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Webinar: “Back home. How global crisis will change the places where we live” (June 10, 5PM, CEST)



Webinar: “Back home. How global crisis will change the places where we live” (June 10, 5PM, CEST)

To mark the Italian Research Day in the World, the Embassy of Italy in Nicosia, in collaboration with The Cyprus institute, invites you to a webinar on the impact of Coronavirus’ crisis on our environment.

The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our social and economic life is bringing into a new light the way we are managing the environment where we spend our daily life. How can we redesign our communities to be more resilient in front of such shocks? How can we mitigate the even more dramatic and long-lasting impact of the climate and resource crisis? Which are the lessons we can learn from the past?

Federico Butera, Professor Emeritus at Politecnico di Milano, will discuss “The future of settlements”, suggesting how their metabolism must become circular to drive the transition towards sustainable development. In the second part of the webinar, prof. Salvatore Carlucci will introduce emerging solutions for the energy efficiency in settlements, which are under development at The Cyprus Institute. Dr. Mia Trentin will conclude the session presenting the central role of the house in the cosmopolitan community of Larnaca in the 18th century.

The Italian Research Day in the World – established by the Ministry of Education, University and Research in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health – traditionally falls on 15th April however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year the Embassy of Italy has decided to postpone its promotion to June.

The event also comes under the umbrella of “Enrico Fermi Lecture Series”, a series of talks co-organised by The Cyprus Institute and the Embassy of Italy in Nicosia with the aim of bringing to Cyprus leading Italian scientists to speak about cutting-edge scientific developments, thus contributing to the scientific and technological cooperation between Italy and Cyprus - a testimony to the long historical and cultural ties between the two countries.

More broadly, the topic of the webinar is connected to the COP26 climate talks planned to be hosted in Glasgow in 2021 and organised by the UK in partnership with Italy and have been delayed by a year because of the Coronavirus crisis. The need for climate action cannot be slowed down and it is important that any Covid-19 recovery plan and response are linked to the climate change ambition. As the responsibility for such “green recovery” falls on each one of us, raising awareness is fundamental.

The webinar will be held in English.

Registration is mandatory (here) in order to receive the access link to the platform GoToWebinar and be able to submit your questions and comments to the speakers.