Il Cuore della Scienza/The Heart of Science

Career Development Award Conference

November 10, 2014

In November, 2014, the Armenise-Harvard Foundation, in collaboration with Senator Elena Cattaneo, held an important meeting, “Il Cuore della Scienza: le storie degli scienzati che scelgono l’Italia/The Heart of Science:  the stories of the scientists who choose Italy”.

The session featured the Foundation’s outstanding Career Development Awardees, four of whom gave presentations describing why they chose to establish their laboratories in Italy.  Ninety invited guests included our CDAs, scientific institute representatives, scientific journalists and politicians, as well as Count Armenise, who was among the featured speakers.  Senate President Pietro Grasso opened the event, including speeches by the Italian Minister of Research, and a keynote by Professor Marino Zerial, current Chairman of the Foundation’s Italian Scientific Advisory Committee.   Written remarks from the President of the Republic were included, as well as from Minister Beatrice Lorenzin, the Italian Minister of Health.

Four CDAs presented their perspectives on why they chose to establish their labs in Italy, and all were available during the lunch hour following, for members of the press and the Senate to speak with them individually.  The Foundation showed the following video, produced by one of the most recent Armenise-Harvard Science Writer Fellows, Marco Motta, and his colleague Stefano Faraon:

There has been wonderful feedback so far, with a series of newspaper articles, and TV interviews.  The CDAs were extremely pleased and Senator Cattaneo and Count Auletta were happy to have had this opportunity to emphasize the importance of investing in basic science and the necessity of philanthropy.