Smart Cities and New Green Solutions online event

An Embassy of Italy Event, in association with the National Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Prize Summit

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12:00pm EST / 18:00 CET

Inspired by the motto of the G20 Italian Presidency in 2021, ‘People, Planet, Prosperity’ and on the triple special occasion of the 160th anniversary of Italy-U.S. diplomatic relations, the Italian co-presidency of COP26, and the Italian Research Day in the World, the Embassy of Italy to the U.S., in collaboration with the Nobel Prize Summit and the National Academy of Sciences, is honored to present this webinar focused on Urban Sustainability.

With a panel of prominent experts from both sides of the Atlantic, the event aims at discussing the global challenge of developing smart, people-oriented and resilient cities that can improve the long-term health of the planet’s human and ecological systems.

The event will be opened by Dr. Marcia McNutt, President, U.S. National Academies of Science, and introductory remarks will be given by H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States and Dr. Maria Cristina Messa, Italy’s Minister of University and Research. The panel discussion is moderated by Alexander Kaufman, Huffington Post.


M. Stanley Whittingham
(NAE), Director, NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Binghamton University (State University of New York) (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2019)

Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli
Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chris Greer
Senior Executive for Cyber Physical Systems, Director of the Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Carlo Ratti
Director of Senseable City Lab, MIT

Debra Lam
Managing Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Institute for People and Technology, Georgia Tech’s Institute




Source: Embassy of Italy in the USA




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