Nestled within the scenic embrace of the Italian Alps, the annual ArcticHubs meeting in Alagna Valsesia unfolded as a testament to collaborative research and shared ambitions. Hosted by the University of Turin, this meeting brought together a diverse group of experts, researchers, and practitioners committed to the study and sustainability of Arctic and Alpine regions.
Upon our arrival, we were introduced to the picturesque mountain village of Alagna by professor Marco Giardino and the Mayor of the village Roberto Veggi.
The University of Turin professors and researchers Riccardo Beltramo and Michele Freppaz set the stage for what would be an enlightening experience, immersing ArcticHubs consortium partners in the local culture and cultural and natural heritage, which became a living case study for our discussions on Arctic hubs.
The presentations throughout the consortium meeting were not only informative but also showcased the progressive strides taken by various workgroups of the ArcticHubs project and the progress at hubs level.
Professor Riccardo Beltramo’s research group presented their remarkable work on the Alagna Walser Green Paradise project, underscoring innovative approaches to smart tourism development in mountain villages. See how this is also documented also through their Instagram account here.
During the second day, Professor Marco Giardino elaborated on the geo-strategic dynamics of the Valsesia valley and its geopark, while Professor Michele Freppaz provided invaluable insights into the research conducted on Monte Rosa, particularly concerning climate change and its impact on snow and high-altitude human physiology.