Since that time SIPaV began to work and every year a national Congress has been organized (called “… Convegno Nazionale” from 1995). In 2000 and 2008 the annual congress was not hold because the 5th Congress of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology and the International Congress of Plant Pathology took place, respectively in Catania and Torino.In 2002, during the IX Convegno Nazionale, the first “Premio Scaramuzzi” was assigned, in memory of the first President elect of the Society. The award has been assigned every year to the best Doctoral dissertation in Plant Pathology. In 1997 the Journal of Plant Pathology (JPP, Editor in chief Prof. Alberto Matta, Senior Editors Professors Romano Locci, Giovanni Martelli and Umberto Mazzucchi, Managing Editor Prof. Giovanni Vannacci) was published for the first time. The Journal represented the continuation of the historical Rivista di Patologia Vegetale, published for the first time in 1892. In 2004, thanks to many efforts, JPP obtained the Impact Factor. From 1996 up to 2003, SIPaV published a short Notiziario (Notizie SIPaV) with news from the different Universities.