2017-SLC Meeting-General Info


Sphingolipid Club Meeting


XII Sphingolipid Club Meeting

will take place on 

Sept 6-10, 2017


Hotel Torre Artale, Trabia

Sicily, Italy


The registration deadlines are as follows:


Early Registration Deadline:   June, 20, 2017, 24:00 CET


Late Registration Deadline:    July, 10, 2017, 24:00 CET (Late registration fees will be increased of 50€)


Keynote Speaker

The Opening Lecture will be given by Sarah Spiegel, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and titled “Sphingosine-1-phosphate:  A Bridge from Bench to Clinic”


Meeting Organizers

Riccardo Ghidoni, Department of Health Sciences, University of Milan, Italy

Thierry Levade, INSERM UMR1037, Toulouse, France

Elisabetta AlbiDipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Sez. Scienze degli Alimenti e Nutrizione, University of Perugia, San Costanzo, 06126 Perugia, Italy


Meeting Staff

Carlotta Fabiani and Annalisa Guala, secretarial organization

Sergio Marchesini, website manager

Fabiola Bonezzi, Giuseppe Campisi: on-site support



Trabia is a small town, laid down a hill on the tyrrhenian coast, at 30 km far from Palermo. It is in a strategic position to visit the most charming places of historical, cultural and natural interest of Northern Sicily.

Founded in 827 A.D., Trabia was cited in an arabic manuscript of 1154 A.D. (a century before Marco Polo birth) to be the first place where “pasta” was been produced. The name of that “pasta”, like spaghetti, is Ittriya. 


Hotel Torre Artale

Hotel Torre Artale (www.torreartale.eu), is a four stars hotel/residence, situated in a 1700 old aristocratic residence,externally renovated in 2012. Torre Artale Hotel stands in the centre of an ancient stone courtyard, surrounded by the magnificent mediterranean vegetation, typical of this area of Sicilia. The entire sports area of Torre Artale Hotel is organized and managed by a specialized association that provides also qualified instructors  for the different type of sports: swimming in an olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis, beach volley,  five-a-side football, minigolf, yoga, pilates, spinning, aquagym. It offers, in addition, the service of riding in agreement with a beautiful riding stable located near the hotel, with local horses and qualified instructors. 


The climate at early September is generally typically mediterranean, with a maximum daytime temperature of 32 °C, a minimum night temperature of 22 °C, a mean of 9 sunshine hours, and a minimal risk of days with some rain.


The easy way to reach Trabia from most european and overseas destinations is by plane, arriving at “Falcone e Borsellino” Palermo airport. Palermo airport is served by most of low coast and regular airlines. Consider that flight prizes become higher on approaching the scheduled departure date. Thus we suggest to reserve your tickets as soon as possible. 

From Palermo airport you may reach Hotel Torre Artale

By car:  

From Palermo Airport take the A29 highway heading for Palermo. Once arrived in Palermo, carry straight on along Viale Regione Siciliana and then take the A19 highway in direction of Messina and Catania. Exit the highway at Trabia and continue along the Strada Statale 113 direction Palermo and San Nicola l’Arena. After 1, 5 km you will see, on the left, the road sign for San Onofrio and Torre Artale. Turn left and continue straight on for 1 km until the hotel entry, on your left.

From other Sicilian destinations take the A29, exit at Trabia and follow the same indications as before. 

Car rental is available at Palermo airport. Many agencies are present in the Airport Car Rental area. 

By public transportation (bus + train): 

From Palermo Airport to the Palermo railway station: Aurolinee Prestia e Comandè (www.prestiaecomande.it). Timetable: first route at 05.00 am – from 06.30 am a run every 30 minutes– last route at 00,15 am. Duration: approx. 40 min. Ticket price: € 6,30, A/R € 11,00. The ticket can be purchased on-line at www.prestiaecomande.it, from the APP that can be downloaded from Google Play and AppStore, on the bus and at the ticket office of the Airport next to the Arrivals and the bus stop. From Palermo railway station, take the train to Trabia (for schedule visit http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en). They have a frequency of approx 1 h and a duration of approx. 40 min. The ticket costs from 3.80 to 4.30 €. Once in Trabia railway station, please contact us in advance for free Hotel Shuttle Service.

By taxi:

A taxi service is available from Palermo Airport to Trabia, price approx. 100 € per taxi, independently from the number of travellers.

We are willing to organize a special Shuttle service from Palermo Airport to the Meeting location at the special price of 15 € (approx.. 50 min). Please reserve your service in the Registration section, to allow us to better organize the transportation (see Registration Form). 

Junior Trainee Travel Awards

Some sponsors will be offering a limited number of travel awards for Junior Trainees (postdoctoral fellows and PhD students) to help defray Meeting registration and travel-related expenses.  These awards typically range from 250-500 €. Travel awards are provided contingent upon funding availability. Recipients will be selected based on merit by a special jury. Sphingolipid Club does not influence this process. Please, save your plane tickets.


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Cancellation policy

All cancellation must be notified by e-mail to the Meeting Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cancellations and refunds will be handled according the following conditions: 

- Cancellations made before July, 20, 2017: 100% refund (except 50 Euro for Secretariat costs)

- Cancellations made from July 20, 2017 to August 15, 2017: 50% refund

- Cancellations notified after August 15, 2017: no refund

All cancellations will be processed after the Meeting.