March 20-23, 2012 - Marino (Rome), Italy

ESF PESC Exploratory Workshop:

Polaritonics: From Basic Research to Device Applications

Standing Committee for Physical and Engineering Sciences (PESC) of the European Scienific Foundation (ESF) funds and supervises the Workshop on "Polaritonics: From Basic Research to Device Applications".
It is convened by Prof. Alexey Kavokin (University of Southampton)

Setting Science Agendas for Europe

The ESF provides a common platform for its Member Organisations in order to: 1) advance European research; 2) explore new directions for research at the European level. Through its activities, the ESF serves the needs of the European research community in a global context.

The meeting will take place in a relaxing atmosphere of the famous Helio Cabala Grand Hotel in Castelli Romani, next to the villa of Sofia Loren. Lunches and dinners plus coffee breaks, as well as the welcome cocktail and the Social dinner are part of the workshop.

Castelli Romani

Italy means something different to every tourist. Pizza, ruins, great works of art, hot beaches, handsome youths, good wine... The country is an obliging one, and few visitors leave disappointed. If you're looking for one aspect of Italy, you'll find it served on plate, even richer than you expected. And if you are open and receptive, the chances are you'll find much more than you dreamed of.

The Roman Castles are located in the Colli Albani/Alban Hills just south of Roma. The area has been a refuge for wealthy Romans since the Middle Ages. Not much has changed, as today this is where wealthy Romans come to escape the city on weekends and holidays. The area is littered with castles, villas, palazzi and refreshing easy towns to tour.

There are 13 towns in the Castelli Romani or Roman Castles (Frascati, Grottaferrata, Castel Gandolfo, Marino, Rocca di Papa, Ariccia, Nemi, Monteporizio Catone, Colonna, Albano Laziale, Genzano, Montecompatri and Rocca Priora). This is a perfect area to have a good dinner or lunch, to start or end a trip (as they are relatively close to the Champino airport).
For the Roman emperor and the wealthy cardinals in the heyday of the Renaissance, the Castelli Romani exerted a powerful lure, and they still do.

Marino, the closest to Rome (only 24km/15 miles away), is about 7km (4 1/3 miles) off Via Appia Nuova, quite near Ciampino Airport. In the middle ages Marino used to be a stronghold of the Prince Colonna family which actively participated in the conquest of the Holy Land. Nowadays, near the pictoresque ruinds of the Colonna castle the visitors may find tens "Cantinas" where the local white wine is offered for a remarkably sheep price. During the wine-feasts the fountains of Marino are full of wine. During the whole year a glass of light and cold local white wine can be purchased at virtually every corner of the town.

The Roman kitchen is both simple and fantastic delicate. Nice pastas like spaghetti al vongole (small scallops), roasted baby porc, thin stone-oven baked pizzas with real mozarella and local ham, roasted lam chops, grilled swordfish, and and and...

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