On Tuesday, October 27 Expo Milano 2015 hosted a press conference that brought together leading figures from the scientific community who have enlivened the semester. The aim was to summarize topics that have been addressed and innovations that have emerged from the numerous meetings, seminars, conferences and events during the six months of the Event.
Participating were Claudia Sorlini, President of the Scientific Committee for Expo Milano 2015 the City of Milan, Gianluca Vago, CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors), Francesco Loreto, CNR National Research Council, Marcello Donatelli, CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economy), Massimo Iannetta, ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), and Giancarlo Caratti, Deputy Commissioner for the European Union Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. The meeting was moderated by Simone Molteni, Editor-in-Chief of ExpoNet, the official magazine of Expo Milano 2015
Expo Milano 2015 has enabled a system between the various research centers
Caratti stressed that the European Union Pavilion at this Universal Exposition has focused on the content, underlining the positive effects of the food security policies and the contribution of the European Commission’s research centers. “Not just applied research, but it should always be accompanied by the basics. We should favor the transfer of knowledge and create an Intergovernmental Panel on Food Security that can interact with the work done on climate change.”
Sorlini mentioned the issues underlined by Expo Milano 2015, as the one on gender with WE-Women for Expo and the Milan Charter. “The commitment to continue with the territorial approach that has made possible the successful cooperation between scientific institutions, goes beyond this World Exposition. The systemic approach has enabled us to enhance the results of research, like on genes and plants that are resistant to pests and drought developed in North Africa. Through the Urban Food Policy of the municipality of Milan, we have identified nutrition policies for the city." "Expo Milano 2015 - said Vago - has brought awareness on the role of research, and the only objective we need is to give continuity to this collaboration between scientific institutions.” Loreto explained how “thanks to the 24 scientific conferences and those organized together with the International Cooperation we’ve managed, and even in a fun way, to communicate the key messages related to food quality and food security. I would like to underline that half of the patents have been commercially exploited, highlighting our contribution to scientific transfer. The five themes are: intensification of sustainable production, resource optimization, multi-functionality, defense and bio-security, new food frontiers”.
CREA has contributed with 12 meetings during the semester. "The production of healthy and safe food for everyone, the preservation of natural resources, rural vitality, profitability and the sustainability of farming systems, and nutritional education are the themes around which the debate rotates on the future agriculture model - said Donatelli - And it is no coincidence that these are the same that form the basis of the Milan Charter, the document that is the cultural heritage of Expo Milano 2015, in which research plays a key role, acting as a scientific basis to tackle the challenges of the future.” The work was closed by Iannetta who focused on their contribution to Expo Milano 2015, “like the example of a vertical farm inside the Future Food District that allows reducing the consumption of water or the publication of studies that place emphasis on the land to not detract from the cultivation of food.”