Sustaining and promoting collaboration between science and enterprise in Italy and abroad, in the conviction that an effective combination of diplomacy, science and business can spur growth. This is the task to which the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dedicated its efforts over the past year, increasingly distinguishing itself as an economic and scientific ministry. It has been on the impetus of Minister Terzi – who made the point today speaking at the 2nd “Bioeconomy” Conference award ceremony at the Senate library – that Italian embassies around the world have been urged to support collaboration between universities and research centres, placing a priority on biology, specifically molecular projects, for which nearly 30% of the ministry’s available resources have been earmarked.
Innovitalia and Italy in the USA 2013
And that’s not all. The Innovitalia.net platform, created in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to facilitate networking between diplomats, scientists and businesses, has seen its membership soar by thousands over just a few short weeks. Not to mention that research, discovery and innovation are to be among the central themes of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States slated to be launched on 12 December in Washington.