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                              PALAZZO DEL CINEMA

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WELCOME MESSAGE

It is a pleasure for the Organizing Committee of the “8th
European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation”
to present the program of this meeting that will take place
in Venice, March 25th - 28th, 2006.

You will find herewith the final program as well as general
informations related to all the pertaining issues.

The programme was designed following an ideal path, from
physiopathology and genetics of hearing to new
developments in the treatment of hearing impairments.

We focused on “hot” topics concerning Cochlear implants
on which, besides the latest advances, there is still an
ongoing both scientific and clinical debate, with the aim of
a profitable discussion and learning for all of us.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy this event and we are
looking forward to personally welcome you in Venice.




                                                     Prof. Gregorio Babighian
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                                           March, 25th-28th 2006



President
Gregorio Babighian

Local Organizing Committee
Marco Fontana, Enzo Emanuelli, Amanda Bonaconsa, Michela De Zen,
Michele Ciccolella, Michela Pagliaro, Cristina Giacomelli,
Roberta Rebesco, Pietro Amistà

Local Scientific Committee
Franco Trabalzini, Manuela Mazzoli, Eva Orzan, Maurizio Amadori
International board of former presidents
Sue Archbold (UK)
Bernard Fraysse (F)
Roland Laszig (D)
Thomas Lenarz (D)
Manuel Manrique (E)
Gerry O'Donoghue (UK)
Erwin Offeciers (B)
Stefaan Peeters (B)
Marco Pelizzone (CH)
Angel Ramos (E)
Ad Snik (NL)
Alain Uziel (F)
Paul van den Broek (NL)
Faculty
P. Abbas, M. Amadori, P. Amistà, S. Archbold, A. Aschendorff,
E. Arslan, G. Babighian, D.E. Brackmann, G. Bredberg, S. Burdo,
J. Casselman, N. Cohen, L. Collet, V. Colletti, D. Cuda,
A. Della Volpe, R. Filipo, B. M. Fontana, B. Fraysse, B. Gantz,
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A. Geers, E. Genovese, J.A. Germiller, A. L. Giraud, M. Giuric,  ˇ
J. Graham, C.S. Kim, T. Lenarz, T. Linder, M. Luntz, J. Magnan, M.
Manrique, A. Martini, P. S. Mason, M. Mazzoli, Moeller, M. Mondain,
J. Müller, J. Nikolopoulos, G. O’Donoghue, E. Offeciers, E. Orzan,
N. Orzirgin, M. Pat Moeller, M. Pelizzone, S. Prosser, R.J. Puel,
R. Pujol, A. Quaranta, A. Ramos, R. Ramsden, H. Rask-Andersen,
M.N. Rivolta, B.U. Seeber, G.F. Smoorenburg, A. Snik, T. Somers,
Q. Summerfield, M.A. Svirsky, M. Tait, A.M. Tharpe, F. Trabalzini,
E. Truy, R.S. Tyler, A.S. Uziel, A.A. Vieu, A. Zaghis.
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TOPICS
Brain plasticity and implications for cochlear implantation
Imaging of auditory pathways
Early identification, referral criteria and assessment for CI
Objective measures in CI
CI in the adolescents: selection criteria and outcome expectation
Anatomic considerations finalized to CI surgery
Speech processing strategies and technological developments
Cochlear nerve aplasia
Cost benefit and cost effectiveness of CI in children
Contralateral hearing aid versus bilateral cochlear implant
Acute and late complications
Speech, language and communication assessment
Reliability measures, malfunctioning and device failure
Auditory training
Quality of service, service evaluation and audit
New developments for hearing impairment treatments
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SATURDAY, 25TH MARCH 2006


14.00-18.00   Registration

14.00-15.00   Poster Session

14.00-16.00   Satellite Symposia

17.30-17.45   OPENING CEREMONY
              Welcome and Introduction
              to the Symposium
              G. Babighian and M. Pelizzone
              IFOS - D. Passàli

17.45-18.30   LECTURE
              Physiophatology of the ear
              and genetic hearing impairment
              J. Ashmore (UK)

              Welcome Cocktail




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                               SUNDAY, 26TH MARCH 2006

08.00-10.30 Session A                                                          Room   A
                                BRAIN PLASTICITY AND IMPLICATIONS
                                FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION
                                Lecture: A.L. Giraud (D)
                                How I do it: R. Pujol (F)
                                Free Papers
                                Chairs: G.F. Smoorenburg (NL), E. Truy (F)
                                                                               Room   B
                                IMAGING OF AUDITORY PATHWAYS
                                Lecture: J. Casselman (B)
                                How I do it: C.S. Kim (KO)
                                Free Papers
                                Chairs: P. Amistà (IT), J. Nikolopoulos (GR)

10.30-11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.00-13.00 Session B                                                Room A
                                EARLY IDENTIFICATION, REFERRAL CRITERIA
                                AND ASSESSMENT FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION
                                Lecture: A.M. Tharpe (USA)
                                How I do it: M. Mondain (F)
                                Free Papers
                                Chairs: E. Orzan (IT), B. Fraysse (F)
                                                                               Room   B
                                OBJECTIVE MEASURES
                                IN COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION
                                Lecture: P. Abbas (USA)
                                How I do it: P.S. Mason (UK)
                                Free Papers
                                Chairs: E. Arslan (IT), L. Collet (F)

13.30-15.00 LUNCH




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15.00-17.00   Session C                                     Room   A
              ANATOMIC CONSIDERATIONS FINALIZED
              TO COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION SURGERY
              Lecture: H. Rask-Andersen (S)
              How I do it: A. Aschendorff (D)
              Free Papers
              Chairs: G. Babighian (IT), A. Ramos (E)

                                               Room B
              COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION IN THE ADOLESCENTS:
              SELECTION CRITERIA
              AND OUTCOME EXPECTATIONS
              Lecture: N. Cohen (USA)
              How I do it: A. A. Vieu (F)
              Free Papers
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              Chairs: M. Mazzoli (IT), M. Giuric (HR)



17.00-17.30   COFFEE BREAK

17.30-19.00   Session D                                      Room      A
              Satellite Symposium

                                                             Room      B
              Free Papers
              Chairs: A. Della Volpe (IT), T. Linder (CH)




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                                   MONDAY, 27TH MARCH 2006

08.00-10.30                        Session E                                    Room   A
                                   COCHLEAR NERVE APLASIA
                                   Lecture: E. Offeciers (BE)
                                   Round Table
                                   Chair: D.E. Brackamnn (USA)
                                   Participants: J. Casselman (B), V. Colletti (IT),
                                   J. Magnan (F), E. Offeciers (B), R. Ramsden (UK),
                                   F. Trabalzini (IT)
                                                                                Room   B
                                   SPEECH PROCESSING STRATEGIES
                                   AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS
                                   Lecture: M. Pelizzone (CH)
                                   How I do it: G.F. Smoorenburg (NL)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: R. Filipo (IT), S. Prosser (IT)

10.30-15.00                        COFFEE BREAK

11.00-13.00                        Session F                                    Room   A
                                   CONTRALATERAL HEARING
                                   AID VERSUS BILATERAL COCHLEAR IMPLANT
                                   Lecture: R.S. Tyler (USA)
                                   How I do it: B.U. Seeber (D)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: J. Müller (D), S. Burdo (IT)
                                                                                Room   B
                                   SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND
                                   COMMUNICATION ASSESSMENT
                                   Lecture: M. Pat Moller (USA)
                                   How I do it: M.A. Svirsky (USA)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: A. Quaranta (IT), E. Genovese (IT)

13.30-15.00                        LUNCH




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15.00-17.00 Session G                                      Room   A
            ACUTE AND LATE COMPLICATIONS
            Lecture: T. Lenarz (D), J.A. Germiller (USA)
            How I do it: M. Manrique (E)
            Free Papers
            Chairs: G. Bredberg (S), M. Amadori (IT)
                                                           Room   B
            COST BENEFIT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS
            OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTATION IN CHILDREN
            Lecture: Q. Summerfield (UK)
            How I do it: J. Graham (UK)
            Free Papers
            Chairs: M. Luntz (IL), N. Orzirgin (TK)


17.00-17.30 COFFEE BREAK

17.30-19.00 Session H                                      Room   A
            Satellite Symposium

                                                           Room   B
            Free Papers
            Chairs: B.M. Fontana (IT), T. Somers (B)




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                               TUESDAY, 28TH MARCH 2006

08.00-10.30 Session I                                                           Room       A
                                   RELIABILITY MEASURES,
                                   MALFUNCTIONING AND DEVICE FAILURE
                                   Lecture: G. O’ Donoghue (UK)
                                   Roud Table
                                   Chair: N. Cohen (USA)
                                   Participants: G. O’ Donoghue (UK), E. Truy (F),
                                   B. Gantz, Cochlear, Advanced Bionics, MXM,
                                   Med-el
                                                                                Room   B
                                   QUALITY OF SERVICE,
                                   SERVICE EVALUATION AND AUDIT
                                   Lecture: S. Archbold (UK)
                                   How I do it: A.S. Uziel (F)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: D. Cuda (IT), Q. Summerfield (UK)

10.30-11.00 COFFEE BREAK

11.00-13.00 Session L                                                           Room       A
                                   NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR HEARING
                                   IMPAIRMENT TREATMENTS
                                   Lecture: J.L. Puel (F)
                                   How I do it: M.N. Rivolta (IT)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: A. Martini (IT), A. Snik (NL)
                                                                               Room    B
                                   AUDITORY TRAINING
                                   Lecture: A. Geers (USA)
                                   How I do it: M. Tait (UK)
                                   Free Papers
                                   Chairs: A.M. Tharpe (USA), A. Zaghis (IT)

13.00                              CLOSING REMARKS



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SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Call for Abstracts
The deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2005.
Authors will be notified by 10 January 2006 whether their abstracts has been
accepted, and they will be informed at the same time about the date, time and
form of their presentation.
The final programme will be published on the meeting website by
24 January 2006.
The Programme Committee reserves the right to make the final decision
concerning form of presentation but authors are asked to indicate their preference.

Information for Speakers
We are using PowerPoint only - 35mm slide projection and overhead projection
will NOT be available.
We will be using PowerPoint 2002 and any earlier version can also be
accommodated.
Accepted formats: • PC
If you use a Mac please save your presentation in PC format prior to sending
Accepted media: • CD • Zip disk (either 100 or 250 MB) • USB removable drive
You are advised to bring a backup copy in case of any problems with your file.
Laptops will NOT be accepted.

At the meeting
There will be facilities for you to view and edit your presentation in the Speaker
Preview Room.
Presenters are asked to check their Power Point presentations to the Speaker
Preview Room at least two hours before the session (or the day before for
morning sessions). Your presentation will then be transferred to the central
server. All presentations will be deleted from the server at the end of the meeting
unless otherwise requested.

Slide content and design
Disclosure
If the research was supported by a pharmaceutical company you must
indicate the company’s role in analysing the data or preparing the slides.
1. Material on slides must be of an adequate size to be seen clearly by all
    delegates.
2. It is recommended that each slide contains no more than seven lines of text
    and no more than seven words per line.
3. If showing graphs, tables or charts:
    Do not make them too crowded
    Complex figures should be broken up into series
    Limit the number of captions
    Use rounded figures
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4. As a rough guide, we suggest you allow no more than two slides per minute of
   your talk.
5. Slides are easier to read when there is a high contrast between the text
   and the background. Yellow or white text on a mid to dark blue background
   works particularly well. Avoid black text on a white background (eg photographs
   of typed pages).

Presentation times
Oral papers: 8 minutes for presentation

Information for Poster Presenters
Displaying your poster
Boards will be available from 16.00 on March, 25th 2006.
Posters to be removed by 12.00 on March, 28th 2006.
Please contact the Exhibition Desk in the registration area in order to receive the fixing
materials for your poster.

Presenting your poster
All posters will be displayed throughout the entire meeting.
There will be 3 attended poster sessions and authors must attend their posters at the
times specified in their acceptance letters.

Poster preparation
1. Each presenter will be allocated one numbered board, the total usable area
of which is 150 cm high x 100 cm wide (portrait)
   THIS IS THE MAXIMUM SIZE ALLOWED FOR YOUR POSTER!
2. Velcro for attaching your poster to the board will be available at the meeting.
3. Posters are usually more attractive when mounted onto a single background
rather then being mounted on the board as several separate sheets.
4. The Organisers will provide the poster board numbers.
5. You are invited to bring copies of your poster on A4 sheets to hand out to
interested delegates.

Organising your poster
Disclosure
If the research was supported by a pharmaceutical company you must indicate
the company’s role in analysing the data or preparing the poster.
We suggest the following format for the organisation of your poster.
Title: The title of your submitted abstract
Authors: Who was involved, and their affiliations
Introduction: A statement about the aims and objectives of the study
Methods: A description of the methodology that you have adopted, including any
assumptions
Results: Include examples of the main results of the study
Conclusions: List the main findings and your thoughts about how the work could be
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Results: Include examples of the main results of the study

Conclusions: List the main findings and your thoughts about how the work
could be progressed further

Formatting your poster
1. Keep fonts simple and use one or two different fonts only
2. Font size – your poster should be easily legible at a distance of 1.5 metres.
    We recommend the following minimum font sizes:
          Title 84 pt
          Authors/addresses 42 pt
          Section Headings 30 pt
          Text 24 pt
3. Keep use of colour to a minimum
4. Maintain a consistent style
5. Keep text to a minimum
6. Neutral colours work better as a back ground than bright colours
7. Make use of graphics where possible
8. Only include what is absolutely necessary
9. Do not overload tables and figures with information
10. Be selective when showing results
11. Check spelling
12. Above all, keep it simple
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REGISTRATION

Registration fees
Save on the registration fee by registering before February, 24th 2006.
All prices shown are in EURO (E)

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                                                                      On site
                       (to January, 15 2006) (to March, 17 2006)
Physicians                    450                   550                 700
Non-physicians                300                   400                 550
Accompanying persons          300                   300                 300
Exhibitors                    125                   125                 125
Daily Pass                    125                   125                 125
Conference Dinner             120                   120                 120

Participant’s registration fee includes:

• VAT at 20%
• Final Program and Abstract Book
• Attendance at all scientific sessions
• Access to posters and commercial exhibition
• Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception on March, 25th 2006
• Tea and coffee during official breaks
• Lunch on March, 26th -27th 2006
• Access to Conference Dinner on March, 27th 2006 at subsidized rate

Accompanying person’s registration fee includes:

• VAT at 20%
• Access to Conference Dinner on March, 27th 2006 at subsidized rate
• Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception on March, 25th 2006
• Tea and coffee during official breaks
• Lunch on March, 26th -27th 2006


Accompanying persons are not entitled to attend the sessions
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ACCOMODATION

Reservation and payment
For hotel reservations please contact
M.C.A. EVENTS srl
www.mcaevents.org
www.espci2006.org

M.C.A. EVENTS has an allotment of hotels walking distance from 5 to 2 stars.

Please also contact M.C.A. EVENTS srl if you would like a list of hostels and
university accommodation and other accommodation in cheaper categories.

Group reservations
Group reservations will be handled by separate contracts. Please contact
M.C.A. EVENTS srl for further information.

Change and cancellation of hotel booking
All changes to hotel reservations will be handled by M.C.A EVENTS srl. Please
do not contact the hotel directly.
A handling fee of E35 per hotel room will be charged for every hotel modification
received after February, 24th 2006.

All cancellations must be sent to M.C.A. EVENTS srl in writing (fax, letter, or
email). For cancellations received before January, 10th 2006 deposits will be
refunded less E70 for administrative costs. After this date, no refund will be
possible.
In the case of late cancellations (after January, 10th 2006), rooms cancelled,
cancelled nights or no-show, M.C.A. EVENTS srl reserves the right to charge the
full stay if the hotel room cannot be re-sold.

Check in/check-out time
Hotel check-in time is 15.00 or later. If arriving after 18.00, please notify the hotel
in advance. Check-out time is noon.

Methods of payment
Payment of hotel deposit and excursions must accompany the form and may be
made by:
• Credit card (Eurocard/Mastercard/Visa/American Express)
• Bank transfer to the following account:
  M.C.A. EVENTS Srl
  Banca Nazionale del Lavoro – BNL Milano Sede – C/C 000000042280
  ABI 01005 – CAB 01600 – CIN:F

Payment by personal cheque cannot be accepted.
All payments must be in Euro (E).
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COMPANY SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Companies are offered several sponsorship options, including commercial and
non commercial exhibits, educational symposia, poster sessions and several
other opportunities. Pharmaceutical companies, publishers of related scientific
books and journal and organizations wishing to obatain information and participate
should contact M.C.A. EVENTS srl - espci2006@mcaevents.org


SOCIAL INFORMATION
Saturday, March 25th 2006
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Full details available at the website at the address www.espci2006.org
Price: included in the registration fee

Monday, March 27th 2006
Conference Dinner that will give you the unique opportunity to enjoy the taste
of Venice


EXCURSIONS
Excellent selections of private and regular excursions in town and to the
islands that make clients discover, beside the more common tours, also the
unknown historical and particular sites of our city.

Please contact
M.C.A. EVENTS srl
espci2006@mcaevents.org
for full details and costs.
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Congress Venue
Venice Congress Center (“Palazzo del Cinema”)
Lungomare Marconi, 30
30126 VENEZIA - Italy
Tel. +39 041 2420330
Fax +39 041 5262233
www.veniceconvention.com

The location on the Lido permits easy access via water, with frequent links from
other parts of the city: by road, by the handy ferryboat from the Tronchetto car
terminal, and by air, arriving either at Marco Polo international airport or Nicelli
airport on the island itself.

Congress Documents and Badges
Congress documents should be collected on-site at the registration desk at the “Palazzo
del Cinema”. Official Congress badges will be required for admission to all Congress
functions, scientific sessions and exhibition areas. Individuals who lose their badge
will be required to pay a fee to obtain a replacement badge.
The badge colour code is as follows:
FACULTY RED
PARTICIPANT BLUE
ACCOMPANYING PERSON ORANGE
EXHIBITOR GREEN

Certificate of attendance
A certificate of attendance will be Distributed from March, 28th 2006 at the
registration desk

Currency and Banks
The local currency in Italy is the Euro. Visitors coming from European or other countries
with a different currency are encouraged to exchange funds for Euro in their home
countries, at the airport on arrival, or at a local bank. Regular banking hours are from
08.30 to 13.30 hrs Monday to Friday. Most major credit cards are honoured in hotels
as well as in most restaurants and other commercial establishments.

Disclaimer
The 8th European Symposium “Pediatric Cochlear Symposium” and/or its agents
have the right to alter or cancel the Meeting or any of the arrangements, timetables,
plans or other items regarding directly or indirectly to the Meeting without prior
notice for any reason beyond their control. The Meeting and/or its agents shall
not be liable for any loss, damage, expenditure or inconvenience caused as a
result of such alteration or cancellation.

External Scientific and Social Events
It is not authorised for external scientific and social events to be organised during
the official hours of the meeting program.

Language
The official language of the Congress will be English.
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Luncheons and Refreshments
Coffee, tea and luncheons will be available in the Congress Center, Palazzo del
Cinema, and will be included in the registration fee.

Personal data processing
According to the Italian Republic Law n. 675, Dec. 31, 1996 concerning “personal
data processing” (particularly articles 10, 20, 24 and 28) each registered person
is intended to agree with the following statement: “I authorize the Organizing
Secretariat, until written revocation, to process and divulge my personal data
within the limits of the above mentioned law and in accordance to the procedure
laid down by the law. I give my assent provided that the Organizing Secretariat
complies with the regulations in force”.

Shopping hours
Stores, boutiques and department stores are open in Venice from 09:30 to 19:30
hrs daily. Some of the stores in Venice Lido are closed during lunch time.
Most stores are open on Sundays from12:00 to 19:00 hrs.

Travelling and Transport
TRAVEL TO VENICE
• By plane, the ”Marco Polo” International Airport, is located on the mainland,
  5 km from the city centre. It is connected to almost all European capitals and
  other cities by direct flights. Intercontinental flights connect via Rome, Milan
  or other European gateways.
• By train, trains from all over Europe and Italy arrive directly in Venice city
  centre railway station.
• By car, Venice can be reached by several motorways from Northern and
  Eastern Europe and Italy. The city centre is connected to the mainland by the
  Ponte della Libertà, a railway and road bridge that terminates in Piazzale Roma.
TRAVEL TO THE CONGRESS VENUE IN VENICE LIDO
The Venice Congress Center comprises two buildings: the Palazzo del Cinema and the
Palazzo del Casinò. The Venice Congress Center is located on the Island of Venice
Lido. The Congress Centre has its own embankment for private service: public services
do not reach the so-called “Darsena del Casinò”. The Lido of Venice embarkment is
called “Santa Maria Elisabetta”.
Once in Venice the Congress Venue can be reached:
From the Airport
• By regular motorboat service, operated by ALILAGUNA, which runs every
   hour with two different lines to Venice Lido, Santa Maria Elisabetta embankment
   or to Venice historical centre, Saint Mark’s area.
   The service runs from 6.00 to 00.00, the journey lasts approx. 60 minutes,
   the cost is Euro 10,00 per person (www.alilaguna.com)
• By public bus service ACTV line n. 5 to Venice,
   Piazzale Roma (approx. 20 minutes), and from there to Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta.
• By private water taxi, the journey takes about 30 minutes and costs Euro 80,00.
   Water taxis can reach any hotel with its own canal entrance.
VENICE 8th ESPCI CONGRESS AIRPORT WELCOME DESK
The desk will be located in the Arrival hall. 8th ESPCI Congress staff will
provide assistance on the best way to reach your hotel or the Congress Center.
Please refer to the Welcome desk when you arrive at Venice airport, for assistance.
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From the “Santa Lucia” Railway Station
• By public boat service ACTV line n. 52 to Venice Santa Maria Elisabetta
   enbankment (approx. 40 minutes, cost Euro 3,10 per person).
• By private water taxi, the journey takes about 25 minutes and costs Euro 60,00.
   Water taxis can reach any hotel with its own canal entrance.
• By car
   If your hotel is located on the Island of Venice Lido:
   With the car ferry service, ACTV line n.17, from the “Tronchetto” you can reach
   the Congress Center (and your hotel) directly with your own car.
   Parking at Venice Lido is available at major hotels and very safe on the streets.
   The journey takes approx. 35 minutes and cost varies according to car size
   from Euro 18,00 to 36,00, including the driver’s ticket; for each extra passenger
   the cost is Euro 1,50.
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VENICE


         VENICE

         Venice, thanks to its development, is unique in its kind, built on more than
         100 islands in a lagoon four kilometers from the mainland, and two
         kilometers from the Adriatic Sea.
         The entire historic center, crisscrossed by canals connected by hundreds
         of bridges, is a real treasure from the artistic and architectural point of
         view.
         It takes on an exceptional atmosphere during the phenomenon of "high
         water", when the high tide exceeds the level of dry land and floods the
         main streets and squares of Venice.

         For these reasons, Venice is one of the most visited cities by tourists from
         all over the world. With its 310,000 inhabitants, Venice, from the
         administrative point of view is the capital of Regione Veneto.

         Historic Background

         At the fall of the Roman Empire hordes of barbarians descended from
         northern Europe causing everywhere death and destruction. The inhabitants
         of the Venetian cities, to escape the ferocity of the Huns and Vandals, took
         refuge in the islands of the Adriatic lagoon, thus it was that around 450
         AD Venice was born: "the city of islands" subjected to the Byzantine
         influence and governed by a Doge (Duke) elected by a popular assembly.
         A wise use of diplomacy and arms soon led Venice not only to take control
         of the coasts of Istria, Dalmatia and Pulia, but also allowed it to become
         a real power, gaining, in the end, independence from Byzantium.
         The splendor of what came to be called the "Serenissima Republic",
         however, only begun in 1202, when the Doge Enrico Dandolo offered his
         invaluable help to the knights of the Fourth Crusade, in the conquest of
         Constantinople.
         After the division of the Byzantine spoils, Venice gained immense reaches,
         an event that allowed the "Serenissima" to expand its commercial
         hegemony. Venetian ships started to dominate the Mediterranean Sea
         reaching the Middle East, and returning to the lagoon laden with precious
         merchandises, almost unknown to several European countries.
         Venice reached the peak of its power at the beginning of the fifteenth
         century, after having defeated the Duke of Milan, and conquered many
         cities of northeastern Italy, becoming, together with Milan and Florence,
         one of the principal powers of the Italian peninsula. Unfortunately, this
         circumstance also marked the beginning of a slow but inexorable decadence
         of the Serenissima.
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                        Dates to Remember

                                           June 2005
                      First announcement and call for abstracts

                                    October 31, 2005
                                    Deadline for abstracts

                                    January 10, 2006
                     Abstract acceptance notification to authors

                                    January 24, 2006
                                Final programme on the web

                                   February 24, 2006
                              Deadline for early registrations

                                      March 17, 2006
                               Deadline for pre-registrations
     Palazzo del Cinema
    Lido di Venezia, Italy
March, 25th-28th 2006
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Gregorio Babighian
Local Organizing Committee
Marco Fontana
Enzo Emanuelli
Amanda Bonaconsa
Michela De Zen
Michele Ciccolella
Michela Pagliaro
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Roberta Rebesco
Pietro Amistà

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Franco Trabalzini
Manuela Mazzoli
Eva Orzan
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