Programme 20.04.2023

Grand Opening of EFI’s Biocities Facility and "Cities in the Age of Forests"

Rome and online, 20 April 2023


Registration and pre-coffee network (Rome)

Registration and networking

High-level opening (Rome)

High-level opening

Moderator: Marco Marchetti, Chair of EFI Board 

ThinkForest seminar (Rome and online)

ThinkForest seminar – Forests and the cities of the future

Moderator: Helga Pülzl, EFI Assistant Director  


Keynote: “The Age of Forests”

Marc Palahí, EFI Director


Panel Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for cities and the role of forests 

Moderator: Gesche Schifferdecker, EFI 


  • Stefano Boeri, Stefano Boeri Architetti – Architecture / Urban planning 

  • Rossella Ravagli, Giorgio Armani SPA – Sustainable fashion 

  • Yvonne Lynch, Royal Commission for Riyhad City  

  • Sandra Frank, Co-founder Arvet - Cities made of wood  


Closing of the session

Transforming Biocities seminar (Rome and online)

Transforming Biocities: Designing urban spaces inspired by nature

Moderator: Francesco Rutelli, President of the Foundation Centre for a Sustainable Future


Introductory Remarks: "Rome's History and Trees” 

Francesco Rutelli, President of the Foundation Centre for a Sustainable Future


Keynote: Introduction of the Transforming Biocities book

Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza, EFI Head of Biocities Facility & University of Tuscia

Vicente Guallart, Founder IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia) 


Panel discussion “The future of cities: Research on Biocities” 

Moderator: Jerylee Wilkes-Allemann, Research Associate at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Bern University, “Research Agenda: Biocities of the future”  


  • Liz O´Brien, Society and Environment Research Group, Forest Research, UK 

  • Riccardo Valentini, University of Tuscia & Nobel Peace Prize  

  • Mònica Ubalde, Barcelona Institute for Global Health  

  • Fabio Salbitano, University of Sassari 

  • Dan Lambe, The Second World Forum on Urban Forest by Arbor Day Foundation, Smithsonian Institute and FAO  

  • Clive Davies, European Forum on Urban Forest 


Closing of the session

Alessandra Capuano, Director Department of Architecture & Design, University of Rome-Sapienza 

Mingle and network (Rome)

Mingle and networking