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The Central European Initiative (CEI) is a regional intergovernmental forum established in 1989, following the fall of the Berlin wall. It gathers 17 Member States in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. https://www.cei.int/

It supports a united Europe with shared values embracing all countries, regions, peoples and citizens; and fosters the strengthening of capacities of its Member States towards good governance, rule of law and sustainable economic development for stability, social cohesion, environmental sustainability, security and prosperity.

CEI is a supporter of the 90th Congress of the Geological Society of Italy, bridging science across political and disciplinary boundaries.

PhD students from Member states of the C.E.I. (see https://www.cei.int/member-states) and in particular from Universities/Research centers in Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine will be exempted from the payment of participation fees. Students willing to apply for this benefit, after registering for the Congress (free), should enter the User Panel enter the information o the abstract and copy and paste the following words in the last field of the Abstract submission form ‘Note’: Abstract submitted from a PhD student from a C.E.I. member state