Green thoughts from great minds
Green thoughts from great minds
Scientists, economists, university lecturers and journalists. We have involved numerous experts so that they can reflect – and advance the debate – on the issues of climate change and the energy transition.
Amaducci coordinates the Field Crops Group, which aims to develop and promote sustainable solutions for healthy agro-ecosystems. He is also president of Citimap Scarl, a company that specializes in remote sensing and precision agriculture as well as chairing the Federcanapa scientific committee. Amaducci is involved in numerous national and international sustainable agriculture and bio-economics-related research projects. His own research work centers mostly on agronomic management and the ecophysiology of agricultural crops. For the last several years, he has also been involved in agrivoltaic research and thanks to experiments financed by RemTec and Enel Green Power, he and his research group have developed a calculation platform to simulate production in agrivoltaic environments and the development of sustainable agrivoltaic systems.
Lucia Beccai is a senior researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, where she leads the Soft Biorobotics Perception program. She was previously a researcher at the Biorobotics Institute of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. She is the scientific coordinator of PROBOSCIS, a European project that aims to develop a new generation of bioinspired soft grasping and manipulation technology. She collaborated and had scientific responsibilities in many international projects, and she is the author of over a hundred articles published in international journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Co-founder and current spokesperson of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS, its acronym in Italian), Giovannini was Chief Statistician of the OECD from 2001 to 2009 and President of the Italian National Institute of Statistics from 2009 to 2013. Between April 2013 and February 22, 2014, he served as Minister of Labor and Social Policies in the Italian government under Enrico Letta.
He has been and still is on the Boards of numerous foundations and national and international organizations. These include the International Labour Organization’s Global Commission on the Future of Work, the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality (ICSE), the International Expert Working Group and the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, tasked with defining indicators of societal wellbeing.
In April 2020, he was appointed a member of the Committee of Economic and Social Experts established by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers to address “phase 2” of the Covid-19 emergency.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the City & Guilds and the Royal Meteorological Society and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford. She was awarded the Institute of Physics Charles Chree Medal and Prize 2004, the Royal Meteorological Society Adrian Gill Prize 2010 and appointed CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.
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Her research covers the environment and local communities and how citizens can influence politics and international policy independently from the ballot box, both through targeted campaigns and activism. She published numerous academic papers and two books: Benefit-sharing in Environmental Governance: Local Experiences of a Global Concept, which was published by Routledge this year and which is available in Open Access, and Social Movement Campaigns on EU Policy: in the Corridors and in the Streets, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
From 2014 to 2019, he worked as a researcher at the Politecnico di Torino, where he completed a research doctorate that won the prize for best Italian thesis in water engineering in 2017. His research relates to hydroelectric power, the water-energy nexus and nature-based solutions. He also collaborates with the International Energy Agency and SINTEF Energy Research on the interaction between hydroelectric energy and fish.
Quaranta is scientific referee for a variety of international science journals and conferences and a science writer for the publications of various international associations and scientific societies, including the International Hydropower Association, Prescouter, Qual Energia and Solar Power World. He is also the curator of a special edition of the international journal Sustainability MDPI on the future of hydroelectricity.
Among numerous publications, Virginie Raisson-Victor also published two books that became references in foresight and data visualisation: 2033, Atlas des Futurs du Monde (Robert Laffont, 2010) and 2038, Les Futurs du Monde (Robert Laffont, 2016).
In 2020, Virginie Raisson-Victor was appointed President of Giec Pays-de-la-Loire, a regional scientific committee in charge of research about climate change impacts. Recently, she also co-initiated Convention21, a French national initiative which brings together 150 private companies and which aims to propose a set of structuring measures enabling companies to actively contribute to reduce both, greenhouse gas emissions and decline in biodiversity in accordance with European and French commitments.
Scognamiglio was recently appointed coordinator of ENEA’s new Sustainable Agrivoltaics Taskforce, which supports the establishment of a national sustainable agrivoltaics network with members from institutions, professional associations, academia and the business world.
Scognamiglio’s own research work focuses on the adoption of trans-disciplinary perspectives which become innovative cognitive frameworks capable of creating new design visions for photovoltaics.
The author of over 100 published articles and the holder of several patents, Scognamiglio has been a topic organizer for the Photovoltaics and Integration into Buildings and the Landscape topic for the European Photovoltaics Conference. She is also the founder and president of the annual “Photovoltaics Forms Landscapes” (www.pv-landscapes.com) event, which this year celebrates its 10th edition.
He has also co-founded Molenforum-Vlaanderen, a federation of mill conservation societies in Flanders, as well as ODE-Vlaanderen and Ecopower, a renewable energy cooperative in Flanders.
Mathis has worked on sustainability with governments, corporations and international NGOs on six continents and has lectured at more than a hundred universities. He previously served as director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad at Anáhuac University in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored and contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles, reports and various books on sustainability.
Mathis’ awards include the 2018 World Sustainability Award, the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. He was also selected as number 19 on the (En)Rich list identifying the 100 top inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures (www.enrichlist.org).