“Science allows for overcoming cultural and linguistic barriers and is effective in supporting political and diplomatic initiatives – even preceding them at times. Italy is proud of its researchers, who, both at home and abroad, are recognised for their abilities and creativity. They are ambassadors for our culture, our attitude to pursue knowledge and innovation, and our ability to blend civic-mindedness, quality of life, beauty and modernity. In other words, our Italian way of life”.
These words were uttered by Angelino Alfano, the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, in commenting the inaugural event of the “Italian Research Day in the World”, held on 16 April 2018 at the Ministry’s headquarters (Farnesina) at the presence of leading exponents of the university, research and industrial association sectors.
In his address, the Commissioner General for Italy at Expo 2020 Dubai, Paolo Glisenti, expressed the desire to have the Italian National Research Centre (CNR) as a strategic scientific partner for Italy’s participation in the forthcoming Universal Exhibition.
To this aim, Mr Paolo Glisenti and the Chairman of the CNR, Prof. Massimo Inguscio, announced the signing of a memorandum of intent.
The Commissioner declared that also thanks to the CNR’s contribution, Italy intends to feature at Expo 2020 Dubai with a knowledge and information hub in which to showcase Italian excellences in sectors such as life sciences, environmental sustainability in the Mediterranean, the protection and enhancement of the archaeological and cultural heritage, and Industry 4.0.
Promoted by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and the Ministry of Health, the Italian Research Day in the World aimed to promote, like every year, on 15 April – the day Leonardo da Vinci was born – the importance of scientific-technological research conducted both in Italy and abroad.
The event, held in the International Conference Hall, was moderated by Vincenzo de Luca, Director-General for the Promotion of the Italian Economic System of the MAECI and opened by speeches by Valeria Fedeli, the Education, Universities and Research Minister, and Mauro Giro, the Foreign Affairs Vice-Minister. Their addresses were followed by speeches by the Chairman of the Council of Chairmen of Public Research Bodies, Massimo Inguscio, the Chairman of the Conference of Italian University Rectors, Gaetano Manfredi, the Chairman of the Confindustria Research and Development Group, Daniele Finocchiaro, the Head of the Department for Higher Education and Research of the MIUR, Marco Mancini, and the Commissioner General, Paolo Glisenti.