"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
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Don’t miss out on the opportunity for networking with top experts in the field of sustainable development from all around the world and, through our SDEWES social program, exchange ideas in a more informal way, while enjoying the beautiful sights, sounds and tastes of Sicily.

SDEWES Conference Social programme consists of Welcome reception and Social event (excursion + conference dinner) and is included in your Conference fee. If you are coming with your significant other, we have Accompanying person fee which is 100 EUR (for more information contact us at payment@sdewes.org).

Social programme schedule:

Sunday, September 30 – Welcome reception at 18:00 h

Join us at the start of the Conference on September 30th when SDEWES Welcome reception will be held at the Conference venue, Splendid Hotel La Torre where we will meet and greet and enjoy local cuisine and sea view.

Tuesday, October 2

  • City tour – 14:00 h in front of the conference venue
  • Conference dinner – 20:00 h at Tonnara Florio

Social event will start on Tuesday, with departure in front of the conference venue at 14:00 h for a historical tour around the centre of Palermo. Exact schedule will be available few days before the conference. Conference dinner is planned around 20:00 h at Tonnara Florio restaurant where a lovely buffet dinner with Sicilian specialties is waiting for us (wine and one additional drink included). Bus transportation to and from the restaurant will be organized by the conference.

We will also enjoy the performance of an academic bend with a setlist including blues, pop, rock covers travelling from Beatles, Massive Attacks, Cake to Michael Bublé. iGem (the acronym for Electromagnetic Round Dances) was founded three years ago by professors, researchers and (PhD) students belonging to the DEIM department, University of Palermo.

The conference city tour will include visits to the following sites:

The Palatine Chapel, a testimony to the fusion of different architectural and artistic cultures, i.e., Arabic, Byzantine and Latin. Its construction, started in 1130, the year when Roger II became the first king of Sicily, was completed over a 15-year period and it was consecrated, according to an inscription in its dome, in 1143. Its mosaics are among the most beautiful Byzantine art production that show decorations, including human figures, adorn the stalactites which makes it unique as example in the Islamic art history. We will have the opportunity to see the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Garden and the Painting exhibition dedicated to S. Rosalia.

Interior of Palatine Chapel (zoomed view of mosaics)

The Cathedral is an extraordinary (and enormous) feast of geometric patterns, ziggurat crenulations, majolica cupolas and blind arches. Its architectural styles recall clearly how the various dominations have alternated over the centuries to the city government.


I Quattro Canti. The busy intersection of Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Maqueda marks the Quattro Canti, the center of the oldest part of the town, from where we will walk to Piazza Pretoria. At the centre of this lovely piazza is a spectacular fountain by the 1500’s Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani, originally intended as a garden ornament for some Tuscan villa.

San Cataldo, Martorana and Santa Caterina d'Alessandria. Three churches located at Piazza Bellini and well-known architectural landmarks of Palermo.

After some free time for the participants we will return to the buses and go to conference dinner in Tonnara Florio.

Information and pictures are courtesy of the Sicilian Convention Bureau

* LOC reserves the rights to change Social events and programme


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