April 17, 2020. On April 15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation celebrated the day of Italian research in the world. For over 30 years, thanks also to the bilateral cooperation Agreement, scientific and technological research and collaboration projects between Italian and American institutes have allowed revolutionary discoveries and constitute a spearhead on the international scene.The Embassy monitors and maps the main scientific collaborations, conveys proposals for collaboration to the Italian Health Authorities and supports the work of Italian researchers who stand out in this sector.
More than 30 universities, research centers and companies in the USA cooperate with their Italian counterparts and make a fundamental contributions in the fight against Covid-19. The areas of cooperation range from molecular to serological tests to the testing of new drugs and therapies; from vaccine development to technological solutions such as the use of Big Data and artificial intelligence, from the exchange of information, to scientific publications.
The Embassy, in collaboration with ISSNAF, a foundation that brings together over 4000 Italian researchers and scientists in the USA, has launched a fund raising campaign to benefit the Lazzaro Spallanzani Institute in Rome, the Sacco Hospital in Milan and the Hospital Cotugno of Naples.
The Italian and American best work side by side to overcome the Covid-19 emergency and, above all, to pave the way for the future, in order to build increasingly safe and resilient societies. They took up the challenge of an unprecedented crisis which will have profound impacts on our societies and which has demonstrated the importance of international collaboration.
“This challenge – said Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the US – unites our two great democracies. Twp democracies that have always attributed a fundamental role to scientific and technological research and collaboration for the well-being and prosperity of our prople”.
“In my numerous meetings and visits to the most prestigious research institutes in the United States – Varricchio continued – I have witnessed a surge in collaboration projects between Italy and the USA. All of them have given further prestige to the quality of Italian research, to the exceptional level of preparation of our scientists and researchers, to the genius of our young people who transform ideas and intuitions into successful and highly useful technological products. “