Annual Conference Sicily 5th–9th September 2016

Provisional Programme

The Palatin Chapel (Palermo)

The Palatin Chapel (Palermo)

Sunday, 4 September

  • Arrival and evening welcome cocktail (Vecchio Borgo Hotel)

Monday 5 September

  • Museum of Engines and Mechanisms
    (wide collection of machines and mechanisms including steam engines, aircraft engines of the First and the Second World War, automotive engines, hydraulic machines, laboratory devices and didactic models dating from the end of 19th century)
  • Department of Chemistry
    (nice small collection of chemical instruments, including 19th century chemical balances used by Stanislao Cannizzaro)
  • Psychotechnical Collection
    (important instruments of psychology and psychiatry dating back to the 1940s)
  • Archeological Museum "A. Salinas"
    (nice collection of astrolabes and sundials, usually not on display)
  • Palermo Arsenal – Maritime Museum (with historical Navy collections)

Tuesday 6 September

  • Astronomical Observatory Museum
    (18th-19th century astronomical instruments, with the famous Ramsden Circle used by Giuseppe Piazzi)
  • Palatine Chapel and Royal Palace (with beautiful Normand architectures)
  • Palermo Cathedral (with the beautiful meridian line tracked by Piazzi in 1801) Biblioteca Comunale (City Library) (with beautiful globes, usually not on display)
  • St. Dominique Church (with a perpetual calendar usually not accessible to the public) Evening: Pizza in a Museum-restaurant in the outskirts of Palermo

Wednesday 7 September

  • Institute of Physics
    (19th-20th century beautiful collection, from old instruments belonging to Domenico Scinà, to those acquired by Pietro Blaserna, later founder of Via Panisperna Institute in Rome, to some others used by the Nobel Prize Emilio Segrè who discovered "technetium" in 1937 during his stay in Palermo)
  • Museum of Mineralogy (with beautiful collections of Sicilian minerals and rocks) Botanical Garden (one of the most important in Europe)
  • Geological Museum (with rare collections of fossils)

Thursday 8 September

  • Museum of Radiology
    (one of the 10 existing in the world, collecting instruments dating back to the 1950s)
  • Museum of Physiology (recently opened)
  • Zisa – Museum of Islamic Arts (with a zodiacal disk) Crypte of the Capucines (with mummies)
  • Formal conference Dinner near the sea, in the area of Sferracavallo-Mondello

Friday 9 September

  • Benedictines' Abbey of S. Martino delle Scale (with a beautiful astronomical clock and sundials)
  • Monreale Basilique (with beautiful mosaics)

Saturday 10 September

  • Trip to Etna (optional)
    Early start by Coach to Etna then by cable car up Etna to at least 2500 metres.
    This is going to be a long and strenuous day and may not be suitable for everyone.
    Proper walking shoes and waterproof clothing are essential, the temperature is likely to be much lower as you get higher up the volcano.
    The Etna trip can only go ahead if we get at least 10 people wanting to participate otherwise the cost of transport is likely to be excessive.

Additional Notes

  • During the week we will have a coach available whenever needed. Lunch will be provided each day
  • We have reserved rooms at two hotels in the heart of Palermo 4* Politeama Hotel
  • 3* Mediterraneo Hotel