The memorandum of consent has been signed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Commissioner General of Section for Italy at the Expo 2020 Dubai. The objective of this collaboration project is to promote and support Italian excellence in the field of innovation and technological development at the upcoming sustainable Universal Exhibition by bringing together public establishments, the academic world and the industrial sector. The agreement particularly focuses on health, quality of life, the enhancement and protection of cultural heritage, sustainable development in some areas of the planet such as the Mediterranean and the development and implementation of Industry 4.0 technology.
“The agreement entered into today is an emphatic renewal of the Research Council’s commitment to promote the internationalisation of research and provide technology and solutions to meet the emerging needs of society,” were the words of the Council’s President, Massimo Inguscio. “Scientific research and technological innovation are crucial if we are to effectively meet the challenges posed by the modern world. As the scientific partner to the Commissioner General of Section for Dubai 2020, we are delighted to contribute with our knowledge and skill set and to represent Italy”.
The chosen title for the upcoming Edition of Expo runs “Connecting minds, creating the future”.
“Working with the Italian National Research Council”, commented the Commissioner General Paolo Glisenti, “will allow us to better showcase the excellence of Italian research and innovation at Expo 2020 Dubai, with special reference to those projects concerning the ‘Blue Economy’ of the Mediterranean (sustainability, the environment, cultural heritage) and Life Sciences, especially concentrating on the topics dealt with by Human Technopole, tapping into the legacy of Expo Milan 2015 and reaffirming Italy’s strategic position in the Mediterranean. With the research council at our side, we will be launching a major scientific diplomacy operation”.
The Italian Research Council will bring to the Exhibition the advances made by some of the most outstanding multidisciplinary projects currently underway involving national and international partners and in which Italy plays a vital role. One of these is the Human Brain Project (Hbp), one of the most important schemes in the world dedicated to studying the brain. Now into its fourth year, it has been set up to run for ten years in total. Bluemed (Research and Innovation Initiative for Blue Growth and Jobs in the Mediterranean Area), a part of the European programme known as Horizon 2020, develops technologies aimed at boosting “blue growth” and the sustainable development of the Mediterranean. The Prima project (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) relates to sustainability and safety for the farming sector and the efficient usage of water resources. E-Rihs (European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) brings together hard sciences and humanities under one transdisciplinary umbrella. It deals with research into new materials for conservation and restoration as well as the development of digital archaeology.
The Italian Research Council and the Commissioner General of Section for Italy will be organising a series of events, appointments, seminars and theme-based forums aimed at disseminating information around the topics and about the challenges posed by the Italian participation at the Universal Exhibition of Dubai 2020.