News conferences - Climate change, socio-economic crises and food (in) security: a Mediterranean in Transition

Conference in honor of Eugenia Ferragina

17 September 2018, 9.30 am


Navy Officers Circle
Via Cesario Console, 3 bis




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The Mediterranean of the 21st century, increasingly fragmented and interconnected, is undoubtedly one of the most complex and articulated realities. Interpreting this reality requires strongly interdisciplinary analysis and an increasingly holistic and integrated approach. It is on many levels, in fact, that the different crises and the numerous challenges of the region develop; partial analyses may lack the objective of providing answers to the numerous problems and effective policy recipes. The strengths of an interdisciplinary approach in this area are particularly consistent and only a holistic approach allows to identify the deep geopolitical interactions between the countries of the north and south-eastern shores; to enhance the potential of the entire Mediterranean basin; and to place each strategic choice along a trajectory of sustainable development.

The Institute for Studies on Mediterranean Societies will dedicate an entire day of study to the memory of its colleague Eugenia Ferragina, the first ISSM researcher, an expert in geopolitics who has dedicated her life to identifying valid scientific responses to address the challenges currently facing the countries of the Mediterranean area. To remember her professional commitment, her passion and, above all, to carry on her "experiment" of making the Mediterranean a strongly interdisciplinary object of analysis and study, during the conference the main themes that have characterized her research career will be addressed through the involvement of experts, colleagues and friends who have shared with the scholar research interests and moments of daily life. In particular, keeping faith with a multidisciplinary approach, the link that exists between the environment, economic growth and political stability in the Mediterranean will be deepened on different levels. In a context characterized by the scarcity of fundamental resources for human development, such as water and arable land, and by a strong anthropic pressure on resources, climate change increasingly assumes the role of a determining variable in amplifying the factors of crisis in the area such as water crisis, food insecurity and migration flows, all elements that contribute to increasing the level of internal instability that risks affecting all countries in the Mediterranean region. The objective is to take the witness of Eugenia and contribute to making the Mediterranean an area of prosperity and peace.




9.30 Registration and welcome coffee

10.00 Greetings from the authorities

Massimo Inguscio
President of National Research Council

C.V. Andrea Di Raimondo
President of Circolo Ufficiali Marina Militare

10.30 Opening of proceedings

Adalgiso Amendola
Full Professor of Political Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Political and Social Sciences and Communication, University of Salerno


Giovanni Tria
Minister for the Economy and Finance

Salvatore Capasso
Director of the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies of the National Research Council (CNR-ISSM)

C.A. Silvio Vratogna
Deputy Head of 3rd Department of the Navy General Staff

Enrico Granara
Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Blanca Moreno-Dodson
Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration, World Bank

Hassan Abouyoub
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Italy

Senén Florensa I Palau
Ambassador of Spain to the United Nations in Vienna and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)

Angelo Riccaboni
President of Foundation Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA)

Giorgio Budillon
Director of the Department of Science and Technology of the University of Naples Parthenope

Franco Zallio

Projection of a video made in memory of Eugenia Ferragina


1.00 PM Buffet

2.00 PM Resumption of work

Michele Colucci
Researcher, CNR-ISSM

Desirée A.L. Quagliarotti
Researcher, CNR-ISSM

3.00 PM Conclusions