Seven new trees were planted this morning at the Sciences Campus of Sesto Fiorentino. Thus the University has decided symbolically to compensate for emissions due to the travels of representatives of the European UniWell universities who will meet in the Great Hall of the University of Florence on 22 October.
“This initiative is consistent with the values and principles expressed by the network, whose first year of activity we celebrate – explains the delegate to international relations and multilateral agreements Giorgia Giovannetti – and a solution that aims to strengthen in the spirit this alliance in the commitment to improve the quality of the life of our planet through research activity.”
The trees, offered by the Association of Italian Nurseries of Pistoia, have been chosen according to the country of membership of each university among those that can find an appropriate place in our environment. In particular ,the Quercus Robur will represent the Universities of Cologne and Birmingham, the Hulmus x hollandica the University of Leiden, the Tilia Tomentosa the University of Semmelweis, Betula pendula the University Linnæus, the Platanus x acerifolia the University of Nantes, the Tilia x europaea the University of Florence.
The seven trees will also be an opportunity to welcome the heads of the European universities of the EUniWell consortium. The meeting on 22 October, which will be opened by the greetings of the Rector Alessandra Petrucci and the delegate Giorgia Giovannetti, will include Robin Mason (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham), Axl Freimuth, Beatrix Busse and Johanna Hey (Rector and Vice-Rectors of the University of Cologne respectively), Hester Bijl (Rector of the University of Leiden), Peter Aronsson and Ann Larsson (Vice-Chancellor and Deputy-Vice-Chancellor of the Linnæus University), Carine Bernault, Olivier Grasset and Isabelle Richard President and Vice-President of the University of Nantes), Miklós Kellermayer and Marcel Pop (Deans of the University of Semmelweis).