ANTONIO FASANELLA

General Director of IZS of Puglia and Basilicata

Dear participants,

It is my great honor to announce that the next Biology of Anthrax Conference will be held in Bari, the capital of the beautiful region of Puglia in Italy. The conference is organized by the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Puglia and Basilicata which is the National Anthrax Reference Laboratory for Italy. The institution which was founded in 1928 produces anthrax vaccine for veterinary use and is tasked with analyzing suspicious items for the presence of anthrax spores in support of the Italian government’s efforts to counter bioterrorism. In addition to its important national role the institution also provides training and support to veterinarians and researchers from across the globe.

Visiting Puglia is an enriching activity for the mind and the soul. The region is home to a treasure trove of art, history, tradition and nature. Located in the southeast corner of Italy in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, it has been home, over the centuries to the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Swabians and Angevins. The echo of these civilizations can be observed in the landscape and in the traditions of the people of Puglia. In addition to an array of archaeological, architectural and artistic treasures the region can boost three UNESCO world heritage sites: Castel del Monte, the fortress of Emperor Federico II; the Trulli of Alberobello  and  the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo, a masterpiece of medieval art and an international pilgrimage destination.

The splendor of these physical sites is complemented by the richness of Apulian gastronomy which offers an explosion of flavors built on locally produced natural ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and fine wines.

Puglia is waiting for you.

Dr. PhD Antonio Fasanella

General Director of IZS of Puglia and Basilicata