28 - 31 August 2013
Torino, Italy



Torino is a flat city by the north-western part of river Po, where are located both the city-centre and the main venues where the conference will take place. The heart of the city is a relatively small area and it is very easy to walk from one side of the centre to the other. Public transport (bus, tram and metro) and a service of bike sharing will also be accessible to delegates and are a very convenient way to move around the city (for more details see last section of this page and our Conference pages with more practical info).

Torino offers its visitors a wide range of accommodation options for all tastes and budgets.

The main conference venues will be in the University Campus Luigi Einaudi (CLE), located in Lungo Dora Siena, 100, Teatro Regio di Torino, (for the opening plenary session and reception drink on the 28th of August) and Castello del Valentino (for the dinner party on the 30th of August). The centre of the city is Piazza Castello, where the Teatro Regio is located.

Please consider that you will only have 20 minutes for completing the on-line registration form. For this reason, we suggest you to compare and select your preferred options for accommodation with respect to the desired characteristics, prices and the location, before beginning the registration procedure. Here below we offer you the relevant information to help you make your choices.



TAURUS S.r.l. has been mandated as the Official Housing Bureau for this event. A large number of rooms in different hotel categories have been reserved to offer competitive room rates to ESA2013 Conference participants. Only reservations made through TAURUS will benefit from these special rates. You can find more information about hotel accommodation by downloading the hotel list below or by contacting TAURUS at <booking@esa11thconference.eu>


Hotel list and characteristics



In order to help meeting the challenges that the current economic crisis imposes on Universities and delegates’ budgets, Turin’s edition of the ESA Conference 2013 will help delegates to meet the conference expenses by affording over 700 places in University accommodation (EDISU) at very competitive rates (around 20 Euro/night/person) either a few steps away or by the conference venues. The rooms do not include “hotel-like” services (i.e. night concierge, breakfast, daily cleaning, ensuite bathroom, TV or phone) but are located in newly built or restored buildings onsite (or very close by).

These places in single, double, and triple rooms are especially meant to meet the needs of students and young researchers at early stages of their careers, as well as those  delegates coming from “Band 2 countries” and those coming from the countries especially hit by the economic crisis.

They will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis until the 10th of July. When choosing this option, delegates will be asked to indicate the name(s) of selected colleague(s), in case of room sharing (if no specification is given, and a place in a shared room is chosen, allocation will be on a same-sex basis).

We hope that this ‘in kind contribution’ towards meeting the conference costs will especially encourage a high attendance by young scholars.

For more information on University Residences and to detect their exact location please visit the EDISU webpage: http://www.edisu.piemonte.it/cms/residenze-universitarie.html

Places have been pre-booked for you at the residences: Olimpia (on Campus, where the main location of the conference will be), Cavour, San Liborio, Palazzo degli Stemmi.



Childcare – EASY ESA for Children

ESA Torino 2013 is particularly aware of the hard time parents meet during school vacation time. Thus, we are glad to offer  the opportunity to mothers and fathers who have decided to come to Turin with their children to make their time in the city as smooth as possible. We have provided the conference with a flexible childcare services for the younger (aged 1-5)  and with entertainment and playgroup for the oldest (6-13).

Three different types of services will be available:

1) A nursery for babies (aged 1-3) and a kindergarten for children (aged 3-6) with possibilities to organize play group and various entertainments.

 2) Trips to the main parks of the city for children (6-10 up to13 years old)

 3) Baby-sitting and childminders services can be provided for the “ESA social dinner”

For further information and for booking a place please send an email to Cooperativa “Terre Mondo”: <coopterremondo@gmail.com>

 On the basis of the number of requests we will provide more information on: opening hours, location and prices.


Public transports

GTT is managing the public transport system of the city, which comprises buses, trams (a very charming line in and around the city centre is number 7 where you can board restored original historical vehicles) and metro. The buses going along the main Campus Luigi Einaudi (CLE) are lines 68 (bus stops GTT Stabilimento Tortona & Santa Giulia), line 3 (bus stop Rossini), line 16 (bus stop Rossini) and line 18 (bus stop Santa Giulia).

Here you can download the pdf map of public transports through the city centre, and here the pdf map of public transport across the entire city.

Here you can plan your journey in real time by public transports. Ordinary urban tickets cost 1,50 Euro and are valid for 90 mins. from the first validation (only punch the ticket once, on the first boarded vehicle) on urban lines and on city lines of GTT suburban lines. It is also valid for a metro trip within the 90 minutes validity. They can only be used by one person. Booklet of 5 (€ 6,50) and 15 tickets (€ 17,50) each are available and offer a considerable saving on purchasing one single ticket. There are also special tickets for 24 hours validity after first validation, which cost respectively: 1-day ticket € 5,00; 2-days ticket € 7,50 and 3-days ticket € 10,00.

All tickets must be purchased before boarding the buses, at tobacconists or newspaper agents.

As from August 28th all conference participants could also purchase tickets with validity of 3 or 4 days at special discounted rates at the ESA Registration Desk located in the main hall of the CLE building. Discounted prices are: 3 days ticket € 7,00 / 4 days ticket € 8,00


Bike sharing

The service in Torino is delivered by [TO]bike on a 24/7 basis, and is always free of charge for the first 30 mins of each use. After the first half an hour the service is charged at the rate of 1 Euro for the second 30 mins., 2 Euro for the third 30 mins. and 3 Euro for all subsequent 30 mins. periods.

To get access to the bicycles you have either to register online or buy a weekly pass (cost of 8 Euro, inclusive of 3 Euro credit) when in Torino at the [TO]bike store in Via Santa Chiara 26/F, opening Mon.-Fri. 9:00-20:00, Sat.- Sun. 9:00-17:00. The city has several biking paths through which you could easily access all locations of the conference.


Biking paths


Couch surfing

For budget accommodation and the opportunity to meet and exchange with residents, in Torino couch surfing is also available. Please refer to the website for exploring couch surfing in the city: https://www.couchsurfing.org/

Thank you very much to all participants for making esa torino an outstanding conference.