The “Italian Research Day in the World” is a yearly celebration launched in 2018 by the Minister of Education, University and Research to highlight the value of Italian research and its main players and the quality of Italian researchers in the world.
As in the past year we will have a representative of an Italian Institution, Prof. Iain Mattaj, founding Director of the Human Technopole in Milano, and an Italian scientist in Germany, Dr. Paolo Ferri, from the European Space Agency Operations Centre in Darmstadt.
Technological advances over the past decade have transformed research in human systems as well as on models with direct relevance to human biology, allowing more targeted strategies for promoting human health and healthy ageing. Iain Mattaj took up the position of first Director of the Human Technopole (HT), a new institute for life science research that is coming into being in Milan on the Expo Area, after 14 years as Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg. HT has the overarching goal of developing stratified approaches to improve patient care (personalised medicine) and quality of life. Research at the HT will integrate cutting-edge technologies with basic and translational science in genomics, computational biology, structural biology and neuroscience. Iain Mattaj will illustrate the HT project, outline future plans and present the many opportunities the new institute offers to young scientists.
The European Space Agency (ESA), an intergovernmental organisation of 22 European States founded in 1975, has driven the development of the European aerospace industry. The first ESA scientific probe to leave the Earth orbit and travel in interplanetary space dates back to the mid 80ies (the legendary Giotto mission), but it is only in this millennium that a number of new missions to Mars, Venus and to rendezvous with a comet’s nucleus have allowed Europe to develop the necessary technologies and know how to become, together with NASA, world leader in Solar System exploration. Paolo Ferri, from the ESA Operations Centre in Darmstadt, is responsible for the ground segment and in-flight operations of all ESA unmanned missions, including astronomy telescopes, interplanetary probes and Earth observation. He will briefly review the past ESA interplanetary missions, including the historical Rosetta mission to a comet, and present the current missions to explore Mars and Mercury, and the future ones to the Sun, Jupiter and beyond, together with their scientific objectives and technological and operational challenges.
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