Research projects in Sicily, Musumechi: «The area for the first time has become a ‘Network’.

“For the first time, the region will play an active role in the implementation of research projects in Sicily.” This was announced by the Governor of Sicily, Nilo Musumesi, announcing the decision of the regional government to support the activities of universities and public research bodies on the island. A decision resulting from the agreement signed a few weeks ago in Palazzo Orleans with the presidents of the four universities of Sicily to establish a center for research and innovation.

Four projects have received the green light and will now be subject to evaluation by the Ministry of University and Research: the National Center for Biodiversity (which Cnr is the lead body); Innovation Center “Samothrace” on Micro and Nanotechnology (University of Catania); consolidation of the Km3Net research infrastructure under construction in the Mediterranean, one of the stations being built off Portopalo di Capo Passero (National Institute of Nuclear Physics); Recognition of the strategic research infrastructure of the Institute of Religious Sciences in Palermo.

“The agreement signed in January with Sicilian universities – adds the governor – goes precisely in this direction: it will allow us to better intercept PNRR resources, making for the first time a ‘team’ game between institutions, focusing on recent graduates. In this way we will be able to give young people Sicilians provide high-quality training, create tangible opportunities, and allow our best minds to work profitably on our island.”

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National Center for Biodiversity in Palermo (Cnr)

The Biodiversity Center project, one of the five projects planned at the national level, is the most important biodiversity research and innovation initiative ever attempted in Italy. The Region will have an active role in the coordination project of the Steering Committee, provided for in the statutes of the future Centre, made up of public and regional bodies, with the task of promoting research and innovation results towards the Regions, Regions and Territories. National and European bodies.

Cnr, together with academic and industrial partners, will coordinate the research and innovation activities of about a thousand researchers spread throughout the national territory, they will interact with important international institutions and will be able to count on the cooperation of dozens of companies and institutions. Funding from the University Ministry will allow the Center to carry out the planned activities for a period of three years from the start of the works; The core of the project is basic and advanced research on technologies and sciences relevant to monitoring, conserving and promoting biodiversity in the Mediterranean. The Roosevelt Complex in Palermo will be part of the National Center.

Project “Samothrace” (University of Catania)

The creation of an innovation ecosystem, called the Sicilian Center for Micro and Nano Technological Research and Innovation (Samothrace), aims to link skills and resources related to micro and nano technologies, smart devices and innovative materials, to promote and strengthen cooperation between regional institutions, the research system and the Sicilian production system. Among the proponents, for various reasons, are the four Sicilian universities (Palermo, Catania, Messina and Enna), research bodies and leading public and private companies in the sector, including Cnr, Micro and nano Systems in Sicily, Stmicroelectronics, Emblema, Ismett, Upmc, Rizzoli Institute, Euro-Mediterranean Institute of Science and Technology. The project aims to enhance research results, facilitate technology transfer and accelerate the digital transformation of business by targeting economic and environmental sustainability, while also having a positive impact on the social fabric of Sicily. In fact, the areas of application of micro and nano technologies are many: they range from the creation of energy production and storage systems to smart mobility solutions, and from the application of health technologies and circuits to the creation of devices for precision agriculture and for the enjoyment of cultural heritage.

Flexibility Decision (Religious Sciences Foundation)

The Foundation for Religious Sciences “Giovanni XXIII (Fscire) aims to obtain recognition for strategic research infrastructures in the region of Sicily. The Foundation has been based in Palermo since 2017, works through the La Pera Library and is the owner of the European project “Resilience”, together with the institutions The other qualified international academy.“Resilience” is the only Italian-led infrastructure in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Ssh) sector and sees the participation or support of Israel, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Albania, Armenia, Poncia, Greece, Malta, Turkey and the Western Balkans, high-level commitment from France and Germany and appreciation also from advocates The intellectual and diplomatic landscape The Foundation, which has offices in Bologna and Palermo, has brought the headquarters of European research infrastructure in the humanities sector to Italy for the first time.The creation of the Hub in Palermo means reversing the human capital migration path and linking the Sicilian capital to its past history as a port of cultures and religions, as well as To develop a future geography of European and national research.

Km3Net Project (Infn)

The partnership proposal submitted by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (Infn) concerns the modernization of the Km3Net research infrastructure under construction in the Mediterranean, one of which is being built off the coast of Portobalo de Cabo Passero. The work will power the latest generation of marine telescopes capable of detecting and studying neutrinos from astrophysical sources. Infrastructure is already the subject of funding from the region through Po-Fesr 2014-2020. Now, Infn intends to expand the project with a €75 million program, which is expected to be spent primarily in Sicily. The University of Catania and the National Institute of Astrophysics will also participate in this new initiative. Infn also intends to bring the headquarters of the International Km3Net Consortium to Palermo on the basis of an ongoing collaboration with Arpa Sicilia to establish the Roosevelt Research Center. Infrastructure modernization will also allow learning more about the marine environment by playing a central role in the establishment of the National Center for Biodiversity.

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