New head of Biocities Facility appointed

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Professor Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza has been appointed as Head of the Biocities Facility at the European Forest Institute, and will lead the development of EFI’s new Rome Office. He will start his term on 1 October 2022.

Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza holds a PhD in Forestry at the University of Washington (USA) and is full professor of Urban forests & Landscape at the University of Tuscia and at Rome University-Sapienza (Italy).

He has coordinated European and national research on trees and forest mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and has authored over 240 scientific papers and books. Recent work includes leading the development of the biocities concept and forthcoming Green Book of Biocities, under the EFI Network Fund call.

Professor Scarascia-Mugnozza is a member of the scientific committee of the Natural Reserve of Castelporziano of the Republic Presidency, and a former Chair of EFI’s Board.

The new Biocities Facility will be based in Rome, under a Host Country Agreement signed by the Italian government in July 2021. The Facility aims to create an informed dialogue on how trees, forests and wood can contribute to rethinking our cities, so they can lead the transformation towards a climate-neutral and nature-positive economy. It will work across scientific disciplines and actors to connect knowledge to action to transform the way we create and live in cities.

EFI’s Director Marc Palahí said: “Giuseppe, with his vast scientific experience in working across disciplines such as forestry, architecture and agriculture, as well as his knowledge and commitment of EFI is the right person to develop our new Office in Rome focusing on Biocities.”

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