Mapping bilateral collaborations between Italy and the United Kingdom in science and technology to improve their interactions and create new ones: this is the goal of BEST (Bilateral Exchanges in Science and Technology), the initiative promoted by the British Science and Innovation Network in Italy and presented at Villa Wolkonsky (residence of the British Ambassador Jill Morris) with an event attended by the Minister of University and Research Cristina Messa, the Minister of Research and Innovation of the United Kingdom George Freeman and the President of the National Research Council (Cnr), Maria Chiara Carrozza.
BEST monitors 354 research projects, mainly multilateral, in which British and Italian partners collaborate, for a total value of over 43 billion euros in funding. This is a non-exhaustive sample, which in any case offers a significant body of data to understand the state of health of the scientific collaboration in place between Italy and the United Kingdom. The ten research fields of the collaborative projects encompass a wide range of subject areas, including health, engineering, technology, environment, energy, life, physics, chemistry, computer science and mathematics.
The scientific committee of the project, composed of representatives of the leading scientific and research institutions of both countries (including IRPPS-CNR, The Royal Society and UK Research and Innovation) has the objective of supervising and directing the work of the technical panels on based on the elements collected during the study and to publish a series of recommendations to the governments of the two countries by the summer.
“Bilateral relations between Italy and Great Britain have grown in recent years, a sign that the scientific communities continue to work together whatever happens in politics”, commented the Minister Mass. “Taking into account the close collaboration, common values and priorities regarding science and common aspirations for the future of research, I believe that BEST is a great opportunity to strengthen cooperation in research and innovation”.
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