims to foster the development of technology and innovation in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, and the southern region of Brazil. Founded in 2012, it offers a modern and specialized infrastructure for technology and innovation companies. It has office space, laboratories, meeting rooms and communal areas, providing an environment conducive to the development of technology-based companies.

Iconic suspension bridge linking the island of Santa Catarina to the mainland.

Two major universities have their headquarters in Florianópolis: the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC, which will be the organizer of this event, and the State University of Santa Catarina – UDESC. Both have several campuses throughout the state of Santa Catarina and both are a strong attraction for students in various fields of knowledge, also providing a brand for the city.

View of Praia Mole and climbing point in Santinho – Santa Catarina Island


Aerial view of the UFSC Campus – Federal University of Santa Catarina

The campus and Convention Center are easily accessible from the city center, where it is expected that most participants will choose to stay. The distance is 10 km (6.2 miles) from the Cruz hill (around which the city extends) via the seafront avenue, or 7 km (4.2miles) from the hill in the opposite direction, via the tunnel. In both cases, the journey by car app costs around R$20.00 and takes less than 20 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Hercílio Luz Airport is located on the island of Santa Catarina itself, where almost the entire city of Florianópolis extends, including the historic center with its northern seafront avenue, the neighborhoods and beaches of the north and south of the island, and the UFSC campus. In particular, it is located 17 km from the city center.

UFSC Convention Center