Metropolis in Milan

In 2015, Milan will host the Universal Exposition, Expo 2015, titled “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. As the 2014 International Metropolis conference takes place one year ahead, it is to introduce Expo 2015 and to emphasize the significance of movements of people in the early years of this new millennium. That is, movement of persons is a fact, a distinctive element of a henceforth international society. Despite the challenges posed by the management of such movements in terms of flows, integration or else social cohesion, the Metropolis project recognizes the opportunities diversity represents. Acknowledging the centrality and plurality of cultures, the conference wants to highlight the contribution in terms of energy and wealth that migrations bring about.

Welcome to Milan

The 2014 International Metropolis Conference will be held in the world capital of fashion and design: Milan. Over the last decades, Milan has also become the most multi-ethnic Italian city with more than 440 thousands migrants within its province. Two elements which make the conference not only a unique chance to deepen migration-related themes but also an opportunity to discover the treasures the city holds as well as the most beautiful places of Lombardy. During the five days of the conference, participants will have the possibility to enjoy organized guided visits and social events.


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    2 Grants for partecipation offered by Humanitas Reasearch Hospital

    Grants for partecipation offered by Humanitas Reasearch Hospital for a Ph.D. candidate or a young researcher in health studies enrolled in a University of a developing country

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    A wide variety of workshops in the afternoons:

    The list of the workshops selected is already available online, go and check at to see the details. 

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    Five days, eight plenaries

    Five days of conference, that is eight plenaries distributed in the mornings. High profile speakers (amongst whom Bill Swing, General Director of the International Organization for Migration) will reflect upon the most salient issues of contemporary migrations. Take a look at the complete list of themes and speakers at

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    Social Events

    Not only migrations. The international Metropolis conference is also the occasion to discover the wonders that Milan holds.

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    Intercultural walkabouts

    Get to discover the multi-ethnic Milan. Metropolis is not only the occasion to debate and exchange on migration issues, this is also the opportunity to experience migrations on the ground, in the places that have become the symbol of Milan’s diversity and integration

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