Polytechnic University of Madrid, President and Founder of PRONATUR
Professor Dr. Julian Briz has been researching and lecturing for more than three decades at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, with special attention to market research and socioeconomic affaires, dealing with the governance of local policies, publishing articles, books and directing PhD thesis and research projects.
He is President and Founder of PRONATUR, the Spanish Society for Green Cities. As a passionateperson about urban farming, years ago he founded the Observatory of Urban Agriculture in Spain, with regular meetings for discussing the main problems and potential solutions of urban farming, in the Foro Agrario framework.
As active member of the Board of Directors in WGIN has participated in the international congress since 2009 and edited several books in English and Spanish as Naturacion Urbana (1999), Green cities in the World (2014, 2015), Agricultura Urbana Integral(2015), Vertical Urban Agriculture (2018) and Multifunctional Urban Green Infrastructure (2019).
Since 2017 he is a member of the European Federation of Green Roof Associations (EFB).
As a researcher he has participated in national and international projects about green urban infrastructures, has been involved in regular courses on urban agriculture and more recently (2018) in a Masive Online Open Course (MOOC) about “Naturacion Urbana” (Green Urban Infrastructure). Also he has been director of PhD and Ms Thesis about the topic.
At the moment he is involved in the development of a Living Lab on Urban Farming with basic research for green houses in terraces and recycling gases from central heating stations.