Graduated in Agricultural Science at the University of Palermo, Pietro Oieni is currently Director of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies where he has been working since 2017 after being employed at the State Forestry Corps since 1987. During his career in the State Forestry Corps he had been involved in the business management of agro-zootechnical production unit; the state nature reserves; the National Park of Circeo. Along with such activities, he had been dealing with forest fires prevention both at the operational and planning level. In 2018, he moved to the Directorate of Office III of DG Forests of MIPAAF where he has been working, specifically on the forestry supply chains ranging from wood production, (inside and outside forests), to agroforestry and the forestry non-wood productions. Because of his experience in the forest fire sector, he was designated by MIPAAF within the specific inter-institutional coordination body at the National Civil Protection Department.
Tobias Plieninger is a Professor of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural Systems at the University of Göttingen and the University of Kassel (Germany) and currently Vice-Dean of Research (FB11) at the University of Kassel. He is a sustainability scientist with a commitment to inter- and transdisciplinary research at the social-ecological interface. In particular, he studies rural landscape change, ecosystem services, and sustainability transformations. His research focuses on the complex relationships between agriculture, forestry, nature conservation, and other sectors of natural resource management. He received a PhD in Forest and Environmental Sciences in 2004 (University of Freiburg). Before he held positions at the University of Copenhagen and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is Lead Author in the IPBES Transformative Change Assessment and Associate Editor of “Landscape and Urban Planning”, “People and Nature”, and “Sustainability Science”. Plieninger is co-editor of three academic books: “The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship“ (Cambridge University Press), “European Wood-Pastures in Transition“ (Routledge), and “Resilience and the Cultural Landscape“ (Cambridge University Press). In 2019, 2020, and 2021 he was recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate/Web of Science. Twitter: @PlieningerLab. Blog: https://medium.com/people-nature-landscapes.
Marie Gosme got her PhD at INRA Rennes on spatio-temporal modelling of soil-borne plant diseases and subsequently worked on epidemiological and evolutionary models at the University of Cambridge, UK. She joined the Agronomy team at INRA Grignon to work on population dynamics of insects and pathogens at the landscape scale, taking into account the spatial configuration of cropping systems and non-crop habitats. She now works at INRAE Montpellier, in the ABsys research unit, studying agroforestry systems and more specifically the effect of trees on crop growth, development and yield in current and future climate. She is the coordinator of a recently accepted horizon Europe project on using digital tools to help agroforestry meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals.
TERESA PINTO CORREIA
Teresa Pinto-Correia is a geographer, Professor at the University of Évora, with a record of publications on the dynamics of silvo-pastoral systems and the processes of change in European rural landscapes at multiple scales. She has long worked with Mediterranean land use systems and their management. Teresa research aims to provide novel conceptualization and evidence of the uniqueness and complexity of transition processes affecting Mediterranean rural landscapes today, as well as the validation of specific management models out of maintstream path-dependency and towars novel sustainability solutions. Director of MED (www.med.uevora.pt) where a systemic and interdisciplinary research is applied to Mediterranean agriculture and environment. Vice-Chair of the Mission Board on Soil Health and Food, from Horizon Europe.