2024 Venue & Accomodation

MCAA annual conference 2024 lets meet in Milan

Conference Location

Welcome to Milan, Italy!

Join us in Milan, one of the world's fashion and design capitals, an international financial hub as well as a city of culture and art. The city that finds a perfect and dynamic balance between history and modernity is not to be missed!

Visit Milan Tourism Office (link) https://www.italia.it/en/lombardy/milan

Conference venue

The 2024 MCAA Annual Conference and General Assembly will take place at the University of Milano-Bicocca.


University of Milano-Bicocca
Piazza dell'Ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano MI

The Bicocca campus is located in the Milan district of Bicocca, once home to large industrial companies such as Pirelli and Breda. The university was established as part of a large-scale redevelopment project launched around 1986.

All 21 university buildings but one are located in the Bicocca district.

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The conference will be hosted in the main building (U6), more specifically:

- Aula Magna (auditorium, U6-1): 500 seats.

- Aula Marco Martini (U6-4): 244 seats.

- Two additional lecture rooms, up to 100 seats.

Visit the University of Milano-Bicocca (link) https://en.unimib.it/

Travel directions:

How to get to Milan? Click here for more info.

Flying to Milan

Milan has three airports, all well connected to the city center

Milan city map with University of Milano-Bicocca and the three main airports
Milan city map with University of Milano-Bicocca and the three main airports

1. Aeroporto di Milano-Malpensa (MPX)

○ to city center by bus (different companies) every 10 minutes

○ to city center by train (Malpensa Express) every 30 minutes

2. Aeroporto di Milano-Bergamo (BGY)

○ to city center by bus (different companies) every 30 minutes

○ to city center by train + urban bus with 3 connections per hour

3. Aeroporto di Milano-Linate (LIN)

○ to city center by urban bus (line 73) every 6 minutes

○ to city center by metro (M4)


For sustainability purposes, please consider traveling by train as your first option to come to the MCAA conference. Milan is in a central position in Europe, and can be reached by train from several EU cities:.

1. France

○ Paris - 5 direct connections per day (both TGV and Frecciarossa high-speed connections)

2. Switzerland

○ Bern - 4 direct connections per day

○ Geneve - 2 direct connections per day

3. Austria

○ Wien - 1 direct connection per day

4. Germany

○ Monaco - 1 direct connection per day

○ Frankfurt - 1 direct connection per day

Sustainable transportation

Milano is a city in central Europe that is easily accessible, also by train.

Milano has an extensive Metro network which makes mass transportation within the city very sustainable compared to cars and even buses, without compromising on travel speed and convenience. Furthermore, for shorter range travel there is a bike sharing service (BikeMI - https://bikemi.com/) with fixed stations and “free floating” access mode, which can be booked and rented by a smartphone App or by the website. The bikes can also be transported by metro.

A scooter sharing service is also available with several private companies: Voi (www.voiscooters.com), Wind (www.wind.co/italy), Bit (www.bitmobility.it), Lime (www.li.me/electric-scooter), Dott (www.ridedott.com), Helbiz (www.helbiz.com/it), Tier (www.tier.app).

How to get to the University of Milano-Bicocca

The University of Milano-Bicocca (Piazza della Scienza, 1) is located in the northern part of Milan, and can be easily reached from the city center by train and metro (see details below).

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Map of local train and metro transportation in Milan
Map of local train and metro transportation in Milan.

From the city center, the University can be reached in the following ways:

- Metro line M5 (direction “Bignami”), get off at “Bicocca”. From there, the University Campus can be reached in about 5 to 10 minutes walking.

- Metro line M1 (direction “Sesto 1° Maggio F.S”), get off at “Precotto”. From there, take tram line 7 (direction “Bicocca” or “P.le Lagosta”) and get off at “Università Bicocca Scienza”.

- Bus 87 from Milano Centrale at Piazza Quattro Novembre (direction “Villa San Giovanni M1”), get off at “Viale dell’Innovazione”.

The easiest way to get around in Milan is by subway (the Metro). There are 4 different metro lines: M1, M2, M3, and M5, with additional bus and tram lines. A public transport ticket (for zones Mi1-Mi3) costs 2.20 € and it is valid for 90 minutes. It is also possible to buy a 3-day pass or a “carnet”, which includes 10 tickets. Tickets can be bought with the official app (ATM Milano) or at every subway station. The lines M1, M2, and M3 close at about 00:30 in the night, while line M5 closes at about 23:30. The buses and trams generally operate until later in the night.

Hotels (click here for more details)

As Milan is a very vibrant town, the accommodation options are numerous, especially along metro lines M1 and M5, that are directly linked to the University, enabling the conference participants to reach the venue easily. However, due to many events that take place in the city, it is strongly recommended to book as soon as you know you are joining the AC & GA. Do not postpone your reservation.

Here are some possible options to check:

● Hotel degli Arcimboldi (4 stars): https://www.hotelarcimboldi.it/

● Residence Milano Bicocca: https://www.residencemilano.org/

● Starhotels Tourist (Hotel), Milano (Italia) 4 stars: http://www.starhotels.com/en/our-hotels/tourist-milan/

● Hotel Greco, Milano (2 stars): https://www.hotelgrecomilano.com/

● Ostello bello B&B: https://ostellobello.com/it/

● Camplus Turro: https://www.camplus.it/citta/milano/camplus-turro/

● Camplus Lambrate: https://www.camplus.it/citta/milano/camplus-turro/

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