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The European PhD School was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing Ph.D. students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in the research areas of Power Electronics, Electrical Machines and Drives, Power Systems. Subsequently, the School has gained an increasing relevance thanks to the participation of highly qualified lecturers: in 2009 the School obtained the title of “European” Ph.D. School. Year by year continuous efforts have been put in order to improve the quality of the offered topics: main result was the increasing number of international students joining the School (100 in 2013!). Now, the European Ph.D. School reached the 15th edition and it can be considered one of the most important event in Europe involving PhD Students. The winning formula includes not only theory and application oriented lectures but, also, direct interactions of participant PhDs to establish cross-border cooperation, meetings with international companies oriented to research cooperation and recruitment, social and group events. Venue for 2014 edition: the ancient Angevin Castle in the beautiful seaside town of Gaeta, Italy.
The 13th Edition of the European PhD School: Power Electronics for Electrical Machine and Energy Control will be held in Gaeta, Italy in a wonderful Angevin castle, that has been recently renovated.
Gaeta is a well known and popular seaside resort in the province of Latina, perched on a spur of Mount Orlando which faces onto the bay of the same name, whose history is lost in the mists of time. There are various hypotheses on the origins of its name: according to Strabone it comes from "gaetas" (a term used by fishermen to explain the location, with clear reference to its morphology, protected from winds and storms), according to Diodorus, however, it derives from "Aietes" (father of Medea), and finally, according to Virgil from "Cajeta" (the name of the nurse of Aeneas, who was buried by the Trojan hero in this area).
The earliest settlements date back to the VIII century B.C., later in 345 B.C. the town fell under the influence of Rome and soon became a popular resort for wealthy patricians and senators, also thanks to the construction of Via Flacca, much shorter than the Via Appia. After the fall of the Roman Empire the territories were subject of continuous raids and attacks by Barbarians and Saracens. For this reason, thanks to its favorable geographical position, the center strengthened its defense and became a "castrum" surrounded by fortified walls and protected by a castle. The Duchy of Gaeta was officially founded in 917, when Giovanni Gaetani I assumed the title of Duke. Gaetani I kept the rule over the city until the XII century, when this noble family was dispossessed by the Normans, who, however, left to the inhabitants of the town numerous privileges. Over the following centuries the town submitted the domain of the Swabian, Angevin and Aragonese and Bourbons, becoming what was then called "the key or gateway to the Kingdom of Naples", where Kings and Popes often sheltered, which encouraged the construction of major civil and religious buildings.
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