Conference venue

ICSD 2013 will be held in Bologna, at University Building A, Aule Belmeloro, Via Belmeloro 14 Bologna. This building is located in the city center at a walking distance from the hotels selected for the conference. Bus: 14 (from the city center), 32 and 33 (Link to Google Maps)

Bologna is well known for hosting the most ancient University of the western world, the Alma Mater Studiorum ("Nourishing Mother of Studies"), whose alumni includes Luigi Galvani (1737–1798), one of the fathers of bioelectricity. The Alma Mater attracts around 100000 students, who ensure a lively atmosphere.

Bologna is centrally located in the north of Italy, very well connected with the other main italian cities, which can be reaced quickly by fast trains (Florence: 35 min; Milan: 1 h, Rome: 2h, Venice: 1.5 h).

Guglielmo Marconi International Airport (BLQ) is connected with several daily flight with the main european cities.        

Bologna boasts a well-preserved historical centre (one of the largest in Italy) famous for its medieval towers, lengthy arcades and dominant red color.

Bologna, the city of porticoes and Italy's culinary capital, has one of the largest and best preserved historic centers among Italian cities.

Bologna was founded by the Etruscans in the 6th century BC as Felsina. In the 4th century BC the Boii, a Celtic tribe coming from Transalpine Gaul, conquered the city and the surrounding area, renaming it Bononia.

After a couple of centuries (189 BC) the Romans took over. In 88 BC, the city became a municipium. After the fall of Rome, Bologna was successively sacked and occupied by Visigoths, Huns, Goths and Lombards.

In the XI century, Bologna began to grow again as an independent commune and leading European University, which counted, among its students and professors, famous personalities such as Dante, Thomas Becket, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galvani and Guglielmo Marconi. In the XIII century period Bologna was one of the biggest centers in Europe.

In 1506 the Papal troops of Julius II besieged the city, which remained part of the Papal States until the arrival of Napoleon, at the end of the 18th century. In 1860 Bologna joined the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

During heavy fighting in the last months of WWII, up to 40% of the city's industrial buildings were destroyed. However, the historic town inside the walls survived and it has been lovingly and carefully preserved.

More touristic information can be found in the 'Visit Bologna' section.