UROH Conference Scientific Committee

Angela Colucci - M.Arch., Ph.D. in Planning at Politecnico di Milano

She collaborated as a researcher with Polytechnic of Milan for several years on environmental planning policies and landscaping and she is an adjunct professor at Politecnico of Milan of courses of Urban Design since 2006.  

As senior partner and CBO of Co.O.Pe.Ra.Te. ldt, she developed activities as independent researcher, consultant, and practitioner in the field of environmental and landscape planning and assessment, urban strategic design, urban and territorial resilience, and food policies. She is the author of several books and papers on environmental and landscape-planning, urban-rural partnerships and food planning, on urban and territorial regeneration governance and resilience.

She is a member of the coordinator board of research networks at national and international level (Resilience Practices Observatory, RRMS thematic group of AESOP, REsilienceLAB, SIEP-IALE, UCCRN).


Domenico Vito, PhDResilienceLab

PhD engineer, works in European projects on air quality in northern Italy. He has been an observer of the Conferences of the Parties since 2015 – the year in which the Paris Agreement was approved by the

parties. Member of the Italian Society of Climate Sciences (SISC), he is active in various environmental organizations and networks (The Climate Reality Project, Legambiente) and has been active participant in YOUNGO, the constituent of young people within the Framework Convention of Nations Unite in which he took part of various working groups (Energy, Health, Agriculture) and thematic coordinator of two WGs in UNEP MGCY.Member of GACSA Promoter of the blog / YouTube channel HubZine Italia for dissemination on international negotiations and organizer of the Climate Change Symposiums and Climate Social Forum


Yahya Shaker
Yahya Shaker
Dott.Mag. Pianificazione Urbana E Politiche Territoriali - Politecnico di Milano

Researcher at the Metabolism of Cities Living Lab (MCC-LLAB) in the Center of Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA) at San Diego State University in San Diego, California. 

Yahya is a Senior Spatial Planning and Public Policy Consultant based in the EU. 

Since 2013, Yahya has been teaching and collaborating on diverse research projects at different academic institutions in Europe. 

During the Academic year 2019/2020 Yahya has been a Teacher Assistant for the Senior Graduates Class of the Masters Program of Building Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at Politecnico di Milano.

In addition to the Academia, He has been researching and practicing in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism -focusing on public policy design and analysis- with diverse international organizations in the EU and the MENA region.

Scientific Research Interests: institutional analysis, governance and public policy, evidence-based policy making, advocacy planning, consensual and pluralism in decision making, Spatial analysis and satellite data sets, climate adaptation and mitigation, Infographic big dynamic data visualization .


Eugenio Morello

Associate Professor in Urban Design at Politecnico di Milano 

Coordinator and research scientist at the Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU). 

Rector’s Delegate for environmental sustainability and responsible for institutional projects towards a sustainable campus.


Paolo Lauriola MD

He is a Medical Doctor, with post-graduate diplomas in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine (Industrial Hygiene and Public health) and Medical Statistics (Epidemiology). At present, he is the Scientific Responsible of the “Italian Network of Sentinel Physician for the Environment” (RIMSA) and the Italian representative of the International Network of Public Health and Environmental Tracking (INPHET).  The main aim of this network is to “fill the gap” between science, policymakers and society. He is a member of the WHO Working group “WHO Expert Working Group on air pollution and health clinical case scenarios special focus on low‐ and middle‐income countries”

Lorenzo Pagliano

Prof. PhD, Graduated cum Laude in Physics at University of Torino, is the founder

and Director of the end-use Efficiency Research Group ( at Politecnico di Milano,

Energy Department.

He teaches a full course on “Advanced Building Physics” to students in building engineering of Politecnicodi Milano. He has supervised 9 PhD Thesis  on Building Physics (e.g. measurements of glazing properties,ground exchangers, passive houses in southern climates, building design and optimization of low and zero energy buildings, comfort assessment and modelling).

He is Director of the Master Course on “Renewable energy, end-use energy efficiency, and energy regional planning of energy demand and supply” ( of Politecnico

Elena Mussinelli 

Full professor in Architectural Technology and Environmental Design at the ABC Department of the Politecnico di Milano, AUIC School.

Responsible for ENVI-Reg, Environmental Regeneration Observatory.

Editor in Chief of Techne, the Scientific Journal of the Italian Society of Architectural Technology.

Vice-president of UCTat, Urban Curator Tecnologia Ambiente Territorio Cultural Association.

Scientific Research interests: environmental technological design, design innovation and legislative framework on environmental quality, design and assessment of nature based solutions and green-blue infrastructure in public space renewal. 


Margherita Ferrante

Medical Doctor and Biologist, specialist in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine and in General Pathology, Full Professor of General and Applied Hygiene, Director of the Laboratory of Environmental and Food Hygiene (LIAA) at the Department of Medical, Surgical Sciences and Advanced Technologies of the University of Catania and Director of the Hygiene Complex Unit of University Hospital  “G. Rodolico - San Marco". Head of the Integrated Cancer Registry CT-ME-EN. Coordinator of the Waste and Health Working Group of the International Waste Working Group; Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Waste and Health Committee. Member and coordinator of numerous University, Regional, National and International groups, committees and commissions. Coordinator of numerous Masters and Advanced Courses. Author of about 800 publications in national and international journals most on the environment and health topic and on climate change issues. Editor and Reviewer in numerous International Impacted Journals including Food and Chemical Toxicology and International Journal of Environmental Research  and Public Health. She is a member of IWA, ISEE, IWWG, IUPHE, EUPHA, FESTEM, AISETOV, S.It.I. and has received  numerous awards, including the Merli Award for the Environment in 2019.


Alessandro Miani

President of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA) 

Medical Doctor and Professor of Environmental Prevention at University of Milan.
Prisco Piscitelli
Vice president of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA) 
Epidemiologist at Euro Mediterranean Scientific Biomedical Institute (Bruxelles delegation).

Gabriela Fernandez

Dr. Gabriela Fernandez is an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Geography and Principal Investigator at the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA). She is the Graduate Advisor of the Big Data Analytics Master of Science Program (BDA) at SDSU. She received a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Design, and Policy from the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) in Milan, Italy (2018). During her studies she was a Ph.D. Visiting Student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Architecture, Building Technology, and Urban Metabolism Group. She received a B.S. in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Planning (2010) and a Master of City Planning (2012) from the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University. 

Scientific Research interests: urban metabolism ideologies and material flow analysis of metropolitan cities. Identifying urban typologies and socioeconomic indicators in the urban context while promoting public policy, smart cities, data science, circular economy methods, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and under representative populations.


Valerio Paolini 

PhD in Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome, since 2012 he carries out his research activities at the National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA). His research has focuses on the environmental assessment of bioenergy and renewable gas, with a special attention to biogas upgrading by zeolites. Other areas of interest include sustainable mobility and resource recovery from waste in circular economy.  He contributed to the development of a biomethane purification methodology based on natural zeolites, and holds an international patent for filtering of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from the atmosphere. 

Francesca Larosa

PhD Candidate at Ca’ Foscari University and Researcher at Euro-mediterranean Center on Climate Change

Francesca is a Researcher at the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) in Venice, Italy where she works on innovation for climate adaptation.She is also a PhD Candidate in Climate Change Sciences and Management at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy). Francesca has solid competences in complexity science and networks to help shifting from useful to usable science. She applies her knowledge to public and private entities to support climate businesses. Examples include Copernicus Climate Change Service and NASA Power Tool. Economist by training (MSc Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and BA in Economics from the University of Pisa), Francesca has advanced programming skills and knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods. Prior to joining CMCC, she worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Europe, African and Central America.

Olayinka Fakorede

Dr. Olayinka Fakorede is the elected liaison officer to student organizations of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), which represents 1.3 million medical students from 134 countries. She was the  Program Coordinator for Healthy Lifestyles and Non Communicable Diseases in IFMSA and External Affairs Regional Assistant for IFMSA Africa Region. She is a Medical Doctor. She has represented IFMSA’s at International conferences including World Health Assembly, WHO Africa Regional Committee, Association of Medical Education in Europe Conference, ECOSOC Youth Forum, Global Youth Summit etc  while advocating for meaningful engagements of youth etc.  She  was also a part of the Advisory team for Global Climate Health Alliance Regional Consultation for Africa. She is very Passionate about public health perspectives of infectious diseases, NCDs, its relation to Climate Change  and also  the social determinants of health. She is an advocate for Meaningful Youth Participation.

Carol Maione

PhD Candidate, Dept. Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

She is a natural scientist, doctoral researcher at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) & Metabolism of Cities Living Lab, San Diego State University (San Diego, California). Her work is focused on (i) monitoring of material flows and pollution cycles in freshwater and marine environments; (ii) investigation of the role of technology in the industrial transition to the circular economy of plastics; (iii) impacts of plastic pollution on coastal communities and marine-dependent activities. 

Scientific Research interests: marine pollution; microplastics; plastic waste and recycling; material flow analysis; earth observation and remote sensing; pollution cycle monitoring; ocean and coastal management; citizen science.