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Scientific Cooperation


Scientific Cooperation


The Unit for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (UCST), which is part of the Directorate General for Country Promotion (DGSP) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) aims to promote the diffusion of science and Italian technology abroad using a network of scientific experts (appointed under art. 168 of the Presidential Decree 18/1967), most of whom are chosen among people who have previously held public office in Italy. Scientific attachés work for the strengthening of scientific and technological cooperation between countries and they organize activities in support of the actions carried out by Universities, Research and Business Entities. In addition to promoting the excellence of the Italian research system in the country in which they work and in the international accreditation organizations, the Attachés also act as a point of reference for both inter-institutional dialogue and the active Italian scientific community on the ground.


The work to promote Italian research in the United Kingdom – carried out by the Office – is conducted jointly with other institutional actors such as the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Trade Agency and representatives of enterprises, institutions, Italian organizations and associations of Italian nationals in the UK who have a prevalent academic and/or research interest.

The Scientific Office of the Embassy maintains relations with the Italian scientific community in the UK through a contact database, which regularly sends emails containing events, competition announcements and various useful information.

If you are an Italian academic or researcher in the UK, register with the Database of the Scientific Office.



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The Scientific Attaché, in collaboration with the Head of Mission, created in April 2014 a "Scientific Council of the Embassy" (CSA), made up of Italian researchers who work in the British scientific and technological world. The CSA is coordinated by the Ambassador and, in his absence, by the Scientific Attaché. The Embassy's Economic Councilor is also part of the CSA to better ensure the connections of aspects of scientific and technological innovation with the impacts on the production system.

The CSA, originally composed of 9 members in the autumn 2015, expanded to 15 and was set up to give opinions on the Office's activity programs, to cooperate in identifying British interest partners, to provide support in the selection of these partners, as well as to foster and accelerate interactions with the UK researchers' community.

members of the CSA

Guidelines for the disciplinary macro-domain as defined by the European Research Council:

PE = Physics and Engineering; SH = Social Sciences and Humanities; LS = Life Sciences