The promotion of Italian science and technology abroad: the role of science and technology experts and attachés.
The Directorate General for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation coordinates and supports international cooperation initiatives in the scientific and technological sector.
To do so, it draws on a network of scientific and technological attachés (under Presidential Decree 18/1967) and experts (under Law 401/1990). Their role is to showcase and capitalise on the sectors of excellence in scientific and technological research and support the advancement of Italian companies operating in advanced technology sectors. Most of these experts and attachés, who operate in 20 countries, are from Italian research bodies and universities.