New ways towards integral ecology:

five years after Laudato Si’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, 23-25 October 2020





The environmental crisis represents one of the most urgent and critical problems of our times. In 2015, Pope Francis launched his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ emphasizing the need “to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home … before it is too late”. At five years since its publication, we would like to look at the impact of this document on the contemporary world and the new ways explored towards an Integral Ecology. These new ways explore a relational view of ourselves and of the natural world, of which we are an intrinsic part, and how we relate with nature from the ethical, scientific, societal and even theological points of view.

The meeting aims at showcasing the role that individuals and social bodies can play in the care of our common home. We are convinced that the environmental crisis can represent an opportunity for a renewed encounter between cultures and religions.

The program will include invited talks, selected presentations (either oral or poster), round tables, thematic workshops and plenary sessions in dialogue with the speakers. The contributions solicited include the following topics:


  • Integral Ecology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Circular Economy
  • Happy Degrowth
  • Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
  • Health and Environment
  • Ecosystems and Environmental Research
  • Environmental Challenges (global warming, plastic pollution, etc.)
  • Technological Solutions (energy efficiency, renewable sources, etc.)
  • Ecology and Society (economics, politics, and religions role facing the environmental crisis)





October 23rd, 2020

October 24th, 2020

October 25th, 2020

09:00 – 11:00




Will science and technology

save the world?


New ways towards integral ecology

11:00 – 12:00




12:00 – 13:00



Economics, Environment and Society


13:00 – 15:00




15:00 – 17:00


The impact of Laudato Si’ on the contemporary world


Ecology and Society


17:00 – 18:00




18:00 – 19:00


A Dialogue on Laudato Si'


Ecology and Society: Best Practices



International Meeting New Ways Towards Integral Ecology: Five Years After Laudato Si’

23/10/20   15:00-17:00 – Session “The Impact of Laudato Si’ on the Contemporary World”

Welcome Address: Luca Fiorani (President of EcoOne)

Message of Pope Francis

Panel Moderated by Tiziana Longhitano (Head of ISCSM, Urbaniana University)

  • Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam (Coordinator of the Sector of “Ecology and Creation” at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)
  • Tomás Insua (Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement)
  • Onofrio Farinola (Secretary of IFS, Antonianum University)
  • Piero Benvenuti (Emeritus Professor at the University of Padua, Former President of INAF, Commissioner of ASI and Secretary of IAU)

23/10/20   18:00-19:00 – Webinar “A Dialogue on Laudato Si ”










24/10/20   09:00-11:00 – Session “Will Science and Technology Save the World?”

Intoduction (video): Enrico Giovannini (spokesman of ASviS-Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development)

Chair: Mirko Di Bernardo (Adjunct Professor at the “Tor Vegata” University of Rome)

Invited lectures:

  1. Gaetano Borrelli (Former Director of SERF, “Studies & Strategies Unit” and EAI at ENEA)
    Sustainable Development
  2. Eleonora Rizzuto (Founder & President of AISEC-Italian Association for the Development of Circular Economy)
    Circular Economy
  3. Maurizio Pallante (Founder of the Happy Degrowth Movement)
    Happy Degrowth
  4. Francesca Ceruti (Researcher at ENEA)
    Technologies and tools for resource efficient use and management
  5. Lorna Gold (Associated Staff at Maynooth University)
    Towards a New Socioeconomic Paradigm

24/10/20   12:00-13:00 – Laboratory “Economics, Environment and Society”

Moderated by Andrea Conte (Board Member of EcoOne Italy)

Accepted papers:
Samuele Ramellini – Invasive Species. An Environmental and Conservation Challenge
Andrea Galluzzi – A Heart That Knows. Reflection on Romano Guardini’s Thinking
Kodjo I. Atchikiti – Laudato Si’ and Project Management Framework Policy
Paulo R. Reich – The World is Our Home. A Possible Link between Frankl’s Anthropology and Lubich’s Charisma
Helen Ostrowski – Pathways to Peace. Biosphere Leapfrog Project

24/10/20   15:00-17:00 – Session “Ecology and Society”

Intoduction (video): Luca Mercalli (President of the Italian Meteorological Society)

Chair: Pierluigi Sassi (President of Earth Day Italia)

Invited lectures:

  1. Alberto De Toni (Full Professor at the University of Udine)
    Complexity: New Perspective and Perception of Reality, New citizenship of Knowledge and Organization
  2. Pietro Ramellini (Invited Professor at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
    On the meaning of integral ecology
  3. Grammenos Mastrojeni (Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean)
    Geopolitical, Economic and Commercial Impact of Climate Change in the Mediterranean Sea
  4. Antonello Pasini (Researcher at CNR)
    Counteracting Climate Change: the Responsibility of Scientists
  5. Miguel Panão (Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra)
    Towards a New Environmental Awareness

24/10/20   18:00-19:00 – Webinar “Ecology and Society: Best Practices”










25/10/20   09:00-11:00 – Session “New ways towards integral ecology”

Concrete actions:

  1. Action for a United World (coordinated by Stefano Comazzi, President)
  2. ASD Sunrise 1 (coordinated by Stefano Bernardini, President)
  3. Cultural Center for Development “G. Lazzati” (coordinated by Michele Durante, Board Member)
  4. Give to Protect the Environment (coordinated by Andrea Conte, Coordinator)
  5. Greening Africa Together (coordinated by Lilly Seidler, Coordinator)
  6. Mèco Ecological Association (coordinated by Laura Russo, President)
  7. New Humanity (coordinated by Alessio Valente, Board Member)
  8. United World Project (coordinated by Marius Müller, Co-chair)
  9. “Ecological Solidarity at Wallis & Futuna” Project (coordinated by Ophélie Ofakimoana Pelletier, Chair)

25/10/20   12:00-13:00 – Conclusions


Organized by:

  • EcoOne

Publishing partner:

  • Nuova Umanità, quarterly cultural magazine


Awarded patronages:


#FareRete Grottaferrata

Action for a United World

AISEC (ASviS member)

ASD Sunrise 1 (Re Boat National Race)

Città Nuova


Communion & Law

Cultural Center for Development “G. Lazzati”

Dialogues in Architecture

Earth Day Italia

Economy of Communion

Education for Unity



Frate Indovino

Fridays For Future

Global Catholic Climate Movement


Greening Africa Together

Happy Degrowth Movement

Health Dialogue Culture

Lumsa University

Mèco Ecological Association

Movement Politics and Policy for Unity

Mundell & Associates, Inc.


New Humanity

Psychology and Communion



Società Meteorologica Italiana

Sophia University Institute


United World Project

Youth for a United World




  vedi in PDFCall for papers EcoOne.pdf 


Important dates:

Abstract submission: September 20th, 2020

Notification of acceptance: October 4th, 2020

Registration: October 11th, 2020

Scientific committee 

Luca Fiorani (Chair)

ENEA and “Lumsa”, “Marconi” and “Sophia” universities, Italy; EcoOne (president), International Organization

Edison Barbieri

University of São Paulo and NRPLS (director), Brasil

Catherine Belzung

Tours University (iBrain director), France

Francesca Ceroni

Imperial College, UK

Augustine Doronila

University of Melbourne, Australia

Gabriel Ferrero

University of La Plata, Astrophysics Institute of La Plata and CONICET, Argentina

Lorna Gold

Maynooth University, Ireland

Tomás Insua

Global Catholic Climate Movement (executive director), International Organization

Chon-Lin Lee

National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Grammenos Mastrojeni

Union for the Mediterranean (Deputy Secretary-General), International Organization

David Mifsud

University of Malta, Malta

Mufungwa Arthur Ngoy

“Moyi Mwa Ntongo” Medical Center (director) and Ministry of Public Health (expert), Democratic Republic of the Congo

John Mundell

Mundell & Associates (CEO) and Purdue University, US

Miguel Oliveira Panão

University of Coimbra, Portugal

Stefania Papa

“Vanvitelli” University of Campania, Italy

Antonello Pasini

CNR and Gregorian and “Roma Tre” universities, Italy

Andres Porta

University of La Plata and Research Commission of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Juan de la Riva

University of Zaragoza (Head of Department of Geography and Territorial Planning), Spain

Zsuzsa Román

Public Health Department of Budapest, Hungary

Sergio Rondinara

Sophia University Institute, Italy

Lilly Seidler

Technical University of Berlin, Germany; Greening Africa Together (coordinator), International Network

Pierluigi Sassi

Earth Day Italia (President), Italy

Daniele Spadaro

INAF, Italy

Alessio Valente

University of Sannio, Italy

Alexis Versele

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Local Organizing committee

Attila Ádám, Valentina Falcioni, Nino Puglisi


General Information and Meeting Logistics

How to participate

It is possible to participate to the meeting in 3 different ways:

  1. PHYSICALLY ACTIVELY: You need to register to the meeting by specifying this participation mode if you want to be personally present to the meeting from the Centro Mariapoli of Castel Gandolfo having the opportunity to interact with the speakers all the time and also to show your activity to the other participants.
  2. VIRTUALLY ACTIVELY: You need to register to the meeting by specifying this participation mode if you want to follow the meeting online by using your personal device (pc, notebook, tablet or smarthphone). You will have the opportunity to interact with the speakers during the sessions and also to show your activity to the other participants. After your registration you will receive a link to connect using the zoom platform.
  3. VIRTUALLY PASSIVELY: This participation mode does not require any registration to the meeting. You can follow the meeting online on youtube or facebook by using your personal device (pc, notebook, tablet or smarthphone) and communicate with the speakers through comments. To get the link to participate check on

Abstract preparation, submission, and acceptance

The conference accepts abstracts written in English or Italian, with a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts must include a title, authors and corresponding affiliations, and the e-mail of the author presenting the contribution.

Abstracts should be in Word format and sent to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo., specifying whether you prefer an oral or poster presentation, or if you have no preference. Please note the number of oral presentations is limited. The notification of acceptance will be on October 4th, 2020.

“Piero Pasolini” Award

The three best presentations by a young participant (less than 35 years old) will be awarded the “Piero Pasolini” prize (250 €) by the Scientific Committee.


The registration to the meeting is free. Please e-mail your name and surname, postal address, e-mail address, job and affiliation to Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo. by October 11th, 2020. Remember to specify your participation mode.


The meeting will be held in English and Italian. English-Italian and Italian-English simultaneous translations will be provided. In the online transmission (virtually actively and passively modes) the translation into Spanish (Hungarian…) will also be available. Regarding the transmission in Spanish, go to the web:


Centro Mariapoli, Via S. Giovanni Battista De La Salle, 00073 Castel Gandolfo RM, Italy

About us

EcoOne is an ecological initiative built around an informal network of academics, professionals and grassroots supporters that strive to bring into environmental sciences a humanistic dimension. We are part of New Humanity, an NGO active in more than 100 countries around the world aiming at promoting a universal spirit of fraternity as a dynamic factor in social cohesion. New Humanity enjoys a Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, it is recognized as an NGO Partner of UNESCO with Consultative Status and is part of the Focolare Movement which brings together over 2 million people of different religions and beliefs from 182 countries.


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