The symposium will be held at the Lampedusa Island, Sicily, Italy.
All the sections will be held in the boat "La Quarta Isola".
In September, usually, climate in Sicily is very pleasant: (21°C/26°C).
In September Lampedusa can be easily reached by air. Daily flights leave from Palermo and Catania and from other Italian and International airports.
Lampedusa is the southernmost point of Italy. Politically and administratively, Lampedusa is part of Italy, but geologically it belongs to Africa since the sea between the two is no deeper than 120 metres.
The fauna and flora of Lampedusa are similar to those of North Africa, with a few pelagic endemic species. The Isola dei Conigli (literally "Rabbit Island"), close to the south coast of Lampedusa, is one of the last remaining egg-laying sites in Italy for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, which is endangered throughout the Mediterranean. The beach and the neighbouring island are part of a nature reserve. Other species living along the island's coast include mantas and smaller cetaceans such as dolphins and Risso's dolphins. Recent studies revealed that the waters of Lampedusa are a wintering feeding ground for the Mediterranean group of fin whales. Humpback whale, a species used to be considered as a vagrant species in to the Mediterranean basin, has been seen around the island in recent years.
Along with Linosa, Lampedusa once was a stronghold for critically endangered Mediterranean monk seals until 1950s and they are likely to be regional extinct today.
Lampedusa has a semi-arid climate. It has very mild winters with moderate rainfall and hot, dry, and humid summers. The sea surrounding the island is relatively shallow. The waters are warm most of the year, the highest temperatures recorded in August, typically 27 to 28 °C. The average annual temperature is 19.2 °C, the average winter is between 15 and 17 °C (59 and 63 °F), the summer between 28 and 30 °C.