General information


The Symposium sessions will take place on May 27th – 30th, 2013 in the National Research Council Headquarters, Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, Rome, Italy (Download map). Lecture room is tiered and can accommodate more than 300 people.

Anticipated Attendance

  • Scientists engaged in research on Durum Wheat Genetics and Breeding, Domestication and Evolution.
  • Representatives of Organizations responsible for increasing Durum Wheat productivity and sustainability.
  • Seed Companies.
  • Milling and pasta producing Companies
  • Public information specialists


Official Language of the Symposium is English: No translation will be provided. 

AV facilities

AV facilities include:

  • Overhead projectors for slides.
  • LCD projection system for PowerPoint style presentations.
  • PC for LCD projection.

Speakers requiring specific AV equipment should contact the Symposium Secretariat prior to their arrival to ensure availability.

Important dates

  • Abstract Submission: October 1st 2012 – February 28th, 2013
  • Registration and Paper Submission: January 1st - March 31st, 2013
  • Symposium Dates: Rome (Italy) May 27-30, 2013

Registration fees

Registration fees include access to scientific sessions, the symposium abstract book, the symposium materials, all coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner.

The registration fees are:

Before March 31stAfter March 31st
Regular participants 300 €400 €
Students/PhD Students150 €200 €
Accompanying persons100 €100 €

Please consider that the registration fee does not include accommodation and excursions.
In case of cancellation, refunds are possible until March 31st, except for a handling fee of 50 € for regular participants/students; full refunding for accompanying persons. No refunds are allowed after March 31st.
Payments can be made via credit card, EC card, bank transfer.

Payment via wire transfer

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Weather in Rome

May is when the summer season really kicks off in Rome, with much warmer temperatures and less rain; it is the perfect time to see what Rome has to offer.
The average daily temperature usually rise to 23°C (73°F), and only dips as low as 11°C (52°F).
The average daily sunshine is about 9 hours a day and there is less chance of showers, with the average monthly rainfall 48 mm on 10 days.
With the arrival of warmer weather, it is possible to go out and about in light clothing such as t-shirt.
Evenings are likely to be much cooler so it is advisable to bring long sleeved tops and light jackets, especially as there is still a chance to rain. A Check to local weather forecast is advisable.
With the warm, dry weather, it is a good time to see Rome’s famous landmarks.

Tourist information

ROME offers guided tours and cultural events promoting the knowledge of its historic, artistic and archaeological heritage. Tours are characterized by high standards, including professional expertise in Roman history, excellent language skills, private or semi-private visits, small groups, and, last but not least, no queuing for tickets at the sites.
Please consult on the web: Rome city tours
Advice will be provided at the Symposium desk.

Visa application

Visa is not needed for most of countries. Please enquire at the Italian Embassy in your country about documents needed and timing.
An official letter of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent upon request. It must be understood that such letters do not cover any fees or other financial support.

Products of the Symposium

Abstract book at time of the Symposium.
Proceedings to be published on a peer reviewed journal after the symposium).
Symposium presentations (on the web site)

Airport Transfer

From Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport to Rome
Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport is Rome's main airport with a choice of city transfer options including airport train, bus, shuttle and city cabs.

Leonardo Express Airport Train
The Leonardo Express is the easiest and fastest public transport service connecting Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport and Termini Station, the main public transport hub for Rome. Leonardo Express is a dedicated nonstop train, which runs every 30 minutes; the journey takes 30 minutes.
The first departure from Fiumicino is at 6.36 and from Roma Termini at 5.52.
The last departure from the airport is at 23.36 and from Roma Termini at 22.52.
At the Airport the train station is well signposted within the passenger terminals. It is a 5-10 minute walk. The way is totally undercover using moving walkways, escalators/lifts.
Ticket machines, official ticket desk and independent outlets sell tickets (One Way Fare: € 14). No prior booking is required.

Note : The station has three platforms and other local trains also terminate here. So do check which platform the next Leonardo Express train departs from, even if there is only one train in the station.

Fiumicino Airport Terminal Layout

FR1 Local Train
The FR1 train city provides a stopping service circling around the South of Rome, from Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport, in the West to the eastern suburbs. Along the way it interchanges with other FR services, the Rome Metro and countless local bus and tram routes. However it doesn't go into the Termini Station, but you can connect to another FR1 train which does. One Way Fare (to Ostiense): € 8.
Note: You cannot use Rome public transport passes to/from Fiumicino Airport

Terravision Airport Bus
The Terravision Bus is the cheapest public transport option between the airport and Termini Station. This is about a third of the cost of the Leonardo Express but Journey takes about twice as long and is not as frequent. One Way Fare: € 6. Online booking ticket: € 4 one way.

Additional services
SIT Bus    €6. To Termini Station via Vatican
Alitalia Bus    €7. For Alitalia passengers. To Termini Station
Hotel Shuttle Service    €20.66. Shared shuttle to any hotel in Central Rome

Rome City Cab & Private Cars
Licensed Taxi From Rank    € 48 Flat fare to within city walls
Private Cars    From € 60 (depends on vehicle size). Personal Meet & Greet. English speaking driver. Flights are monitored, no worries about flight delays.

From Ciampino Airport to Rome
Ciampino is Rome's second airport dominated by the low cost budget carrier Ryanair.
There is a choice of city transfer options, but no direct train service.

There are two competing airport bus services from Ciampino to Termini Station,.
There is also a local bus from Ciampino Airport that connects the airport with the southern tip of Rome's Metro system.

Terravision Airport Bus
From Ciampino, one direct link to Termini Station is the Terravision coach service. It is heavily promoted by the airlines flying into Ciampino. Journey Duration:  40 - 60 Minutes.

Ciampino Airport
On exiting customs turn left going through the doors outside. Bear left and there is a coach stand on your left. There will probably be a Terravision rep.

Rome Termini Station
In Rome the terminus is on the East side of Termini Station, where all the competing bus services from Ciampino terminate. Terravision has a formal ticket office and waiting room inside the Terracafe, Terravision's own cafe and bar.
At both Termini and Ciampino there are Terravision employees with Terravision jackets whom have sole responsibility for boarding of buses.

Note: when you arrive here for a bus, even if you have booked in advance its important to queue up and get a boarding card for your bus.

If you order on-line, you select an individual departure time which reserves you a seat on the bus. If for any reason you miss the bus you booked the ticket is still valid for a later departure. One Way Fare: € 4.

SIT Airport Bus
The SIT bus is an almost identical service to the Terravision bus. Same price, virtually same bus and frequencies, and bus stops at Termini and Ciampino just a few yards apart.

Both SIT and Terravision can carry you between Ciampino Airport and Fiumicino airports, but there is no direct service. You would need to purchase separate tickets on their Ciampino and Fiumicino serves to Termini Station.

Rome City Cab & Private Cars
Licensed Taxi From Rank    €30 Flat fare to within city walls
Private Cars    From €60 (depends on vehicle size) Personal Meet & Greet. English speaking driver. Flights are monitored, no worries about flight delays.


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