Dear colleagues,

I would like to share with you some interesting events for this summer.

The first one is organized by Prof. Maurizio Canavari (University of Bologna) on Experimental Auctions: Theory and Applications in Food Marketing and Consumer Preferences Analysis and it will be held in Rome next 3-8 July. In 2013 as a PhD student I participated at this summer school and I enriched my knowledge about how to use the appropriate techniques to construct an experimental design and analyze data, especially thanks to the discussion with the teaching professors Rodolfo M. Nayga (University of Arkansas, USA), Andreas Drichoutis (University of Athens, Greece) and Maurizio Canavari. Further information on       

The second summer school title “TOWARDS A BIO-BASED ECONOMY: science, innovation, economics, education” is organized by my friend Maurizio Bettiga (Chalmers University of Technology), and it will take place at the University of Milano-Bicocca next 4-8 September. Deadline for the registration is coming closer (31 May), so visit the website and get in contact

On 15-16 June, I invite you all to participate at the 6th AIEAA Conference “Economics and Politics of Migration: Implications for Agriculture and Food” which will be taken place in Piacenza (Italy). I will be presenting a paper about food neophobia and eating insects and a poster about my MSCA "CONSUMEHealth. Using consumer science to improve healthy eating habits". Among the keynote speakers of the conference: Anna Maria Mayda (Georgetown University, USA), Giuseppe De Arcangelis (University La Sapienza, Italy), Giorgio Osti (University of Trieste, Italy) and Alan De Brauw (IFPRI, USA). Please visit the for the full programme.

Do not forget also to participate in the XV EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists) Congress which will take place in Parma (Italy) on 29 August – 1 September, 2017. This event will bring together agricultural economists and others experts from agricultural and food industries from all around the world. Keep in touch on social media and

Furthermore, as a member of the Local Organizing Committee of the next XV EAAE Congress I am glad to announce that there will be a Student Case Study Competition about sustainability-related case, a joint collaboration of Wageningen University & ResearchBarilla Center for Food and Nutrition and the University of Parma.  If you want to find out more please contact Prof. Domenico Dentoni, Associate Professor, Wageningen University & Research (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Francesca Allievi, President, Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN) Alumni (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and visit

Finally, the University of Liège (Belgium) will be holding a conference “Insects in feed or food?” next 16-17 November 2017. During this meeting, some current key questions will be investigated, among which: should we eat insects or use them as feed for our animals?  What can we learn from Southern countries? Are insect-derived products safe? I have been invited as a keynote speaker talking about the barriers and potential for consumer acceptance of insects as food in Italy. Please visit to find out more about all the other keynote speakers. Deadline for abstract submission is the 31 of May.

Save the dates on your calendar and please feel free to spread the information among your professional contacts.


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