Social Events and Tours

Social Events

Informal Ice-Breaker (Wednesday, 8 pm – 10 pm)

Informal Ice-Breaker will take place in the evening of arrival in Padua. We will all come around, have a nice drink and chat with each other, to start in the best way the next conference days! We still have to decide where we will go, stay tuned!

The Conference Dinner (Thursday, 8 pm – 11 pm) 

In the authentic Italian style, the conference dinner is organized in the beautiful pizzeria Marechiaro. You will taste original Italian pizza, with also vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free option (please remember to mention your dietary requirements in the registration). Participation to the event will be around 12€ (prices could be slightly modified in the next months)

Conference Spritz! at Zù Bar (Friday, 7 pm – 9 pm)

 Spritz is the most famous drink typical of Veneto. In the beautiful location of  Zù bar in the centre of the city, you could have a nice aperitivo with Spritz, beer, wine and a food buffet including vegetarian/vegan and gluten-free options (please remember to mention your dietary requirements in the registration. Participation to the event will be around 12€ (prices could be slightly modified in the next months)



The cost for Tours will be between 4 to 10 euros each (it will change based on the number of participants). For both tour the meeting point is the tram stop “Prato della Valle” at 9 a.m.

Participants that want to attend to both visits will be divided into two groups, alternating the visits’ order, while participants that will join only one tour will be assigned by default to the first group that visits the location of their choice.

Each visit last between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half. The choice of the tour as well as the preference for the visiting order -for those who want to visit both locations- must be indicated in the registration form.

Esapolis’ Living Insect Museum

The living insects’ museum is one of the most important museums for enthomology. There you will be amused and fascinated by the millennial history of silkworms, bees and other insects and invertebrates, depeen the link between enthomology and all the natural and human sciences. Esapolis is also aiming to support teaching and research activities and has a fundamental role in promoting a culture of sustainability and biodiversity protection. Esapolis is also hosting a branch of the Comparative Cognition Lab of the University of Padua, supporting research on arthropods.

Botanical garden

Padua Botanical garden was built in 1545 with the aim of studying the use of plants in medicine and pharmacology. It immediately became one of the most important gathering place for students and professors, which usually met there for reading Teofrasto and Aristotele works on botany.

In 1997 it as been included in the World Heritage List with the following testimony: “the Bonical Garden of Padua is the original of all botanical gardens throughout the world, and represents the birth of science, of scientific exchanges, and understanding of relationship between nature and culture. It has made a profound contribution to the development of many modern scientific disciplines, notably botany, medicine, chemistry, ecology, and pharmacy”

See this page for information on how to reach all of those locations!