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10 July 2013

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Real-time world, Real-time diplomacy: the challenges ahead

 

July 10, 2013 

Washington DC

Embassy of Italy

 

6pm (registration starts at 5:30pm)

 

The event, part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the US, aims at analyzing how global interconnectivity and the real-time information cycle are transforming the way citizens and governments interact.

 

Among the panelists: Claudio Bisogniero (Ambassador of Italy to the United States); PJ Crowley (Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and Professor, The George Washington University); Katie Dowd (Senior Advisor to the Chief Technology Officer, The White House); Zeenat Rahman (Special Advisor to the US Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues); Gianni Riotta (Author, “Has the Web brought us freedom?”).
Moderator Darrell West (Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Brookings Institution). 

 

RSVP: press.washington@esteri.it

 

Real time updates: http://www.twiplomacy.it/usa

 

12 July 2013

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Italy of the Future

 

Exhibition dedicated to Italian excellences in the scientific and technological sectors

 

July 12 - August 23, 2013

San Francisco

Italian Cultural Institute

 

The exhibition ‘Italy of the Future’ aims to use the video of the same name, as well as various interactive stations, to display Italy’s cutting-edge contributions to international cultural, scientific and technological developments, thereby promoting an international understanding of contemporary Italy, emphasising strategically important facets thereof – such as research, industry and medicine – which have traditionally been less known to the greater public.

 

The exhibition comprises various thematic areas, each of which expands upon an aspect of the 26-minute film ‘Italy of the Future’, which will be shown on multiple screens: a central screen with a full showing of the video, and others in each of the thematic areas. The ‘thematic islands’ are dedicated to: Robotics; Transportation; Nuclear physics; Medicine and diagnostics; ‘The Big Four’ (Apparel and fashion; Automation and mechanics; Furnishing and design; Agriculture and food); Research and entrepreneurship; Aerospace research; and Cultural heritage and restoration. The installation may also include lectures and conversations on highlighted topics. Through approximately 26 static or interactive terminals displaying examples (objects, images, video and so on) of the technologies represented in each thematic area, participants will have a ‘hands-on’ experience and the chance to develop a multi-faceted understanding of Italy’s most recent contributions in fields which have traditionally received less international emphasis due to the common image of Italy as a nation mostly dedicated to art and literature. The exhibition’s aim is not to replace this image, but to add another complementary image, namely of a country which is also rich in technological and scientific resources, and consequently, opportunities for investment and research. The exhibition, conceived by Manuela Arata and promoted by the Italian Foreign Ministry, is organised in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR), the Scientific Dissemination Section of the Office for Collaboration Promotion and Development (CNR-PSC), the National Nuclear Physics Institute (INFN), the Bio-Robotics Institute at the Scuola Superiore di Sant’Anna in Pisa, and the Italian Technology Institute in Genova, who created the video which inspired the event. Other organisations also contributed.

 

For further information: Filippo Sozzi, scientific curator (CNR-PSC), tel. (+39) 010 6598765, cell. (+39) 347 3222335, email: filippo.sozzi@cnr.it; Francesca Gorini (CNR-PSC), tel. (+39) 010 6598742, cell. (+39) 329 3178725, email: francesca.gorini@cnr.it.

Exhibition website: www.italiadelfuturo.cnr.it

 

31 July 2013

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Exhibit on the botanical garden of Padua

 

The Italian Cultural Institute is organizing a symposium for the opening of an exciting exhibition entitled 'Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring the Italian Renaissance Garden' at The New York Botanical Garden

 

May 18 – September 2, 2013
May 20, 2013

New York, The New York Botanical Garden
New York, Italian Cultural Institute

 

The Institute’s presentation will go over the history and significance of the Botanical Garden of Padua, which finds itself on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The presentation will also compare the Botanical Garden of Padua to other, international gardens and will discuss its scientific and cultural contributions, as well as the environmental protection initiatives of the future.

 

Wild Medicine, on display from May 18 to September 2 at The New York Botanical Garden, will recreate, through a spectacular floral arrangement and installation, the Botanical Garden of Padua’s famous garden. The exhibition aims at underlining the Botanical Garden of Padua’s role as a trailblazer in the study of plants for medicinal use, and its history as a preeminent center for learning and research. Part of the exhibition will focus on notable herbs of ancient civilization, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the twentieth century, and will also feature sculptures inspired by Renaissance painter, Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Activities for children will also be available.