This meeting was held at hotel POLITEAMA and unfortunately a very limited number
of members from the Executive Committee attended the meeting: Francesco Paolo Marra,
Sergiu Budan, Gregorio Lopez-Ortega, Slawomir Lux and José Quero Garcia. It was a
first occasion for several members of the Executive Committee to meet. The largest
part of the meeting was devoted to end up the organization of the Management Committee
meeting which was held a day later in Palermo. No Minutes were produced after this
21.11-23.11.2012: 1st Working Group and 2nd Management Committee meeting, Palermo,
This meeting was organized by Francesco Paolo Marra from “Dipartimento DEMETRA”,
University of Palermo (see details of the Agenda .PDF). He was assisted by numerous
collaborators, but in particular we would like to mention Annalisa Marchese, Silvia
Fretto Giulia Marino and Francesca Costa. We sincerely thank them and everyone else
who has contributed to running the conference. We are very thankful to the University
of Palermo to invite us the first day to the beautiful ‘Sala delle Capriate’, in
the Palazzo Chiaramonte Steri. We were welcomed by the Rector of University Prof.
Roberto La Galla and Ettore Barone, Director of the DEMETRA Department. During this
first day, general presentations were made in the morning and the Management Committee
meeting was held during the afternoon (see MC Minutes and pdf presentation).
On the second day, the different working groups (WG) had break-out sessions during
the morning in different meeting rooms within the Faculty of Agriculture. Short presentations
were followed by discussions dealing with the priorities to be defined for each Task
within each WG. During the afternoon, a general session was organized in the Aula
Magna, in which each WG leader made a summary of the main conclusions from each session
(see Minutes for WG1, WG2, WG3, WG4). We are very thankful to the Faculty authorities
to let us a large space for the Posters lay-out.
The meeting was a great success with over 61 delegates attending from 26 different
countries and overall 40 people attended one or several meetings. Over the three-day
meeting there were 31 oral presentations and 31 poster presentations.
On day 3, a field trip was organized with three main visits:
- the research center BES (Bio-Evoluzione Sicilia) in Santa Margherita di Belice.
We thank Prof. Baldo Portolano and Dott. Sardina for their kind welcome and very
- “Feudo Arancio” winery followed by wine testing. Special thanks are due to Dr.
Letizia Russo for hospitality and the very interesting guided tour of this high quality
- Olive industry, Castelvetrano. We are thankful to Proff. Tiziano Caruso and Lucio
Gristina for their explanations in the field, concerning olive agronomic problems,
as well as very interesting agronomic materials.