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Science for Diplomacy: Multidisciplinary Training Programme “DIPLOMAzia2” – First Announcement

On November 27th Prof Luigi Nicolais, President of the National Research Council of Italy, and Minister Plen Giampaolo Cantini, Director General of the Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, signed a convention on the Multisector Training Programme DIPLOMAzia2, which represents the fruitful outcome of the ongoing and solid collaboration between these two public institutions.
Thanks to this new diplomatic initiative, worth a significant financial contribution provided by the DGCS MAECI as well as a co-funding made available by CNR, 30 selected graduates, graduated professionals and officials in public institutions from the recipient countries (Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania) will benefit from a six-month specialized training course to be carried out at CNR Institutes in Italy.

The candidates regarded as eligible must be citizens and resident in the above mentioned countries; year of birth not prior to 1975; hold a Master degree in either socio-economic, scientific or humanities areas.
The courses will be held in English. A very good knowledge of English is thus required.

The fellowship will offer the following benefits:
o Logistic and administrative support during candidates’ stay in Italy
o A gross sum of 1,600€ per month for six months
o health insurance covering possible work accidents
o Return flight ticket

The courses will cover the following macro-sectors:
Course 1. Environment / Climate Changes / Resilience with particular reference in the Mediterranean Area;

Course 2. Management and Use of agro-food resources with the aim of fostering sustainable agriculture and arboriculture as well as of reducing the physical and biological effects of climate changes;

Course 3. Governance of knowledge, management, preservation, promotion and sustainable fruition of Cultural Heritage

CNR structures responsible for courses implementation are:
Course 1
o Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima (ISAC),
o Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica (IRPI),
o Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse (IGG)

Course 2
o Istituto di Valorizzazione del Legno e delle Specie Arboree (IVALSA)
o Istituto di Scienza delle Produzioni Alimentari (ISPA)
o Istituto di Biometeorologia (IBIMET)
o Istituto di Protezione Sostenibile delle Piante (IPSP)

Course 3
o Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali (IBAM)
o Istituto Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico (ISMA)
o Istituto Tecnologie Applicate ai Beni Culturali (ITABC)
o Istituto Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali (ICVBC)

CNR International Relations Office will play a coordination role in contact with both CNR Institutes and the relevant MAECI DGCS Office

Such programme, consistent with the Italian Cooperation Development guidelines outlined for the years 2014-2016, will help the recipient countries enhance their human resources’ skills, adding technical know-how and entrepreneurship qualities.

Not only will the project entail knowledge transfer activities, but also it will hopefully foster the ownership awareness necessary to bring about local development and new scientific and technological partnerships with Italy as well.

In order to achieve the objectives set by the programme, the selection of suitable and promising candidates is of paramount importance. Strong support letters by public or private institutions from their home country will be thus taken into great consideration.

The call for proposal will be launched on October 5th, 2016 and will stay open till the November 4th, 2016.

Detailed information will be available on the CNR website.