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The scientific office is responsible for the cycle of seminars "Science for Society" aimed at disseminating scientific topics with an important impact on our societies and for future generations. In these meetings authoritative personalities of yesterday and today will be presented, people who have distinguished themselves for the important results achieved in the various areas of science, knowledge and technology. Emerging issues in the fields of environment, health, food, energy, etc. will be discussed with a multidisciplinary approach, without neglecting cross-cutting aspects such as environmental, social and economic sustainability of new discoveries and technologies.

Science for Society: Elements of the Circular Economy

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On 30 October the Embassy of Italy’s Scientific Office inaugurated Science for Society, a series of talks on scientific topics of major importance both to our current society and to future generations.

These events are open to the public and are held at the Italian Cultural Institute in London. The speakers are experts of international renown, mainly from Italian and British institutions.

In the first event, organised in collaboration with the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK (AISUK) on the occasion of the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, the theme was “Elements in the Circular Economy”. The speakers who took part in the talk were the Italian researcher Nicola Armaroli of Italy’s National Research Council (CNR), author of over 220 scientific articles and director of the scientific magazine Sapere, and the British researcher David Cole-Hamilton, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of St Andrew’s.

Both are members of the Board of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), which recently redesigned the periodic table to show the quantity of each element that remains in the earth’s crust and atmosphere. During the talk, they discussed the dispersion of natural resources and their future vulnerability and the need to preserve them as part of a circular-economy model.

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The fifth edition of Italy Made Me

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Talented young Italian researchers working in British academia were celebrated at the Italy Made Me awards ceremony, which took place at the Embassy of Italy in London on 16 September. The Italy Made Me prizes are awarded for projects carried out by researchers who studied at Italian institutions and now work at universities in the UK.

The initiative, launched by the embassy and supported both by private companies and by non-profits, seeks to showcase the quality of Italian higher education, embodied by the excellent work carried out by talented young Italian researchers abroad. The 2019 edition was supported by Green Network Energy, Materias, the David Y Mason Foundation and the Italian cultural association Il Circolo.

The selection process is carried out by members of the embassy’s Scientific Council, with valuable collaboration from the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK. Italian Scientists in the UK.

This year – the fifth edition of Italy Made Me – there were 34 candidate projects in the fields of Life Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. The six winning projects embrace highly topical issues with a high potential for scientific impact.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, who said that Italy Made Me highlights the value of academic training to achieve personal and professional fulfilment and illustrates the invaluable contribution of experts in tackling complex challenges, both now and in the future.




Conference of Scientific Attachés 2019, Rome, 27-28 June 2019

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(The opening ceremony at the Conference of Scientific Attachés 2019, Rome, 27-28 June 2019)

Environmental protection, sustainable development and technological innovation were the focus of the Conference hosted at the Farnesina on 27 and 28 June, “Italian-speaking Marine Technologies and Innovation”, which has put together Italian Scientific Attachés abroad with representatives of Universities, businesses and research institutes, with the attendance of Minister Moavero Milanesi and of Minister Marco Bussetti.

The network of Scientific Attachés – coordinated by the Foreign Ministry – is an important instrument for the promotion of Brand Italy as it operates at the accreditation centres abroad to facilitate scientific and technological cooperation with other Countries and to provide support to Italian companies operating in advanced technology sectors.

This year, the Conference of Scientific Attachés has addressed an extraordinarily important topic: the development of marine technologies, focusing on the role of Italy in the Mediterranean area, with its great complexity, challenges and opportunities: cultural, political, technological and commercial.

In the opening day of the event, Minister Moavero Milanesi conferred the two “Farnesina Awards” to Alessio Fasano, an eminent Italian researcher abroad, and Luca Verre, founder of a successful Italian start-up based abroad.


(The opening ceremony at the Conference of Scientific Attachés 2019, Rome, 27-28 June 2019, presided by
the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi)


(opening session of the Conference of Scientific Attachés 2019, Rome, 27-28 June 2019)


Italian Research Day in the World – 15 April 2019


From left: Prof. Antonio Guarino (AISUK President), Ambassador Raffaele Trombetta, Prof. Paola Bonfanti (Francis Crick Institute & UCL), Prof. Maria Fusaro (University of Exeter) and Prof. Andrea Ferrari (University of Cambridge)



 From left: Prof. Salvador Roberto Amendolia (former Scientific Attaché), Prof. Maria Fusaro, Dr. Luisa Tondelli (Scientific Attachée), Prof. Paola Bonfanti, Prof. Roberto Di Lauro (former Scientific Attaché), Prof. Andrea Ferrari and Prof. Antonio Guarino


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).

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.