Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity in Europe

UNESCO-Florence sponsor

1st European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity

Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity in Europe

8-11 April 2014, Florence, Italy


Programme and concept note:

Click here to see the General Programme of the Conference and click here to dowload the Detailed Programme.

Download the text of the Joint Programme and the flyer of the UNESCO-SCBD Programme.

Click here to see the concept note of the Conference.


Scientific Committee

Prof. Mauro Agnoletti (chair), University of Florence, Italy

Prof. Margherita Azzari, University of Florence, Italy

Dr. Matthias Bürgi, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf

Dr. Pavlina Misikova, Ministry of the Environment, Slovakia

Prof. Diego Moreno, University of Genova, Italy

Prof. Lars Östlund, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden

Dr. John Parrotta, USDA Forest Service, Washington DC, USA

Dr. Ana Persic, UNESCO

Prof. Pier Luigi Petrillo, Unitelma, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy

Dr. John Scott, Convention on Biological Diversity


Registration fee, social events, conference materials and size of the posters:

The Conference has no registration fee and participation to the scientific sessions is free and opened to everyone until the maximum capacity of the rooms is reached.

The organization will provide conference materials, buffett and conference dinners at no cost only for the presenting authors of the scientific sessions, for the scientific comittee, for the speakers of the expert meeting and of the opening session. Everyone is requested to pay for their own travel expenses and lodging.

Co-authors can participate to the conference dinners and to the lunches paying a fee of 33 euros for the Buffet Dinner, 50 euros for the Gala Dinner and 20 euros for each lunch.

On Friday morning is planned an excursion to visit the biocultural landscape of Lamole (Chianti) for the authors of the scientific session.

Registration desk is located at Innocenti Institute and it opens the 8th of April at 8.30 a.m.

The posters should be 60-80 cm wide and 80-100 cm long.


Publishing of the papers:

A selection of papers will be offered to be published in a book with the publisher Springer Verlag. Papers to be published will be selected, by the scientific committee, after the conference among the ones presented in the conference sessions. Conference organizers will explore alternative publication options as special issues of journals for papers and/or posters presented in their sessions.


Conference Venue: 

The conference will take place in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, located in the centre of Florence, at Innocenti Institute and at Palazzo Budini (also known as Palazzo Grifoni).

Piazza Santissima Annunziata can be reached from the S.M.N. train station by walk (15 min, see the map) or by bus, number 17 or number 6, get off at Piazza San Marco, just next to Piazza Santissima Annunziata. Bus tikets can be purchased at the news dealers (1.20 €). Taxi telephone number is 055-4390 and taxi web site is

Unesco infoMap


How to reach Florence and its city center:

Florence main train station (S.M.N. station) is connected with Rome (1.30 h), Bologna (40 min.) or Milan (1.45 h) by high-speed trains (, 

The Airport of Florence (FLR) is connected to the city center by a bus service that leaves the airport every 30 minutes and arrives to the S.M.N. train station ( AirBerlin, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airline, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss and Vueling are some of the airlines that connect Florence to the main European cities.

The Airport of Pisa (PSA) is the low-cost airport of Tuscany, with Ryanair, Easyjet, Germanwings, Transavia, Vueling and Wizzair flights to many European destination ( The journey from Pisa Airport to the center of Florence (S.M.N. train station) takes one hour by bus (


Visa information:

Participants requiring a Schengen entry visa for Italy are strongly advised to contact the nearest Italian diplomatic or consular mission as soon as possible in order to secure the required entry visa prior to departure. Please note that airline companies will not allow boarding in the absence of a valid visa. To facilitate the issuance of visas, the Secretariat will issue, upon request, invitation letters to be attached to the visa applications.


Suggested Hotels:

Hotel Calziaiuoli **** 

Grand Hotel Minerva ****

Hotel Athenaeum ****

Waldhorf Suite ****

Il Guelfo Bianco Hotel ***

Le Due Fontane Hotel ***

B&B Le Stanze dei Medici

Academy Hostel & Rooms

Plus Hostel Florence


Weather information:

In April temperatures in Florence usually range between a maximum of 19°C in the daytime and a minimum of 8°C at night. Current weather conditions can be found at


Conference Secretariat:

Further information and conference secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage, Department of Agricultural Food and Forestry Systems (GESAAF), University of Florence. Via San Bonaventura 13, 50145 Florence, Italy.


Emergency Numbers, Electricity and Currency:

In Italy the emergency numbers are: 112 for police, 118 for medical emergency and 115 for firefighters. Closest hospital is Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, located in Piazza Santa Maria Nuova. Voltage and frequency in Italy is 230V 50Hz, with C type plug. The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).



UNESCO-Florence patronage

Prof. Mauro Agnoletti - Università di Firenze - Email: - Website: