Social events

The social events currently planned during the ODS 2019 are described in the following. Last update August 28th, 2019.



Welcome cocktail

On Wednesday, September 4th  ODS 2019 participants are invited to the Welcome cocktail that will be held in the Portico of Palazzo San Giorgio, starting at 20:00,  just after the the Round Table (note that the Round Table is scheduled from 18:30 to 20:00 in Palazzo San Giorgio, too, in Sala dei Capitani).
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The following map provides the direction to reach Palazzo S.Giorgio from DIEC by a 10 minutes walk.





ODS 2019 Sport 

In the evening on Thursday, September 5th, starting at 19:30, a Beach Volley tournament will be organized at Cristoforo Colombo Club (Via Milite Ignoto, 1) a nice green corner close to Genova center.

To reach the club one can can take the bus #35 or #20 at the stop “Gramsci 1”, just in front of the conference venue, or enjoy a 30-minute walk crossing the city center (see the map below).


After the tournament we will be happy to offer to all participants in the tournament a light dinner with typical Ligurian menu.

The event is limited to a maximum of 40 people. So we encourage you to notify your interest to participate to the beach volley tournament (and light dinner) as soon as possible with an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !



Visit at Serre sul Mare

On Friday, September 6th, a guided tour to the greenhouses of "Serre sul Mare", a family agricultural company with two hundred years of history, will be offered to registered accompanying persons.


 At Serre sul Mare the best basil for the production of the Genoese "pesto" is grown. Thanks to the microclimate of the Ligurian Riviera, basil grows with its unique aroma, in particular in the area of Genova Prà, where Serre sul Mare is located. After its harvesting, the basil is transferred to the production site, where it is processed and turned into pesto.

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 Together with a member of the conference staff, people taking part in the visit will walk (5 minutes) from the conference venue to the railway station of Genova Principe, where, by local train, they will reach Genova Prà (about 20 minutes).

From the railway station of Genova Prà, a 15-minute walk along a steep Ligurian "crêuza" will bring to the location of the company.

During the guided tour the participants will visit the greenhouses and there will be a demo of the preparation of pesto in the traditional Ligurian "murtà". A tasting will be offered, too.

Departure from DIEC at 8:30 and return by 13:00, just in time for the lunch break.

The guided tour is limited to 40 participants. Those who are interested in the visit or need more information are kindly requested to let us now as soon as possible sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Guided tour of the San Lorenzo Cathedral and Social dinner 

On Friday, September 6th ODS 2019 participants are invited to a guided visit of the San Lorenzo Cathedral, located in one of the nicest squares of the Old Town of Genova.

Meeting point with a member of the staff: in front of San Lorenzo Cathedral. There will be two rounds of the guided tour: one at 18:30, for non-AIRO members, and one at 19:15, for those taking part in the AIRO meeting.

After the guided visit, we shall move to the close Chiostro di San Lorenzo, where the Social Dinner will be offered, starting at 20:00.

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San Lorenzo Cathedral and Chiostro di San Lorenzo can be reached from DIEC by a 15- minute walk, which gives the opportunity to wander around the famous "caruggi" of the Old Town. 

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For those who are afraid of getting lost, the following map shows the shortest path directions from DIEC.






Boat Trip to Tigullio and Paradise Gulfs


For the afternoon of Saturday, September 7th, we have organized a special event as a relaxing ending of the conference.

We have rented a boat and we offer to ODS participants (up to the maximum number of available seats), who will stay in Genova on Saturday afternoon, a boat trip to the Tigullio and Paradiso Gulfs, in Riviera di Levante (East Riviera) of Liguria (Boat trips site).

Special prices for families and accompanying persons:

  • registered accompanying persons 10 €
  • not registered accompanying persons 15 €
  • chidren up to 12 years free.

 The boat will depart at 15:00 from Calata Mandraccio, which can be reached by a 10-minute walk from the conference venue, and will be back at about 19:00.



 A 75-minute navigation will take us along the Paradiso Gulf and the western part of the Tigullio Gulf, in front of the eastern side of Genova (Sturla, Quarto, Quinto, Nervi) and the villages of Bogliasco, Pieve Ligure, Sori, Recco, Camogli, and San Fruttuoso.


 Finally, we will arrive in front of the world-famous village of Portofino, clustered around its small harbour, with colourfully painted buildings that line the shore.


Portofino, whose origins go back at least to Roman times (Pliny the Elder referred to it as “Portus Delphini”, i.e., “Port of the Dolphin”) is now a holiday resort, well-known for its picturesque harbour, historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors, and beautiful surrounding Nature.




Then, the boat will go back and dock at San Fruttuoso, where the participants will have the possibility to enjoy an unforgettable swim (remember to bring with you mask, snorkel and fins!) and/or to visit the X-XI century monastic complex, cloister, cathedral chapter and church, and the monumental sepulchres of the Doria family.

San Fruttuoso is a stunning, unique site to visit, protected by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), where masterpieces of Nature and man come together.

The magnificent abbey appears in a humble fishermens’ village nestled in a steep inlet between the jagged coasts of Camogli and Portofino.

After the first monastic occupation, this area was inhabited by fishermen, sometimes it was a pirates’ cove, and finally become the property of the Doria family.                              

Participants who would join the boat trip can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. specifying the presence of accompanying persons and children.