We are looking forward to meeting you again in Brescia, Italy. We will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the AETE!

Dear colleagues,


Finally, we have Brescia, so forget what I said at Heraklion: “Welcome to Italy… but I don’t know where …”


Brescia is a beautiful city in the north of Italy. It is not as famous as Roma, Venice, or Firenze but, as you could imagine, every Italian city has something special to offer. This year, Brescia, together with Bergamo, is the Italian capital of culture. This has unfortunately a sad reason: these two cities suffered severely during the Covid pandemic, but fortunately that’s now just an old memory…

The city is connected to the most important European cities with 3 international airports: Linate, Bergamo, and Verona. A one-hour drive will take you to the beautiful Lake Garda and Lake Iseo. Brescia is also not far from Milan, Venice, and Verona and the city is very close to the wonderful Alpes.

But let’s talk about the meeting! The “Centro Pastorale Paolo VI”, located in the center of Brescia, will host us for the two-day meeting. The building dates back to the 17th century with a typical expression of Baroque art. Hoping for two days with sunny weather, the ancient garden is great to socialize and to share experiences with a cup of good Italian coffee.

The highlight of this year is the pre-conference workshop that will take place on the 4th of September. The workshop will be held at the agriculture high school ITAS G. Pastori, not far from the Paolo VI. Here all the facilities for theoretical and practical sessions are at our disposal, including a farm with 50 dairy cows.

A short walk from the Paolo VI will take us to the Piazza Arnaldo where we will have our Gala dinner enjoying music, good food and wine. Don’t miss it!


In the center of Brescia you will find some beautiful architecture such as the old cathedral (12th century), the new cathedral and several cozy squares. You can also visit the castle of Brescia, built in the 13th century, where we will have the farewell party. 

Dear colleagues, this is only a little part of what Brescia offers. I’m sure the rest will be a surprise! We look forward to meeting you for two reasons: a great scientific program and fun!



Pierluigi Guarneri, head of the LOC