24th ASPA Congress postponed to 21-24 September 2021

Congress venues


Sessions from 16th to 18th June 2021

“Fiore di Botta”

Campus di Biologia e Biomedicina

University of Padova

Via del Pescarotto, 8 - 35131 Padova PD













The complex “Fiore di Botta”, designed by Ticino-based architect Mario Botta, was inaugurated on 30 September 2014 to become the educational centre of Biology and Biomedicine for professors, researchers and thousands of students.The structure is composed of a single semicircular building with a total volume of over 34,000 cubic metres, a height of 18.5 metres and a surface area per floor of 1,727 square metres. It features 18 classrooms with a total of 1,668 seats, 25 labs with 728 seats, IT rooms, two study rooms and areas for lecturers and administrative-technical personnel. The layout of the building with its 5 radially-arranged architectural volumes suggests the image of a flower with petals, hence the name Botta’s Flower.

The heart of the building features a large, semi-cylindrical entrance with a ceiling open to sunlight while the exterior is exposed brickwork on a concrete structure. Energy saving was a key aspect of the design and construction process of this state-of-the-art and highly technological structure, both in terms of its architectural-construction features (building envelope) and air conditioning and lighting systems.

Bus lines in Padova to reach the “Fiore di Botta”: 10 – 2 - 7



Opening Ceremony on June 15th 

Aula Magna (The Great Hall), Palazzo Bo

University of Padua
Via 8 febbraio, 2 - 35122 Padova

The historical seat of Padua University Palazzo Bo keeps an extraordinary architectural, historical and cultural heritage.  The complex we see today is the result of the restoration of a series of buildings which gathered together ancient medieval towers and renaissance palaces. The old courtyard with a double doric and ionic order of arcades is by Andrea Moroni (mid 16th century), the Anatomy Theatre was built in 1594 by the famous professor of Anatomy Gerolamo Fabrici d´Acquapendente, the Sala dei Quaranta is decorated by the portraits of 40 famous personages who studied at the University and keeps  Galileo´s  original chair,  the 18th-century Aula Magna was renovated from 1854-56 and in 1942. In the small hall adjacent to the Anatomy Theatre there is a permanent exhibition of busts and coat of arms, old diplomas, engravings, portraits, medals, seals, various documents and a wooden model of the Anatomy Theatre.


Welcome Cocktail following the Opening Ceremony on June 15th
Loggia of the nearby Palazzo della Ragione

The Palazzo della Ragione is a medieval market hall, town hall and palace of justice building in Padova. The upper floor was dedicated to the town and justice administration; while the ground floor still hosts the historical cover market of the city. The palace separates the two market squares of “Piazza delle Erbe” from “Piazza dei Frutti”. It is popularly called "il Salone" (the big Hall).



ASPA meeting on June 16th

The Botanical Garden

(Orto Botanico)
Via Orto Botanico, 15

35123 Padova PD

The Botanical Garden of Padua, in Veneto, was founded as a medicinal resource by the University of Padua in 1545, and it was the first-ever university botanical garden. 
“It is the origin of all the botanical gardens in the world, a cradle of science and scientific exchange, serving as the basis for the understanding of the relationship between nature and culture. It largely contributed to the progress of a number of modern scientific fields, the likes of which include, of course, botanicals, as well as medicine, chemistry, ecology and pharmaceuticals.” 
With this justification, UNESCO added Padua’s Botanical Garden to its 
World Heritage List in 1997.