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Italian Research Day: three UK-based Italian researchers present their work



Italian Research Day: three UK-based Italian researchers present their work

The Embassy of Italy and the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK hold a presentation of projects carried out by Italian researchers with the support of the European Research Council.

Over 116 events were held by the Italian diplomatic network in 78 countries to mark the second edition of Italian Research Day in the World on 15 April, coinciding with Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday. The day celebrates the contributions of Italian researchers to international science and helps disseminate their findings.

Italian Research Day was celebrated in London with an event entitled Capitalism, Stem Cells and Graphene: three examples of excellent research in the UK funded by the European Research Council, held at the Italian Cultural Institute and organised in collaboration with the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK (AISUK).

The ambassador, Raffaele Trombetta, gave an opening address in which he thanked those present for their support and AISUK for its valuable work and complimented the three researchers. He noted that the UK has a large community of Italian researchers (some 2,800 of them are registered on the database kept by the embassy’s scientific attaché, Dr Luisa Tondelli). He also read out a statement from Sergio Mattarella, the Italian president, expressing appreciation for the role of Italian researchers around the world.

After an introduction by Prof. Antonio Guarino, the head of AISUK, the three Italian researchers, who had been awarded grants by the European Research Council (ERC), presented their projects, which had been carried out at British universities: Comparing Early Modern Europe Varieties of Capitalism by Prof. Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter); Applications of Graphene and Related Materials by Prof. Andrea Ferrari (University of Cambridge); and Epithelial Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine by Prof. Paola Bonfanti, group leader at the Francis Crick institute.

Italian Research Day offered an opportunity to highlight the recent launch of Innovitalia 3.0, a recently launched platform for Italian researchers based abroad. The initiative, the product of a collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, aims to facilitate networking, information-sharing and creation of opportunities among Italian researchers and innovators around the world.

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