As an anticipation on main scientists, key-speakers and other influential personalities on this subject attending the Conference, among them we can count:
- John Ingram, expert of Food Security and Member of the International Resources Panel from the United Nations;
- Vandana Shiva, scientist, activist and member of several international organizations (i.e.: World Future Council);
- Hans Herren, Head of the Millennium Institute, and
- George Richardson, Professor Emeritus at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University of Albany, and one of the best Systems Dynamicists of our times.
Plus we have had confirmation of the participation from some of the main relevant policy makers in Italy, Europe and the so called food cities (Quebec, Toronto, New York, etc.), as well as the CARITAS (http://www.caritasitaliana.it) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Organization (IFRC.org).
The Conference main objective is to bring together outstanding scholars in the field of complex systems and system dynamics (SD), especially from countries of the Mediterranean basin, who apply their research to the Food and Sustainability arenas.
The Conference is organized by the System Dynamics Italian Chapter (SYDIC) with the support of “Sapienza” University of Rome and the System Dynamics Society and with the techinical support of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its project “Meeting Urban Food Needs (MUFN)”. The aim of this project is to support policy decisions by local government authorities in developing countries and countries in transition on improving the efficiency, dynamism, inclusiveness and resilience of food systems meeting urban food needs.
In addition, this event will see the contribution of international researchers participating in the Calls for Papers: “Complex-systems dynamics principles applied to food systems” and “Understanding complex food systems meeting urban food needs - methodological approaches and disciplinary contributions” issued by FAO’s cross-cutting project “Meeting Urban Food Needs” (MUFN), with the purpose of enriching the methods of analysis of the local systems so as to improve the food security of urban households, especially in developing countries and countries in transition.
Last but not least, the Conference will be a great occasion to discuss about the birth of the System Dynamics Society’s “Mediterranean Chapter”, which will become official during the next Annual Conference ISDC2015, to be held in Cambridge, USA, during the month of July 2015.