IWSM 2013   28th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling


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WELCOME RECEPTION (Monday 8 July, evening)

The welcome reception will be hosted in the Steri Complex (Complesso Steri), the historical building where is located the Rectorship of the University of Palermo, at the third floor roof "Sala delle Capriate". The Steri Palace is one of the symbols of Palermo; it represents seven centuries of Sicilian art and history. After it was built in 1306 by the Chiaramontes, it became the seat of the Sicilian viceroys and also of the terrible Spanish Inquisition. Today it can be considered one of the most representative medieval buildings in Palermo.

The building is located at piazza Marina in the historical center of Palermo; piazza Marina is famous because of some huge Ficus Magnolia trees.

CONFERENCE TRIP (Wednesday 10 July, afternoon)

There are two options:

  1. Guided tour to Erice. Erice is a medieval town located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750m above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani (approximately 100 Km far from Palermo). There are two castles inside the town: Pepoli Castle, which dates from Saracen times, and the Venus Castle, dating from the Norman period. There are several bar and restaurants that makes Erice a very nicely and lovely tourist place. There is A cable car (funivia) runs from the outskirts of Trapani to the town of Erice. Before reaching Erice from Palermo, it could be also possible to stop in some beach of Trapani.


  1. Excursion to Scopello within the Zingaro nature reserve (beach, sea, sun ..). It is necessary 10-minutes walking to reach the beach (creek "Cala Mazzo di Sciacca").
Cala Mazzo di Sciacca


Both options end up with a visit to a Wine Cell in Marsala.


CONFERENCE DINNER (Thursday 11 July, evening)

For conference dinner will be hosted in the Botanical Garden (opened in 1779). It is managed by the Department of Botany of the University of Palermo, and the gardens are currently home to at least 12,000 different species.

The Botanic Garden offers an exclusive place for the dinner as usually it is not open to the public. Catering service is available on request and we have positive experiences.