On Tuesday 29 October, the ERC organised an information day at the conference centre of Città della Scienza in Naples (agenda - updated 29/10/2013).
ERC President Helga Nowotny discussed scientific excellence with national and local authorities. Addressing more than 150 researchers, including some 70 outstanding scientists funded by the ERC, she highlighted the importance of supporting young researchers for the future of Italy and of Europe. Considering the research environment as an essential factor, she also insisted on the efforts needed to reinforce the country’s attractiveness for scientists. This debate is highly topical, as no less than 40% of Italian ERC grant holders are based outside Italy.
The ERC information day at Città della Scienza followed the ERC President's solidarity message sent to the museum earlier this year after a fire devastated the site. The event was organized with Città della Scienza, with the support of the University of Naples Federico II and in partnership with the Representation of the European Commission in Italy, the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE), the Campania Region, the city of Naples and the Europe Direct Centre of Naples.
- ERC grantee Maurizio Prato (project "Neuron Networking with Nano Bridges via the Synthesis and Integration of Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes") - available soon
In the press
The event was notably covered by the Italian public broadcaster Rai (TV reports in regional news with interviews of ERC President Helga Nowotny – TG3 14.00 and TG3 19.30) as well as by the main national press agencies (ANSA, AGI).
Several ERC projects were also highlighted in the media, especially the research led by Bruno Siciliano in robotics (see for example TV report in national news – TG1 20.00 and article in main regional newspaper Il Mattino). Prof. Siciliano presented RoDyMan, a promising robot with exceptional manipulation skills. This robot will soon have the required dexterity to make pizzas. The potential applications of RoDyMan are numerous: from assisting elderly people to repairing a human limb (ERC story).
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