Venue and travel info

The 1st Sirius Scientific Computing Workshop – S²C will be held at  the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), located in the campus of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) in Campinas, São Paulo. The city of Campinas can be reached from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport in approximately 1h30 by bus or car.

How to get to CNPEM

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Rua Giuseppe Máximo Scolfaro, 10.000 – Guará
Campinas – SP, Brazil
CEP: 13083-100


  • Visitors to Brazil must obtain a visa from their local Brazilian diplomatic mission unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.
  • We strongly recommend you check with your local Brazilian diplomatic mission if you need to apply for a tourist visa beforehand. Important: Bear in mind that you must apply for a visa in advance and it might take some weeks before the visa is issued.
  • Even if you do not need a visa to enter Brazil, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry.
  • The Local Committee ( can provide a letter of invitation if you need to present it for visa or academic purposes. The Invitation Letter from the CNPEM may NOT be enough to obtain a Brazilian visa. Contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate for information on documents you need to provide.


Guarulhos Airport (GRU, Governador André Franco Montoro Airport, also known as “Cumbica Airport”) is the airport through which most foreign participants will arrive. It is located in the city of Guarulhos, less than 60 minutes from downtown Sao Paulo, and around 1h30 min from Campinas either by bus or car;

How to get to Campinas from Guarulhos Airport:* At Terminal 2, Check-in D, Arrival East, leave the terminal and turn left immediately after the door. Follow the sidewalk until you will see the Lirabus company booth to your left. Tickets to Campinas cost 36 BRL each. The bus timetable is available at the company website (row “Cumbica para Campinas”).

Viracopos International Airport is located near the city of Campinas. Some international flights are available to/from this airport, most of them with connexions in Florida and Lisboa.

How to get to Campinas from Viracopos Airport:* A Lirabus company booth is located to the left of the Domestic Arrivals. Tickets to Campinas cost 13 BRL each. The bus timetable is available at the company website (column “Viracopos para Campinas”). The bus trip from Viracopos Airport to Campinas bus station takes around 40 minutes.

*Locations and costs are subject to change. The airport information desk will provide up-to-date directions.

Ground Transportation

Busses from the Airports and from other cities wil arrive at the Campinas Bus Terminal (called “Terminal Multimodal Ramos de Azevedo”). Bus tickets can be reserved and purchased online for the major bus companies.

Instructions on how to get from the Bus Terminal to CNPEM using public transportation can be found here. The Local Committee can provide more information if needed.

Taxis and ride-booking apps are also available in the city.

Additional information

Dietary restrictions: If you have any dietary restriction or food allergies, please notify the local committee (

Disabled facilities: if you require disability specific facilities, please notify the local committee (

Tipping: tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Brazil as it is in other parts of the world. Restaurants usually add a 10% automatic gratuity to the bill. However, tipping is your prerogative and a reward for good service.


The Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) is a private nonprofit organization located in Campinas, Brazil, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MCTIC). It is dedicated to cutting-edge research in materials, nanosciences, life sciences, physics, and chemistry through four National Laboratories: Synchrotron (LNLS), Biosciences (LNBio)Bioethanol (CTBE) and Nanotechnology (LNNano). The four laboratories are open facilities for external users and companies, from Brazil and abroad. They also have teams of researchers to provide support for projects, as well as to conduct joint research programs in biomass, green chemistry, drugs and cosmetics development, characterization of advanced materials, catalysts, etc.

About LNLS

The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), located in Campinas, at São Paulo state, operates the only synchrotron light source in Latin America, providing high brilliant light from infrared to X-rays for the analysis of organic and inorganic materials. Designed and built with Brazilian technology, LNLS was inaugurated in 1997 as an open facility to the scientific and industrial communities across the country and abroad.

LNLS is currently engaged in the development and construction of Sirius, the next Brazilian synchrotron light source. It is planned to be a state of the art fourth generation machine, designed to be one of the most advanced in the world. Its ultra-low emittance and thus high brightness will open up new perspectives for research in many fields such as material science, structural biology, nanoscience, physics, earth and environmental science, cultural heritage, among many others. It is scheduled to start commissioning in 2018 and to be opened to users in 2019.

About Campinas

Campinas is located in the heart of São Paulo, the most developed state in Brazil. The climate is tropical but mitigated by elevation (Köppen type Cwa), with lower rainfall in winter and an annual average temperature of 21.3 °C. Winters are generally dry and mild, and summers are rainy with warm to hot temperatures. The warmest month is February, with an average temperature of 24 °C, an average maximum of 29.1 °C and an average minimum of 19.0 °C. The coldest month is July, with 17.8 °C, and 24.2 °C and 11.4 °C average, maximum and minimum temperatures respectively.