The invited speakers were all working on one or another of the topics outlined above and gave the following papers:
- Maria de las Nieves Muniz Muniz (University of Barcelona) The importance and the meaning of love in Leopardi
- Wanda Marra (University of Rome) Passion and thought in Leopardi and some contemporaries (Maine de Biran, Joubert and Coleridge)
- Giorgio Stabile (University of Rome) Leopardi and the scientific thought of the 17th and 18th centuries
- Emmanuela Tandello (University College, London) The influence and presence of Leopardi in Amelia Rosselli
The speakers aimed primarily to present work in progress in a way that would throw light on problems which they had encountered in their work, and to stimulate ideas and discussion. In this they fully succeeded, and a wide-ranging debate between speakers and audience continued until late in the afternoon.