1 - 6 July 2018 | Palermo -Italy

The Conference Social Programme

Some details of social events at the HIC2018 can be found below – more details will be provided as they become available.

Monday 2nd July – The Welcome Ice-Breaker

The organizing committee is pleased to welcome the participants to the large courtyard of the ancient Theatines Convent (17th century), today the School of Legal and Economic Sciences of the University of Palermo, with refreshing drinks and some typical Sicilian delicacies. The welcome venue is in the Palermo historic center close to Quattro Canti, officially known as “Piazza Vigliena”, a Baroque square which is at the crossing of the two principal streets in Palermo, the “Via Maqueda” and the “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”, and recognized as one of the first major examples of town planning in Europe.

To reach the meeting venue from the conference building (25 minutes’ walk), delegates will be able to enjoy the most ancient street of Palermo “ù Cassaru” (in Sicilian), known as “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”. The street is rooted in the age of the foundation of Palermo by the Phoenicians. It provides access to a number of important sights, including the Royal Palace (also known as “Palazzo dei Normanni”) and the Cathedral, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

After the Ice-Breaker, the delegates will then be free to move on to restaurants of their choice and to explore the Palermo’s night life.

Wednesday 4th July – The Gala Dinner

The HIC 2018 Gala Dinner will be held at the old Bathing Establishment of Mondello which today hosts the prestigious “Alle Terrazze” restaurant.

Since its inauguration in 1912, the Bathing Establishment has been synonym of beauty and elegance, with the innovative concrete structure, the wide windows opening on the horizon and the terraces stretching on the sea. One of a kind, it is one of the most beautiful examples of the Art Nouveau in Europe. This stunning venue is located in the small borough of the city of Palermo, Mondello. It was originally a small fishing village, but at the end of the 19th century it grew into a tourist destination. Mondello is characterized by a sandy bay of tropical colors that binds the two promontories, called Monte Gallo and Monte Pellegrino, with a coastline of white sand that nowadays is little more than 1.5 kilometers long. The numerous Liberty style villas on the seafront promenade make it an important landmark in the history of international modernism.


The Welcome Ice-Breaker

Monday 2nd July

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The Gala Dinner

Thursday 4nd July

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The Accompanying Person Programme


Accompanying persons are similarly to the conference participants also warmly welcome. The conference has organized for them a pleasant stay with a rich social programme, giving them the opportunity to enjoy as well as discover the culture and the history of Palermo and Sicily.

Accompanying persons’ registration will be done through the HIC 2018 account of the participant they are accompanying.

Accompanying Person Registration Fees include: 250 Eur


  • Welcome reception
  • Palermo Arab-Norman Mini-Tour (first come, first served)
  • Welcome Ice-Breaker
  • Gala Dinner
  • Transfer from and to the Gala Dinner location


HIC 2018 is pleased to offer the conference accompanying persons the very best. Several excursions have been arranged from them (at an extra cost). Details will be available soon.

Closing Conference Tours

Working in progress.

Details will be available soon. 

Post Conference Tours


HIC 2018 participants who wish to extend their stay in this beautiful country and grab at the opportunity to visit a few more of its cultural and natural wonders will find that the conference has arranged a few post-conference tour options for them (at an extra cost).

Details will be available soon.