About the initiative

The Team

Scientific Committee

Vernon H. Heywood, Gianni Puglisi, Abdul Rahmanel Eryani, Paolo Inglese, Kay Van Damme, Franco Pedrotti, Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Mohammed Khalifa, Abdul Raqueeb Al Okaish, Miranda Morris, Fabio Attorre, Alfredo Guillet, Franco Tassi, Attilio Carapezza, Aurelio Angelini, Werner Greuter, Ignazio Buttitta, Bruno Massa, Gigi Cusimano, Benito Valdès, Raimondo Catalano, Sivano Riggio, Franco M. Raimondo

Organizing committee

Marco A. Livadiotti, Kay Van Damme, Fabio Attorre, Julian Jansen van Rensburg, Lisa Bansfield, Franco M. Raimondo, Rosario Schicchi, Luca Malatesta, Ulisse A. Livadiotti, Filippo Bartoli, Giulia Raimondo, Enrico Bajona

Promoter and developer institution: International Foundation Pro Herbario Mediterraneo

Event conceived and curated by: Marco A. Livadiotti

General Coordinators: Marco A. Livadiotti, Kay Van Damme

Organising Secretariat: Roberta Orlando, Laura Bertini, Vincenzo Magro (VerdeAmbienteSicilia)

Press and Communications: Laura Crescimanno, Kay Van Damme

Web Master and site concept: Luca Malatesta

Editing: Monica Fritz, Chiara Impagliazzo, Laura Silvia Battaglia

Graphic design: Filippo Bartoli, Marco Livadiotti

Acknowledgements: Simona Lato, Caterina Borgato, Roberto Chiesi, Georgi Kozhuharov, Adam Byron, Chef Taha

Special thanks: Jordi Esteva, Vladimir Melnik

Special collaboration: Yemen Embassy in Rome


  • Presidency of Sicily
  • Regional Parliament of Sicily
  • Municipality of Palermo
  • Republic of Yemen
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Palermo
  • Società Botanica Italiana
  • Whitaker Foundation
  • University of Enna “Kore”

Scientific support

  • Friends of Soqotra (FoS)
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Palermo
  • UNESCO Doha
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini Research Centre and Archive
  • Società Botanica Italiana
  • PLANTA/Centro di Ricerca Documentazione e Formazione, Palermo
  • Optima

Friends of Soqotra (FoS) charity

FoS (Friends of Soqotra) is a non-profit registered charity consisting entirely of volunteers, established to promote the sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment of the Socotra Archipelago and to support and aid an environmentally friendly development of its inhabitants’ lives.
FoS is based in the United Kingdom and its members belong to different countries of Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia and the United States. The association was formed in 2000 with the aim of bringing together scientists studying Socotra and people with a more general interest in the archipelago. FoS members meet every year in a different city around the world where research, conservation and sustainable development of the island are discussed. Last year the meeting was held for the first time in the Arab Region. The conference is a two-days meeting of specialists and scientists from all over the world, meeting local champions from the Archipelago and Yemen, where everyone interested in Socotra and its natural and cultural heritage is welcome to attend and contribute with ideas and suggestions and join the open discussion forums.

Every year, FoS produces the Socotra newsletter (Tayf) which includes an overview of the different projects and activities on the Archipelago by different organisations, and updates on research on the islands. FoS actively promotes cooperation with other international organisations and local Socotri NGOs and depends on membership fees and member donations to fund projects. Its budget is generally not more than 6,000 USD per year.

Information on FoS and all issues of Tayf can be found on the website www.friendsofsoqotra.org and details on FoS constitution are here: https://www.friendsofsoqotra.org/About/pdfs/constitution.pdf