The first day took place at the Alameda Campus of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa), where five highly interesting tutorials were held by D. Dubois (France), W. Pedrycz (Canada), J. Bezdek (USA), J. Keller (USA), and A. Gegov (United Kingdom), jointly with N. Petrov (Bulgaria). It is worth to note that the tutorials were free of charge for all conference participants. The conference was opened officially on the evening of Monday, July 20, with a nice welcome reception in the garden of Palácio Galveias, a palace now hosting the Municipial Library of Lisbon.
The scientific program of the following four days took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, consisting of four enlightening and inspiring plenary lectures by K. Hirota (Japan), E. Hüllermeier (Germany), M. Grabisch (France), and H. Nurmi (Finland), and approximately 330 contributed papers, a significant proportion of which were presented as part of one of the 31 special sessions organized by leading researchers. The program also featured two highly interesting round table discussions on "The Future of Fuzzy Logic" and "Type 2 or not Type 2?" which attracted many participants. The gorgeous conference banquet was held on the evening of Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Páteo Alfacinha. On this occasion, the student best paper awards (sponsored by IFSA) were presented. The winner was J. Baetens from Ghent University, Belgium, for his paper "Incorporating Fuzziness in Spatial Susceptible-Infected Epidemic Models". Two honorable mentions were awarded to M. Petrík (Czech Republic) and J. Luengo (Spain).
The conference cannot only be characterized by high scientific quality, interesting discussions, and smooth organization. It is also worth to note the warm and hospitable atmosphere that made this conference a unique experience. The EUSFLAT society, its board, and all members want to thank the general chairs, the program chairs, and all their co-workers cordially for making this conference an unforgettable event!