Milan, Once Home to da Vinci, to Host Some 21st-Century Innovators

A key figure in the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci left a profound mark on disciplines ranging from visual art and music to engineering and anatomy. He also left a major impression on Milan, where he spent nearly two decades of his working life. Nearly 500 years after da Vinci's death, the Northern Italian city continues to proudly celebrate the legacy of the artist, scientist and inventor.

Given its heritage for nurturing innovation, Milan will serve as a fitting locale for GDS International's Next Generation Downstream Europe Summit.  More than 60 senior-level downstream decision-makers from Europe, the Middle East and North America will gather at the Melia Milano hotel to discuss the latest technologies and approaches for improving the competitiveness of Europe's refining sector.

"From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside industry-leading organizations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, our new-look program provides plenty of additional engagement opportunities while on-site," said Rob McCabe, EMEA Product Director for Summits and Events with GDS International.

In a nod to its host city, the summit will feature a presentation by Giacomo Rispoli of Milan-based ENI outlining the initial results of the company's deployment of its ENI Slurry Technology (EST) at Sannazzarro Refinery, added McCabe.

Throughout the Oct. 14-16 event, delegates from major operating companies will interact with top solution providers during a series of working lunches, roundtable discussions and one-on-one meetings. In addition to ENI, other major refiners such as Total, Shell, BP, Statoil, CEPSA and OMV will be well-represented at the event. Service companies such as Capstone Turbine Corp., Woodward, NALCO Energy Services, Emerson and MI-SWACO will enlighten delegates about cutting-edge strategies for optimizing their facilities in a very challenging business environment.

For the third consecutive year, DownstreamToday will serve as official media sponsor of the event.

The format of the summit packs a wealth of frank, useful information into just 2 ½ days, said McCabe, adding that a very limited number of spaces remain for delegates and sponsors. For more information, visit the NG Downstream Summit Europe's official website.