All activities will take place take place at Palazzo Greppi, a palace of Milan in neoclassical style, located in via Sant'Antonio, 10.

Palazzo Greppi is close to the main building of the University of Milan, in via Festa del Perdono, inner city.

Buses (54, 60, 73, 84, 94) trams (12,14,15, 16, 23, 24, 27) and the underground (Duomo station- line 1;  Missori station- line 3) all stop nearby.

If you are arriving from abroad:

Linate Airport is about 10 km from Milan city centre.
Take bus N° 73 to the city centre and get off at Piazza San Babila  (close to the underground station - line 1/red line), a 10 minutes walk from via Festa del Perdono.

Malpensa Airport is about 50 km from Milan city centre.
There are links to the Central Station and to Cadorna Railway Station - by Malpensa Express train. Once you are at Cadorna station take Bus 94 (destination P.ta Nuova) if you go to via Festa del Perdono.

The Central Station (Stazione Centrale), Milan's main railway station, is located at the hub of the transport network. This is also where two of the main underground lines intersect (line 2/green line; line 3/yellow line).

Timetables for the public trasportation in Milan are available at the ATM web site. For the regional public trasportation you can access this planner.


A block of discounted rooms is being held for conference attendees at the hotels listed below. Room reservations should be made directly with the hotel. Be sure to ask for the discounted conference rate refering to the conferece acronym -SIMPDA-, mentioning that the conferece is organized by the University of Milan.


Via F. Baracchini, 12 – 20123 Milano
Tel. 02/88431,  Fax 02/804924,  sito: e-mail:

Hotel Brunelleschi offers Standard single room at 181 EUR and Superior single rooms at 204 EUR.

2. HOTEL CANADA - 3 stars -

Via Santa Sofia, 16 – 20122 Milano
Tel. 02/58304844,  Fax 02/58300282,  sito:

Hotel Canada offers Standard single room at 100 EUR and Superior single rooms at 180 EUR.

3. HOTEL ZURIGO - 3 stars -

Corso Italia 11/a– 20122 Milano
Tel. 02/72022260,  Fax 02/72000013,

Hotel Zurigo offers Standard single room at 108 EUR and Superior single rooms at 153 EUR.

Visa Information

Please check here Italian regulations in order to apply for your visa.

EXPO 2015

Expo Milano 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. It is not simply an exhibition but a process of active participation among a large number of players around the theme of Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Even if the exposition is open from May 1 to October 31, 2015, the Expo will host many other activities running since 2014 to 2016.

You can get more information on EXPO 2015 from the official web site of this event.

Visiting Milan

Milan is a singular city. The urban landscape is not dominated by monuments and works of art, as it is in Venice, Florence or Rome, but by the many faces of the city, which conceal many unique treasures and mysteries. Two web sites, providing updated information and resources to pick up ideas about what to see, are: and

Milan is famous for fashion, for theatre and for the international scope of its trade fairs – and will become even more so in view of Expo 2015 – but to discover the city you must know where to look or simply wander around, venturing into the internal courtyards of the private palazzos in the city centre or visiting the numerous historic buildings that are open to the public.

At one time, Milan was a navigable city, full of canals and waterways (several of which are still uncovered and famous for their nightlife).
It was Leonardo Da Vinci, during his long stay in the city, who was responsible for improving the canals with a system of locks, while he worked on dozens of other works, including his famous fresco, The Last Supper.

Sights to see include the numerous masterpieces preserved in the museums (the Brera Picture Gallery, the Ambrosiano Museum, the Museum of Modern Art) and the wonderful Romanesque churches, such as the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio (which is said to hold the remains of the three Magi, brought by the Saint from Constantinople).

It is also advisable to visit the striking gothic structure of the Duomo, the age-old symbol of the city, and pass beneath the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele that leads to the Scala, the temple of opera and symphonic music.

There are also many possibilities for excursions to the outskirts of the city and to other places in the region.

Milan is not far from Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, the Alps, the Ligurian Sea (90 minutes away) and Venice (a 2 ½ hour train journey).

Those who wish to sample Milanese nightlife can partake in the ritual of the aperitif (happy hour) in the city centre or by the Navigli canals, before moving on to the cinema, a club or a concert.

To find out what’s going on in the city on a daily basis you can consult Vivi Milano, (Italian text) published by the Milanese newspaper Il Corriere della Sera or Repubblica Milano, compiled by the Milanese editorial staff of the newspaper La Repubblica, which sometimes features a section known as -Centodieci- dedicated entirely to university life in the city.