A weekend dedicated to pets! On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018, the Fortezza da Basso will host FOLLOW YOUR PET, the first great event devoted to pets in Tuscany, with over 60 exhibitors participating and over 200 unmissable appointments for pet lovers  – dogs, cats, but also horses, turtles, barnyard animals, up to lizards, snakes and even alpacas! – from agility and disc dog to dog shows, and from “baby vet” & “baby dog handler” workshops to theme cooking shows.

The Sunday morning programme will feature the FYP Marathon, a “six-paw” charity marathon around the Fortezza thanks to which funds will be raised to purchase medical equipment destined to the Meyer Children’s Hospital.

Visitors will be allowed to bring their own pets to the Fair.

“It is surely an innovative event – said Alessia Bettini, Councillor for the Environment of the Florence Municipality – providing us with useful information concerning good practices, uses and anything related to our pets – from health to food education”.

“This event was born with the idea of combining the various aspects characterising our love and care relationship with our pets within a first great event in Tuscany”, commented Eleonora Sanesi, from the Organising Secretariat of FYP.



For the first time, the ICOS Congress (International Conference on Organic Synthesis) will take place in Florence, hosting the international élite of organic synthesis until 21st September 2018.

Over 800 participants will attend this event, 90% of which coming from abroad (USA, China, India, Japan, Australia, along with many European countries). Most of them are young people, meeting in Florence to be updated on organic synthesis, one of the most important aspects of organic chemistry dealing with molecular building, compounds of the utmost importance for all other chemical disciplines and our daily life.

This event covers the broad spectrum of organic synthesis, highlighting the latest trends in the field of natural product synthesis, of pharmaceutical chemicals, chemical biology and of nanostructured and functionalised materials synthesis, including also catalysis and new synthetic technologies.

Having now reached its 22nd edition, this event  – which only took place once in Italy, in Venice in 1998, and which will be held in Shanghai in two years – is sponsored by IUPAC (the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), the reference organization for global chemistry, by the Italian Society of Chemistry, and by the “Ugo Schiff” Chemical Department of the University of Florence.

“Over 60% of members are scholars and doctoral researchers”, says President of the Congress – Prof. Alberto Brandi from the Chemistry Department of the University of Florence. “Young chemists who love their studies and who, also here in Italy, as in the rest of the world, ensure an extremely high post-graduation and post-specialisation employment rate”. “We are honoured to bring highly qualified scholars to Florence – adds Brandi – such as Prof. Bernard Lucas Feringa, a Dutch chemist who, in 2016, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry thanks to his studies on the design and synthesis of nanomaterials and molecular machines”.



Countdown to DIDACTA ITALIA, which was presented in Rome – at the Miur (the Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research) on Thursday 13th September 2018 by Salvatore Giuliano, State Secretary for the Education, University and Research, Cristina Grieco, Councillor for the Education & Training of the Tuscany Region, Cristina Giachi, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Education of the Florence Municipality, Giovanni Biondi, President of Indire, Wassilios E. Fthenakis, President of Didacta International, and Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera.

This year, the Fair is set to be even bigger, with over 31,000 square metres of exhibiting areaover 190 Italian and International exhibitors190 events on schedule, including immersive workshops, debates and conventions, and a third more halls devoted to training. 190 events and over 300 hours of training will be available for the school staff during the three Florence days. Among the new features, workshops devoted to children aged 0-6 and to hotel management schools.

“It is important for an event like Fiera Didacta to recur again and attract many visitors, most of all teachers. The ongoing training and update of our teachers and of the DSGA are key elements to build the school of future – claims State Secretary Salvatore Giuliano. Moments like Fiera Didacta Italia are essential down the road to change of our schools.  Fiera Didacta Italia is not just an exhibiting space. It is a place to grow and innovate, starting from the idea of meeting. I am extremely satisfied with the commitment shown by the Ministry which I represent to organise this event. Two MIUR Departments were involved in the management and creation of this Fair – one for the school and training educational system, the other for the planning and management of human, financial and instrumental resources. We are dealing with a collective event, putting school under the spotlight to all extents. A Fair relying on a unitary vision of our schools and training system. For me, this is an added value. It’s like many windows opening up on a varied but unique world, whose objective is quality education for our youth”.

Over 190 exhibiting companies will participate (main sponsor Samsung – MR Digital), with many returns and new Italian and international business services, including important organisations and associations operating in the school and training sector – from publishing houses to computing technologies, and from furniture to school canteens.

Among the new features of the 2018 edition, a section devoted to start-ups and innovation, organised in co-operation with the most important national incubators and in synergy with the University of Florence (through the “Foundation for the Research and Innovation of the University and the University Service Centre for the Valorisation of Research and the Management of the University Incubator), a Musical Education Area, and some teaching proposals coming from some of the most renowned Florence theatres and from the most important Italian museums, such as the Science Museum in Naples and the eight Florence museums participating in the Welcome Florence project, supported by the Region of Tuscany since 2016.

“We are honoured to have a Fair like Didacta Italia in our portfolio of direct exhibitions – explained Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera –. It perfectly reflects the objectives of the 2018-2025 strategic plan of the company, along with our ambition to become a privileged Italian platform to develop international excellence networks featuring a high cultural content. In this second edition, we can count on many returns and on new leading Italian and international companies of the school sector, supporting us and believing in our project, such as Samsung – MR Digital, main sponsor of the Fair. Thanks to them, from 18th to 20th October our exhibiting venue, the Fortezza da Basso, unique in the whole world for its beauty and its amazingly spectacular historic premises, will turn into a great pulsing think tank for the school of the future”.