Bologna is the largest city (and the capital) of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy, located in the heart of a metropolitan area (officially recognized by the Italian government as a città metropolitana) of about one million.

Bologna is home to numerous prestigious cultural, economic and political institutions as well as one of the most impressive trade fair districts in Europe. In 2000 it was declared European capital of culture[8] and in 2006, a UNESCO “city of music”. The city of Bologna was selected to participate in the Universal Exposition of Shanghai 2010 together with 45 other cities from around the world. Bologna is also one of the wealthiest cities in Italy, often ranking as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life in the country: in 2011 it ranked 1st out of 107 Italian cities.

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is recognized as the oldest university in the western world, and one of the largest in Italy (with about 90,000 enrolled students). It is organized in a multi-campus structure divided into 33 departments and 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini).


Conference Venue

The conference will take place at Monumental Complex of San Giovanni in Monte, located in downtown Bologna. It is a historical building owned by the University and located in the heart of the city, at walking distance from the main tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants. 

The complex includes the “Giorgio Prodi” lecture hall, with a seating capacity of 140 attendants, and fully equipped for conferences and meetings (audio and video systems, Internet connection, etc.).

A view of the “Giorgio Prodi” lecture hall
A view of the Chiostro


Bologna is very easy to reach and close to several major cities in Italy, such as Milan (one hour by train), Florence (half an hour by train), and Rome (two hours by train), as well as to very famous locations, such as the city of Venice (one hour and half by train).

The Bologna International Airport “Guglielmo Marconi” has direct connections to all the main European airports. Apart from numerous regular airlines it also services Ryanair and Easyjet, with cheap flights from 25 European cities, which could enable students to attend at a low cost. The airport is located at 15-20 minutes by car and at 20-25 minutes by Airport Bus BLQ respectively from the city centre. The fee from the airport to the city centre is 15-20€ for taxis and 6€ by a Bus called BLQ.

For intercontinental flights, the closest airports are Milano Malpensa (2 hours by train from Bologna) and Rome Fiumicino (three hours by train; some flight connections to Bologna are available).



In the Monumental Complex of San Giovanni in Monte there is also a University guest house, which could be reserved for conference participants and offers low prices for comfortable rooms. For more details: Foresteria

Nearby, there are several hotels that offer special rates for conferences, in cooperation with the University of Bologna.

Details will follow.


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