Proposal - 17th EMC 2020 - Catania

A proposal to host the 17th European Microscopy Congress Catania, september 20-25 2020

A proposal to host the 17th European Microscopy Congress
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A proposal to host<br />

th<br />

The 17 European<br />

Microscopy Congress<br />

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

September 20-25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

he Italian microscopy community would be pleased<br />

Tto host the next edition of the <strong>EMC</strong> <strong>2020</strong> again in<br />

Italy after 52 years.<br />

We take this chance to mention Italian great love for<br />

microscopy as the history already has evidenced, starting<br />

from Galileo Galilei (1565-1642), who was the rst<br />

scientist dealing with the aberration problem in the eld<br />

of optics, and continuing with Vasco Ronchi who<br />

discovered, in 1923, the Ronchi test, also called<br />

Ronchigram, well known to all microscopists since it is<br />

now used to measure and correct the spheric aberration<br />

in a modern microscope.<br />

Nowadays there are many Italian microscopists that<br />

continue to give a signicant scientic contribution to<br />

such a wonderful discipline. In <strong>Catania</strong> is located the<br />

Italian center for Electron Microscopy called Beyond-<br />

Nano, among the most important center in Europe,<br />

hosted at the IMM laboratory, one of the largest research<br />

center of the Italian National Research Council (CNR).<br />

It would be a honor for us to welcome you in<br />

<strong>Catania</strong>, the second-largest city in Sicily. <strong>Catania</strong> is one<br />

of Italy's most important and ourishing cultural, artistic,<br />

and political centers. In 1434 it witnessed the opening of<br />

the rst University in Sicily. After the terrible earthquake in<br />

1693, it was redesigned in the Sicilian Baroque style,<br />

today Unesco World Heritage site. Also some of the most<br />

signicant buildings of the Roman Empire's era are<br />

located here. <strong>Catania</strong> is one of the most charming<br />

seaside town of the east coast of Sicily. It has a strategic<br />

position, near the main Sicilian touristic attractions<br />

On overall there are 7 Unesco World Heritage sites<br />

in Sicily, that you could get a chance to visit once here. The<br />

Sicily is also renewed for food and last but not least the<br />

“Etna rosso” wine has become one of the most<br />

prestigious wine in the world.

As conference venue we have chosen the municipal<br />

center “le Ciminiere”, a former sulphur works recently<br />

transformed into a lively cultural center. Lecture halls,<br />

exhibition area and meal facilities are located inside the<br />

same conference center area distributed among three<br />

main blocks. Exhibitors will be at the center of the<br />

conference, allowing them to have fruitful meeting with<br />

the delegates. To meet the needs of exhibitors, we will<br />

plan ve days for the mounting and three days for<br />

disassembly.<br />

Together with our Scientic Committee we planned<br />

7 parallel symposia on life sciences (LS), physical sciences<br />

(PS), and analytical sciences (AS), one plenary for day,<br />

and two poster sections for about 800 posters. At least 8<br />

topics will be dealt during the pre-meeting workshops: in<br />

situ, in operando, EELS Tutorial, Environmental TEM,<br />

nano-medicine. Finally, the social dinner will be hosted<br />

in an exclusive location, and several excursions both for<br />

delegates and accompanying persons will be organized<br />

during the event.<br />

To ensure the success of the conference we<br />

engaged the Medeacom society, partner of Sicilia<br />

Convention Bureau. Medeacom is an outstanding PCO<br />

(professional congress organizer), founded in 2004 and<br />

expert in the organization of scientic congress, cultural<br />

meeting, and events.<br />

We are looking forward to meet you in <strong>Catania</strong> for<br />

the <strong>EMC</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Giuseppe Nicotra<br />

Corrado Spinella<br />

General Chairs of <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong>-<strong>Catania</strong>

A proposal to host<br />

th<br />

The 17 European<br />

Microscopy Congress<br />

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

September 20-25, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Presentation letter from<br />

Prof. Elisabetta Falcieri

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

<strong>Catania</strong> is located on the Ionian coast of Sicily, in the south of Italy.<br />

<strong>Catania</strong> is the second-largest city in Sicily, and the hundredth-largest city in the European Union.<br />

Founded in 729 BC by Calcidesi, boasts a millenary history characterized by various dominations. It was a royal<br />

residence and capital of the<br />

Kingdom.<br />

In the centre stands the<br />

city’s symbol, a lava<br />

elephant known as «Liotru»<br />


<strong>Catania</strong><br />

In the 14th century and in to the Renaissance period,<br />

<strong>Catania</strong> was one of Italy's most important and ourishing<br />

cultural, artistic, and political centers.<br />

In 1434, it witnessed the opening of the rst University<br />

in Sicily founded by Alfonso of Aragon.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

<strong>Catania</strong> today is the city rebuilt after the strong 1693 earthquake which destroyed it completely, it was<br />

redesigned in the Sicilian Baroque style.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

Catanese Baroque style has been declared a Unesco World Heritage site

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

The main Baroque monuments include the Cathedral , dedicated to<br />

Saint Agatha , the Patron Saint of the city, the churches of<br />

San Benedetto, and San Giuliano, in Crociferi street, and the Biscari<br />

Palace, the largest baroque palace of the city.<br />

The Fish Market in <strong>Catania</strong> is one of the most colourful in all of<br />

Sicily. Is a special experience that you should not miss when visiting<br />

<strong>Catania</strong>. Hustle and bustle and shouting dealers who advertise their<br />

products provide a deep insight into the lives of the Sicilians.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

The Achillian Thermal Baths are among the most signicant<br />

buildings of the Roman Empire’s era in <strong>Catania</strong>. The structure was<br />

excavated in the 1700s by Ignazio Paternò Prince of Biscari.<br />

Rotunda’s Thermal Baths was construcred<br />

between the rst and second century A.D.<br />

and destroyed around the end of the sixth<br />

and the early seventh century A.D. Some of<br />

the rooms originally had marble oors and<br />

mosaic walls decorated with frescoes.<br />

Indirizzo Thermal Baths, dating back to<br />

the 2nd A.D. century, are situated in the<br />

middle of the pescheria, the picturesque<br />

open-air sh market of <strong>Catania</strong>.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

Erected in 1250 by the Emperor<br />

Frederick II of Swabia, the Ursino Castle<br />

was built on a promontory along the<br />

coastline of the city.<br />

After being fortress, it became, for shorts<br />

periods, the residence of the<br />

Aragon royalty.<br />

In 1669 the lava surrounded tha castle,<br />

covered the towers and altered the<br />

coastline. The 1693 eartquake damaged<br />

again the structure causing the collapse of<br />

the southern and eastern middle towers.<br />

Today the castle is a museum, that houses<br />

several collections and temporary<br />

exhibitions too.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

Roman Amphitheatre is the 2nd century<br />

grandiose Roman monument, one of the<br />

largest in Italy, is almost entirely hidden<br />

under modern constructions.<br />

It is visible in part in Stesicoro square.<br />

The area today is part of the historical centre<br />

of the town, and was formerly used as a<br />

necropolis. It’s part of the Graeco-Roman<br />

Archaeological Park of <strong>Catania</strong>.<br />

The site presented the elliptical plant.<br />

It was built with lava stone from Etna<br />

covered with marble and had thirty-two<br />

rows of seats.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, it has been declared a<br />

Unesco World Heritage site and has a nature reserve: the Etna Park.

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

Etna Volcano<br />

Taormina<br />

<strong>Catania</strong> is one of the most charming seaside<br />

town of the east coast of Sicily.<br />

It has a strategic position, near the main Sicilian<br />

touristic attractions.<br />

30 Km<br />

45 Km<br />

<strong>Catania</strong><br />

65 Km<br />

Siracusa<br />

<strong>Catania</strong> airport is the 2nd in Italy. It is easily<br />

reachable with direct ights from many European<br />

cities, such as Munich, Rome, Cologne,<br />

Manchester, Amsterdam, London, Zurich, etc.

Acitrezza<br />

Such characteristic as to inspire the Odes of Homer for his Odyssey, Acitrezza, is a small, very charming<br />

shing village. The landscape is dominated by the 8 faraglioni (volcanic stacks),<br />

and lava cliffs that where formed before Etna. According to the myth of the Odyssey written by Homer,<br />

it was the<br />

Cyclops Polyphemus who<br />

hurled these large boulders<br />

at the vessels of Ulysses.<br />

Acitrezza also hosted the setting of<br />

the novel Malavoglia by Giovanni<br />

Verga, the most important of<br />

the Italian Verismo.

Taormina<br />

Being one of the most known tourist destinations in whole Sicily, Taormina, known as<br />

The Pearl of Mediterranean Sea, still represents one of the poshest places in the region.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sicily<br />

Arab-Norman Palermo and<br />

the Cathedral Churches<br />

of Cefalú and Monreale, listed in 2015<br />

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands),<br />

listed in 2000<br />

Mount Etna,<br />

listed in 2013<br />

Syracuse and the Rocky<br />

Necropolis of Pantalica,<br />

listed in 2005<br />

Archaeological Area<br />

of Agrigento,<br />

listed in 1997<br />

Late Baroque Towns<br />

of the Val di Noto,<br />

listed in 2002<br />

Villa Romana del Casale,<br />

listed in 1997

Sicilian food<br />

Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures which established themselves on the island of Sicily over the<br />

last two millennia. Its cuisine has a lot in common with Italian cuisine and also has Greek, Spanish, French<br />

and Arab inuences.

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Le Ciminiere is the municipal <strong>Catania</strong> congress and exhibition center choosen<br />

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for hosting the 17 <strong>EMC</strong> in <strong>2020</strong>

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Literally «the chimneys» this former sulphur works has been<br />

transformed into a lively cultural center. Permanent features<br />

include the Museo dello Sbarco, a moving reminder of the US and<br />

British landings in Sicily in 1943, a cinema museum and a<br />

traditional sicilian puppet theatre.<br />

With over 30.000 sq between exhibition and congress<br />

area, Le Ciminiere is located close to the city center.

Le Ciminiere How to reach<br />

2 minutes walk<br />

8 minutes by car<br />

Bus every 5 minutes

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Aerial photos of the convention center Le Ciminiere<br />

Le Ciminiere is at walk distance (1.0 km)<br />

of the city center, where the main hotels<br />

and B&B are located .<br />

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Is strategically located at 200m from the<br />

train station where there are the bus<br />

terminals of most of the municipal<br />

bus lines.<br />

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Lecture halls, exhibition area and meal<br />

facilities are located inside the same<br />

conference center area distributed<br />

among three main blocks,<br />

max 30 meter each other

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Padiglione C1<br />

Main Room (1.250 pax)<br />

Room - 2 (600 pax)<br />

Room - 3 and 4<br />

Registration desk<br />

Booth<br />

Coffee area<br />

Museum<br />

Padiglione F1<br />

From C1 to F1 - 1 min. walk<br />

Room - 5 to 8<br />

Poster<br />

Padiglione F1<br />

Booth<br />

Coffee area

15 mq<br />

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Room 3<br />

200 pax<br />

P10<br />

G20<br />

10 mq<br />

Pad.<br />

C1<br />

- Ground floor<br />

2.500 sm<br />

700 sm for exhibitor<br />

B40<br />

Main entrance<br />

Registration desk<br />

P7<br />

G21<br />

10 mq<br />

Booth<br />

P9<br />

Room 2<br />

600 pax<br />

G22<br />

25 mq<br />

Room 4<br />

120 pax<br />

L2<br />

G23<br />

20 mq<br />


Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Pad.<br />

C1<br />

- First floor<br />

1.500 sm<br />

Main Room (1.250 pax)<br />

and Room 2 (600 pax)<br />

are respectively intercommunicating<br />

Area<br />

Consolle<br />

Booth<br />

G28<br />

90 mq<br />

Main Conference Room<br />

1.250 pax<br />

Karaoke<br />

P21<br />

P37<br />

Area<br />

Retrogaming<br />

G27<br />

90 mq

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

TubeGame<br />

Coffe area<br />

Area<br />

Live<br />

Pad. F1<br />

- Ground floor<br />

4.000 sm<br />

200 to 400 Poster<br />

2.000 sm for exhibitor<br />

Poster<br />

Booth<br />

Room 6<br />

150 pax<br />

Room 5<br />

150 pax<br />

Info point<br />

Area<br />


Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

Coffe area<br />

Pad. F1 - First floor<br />

3.500 sm<br />

200 to 400 Poster<br />

1.500 sm for exhibitor<br />

Room 7<br />

150 pax Area Vintage<br />

Booth<br />

Room 8<br />

150 pax<br />

Poster<br />

Room 6<br />

120 pax

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

All the halls are already furnished with<br />

complete audiovisual support.<br />

Audiovisual will be provided<br />

where needed by very<br />

renowned company.

Le Ciminiere Convention Center<br />

The conference center<br />

has several spaces devoted<br />

to refreshments.<br />

There are areas dedicated to<br />

bars and restaurants inside,<br />

both indoors and outdoors.<br />

There is the possibility of<br />

creating coffee break area<br />

near the halls.<br />

There are also two industrial<br />

kitchens available.

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Preliminary budget<br />

Registration fee panel, based on 2000 attending delegates and 1500 paying delegates<br />

EMS Members<br />

No EMS Members<br />

Students<br />

Life Members<br />

Early<br />

Regular<br />

€ 450,00 € 550,00 € 250,00<br />

On site<br />

% Attendees<br />

40% 20%<br />

40%<br />

Total extimated from registration fees 585.000,00

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Preliminary budget<br />

Registration fee includes:<br />

- Admission to all scientic sessions;<br />

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- Access to the technical exhibition area;<br />

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- Congress materials (congress bag, nal program, access badge)<br />

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- Coffee breaks, welcome cocktail, farewell cocktail.<br />

f<br />

Registration fee will not include:<br />

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- Lodging (and its booking), the participants will be responsible<br />

for booking their own accommodation;<br />

m<br />

- Lunches and the conference dinner;<br />

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- Printed version of the proceedings.<br />

We are working to have a bus & metro<br />

pass offered by the City of <strong>Catania</strong>

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Preliminary budget<br />

Budget exhibitors<br />

With over 2.500 sm of exhibition area,<br />

the price (in Euro) per square meter for exhibitors will be of 350,00 /mq<br />

The price is just for the space and doesn’t include stand design,<br />

stand building, and power supply lines, which are, as an example:<br />

realization of a basic booth 200,00 /mq<br />

realization of a personalized booth 360,00 /mq<br />

furniture kit (table, chairs, hanger) 180,00 <br />

Lights and wiring 450,00 <br />

We extimate to sell 1.500 sq for<br />

exhibitors to reach<br />

over 500.000,00

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Preliminary budget<br />

List of expenses<br />

Daily attendee costs<br />

(coffee break, Sunday reception, farewell drink party)<br />

Fixed attendee cost<br />

(proceeding usb, conference program, service fees, website)<br />

240.000,00<br />

160.000,00<br />

Invited speakers, plenary speakers, awards<br />

90.000,00<br />

Committee expense<br />

80.000,00<br />

Rooms, conference construction and technical services<br />

220.000,00<br />

Conference center rental and PCO<br />


<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Preliminary budget<br />

Total of extimated expenses<br />

1.070.000,00<br />

Total of extimated income<br />

1.085.000,00<br />

Net result <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> - <strong>Catania</strong><br />


<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong><br />

The measures to encourage the participation of young and disadvantaged participants<br />

A special low registration fee<br />

applied to young scientists.<br />

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will be<br />

Scholarships, supported by EMS and SISM,<br />

will be based on the scientic quality of<br />

submitted abstract.<br />

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Young scientists from countries with less<br />

favorable conditions will be especially<br />

encouraged to apply.<br />

c<br />

Exhibitors and local authorities will be<br />

invited to issue additional scholarships.

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong><br />

Accommodation<br />

Hotel price in <strong>Catania</strong> are very cheap,<br />

90-130 per night for a four stars hotel.<br />

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A large number of B&B’s is present in<br />

the city, and the average price per night<br />

per person isaround 30-65 per day.<br />

c<br />

According to HPI, <strong>Catania</strong> is the third<br />

City more protable in Itlay.<br />

c<br />

In September student houses are free<br />

so we think to get an agreement with<br />

the <strong>Catania</strong> University in order to host<br />

young and disadvantaged participants<br />

at a very special low priced.

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> General Chair<br />

Giuseppe Nicotra-PhD<br />

Born in <strong>Catania</strong> on January 5, 1972.<br />

Since 2012 he is staff researcher at the headquarters of the IMM-CNR of <strong>Catania</strong>, where from January of the<br />

same year worked on both the strategic planning than the design and construction of the rst Sub-A resolution<br />

transmission electron microscopy Italian laboratory, which today holds the position of director. Also as part of<br />

the same project he coordinated the entire training course and organized and directed the rst Italian school of<br />

electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).<br />

On February 2006 he obtained the title of PhD in materials science at University of <strong>Catania</strong> under the scientic<br />

supervision of Prof Emanuele Rimini. He worked as a visitor researcher at the University of California at Davis and the National Center<br />

for Electron Microscopy at Berkeley, under the scientic supervision of Prof. Nigel D Browning, where he started to work in the eld of<br />

scanning transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM), both monochromated that spherical aberration corrected (Cs corrected), applied<br />

in the eld of Materials Science and Biological Sciences. He received the Presidential Student Award from the Microscopy Society<br />

of America. Recently he started to study new and innovative two-dimensional (2D) materials, such as Graphene, Silicene and<br />

Phosphorene, leading to important scientic discoveries.<br />

He is guest editor of the Elsevier Journal, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, and author of more than 100 scientic<br />

international papers..

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong><br />

General Chair<br />

Corrado Spinella-PhD<br />

Born in <strong>Catania</strong> on February 16, 1962.<br />

He is and Director of the Department of Physics and Technology of Matter – CNR, President of the National<br />

Technological District "Sicilia Micro Nanosistemi”. received his Dr. degree in Physics in 1985. In 1989 he joined<br />

as researcher the Istituto Nazionale di Metodologie e Tecnologie per la Microelettronica (IMETEM) of the Italian<br />

National Research Council (CNR). From 1999 to 2001 he was Director of IMETEM and in 2002 he moved as<br />

senior researcher to the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM). Since 2008 to 2014 he was<br />

Director of IMM.<br />

His research activity is in the eld of new materials and processes for micro and nanoelectronics: front–end<br />

processing for ultra large scale Si technology; Si–based optoelectronics; science and technology of silicon<br />

carbide for RF or power electronics; novel memory devices based on silicon nanocrystals; advanced techniques,<br />

based on transmission electron microscopy, for characterization of nanostructured materials. He is author of more than 250 scientic<br />

papers and of several international patents.

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Organizing Committee Chair<br />

Elisabetta Falcieri-Prof<br />

Born in Trento on January 5, 1949.<br />

Degrees in Biological Sciences and Medicine (hons) in Bologna University and, successively, Specialty in<br />

Virology Since 1990 she is a member of the Italian Society of Microscopical Sciences and since 2014 she is<br />

SISM President. Since the beginning she was a member of European Microscopy Society too. From November<br />

1983 to October 1984 she was Research Assistant at University Medical School, Geneva (CH). Since 1989<br />

italian Research National Council Associate. University Researcher in Bologna Medical School, Associate<br />

Professor in Chieti University, and, since March 2001, Full Professor of Anatomy in the Faculty of Health and<br />

Physical Exercise of Urbino University. Chairperson of LM-67 second level Degree Course, she was Coordinator<br />

of the the PhD Course of "Molecular and morpho-functional methods applied to physical exercise" and, actually,<br />

of the interclass PhD Course of “Life Sciences, Health and Biotechnology”.<br />

She is Professor of Human Anatomy in rst level course, of Clinical Anatomy in the second level course and of Clinical Anatomy of<br />

Motor System in the I level Master Course "Functional training" Between 2009 and 2015 she was Rector Delegated for Department<br />

Organization. She is also member of the Italian Societies of Anatomy, Histochemistry, Cell Cultures, Cytometry, Myology, and of the<br />

European Tissue Culture Society. She is reviewer for international journals. Her research elds are morpho-functional features of<br />

hemopoietic, nerve, muscle and cartilage cells death, studied by means of a variety of molecular and microscopical approaches.<br />

She is author of the Italian edition of the text "Netter Atlas of Neurosciences", Masson eds., Milano, 2004 and also of 2010 edition by<br />

Elsevier eds. She is co- author of the text "Anatomia dell'Apparato Locomotore", ediSES, Napoli, 2008. On September 4-9 2011 she<br />

organized in Urbino the” X Multinational Congress on Microscopy” together with Austrian, Croatian, Czechoslovak, Hungarian,<br />

Serbian and Slovene Microscopy Societies. Since 2016 she is a MC member to COST Action 15214, Bruxelles. She is author of 485<br />

scientic publications, 177 full papers.

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Programme at a glance

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong><br />

Workshops programme<br />

In situ - In operando<br />

EELS Turorial - Enviromental TEM<br />

Nanomedicine<br />

Workshops and local organising committee<br />

Dr Roberto Balboni, CNR-IMM Bologna<br />

Dr Regina Ciancio, CNR-IOM Trieste<br />

Dr Stefania Meschini, ISS Roma<br />

Prof. Manuela Malatesta, University of Verona<br />

Dr Massimo Tonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia<br />

Dr Cristiano Albonetti, CNR-ISMN Bologna

<strong>Catania</strong> - <strong>EMC</strong><strong>2020</strong> Professional Congress Organizer<br />

Local organizing secretariat will be Medeacom partner of Sicilia Convention Bureau<br />

Medeacom is one of the most important PCO and DMC in Sicily, founded in 2004 has organized more<br />

than 1.500 events.<br />

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Medeacom offers extremely high quality services thanks to the availability of<br />

adequate human, nancial and technical resources.<br />

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Medeacom is specialized in development of: scientic congress, cultural meeting,<br />

events, publishing, graphics and web design.<br />

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Medeacom organizes one of the biggest annually event in Italy ( Etna Comics) with<br />

over 70.000 participants in 4 days, at The Ciminiere convention center.

Professional C ongress Organizer<br />

www.medeacom.com<br />

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