EUniWell Pop-Up Academy: The (dis?)Connectedness of Natures and Cultures


University of Florence, Linnaeus University Botanical Garden, University of Florence, via Pier Antonio Micheli 3, 50121 Firenze EUniWell-Event

Dive into the intricate relationship between nature and culture at the EUniWell Pop-Up Academy. Join us on 8 September 2023 at the University of Florence’s Botanical Garden for engaging sessions and discussions.

An aerial shot from the city of Florence.

Welcome to the EUniWell Pop-Up Academy, an exceptional event that invites you to explore the interrelationship between nature and culture. The EUniWell Pop-up Academy will be  the final day of the Summer School “Across Nature and Culture: the city of Florence as a case study for natural-cultural conservation and preservation issues, whichtakes place in Florence from 4-8 September 2023. The event serves to make the achievements of the week available for an external audience. Combining student presentations with two highly distinguished keynote speakers, the programme ends with a panel discussion and a social activity. A general presentation of EUniWell will raise the external awareness of the collaboration.Throughout the event, you’ll uncover the intricate connections between these two fundamental aspects of our world and gain a deeper appreciation for how they shape our shared human experience.

Against the charming backdrop of the University of Florence’s Botanical Garden, we invite you to immerse yourself in a day of engaging presentations and thought-provoking discussions. 


  • 9:00-9:30
    Introduction to the EUniWell Pop-Up Academy and the EUniWell Alliance by Ola Stahl (Linnaeus University) & Jorgen Bruhn (Linnaeus University).
  • 9:30-10:30
    Guided tour through the Botanical Garden "The intersection of natures and cultures within the city"
  • 10:30-11:45
    Students’ presentations and feedback on the outcomes of the EUniWell Summer School “Across Nature and Culture: the city of Florence as a case study for natural-cultural conservation and preservation issues.”
  • 11:45-12:00
    Short break.
  • 12:00-13:00
    Keynote presentation: “Webs of Life” by Marianne Krogh, PhD in Art History and independent curator (DK).
  • 13:00-14:00
    Keynote presentation: “Metabolism and Poetry; Writing in the Anthropocene” by Adam Dickinson, Brock University (CA).
  • 15:00-16:00
    Panel discussion featuring Marianne Krogh, Adam Dickinson and the Department of Literature and Philosophy.

Gain fresh insights into the challenges and beauty where nature and culture intersect. Free admission. 

About our keynote speakers:

We’re excited to present two enlightening keynote session at the EUniWell Pop-Up Academy:

“Webs of Life”
With a PhD in Art Hirstoy, curator Marianne Krogh (DK) offers insights into the deep connections between the arts, nature and human beings. Holding a PhD from the Copenhagen School of Architecture, Marianne has made significant contributions as a curator, critic, editor, researcher, and educator over two decades. Having taught at the University of Venice and worked at the Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, she currently spearheads the 'agenda: EARTH' project, a three-year initiative aimed at guiding the architecture industry towards sustainability. This visionary project is supported by The Dreyer Foundation.

“Metabolism and Poetry: Writing in the Anthropocene”

Engage with Adam Dickinson, a renowned writer and professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Adam’s poetic practice seamlessly blends writing with laboratory-based scientific experiments, delving into the intricate interplay between bodies and environments. With four books of poetry to his name, including “Anatomic” (Coach House Books), his work has been recognised with accolades such as the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize. Notable nominations include the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. As an affiliated artist with the University of Copenhagen, Adam explores the intersection of metabolism and art, presenting a unique perspective on our world.


No registration needed, just turn up.


Mariagrazia Portera, University of Florence

Further information

Download the event flyer here.