EU Research in Social Sciences and Italian Participation


MARCH 30, 2019

(English translation – original @ Politoweekly)

EU Research in Social Sciences and Italian Participation

March 28, 2019

On Thursday, March 28th, the Salone d’Onore of Castello del Valentino hosted EU Research in Social Sciences and Italian Participation: the event, organized by the China Room, is part of the TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA project – Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China, and saw the participation of a heterogeneous public composed not only by professors and researchers of the Polytechnic, but also by private companies and public bodies. In the project, carried out under the European research program Horizon 2020, Politecnico di Torino is the coordinator of the Work Package Community building and place making in neighbors.

At the beginning, the Rector Guido Saracco emphasized that the Polytechnic, as a public university, constantly moves internationally to serve our country. He also highlighted the importance of collaboration between architects and engineers within the Chinese professional and academic context: in particular, he emphasized the value of the contribution that Italian architects and researchers can make in the field of architectural and urban design, as well as the role played by Politecnico di Torino within the Belt & Road Initiative.

The Research Program Officer, Rodrigo Martin Galán, held two significant speeches. In particular, EU Research in Social Sciences and Italian Participation was the occasion to take stock of the opportunities that the European Union makes available to researchers on Social Sciences. The aim is “to promote a greater understanding of Europe – said Galán – to provide solutions and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies, in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies”.

The second intervention, The next EU Research & Innovation Program (2021-2027), pointed out the actions planned by the European Union in the field of research funding, which provides for a fund of 100 billion euros. The aim, explained Galán, is “to strengthen the EU’s scientific and technological bases, strengthen Europe’s capacity for innovation, competitiveness and employment, provide citizens’ priorities, support our socio-economic model and our values”.