Information on COVID-19

The GEHAB2020 organisation committee and the scientific committee are carefully monitoring the situation together with the governmental institution. This section aims to provide information about the coronavirus for attendees, authors, and exhibitors of the GEOHAB 2020. The information mostly relies on external sources, so we encourage participants to periodically check the information pages of the Italian Government, the Italian Civil Protection and the WHO for up-to-date advice.

Protect yourself

The WHO gives advice on how to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub;
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • Avoid direct contact with people who are coughing, sneezing, or have a fever;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • When in Italy, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early contact the following number: 8462340, emergency number 112, 1500

The WHO also has a list of ‘Myth busters’.

At the conference centre, disinfectants will be provided.

Venice International University is something unique in the academic world – a consortium of 18 universities from all over the world with an autonomous campus on the Island of San Servolo, Venice, Italy. The Island of San Servolo is located in the Venetian Lagoon, between Venice city centre and the Lido Island. It takes 10 minutes by boat to reach Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venice. The island was originally the home of the Venetian Calbana family who, beginning in 810, hosted the seat of a Benedictine Monastery. The buildings of the island have been developed and changed over the ages along with the people who inhabited it. San Servolo remained a monastery until the mid-eighteenth century when it was transformed into a Hospital. The island overlooks the peaceful waters of the lagoon, and covers an area of over sixteen thousand square meters that were once used for vineyards and gardens.

The CNR-ISMAR Institute is distributed in 6 regions of Italy (Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Lazio, Campania) involving more than 200 people in research activities. CNR-ISMAR has a long and documented experience in seafloor mapping and Mediterranean deep-sea ecosystems studies with special focus on the highly emblematic cold-water coral, chemosynthetic community habitats, and very shallow water coastal and transitional environments, such as lagoons and deltas.

Local organising committee

– Federica Foglini (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Fantina Madricardo (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Irene Guarnieri (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Michol Ghezzo (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Marco Sigovini (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Lorenzo Angeletti (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Mariacristina Prampolini (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Valentina Grande (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Alessandra Mercorella (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)
– Giorgio Castellan (CNR-ISMAR, Italy)


Email address:; Phone: +39 0516398872

Email address:; Phone: +39 0412407986


Delegates are generally responsible for making their own lodging reservation. We have prebooked about 30 rooms in San Servolo within the conference centre till 18th February please contact Michela Tommasini ( for reservation.
Below are listed other possible alternatives for economical accommodation: