His is not a question of a brain on the run but of one on the road: a professional track that led him to Russia by way of the United States. After completing a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT in Boston, in 2012 thirty-year-old Romanian born Alessandro Golkar moved to Moscow to become associate director of the space centre of Skoltech University.
“As opposed to Italy, Russia offers me research funding. Here I deal with space systems and the development of small satellite technologies”. Alessandro spoke about his experience with
“Cartoline dall’altra Italia”: a web series created by 9colonne with the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies. With his very impressive “space” CV (50 publications, two technology start-ups and numerous international citations), Alessandro doesn’t like to think of himself as part of the “brain drain” phenomenon, but as a citizen of the world: “Travel is normal, the future of research is international and is never limited to one country alone”. In Moscow, the young engineer has also found “a stunning cultural richness and a great admiration for Italy and Italians: they welcome us with open arms”.
Each week “Cartoline dall’altra Italia” goes in search of the new emigration; creating links with young Italians who, either for need or simple desire, have decided to try their luck abroad. Through their testimony, the web series keeps that invisible thread linking them to Italy alive. Each week features a new video-interview that can be viewed on the 9colonne.it website or on the Nove Colonne YouTube channel.