11 research and innovation projects at the University of Pavia

Thanks to the partnership between Intesa Sanpaolo, the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation and the University of Pavia, 11 research projects assigned to young scholars will kick off. 

The partnership was presented on April 19 at the press conference attended by Mario Cera, Full Professor at the University of Pavia, Gian Maria Gros-Pietro, President of Intesa Sanpaolo, Aldo Poli, President of the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation, Ferruccio Resta, President of the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities and Rector of the Polytechnic of Milan, Francesco Svelto, Rector of the University of Pavia and Daniela Viglione, Scientific Director of Italiadecide.

The partnership is part of a scenario that sees Italy lagging behind at the European level on investments that support the research. In terms of knowledge and research, our country is in a middle position, with obvious limits but also with many and indisputable strengths.

Innovation in Italy: strengths and weaknesses

Among the weaknesses, we find the fact that we still invest little and often we do it without a clear plan to draw the future. This has a downward impact on the number of researchers and on the quality of the infrastructure and increases the risk of wasting energy and resources, including human resources, given that many young talents are often forced to move abroad. Among the strengths, however, we find many Italian researchers highly appreciated internationally, who stand out for the quality and quantity of scientific publications and citations.
A scenario that can benefit from the synergies between universities and businesses, especially if they are able of making both the development of research and the transfer of its results concrete, generating positive impacts in terms of new employment and wellness.

Research fellowship: an investment in sustainability

The signed agreement undertakes important results regarding the development of new knowledge and applications and opens up to significant and important international scenarios.
There are 11 three-year research fellowships per year in STEM and humanities disciplines, offered for five consecutive cycles.                                                          
The topics on which the research doctorates will develop are among those deemed most strategic and urgent in the perspective of equitable and sustainable growth: from renewable energy sources to the study of neuro-robotics, from viral threats to automatic language processing.
These are related areas and themes combined by sustainability and high potential in terms of innovation and transfer in the productive sectors.

These are the scientific contexts that will be developed

1. Neuroscience - a trans-disciplinary approach from modeling analysis to neuro-robotics, with human neuropathologies at the center                                                      
2. Sustainable photovoltaics, energy storage and production, decarbonisation and Green processes - efficient low-cost photovoltaics, energy storage and innovative materials in a circular economy from water to waste                                                       
3. Microelectronics - development of integrated circuits for sensors, medical diagnostics and Internet of things, with major attention to communications with 5G standards  standards     
4. Personalized medicine - from preclinical studies to patient DNA, passing through Next Generation Sequencing, disease modeling, drug therapies and medical devices engineered for the individual patient   
5. Digital Fluidics for Life Sciences - development of intelligent biomedical devices dedicated to hospital and home infusion in the therapeutic areas of hospitalization, artificial nutrition, pain therapy and resuscitation, as well as the development of new fluidic devices and advanced sensors for science of life                                                 
6. Emerging viral threats - not only Covid-19, molecular, epidemiological and clinical research of emerging viral infections also carried by infesting insects                            
7. Models and technology to monitor and predict movements of the earth's crust 
8. Archeology and arche genomics -
the Italian archaeological and arche genomic capital 
9. Linguistic resources and automatic language processing - digitization and annotation of closed corpora of ancient languages ​​and creation of corpora of contemporary languages 
10. 3D printing and advanced materials - design and production with innovative technologies of components in advanced materials for the manufacturing world and for the world of personalized health      
11. Legal discipline of complex share companies, sustainability, interests.


The university's homage to Prof. Guido Rossi

In addition to the enhancement of the research doctorate, the partnership envisages the involvement of the Study Center on the Law of large equity companies named after prof. Guido Rossi, former student and professor at the University, and a related postgraduate specialist course in the field of large equity companies, sustainability and compliance at Collegio Ghislieri.
The collaboration will start the next academic year and will end with the 2025-26 academic year.

Once again, the challenge is to provide young people with an increasingly broad, transversal and super-specialized training to promote the cultural and economic growth of our country. On this occasion, the challenge is shared between public and private sector which together aim to create a context capable of stimulating young talents to be protagonists of their future.
Meanwhile, we are sure that the projects that these talents will develop will give vigor to the wellness of the community and to the development of the productive fabric and also to the relationship between universities and companies, encouraging both to be innovative and future-proof.
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