The Forum, organized by the Aspen Institute Italia and by The Aspen Institute (Washington), shall highlight the women’s perspective on the issues in the agenda with debates, interviews, dinners and tutorials to stimulate dialogue, share ideas and present innovations in the context of the Universal Exposition theme: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
In particular, the Forum, organized by Aspen Institute Italia and The Aspen Institute (Washington) in cooperation with Expo Milano 2015, will address three key issues. The first is food security and its implications on transatlantic relations. A major event will be organized on July 9th at the European Pavilion. Speakers include Maurizio Martina, Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies, Anthony Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU as well as members of the European Parliament.
Finally, the third key issue to be addressed by The Aspen Forum at Expo is the relationship between scientific progress and increasing food production. An exciting debate at the Triennial will be hosted on July 8th and will feature speakers including Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, Cristina Alberini, Professor at the Center of Neural Science, New York University and Carlo Purassanta, CEO of Microsoft. The debate will be moderated by Monica Maggioni.
In addition, the Forum will include a special focus on women as the events will take place during Women’s Weeks, a central element of the We-Women for Expo program. On July 10th, Aspen Italia will organize a workshop on women and technologies. Special guests will include Marcela Villarreal, Director of the FAO Office for Partnerships, Advocacy and Capacity Development, Sonia Massari, Executive Director and Food and Culture Programs Director of Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies, and Peggy Clark, Executive Director and Vice President of Policy Programs at The Aspen Institute. Also on this occasion, the latest issue of Aspen Institute Italia’s journal Aspenia, entitled “Zero Hunger”, will be presented.
The Aspen Forum at Expo will host representatives from all of the Aspen Institutes around the world. And it will be the first time that Aspen Institute Italia goes public, organizing open-door events for general audiences. The Forum also brings together 40 major experts from the US, most being members of The Aspen Institute’s Food Security Strategy Group.