Plenary session 3 – Question time!

Thursday 16 June, 17:00 – 19:00

Chair: Giuliano Marrucci 

Politics, science and civil society: Question time!

The roundtable will be focused on the core theme of the conference, namely the gap between politics and what science and engaged civil society have been suggesting for decades for effectively promoting sustainability. Leading Italian and European politicians will participate in a dialogue with representatives of NGOs, civil society movements, young students and other citizens.


Giuliano Marrucci

One of the authors of “Report” for over 20 years. “Report” is an investigation program of “RAI 3”, a channel from an Italian national public broadcasting company. Passionate about technology, international politics, and environmental issues. In 2021 he founded OttolinaTV, a small independent media platform that produces audiovisual content for social platforms. “Giving voice at 99%”, says its motto.

Aldo Femia

Ph.D. in Political Economy and a 25-years-long experience of economy-environment relationships (especially physical flows) and their quantification in satellite accounts, following the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (EEA). Contributed to several developments of EEA, through participation in international TFs and WGs, including the UN Committee of EEA Experts). Now he is engaged in Ecosystem Accounting and in the revision of the SNA (environmental accounting issues and task team).

Giuseppe Conte

Born 8 August 1964 is an Italian jurist, academic and politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy from June 2018 to February 2021. He has been the president of the Five Star Movement since August 2021. Conte spent the greater part of his career as a law professor and was also a member of the Italian Bureau of Administrative Justice from 2013 to 2018. 

Patty L’Abbate

Senator of the Republic (18th legislature), M5S group leader M5S of the Environment Committee in the Italian Senate and Member of the Ecological Transition Committee. Professor in ecological economics and management at LUM University. Author of “A new ecological economy beyond covid-19 and climate change”, Edizione Ambiente 2020.”

Philippe Lamberts

Born in 1963 in Brussels (Belgium). He graduated as an engineer in applied mathematics from the Catholic University of Louvain. From 1987 to 2009, he held various commercial and managerial positions at IBM. In June 2009, he was elected to the European Parliament for a first term, during which he mainly dealt with banking and financial regulations. On 25 May 2014, he was re-elected as MEP, and one month later became Co-President of the Greens/EFA Group following an internal election process. After five years dedicated to strengthening the position of environmentalists within and outside the European institutions, Philippe was re-elected in 2019 for a third and last term to the European Parliament and re-elected as co-president of the Greens/EFA Group. For his final term as MEP, Philippe aims to keep climate emergency at the top of the European agenda and will continue the fight for social, economic and environmental justice.

Enrico Letta

Born in 1966, he is the Secretary of the Italian Democratic Party. Former Dean of the School of International Affairs at Sciences Po Paris (PSIA) and former Italian Prime Minister. Enrico Letta has also been a Member of the Chamber of Deputies between 2006 and 2015. Letta was Minister of European Affairs from 1998 to 1999 and Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2001, and served as Secretary to the Council of Ministers from 2006 to 2008.

Marie-Antoinette Maupertuis

Born on April 10, 1967 in Bastia. Professor of Economics, she directed the UMR LISA laboratory until 2020. President of the Assembly of Corsica since June 2021 within the group Fà Populu Inseme, she represents the Collectivity and the Assembly of Corsica in all public events. She also chairs the Assemblea di a Giuventù. Previously, she was Executive Councillor in charge of European and International Affairs, Public Policy of Innovation and Specialisation Strategy as well as President of the Corsican Tourism Agency. Member of the Committee of the Regions, she is vice-president of the COTER and rapporteur of an opinion on Article 174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Marie Toussaint

A French jurist and environmental activist elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. She is the co-founder of the association “Notre Affaire à tous” and is the initiator and one of the architects of the climate justice campaign “L’Affaire du siècle”. In May 2019, she was elected to European Parliament election, as a representative of Europe Ecologie les Verts. Vice-President of the Greens/EFA group, she works in the environment, industry&energy, and legal affairs committees to ensure that EU law(s) protect the planet and guarantee social justice. She is the co-author of Ensemble, demandons justice: Pour en finir avec les violences environnementales, published in 2020 with Priscillia Ludosky, initiator of the yellow vest movement.

Giorgio De Girolamo

Student in Law at the University of Pisa, he is activist of Fridays For Future Italia. He is interested in and has written about the environment, climate and historical and legal analysis in various national newspapers.  

Ruth Dinslage

Member of the board 24marzo Onlus, an Italian NGO working in the defence of human rights in cooperation with South American civil society organisations, since 2019 activist in the Parents For Future movement, degree in educational sciences, work in artistic handicrafts.

Jasmine Cristallo

Political activist, she led the protest against Salvini – when the member of the Italian party Lega Nord was minister of the Interior in the first Conte government – beginning what is known as ‘rivolta dei balconi’. In November 2019, during the campaign for the regional elections in Emilia-Romagna and Calabria, she joined the ‘6000sardine movement’, born in those days in opposition to populism and sovereignism; becoming its national spokesperson. She has worked for years on the migrants’ subject matter. She was particularly active in Riace where, after the judicial events that involved Mimmo Lucano, she was among the promoters and active members of the “Fondazione è Stato il Vento,”” established with the aim of restarting reception and integration projects. She is a volunteer at Recosol (Rete delle Comunità Solidali), a Network of Solidarity Communities. She collaborates with Rinascimento Green, a very young organization working to promote a Green Deal in Italy from below. She is involved in the network of NOAD, Committees for the Withdrawal of any Differentiated Autonomy, for The Unity Of The Republic and The Equality of Rights. She has dealt with mental distress and social marginalization for years and served as a volunteer in the SPDC ward (Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment Service) of the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital in Catanzaro

Maddalena Lamura

Research assistant of the Health Economics and Policy Group, at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). There she received a MSc “Socio-ecological economics and policy”. She participated as activist in Students for Future@WU and in the organization of the Climate Camp Vienna 2019.

Claudia Maria Mazzanti

Teacher of Mathematics and Science at the First Grade Secondary School for over 20 years, currently works at the Francesco Bartolo di Buti School in Pisa. Specialized in clinical pedagogy, she has designed innovative educational paths for the teaching of Sciences, recognized at European level. and implemented education courses for active citizenship, with particular reference to the Agenda 2030.

Giovanni Mori

Save the Planet. He is an Energy and environmental engineer. He started Fridays for Future Brescia and he has been spokesperson for FFF Italia. Environmental consultant for companies, collaborates with Save the Planet ONLUS and with Lombardini22 architecture studio. Since 2019, he hosted Emergenza Climattina, invited to a TEDx. He wrote on newspaper Domani following Cop26. He is the host of News from Planet Earth, LifeGate’s daily podcast.

Patrizia Alma Pacini

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Graduated with full marks in Law from the University of Pisa, she has been President of the Pisan Industrial Union since 2016 and, among other appointments, she is President of the Confindustria Toscana Publishing Commission and a member of the Confindustria Culture Commission. Its active commitment for more than 20 years in the Confindustrial world allows it to have a broad knowledge of the needs and requirements of the company, both locally and nationally. She is a member of the board of directors of Pacini Editore SPA, with several responsibilities including the certification of the quality system. Pacini Editore SPA has been operating in Pisa since 1872, and is specialized in the dissemination of volumes of university history and essays, medicine, art, architecture, landscape, territory and environment.

Ferdinando Pezzopane

Student of International Sciences, development and cooperation at the University of Turin and the School of Higher Studies of Turin, he is an activist of Fridays For Future Italy. He is interested in international relations, the environment, ecology and their conflictual relationship with the capitalist system.