EURIE 2020 – Eurasian Higher Education Summit, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul hosted the 5th Eurasian Higher Education Summit, an international key event for higher education institutions that intend to develop their international cooperation with high quality organizations from the Eurasian region and beyond. Organized by EURAS - Eurasian Universities Union, the conference featured an expo for networking, partnership and business development, addressing topics like global learning initiatives, leadership in internationalization, and regional dynamics in Higher Education. Guglielmo Marconi University discussed a panel focusing on digitalization and innovation. The Head of R&D Area, Arturo Lavalle, chaired the panel that included the presentations of Christian-Andreas Schumann, from the West Saxon University of Zwickau, and Giovanni Cristiano Piani from the University of Trieste. The first speech, titled Facing Industry 4.0 Competences Demand: Education at the Core of Innovation and Future Work highlighted the work made on the development of smart approaches to engineering education with case studies from Germany and other countries; the second titled Shortening Distance Between Invention and Innovation: Can (Student) Entrepreneurship be Taught? aimed at emphasizing the difference between invention and innovation and the relationship between industry and academia for the creation of effective entrepreneurial ecosystems. EURIE 2020 was a great occasion for GMU to get in touch with a network of institutions operating in countries targeted by a series of projects promoted by the university and to expand its activity in defining contents and methods to transfer the new skills required in the Industry 4.0 era.

EURIE 2020 – Eurasian Higher Education Summit

Conference: What Europe?

On December 9, 2019, the Faculty of Economics and the Department of Economics and Business Sciences at Guglielmo Marconi University, in collaboration with the Faculties of Jurisprudence and Political Sciences and the Department of Juridical and Political Sciences, organized a very interesting debate on the European Union. The focus of the debate concerned the elements and issues that impede the cohesive functioning and consolidation of the European Union – “the united states of Europe”. The event held in the Aula Magna at Guglielmo Marconi University, was an important occasion to discuss the recent works of Professor Dario Velo and of the General Pasquale Preziosa. The conference focused on the economic and defense models adopted by Europe. The first, significantly affects the values of freedom, solidarity and subsidiarity and aims to address the social market economy of European countries; the second aims at creating a European defense model and at supporting research, development and innovation, guarantees security and stability in a global context that is characterized by continuous and profound changes.

Conference: What Europe?

13th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research

On October 28-31, 2019, Guglielmo Marconi University, in collaboration with Metadata and Semantics Research Conference, held the 13th International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research (MTSR’19) in Rome. MTSR is an annual international inter-disciplinary conference that brings together academics, researchers and practitioners in the fields of metadata, ontologies and semantics research. The conference was an unparalleled opportunity for participants to share knowledge and novel approaches in the implementation of semantic technologies across diverse types of information environments and applications. These include Open Access Repositories and Digital Libraries, Cultural Informatics, Digital Humanities, E-learning applications, Search Engine Optimization and Information Retrieval, Research Information Systems and Infrastructures, e-Science and e-Social Science applications, Agriculture, Food and Environment, Bio-Health & Medical Information Systems. The conference took place thanks to the keen collaboration between the General Chair members, Emmanouel Garoufallou, International Hellenic University, Greece and Ernesto William De Luca, Georg Eckert-Institute – Leibniz-Institute for International Textbook Research, Germany. Thanks to the incredible Program Chair, Noemi Scarpato, San Raffaele Roma Open University, Italy, and thanks to the local Organization Chair, Francesca Fallucchi, Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy.

Andrea Camilleri: The magic of storytelling

The Aula Magna of Palazzo Gallenga at the University for Foreigners of Perugia was the beautiful setting of the cultural event that took place on September 26, 2019: “The magic of storytelling”, a tribute to the writing and genius of Andrea Camilleri. Initially, this initiative coincided with the conferral of the Honoris Causa Degree, but the passing of Camilleri on July 17, 2019, altered the original program.

Professor Giovanni Capecchi, promoter of the initiative, highlights how Camilleri’s cultural and civic contributions and his peculiar narrative ‘language’ creations perfectly merge with the values and objectives of the University of Perugia. For the past century, Perugia institution fostered the dialogue between cultures and people, aware that the combination of culture and education can fight prejudice and divisions.

Following, Professor Marci from Cagliari University was the first academic exponent in the 90s to praise the Camillerian genius and to promote in time three important initiatives. The first were seminars on Andrea Camilleri’s Opera that have become from national realities, worldwide events; secondly, the Camillerian Notebooks, a magazine dedicated to multidisciplinary analysis, and lastly, the Camillerian Index that collects and analyzes the words and expressions of the great Sicilian writer.

The event saw the crucial contributions of Professor Piccini from the University of Perugia, who analyzed Camilleri as a poet, of Professor Biondi, from the University of Florence, who gave a speech on how the Camillerian works describe the 17th century, of Professor Scrivano, from the University of Perugia, who developed renaissance themes, of Professor Costa, from Roma Tre University, who gave an in-depth analysis of Pirandellian elements, and lastly, of Professor Costanza Geddes di Filicaia, from the University of Macerata, who traced crucial elements of Italian narrative. 

The afternoon session saw the important participation of the writer and literary critic Luca Crovi (Camilleri counterfeiter) and of the screenwriter Salvatore De Mola (Montalbano), who gave considerable space to the views and the thoughts revolving around Camilleri, this flow of perspectives was possible thanks to the significant involvement of Professor Filippo Lupo, President of Camilleri Fan Club.Giuliano Giubilei, RAI journalist, focused on the emotional impact the death of Andrea Camilleri had on mass media.

Very interesting were also the contributions of Bruno Taburchi, from the cultural association of Lettori Sottotraccia and of Annamaria Romano from the cultural association Clizia.Simonetta Agnello Hornby, close friend of Andrea Camilleri, concluded the night with personal anecdotes and considerations on the great friendship that united them. The intense, articulated and cross-thematic event, met the approval and the interest of the audience.Mrs. Rosetta Dello Siesto, wife of Camilleri, their 3 children and grandchildren attended the event.

Guglielmo Marconi University was represented by Professor Giuseppe Fabiano, professor of clinical methodology and author of the book "Nel segno di Andrea Camilleri. Dalla narrazione psicologica alla psicopatologia".

Andrea Camilleri: The magic of storytelling

Frascati Scienza: European Researchers Night

Science Week (La Settimana della Scienza) occurring on September 21-28, 2019, was an extremely important week for the scientific community that saw its peak on Friday 27, with the European Researchers Night. Frascati Scienza, an association aiming at the diffusion of scientific culture, won for the 14th consecutive year the call promoted by the European Commission, in realm of Marie Sklodowska–Curie actions, thanks to the participatory science project, BE a citizEn Scientist (BEES). Citizen’s involvement and contribution to scientific research has a double impact, one in the training field and one to strengthen science-society bond. This idea is conceptualized in the acronym of the European Researchers Night 2019, BEES, that takes the idea from the homonymous insect and to their meticulous organization: in beehives, like all complex societies, the contribution of each component is fundamental for the welfare of the whole. The “great beehive BEES”, involved 34 Italian cities and partnerships with more than 60 entities, universities, institution, associations and companies. Partners, coordinated by Frascati Scienza, created a program with more than 400 events in Italy that has reached 33 million people and 30.000 visitors circa thanks to the communication campaign.

Frascati Scienza: European Researchers Night