In association with the G20 Ministerial Meetings on the Digital Economy and Research being held in Trieste on 5 and 6 August 2021, the ICGEB will host visits from the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Brazil, and from the Minister of Education, Science and Innovation of South Africa; an ICGEB host country since 2007.

Together with Minister Marcos Pontes and the Ambassador of Brazil to Italy, the Brazilian delegation will comprise the Secretaries of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Financial Structures and Projects, Scientific Research, Popularization of Sciences, the Head of the Office of International Affairs, and the Advisor for Social Communication.

"This visit represents a unique opportunity to explore the expansion of collaboration between ICGEB and Brazil, an ICGEB Member Country for over 30 years". Says ICGEB Director-General, Lawrence Banks. “On our part”, he continues, "the delegation will include Vittorio Venturi, Scientific Coordinator and Head of the Bacteriology laboratory, who dedicates his research to the applications and development of sustainable and productive agriculture; Natasa Skoko who heads the Biotechnology Development and Transfer Unit for the production of biosimilar drugs, and Luca Braga, head of the Functional Cell Biology laboratory where the main objective is the identification of new molecular targets for the development of innovative therapies in the field of biomedicine, through the use of latest generation robotic instruments”. The researchers will have the opportunity to illustrate their activities and laboratories to the delegation.

During the visit of Minister Nzimande, South Africa, and the Deputy Director General for Technology and Innovation, Department of Science and Innovation, Government of South Africa, Dr. Banks states "It will be our task to highlight the impact on the African continent of the ICGEB response during the pandemic, which has been highly significant”. This includes major collaborations with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the use of novel diagnostics in several countries across Africa and the rolling out of a number of Fellowship programmes specifically supporting women scientists from the African continent. The Ambassador of South Africa to Italy will also visit the Organisation during the G20.

In addition, ICGEB will host the visit of Prof. Hasan Mandal, Head of TÜBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, member of the delegation from the Ministry of Industry of Turkey.

The year 2021 marks Italy's Presidency of the G20 and, as the G20 Italy website attests, there will be numerous institutional meetings and special events dedicated to the major issues of the global agenda: "the protection of health, environmental sustainability, research and innovation, women’s empowerment, and the fight against corruption". The visits to ICGEB bear testimony that, indeed, G20 Italy will affect a large part of the country, allowing it to enhance the extraordinary excellence spread across the territory.




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