“BUILD TOGETHER, LEARN TOGETHER” is the title of the retrospective that will be inaugurated tomorrow 6 June 2019 at 17:30 at the University of Arkansas Rome Center in Via di Monte Giordano, 36 in Rome.

The young architects of Association AK0-“architettura a kilometro zero” represented by Stefano Pollack and Laura Di Virgilio, will talk about the experience conducted during two and a half years of learning and teaching about techniques and construction methods with low environmental impact and high social impact in 5 European countries. All implemented through the European project “Building Impact Zero Network” (

The collaboration started with Neisos, that carries out research on the topic of community leadership (R&D “The Identity Card of the Urban Gardens”) and the University of Arkansas Rome Center, will offer the opportunity to deepen the theme of common interest, namely to create conditions for inclusive and sustainable community growth…

24th May 2019 – Urban gardening meeting in Rome

Neisos will participate in the meeting promoted by the Association “Vivere In … Onlus” as part of the 2019 Sustainable Development Festival, which will be held from 14:00 to 19:30 at Via Armando Brasini 139/179 in Rome .

The meeting, entitled “Ru: rban: Bilateral meeting Rome – Vilnius to spread knowledge on urban gardening” sees the participation of various public and private actors, including local institutions and associations and public bodies of the city of Vilnius (Lithuania).

Link to event


Bilateral meeting Rome_Vilnius

In view of the International Day for Biological Diversity

In view of the International Day of Biological Diversity, Neisos intends to suggest the presentation of the results of the project “ITINERABIO FROM THE NETWORK OF RESOURCES TO THE PROPOSAL OF ITINERARIES OF AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY”, which took place on May 20th, 2019

c/o the Botanical Garden Museum – La Sapienza University of Rome,

Largo Cristina di Svezia, 23A Rome



“Active Assisted Living” Report 2018

Report – Active Assisted Living 2018

On April 8th the Active Assisted Living (AAL) 2018 report was published. This publication provides an overview of the activities carried out by the European Active Assisted Living (AAL) program in its tenth year anniversary.

This is an ambitious European initiative that brings together 20 countries and the European Commission to address one of the main challenges of our times: demographic change.

In these 10 years, as many annual invitations have been launched for ideas that have involved the social sector, researchers and professionals from different countries and regions, with the aim of improving the quality of life of the elderly.

“Longevity requires a rethinking of the way we live today”, says Peter Saraga in his introduction, and technological progress can help us maintain the preferred lifestyle, and to do this we have started an approach that goes towards the ecosystem approach.

Link to Report AAL 2018:

For 2019, the open call for bids concerns “Sustainable intelligent solutions for aging well”. The objective of the call is to support innovative, transnational and multidisciplinary collaborative projects with an open approach to the development of solutions based on Information and Communication Technologies, in the different AAL domains, which include: solutions for active life, as in the work and training, for vitality and abilities, solutions for leisure and culture, for information and communication, as well as for assisted living, such as health and care, life and building, mobility and transport, security.

Operational Instructions for school gardens explained by Giulio Barocco, expert in health prevention

Among the elements of innovation learned during the “Fresh Eats” workshop held at the UARK, the Operative Instructions for school gardens and educational kitchens, illustrated by Dr. Giulio Barocco* and developed by the Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata Triestina, reflect the fundamental attention necessary for the correct management of cultivated products in school gardens.

The Operative Instructions intend to give inputs on cultivation, harvest, delivery, storage, cleaning, preparation, cooking and serving of horticultural products obtained from the cultivation of vegetable essences in school gardens, taking into account the objectives indicated in food and nutrition policy programs developed by the World Health Organization, the Food Agriculture Organization, and the European Union.

These inputs are considered basic to manage safely the horticultural products obtained from the cultivation of school gardens and food preparations with low sanitary and health risk prepared in the “teaching laboratories” and are aimed at achieving the following objectives:

  • stimulate the daily consumption of at least 400 g of fruit and vegetables;
  • reduce the percentage of saturated fatty acids and simple sugars to less than 10% of the caloric needs;
  • avoid consumption of food products containing trans fatty acids;
  • contain the calories per portion;
  • contain daily sodium intake below 2 grams corresponding to 5.2 grams of cooking salt for ages 11 to 60 (daily sodium intake should be less than 0.9 g for children between 1-3 years of life, 1.2 g for children aged 4-6 years, and 1.5 g for children aged 7-10 years.

* Giulio Barocco, Expert position for the integration and joint management of food safety and nutrition at the Public Health Agency of Trieste (ASUITS).


Fresh Eats – health and well-being in relation to the consumption of fresh food

“Fresh Eats” Lecture to be held on February 19 p.v. from 14 to 15pm at the University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARK), as part of the joint workshop between NEISOS, creator of the R&D project “CART D’ORT – The identity Card  of the urban gardens”, in collaboration with IUL – Università Telematica degli Studi and the UARK. The lecture open to the public (compulsory reservation at: will be held in English and will address the issue of health and well-being in relation to the consumption of fresh food, as indicated in the documents of the WHO and the JRC – EU for healthy eating and prevention of obesity.

Dr. Giulio Barocco, as Food Merceology and Prevention Technician within the Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste (ASUITs), deals with food hygiene and nutrition, will also illustrate good practices conducted in urban gardens and educational gardens in Trieste. The metaphorical concept of the metabolism applied to the study of urban systems will also be presented as a link between the architectural design elements.

The focus on integrated food and nutritional security is at the core of Dr. Giulio Barocco who recently presented the activities for innovation in collective catering in several international sessions made by ASUITs.

The Lecture realized by the support of IUL, as part of the CART D’ORT research project, in collaboration with UARK and Neisos, represents an important opportunity for the debate in the field of research on informal and collaborative learning styles, in favor of wellbeing and sustainable development.

As a backdrop to the meeting and to encourage an interactive climate, will be exhibited some architectural drawings by the students of the Architectural Design Course on the theme of urban agriculture.

Urban garden study visit, two good practices in Rome (IT)

Urban gardens represent an area of ​​aggregation with a strong social value and, in particular, those that are conducted in a shared way, well-known as community gardens (Jardins partagés, or Jardin communautaire). They  are the subject of a study by the Neisos, start up which launched the R&D Cart-D’ORT project – The Urban Identity Card of the Urban gardens, in collaboration with IUL – Università Telematica degli Studi.

The analysis of the collective and participatory dimension of the plots of land located in urban and peri-urban territories destined for collective cultivation, and from which it is realized the production of vegetables and fruit, is an important phenomenon both for the self-consumption, and – as good practices show – and because of they become multi-purpose places for intergenerational meetings. In fact, in these places it  is possible to cultivate but also to exchange skills and knowledge, to promote the typicality and traditions of the territories.

Last January 18th 2019, with the support of the IUL – Università Telematica degli Studi, a first joint study visit was held, as part of a six-monthly workshop of the Architectural Design course at the University of Arkansas Rome Center.

The initiative involved students of the Architectural Design course at the UARK focused on the theme of urban architecture and urban gardens and, in parallel, will allow an initial test on the learning field by Neisos together with the researchers of IUL, under the “CART D’ORT – The identity card of the urban gardens”, R&D project. The realization of a mapping of informal and non-formal learning, with particular attention to the learning of adults and vulnerable groups, is the main objective of this project.

In addition to the IUL, which allowed the realization of the event, a heartfelt thanks go to the experts who hosted this first meeting, and in particular the agronomist Cristiano Fedi belong the Valerio Daniel De Simoni Association, who takes care of the urban garden at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome; Filippo Cioffi and Fabio Ecca, respectively, president and project director of the Vivere In … Onlus Association (Orto Urbano ORT9 – Sergio Albani, in Casal Brunori), together with the City Council of Culture Rome IX Eur of the city of Rome.

R&D internationalization in Europe

The European Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potocnik, during the Forum organized on 29 and 30 March 2018 in Brussels by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), declared that “the challenges to which humanity must To cope with these challenges, it is true that this approach involves a number of risks, but the opportunities it offers are that of responding to these challenges. far more numerous “.

What has also emerged from other delegates is that so far the cross-border R & D flows have remained essentially confined to the “triad” formed by the United States, Japan and Europe. In this way, 80% of foreign industrial research is conducted in these three regions.

The objectives set by the EU are intended to bring about change, so that Europe itself becomes the most attractive destination for private investment in research. “To achieve this will require a broad mix of policies, including various tax incentives, better framework conditions, skilled human resources, effective intellectual property regimes and basic and applied research infrastructures, but progress is slow. and should be accelerated, especially in the Member States “.

Partnership for research and innovation in the Mediterranean area

The project proposals deadline fixed on April 17th, as part of the program launched last February 6th with the first transactional calls of PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) for the presentation of collaborative project proposals in order to to develop research and innovation capacities and to develop common knowledge and solutions for agri-food systems and the supply of water in the Mediterranean area to make them sustainable.

PRIMA is an instrument consistent with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to support research of excellence. Here are the three thematic areas of the program:

  1. Management of water
  2. Farming system
  3. Agro-food value chain.

19 States have joined the initiative, including: 11 EU Member States (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain); 3 countries associated to Horizon 2020 (Israel, Turkey and Tunisia); 5 Third Countries of the Mediterranean (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan).

With a budget of almost 500 million euros in 7 years (220 million will come from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Research Framework Program, 274 million from the 19 participating countries)

The project proposals will have to be submitted in two phases, the first in April and the second phase, in the case of the first one, in September 2018.

Further information on the program homepage: