AIPH International Green City Conference, Padova


AIPH International Green City Conference
Flormart Exhibition Hall
Padova, Italy
Wednesday 19 September 2018

AIPH invites all those with an interest in greening cities to its next International Green City Conference. This includes city decision makers, planners, landscape architects and horticulturists.

It is one thing to build green space into a city masterplan, but it is something altogether different when the city is already there and the green space is not! Many cities in Europe need to be made greener, but how do you do this and why does it matter?

The AIPH International Green City Conference, ‘New Greening in Old Cities’, will focus on how to retrofit cities with living green, the plants to use and how this will benefit the health of citizens and environmental biodiversity.

Speakers will include landscape expert, Professor Valerio Morabito from Pennsylvania University, USA, who will talk about how heritage cities in Italy are rising to the challenge of greening. Professor Paolo Semenzato from University of Padova will speak about how green infrastructure improves the health of citizens. Dr. Maria Yeroyanni from the European Commission will outline how the EU is supporting city greening and future plans and Dr. Chiara Catalano from Zurich University of Applied Sciences will demonstrate how city greening increases urban biodiversity.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe said: “I am pleased that we can continue our great programme of Green City conferences with this event in Padova. The line up of speakers is top quality and this event provides the perfect opportunity to influence city decision makers to focus more on living green. As an added benefit for people from the horticulture industry they can include it within a visit to Flormart and join other aspects of the AIPH Congress as they wish.”

The conference will take place during the 70th AIPH Annual Congress and within the AIPH-approved Flormart trade fair. The event is supported by Flormart and the Italian Nursery Stock Exporters Association (ANVE).

For further details on the Annual Congress visit and please register by 10th August.

Wednesday 19th September

It is one thing to build green space into a city masterplan but it is something altogether different when the city is already there and the green space is not!  Many cities in Europe need to be made greener but how do you do this and why does it matter?  The AIPH International Green City Conference, New Greening in Old Cities, will focus on how to retrofit cities with living green, the plants to use and how this will benefit the health of citizens and environmental biodiversity.

09:00     Welcome speeches – including Ms. Karen Tambayong (AIPH Green City Committee Chair)

09:20     Making Italian Cities Greener – Prof. Valerio Morabito, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria and at the Pennsylvania University, USA

How heritage cities in Italy are rising to the challenge of greening.  Using examples from cities across Italy this talk will show the latest thinking and innovation in the use of living green in Italy and what this means for the future of Italian cities.

10:00     Options:

Green Infrastructure and Health – Prof. Paolo Semenzato, University of Padova, Italy

Making a city greener makes its citizens healthier.  Prof. Semenzato will review the way that green infrastructure improves health and what needs to be done to make older cities healthier through greening.

10:30     Discussion and questions

10:45     BREAK

11:15     Greening European Cities – Dr. Maria Yeroyanni, Senior Expert, European Commission.

EU policy direction on city development, specifically in relation to city greening.  EU initiatives to promote greening, projects they are currently supporting and opportunities for the future.

11:45     Greening Buildings on the Inside – Prof. Dr. Bert van Duijn from Fytagoras BV, the Netherlands

For most people city life happens inside buildings rather than outside.  Bert van Duijn is working on projects with Wageningen University, for Royal FloraHolland.  This talk will demonstrate the importance of greening the inside of buildings and novel solutions for interior greening.

12:15     Increasing Urban Biodiversity through Greening – Dr. Chiara CatalanoZurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR), Switzerland.

In contrast to the grey, lifeless appearance of many cities they can be made vibrant centres of biodiversity.  Dr. Catalano will show how careful plant selection and the planned use of greening techniques, including green roofs, can enhance urban biodiversity making cities better for all living organisms.

12:45     Questions

13:00     LUNCH

Prof. Vale rio Morabito is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Professor at the Mediterranean University, Italy. His academic and practical interests are focused on city space and its evolution. Over 15 years, he has taught landscape architecture studios around 4 continents; he won a Barcelona Biennial of Landscape with the Department of Landscape Architecture, and his students have won several ASLA awards.

He has founded the Mediterranean University spin-off APScape, an office that investigates cities’ evolution with the lens of landscape, exploring new and innovative architectural and landscape design solutions related to ecology and sustainability. With APScape, he has developed many projects in different countries, working from the scale of the city and its environment, to the scale of parks, public spaces and buildings. Among the numerous awards APScape has received, there is the Milan EXPO 2015 award for best ecological design for an agriculture park in China, and the first prize for the international competition “#SCUOLEINNOVATIVE”, Italy. In collaboration with the city of Sesto San Giovanni and PennPraxis, Morabito is considering a sustainable design solution for the Ex Aree Falck park.

He explores cities’ spaces, basically using hand drawings that were published in many books, magazines and shown, among others, in the Boston exhibition “Composite Landscape.” During the last year, Valerio Morabito has been working on the book “The City of The Imagination”, that will collect almost 200 city drawings made in the last 10 years; the book includes an introduction written by James Corner, and a David Leatherbarrow foreword.


Prof. Paolo Semenzato

Born in Padova, July 7 1958. Agronomist (University of Padua, 1982) and Master in Landscape Architecture (University of California, Berkeley, 1987). Since 2001 is Professor in Urban Forestry at the University of Padova, where he previously held a position as researcher since 1990. He teaches courses in Urban Forestry and Landscape Design in the Master Program in Forestry and in the Bachelor Program in Landscape, Parks and Garden. He is a faculty member of the Doctoral School in Environment Resources and Health at the University of Padova. His research covers topics related to Green Infrastructure Planning and Design, Ecosystem Services of the Urban Forest, Urban forest inventories and GIS, Forest and Landscape Ecology. From 2015 to 2017 he has directed the “Research Center for the Preservation and Enhancement of Historic Parks and Heritage Trees”, of the University of Padova.


Dr Chiara Catalano PhD – Agri-Environmental Systems, Technologies for Sustainability and Land Restoration

Chiara Catalano was awarded a PhD in Technologies for Sustainability and Land Restoration at the University of Palermo in 2017 while working for three years at the Zurich University of Applied Science within the Urban Ecology research group. Her interest lies in near-natural and biodiverse green roof design and implementation, and also on their role in the greater green infrastructure. An MSc in Architecture and Master of Second Level in Eco-engineering and Land Restoration allowed her to combine both ecological research and design principles. “Multidisciplinary Thinking” became, in fact, her daily mantra over the last years. Her eagerness to travel and to learn different viewpoints took her to live in Catania, London, Palermo, Zurich, Hannover and České Budějovice where she could alternate professional work with further education and research activity. She was inspired by the capability of plants to build dynamic communities but still be able to characterise and reveal specific environment conditions: “plants cannot move, but they give lessons of perfection and slow adaptation, plants cannot speak, but we can observe and study them to plan greener, sustainable and liveable cities”.


Prof. Bert van Duijn is a physiologist and biophysicist born in Noordwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. He completed his high school at the Leeuwenhorst College. He studied biology/biophysics at Leiden University (cum laude). In 1990 he obtained his Ph.D. at Leiden University (Department of Cell Biology and Department of Physiology) with a study on the role of membrane potential and ions in the chemotactic response of cellular slime molds. Part of the study was done at the Department of Botany of Kyoto University, Japan. After obtaining the Ph.D.  he worked as a Post-doc in the Institute of Molecular Plant Science in Leiden on the role of ion fluxes in the auxin signal transduction. In 1994 he started to work at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre (AMC) on the working mechanism of anesthetics in cooperation between the Department of Physiology and Anesthesiology. By the end of 1996 he returned to Leiden to be part of the management of the Center for Phytotechnology (a cooperation between TNO and Leiden University) and the TNO Department of Applied Plant Sciences. Here focus is on Plant Signal Transduction, Seed and Plant Physiology and Sensor development. Since 2006 the TNO group has been reformed into the Research company Fytagoras BV. He is Chief Scientific Officer at Fytagoras. In 2008 he became professor at Leiden University in the field of  Electrophysiology.  Since 2006 he is involved in teaching at University College Roosevelt.