14th - 16th July 2021, Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre

NSpine is proud to be coming to Porto for the first International event outside the UK. Porto is steeped in history and in typical Nspine tradition, the meeting and venue merge to provide a unique experience. Professor Nuno Neves from Porto has kindly written an introduction to Porto and will be hosting the Portuguese Spine Society Satellite Symposium.

“Welcome to Porto. Located on the northern bank of Douro River, this is the second-largest city in Portugal. Its motto “Old, Most Noble, Always Loyal and Unvanquished”, says much of the city and its inhabitants. In fact, Porto’s settlement dates back many centuries, and walking its streets one can appreciate the imprint different ages have left on its face. Its core was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996, and there really is a lot to see and do. Right next to the Alfândega Congress Center (the old customs house) you will find the historic center, with Ribeira, Porto’s riverside area, its maze like streets and stairways, and medieval feeling.

Don’t miss the multitude of churches, like São Francisco, and its gold-leaf covered walls, or the Romanesque Cathedral. Palácio da Bolsa (the old stocks market) and its monumental Pátio das Nações courtyard and Morrish revival Salão Árabe, is also worth visiting. Stroll the picturesque Rua das Flores all the way to São Bento railway station and its tiled walls, and Praça da Liberdade, the city´s central square. Going uphill you will find the iconic Barroque Clérigos Church and Tower where you can climb its 240 steps for an amazing birds’ eye view over the city. Right next to it there is always a queue to enter the beautiful Lello Bookshop. Santa Catarina Street is a major shopping area with both local and international shops.

Midway, the Majestic Café is a perfect place for a coffee. Sports fans can enjoy a visit to FC Porto’s Stadium and Museum, home to 2 Champions League and 2 UEFA/Europa League Cups. Art lovers will head to Bombarda Art District with its small galleries, or admire the paintings and sculptures at Soares dos Reis National Museum. Unmissable is Serralves, where you’ll find an Art Deco Villa, lush gardens and the Contemporary Art Museum by Portuguese star architect Álvaro Siza. The concert hall, Casa da Música, by Pritzker Prize Rem Koolhaas, features cutting-edge design and acoustics.

For a calm and relaxing walk head to the Palácio de Cristal gardens orthe City Park, which stretches allthe way to the sea. Enjoy the sunset at Foz beaches,the trendy district by the Atlantic coast. Across the river, in Gaia, dozens of cellars store and age Porto’s most famous product, Port wine.

By the way, there are 6 bridges crossing the Douro, each with its special feature (one was even designed by Gustave Eiffel’s office). You can visit the cellars and take a wine flight through the different Port styles. But make sure you don’t miss other Portuguese wines. We have one of the worlds most diverse wine cultures, from crisp, light Vinho Verde,to fruity Alentejo whites, and robust Douro reds.

Gastronomy is center stage in Porto, whether it is a fancy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, one of over 1000 recipes of Bacalhau (salted codfish), delicious seafood, the huge Francesinha sandwich, or, for the adventurous, Tripas à moda do Porto. Legend has it that this delicacy was created in the 15th century, when Porto inhabitants gave all the meat to the departing fleet of Prince Henry the Navigator, keeping only the leftover tripes. Hence our popular name, Tripeiros, and a hintto our generous and warm nature.”

Bronek Boszczyk, NSpine Founder

Bronek Boszczyk
Spine Surgeon, NSpine Chairman

Nuno Neves

Nuno Neves, MD, PhD
Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon


As usual, all spine fields will be covered, with a particular emphasis being placed on paediatric deformity techniques from early onset through to AIS. Within degenerative conditions the particular emphasis will be on extensively covering endoscopic and microsurgical techniques, as well as innovative lateral access techniques.

  • Pediatric Deformity
  • Endoscopic and Microsurgical Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Surgeries (Lateral/360)
  • Metastatic Tumors
  • Active Robotics

The focus of NSpine meetings is on clinical problem solving and decision making.

Whilst academia is important, NSpine goes into greater depth on technical details, techniques and emerging technology.

As such, our industry partners play a key role in shaping content through their R&D and manufacturing expertise and are an integral part of the programme and the delegates’ learning.


NSpine enables extensive networking and cross-speciality learning by bringing together all spine health care professionals irrespective of organisational “size”. Our interactive discussions between spinal surgeons, spinal anaesthetists, nursing professionals and even spinal veterinary surgeons were some of the highlights of previous meetings.


Pending approval.

NSpine 2019 was granted 24 European CME Credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

July 17th & 18th 2020

Immediately following NSpine Porto 2021 we will be hosting two combined cadaveric and live tissue workshops at the globally renowned IRCAD (Strasbourg, France).

Advanced Anterior Scoliosis Techniques Course
including vertebral body tethering

Advanced 360 Lumbar Reconstructive Course
including XLIF / OLIF / ALIF

Join Our Esteemed Faculty

Ahmet Alanay
Alex Disch
Am Rai
Bob Nowicki
Bronek Boszcyk
Christof Birkenmaier
Ciaran Bolger
Darren F. Lui
Dr Abhay Nene
Frank Hassel
Jake Timothy

Jason Bernard
Jeremy Reynolds
John k webb
Katie Carter
Kenneth MC Cheung
Magnum Tsegaye
Marcio Ramalho Cunha
Masood Shafafy
Max Aebi
Miguel Loureiro
Mike Grevitt

Navin Verghese
Nuno Neves
Patrick Kiely
Paul Thorpe
Pedro Berjano
Per Trobisch
Peter Newton
Randal R Betz
Réne Castelein
Robert Dunn
Ulf Liljengvist

Coronavirus Statement

NSpine intends to provide a pre-conference Covid-19 screening service which is included in the registration fee.

In the event of cancellation due to Covid-19, delegate fees will be fully refunded.

Venue & Travel

Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre

Located in the historic centre of Porto on the banks of the Douro River. Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre was ranked the ‘Best Meetings & Conference Centre Europe’ in 2014, 2015 & 2017.

Many exceptional events, including Spineweek 2004, were held in the 150 year old complex dating back to 1869. The fully refurbished centre features halls which are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Northern Portugal. Perfectly located only 20-30 minutes from Porto Airport by car or public transport and within walking distance to hotels, Alfândega boasts 22 multifunctional spaces, 400 parking spaces and a private boarding pier – the perfect location for a welcome reception.

Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre
Rua Nova da Alfândega
4050-430 Porto



How To Get There

Porto Airport (OPO) is located with excellent road and public transport to the venue within 30 minutes. It is consistently ranked among the top three airports in Europe.

As the second largest airport of the country Porto, there are extensive direct connections from 24 countries with 31 airlines.


Public Transport
Porto Airport is connected to the city of Porto via Metro and Airport Buses.



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Details of accommodation partners will be published shortly.