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Conference of Scientific Attachés - 26 November 2020



Conference of Scientific Attachés - 26 November 2020

The 2020 Conference of Scientific Attachés will take place in streaming on the 26th of November.

The goal of the Conference, organised like the previous ones with the contribution of APRE (Agency for the Promotion of European Research), is to promote the actions, instruments and successes of Scientific Diplomacy. Together with the network of Scientific Attachés, the conference will take stock of the results of the work carried out and the future prospects in a perspective of integrated promotion of the Italian System, also taking into account the "digital revolution" imposed by Covid-19 emergency.

The conference will be divided into three sessions. The first two will be open to the public and can be followed in streaming through the Farnesina's youtube social channel. It is required to register here

1) Institutional part

It will take place from 10.00 am to 11.00 am, with speeches by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Luigi Di Maio, the Minister of University and Research Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, the Minister of Technological Innovation and Digitalization Dr. Paola Pisano and the Secretary General of the Farnesina, Amb. Elisabetta Belloni.

2) Panel

It will be held from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on the theme "The role of research and innovation as a driving force for the competitiveness of the Italian System: Scientific Diplomacy, the role of Scientific Attachés and available instruments", moderated by the author and TV presenter Federico Taddia, with the participation of: Barbara Gallavotti, Scientific Advisor National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo Da Vinci", Ilaria Capua, Director One Health University of Florida, Luca Parmitano, Astronaut, Antonio Guarino, President AISUK (Association of Italian Scientists in the UK), Giulio Ranzo, CEO Avio Spa, Carlo Rovelli theoretical physicist and essayist. The Panel will close with a speech by the Director General for System Promotion.

These sessions will focus on the growing role of the scientific and technological research sector in the competitiveness of the Country System, enhancing the Government's commitment to promoting innovation and its impact on the Italian entrepreneurial fabric.

3) Afternoon session

In the afternoon (03.00 - 06.00 p.m.) the Conference will continue with a session, closed to the public, of in-depth study and discussion with the network of Scientific Attachés.