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)


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Important dates:

Abstract submission: September 20th, 2020

Notification of acceptance: October 4th, 2020

Registration: October 11th, 2020

Scientific committee 

Luca Fiorani (Chair)
“Lumsa”, “Marconi” and “Roma Tre” 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
Trocaire and 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 SecretaryGeneral), 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



October 23rd, 2020

October 24th, 2020

October 25th, 2020


(9:00 – 13:00)



Will science and technology
save the world?


New ways towards
integral ecology


 (15:00 – 19:00)


The impact of Laudato Si’
on the contemporary world


Ecology and
societal challenges


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. Other translations could be provided upon request.


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.

EcoOne 2020

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