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The conference is organized by organized by:


MIUR – The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research

University of Padova

University of Camerino



The Ministry of Education, Universities and Research

The Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research (MIUR) is the key RTD policy actor in Italy at state level.

The mission of the Ministry in Europe is focused on Integration of the European and international dimensions into education and training policies at the national, regional and local levels, as well as on implementation of the National Operational Programmes for development and cohesion of research.

The MIUR is responsible for the coordination, assessment and evaluation of the national university system and advanced training schools. The Ministry supports and fosters basic research in university and research institutions, programming intervention in public research institutions and supporting the integration between the research system and industries. This is in line with the aim of integrating public research and applied research and supporting research in the industry system.

The Ministry also has key responsibilities for international co-operation. It concludes bi- and multilateral agreements on research and technology collaboration and is in charge of co-ordinating Italy’s participation in the European Union’s Framework Programme.

University of Padova

The University of Padova (overview), is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning: a multi-disciplinary university which aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

The University of Padova offers its potential students 32 departments, 81 first-cycle degree courses, 80 second cycle-degree courses, 8 single-cycle degree courses, and a vast array of post-graduate courses. Although Padova is where the great majority of teaching takes place, there are several off-campus sites in the towns around Veneto.

Courses at the University of Padova are constantly updated in order to meet the ever-changing needs of the labour market. Its healthcare degrees, for instance, cover a wide range of new courses such as Pediatric Nursing (Medical School) and Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (Psychology). Its degrees also reflect today’s need to safeguard both the environment, with courses in Environmental Sciences and Technology (Agriculture Science) and consumers, with Safety and Hygiene of Food Products (Veterinary Medicine). Research into pharmaceuticals is also covered with Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies (Pharmacy), as is research into hi-tech products with a course in Materials Science (Sciences).

Great emphasis is also placed on Humanities, such as History and Conservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage (Arts and Philosophy), and on teacher training, with a course in Primary Education (Education).

The University’s traditional courses for professionals in Law, Economics and Business Management are run flank courses analysing complex social systems such as Sociological Sciences (Political Sciences) and Statistics, Demography and Society (Statistical Sciences).

Highly motivated University students may also apply for admission to the Galilean School of Higher Education. After a rigorous selection process, each year 24 students are chosen to attend the School’s high-level in-house courses and to use its special services.


University of Camerino

The University of Camerino (Unicam) is the 16th oldest university in the world. It has been founded in 1336, was officially recognized by the Pope in 1727 and in 1958 became a State university.  At present it is organised in five “Schools”: Architecture and Design, Bioscience and Veterinary Medicine, Law, Pharmacy, Science and Technology.

Unicam is a natural place to learn, where spaces and appropriate tools are available for students, and where continuous relations with teaching staff are possible thanks to the good professor/student ratio that favours interactions. For the last 9 years Unicam has been classified as the best university in Italy with a number of students below 10,000 according to the CENSIS ranking. Since 2005, Unicam has adopted the “European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their Recruitment” (C&C) like other Italian Universities. The signature took place in Camerino on July 7th 2005. In order to favour the C&C implementation, in 2009 Unicam adopted a Human  Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) and in May 2010, the Unicam HRS4R obtained the ‘acknowledgement’ from the European Commission  and the authorisation for using the HR logo.

Unicam offers Degree Courses of certified quality, which respond well to the complexity and progress of the social and economic framework. In line with its policy to increase international cooperation and to establish an international higher education network, Unicam offers a comprehensive range of programmes, from undergraduate courses to doctorate studies, entirely taught in English. Surely the best summary of the international success of Unicam is represented by the International School of Advanced Studies (SAS), established in 2005 with the goal of attracting into their PhD programmes the best talents without restriction of nationality: currently about 28% of the students comes from foreign countries. The SAS coordinates structured and interdisciplinary doctoral programmes, general and transferable activities, and mobility of doctoral candidates, in agreement with the Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training.