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As preparations are progressing for the Rotary Presidential Conference in Venice, the programme is evolving. Please be sure to return to this page to see the updated conference programme.

This is a draft programme and subject to change.

Friday 18 March 2022

14.00 +
Registration 
18.30
Welcome Cocktail Reception - Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel 
20:00
Major Donor Recognition Event - by invitation only, for Major Donors. See link.
20:00
Dinner in Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Restaurant (optional)

Saturday 19 March 2022

08:00+
Registration
09:30
Opening of Conference
09:.30
Flag Ceremony
09:35
Opening Address - PRID Eduardo San Martin - Convener
09:40
Welcome Address - ​RID Roger Lhors ​​​- co-Convener
09:45
Welcome Address - Mayor of Venice
09:55

Welcome Address & Rotary Foundation's New Area of Focus: the Environment - Shekhar Mehta - Rotary International President 2021/22

10:15

The European Green Deal - making a real impact - Roberta Metsola MEP, First Vice-President, European Parliament.

10:35

The Status Quo Ante-Covid is not an option: Resetting economies in a post-COVID world.

10:55
The need for transitional change by Businesses.
11:15
Rebalancing the Agri-food industry towards the environment. 
11:35

Planet friendly is profit friendly: the rise of Environmental, Social & Governance influences - Rotarian Dr Suzanne Thoma, CEO, BKW A.G.

12:15
Societal & Environmental change - what role for Rotary?
12:45
Working Lunch - Conference foyer
14:30
Reducing the environmental impact of the transport industry.
14:55

Leveraging Rotary Foundation Grants

15:15

Implementing a circular economy - Ingrid Zeegers, Director PRICE

15:35
The future of energy.
16:00
Improving Air Quality - a business case study 
16:45
Closing Remarks
17:00
Closure of Conference Day 1
20:30

Dinner with the President @ Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel

Sunday 20 March 2022

09:30
Plenary Opening Session - Day 2
09:30
Opening Remarks - ​Ezio Lanteri​​​
09:40
Case study - addressing environmental challenges in Venice: the role of industry.
10:00
Managing waste for a greener environment.
10:20
Changing attitudes of younger generations towards the environment: Conscious Consumption
10:40

Why is the environment relevant to Rotary and what impact can we have? - Gunnar Åkerblom & Ingrid Hesser, Co-chairs,  Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) Europe

11:00
Round Table discussion: the way forward.
12:00
Concluding Remarks ​Shekhar Mehta​​​ - RI President 2021-22
12:15

Closing Remarks by PRID Eduardo San Martin - Conference Convener

12:30
Close of Conference
13:15
Lunch at the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel

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