Scientific-Technical Committee for Sustainability
Sapienza has recently set up a Scientific-Technical Committee for Sustainability to support concrete actions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Committee, comprising lecturers from all areas and student reps and coordinated by the Deputy Rector for sustainability Livio de Santoli, began its work on March 12, 2021.
The programme, to be developed in the short, medium and long term over six years, consists of educational activities, research and active presence in the local community through the third mission. Educational activities will be at the heart of our offer. After a successful first experience with an open training course and a course, from April 2021 an introductory programme that will award six university credits will be organised. There will be an inaugural day with a general overview of energy, environmental, and social sustainability and Fair Trade Wellbeing indicators, six interdisciplinary days and 15-20 webinars organised by the individual Faculties on specific topics, with lecturers taking the floor and discussion open to students. More training activities on sustainability will be organised over time with further projects, including a full-fledged Bachelor's degree programme.
"Sustainability is an issue that requires each of us to adhere to a new cultural paradigm that covers all fields, from science to the humanities," said Rectress Antonella Polimeni at the opening of the Committee's work. "when planning a new idea of University and its role in society, I am convinced that an important role will have to be played by sustainability. A technical-scientific committee on this subject, with professors, experts in various fields, and students, the very ones to whom we must hand over the baton of commitment to sustainable development, represents a central point in our university policy. We want to pursue a transdisciplinary cultural model capable of new interpretations of global issues. The need for a renewed ecology of knowledge cannot find a better home than Sapienza, which with its Faculties and Departments, pursues an integrated mission in terms of education, research and third mission".
The technical-scientific Committee brings together high-level expertise in all fields. It will also be available to the institutions for advisory activities in this particular phase that the country is going through, with the adoption of the Piano Nazionale di ripresa e resilienza (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) and with the recovery strategies, which will necessarily have sustainability as one of the main focuses.