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N. 16 - 12 ott 2011
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Socio-economico

Cnr invests in scientific and academic relations  

Luca Codignola-Bo, head of the Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe (Isem), has represented Cnr at the round table 'Cooperation between Canadian and Italian Universities and Research Centres'. Sponsored and organized by the Italian Embassy and the Council of Presidents of Italian Universities (Crui), the event took place in Ottawa, last 11 October.

In recent years, cooperation between Italian and Canadian scientists has been very intense and has produced significant results, especially in the biotechnology field, genomics, information and communication technology, climate changes, sustainable development and oceanography. Concerning co-publications in 2010, 54 were in biology, 45 in chemistry and materials science, and 12 in human and social sciences.

The Human Genome project, which moved its first steps in Italy's Cnr some two decades ago, is at the core of the agreement signed by Cnr and Genome Canada. The Science and Technology Cooperation Forum on Agri-Food, which took place in Ottawa in 2009 organized by the Italian Embassy, Cnr, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has been a significant occasion for scholarly and scientific networking. Cooperation is also ongoing between Cnr's Institute of Structure of Matter (Ism) and the Énergie, matériaux et télécommunications branch of Québec's Institute national de la recherche scientifique (Inrs) in the field of organic electronics.

In spite of enriching and significant bilateral activity, so far there was no bilateral agreement involving Italy's Cnr and Canada's equivalent institutions, such as its various research councils. This is why Codignola-Bo, on behalf of the new Cnr's President, Francesco Profumo, announced the Cnr's commitment to the signature of new bilateral agreements with its Canadian research partners. Francesco Profumo has singled out the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Nsercc) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Sshrcc), together with Québec's Institut national de la recherche scientifique, but is willing to receive and accept suggestions coming from other interested Canadian partners.

 

Fonte: Luca Codignola Bo, Istituto di storia dell'Europa mediterranea, Genova, tel. + 39 010 246-5459, email luca.codignola@isem.cnr.it