Conference Venue


The ECREA 2018 main conference will be hosted in four of the most beautiful locations of Lugano: Palazzo dei Congressi, Villa Ciani, Ex-Asilo Ciani and Liceo Cantonale Lugano 1 (Liceo 1). These venues are located very close to the lake or literally on the lake shore, around a green area called park “Parco Ciani” and thus within a few minutes walking distance among each other. The 9 official ECREA pre-conferences take place at the main campus of USI Università della Svizzera italiana, also within easy walking distance.

Palazzo dei Congressi

Lugano’s elegant and modern Convention Centre is centrally located, right next to the splendid municipal park, Parco Ciani and its homonymous villa, directly on the lake shore. In these places, Palazzo dei Congressi, Villa CianiEx-Asilo Ciani and also Liceo 1, the ECREA 2018 main conference will take place.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Convention Centre Lugano is it sun-cluttered hallways, wide stairways and outside terraces, spacious and ideal for networking between sessions, and it is also equipped with the most up-to-date technologiy, wireless internet access and fully air-conditioned. Furthermore, the centre is located within easy walking distance of many hotels, shops and attractions.

Palazzo dei Congressi Lugano
Piazza Indipendenza 4
6900 Lugano

Villa Ciani

Villa Ciani, a beautiful mid-1800’s mansion with sober neoclassical shapes, is immersed in the homonymous beautiful public park of 63’000 sqm and has 30 frescoed rooms of different sizes on three floors and all linked together. The entire property is air-conditioned and offers Wi-Fi in all the rooms.

Today, Villa Ciani is an ideal location for various types of public or private events: receptions, banquets, small conferences, exhibitions, product presentations, fashion shows, photographic services and movie footage. In Villa Ciani it’s also possible to celebrate the marriage in civilian form.

Direct access from Palazzo dei Congressi.

Villa Ciani
Via Canova

6900 Lugano

EX-Asilo Ciani

The historical building dates back to the 19th century and is included in a property of 4000 square metres surrounded by century old trees. The structure itself is on two storeys and is equipped with about ten rooms of various size (from 10 to 60 square metres). On the ground floor, at the centre of the building, there’s a 280 sq. meter patio, which is absolutely ideal for organising almost any event, thanks to a pyramid like glass and metal skylight, the typical decorative archways of the time and the extraordinary parquet floor. The patio is surrounded by a series of rooms that are ideal for small business meetings, exhibitions and conferences. All rooms enjoy natural light.

Walking distance from Palazzo dei Congressi: 50 m

Ex-Asilo Ciani
Viale Cattaneo 
6900 Lugano

Liceo Lugano 1

For over one hundred years, the building of the Lyceum Lugano 1 represents a characteristic element of the city of Lugano, dedicated to the brothers Ciani. The high school is located in the Parco Ciani, as well as the convention centre of Lugano.

Walking distance to Palazzo dei Congressi: 350 m

Liceo Lugano 1
Viale Carlo Cattaneo 4

6900 Lugano

USI Campus

Located in the heart of Lugano, this Campus hosts the USI Faculties of Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics, as well as the University central administrative offices and library. 

The ECREA 2018 pre-conferences will take place at the USI Campus. Both the city centre and Lake Lugano, with the beautiful Parco Ciani on the shore, are within walking distance of the university.

The nucleus of the Lugano Campus is an ancient neoclassical palace, which originally housed the city hospital. With the growth of the University, new, modern buildings have risen around it, among which are the library, the Aula Magna (capable of hosting over 1,000 people), the red building (classrooms), the LAB, devoted to research and individual study, and the Informatics Building.

The Campus is not only a place for studying, but also one of cultural exchange. 

Università della Svizzera italiana
Via Giuseppe Buffi 13
6900 Lugano