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Plant Intelligence, Rights & Ethics – A conversation with Alessandra Viola

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Have you ever wondered if plants are intelligent if they can feel pain, and if they have the right to be treated with respect? Learn about these and other emerging topics!

Join Alessandra Viola, co-author of Brilliant Green: The Surprising Science of Plant Intelligence and of her new book Flower Power (pending in English translation) in a conversation about plant intelligence, plant rights, and plant ethics with moderator Paul Moss, executive director of The Plant Initiative.

There will be time for questions from the audience following the discussion. This free program will be live-streamed with a link to be sent to participants before the event and will also be recorded and available for viewing online afterwards.

Alessandra Viola is a writer, science journalist, television producer, author, and presenter of science TV shows aired on RAI (national Italian television). She holds a Ph.D. in Science Communication (Sapienza University, Rome 2011) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (University of Florence, 2014). She has been awarded many prizes for her work, including the “Best Scientific Journalist of the Year” by the Armenise-Harvard Foundation and the “Ambassador of Nature Prize” 2019 by the Centro Internazionale Parchi.

She has written several scientific essays including Brilliant Green. The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence (Island Press 2013, with Stefano Mancuso. Foreword by Michael Pollan. First edited in Italian, translated into 17 languages), and Flower Power. Plants and their rights (Einaudi 2020).

Her books have been awarded the Wissenschaftbuch des Jahres (2016) by the Austrian Ministry of Research, twice the Italian Prize for Scientific Dissemination (2013-2018) and twice the Gambrinus Award (2013 – 2020).

Alessandra is a contract professor of Environmental Communication at the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan, Italy.




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