The CEEMAN’s extensive programs provide an excellent platform for discussions and thinking about how the improved quality of management and management schools can be the catalyst to drive urgently needed changes, innovation and creativity.
Matej Potokar,
General Manager, Microsoft Services CEE

28th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Trieste, Italy

Science and Management: An Alliance to Solve Global Challenges


The 28th CEEMAN Annual Conference, with the title Science and Management: An Alliance to Solve Global Challenges, will take place from 23-25 September 2020 in Trieste, Italy.

Beautiful and cultured, Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. The destiny of Trieste has always been linked to its unique geographical position between the Mediterranean Sea, the Balkans and the Central Europe. The city maintains echoes of the glorious Roman, Medieval and especially Habsburg past, which made it “the little Vienna on the sea”. In its characteristic mixture of languages, peoples, religions and architectures, one easily feels its combined Central European and Mediterranean souls. Famous for its literary and cultural tradition, Trieste has acquired international prestige for the excellence of its Science System, thanks to 30+ Research Institutions ranked among the most important in Europe. Not surprisingly, Trieste has been chosen as the European City of Science 2020.

CEEMAN Annual Conference traditionally includes a series of events in order to get to know the business, political and social realities of the host country (including through company visits, experiential workshops, keynote business panels), and to discuss implications, best practices and collaboration in the area of management development (business education keynotes, international panels, roundtable discussions and workshops). Several side events are also organized, such as pre-conference sessions, individual Dean2Dean advisory meetings, CEEMAN’s IQA-International Quality Accreditation session, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.

The conference will be organized in cooperation with MIB Trieste School of Management, an international Business School founded in 1988 as a non-profit Consortium, on the initiative of high profile companies and the academia. With its large choice of Master’s degrees (accredited in Italy and abroad) and of Executive and Corporate Programs, the School trains young talents from all over the world, qualifies and updates managers, entrepreneurs and executives from both local and multinational companies. Leading firms (among which Allianz, Generali, illycaffè, KPMG, E&Y, Fincantieri, AON, BNP Paribas) actively collaborate with the School for sponsorships, internship activities, training, consultancy projects and research. Enhance talent, develop skills, strengthen leadership to make people and businesses grow: with this attitude MIB Trieste has been working for over 30 years in Italy and in the world.

Draft Program

Wednesday, 23 September
Pre-conference events

10:00 - 12:00 Company visit 1 – Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, AREA Science Park
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch at MIB
14:00 - 15:30 Company visit 2 – Illycaffè
15:30 Conference registration open at MIB, coffee, networking
16:30 - 19:00 Individual Dean2Dean meetings at MIB
16:30 - 19:00 Poster session for faculty and researchers
19:00 - 20:00 Welcome reception at MIB

Thursday, 24 September
28th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 1

09:30 Registration open at MIB, coffee
10:00 - 10:30 28th CEEMAN Annual Conference Opening 
10:30 - 12:00 Session 1 – keynote 1
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Session 2 – keynote panel
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 Session 3 – panel with scientists and business leaders
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00 CEEMAN Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
19:00 - 21:30 Wine degustation and dinner

Friday, 25 September
28th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 2

09:30 - 11:00 Session 4
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Session 5
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch, networking
14:00 - 15:30 Session 6, conclusions
15:30 - 16:30 A glass of prosecco, networking
19:00 - 23:00 Gala dinner

Saturday, 26 September
You can join a half-day Trieste sightseeing tour or a full-day trip to Venice. Additional costs apply.



MIB Trieste School of Management
Largo Caduti di Nasiriya 1
34142 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 9188111
GPS 45.645391,13.810564

See MIB Virtual Tour!

MIB Trieste is located at Ferdinandeo Palace, one of the most prestigious historic buildings in Trieste. The building is equipped with a special entrance for people with reduced mobility. All floors can be reached by elevator and all spaces are accessible. The School offers to students and guests a parking lot near the main entrance (20 spots) and a large parking area behind the building, with space for up to 100 cars.


Between 23-25 September there will be daily buses arranged for free transfer between downtown Trieste and the conference venue (MIB Trieste School of Management) in the morning and evening.

On other times, you can get to MIB by taxi or public bus. To get to MIB by public bus, take LINE 11 from Piazza Goldoni to the end of the line (Ferdinandeo Palace, where the school is located) or take bus 25 from Piazza Oberdan towards Cattinara hospital and get off at the Ferdinandeo stop.


Trieste International Airport is located 35km from Trieste and is connected by:

  • Taxi: fixed rate Airport-Downtown Triste and vice-versa, 35-40 minutes (60 EUR)
  • Train: from Trieste Airport to Trieste Central, 30 minutes (from 3.3 EUR Treno Regionale to 15 EUR Frecciarossa)
  • Science Bus: Sharing Shuttle service, 45 minutes (20 EUR)
  • Bus APT: Bus number E 51, 55 minutes (4.15 EUR)

You can find info on arrival to other airports, arrival by car, train and Trieste taxi services here.


Not sure if you need visa for Italy or what documents to submit? A guided procedure will help you decide if you need to apply for a visa based on your nationality, country of residence, reasons for your visit and length of stay, and what documents do you need to submit. To find all the info go to:


Information on the hotels will be available shortly.


Between 23-25 September there will be daily buses arranged for free transfer between downtown Trieste and the conference venue (MIB Trieste School of Management) in the morning and evening.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We kindly invite you to join the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor to present your services to deans and directors from around the world. We offer various exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, but we would also be happy to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to make your presence at the conference most productive.

Contact Person

Slađana Milašinović Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 535


Early bird fee - before 1 June

  • EUR 690 for CEEMAN members
  • EUR 950 for non-members

After 1 June

  • EUR 820 for CEEMAN members
  • EUR 1,100 for non-members




Olga Veligurska CEEMAN Director
+386 4 57 92 505


Živa Žmavc Thongvanh Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 518

Sponsors and exhibitors

Slađana Milašinović Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 535