The preliminary programme for the 29th EVS Meeting is reported in the table below. The detail of the presentation sessions will be added once abstract submission is closed and presentations are selected.

Day Activities Details
Monday May 4, 2020 Registration
Presentation sessions
Tuesday May 5, 2020 Presentation sessions
EVS business meeting
Wednesday May 6, 2020 Presentation sessions
Closing ceremony
Social dinner
Social dinner will be organised at the Botanic Garden.
Thursday May 7, 2020 Excursion 1) Ausoni Mountains and Fondi Lake (Typical mediterranean vegetation on calcareous substrate) – Romeo Di Pietro and Luca Malatesta
2) Prenestini Mountains and temple of Fortuna Primigenia (Sub-mediterranean vegetation) – Riccardo Guarino and Michele De Sanctis
3) Cimini Mountains and Vico Lake (Riparian vegetation and and azonal beech forest) – Giuliano Fanelli and Fabio Attorre


The last day of the meeting (Thursday, May 7) will be reserved for excursions organised be the Scientific Committee to three different destinations near Rome. You can choose between three different locations, as described below.

Ausoni Mountains and Fondi Lake

Responsibles: Romeo Di Pietro and Luca Malatesta

Environments: Typical Mediterranean vegetation on calcareous substrate

Further details coming soon

The temple of Fortuna Primigenia and the ridge of Prenestini Mountains

Responsibles: Riccardo Guarino and Michele De Sanctis

Environments: Sub-mediterranean vegetation

Right at the centre of the Lazio Region, at about 20 km to the east of Rome, the Prenestini Mountains form the central section of the Lazio Preapennines, consisting of a calcareous mountain ridge developed along the north-south direction. Prenestini Mts. are about 10 km long and culminate in Monte Guadagnolo (1218 m a.s.l.), where some surviving fragments of a beech-woods largely exploited since the Roman age still occur.
Prenestini Mountains take their name from the ancient town of Praeneste (nowadays: Palestrina), where a large sacred site dedicated to the goddess Fortuna Primigenia was built in the II century b.C. The sanctuary consisted of six monumental terraces, probably inspired by the Hellenistic sanctuary of Athena Lindia (Rhodos), culminating in a temple which was defined by the renowned archaeologist Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli as the “maximum complex of late-republican architecture”. Above the theatrical cavea of the uppermost terrace, the Colonna-Barberini palace was built in the 12th century and reconstructed in its present form by Taddeo Barberini in 1640.
We will visit the archaeological site and, after lunch, we will walk along a stretch of the Prenestini Mountains ridge, amidst mixed woods with Ostrya carpinifolia, mantle shrubs (Rhamno-Prunetea) and dry grasslands (Festuco-Brometea), partially still used as rangelands, with scenic views over the hilly landscape of Campagna Romana.

Cimini Mountains and Vico Lake

Responsibles: Giuliano Fanelli and Fabio Attorre

Environments: Riparian vegetation and azonal beech forest

The Cimini mountains are an extinct Quaternary Volcano located 100 km NW of Rome; the caldera of the Volcano hosts one of the many volcanic lakes of Latium, the Lake of Vico. The excursion contemplates a tour of the lake that would allow the observation of beech forests much below their usual altitudinal belt, extensive coppices of Quercus cerris, old-growth beech forests and some fragments of riparian vegetation. The cultural heritage comprises the scenic village of San Martino al Cimino and the monumental Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola (16th century).