December 14, 2021, 2 pm
University of Padova, Aula Nievo, Palazzo Bo, Padova

The event will be in Italian, in dual mode.


In the framework of the 800th anniversary of its foundation, the University of Padova is organizing a Seminar on:

'Italy and Space Diplomacy. A conference by Ambassador Umberto Vattani'.

Who is the principal actor in scientific diplomacy? The scientist? And what are the roles of the experts and advisors in science and technology in national and international decision-making processes?

Following the institutional welcome speeches, Professor David Burigana (Università di Padua, SPGI e CISAS) will give a talk on 'FISR 2020 ExPoSTID: the link between science and diplomacy at the heart of an experimental Master's in Science Diplomacy' and Ambassador Umberto Vattani will give a presentation on 'Diplomacy for Science'.

The discussants will be: Professor Alessandro Paccagnella, who teaches the new interdisciplinary course on Microelectronics and Globalization at the School of Engineering (University of Padua), Professor Alessia Glielmi, Scientific Director of the "Polar Memory" Project (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" - Department of History, cultural heritage, training and society), Professor Marilena Gala (Università di Roma Tre), Professor Mauro Elli (Università di Milano Statale).

Following the conference (from 5pm to 6.30pm): 'Techno-Science and Space Diplomacy. L'accordo fra il Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche, Giuridiche e Studi Internazionali e gli Archivi Storici dell'Unione Europea per l'apertura di una nuova serie di oral history'. This new series features interviews of personalities from Italy and abroad involved in Space and scientific diplomacy in general. Featuring: Dieter Schlenker, Director of the Historical Archives of the European Union (Florence), David Burigana (University of Padua, SPGI and CISAS), Gherardo Bonini, Deputy Director degli Archivi storici of the Historical Archives of the European Union (Florence).

The event will be in dual mode. You are kindly requested to register if you wish to take part in person or online on the Zoom platform.

 More info on the seminar webpage.