Congress Venue

Campus of the IMT School for Advanced Studies
Piazza S.Francesco, 19 - Lucca (LU) 55100, Italy

The IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a public graduate school and research center that focuses on the analysis of economic, societal, technological and cultural systems.
Since IMT’s institution in 2005, the School has distinguished itself thanks to the quality and innovativeness of its research and doctoral program and its interdisciplinary nature, characterized by the complementarity and discourse between methodologies drawn from economics, engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, archeology, art history and the analysis and management of cultural heritage.

The final program is now available (a printed copy will be available in the congress kit)

Organizing Secretariat and Local PCO

AmandaeventZ srl
Via della Villa Demidoff, 46 - 50127 Florence, Italy

Ph: (+39) 055 5274840
Fax: (+39) 055 56561030


How to reach Lucca and the Congress Venue

Wikitravel to Lucca

By Plane
The nearest airport to Lucca is: PISA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT “GALILEO GALILEI”. The airport offers direct flights from all major Italian and international airports, and low-cost (Ryanair - Easyjet and others) connections with European cities. You could reach Lucca from Pisa Airport by train, by bus (you can buy either Trenitalia or Lazzi bus tickets in the arrival hall - further info) or by taxi (a taxi from Pisa airport to Lucca city would take about 30 minutes).

Lucca can also be easily reached from: FLORENCE AIRPORT. You can catch a bus or taxi from just outside the airport for an approximate duration of one hour.

By Train
Lucca Train Station is directly connected to the main Tuscan provinces and tourist locations (Pisa, Viareggio, Montecatini, Pistoia, Florence, Aulla) or main Italian airports (Rome and Milan). Please visit Trenitalia website

By Bus
The bus company is named VaiBus. Rides are going to take you a bit more than trains, so it may be easier to get to town by train - visit Bus info

Renting a bike in Lucca
If you come both by train or bus, you may decide to either walk or rent a bike.  The city is small and flat so it is easy to navigate. Lucca is very famous for being a bike-friendly place.

Social program

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Cocktail  - Tuesday, September 4th 2018 

The Opening Ceremony will be followed by a welcome cocktail that will be held on  the prestigious Casermetta del Baluardo di San Pietro on the City Wall, located at walking distance from the congress venue. Crossbow archers and Flag-wavers, musicians, armored and duellists, and Renaissance dances will be presented.

This event will be open to all delegates and registered accompanying persons having indicated their willingness to attend the welcome cocktail during registration. Cost is included in the registration fee.

Social Dinner – Thursday,  September 6th 2018 

Social dinner will be hosted in Lucca at Palazzo Pfanner at 8 pm.

Tickets are limited up to 120 participants and will be confirmed on a first-comefirst-served basis. No dress code required.

The attendance at the Social dinner can be reserved during the registration procedure, and will be confirmed only upon payment. The cost per person is of Euro 50 VAT included.


Lucca is famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, a pedestrian promenade which encircled the old town in the natural amphitheatre of the hills beyond.
The medieval city has maintained the characteristics of the small capital: the streets and piazzas of the historical center, “the Oval Square”, the churches, the towers and buildings, provide an ideal setting for a campus within which experiences can be shared.  
In spite of being a small city (85.000 inhabitants), Lucca hosts international festivals and cultural events, for example, the Lucca Summer Music Festival and the annual Lucca Comics and Games, Italy’s largest festival for comics.

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In general the climate in Lucca is mild with a gentle fresh wind. There are some differences between the coast and the valleys where the summers are hotter than in the hilly areas and where the climate is very continental and rainfalls are more frequent. Usually the summers in Lucca are hot and dry.
September is still dry and sunny, with occasional rainy days, temperatures ranges normally around 20°C, up to 26°C.


In Lucca there are plenty of quality shops, in particular along the commercial street of Via Fillungo.
During the summer the timetable is from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00. Some shops remain open with no lunch break.


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