The Opening Ceremony of the China-Italy Lab & Academy on Advanced Manufacturing (CI-LAM) was held on Wednesday June the 3rd 2020 in the presence of Italy’s Minister of University and Research, Gaetano Manfredi and China’s Minister of Science and Technology, Wang Zhigang.
CI-LAM is a bilateral platform established in 2017 for the promotion of research and development in the field of advanced manufacturing between Italy and China. Through the platform, researchers, students and working groups of partner universities perform joint research activities supporting stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem of both countries. In addition, CI-LAM promotes training, exchange and mobility programs for students, academics and professionals.
The cooperation platform is promoted by the University of Naples Federico II, the University of Bergamo, Tsinghua University, Campania NewSteel and the China Sci-Tech Automation Alliance in collaboration with SPICI.
Thanks to the activities carried out over the years, CI-LAM has been recognized as the main strategic bilateral platform on advanced manufacturing within the “Italy-China Scientific and Technological Cooperation, Action Plan towards 2025” of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Following the success of the CI-LAM Summer School launched a year ago in Naples, a CI-LAM Academy was inaugurated yesterday. The original training program has been digitalized and expanded. This year, the training, innovation and matchmaking activities will take place online with a particular focus on the topics related to industry 4.0 (Manufacturing system, Energy, Predictive maintenance, AI and Big Data, Robotics, Cybersecurity, DC connections Grid and 5G).
In particular, the CI-LAM Academy will organize a series of seminars on innovation addressed to professionals, researchers, managers and academics as well as the second edition of the CI-LAM Summer School which is aimed at students, graduates and doctoral students and will provide future research directions on the key technologies in the field of advanced manufacturing.
During their speeches at the inauguration of CI-LAM Academy, Minister Manfredi and Minister Wang reaffirmed the importance of technological and scientific cooperation, especially this period of crisis. They also recalled the successes of initiatives carried out by Italy and China in recent years such as the Best Startup Showcase, the China-Italy Science, Technology & Innovation Week, and the recent solidarity campaign “China Our Hearts Beat For You” signed by 3,000 professionals and representatives from the Italian research system.
The Opening Ceremony was attended by about 500 academics, researchers, professionals and government officials of the two countries. Here following our special guests: the Minister of University and Research, Gaetano Manfredi, the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology, Wang Zhigang, Plenipotentiary Minister Fabrizio Nicoletti, Director for the Innovation and Research of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Italy, Li Junhua, the Rector of the University of Naples Federico II, Prof. Arturo De Vivo, the Rector of the University of Bergamo, Prof. Remo Morzenti Pellegrini, the Vice President of Tsinghua University, Mr. Yang Bin, the President of China Sci-Tech Automation Alliance, Mr. Jason Wang, Prof. Giorgio Ventre, President of Campania NewSteel, Prof. Giovanni Breglio of the University of Naples Federico II, Vice-Chancellor for Innovation and Tech Transfer at the University of Bergamo, Prof. Sergio Cavalieri, Vice President of Campania NewSteel and President of SPICI, Vincenzo Lipardi.
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