Social Events

The social program of this edition takes place at Collegio Alberoni (via E. Parmense 77, see map), a famous building started to be built by Cardinal Giulio Alberoni in 1732, rich of charm and treasures.

Giulio Alberoni (Piacenza 1664-1752) was a churchman, a man of the world, a capable politician and diplomat, a businessman, a learned art collector and a munificent benefactor of his native town. After his studies and early steps in the ecclesiastical order, he started his brilliant political and diplomatic career serving Francesco Farnese, duke of Parma during the war of Spanish succession (1702-1713). Abbot Alberoni managed to win the king of France’s favour and, above all, the favour of Philip Bourbon duke of Anjou, who was to become king of Spain as Philip V. He became his most authoritative counsellor and a sort of Prime Minister. Thanks to his diplomatic success he was appointed cardinal by Pope Clement XI in the secret Concistory of 12th July 1717. In Rome
he was officially conferred the scarlet hat by Pope Innocent XIII on January 12th, 1724. He spent there the most peaceful years of his life until 1735, devoting himself to social relations, collecting works of art for the fittings of his residences, the Palace of the Guardian Angels in Rione Trevi and the suburban villa near St Agnes in Via Nomentana, until a new phase of his ecclesiastic mission started within the Roman Curia, thanks to the favour of Clement VII and Benedict XIV. On account of his proven experience he was entrusted with the government of the Legation of Romagna (1735-1739) and, later on, Bologna (1740-1743), but the actual achievement of Alberoni’s active old age was the College for the education of young priests, which construction, just outside the town of Piacenza not far from the old St Lazarus’ Hospital, started in 1732. He took care personally of the pulling down of the old building as well as of the plan and construction of the new one, but then he entrusted the Congregation of the Mission, established by St Vincent de Paoli with its management. In the autumn of 1751 the College could welcome the first eighteen young people and on 26th June 1752, when the cardinal died, he left all his properties to the charitable institution which still preserves them.

WELCOME PARTY –  September 2 (19.00)

The Welcome Party will be held in the lovely cloister of Collegio Alberoni. All participants will be welcomed with good Italian wine and food, and will experience the typical Italian Aperitif.

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COFFE BREAKS and poster vision – September 2 (16.00 – 16.30), 3 (10.30 – 11.00 and 16.00 – 16.30) and 4 (10.30 – 11.00)


LUNCH BREAK – September 3 (13.00 – 14.00)

Onsite lunch


SOCIAL DINNER – September 3 (20.30)

Arazzi Hall of Collegio Alberoni, via E. Parmense, 67

The collection of tapestries left by the casala arazzirdinal is highly valuable both for the quantity of the pieces and their quality. The 18 magnificent masterpieces are divided into three different series. Eight pieces, known as the Series of Aeneas and Dido, were woven by a tapestry weaver from Antwerp (Michel Wauters, around 1670), from paper drawings by Giovan Francesco Romanelli, the best alumn of Pietro from Cortona. Eight more pieces are known as Alexander the Great Series, and were woven by an unknown Flemish Tapestry weaver working in Brussels during the second half of the 17th century (probably Jan Leyniers) perhaps from paper drawings by Jacob Jordaens, one of the most important followers of Rubens. Last but not least, come the most ancient and valuable ones belonging to the so-called Priam’s Series. You All will be introduced to the tapestries collection just before the social dinner.

If you have special dietary requirements, please contact [email protected]


GUIDED VISIT to Collegio Alberoni – September 3 (19.30)

Collegio Alberoni, via E. Parmense, 67
cristo alberoniThe visit will start from the Cardinal’s apartments with its beautiful collection of paintings. Giulio Alberoni started collecting works of art early in his youth in Piacenza. Later on, he enriched his collection during his stay in Spain and above all in Rome starting from the 1720’s. The cardinal enjoyed good relations with various contemporary artists, but he was also interested in the collection of work of artists of the previous centuries, like this unforgettable Ecce Homo by Antonello da Messina -one of the masterpieces of the author- and other famous paintings like those by Jan Provost.
The visit will continue with the library of the College, with its collection of 130.000 books and with the unforgettable refectory.
The visit will end with the Cabinet of Physics, the Meteorological Observatory born in 1802 and the Astronomy Observatory.



INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION IN MILAN (EXPO 2015) – ATTENTION: mimum required number of participants has not been reached. The visit was canceled. 

September the 4th, 4 pm

From May 1 to October 31, 2015, there will be more than 20 million visitors to Expo Milano 2015. For the 1st time in the history of world’s fairs, the theme of Expo Milano is food: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” This theme will unite 140-plus countries into action around the challenges and opportunities facing our global food system and the sustainable development of our planet. Expo Milano 2015 is the world’s largest stage to foster dialogue, aggregate ideas, and showcase innovations in food, sustainability, science, industry, economics, entrepreneurship. DuPont is a sponsoring partner of the USA Pavilion at the Expo Milano 2015.

The DuPont is sponsoring this social event as part of the program of the Symposium. At Dupont, food security is at the heart of our priorities. Across the globe, DuPont businesses—DuPont Pioneer, Crop Protection, Nutrition & Health, Packaging & Industrial Polymers, and Industrial Biosciences—are addressing food security with science-based innovations. We are building collaborations with businesses, non-profit organizations and governments, and working with local farmers and food producers to make food more nutritious, safer and available to people everywhere. Learn more at

A visit will be organised for the participants of the conference.

Bookings are closed. (Deadline: July the 20th).



Participants will leave from the conference site by bus at 2:30 pm. Leaving as well as to Linate (expected arrival 4:30 pm)  and Malpensa airport (expected arrival 6:30 pm).