Today the Farnesina is hosting a conference of the world’s leading figures from the world of research, universities, innovative companies and start-ups and Scientific Attachés, who have been convened in Rome from their overseas offices for their annual meeting. The central theme of the debate will be the key topic of Health 4.0.
The network of Scientific and Aerospace Attachés at our Embassies represents one of the principal instruments to promote Italy’s economic system in the area of science, innovation and technology.
The meeting will open with remarks by Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and by his colleagues the Minister of Education, Valeria Fedeli and the Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin.
With a view to boosting its promotion of the Italian economic system, the Foreign Ministry is working on developing an online registration platform, Innovitalia 3.0 which, once it kicks off, will connect Italian researchers abroad and in Italy with innovative businesses.
Italian research is highly appreciated internationally, as proven by the 8th position it holds in terms of publications. Figures are also rewarding for its healthcare service, one of the best in the world, and the Bloomberg Global Index 2017 ranked Italy first out of 163 Countries for life expectancy. In Italy, 500 private biotech companies have a turnover of almost 10 billion euros.
At present the Network of Scientific Attachés is made up of 25 experts, active in Europe (Belgrade, Pristina, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Berlin, Geneva-UN, London, Moscow, Paris-OECD), in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East (Cairo and Tel Aviv), in the Americas (Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Ottawa, San Francisco, Washington), in Africa (Pretoria), in Asia (Chongqing, Hanoi, New Delhi, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo), and in Australia (Canberra) and Oceania.