The Science and Innovation Network counts more than 110 officers based in over 40 countries/territories around the world. We engage with the local science & innovation community in support of UK policy overseas and also create strategic relationships to harness the value of science & innovation discoveries and investments overseas, leading to mutual UK and host-country benefits.

Science and innovation underpin the economies of both Italy and the UK. Encouraging work between the two countries therefore produces benefits for both.

To promote international collaboration the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network in 40 countries around the world.

There is a dedicated Science and Innovation team in Italy, based at the British Embassy in Rome and at the British Consulate General in Milan; Italy is considered a key partner to the UK on science and innovation and it is the UK’s 4th research partner.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and successes in Italy, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

Our Services

The Science and Innovation Network team in Italy works to the following global objectives:

  • influence science and innovation policies of government, industry and academia;

  • improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges;

  • stimulate strategic science collaborations and deliver wider policy goals;

  • harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow innovation capability.

We work in close collaboration with the Italy teams of the UK’s Department for International Trade and the British Council.

Our recent successes

  • In October 2017 SIN Italy organised the first high level UK-Italy Research Bilateral in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the main research body in Italy. The initiative provided the opportunity to compare research systems, underline the UK’s continued commitment to scientific excellence and collaboration, and explore joint research activities with the most influential Italian research establishments. In September 2018, following on from the Bilateral, the Royal Society and CNR signed an Agreement on Scientific Cooperation, with the first calls due to be published in April 2019.

  • GREAT Research Made in Italy Award. In 2018 SIN Italy launched the first edition of this Award, designed to underline the importance of the collaboration between Italy and the UK and to highlight the positive contribution of UK expertise to Italian research. The award is for a UK researcher currently working in Italy who has made an outstanding contribution to a particularly innovative project. The 2018 Award went to Dr. Louise Gourlay, a researcher in biochemistry specialised in structural biology at the Department of Biosciences of the University of Milan, for her studies on the structure of proteins as potential components of vaccines.

  • Artificial Intelligence. SIN Italy, in collaboration with the Prosperity team at the Embassy in Rome and DIT Italy, delivered a series of bilateral initiatives on AI which included a mission of Italian government officials and academics to London in January, a follow up workshop in Rome in February and a conference during the Milano Digital Week in March.

  • SIN Italy contributed to the delivery of the Pontignano cycle of UK-Italy high level meetings: Paralympic fencing gold medallist Beatrice “Bebe” Vio took part in the first event on Bridging the gaps between abilities and performance through innovation alongside Prof. Dario Farina, Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Imperial College in London. The debate explored the technological and ethical boundaries of bridging ability gaps and was a stimulating opportunity to reflect on both the human and machine factor to bridge these gaps. For the main Pontignano initiative, SIN Italy successfully involved Sir Mark Walport, UKRI Chief Executive, as coordinator of the thematic workshop on “Business and Innovation: From idea to investment and impact”. Sir Mark had the opportunity to engage with Italian senior government representatives and influential key players, to reinforce the UK’s commitment to maintain its crucial role in international collaboration, both bilaterally and multilaterally. SIN Italy also successfully invited to Pontignano Vice Minister for Research Lorenzo Fioramonti.

Contact details for SIN Italy team

Alessandra Ferraris
British Consulate General Milan
Tel +30 02 72300213

Laura Nuccilli
British Embassy Rome
Tel +39 06 4220 2284

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