Guest speakers

Opening lecture (Tuesday 14 June)

Samuel Bowles

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Currently, Bowles is a professor of economics at the University of Siena, Italy and the Arthur Spiegel Research Professor and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Closing lecture (Friday 17 June)

Joan Martínez Alier

Universitat Autonoma Barcelona

Joan Martínez Alier is a Catalan economist. His interests are agrarian studies, ecological economics and political ecology. He is a founding member and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics.

Closing ceremony (Friday 17 June)

Alessandra Nardini

Regione Toscana Councillor

Responsible for Education, Vocational training, University and research, employment, international relations and gender policy

Plenary session 2, Thursday 16 June

The Future of Energy

Niek Lopez Cardoso (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Niek Lopes Cardozo is professor of Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he initiated the dedicated, interdisciplinary MSc programme on nuclear fusion. Before focusing on the education and training of the ‘ITER generation’, he directed the Dutch fusion research programme and served on many European scientific and managerial fusion committees. He received the Royal Shell prize for sustainable development and energy for his scientific work in nuclear fusion as well as his efforts in outreach. In parallel to his work as a researcher and educator he has been active in science policy. In the period 2017-2020 he was member of the Executive Board of NWO, the Dutch National Research Council, chairing the Science Domain. In the preceding 7 years he chaired the Dutch Organisation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM). Climate change and the energy transition have been long time interests (and concerns). In recent years his research has focused on the socio- and techno-economics of the energy transition, and the potential role of fusion energy therein.

Yamina Saheb (Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III)

Dr. Yamina Saheb is Senior Energy Policy Analyst at OpenExp, a lead author of the IPCC WGIII 6th assessment report on climate mitigation and a lecturer at Sciences Po (Paris) on climate risks. Prior to this position, Yamina was the Head of Energy Efficiency Unit at the International Energy Charter.She also worked as a Policy and Scientific Officer at the Renewables and Energy Efficiency Unit at the Institute of Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). Before joining theJRC, Yamina worked as Senior Energy Policy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA). Yamina holds a Ph.D in Energy Engineering, Master’s degrees on Landscape Architecture and Development Economics and an Engineering degree in Building technologies.

Mario Giampietro (Universitat Autonoma Barcelona)

Mario Giampietro is ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He works on integrated assessment of sustainability issues using new concepts developed in complex systems theory. He has developed a novel scientific approach, Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM), integrating biophysical and socioeconomic variables across multiple scales, thus establishing a link between the metabolism of socio-economic systems and the potential constraints of the natural environment. Recent research focuses on the nexus between land use, food, energy and water in relation to sustainable development goals. He has (co)authored over one hundred fifty publications, including six books, in research themes such as multi-criteria analysis of sustainability; multi-scale integrated assessment of scenarios and technological changes; alternative energy sources; bio-complexity; science for governance. He coordinated the EU-funded project ‘Moving towards Adaptive Governance in Complexity: Informing NexusSecurity’ (MAGIC – (2016-2020).

Emilio Padoa-Schioppa (Università di Milano-Bicocca)

Emilio Padoa-Schioppa is associate professor of ecology at University of Milano-Bicocca. The main research interests are linked to landscape ecology (assessment and evaluation of ecosystem services, habitat mapping, ecological network planning) and conservation biology (distribution and conservation of herpetofauna), and he teaches “Landscape ecology”(Environmental Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca), Biology and Didactic of Biology (Science of Primary Formation, University of Milano-Bicocca), Introduction to Sustainability, Ecosystem Services and Advanced Human ecology (Doctoral School of University ofMilano-Bicocca). He’s president of the Italian Society of Landscape Ecology. He is the author of several scientific papers, technical reports and chapters of books. In 2014 wrote a textbook on didactic of Biology and in 2021 a divulgative book on the Anthropocene (The Anthropocene a new epoch for the Earth, a new challenge for humanity, Il Mulino, in Italian).

Plenary session 3, Friday 17 June, 09:45, ROOMs 5 and A

The art of communication

Giuseppe Pellegrini (Observa Science Society)

Giuseppe Pellegrini is a sociologist. He teaches Innovation, Technology and Society at the University of Trento. His main research interests are related to the study of science, technology and society issues. In this area of investigation, a specific attention he devoted to public engagement and public communication. He leads the Italian research team of the European project TRESCA studying the public perception of science and technology. He is the president of Observa Science in Society and member of the Public Communication on Science and Technology network.

Edwige Pezzulli (RAI)

Astrophysicist and science communicator. Edwige organizes educational laboratories, workshops and collaborates with Mondadori Educational. She is an author for Superquark+ and RAI Cultura and has been awarded the national prize for young researchers GiovedìScienza 2019. Together with other 5 astrophysicists, she wrote a book for kids “Apri gli occhi al cielo” (Mondadori 2019).

Francesco Suman (Il BO Live – Univ. of Padua)   

Francesco Suman is a freelance science journalist, collaborating with a series of magazines, journals and newspapers, such as Il Bo Live, Nature Italy, MicroMega, Il Tascabile, Valigia Blu. He has a PhD in philosophy of biology earned at the Department of Biology of the University of Padua in 2017. His training in philosophy of science brings him to explore the relationships between science and society, covering topics like climate change, energy transition, Covid-19 pandemics, biology and evolution, physics, technological innovation, research policy, fake news and misinformation.

Sofia Belardinelli (Il BO Live – Univ. of Padua)

Sofia Belardinelli is a PhD student in Environmental Ethics at the University of Naples ‘Federico II’. Her lines of research concern philosophy of biology, environmental ethics, and studies on bio-cultural diversity. During her PhD, she is focusing on investigating the relationship between humans and non-human nature, explored from the perspective of evolutionary biology and environmental ethics. She believes in the high social relevance of science dissemination. She writes for ‘Il BoLive’, the web magazine of the University of Padova, covering environmental and social issues and science news, and for the Italian cultural magazine ‘Micromega’. Sofia is passionate about literature and music; she enjoys the beauty of nature and loves photographing it.

Marta Tuninetti (Politecnico di Torino – DIATI)

Marta Tuninetti is an Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (2018). As a Research Scholar, she visited Princeton University (present) and the University College London (2017). She was a visiting Master’s student at the University of Virginia (2013). Her current research focuses on the Water-Food-Energy nexus through global and high-resolution modelling approaches. She convenes scientific panels at international conferences, and she is Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydrology. She is a Science Communicator, one of the creators of Water To Food (a scientific dissemination project), and the co-founder of WeSTEAM (an association for gender-based scientific dissemination).

Plenary session 4, Friday 17 June, 10:00, ROOMs 5 and A

Sustainable banking for ecological transition: lessons and experience from pioneers

Responsible banking concerns extending lending opportunities to uncollateralized borrowers thereby addressing the main constraints (access to education and external finance) to equal opportunities and the possibility that future achievement do not depend on initial conditions. In addition to it responsible banks have learned to vote with their loan portfolios by aiming at social and environmental impact of financed loans. What are their challenges in the next future in an extremely competitive and concentrated industry with tiny profit margins and high economies of scale ?

Adriana Kocornik-Mina (Global Alliance for Banking on Values)

In the role of Metrics and Research Senior Manager at the Global Alliance forBanking (GABV) on Values, Dr Adriana Kocornik-Mina contributes to strengthening the capabilities of frontrunner values-based banks to enable transformative social and environmental impact. She is an expert in various global and regional initiatives in sustainable finance, including the World Benchmarking Alliance, ISO TechnicalCommittee on Sustainable Finance, and the European Economic and SocialCommittee (Group III). Prior to this, Adriana worked at Wageningen University and at the London School of Economics on adaptation to climate change-related challenges.

Anna Fasano (Banca Etica)

Economist, passionate about Ethical Finance, Social Economy and Third Sector organisations, she is the director of the NGO Vicini di Casa and an expert in social housing. Within the Banca Etica Group she has an expertise in governance models, control systems and human resource management. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Banca Etica since 2010, and since 2016 holds the role of Vice President.

Roundtable Friday 17 June, 11:10, Sustainable Finance, room A

Sustainable Finance roundtable: key challenges for ecological transition

In the last years we assisted to a rapid growth of environmental friendly financial instruments. In addition to it the vote with the wallet of investment funds for ecological transition has rapidly became mainstream as far as investment fund have progressively discovered ESG risk and the global warming challenge has become more dramatic. EU regulation has intervened in the process trying to avoid washing and asking financial actors to provide statistical evidence for their environmental engagement. How the process will work in the future also in the light of the new challenges posed by the shock of the war in Europe?

Laura Berry (Shareholders for Change)
Francesco Bicciato (Secretary General of ITASIF)
Nick Robins (Professor, London School of Economics)
Victor van Hoorn (former Executive Director of Eurosif)

Final roundtable, Friday 17 June

50 years after “Limits to Growth” and the UN Stockholm conference

Nicholas Ashford (MIT)

Nicholas A. Ashford is Professor of Technology & Policy and Director of theTechnology & Law Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses in Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics; Law, Technology, and Public Policy; and Technology, Globalisation, and Sustainable Development. He holds both a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago, where he also received graduate education in Economics. Dr. Ashford is a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and has taught intensive courses inSustainable Development, and European & International Environmental Law atCambridge University, UK and at the Cyprus University of Technology. Dr. Ashford isa Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme. He has also served as co-chair of the US-Greece Council for the Initiative on Technology Cooperation with the Balkans. Dr. Ashford’s research interests include sustainability, trade and environment; regulatory law and economics; the design of government policies for encouraging both technological innovation, and improvements in health, safety and environmental quality; pollution prevention and cleaner/inherently safer production; public participation in contaminated communities; labor’s participation in technological change; environmental justice; distracted driving; and reigning in fake news. He has published 10 books and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in science, technology, economics, and law.

Giuliana Biagioli (Leonardo-IRTA)

Full Professor of Economic History at the University of Pisa since 2001, she has been director of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History. In that Department, she covered the courses of Economic History and the History of the Environment and the Territory. She has directed numerous national and local research groups. She was a member of the Board of Professors of the Doctorate in Modern and Contemporary History and of the Board of Guarantors of the Degree in History and the Specialist Degree in Library and Archival Studies at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy of the University of Pisa. She was the Italian director of a research entitled “World Heritage Site and Local Development”, funded under the Galileo cooperation program between Italy and France. In the following years she was responsible for three European projects: VITOUR Interreg IIIC project; Program for the Study of European Rural Societies (PROGRESSOR); Paysage d’Exception. Since October 2002 she is the president of Leonardo-IRTA (Institute for Research on the Territory and the Environment). In 2021, she has been appointed Ambassador for the European Climate Pact.

Kozo Mayumi (The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, Management Information Science)

Kozo Mayumi graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics of Kyoto University. Between 1984 and 1988 he studied bio-economics at Department of Economics of Vanderbilt University under Prof. Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s supervision. Since then, Mayumi has been working in the field of energy analysis, ecological economics and complex hierarchy theory. After retirement from Tokushima University, he works at the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics. Mayumi is currently an editorial board member of journals, such as Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services. His works include the following books: (1) The Origins of Ecological Economics; (2) The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements; (3) The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large Scale Agro-Biofuel Production; (4) The Metabolic Pattern of Societies; (5) Energy Analysis for a Sustainable Future; and (6) Sustainable Energy and Economics in an Aging Population. Mayumi is the first recipient of Georgescu-Roegen Awards (Unconventional Thinking Category) at the13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in 2013. Currently, Mayumi is writing two books, one on money with Dr. Ansel Renner, and the other on hydrogen energy with Dr.Mark Glucina.

Dan O’Neill (University of Leeds)