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Gustolab International Food Systems and Sustainability is a member and/or partner of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, Forum of Education abroad, NAFSA, the Food Studies Knowledge community, as well as Food+City, Lexicon of Sustainability, Thought for Food, Real Food Films, AMI EXPO, and Cerealia.

GLi’s scientific partner universities are the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Auburn University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

A brief description about some of our partners:

Linaria is an independent and nonprofit association, based in Italy, created with the aim of promoting a new culture of urban sustainable gardens. Experimentation, recycle, self-construction and sharing are the keywords of Linaria’s innovative approach to contemporary urban landscape. According to this approach, landscape design aims to start up social processes, within which the collective creation of living spaces is a mechanism to build up relationships that already starts in the construction phase. Urban neglected edgescapes can be interpreted as a possible starting point for the creation of new landscapes, involving the participation of all social forces willing to be engaged. The shape of the space is an evolving system: it pursues a precise aim but its concrete definition is flexible in order to allow continuous transformations during the realization. In this perspective, landscape design can be considered as a creative laboratory that induces other processes. The re-activated space becomes a place for laboratories, workshops, and creative activities, oriented to landscape and environment culture. “Silent” and featureless open spaces can be transformed, through a contemporary design language, into an expressive surface, an interactive and multifunctional device able to stimulate users’ imagination. The transformation actions are developed by Linaria with a strict connection to potential existing resources that are shapeless in the starting condition of the space: its previous use is revolutionized and this process also involves the intangible relationships that may take place in the projected space.  This is the first step towards a wider process, a laboratory with unpredictable results. Linaria believes in botanical, social and cultural diversity as an important value to be defended and as a resource for the enrichment of city life. Like nature, society and culture have always been changing and evolving, reflecting needs, synergies and experiences that are always different. As a result, the identity of places too is linked to evolutionary processes and therefore subject to continuous change.

Intrecci, a hospitality institute was ideated by Dominga, Enrica and Marta Cotarella, from their strong family know-how in the enology field and their experience with the Falesco winery. The aim of Intrecci’s project is to educate new professionals with front-of-the-house skills to revolutionize the world of food and wine service.


The Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first of which was in 1987.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.

Food Studies Knowledge Community is brought together around a common interest in exploring new possibilities for sustainable food production and human nutrition.The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round online relationships, a peer reviewed journal, and book series – exploring the affordances of the new digital media.

Food+City, a 501c3 non-profit, grew out of The Food Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, and is directed by Dr. Robyn Metcalfe in Austin. Food+City is a platform for bold exploration of the global food system; it provokes fresh perspectives on the realities of how we feed cities, inspiring and fostering action. The Food+City stories, told in many forms, will raise awareness of the opportunities for improvement in our food systems and uncover the insights that will shape how we make our world sustainable.

The LEXICON OF SUSTAINABILITY™ is based on a simple premise: to engage, inspire and promote principles of sustainability. The Lexicon uses information artwork, short films, street art, educational curriculum and the new book, Local: The New Face of Food and Farming in America, to bring awareness to the terms and principles that will define the next economy.

Thought for Food (TFF) is a movement dedicated to tackling the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people through bold, breakthrough solutions.
Real Food Media Project, a collaborative initiative using online movies and a web-based action center along with grassroots events around the country to spread the stories of sustainable food and farming. The Project is a program of Corporate Accountability International.

AMI EXPO celebrates the pleasures of healthy food and the heritage of the Italian culture, and wants to promote the special features of the Mediterranean food, to deepen the knowledge of the typical productions and their agro – food productive chain, to sustain the principles of a correct food education and a stronger awareness of the importance of natural and healthy eating.

Cerealia is a festival dedicated to all grains, as happened in the ancient Roman rites of Vesta and Ceres, the Ludi. In a broader view, the festival is extended to all countries of the Mediterranean area. Cerealia wants to spread knowledge and awareness of the value of land and indigenous cultures, re-establish the links between the area of ​​production and the consumer’s table, even reviving old customs and traditions, based on respect for the earth and its fruits.

The objective of Associazione dei Negozi Storici di Eccellenza di Roma (Association of the Historical Stores of Excellence in Rome) is the promotion, protection, development and dissemination of knowledge of the business history of excellence in Rome. It includes historical shops of excellence in Rome that are able to meet future challenges of the market and be a representation for the city as witness of entrepreneurship through their organization, history, tradition, passion, knowledge and ability.

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Lazio Innova is in charge of the development of the Lazio region and deals with management of project activities. It’s objectives include achieving economic growth and territorial development and giving innovation support.

Centro Agroalimentare Roma (CAR) is one of the most important centers for fruit, vegetables and fish products in Europe.

Food Tank is a bold voice in the fight for health-based agriculture, alleviating hunger and poverty, stemming the tide of obesity, and improving nutrition and environmental sustainability.

Universities fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is a growing, global network of universities working in partnership to amplify the voice of the rising generation – a voice calling for a world free from hunger and malnutrition.

Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit is one of the top Food Innovation events worldwide dedicated to showcasing national and international talent and cutting-edge solutions from around the world.

The International Food Design Society is a non-profit organization founded with the purpose of creating an international network of designers, chefs, academics, food industries and food passionate who contribute to the development of the Food Design discipline.

Casato Filo della Rosa and Progetto Petronilla Il Casato Filo della Rosa onlus è un’associazione che si pone al servizio delle persone e del territorio rispondendo a problematiche che riguardano l’inclusione sociale cercando di migliorare la qualità della vita delle persone più fragili. Read More

The Fondazione Simone Cesaretti and Florence “Sustainability of Well-being” International Forum aims to empower young people and support their well-being by providing them with tools and educational and informational training strategies.

WE-Women for Expo is an Expo Milano 2015 project developed in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Fondazione Arnoldo e Alberto Mondadori. It is a network of women from around the world who speak out and act jointly on the subjects of food and sustainability, and do so placing women’s culture at the heart of an international exposition for the very first time.

The Neo-Agri association is building an international network of new-peasants and established farmers in agroecology in order to help aspiring new-farmers, by compiling and disseminating resources and testimonies.

EXPO School Project is a platform for reflection and sharing that Expo Milano 2015 is dedicating to its educational system.

Hunger Run is a yearly event organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International with the technical support of Gruppo Sportivo Bancari Romani and the cooperation of the City of Rome.

The Milan Protocol is an international agreement which aims to address the problem of sustainability in the food chain.