Matthias A Hediger
University of Bern, Switzerland


Robert Burrier
Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Madison, WI, USA

Ken-ichi Inui
Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Japan

Bruno Stieger

University of Zürich, Switzerland

SNF Uni Bern



Lugano, the largest town in the holiday region of Ticino, is not only Switzerland's third most important financial centre and a conference, banking and business centre, but also a town of parks and flowers, villas and sacred buildings. Thanks to its mild climate and Mediterranean flair, Lugano offers all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.

Lugano lies in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, surrounded by numerous mountains offering splendid viewpoints. The traffic-free historic town centre, the numerous buildings in Italianate Lombardy style, the exclusive museums, the mountains, lake and a packed calendar of events all invite visitors to see the sights, soak up the atmosphere – and enjoy "dolce far niente".

Our special excursion on August 11

We will walk from Palazzo dei Congressi to the port Lugano Giardino (10 min.). From there, we will enjoy a cruise on Lake Lugano, passing by Gandria, Campione d’Italia and Melide. In Morcote, our boat stops allowing us to have a promenade in the “Pearl of Lake Lugano”, as Morcote is considered due to its privileged location and beautiful Mediterranean-like vegetation. Discover the Santa Maria del Sasso church, picturesque terraced cemetery, medieval Torre del Capitano and Parco Scherrer park with delightful mix of sub-tropical plants and arts. Back on board, we will enjoy aperitif and dinner, cruising by Stretto di Lavena and Ponte Tresa, before reaching our home port in Lugano.

Our special farewell dinner on August 13

The restaurant is on top of Monte San Salvatore (912 m.a.s.l.), offering spectacular views extending 360 degrees on the city of Lugano, Lake Lugano and far beyond. Enjoy a special dinner with great ambiance and beautiful scenery!

The Universal Exposition (Expo 2015) will be hosted by Milano, Italy, between May 1 and October 31, 2015. The theme chosen is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. This embraces technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet. The exhibition site of Expo 2015 covers one million square meters and is expected to welcome over 20 million visitors. As Milano is so close to Lugano (1 h 15 min by train) you may connect your participation at BioMedical Transporters with a visit at Expo 2015 in Milano.