Geographical research, the cultural and civic commitment of Lelio Pagani - Lelio Pagani was a geographer well-known to the staff of this faculty. He was open to multi-disciplinary approaches which led him to work with urban planners, architects and Slavic students and he was also able to combine research with service to the community. This article gives a rapid profile of his very varied activities and is also a tribute to his human qualities, a fond memory of a friend and a colleague. A full professor at the University of Bergamo, Lelio Pagani filled an important role there: he was amongst other things the director of the department of letters, arts and multi-media studies and of the urban planning studies centre of the university, which today bears his name and which was founded by him. He brought the contribution of geography to the analysis and solution of problems in urban planning and landscape issues and to research into architectural design. He placed his specific expertise and uncommon knowledge of the province at the service of the community. He was president of the Consortium of the Regional Park of the Colli di Bergamo and of the University of Sciences, Letters and Arts, Provincial Councillor for the Environment and a leading figure in the Cultural Heritage Documentation Centre of the Province.