(ANSA) - ROME, DEC 16 - The Italian research system has
presented itself to the world at Expo 2020 Dubai, showing how it
is ready for new international collaborations.
The Italy Pavilion at the World Fair played host to a forum entitled "Italian Research Institutions facing global challenges" as part of the Expo 2020 Knowledge and Learning Week.
"People have realised how important research is because of the pandemic," Universities and Research Minister Maria Cristina Messa told the forum via a video link.
"Italy's research institutes have around 26,000 people working in different fields.
"They are cornerstones that Italy can count on.
"With the arrival of the pandemic and its devastating effects in Italy and Europe on the economic and social levels, Italy's research institutions have shown that that are capable of meeting the challenges, giving answers not just in scientific terms, but also in terms of organization and coordination with the productive world.
"It is no coincidence that the section of the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) on investments in research and innovation is entitled 'From Research to Business'.
"Great importance is given not just to recruiting researchers from all over the world and having an international approach to research, but also to training professionals with innovative abilities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between the research sector and industry, generating added value, including economic value". (ANSA).