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Video: Next Generation Science in Italy


On 12 May 2021 Nature Italy and Nature Portfolio organised a webinar on how "Next Generation Italia", the government's plan for investing the resources from the European Union's post-pandemic recovery fund, will impact the future of science and research in Italy.

The investments are a unique opportunity to reverse Italy’s long-standing underspending on higher education, research and development – provided they are focussed on the right priorities, are accompanied by structural reforms, and by a renewed relationship between science, politics and citizens.

The discussion addressed such questions as:

• How will R&D investments from the recovery fund be organised? What topics and geographical areas will be prioritised?

• Does the level of funding correspond to the wishes of the scientific community?

• What reforms and transformations are needed to make the most of the new investments (more transparency in allocating funds, reforming academic careers, actions to achieve better gender balance)?

• How can Nature Italy contribute by improving scientific information and exchange of ideas in the community, and between scientists and decision-makers?

Agenda and speakers:

• Welcome and Introduction

Magdalena Skipper (Editor in Chief, Nature)

• Education and Research in Italy’s post-pandemic plan

Maria Cristina Messa (Minister for University and Research, Italian Government)

• Why Nature Italy and why now?

Nicola Nosengo (Chief Editor, Nature Italy)

• The Italian anomaly: the structural problems of Italian science and its potential

Elena Cattaneo (Senator for Life, Professor at University of Milan)

• How to bridge Italy’s gap in research spending

Ugo Amaldi (President, TERA Foundation)

• A new role for Italian Universities

Maria Sabrina Sarto (Deputy Rector for Research, Sapienza University of Rome)

• Three decades of covering Italian science: what has changed, what has stayed the same

Alison Abbott (Former European Correspondent, Nature)

• Discussion and Q&A with the audience


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