Florence, Italy
5-9 May 2012
Florence


Social Programme

All social activities have been organised outside of the scientific content of the congress and are not included in the registration fee.

Welcome Reception

Saturday 5 May 2012, 19:30
Congress Venue: Fortezza da Basso, Florence

ISE and ESE invite you to a Welcome Reception of this 2012 joint congress taking place at the Fortezza da Basso Congress Centre.

Drinks and light snacks will be available to all.

Congress Dinner

Sunday 6 May 2012, 20:00
Palazzo Corsini, Florence.

ICE / ECE delegates are invited to attend a Conference Dinner to be held at the spectacular Palazzo Corsini.  Demand for tickets is expected to be high so you are asked to register as soon as possible in order to ensure your place.

Tickets are €75 and are available to purchase using the online congress registration system. Concessions are available for ESE members at €60 and Fellows/Students/Nurses at €35.
Ticket price includes a 3 course meal including drinks with light entertainment from a local band.

If you have already purchased your congress registration, please contact the congress secretariat to purchase a ticket.
Table bookings & private room bookings are available. Please contact the congress secretariat for more details.

This select venue provides a rare opportunity to dine in a private palace surrounded by exquisite frescoes and artworks. The Palazzo Corsini is a private residence situated on the banks of the river Arno. It is both an historic and elegant late baroque building with an enviable pedigree of ownership. In 1649 Maria Maddalena Macchiavelli, the wife of the Marchese Filippo Corsini, purchased the palace from the Grand Duke Ferdinando II de' Medici. Originally, Palazzo Corsini belonged to the Ardinghelli family, then to the Medici, to the Corsini and today it is in the hands of their descendants the Miari Fulcis and the Sanminiatelli families.

The Palazzo is a late baroque building with roofs decorated with statues and terracotta vases – a novelty for Renaissance Florence – and the main, U-shaped courtyard that opens towards the riverbank. The two men responsible for Palazzo Corsini were Bartolomeo Corsini (1622-1685), the son of Filippo Corsini and Maria Maddalena Macchiavelli and, Filippo son of Bartolomeo's son (1647-1705) who expanded the portion of the Palazzo that extends towards Ponte S. Trinita.  Construction continued non-stop for 50 years.

The magnificent interior frescoes and decorations, which were done between 1692 and 1700, belong to one of the finest and most intense moments in the history of Florentine art. The family commissioned several artists to decorate the noble apartments on the first floor. The outstanding artists who worked on the interiors of the building include Anton Domenico Gabbiani, Alessandro Gherardini and Pier Dandini.

Dining in this wonderful building is a rare opportunity - not to be missed!

Congress Concert

Monday 7 May 2012, 20:30
Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence.

We are extremely pleased to announce that ICE/ECE 2012 will host a Congress Concert at the Basilica di San Lorenzo on Monday 7 May 2012 from 20:30 – 21:15.

A 48 piece choir will perform a 45 minute concert in one of the largest churches in the city. This is a truly unique opportunity that we are incredibly proud to present as part of our joint congress.

Tickets are now available for purchase, but are limited due to the capacity of the spectacular venue.

Tickets are €55 and are available to purchase using the online congress registration system.
Concessions are available for ESE members at €40 and Fellows/Students/Nurses at €25.
Ticket price includes entrance to the concert.

If you have already purchased your congress registration, please contact the congress secretariat to purchase a ticket.