This year's annual conference saw delegates engage in an exciting social programme...
On the 1st day of the conference partners had the opportunity to explore the old city of Padua, followed by a Gala dinner in the evening held in Abano Terme.
The next day consisted of a visit to the SILCA factory in Treviso, with an afternoon excursion to the Prosecco region for a wine tasting experience.
There was also the option for delegates to explore the sights and sounds of Venice, with a guided tour taking place on the 6th.
The setting for Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, the picturesque city of Padua is also famed for its 800 year old University, where Galileo Galilei was once a lecturer.
Famed for its sparkling Prosecco wine, the vineyards to the north of Venice are found in some of the most attractive valleys in the region. While Champagne refers to the region, Prosecco is the name of the grape used to create the popular wine.