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2023 Conference of Science and Space Experts

Conferenza delle Addette e degli Addetti Scientifici e Spaziali 2023
Conferenza delle Addette e degli Addetti Scientifici e Spaziali 2023

The Conferenza delle Addette e degli Addetti Scientifici 2023 (2023 Conference of Science and Space Experts) entitled “La diplomazia scientifica al servizio della crescita dell’Italia” (Science Diplomacy for Italy’s Growth) kicks off today at the University of Padua.

The initiative is aimed at promoting the growing role of the scientific and technological research sector for the competitiveness of the Country Economic System, enhancing the Government’s efforts in promoting Italian innovation in the world, also in support of our businesses.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, will take part in the institutional greetings.


Conference program

Monday 6 March at Palazzo Bo, in the Aula Magna of the University

– from 10.30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: the event “Scienza e innovazione: non è una questione di genere” (Science and innovation: it is not a gender issue), a round-table discussion on the role of women in science, opened by the Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Giorgio Silli, and moderated by the journalist of the Italian newspaper Corriere della SeraGiovanni Caprara.

Speeches by Amalia Ercoli Finzi, an aerospace engineer; Antonella Viola, Unipod Professor of immunology and science populariser; Chiara Montanari, the first Italian expedition leader in Antarctica;Cinzia Zuffada, President of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF), will follow the event;

–at 12 p.m.: Ceremony for awarding the “Science, She Says!” prize to five female researchers ‘under 40’ from as many areas of the world;

– from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: institutional greetings, introduced by the Director General for Promotion of the Italian Economic System, Lorenzo Angeloni, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, the Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy, Adolfo Urso, the Rector of the University of Padua, Daniela Mapelli, and Astronaut Luca Parmitano (by video-message);

Then Minister Tajani will award the “Premio Farnesina” and the prixe “L’innovazione che parla italiana”;

– from 4.15 p.m. to 5.45 p.m.: the round-table discussion entitled“Spazio, la nuova frontiera dell’internazionalizzazione”(Space, the new frontier of internationalisation), moderated by journalist Giovanni Caprara, with the participation of the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Edmondo Cirielli; 

following a video message from Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency, other speakers will also take the floor: Marco Tavani, President of the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics; Elena Grifoni Winters, Head of the Space and Aerospace Policies Office at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM); Erasmo Carrera, President of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIDAA); Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the Space Economy Evolution Lab, SDA Bocconi; and Cristina Leone, President of CTNA-National Aerospace Technology Cluster.

Tuesday 7 March at Palazzo Liviano, Sala dei Giganti

Conference programme:

– from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.: the round –able discussion “La Ricerca motore della competitività del Sistema Paese” (Research as the engine driving the competitiveness of the Italian Economic System), moderated by Giovanni Caprara. Speakers will include: Biodiversity – Maria Chiara Carrozza, President of the Italy’s National Research Council; Health – Giuseppe Ippolito, Director General, Ministry of Health; Big Data – Francesco Ubertini, President of the CINECA Interuniversity Consortium; Strategic Infrastructure – Ettore Sequi, Head of the Italian delegation to the Board of Government Representatives Einstein Telescope; The Trieste district – Caterina Petrillo, President of Area Science Park;

– speech by the Minister of Universities and Research, Anna Maria Bernini;

–  from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.: the round-table discussion “La risposta dell’innovazione italiana alle nuove sfide globali” (Italy’s innovation response to the new global challenges), moderated by Giovanni Caprara. Speakers will include: Robotics – Giorgio Metta, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology; Energy – Francesca Zarri, Director of Technology, R&D and Digital, Eni; Life science – Marco Baccanti, DG ENEA Tech and Biomedical; Artificial Intelligence – Rita Cucchiara, Director of AI Research and Innovation Center, UNIMORE; Computer Science – Giorgio Ventre, Apple Developer Academy, Naples.



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