Venue

Venue

The conference will be held in the purpose built Conference Center of the University of Naples “Federico II”. The facility is located in the centre of a large pedestrianized area of the bustling Naples promenade, which features numerous restaurants and bars and offers stunning views over the Bay of Naples, the Sorrento Coast and the Island of Capri, while still being within easy reach of the rest of the city.

Location of the Conference Center

How to Reach Naples

By Plane

Naples is served by Naples International Airport “Capodichino”. The airport has good connections to major European hubs, including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as well as major Italian airports, such as Milan and Rome. Capodichino is located 7 km from the city centre and is reachable by taxi or a dedicated bus service Alibus to/from the city centre. Car hire is also available. The Alibus leaves every 30mins with stops at Piazza Garibaldi (in front of the main train station), Porta di Massa (close to the downtown area) and Molo Beverello (one of the main ports of Naples) along the seafront.

Beyond Capodichino, the nearest major airports are Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino. From Rome Fiumicino Airport you can take the Leonardo Express train to Roma Termini, the main station in Rome, and ongoing high-speed rail service to Naples. Alternatively, both Rome Fiumicino and Rome Ciampino are connected directly to Naples by the airport bus service Fiumicino Express, which leaves from both airports and arrives in Naples at the bus station (beside the main train station at Piazza Garibaldi).

By Train

The main railway station of Naples is called Napoli Centrale and is located at Piazza Garibaldi. Naples has excellent high-speed rail connections with all major Italian cities. For timetables and further information please visit the Trenitalia, Italo or Trainline websites.

For those arriving into Rome, high-speed trains to Naples operated by Trenitalia and Italo run on an hourly basis with a journey time of just over one hour.

By Car

From Rome, Highway A1 (Autostrada del Sole), from Bari, Highway A14, from Reggio Calabria, Highway A3, take direction “Marina”/“Naples Center”, or take “Tangenziale” Highway (exits “Vomero”, or “Fuorigrotta”).

Travelling Around Naples

While the city centre of Naples is best explored on foot, the city centre is served by an underground metro system, which also connects the main train station Napoli Centrale at Piazza Garibaldi to the city centre and neighbourhoods beyond the centre. The metro system, also known as Metro dell’arte, not only provides functionality but is itself an attraction of the city, featuring several stations specially designed by contemporary artists and architects. Trams, public buses and taxi ranks are also widely available. Tickets for public transport can be purchased at metro and train stations, as well as at several coffee bars and tabaccheria (tobacconists) around the city.

If you choose to use public transport a few times during your visit, we would recommend purchasing an Abbonamento 7 Giorni priced at €12.50. The ticket is valid for seven days and can be used within the white section of this map on all modes of transport (metro, bus, funicular and tram).

For the adventurous, electric scooters can be easily hired by the minute via the Helbiz app.

Social Events

The social program is an important part of the conference, complementing the scientific program by providing opportunities to renew old friendships and foster new connections outside of the conference setting. It is also an excellent chance to learn more about the city of Naples and the surrounding area.

We are currently finalising an engaging social program which demonstrates the very best that Naples has to offer, both culinary and culturally.

Tourism Info

Naples (Napoli in Italian) is the third-largest city in Italy, located in the Southern Italian region of Campania. It is a vibrant city with a flowing downtown area, with many tourist attractions, including museums, art galleries, theatres and more.

It is one of the most ancient cities in Europe and its historical significance is underlined by the fact that it was once the largest city in Europe. Below the surface of the modern city, under the cobblestones, many formed from the lava from nearby Vesuvius, it is possible to glimpse into this past, as the remains of ancient buildings, squares, streets and catacombs are open to the public.

The signs of its long and colourful history are also still visible in the city today and nowhere is this truer than in the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site Centro Storico (Historic Centre). This is where the splendour of Naples infiltrates all senses: tread the roads true to the historic Roman layout, enjoy a pause in one of the many beautiful Piazzas (squares), marvel at the skill of artisanal craftsmen and street vendors, explore the diverse architecture of the many churches and discover many more sites of importance.

Beyond the bustling streets, the city’s setting on the Bay of Naples provides stunning vistas over areas of outstanding natural beauty, with neighbouring Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri attracting visitors from all over the globe. Also nearby, the famous archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, watched over by Vesuvius, are easily accessible from the city.

The rich and fertile land of the surrounding region is renowned for its produce, and the importance of food traditions in the life of a Neapolitan cannot be underestimated, with every day starting in a local bar with a caffè (strong espresso). Of course, it is impossible to think of Naples without thinking of Neapolitan Pizza. A pizza so good that its cultural significance has been recognised by UNESCO. While pizza is a must eat on any visit to Naples, the city boasts many other delicious dishes and produce, including excellent seafood and local wine. In the vast number of pizzerias and trattorias (small restaurants) waiting to be enjoyed around the city, any good meal is finished off with a glass of limoncello, the famous after dinner liqueur made from lemons from the surrounding area.

This is just the beginning of what Naples and the surrounding area offers to keep you busy during your visit. For more tourist information we suggest starting here or here.

Accommodation

Accommodation is managed by effe erre congressi.

Blocks of rooms at hotels close to the conference venue have been reserved for ICHQP 2022 participants at special rates. All hotel reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be registered to the conference to take advantage of this special offer.

Host Universities

The Conference Hosts operate in the three Neapolitan Universities: “Federico II”, “Luigi Vanvitelli” and “Parthenope”. The three universities collaborate in the academic activities of research and education in the sector of electrical engineering and power systems focusing on power quality, power flow, power system analysis, reliability, smart grids and railway traction systems.

University of Naples Federico II

Main building in central Naples

The University of Naples is named after Federico II (Frederick II), to underline its ancient origins dating back to June 5, 1224, when the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily founded the institution to train secular administrative staff of the Empire. 

It is recognised as the world’s oldest state university and is the third university in Italy by number of enrolled students (~80,000). It is organized in three semi-independent divisions – the Division of Science and Technology, the Division of Life Sciences and the Division of Social and Human Sciences – which are responsible for the research and teaching of 26 different departments. Over the years the University of Naples has had several venues, with three major campuses – one in central Naples, one in the Fuorigrotta district in the west and one on the hill of Camaldoli in the north.

In the long history of the University of Naples Federico II there have been some very influential alumni, including philosopher and theologian Saint Thomas Aquinas who not only studied but later taught at the university. Other notable alumni include former Italian presidents Giovanni Leone, Enrico De Nicola and Giorgio Napolitano.

Emperor Frederick II

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli

Host department: Department of Engineering

Main building in Caserta

The University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, formerly the Second University of Naples, is named after Luigi Vanvitelli, the renowned Italian architect and engineer who designed, amongst others, the Baroque-Italian Neoclassical Royal Palace of Caserta, the largest royal palace in the world by volume.

Luigi Vanvitelli

The University was established in 1991 and officially opened on November 1, 1992. Currently there are nearly 24,000 students and 16 Departments located in five territorial areas:

  • Aversa with the Departments of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design
  • Caserta with the Departments of Mathematics and Physics, Psychology, Political Science, Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies
  • Santa Maria Capua Vetere with the Departments of Law Humanities and Cultural Heritage
  • Capua with the Department of Economics
  • Naples with the School of Medical Sciences and the Departments of Precision Medicine, General and Specialised Surgery for Women and Children, Experimental Medicine, Multidisciplinary Department of Medicine for Surgery and Orthodontics, Mental, Physical Health and Preventive Medicine, Cardiothoracic and Respiratory Sciences, Medical, Surgical, Neurologic, Metabolic and Aging Sciences.

The University departments are housed in historical complexes in the Campania region. Many of these buildings, once monasteries, convents, abbeys with cloisters from the 18th-19th Century, have been restored to their former glory and given a new lease of life as part of the careful development work of the University.

Since its foundation, the University has dedicated its effort and resources to maintaining and developing student services with consideration to education, the student experience and career opportunities. The University works closely with partners in the local region to provide career support and promote vocational training, while also supporting quality research, promoting the creation of business initiatives from research groups and collaboration with universities around the world.

University of Naples Parthenope

Host department: Department of Engineering

Main building “Palazzina Spagnola”, located next to the Angevin Castle in Naples

The origins of the University of Naples Parthenope can be traced back to 1919, when – upon request of Vice Admiral Pasquale Leonardi Cattolica, founder of the University – an institute of higher education, the Royal Naval Institute, was created with the aim of pursuing scientific developments covering all aspects of oceans and seas: from marine life to the use of the sea as a system of trade and associated economic issues.

In 1999, the two long-standing Faculties of Economics and Nautical Science (later renamed Science and Technology) were aggregated to form three new Faculties, namely Law, Engineering and Sports Science. In 2001 the Institute officially became the University of Naples Parthenope. In July 2013, the University was restructured into five departments, introducing a new set of degree programmes which develop both research and teaching activities, with an emphasis on the promotion, development, direct application, enhancement and use of knowledge to contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of society. These changes have led to a significant growth in the number of students, from about 1,000 in 1985 to around 16,000 today.

In the hundred years since its foundation, the most profound and characterizing trait of this University remains unchanged and true to the vision of its founder: the ability to interact with the social context and to continuously engage with its evolving demands.

Covid-19 Updates

We are actively monitoring the ongoing developments and remain optimistic that, with the effort to suppress the virus and improve the situation worldwide, we will be able to proceed with the conference in person.
The safety of all participants is, of course, of utmost importance. Accordingly, all relevant government guidelines will be followed, and they will also published here well in advance of the conference for the consideration of all participants.
If necessary, alternative options will be considered and communicated in a timely manner, but we are hopeful that we will be able to meet in person in Napoli and enjoy the stimulating discussions that help make conferences such as ICHQP such an enjoyable experience.