11th International Conference o Urban Drainage Modelling
23-26 Sep 2018 – Palermo, Italy
UDM – Social Program
Some details of social events at the UDM2018 can be found below – more details will be provided as they become available.
Sunday 23 September – Theatines Convent
The large courtyard of the ancient Theatines Convent (17th century), today the School of Legal and Economic Sciences of the University of Palermo, with refreshing drinks and some typical Sicilian delicacies. The welcome venue is in the Palermo historic center close to Quattro Canti, officially known as “Piazza Vigliena”, a Baroque square which is at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the “Via Maqueda” and the “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”, and recognized as one of the first major examples of town planning in Europe.
19.30 – 23.00 – Ice-Breaker & Registration
Monday 24 September – Palazzo dei Normanni
The Palazzo dei Normanni, the Royal Palace of Palermo, was the seat of the Kings of Sicily during the Norman domination. The building is the oldest royal residence in Europe, the home of the rulers of the Kingdom of Sicily and imperial seat with Frederick II and Conrad IV the Svevian. The palace stands in what is the highest point of the ancient center of the city, just above the first Punic settlements, whose remains can still be found in the basement. The palace contains the Cappella Palatina, the best example of the Arab-Norman-Byzantine style that prevailed in the 12th-century Sicily. The wonderful mosaics, the wooden roof, elaborately fretted and painted, and the marble incrustation of the lower part of the walls and the floor are very fine. The wooden roof is considered the first and oldest piece of Islamic art in the wolrd. The palace is today the seat of the Sicilian Parliament and Sicilian Regional Assembly. The Sicilian Parlament is the oldest in the wolrd (jointly, with Island and orl iland Fare Oer). Indeed, the first meeting (assise) was convene by the King Ruggero in 1130.
16.00 – 17.00 Sala Gialla “Piersanti Mattarella” – Opening Ceremony
19.30 – 21.30 Foyer and Gardens of the Royal Palace – Welcome Cocktail
Tuesday 25 September – Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden was founded by the University of Palermo in 1789. The garden is the largest in Europe. The study of botany originally started and developed in Botanical Garden until 1795, the year the garden had its official opening. Today the Botanical Garden covers an area of 10 hectares, thanks to the enlargements undertaken in 1906. As Villa Giulia, a public garden built at the end of 18th century, the Botanical Garden includes attractive statues, bas-reliefs and other interesting features. Over its 200 years of history, this garden has played an important role in the study and distribution of endless different species of tropical and subtropical flora in Sicily, Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region. The Botanical Garden currently hosts about 12,000 species of living plants. The most significant plant collections include succulents, palms and cycads, together with different specimens of relevant regional flora. The gardens boast the largest Ficus macrophilia in all of Europe, a sight that evokes a vision of a creature rising out of the abyss to burst through the surface.
19.30 – 23.00 – Light Sicilian Dinner
Wednesday 26 September – Teatro Massimo
The Teatro Massimo is not only the largest theatre in Italy but also one of the largest in Europe. This imposing structure with its neoclassical exterior stands on the site of a church and a monastery, demolished at the end of the 1800’s. The façade resembles a classic temple. A regal flight of steps leads up to a gabled vestibule supported by six Corinthian tuff columns on a podium with a monumental staircase flanked by two bronze lions ridden by the allegorical representations of Melody and Opera. Golden stuccoes, wooden decorations, velvet and glass: the horseshoe-shaped auditorium hosts up to up to 1300 people in the stalls, five floors of boxes and a gallery. Acoustically perfect, it is dominated by the so-called “Symbolic wheel” that forms its ceiling. The wheel resembles a wide flower with eleven petals. Each of them is part of the original cooling system of the theatre, as they can be opened to let the hot air flow out.
19.30 – 23.30 – Gala Dinner