II European Conference on Cyclodextrins


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II European Conference on Cyclodextrins in Asti

The II European Conference on Cyclodextrins will take place in Asti. This event follows the previous meeting in Aalborg (Denmark) in 2009.
Asti (with some 76.000 inhabitants) is middle-age city close to Torino and located in NW Italy. Asti is a pleasant city to live in and one with a unique and unmistakable atmosphere. Beside, in Asti and its surroundings delicious food, good wine and the famous truffles abound.


Asti History

People have lived in and around what is now Asti since the Neolithic period. Before their defeat in 174 BC by the Romans, Ligures, dominated the area and the toponym probably derives from Ast which means "hill" in the ancient Ligurian language. The city was crucial during the early stages of the barbarian invasions which stormed Italy during the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In the second half of the 6th century it was chosen as seat for one of the 36 Duchies in which the Lombards divided Italy. This remained when northern Italy was conquered by the Franks in 774, with the title of County. In the late Carolingian age Asti was ruled directly by his bishops, who were the main landlords of the area. A free commune is mentioned for the first time (1095).The 13th century saw the peak of the Astigiani economic and cultural splendour. In particular, the commune aimed to gain control over the lucrative trade routes leading northwards from the Ligurian ports, but at the end of 13th century the city council submitted to Galeazzo II Visconti's authority. Galeazzo in turn assigned it to Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans. In 1575 Asti became part of the Savoy dominion.After many passages from Spanish to French to Savoy during the XVII and XVIII centuries, in 1797 the Astigiani, enraged by the continuous military campaigns and by poor economic situation, revolted against the Savoy government. On July 28 the Repubblica Astese was declared. However, it was suppressed only two days later. The following year the Savoy were expelled by Piedmont by the French revolutionary army. Napoleon himself visited Asti on April 29, 1805, but was received rather coldly by the citizens. After the end of the French empire, Asti returned to Piedmont in 1814, and followed its history until the founding of the unification of Italy in 1861. Among the famous people who were born in Asti we remember the great italian poet Vittorio Alfieri, Secondo Pia who first photographed the Jesus Christ Holy Shroud and Michael Tswett the inventor of chromatography.

NEWS


BEST POSTER AWARD "CITY OF ASTI" OF 300 EUROS.The best poster will be selected by a five members committee of international scientists.



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