Nine Challenges For The Future Of The Planet

Bruno Della Vedova is responsible for the organization and coordination of the scientific program of ESOF 2020 and the activities of ProESOF. In this interview, Bruno illustrates the themes of the scientific program, the types of events organized within the context of ESOF 2020, and the expected impact of the Forum.

What will be the main topics of the ESOF 2020 scientific program?

ESOF was founded in 2004 by EuroScience, the international, multidisciplinary and intersectoral platform that aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between research, industry, citizenship and policy, with particular attention being paid to the innovation required to face the challenges and opportunities of the present and the future. The changes underway are showing an increasingly marked acceleration and complexity that necessitate the proactive contribution of all stakeholders in order to seek out new ideas, approaches and sustainable solutions. Holding true to this perspective, the ESOF scientific program was built on nine main macro-themes that will be the backbone of the event and the basis upon which the Science to Business and Career Mobility programs will be developed, as well as the Science in the City Festival. The themes are: Blue Planet, Sustainable Future, Nourishing the Planet, Live Long and Prosper, Compute Therefore I Am, Breaking Frontiers in Science and Knowledge, Science and Society, Science for Policy / Policy for Science, and The Smart City. Therefore, we will discuss water, food, energy, health, the environment, frontier research and innovation, big data and also HPC systems so as to improve the capacity and speed of knowledge and process management. In addition, the relationship between science and society, which concerns the dynamics and the multiple interactions between citizens and science, will also be considered. Finally, we will talk about Smart Cities through laboratories of discussion, in the spirit of innovation and solution finding, for some of the major global scientific issues.

What kind of events can be proposed and organized during the Forum and by whom?

Proposals can be submitted up to 15 June 2019 by private citizens, researchers, organizations, associations and companies. ESOF is an event of discussion, exchange and dialogue – therefore, proposals for international, multidisciplinary and transversal sessions should be preferably advanced, and not single-issue proposals more typical of a scientific conference. The sessions will have a standard duration of 90 minutes and will focus on interdisciplinary debate, which will also be open to the public.

What impact can those who decide to submit a proposal for one of the proposed calls expect?

ESOF2020 offers a unique international opportunity for contact and discussion between the world of research, industry, policy makers and citizens. It will also provide the chance to foster collaboration, innovation and debate on crucial issues such as global challenges, new opportunities, the relationships between development and the market, between research and industrialization, and to find solutions, common ground and good practices that can thereafter be carried out. The ESOF brand also guarantees large-scale visibility – and not only in Europe. Finally, the participation of top-level speakers will ensure the significance of the event as a whole.


Bruno Della Vedova is Currently Vice President of the International Foundation Trieste (FIT) and Secretary of the International Geothermal Association 2016-2019, he was also Associate Professor of Applied Geophysics at the University of Trieste until the end of 2016. His studies have focused on the active areas of deformation in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Southern Oceans and Antarctica, with particular regard to crustal structures, geothermal processes and the circulation of fluids within the crust. He has contributed to the creation of the heat flow map for Italy and adjacent seas, the heat flow map for Europe, as well as the realization of the pilot project for geothermal district heating of public buildings in Grado (GO) and to a plant with ground water heat pumps for the Pontebba Ice Palace (UD).

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