Rome and Tel Aviv have stepped up cooperation in the science and technology field. A meeting of the 14th Italy-Israel mixed commission met recently in Milan, at EXPO 2015, to assess and approve 16 co-financed projects with the themes, this year, of water-treatment, pharmacogenomics and cyber security. The commission meets annually under a Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Agreement in force between Italy and Israel since 2002.
16 joint research projects by enterprises, universities and research centres in Italy and Israel
One of the research tracks, “new technologies for land and water treatment” in the agro-food sector, reflects the “feeding the planet” theme of the Universal Exposition in Milan. The Commission also approved a new “Rita Levi Montalcini” award to encourage mobility by distinguished scientists between leading Italian and Israeli universities and academic research centres. The creation of a joint laboratory between the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the University of Tel Aviv was also approved, its aim being to develop cooperation in the cyber-security field.
Italy has allocated over 2 million euro per year to its collaboration with Israel in sectors with a high innovation and technology content. Read more, in Italian.