Social Program

Social activities are a key component of the Nodycon 2023 Conference program. The social events provide a unique opportunity for everyone to catch up and engage with colleagues outside of the sessions.
There are events included within the delegate registration fee throughout the conference, as well as separate opt-ins for guests and accompanying persons.
If you are interested in attending the events, please ensure to tick the appropriate boxes when completing the registration process. A specific registration process is dedicated to guests and accompanying persons at

Welcome party, Engineering Faculty Cloister - 18 June 2023, 17:30-19:30

The welcome party take place in the 15th century cloister of the Engineering Faculty situated next to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, best known for being home to Michelangelo's statue of Moses.
Come and join us for a welcome drink, nibbles, finger food, (and pasta) and the first chance to catch up face-to-face with Nodycon friends and colleagues since our first conference in 2019.

Refreshment Break at the Opening Ceremony - June 19, 2023

Our first coffee break will be held in front of the impressive façade of the Basilica under the portico leading into the church itself. This venue will also host the keynote presentations and a short musical interlude prior to the coffee break.

Lecture on Michelangelo's Moses, St. Peter in Chains Basilica - June 19, 2023
A “terrible” beauty: Michelangelo's Moses and the challenge of art

The artist and biographer Giorgio Vasari used the expression “terribilità” to describe the sense of greatness and the impressive expertise achieved by Michelangelo in his creations. In such a perspective, the statue of Moses can be considered as an absolute example of the challenge between art and nature, where the imitation of reality seems to reach the sense of divine.
Irene Baldriga is an art historian, expert of Renaissance and Baroque art. She is an Associate Professor at Sapienza University of Rome.


Rome is famous for its history that spans millennia and beautiful archaeological sites.
A visit to one of these open-air archaeological parks is a must see for visitors to Rome.
Details for participants and accompanying persons will be published shortly.

NODYCON Conference Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony - June 21, 2023

The Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony will be a highlight of the conference, providing attendees with an opportunity to relax, network, and celebrate the achievements of their peers. The event will take place at the Brancaccio Palace, a stunning historical dwelling located near the Domus Aurea, just a short walk from the Conference venue. Upon arrival, attendees will be welcomed with drinks and finger food appetizers in the palace's beautiful gardens, providing a chance to socialize in the stunning surroundings. The gardens feature picturesque fountains, lawns, and colorful floral displays, creating an idyllic atmosphere for the start of the evening. As the sun begins to set, guests will make their way inside the palace's baroque-style interior, complete with frescoes and antique paintings. The seated dinner will feature a menu of regional specialties, carefully selected to showcase the best of local cuisine. Guests can expect a range of flavors and textures, with options available for all dietary requirements.
Throughout the evening, attendees will have the chance to network with their colleagues and enjoy musical entertainment. The dress code for the evening is cocktail attire, allowing attendees to dress up and feel special for the occasion. During the Gala dinner, the Award Ceremony will take center stage, celebrating the achievements of the Ali H. Nayfeh and NODYS Awardees. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to recognize excellence in the field and applaud the hard work and dedication of all involved.