Scientific Calendar Event

An ICTP Hybrid Meeting

Human activities over the millennia have caused deep modifications of the environment with a sudden acceleration, starting from the industrial revolution, defining the nowadays era as “Anthropocene”. This term means that man has been able to modify the environment to make it more suitable to its wellbeing. Unfortunately, some of these modifications are dangerous for the man survival and did highly compromise the environment to future generations. 

Climate change, the consumption of non-regenerable natural resources, the loss of biodiversity are just some of the consequences of human activities. To change this situation, much needs to be done. But how to do it, which will be the costs and the opportunities of the ecological transition, is not yet very clear. 

A simple solution could be the decrease of human activities that have an impact on the environment, moving towards the so called “happy degrowth”.

Another approach could be to continue along the growth path, through a series of scientific and technological revolutions, able to erase the net impact on the environment. In this scenario, food production has a significant impact: on the climate change, on the non-regenerable natural resources consumption, on the loss of biodiversity, mainly as a consequence of the primary agricultural production.

Nowadays agriculture is facing a triple challenge: producing more, consuming less and improving the food nutritional characteristics. In this way there could be positive effects on nutrition, environment and health. The sustainable intensification of agriculture is necessary to answer the increase of the food needs and to reduce the environmental costs of food production.
Scientific and technological progress could lead us to have plants and animals able to use better the environmental factors, such as water and fertilizers, and to better defend themselves against pathogens. 

Therefore a more organic agriculture cannot ignore scientific progress and the use of technology. The road towards sustainable food and agriculture goes through the most advanced technologies in the genetic and agronomic fields, and it needs an efficient legislation to allow innovations to get in the market without unnecessary constraints and/or restrictions, together with the people trust in science and acceptance of innovations. 
The workshop in Trieste will have a global focus, will be divided into three sessions and will be held in English
In addition, participants can join a related, hybrid public event of two hours (17.00-19.00 CET) in Udine to held in Italian. For those interested in participating please see the Programme here - the access is free up to 280 people.

Grants: A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
Go to day
  • Wednesday, 22 February 2023
    • 08:30 - 09:15 Administrative formalities & Registration
      REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest Houses, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Adriatico Guesthouse, Registration Desk (Lower level) from 8.30 till 9.15.
    • 09:15 - 11:15 Opening Remarks & Workshop Introduction
      Moderator: Michele MORGANTE (Workshop Scientific Coordinator)
      • 09:15 Opening remarks 45'
        Speaker: Sandro SCANDOLO (ICTP Scientific Coordinator), Nicola CASAGLI (OGS President), Stefano FANTONI (FIT President), Valter SERGO (Pro-Rector of the University of Trieste), Regional Deputy on Research, Municipal Deputy
        Material: Video
      • 10:00 Workshop introduction 30'
        Speaker: Claudio TIRIBELLI (Italian Liver Foundation Scientific Director), Michele MORGANTE (Workshop Scientific Coordinator and moderator)
        Material: Video
      • 10:30 Group photo & Coffee break 30'
    • 11:15 - 18:30 Sustainability and science
      Moderator: Michele MORGANTE (Workshop Scientific Coordinator)
      • 11:15 The power of meaning 20'
        Speaker: Giovanni CARRADA (Consultant Carrada, author of Superquark, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 11:35 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 11:40 Innovation through DNA and RNA technologies 20'
        Speaker: Pierdomenico PERATA (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 12:00 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 12:05 A new synchrotron in Latin America for biodiversity and agriculture (remote) 20'
        Speaker: Galileo VIOLINI (Centro Internacional de Física, Bogotà, Colombia)
        Material: Video
      • 12:25 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 12:30 Light lunch 1h30'
      • 14:00 Pathways to sustainability with digital agriculture: towards carbon-negative crop production (remote) 15'
        Speaker: Bruno BASSO (Michigan State University, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 14:15 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 14:20 Will ocean feed the humanity? Sustainability approaches to fishery 15'
        Speaker: Simone LIBRALATO (OGS, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 14:35 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 14:40 How sustainable aquaculture can contribute to feed the world 15'
        Speaker: Basilio RANDAZZO (University of Udine, Italy)
      • 14:55 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 15:15 Coffee break 15'
      • 15:30 Sustainable Food Systems – the EU experience (remote) 15'
        Speaker: Gijs SCHILTHUIS (Policy perspectives European Commission, Sweden)
        Material: Video
      • 15:45 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 15:50 Sustainability, consumers and marketing 15'
        Speaker: Andrea ILLY (Co-chair of the Regenerative Society Foundation, President of illycaffe’, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 16:05 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 16:10 Multistakeholder platforms as a best practice for supporting sustainable agriculture in fragile ecosystems 15'
        Speaker: Federico MATTEI (FAO, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 16:25 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 16:30 Get together drink 1h30'
  • Thursday, 23 February 2023
    • 09:00 - 10:30
      Moderator: Michele MORGANTE (Workshop Scientific Coordinator)
      • 09:00 Sustainable food: between reality and false myths 20'
        Speaker: Nicoletta PELLEGRINI (University of Udine, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 09:20 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 09:30 Biodiversity and nutrition (remote) 20'
        Speaker: Imelda ANGELES-AGDEPPA (Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s, Philippines)
        Material: Video
      • 09:50 Q&A discussion 5'
      • 10:00 Coffee break 30'
    • 10:30 - 11:30
      Moderator: Claudio TIRIBELLI (Italian Liver Foundation Scientific Director)
      • 10:30 Adults nutrition problems 20'
        Speaker: Giulio MARCHESINI (University of Bologna, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 10:50 Adolescence nutrition problems 20'
        Speaker: Claudio MAFFEIS (University of Verona, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 11:10 Q&A discussion 5'
    • 11:30 - 14:00
      • 11:30 Concluding remarks 1h0'
        The closing session is opened to all speakers
        Speaker: Stefano FANTONI (FIT President), Andrea ILLY (Co-chair of the Regenerative Society Foundation, President of illycaffe’, Italy), Michele MORGANTE (Workshop Scientific Coordinator), Claudio TIRIBELLI (Italian Liver Foundation Scientific Director)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Light Lunch 1h30'
    • 17:00 - 19:00 Public Event
      Hybrid public event of two hours in Udine will be held in Italian language. For those interested in participating please see the Programme below. The access is free up to 280 people.
      Location: Udine ( Auditorium della Biblioteca scientifica e tecnologica )
      Material: Public Event Programme