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Scientific diplomacy takes centre stage at the Rome Science Festival

La diplomazia scientifica protagonista al Festival delle Scienze
La diplomazia scientifica protagonista al Festival delle Scienze

On Monday, 21 November, the opening day of the Rome Science Festival (21 – 27 November), the event titled “Science in Rome”, moderated by the Festival’s Director, Vittorio Bo, was held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica at 6:00 PM.

The event was attended by the representatives of the capital’s major research agencies and universities, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Rome, the Scientific Attachés and the Directors of foreign Countries’ Cultural Institutes headquartered in the capital. The opening section was focused on the candidacy of Rome, city of science, to host EXPO 2030 and screened “Scienza capitale: Roma, il futuro è adesso” (“Capital of Science: Rome, the Future is Now”), a short video promoting the points of scientific excellence of Roma Capitale, produced by the Directorate General for Country Promotion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and featuring an eminent testimonial: Prof. Giorgio Parisi, Nobel Prize Laureate for Physics and professor at Rome’s La Sapienza University. The event’s second section was dedicated to the presentation of the project to build the Science Museum of Rome.

“Over the last few years, scientific diplomacy has acquired a growing role in the broader context of Italy’s foreign policy,” commented Minister Plenipotentiary Cecilia Piccioni, former director of the Directorate for Integrated Promotion and Innovation and currently Minister Tajani’s Deputy Chief of Staff, recalling that it is an essential element for the internationalization of the Country’s economic system and its competitiveness. “Rome is globally renowned for its beauty, its monuments, its history; but the capital is also a great city of science and innovation, the seat of prestigious universities and research institutes that represent the more modern and innovative profile, not only of the city but of the whole Country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, which is strongly committed to supporting the candidacy of Rome to host Expo 2030, promotes Rome because of its rare exceptionality: a city thousands of years old projected into the future,” Minister Piccioni stated.


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