Monday – July 1st          

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:30 Discussion Leader: Valeria Costantino; ISSNP President of the Scientific Committee

Welcome by Gennaro Piccialli, Director of CESTEV, University of Naples "Federico II"
Gianluca Farinola, President of the SCI Organic Chemistry Division
Angela Zampella, Head of the Department of Pharmacy

Natural Products Drug Discovery Session 

09:30 - 09: 45 Marine Drug's Greetings and special issue presentation with the Editor in Chief Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati 

09:45 – 10: 35 Raffaele Riccio Dept. of Pharmacy - University of Salerno

10:35 – 11:25 Giuseppe Castaldo Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology - University of Naples Federico II
Eros, Thanatos and molecules.

11:25 – 11:40 Coffee break

11:40 – 12:30 Alejandro Mayer Dept. of Pharmacology - Midwestern University
“The Marine Pharmacology and Pharmaceuticals Pipeline in 2019”

12:30 – 13:20 Francesco Nicotra Dept. of Biotechnology and Biosciences - University of Milano-Bicocca
Exploiting Natural Products for Nanomedicine

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 17:30
Interactive Session I - Transferable Skills.
Valeria Costantino: Presenting each other.
How to promote yourself to travel in the entrepreneurial world.
Philippe Chereau, SKEMA Business School
“Entrepreneurial venturing: From idea, to business model, to business plan

20:00 Social Activity
Pizza Party, Pizzeria "Hachè", via Partenope, 6

Tuesday – July 2nd           

09:00 – 13:00 Advanced analytical/spectroscopical/synthetic methodologies
Discussion Leader: Angela Zampella

09:00 – 09:50 Markus Kalesse Leibniz Universität Hannover
“Variations on a Theme - Vinylogous Mukaiyama Aldol Reactions in the Total Syntheses of Natural Products”

09:50 – 10:40 Tanja Gaich Dept. of Chemistry - University of Konstanz
“Total synthesis of polycyclic natural products via cascade reactions”

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:10 Discussion Leader: Daniele Passarella, ISSNP
Danieli Scholarship presentation
11:10 – 12:00 Alfonso Iadonisi - Dept. of Chemical Sciences -University of Naples Federico II
“Chemical approaches to oligosaccharide synthesis”

12:00 – 13:30 Interactive Session II- Grant opportunities for early-career researchers.
Giulia Maria Rossignolo Direzione Servizi per la Ricerca – University of Milano
“The art of grantmanship with a special focus on opportunities for young researchers”

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 14:40 Discussion Leaders: Vera Muccilli, ISSNP
Spatafora Scholarship presentation

14:40 – 16:40 Interactive session III - Transferable Skills: "Being ready for a job interview"
Pasquale Maffia -University of Glasgow

16:40 - 18:00 The vision of young scientists Short Communications by participants

18:00 – 19:30 Poster Wine Party.
Poster session discussion.

Wednesday – July 3rd               
09:00 – 13:00 Naturally Biotech
Co-organized by Interdivisional Group of Biotechnologies SCI

Discussion Leaders: Laura Cipolla and Giorgia Oliviero, Biotech Interdiciplinary group

09:00 – 09:50 Maxim Berezovski Dept. of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences - University of Ottawa
“Diagnostics and Cancer Therapeutics with DNA Aptamers”

09:50 – 10:40 Cristina Airoldi Dept. of Biotechnology and Biosciences - University of Milano-Bicocca
Advanced analytical techniques for the identification of natural bioactive compound

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:50 Mattia Mori Dept. of Biotechnology Chemistry and Pharmacy – University of Siena
“Exploiting chemical diversity of natural products in drug discovery”

11:50 – 12:40 Yves Galante Institute of Chemistry of Molecular Recognition ICRM-Milano “Enzyme modifications of plant polysaccharides. The case of laccase-oxidation of galactomannans yielding biomaterials with novel properties and applications, including as delivery systems".

12:40 – 13:30 Ivan Donati Dept. of Life Sciences – University of Trieste
“Chitosan and its derivatives in the biomedical field.”

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch

Discussion Leader: Daniela Montesarchio, ISSNP
14:30 – 15:20 Emiliano Bedini Dept. of Chemical Sciences - University of Naples Federico II
“Complex carbohydrate-containing natural products as starting materials for the semi-synthesis of bio-medically relevant (macro) molecules “

15:20 - 16:10 Concetta Maria Messina University of Palermo; DISTEM, Laboratory of marine biochemistry and ecotoxicology, Trapani (Italy)
"From the discovering of bioactive compounds to the evaluation of bioactive properties in cellular systems: antioxidants and antiageing properties of Posidonia oceanica polyphenols for cosmaceutics"

16:10 – 18:10 The vision of young scientist. Short communications by participants.

Thursday – July 4th         
09.00-13.00: Chemical ecology
Discussion Leader: Alberto Minassi, ISSNP

09:00 – 09:50 Joseph R. Pawlik Dept. of Biology and Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington
“The chemical ecology of sponges on Caribbean reefs: Natural products shape natural systems”

09:50 – 10:40 Laura Steindler Dept. of Marine Biology - University of Haifa
“Molecular mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions in marine symbioses”

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

Discussion Leader: Chiara Monti, ISSNP
11:10 – 12:00 Vittorio Venturi International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology - Trieste
“Interspecies signalling in plant associated bacteria”

12:00 – 12:50 Christian Zidorn Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Kiel University
“Phytochemistry - Before the lab work can start: Proper documentation of plant source materials as a prerequisite for reproducible studies”

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 Transfer to the city of Maratea

16:30 Visit to Evra_Estratti Vegetali Ricerca Applicata guided by Luigi Milella (ISSNP)
18:30 Visit to Cristo Redentore, Maratea
19:30 Transfer to Hotel Pianeta Maratea
20:30 Swimming Pool Party

Friday – July 5th          
08:50 - 09:00 Welcome and Institutional greetings:
Aurelia Sole, Rector of Basilicata University
Faustino Bisaccia, Director of the Department of Science Basilicata University
Paolo Carnevale, Executive Director FEEM

Discussion Leaders: Luigi Milella and Valeria Costantino

09:00 - 09:50 Lena Gerwick, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego
“Genomics: digging deeper into the biosynthetic potential of marine tropical cyanobacteria.”

09:50 - 10:20 Presentation of the Project of Basilicata Region DGR 1490, Luigi Milella and coworkersUniversity of Basilicata
Basilicata Marine and Costal water monitoring

10:20 -10:40 Francesca Scannone, FEEM Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
“Cultivation of  Spirulina platensis using Anaerobically Swine Waste water Treatment Effluent"

10:40– 12:15 Interactive Session IV - Writing a paper
William Gerwick Scripps Institution of Oceanography - University of California San Diego
“The Art of Communicating Science”

12:15 - 12:30 Awards ceremony

12:30 Conclusions*

13:00 Lunch at Restaurant Cala del Citro   ( )

14:30 Transfer to Central Station “Piazza Garibaldi” (Estimated time of arrival – E.T.A. 18:00), and Naples International Airport (Estimated time of arrival – E.T.A. 18:30)

Scuba diving and Snorkeling

*You can enjoy Maratea’s activities on Friday 5th July: scuba diving or snorkeling guided tour organized by the School (not included in the fee).

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Organizing Institutions

Cirpeb CNR IBB
Società Chimica Italiana
euchems Marine Drugs

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