The 12th International Conference on Nonlinear Mathematics and Physics (NoLineal 20-21) will be an online conference organized at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas y Energía, of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, placed at Madrid city center.

A few words about the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas y Energía

The implementation of the teaching of Mining Engineering established in 1777, in the same year as the Escuela de Minas was created in Almadén during the reign of King Carlos III, following the pioneering ideas of the School of Freiburg.

In 1835, the order was given to establish an Escuela de Minas in Madrid, converting the school in Almadén into a Practical School. The School in Madrid was inaugurated in 1836. After several provisional locations, it moved to its current site in 1893. Since then, the School of Minning occupies a historical building located at Calle Ríos Rosas, 23. The building was designed by the architect Ricardo Velázquez Bosco, with several ornaments by Daniel Zuloaga. Now, due to its importance for Spanish architecture it is protected as a Conjunto Histórico-Artístico.

Several important personalities have studied in this school, such as Casiano de Prado, Jerónimo Ibrán, Luis de la Escosura y Morrogh, José García-Siñeriz, Recaredo Garay y Anduaga, José de la Revilla Haya, or founders of important companies, such as José Luis Díaz Fernández (Repsol) o José Ramón Irisarri Yela (Compair Holman Ibérica, en 1959, and Compañía Auxiliar de Voladuras en 1964).

Painting by Daniel Zuloaga Boneta, created between 1888 and 1892.

The School has an excellent collection of rocks and minerals, wich can be visited during the conference.

Assembly Hall (Salón de Actos), room where NoLineal 2020 will take place.

A few words about the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM) was founded in 1971 through the integration of the Higher Technical Schools which up until then made up the Higher Technical Institutes. The University Schools joined the following year.

However, the origin of the institution dates back much further. Teaching in the majority of the Centres was established during the reign of Carlos the Third in the eighteenth century.  During these years the Schools were practically the only ones in our country linked to the teaching of Architecture and Engineering. For this reason it is no exaggeration to state that a large part of the history of Spanish technology has been written by the Schools of Engineering and Architecture.


The first studies embarked on at the UPM on setting out on its path of specific teaching in civil areas were those of Architecture. In the case of Engineering, some of them such as the School of Naval Engineering took on their military character.  The School of Mining Engineering, where NoLineal 2020 will take place, was the first to be of a civil mature since its inception.

The School of Civil Engineering was founded at the beginning of the nineteenth century (1802).  Product of the initiative of Agustín de Bethencourt, it eloquently demonstrated the restless and investigative spirit of illustrious Spaniards. The Schools of Forestry Engineering and Agricultural Engineering also had their origin in this century.  These Schools, together with the School of Civil Engineering, are now situated in the heart of the Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid. This period also saw the founding of the School of Industrial Engineering located next to the Paseo de la Castellana.

More recently, at the beginning of the twentieth century, saw the birth of three more Higher Schools: The Technical High School of Telecommunications Engineering, The Technical High School of Aeronautical Engineering (both located in the Ciudad Universitaria), and the current Technical High School of Topography, Geodesy and Cartography Engineering, located in the el Campus Sur. In addition to these are The Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences-INEF, in the Ciudad Universitaria, and The Faculty of Computer Sciences in the Montegancedo campus.

Historia UPM

As regards the University Schools of Technical Engineering, in the majority of cases, they came about at around the same time as the Higher Schools as teaching centres for the training of assistants and technical engineers, names which have been slowly disappearing since the current designations and qualifications came into being.

The Schools of Technical Forestry, Agriculture, Aeronautics and Technical Architectural Engineering can be found in the Ciudad Universitaria. The Schools of Public Works and Technical Industrial Engineering are in the centre of Madrid.  The University Schools of Telecommunications and Computer Sciences are in Campus Sur.   The Higher Centre of Design and Fashion, attached to the UPM, is also located in the same Campus. The UPM has also had the Institute of Educational Sciences since 1972.

UPM en inglés

As set out in its statures, the Technical University of Madrid has, among its objectives, the creation, development, transmission and criticism of science, technology, and culture.  To this end it also works from its Institutes and Research Centres, assimilating the changes taking place in out society and maintaining its vocation for excellence, which is why it has both national and international recognition.   

The Technical University of Madrid holds double recognition as a Campus of International Excellence, a distinction that refers to the quality of its research and teaching activity.