Welcome to Statphys 23


The Venue

STATPHYS 23 will take place in Genova, Italy, at the Congress Center, located in the former Cotton Docks, recently restored by the worldwide famous architect Renzo Piano.

- Congress Center

- Plenary Hall

- The Town: Genova

- Local Transportation


Congress Center

The Congress Center, located in modules 6 to 10 of the "Magazzini del Cotone", is dedicated to conventions, exhibitions and related activities. It has 18 halls, each named after a particular wind. The annual Italian Conference on Physics of Matter - INFMeeting was held here in June 2000, with over 1100 participants.

The Auditorium holds 1,500 seats and can be split into two mirror-image halves (Maestrale and Grecale Halls), with a theatre-like stage which can be adjusted to various heights. The other halls vary in seating capacity and some are modular. There are 8,500 m2 of exhibition space and outdoor areas for various activities. With its state-of-the-art audio and visual systems, including an infrared simultaneous translation facility, the Congress Centre offers the best of high-tech functionality without jeopardizing any of the charme of the original structures brilliantly renovated by Renzo Piano.

The Conference Center "Magazzini del Cotone" is at walking distance from downtown.

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Plenary Hall

The Auditorium seats up to 1,500 people and can be divided into two identical rooms - the Maestrale and Grecale - meeting in a central, theater-like stage that can be raised and lowered.

The original double pitched roof has been retained intact on new steel trusses which also support the stage lighting. The overall effect is remarkable.

The walls are lined with directional, sound proofed, pear wood panels which can be adjusted to achieve perfect acoustics.

A system of two mobile sound-proofed dividers can be used to create two identical halls with independent production rooms, simultaneous interpretation cabins and sound / video systems.

The hall is equipped with a projection system of 5 screens (3x4 mt.): 2 screens in each hall and one on the back of speaker. On these screens it is possible to show same or different images.


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The town: Genova

The History

The city still preserves what is said to be the largest historic city centre in Europe together with Venice's. In fact, Genova has a long history as a maritime and trading city state. One can still walk through its original medieval narrow alleys called "carruggi", bump into romanesque churches and visit museums housed inside richly decorated palaces erected for families of banquiers who were among the wealthier and most powerful in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Genova is the birthplace of many important historic characters: Christopher Columbus (1451-1506), the discoverer of America; Andrea Doria (1466-1560), the powerful admiral of the Genoese fleet, famous worldwide because of the big Genoese passenger ship with the same name wrecked in front of New York in 1953, and Nicolò Paganini (1782- 1840), one of the most famous violinists in the world.


Genova is situated approximately 150 km south of Milan, at the top of the arc formed by the Gulf washed by the blue and emerald-green waters of the Ligurian Sea. It is the meeting point of the western Riviera ("di Ponente"), which stretches as far as the French border at Menton, and the eastern Riviera ("di Levante") which ends at the naval base of La Spezia. Genova is the largest port on the Mediterranean and one of the most important cities in Italy in terms of size and economic significance. The port and the related transport and logistic services are the oldest and most strongly consolidated activities of the city (over 2.5 million ferry and cruise-ship passengers pass through the city). Genova is also a base for internationally important ship-building, mechanical and iron and steel-making industries. Genova, Christopher Columbus's place of origin, is "discovered" every year by one million visitors including tourists, congress delegates and businessmen, who tour the famous Aquarium, the Opera, the museums and the Historic Centre, and appreciate the culture, the landscapes, the local cuisine and the way of life of the city.

The future

Genova has been the seat of the G8 in July 2001 and now it is the European Capital of Culture in 2004. It is an important challenge for the city which will witness a boost in investment, in expanding and developing the tourism sector. The "Porto Antico" (the ancient harbour) was restored in occasion of the 1992 Columbians Events, and now hosts the Expo Complex designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano. The further city renewal will include subway construction, a new connection from the airport to the ancient harbour by boat.

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Getting there

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An authentic, historic gateway to the Mediterranean, Genova is easily reachable from all parts of Europe, by whichever mean you choose to travel.

How to arrive in Genova:

By plane

The international airport of Genova Sestri,"Cristoforo Colombo" was built in the area resulting from a marine landfill. It has an efficient service of land and air assistance. Genova's airport is open throughout the year, thanks to a mild climate to good visibility It has the unusual characteristic of being centrally located, only 6 km from downtown Genova and from the Conference Center. 

It provides regular service to the main European cities, with direct air connections with:
- international connections: Paris (F), Frankfurt (D), London (LGW), Munich (D), Zurich (CH)
major stopovers:
Milano (Malpensa Hub) and Roma (Fiumicino Hub)

By car

Highway A10 (E80) Ventimiglia-Genova
Highway A12 (E80) Livorno-Genova
Highway A7 (E25) Milano-Genova
Highway A26 Alessandria-Genova

By train

The railway follow the routes of the major highways.

The Ventimiglia-La Spezia line gathers travelers in western Italy going to Savona-Genova, Milan via Genova, Parma via La Spezia and joins the Tirrenica line for Rome, Naples and the South. Liguria is served by the main international lines, coming from Nice, Moncenisio (near Turin), Gottardo, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Rapid connections are guaranteed by the TEE, EC and IC trains, and by connections at convenient times in all directions.


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