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PRESS ACCREDITATION NOTICE – Conference of Scientific Attachés (Farnesina, 5 February 2018)

On 5 February 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI), Angelino Alfano, the Minister of Education, University and Research (MIUR) Valeria Fedeli, and the  Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin, will convene the Scientific Attachés at the Farnesina in a Conference that, this year too, will be attended by eminent personalities from the world of research, university, innovative companies and start-ups.

The Conference is aimed at outlining the new action strategies to promote Italian science and technology abroad and at awarding a prize to two Italians: to a researcher and a founder of a start-up abroad, each one for their respective categories.

This year’s edition of the Conference of Scientific Attachés aims to promote the necessary connection between the various players of the Italian innovation platform in its different aspects – training, research and industry – through the fundamental theme of health, with a view to promoting Italy’s strengths in producing high-quality research and innovation in all sectors, especially health.

The opening session of the Conference will start at 10:00 a.m., with remarks by Minister Angelino Alfano, Minister Valeria Fedeli, and Minister Beatrice Lorenzin. The debate will be moderated by the Director General for Economic and Cultural Promotion and Innovation, Vincenzo de Luca.

At 10:45 a.m. there will be the Award Ceremony to confer a prize to an Italian researcher abroad and to the Italian founder of a start-up abroad.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the proceedings will continue with a Panel entitled “Health 4.0 and Italian-speaking Innovation”, moderated by the Editor-in-Chief of Corriere Salute, Luigi Ripamonti, in which some of the most eminent representatives of the world of public institutions, research, the technology-producing industry and start-ups, will debate the prospects of Italian spearheading research and technology in this particular moment of great momentum of knowledge-led growth and of growth driven by industrial digitalization.

At 12:45 p.m., the Conference will close with remarks by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Elisabetta Belloni, the President of the ‘Consulta dei Presidente degli Enti pubblici di ricerca’ (Council of Presidents of Public Research Agencies), Massimo Inguscio, and the President of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI), Gaetano Manfredi.

The working sessions will be open to the press from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Journalists, photographers and TV crews interested in following the event are requested to apply for accreditation in one of the following two ways:

–    by filling the interactive form and clicking on the event concerned at the link, attaching thereto, unless already provided, the documentation requested in digital format (letter from the media organisation and, for representatives of foreign media, also a Note Verbale released by the Rome Embassy of the media organisation’s Country).   

–   by sending an email to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Institutional Press and Communication Service at the following address: (Tel. + 39 06/3691.3432 or 8573 or 8210), attaching thereto the letter of his/her media organisation (or press card for freelance reporters) and, for members of the foreign press, a Note Verbale released by the Rome Embassy of the media organisation’s Country.

Accredited journalists, photographers and TV crews may enter the Foreign Ministry in one of the two following time slots:

•             from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. – (to attend the opening session)

from the main entrance, left-hand side

•             from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. – (to attend the panel and the closing session)

from the main entrance, right-hand side, Visitors’ Hall