The Trieste Laboratory on Quantitative Sustainability, project suggested by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and the International Trieste Foundation (FIT), is a laboratory widespread among the various scientific and humanistic institutions in the Friuli Venezia Giulia area.
Quantitative sustainability means the use of scientific methodologies for the representation and quantitative analysis of the various Sustainable Development Goals, in order to study the constituent elements of the science of sustainability, a science that allows to make short and medium-term predictions on the health of the planet and the people who inhabit it, and on how different policies and different technologies impact society and the groups and organizations that compose it.
The keywords of the project are:
- Interdisciplinary research. The representation and quantitative analysis of sustainability must overcome disciplinary barriers. The Trieste Laboratory wants to identify the tools to encourage, enhance and implement this interdisciplinarity.
- Internationality. Scientific research must be international, both in terms of collaborations and dissemination of the knowledge achieved. This is even more true for the scientific study of sustainability which must be conducted at a global level.
- Scientific and social networks. The TLQS wants to promote an active discussion, not only between scholars of different scientific and humanistic disciplines, but also between those who belong to different social components, such as researchers, entrepreneurs, public administrators, and civil society in its various components, in order to encourage the transfer and valorisation of knowledge to respond to the economic and social needs of the planet. The primary objective of the Laboratory is to create an interdisciplinary network on sustainability issues which, starting from FVG, can be expanded to become self-consistent.
- Communication. Great attention will be paid to the dissemination of the results, with the primary aim of promoting awareness and involvement on sustainability issues, both among experts who have not yet paid due attention to this important issue, and among all citizens.
- Young talents. The Laboratory wants to attract as many young talents as possible. The science of sustainability is a science in progress, whose study requires new research methodologies yet to be identified and which must be approached with a greater open-mindedness than that confined within academic disciplines. Young talents are the ideal candidates to break down these barriers.
For the organization and management of the project, the Trieste International Foundation for the Progress and Freedom of Science supports the OGS by providing offices, technical and administrative staff.
President Stefano Fantoni
International Advisory Committee
President Andrea Illy
Katia Da Ros