Congress & sessions program


Scientific program

One plenary invited talk and six plenary sessions are planned. Download here the detailed program, including the presentations schedule, the posters list and the Congress and sessions scheme.



Oral presentations

Oral presentations are scheduled for 20 minutes including 5 minutes for discussion. Presentations should be created in MS Power Point (.ppt, .pptx) or PDF. Speakers must upload their presentation file to a PC available at the registration desk and well in advance of their talk (in the previous afternoon for the morning session, in the morning for the afternoon session). Files should be named “lastname_firstname.ppt(x)/pdf”. A room to test presentations will be available. The session room will be equipped with a computer, video projector, laser pointer and microphone. You will not be allowed to use your own computer.

As we have many talks, the allocated time should be strictly respected.


Poster format will be portrait layout DIN A0 format (width 841 mm, height 1189 mm). The posters will be displayed every day where coffee breaks will be held. Posters are numbered (see list of the posters in the scientific program) and assigned to the corresponding display boards. Fixing material will be available. The poster owners are expected to attend their poster to answer questions and give rise to discussions. The best poster will be awarded at the General Assembly.


Language of the Congress

English will be the official language of the Congress. No translation facilities will be provided.


Coffee breaks

Every day, two coffee breaks will be organized, one during the morning and the other during the afternoon. The one during the morning, except for the first day, will last about one hour within a time frame that we called “Coffee break with posters and networking” in order to stimulate networks, information, collaboration, etc.


Lunch time

No lunch or lunch packages will be offered. There is a quite large choice of restaurants, self-service canteens, pizzeria, snacks and take away’s around the Congress venue, proposing a large variety of food and prices. A map with suggested sites will be included in the Congress kit.


Social events

Welcome party (Monday 2 September, from 19.00)

Drinks and snacks will be offered at “Osteria del Pozzo” (Via del Pozzo, 17), about 10-15 minutes walk from the Congress venue (see map).

Geo-tour at the UNESCO heritage site of the Modena Cathedral and Piazza Grande (Wednesday 4 September, from 18.00 – Specific instructions will be given during the Congress)

The Modena Cathedral is one of the most important examples of Romanesque art in the world. Together with the bell tower, called Ghirlandina, and the surrounding square (Piazza Grande) they are the heart and the point of reference of the city of Modena from almost a thousand years. The brick structures of the two buildings were covered with stone material. During recent restorations, the Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia carried out the identification of all the slabs covering the monuments, finding a variety of different stones from various geographical areas. A guided tour will retrace the fascinating history of the construction of the monuments, through the comparison between the materials of the stone facing and the stones imported by the Romans, derived from the late Roman and medieval spoliations.


Congress dinner (Thursday 5 September, from 19.30)

The Congress dinner will be held at “Villa Cesi”, a charming historical residence in the countryside about 10 km from Modena. A rich buffet with traditional specialties will be offered in the garden of the villa, and a transfer by bus will be organized to reach the venue. You are supposed to have already registered and paid for the Congress dinner. If not, you can still participate paying the dinner by cash at the registration desk by Tuesday afternoon, 3 September (18.00).

Guest programme

No formal guest programme is planned. All places of interest can be reached by foot or public transport. Feel free to request further information from the organizers.