André Tavares


André Tavares is an architect and has been founding director of Dafne Editora, an independent publishing house based in Porto. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine Jornal Arquitectos (2013–2015) and, with Diogo Seixas Lopes he was chief cocurator of the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, The Form of Form. He is the author of The Anatomy of the Architectural Book (Lars Müller/Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2016), L’Étoile Filante Charles Siclis (B2, 2016) and Álvaro Siza Raw Material (Serralves, 2017). His forthcoming book, Vitruvius Without Text (gta Verlag, 2021) delves into the history of architectural theory. Currently he is a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Porto, visiting Professor at EAVT Marne-la-Vallée/Université Paris-Est, and consultant for architecture exhibitions at Garagem Sul/Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon.

Dr. Wilhelm Krull

Founding director of the New Institute in Hamburg

Dr. Phil. Wilhelm Krull is the founding director of The New Institute in Hamburg since January 2020. Prior to this, he was Secretary General of the Volkswagen Foundation from 1996 to 2019. After studying German studies, philosophy, education and political science, he worked as DAAD lecturer at the University of Oxford as well as in leading positions at the Science Council and in the General Administration of the Max Planck Society. In addition to his professional activities in science policy and research funding, he has held and continues to hold numerous positions in national, foreign and international supervisory and advisory bodies. He has received various honours i. a. he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ilia State University, Tbilisi in May 2016, a Foreign Membership from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering in October 2019, and including an Honorary Fellowship from St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, in November 2019. His most recent book publications are: “Krieg – von allen Seiten” (2013) and “Die vermessene Universität” (2017).

Emma Taveri

Chief Visionary Officer, Destination Makers

Councillor for Tourism, Destination Marketing and Creativity, Municipality of Brindisi
Expert in destination management and marketing, passionate about social impact, with international experience for important travel brands.
After leaving her career in London, she founded Destination Makers to promote destinations and motivate local communities. She is a speaker at events of national and international importance.
She is a member of the BTO Florence Scientific Committee since 2017 and she coordinates the “destination” theme since 2019.
She is also the creator of 2 successful territorial marketing campaigns: Recharge in Nature in the Heart of the Venetian Dolomites (2019), and Sea Working Brindisi (2020).
During the pandemic, she came back to her hometown Brindisi to make her expertise available to the city and she became Councillor.

Fabrizio Panozzo

Professor of Cultural Policy and Critical Management Studies, Ca’ Foscari University Venice

His research and teaching focus on the various forms of interaction between management and artistic, cultural, and creative processes. He’s the founder and scientific director of aiku, Ca’ Foscari’s centre devoted to the interactions between art, culture and enterprise. He designed and coordinated the Master in City Management and currently directs the Minor in Artistic Management. During the last decade he conducted a series of research projects on “Industry, Culture, Creativity and Local Development” (2015) on the relationship between cultural productions and urban regeneration, “Art & Business” (2017) which introduced the idea of “artification” of business organizations thanks to the presence of artists and “Theatre, Research, Innovation” (2018) on the role of digital technologies as a bridge between performing arts and managerial performance. He’s currently coordinating two European projects aimed at generating “creative atmospheres” based on strategic partnerships between cultural institutions, business firms and local governments.

Francesca Santoro

Program Specialist of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Francesca Santoro works for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO where she is in charge of ocean literacy activities, as well as of the coordination of a the Ocean Literacy Programme of the Ocean Decade: Ocean Literacy With All. Francesca holds a PhD in analysis and governance for sustainable development from the School for Advanced Studies in Venice (SSAV) with specialization in marine environmental sciences, marine governance, science education and communication. Francesca joined UNESCO in 2011, and before she worked as lecturer for the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. She worked as well for several international research centers such as the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change, the International Marine Centre, the National Oceanography Centre, and the Joint Research Centre developing research activities on transdisciplinarity, and on coastal planning as well as on the effects of climate change in coastal areas.

Pelin Tan

Sociologist and Art Historian

Pelin Tan is the 6th recipient of the Keith Haring Art and Activism award/New York. Lead Author of the report of Cities of Int.Panel of Social Progress. She is a Senior Researcher of the Center for Art, Design and Social Research, Boston/Spoleto. Professor at the film department of Batman University, Turkey. Researcher on “Art&Architecture in the Anthropocene” at the Architecture Faculty of Thessaly University, Volos/Greece (2021-2026). She was the curator of Gardenutopia Matera (2018 -2020) and I-DEA Archive exhibition with Liam Gillick ( 2019). Currently, curator of Urgent Pedagogies (IASPIS) and guest curator of MAAT Lisbon (2022), Cosmological Gardens, Spoleto. Tan is leading the Arazi Assembly research collective on the borderlines of Turkey and is a board member of the Imece Solidarity Association on refugee struggles. She was a guest professor at the School of Design Hong Kong Polytech, Bard Curatorial Studies and Human Rights Project. Her research was supported by Hong Kong Design Trust, The Japan Foundation, CAD+SR, Graham F. and others. Tan is a film award recipient of the Sharjah Art Foundation (2020).Forthcoming book: Threshold Architecture: The Unconditional Hospitality, DPR-Barcelona.

Anthony Dunne

University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry at Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York

Anthony Dunne is University Professor of Design and Social Inquiry at Parsons / The New School in New York where he co-directs the Designed Realities Studio with Fiona Raby. He is also a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby.

His practice with Fiona Raby uses design to explore how alternative values, belief systems and ideals can be made tangible through the design of everyday objects in ways that spark reflection on the kinds of worlds people wish to live in.

Anthony is the author of Hertzian Tales and co-author, with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir, and Speculative Everything. Projects include Technological Dream Series, No 1: Robots, Designs For An Over Populated Planet: Foragers, The United Micro Kingdoms, and The School of Constructed Realities. They are currently working on an Archive of Impossible Objects.

Carola Hein

Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center on PortCityFutures

Carola Hein is Professor and Head, History of Architecture and Urban Planning Chair at Delft University of Technology and director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus PortCityFutures Centre. She has published widely in the field of architectural, urban and planning history and has tied historical analysis to contemporary development. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil, an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to investigate large-scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008, and Volkswagen Foundation grants for a mixed method digital humanities projects ArchMediaL and TimeTravel. Her current research interests include the transmission of architectural and urban ideas, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil. She serves as Vice President of the International Planning History Society (IPHS), Editor of PORTUSplus the journal of RETE, co-editor of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL), IPHS Editor for Planning Perspectives and as Asia book review editor for Journal of Urban History.

Her (co-)edited books and monographs include: Oil Spaces (2021), Urbanisation of the Sea (2020), Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (2020), The Routledge Planning History Handbook (2018), Uzō Nishiyama, Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space (2017), History, Urbanism, Resilience, Proceedings of the 2016 IPHS conference (2016), Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks (2011), Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital (2007), European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? (2006), The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (2004), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (2003), and Cities, Autonomy and Decentralisation in Japan. (2006), Hauptstadt Berlin 1957-58 (1991). She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.

Fulvio Lino Di Blasio

President of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority, Ports of Venice and Chioggia

Fulvio Lino Di Blasio was born in 1972 and graduated in Law at the University of Pavia. He has over 22 years of professional experience in the field of strategic planning with a particular focus on infrastructures, transports, logistics and ports at national and international level. In the port sector, he coordinated the Ernest & Young working group with a managerial role in the strategic and methodological support activity for the drafting of the National Strategic Plan for Ports and Logistics. He cooperated in the study committed by the national Bank for Deposit and Loans in cooperation with the European Investment Bank for a market study in the field of national infrastructures carried out in project financing also, with a focus on SMEs. From May 2017 to May 2021 he held the role of Secretary General at the Port of Taranto, where besides the activities envisaged by the law, he developed a set of initiatives in the field of digital transition, innovation, start-up, European planning, enhancement of the relations port/city and promotion of the waterfront.

Isabelle Ryckbost

Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation

Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) since 1/08/2013. Before taking up this function, Isabelle has been working as Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and Senior Advisor of ESPO for four years. 

She studied Law (University of Namur and KULeuven) and European Law (UCL Louvain). Before joining EFIP, she worked in EU Public Affairs for almost 20 years. After a short period at the European Commission (DG Agriculture), she worked in an EU Public Affairs consultancy. In 1994 she started working in the European Parliament, as a political assistant and between 1999 and 2009 she was the political assistant of Dirk Sterckx, where she was mainly active in transport and port-related fields. She is co-author of the handbook “Zo Werkt Europa” (1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2010, 3rd edition 2015).

Jorge Barreto Xavier

Commissioner Oeiras 27

Director General, Education, Social Development and Culture, Oeiras City Council

Commissioner, Oeiras bid to European Capital of Culture 2027 (ECOC27)

Jorge Barreto Xavier

He is the Commissioner of Oeiras 2027, Municipal Director of Education, Social Development and Culture of the Municipality of Oeiras, Member of the Cultural Policy Designers Network, Member of the Technological Humanism Forum (ESADE, Barcelona), Member of the Management Council of the Solidarity Fund with the culture. He was invited to Assistant Professor at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Associate Researcher at the Center for research and Studies in Sociology (CIES).
He was Secretary of State for Culture of Portugal,
directly dependent on the Prime Minister, representative of the Government of Portugal at the European Council of Ministers of Culture, at the Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Culture, and at the Conference of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries Ministers of Culture.

He was deputy to the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Director-General for the Arts of the Ministry of Culture, Administrator of the Cultural Promotion Fund. He was Assistant to the Minister of Culture of the XVII Constitutional Government, Councilor of the Municipality of Oeiras, with the Areas of Culture, Youth and Consumer Protection, Non-executive director of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Youth Institute, representing the national youth associations, Member of the National Education Council.

Founder and Chairman of the Board of Clube Português de Artes e Ideias – CPAI, a public utility association. Director and Programmer of “Lugar Common” – Artistic Experimentation Center.

Founder and Director of the Biennial of Young Creators of Lusophone Countries – 1st edition, Cape Verde – and 2nd edition, in Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture. Director of the Lisbon Biennale, 7th edition of the Biennials of Young Creators from Europe and the Mediterranean – within the framework of Lisbon 94 – European Capital of Culture. He was a consultant to several national and international entities, namely Education, Audiovisual, Culture Executive Agency – EACEA; of the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue – ACIDI, of the International Intelligence on Culture, of Casa Pia de Lisboa, of the President of the Board of Directors of the Fundação das Descobertas / Centro Cultural de Belém, of the Board of Directors of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University Lisbon, Copenhagen 96 – European Capital of Culture, from the Rectory of the University of Lisbon. He taught, gave seminars, conferences and researched at ISCTE-IUL, at the University of Aveiro, at the University of Coimbra, at the Universidade Lusófona, at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, at the Universidade de Lisboa, at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

He was Visiting Scholar of the Center for Civil Society Studies of the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, as a fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

He holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Political Science from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and a postgraduate degree in Arts Management from the National Institute of Administration. He completed the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy at ISCTE-IUL (without a thesis). He has several books, book chapters and book and magazine articles published through the European Commission, Casa da Moeda National Press, Porto Editora, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, ISCTE-IUL, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Conselho Nacional da Educação, among others. He is a member of several academic organizations and national and international networks in the area of culture and education and was a member and director of several of them in the European context. He founded and led several cultural organizations.

He received several distinctions, including the Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French State; Honorary Scholar of the Portuguese History Academy; Guarda Municipality Medal of Merit; Distinction for Services rendered by the Municipality of Oeiras; Distinction of the Municipality of Turin (Italy); Distinction of the Municipality of Margao (India).

Umberto Vattani

President, Venice International University

Born 05/12/1938 in Skopje
Italian Diplomat
Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997 and 2004)

President of Fondazione Italia Giappone
President of Venice International University

Rosi Braidotti

Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University

Rosi Braidotti: (B.A. Hons. ANU, Canberra 1978; PhD Cum Laude, Université de Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1981; Fellow Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton,1994; Jean Monnet Fellow, European University Institute (2000-1).  Honorary Degrees University of Helsinki, 2007; University of Linkoping, 2013. Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, 2005; Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), 2009; Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE), 2014. Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University (2007-2016). Her books include Patterns of Dissonance, Polity Press, 1991; Nomadic Subjects, Columbia University Press, 1994 and 2011a (second ed.); Metamorphoses, Polity Press, 2002; Transpositions, Polity Press, 2006; Nomadic Theory.Columbia University Press, 2011b; The Posthuman, Polity Press, 2013 and Posthuman Knowledge, Polity Press, 2019. In 2016 she co-edited with Paul Gilroy: Conflicting Humanities, Bloomsbury Academic and in 2018 with Maria Hlavajova: The Posthuman Glossary.

Rosalia Santoleri

Director of the Institute of Marine Science of CNR

Director of the Institute of Marine Science of the National Research Council of Italy. President of the Italian Oceanographic Commission, national body of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. In 2021, she is in the Reuters Hot List of the world’s top climate scientists.  Main fields: physical oceanography, Earth Observation, satellite oceanography, operational oceanography, air-sea interaction, physical-biological interaction, and climate variability. She contributed to the design and development of the operational  oceanography and of the European Copernicus Marine Environmental Service. In particular, she developed operational SST and Ocean Colour Observing systems for global ocean and  the Mediterranean Sea. Coordinator and PI of several national and international research projects. She is/has been member of the Board of several International organizations/panels including GOOS Steering Committee, EuroGOOS and IOC Executive Committee. She signed more than 140 publications in the internationally refereed literature.

Achille Giacometti

Professor of Physics and Director of ECLT

Achille Giacometti is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics  at Ca’Foscari University of Venice and Director of the European Centre for Living Technologies (ECLT). He holds a PhD in Physics from Purdue University (USA) and a Master of Science (Laurea) in Physics from University of Padua. Before joining the Faculty at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice he has been Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow at FZ-KFA (Germany)  and post-doctoral fellow at SISSA.  Over the years, he has been visiting professor/scientist at the Universities of Paris 6 (France), Barcelona and Extremadura (Spain), Oslo (Norway), Yerevan (Armenia), Sydney (Australia) and  Bar-Ilan (Israel). He is currently the Member of the Managing Committee and Group Leader of the EUTOPIA COST Action, and institutional representative member within the SoftComp Consortium. Among his academic appointments were  those of Vice Provost for Research at Ca’Foscari University of Venice and member of the Member of the Internal Assessment Task Force at SISSA. 

His research interests span a number of topics in equilibrium and non-equilibrium Statistical Physics .

Fabio Trincardi

Director of the Department of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technologies of CNR

Marine geologist working on the study of continental margins, from the shore to the abyss from mid-latitudes to polar regions, and on the evolution of coastal systems in the Anthropocene. Director of the Department of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technologies of CNR, Rome (1300 people, 12 Institutes distributed in 54 towns) since June 2017, after directing for 8 years the Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR) in Venice. Wrote more than 200 articles and served on the boards of Geology, Marine Geology and Geo-Marine Letters, co-editing 6 special issues of different journals and coordinating national and international projects on the geological mapping of Italian seas, blue economy (RITMARE), sequence stratigraphy and marine geohazard (funded by private Industry). Coordinator of Eurodela and Bluemed and contractor in other 12 European projects. Held a course on Marine Geology at the University of Bologna and nurtured Master and PhD students at the University of Bologna and other European Universities.

Luigi Brugnaro

Mayor of Venice

He has been President of Umana, a holding company operating in services, manufacturing, construction, sports and agriculture. Since 2006 he has been President of the Venice historical Basketball company, Reyer, founded in 1872.

From 2009 to 2013 he was President of the Venice Association of Entrepreneurs. He has been President of Assolavoro, the National Association of Employment Agencies, Member of the National Association of Entrepreneurs, Veneto Region delegate for Expo 2015 and President of the Veneto Expo Committee.

On June 14, 2015 he was elected Mayor of the City of Venice.

Manuel Heitor

Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal

Manuel Heitor has been the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal since November 2015. From March 2005 to June 2011, he served as Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Manuel Heitor is full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, IST, in Lisbon, and was the founder and director of the IST´s “Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research”, and director of the IST´s doctoral Programs in “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP” and in “Engineering Design”. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard and since 1995, a Research Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.

He earned a PhD at Imperial College, London, in 1985 in combustion research and did post-doctoral training at the University of California San Diego.

He is a founding member of the S&T Council of the “International Risk Governance Council”, IRGC and a co-founder of the European network “science, technology, education and policy for Europe, step4EU”.

Paola Antonelli

Author, editor, architect, and curator.
Director of R&D at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Antonelli was recognized with an AIGA Medal in 2015 for “expanding the influence of design in everyday life by sharing fresh and incisive observations and curating provocative exhibitions at MoMA”.[4] She was rated one of the one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review and Surface Magazine.[5]
Although a recipient of a laurea degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano university in 1990, she has never worked as an architect. Antonelli has curated several architecture and design exhibitions in Italy, France, and Japan. She has been a contributing editor for Domus magazine (1987–91) and the design editor of Abitare magazine (1992–94). She has also contributed articles to several publications, among them Metropolis, the Harvard Design Review, I.D. magazine, Paper, Metropolitan Home, Harper’s Bazaar, and Nest. In 2014 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal College of Art.[6]