This is the title of the letter, published in “Il Sole 24 ore” on April 24, 2016, addressed to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following the heated debate that arose from the announced project of the Human Technopole (HT) research center which should arise in Milan in the ex-EXPO area.
The initiative, coordinated by Valeria Poli and signed by numerous members of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Presidents of Scientific Societies operating in Italian universities and research centers, was an opportunity to highlight the need to intervene on the state and the management of research funding in our country.
Numerous subscriptions and comments from our members, who wanted to show their support.
In response to the letter, a delegation composed of Valeria Poli, Anna Tramontano, Jacopo Meldolesi and Marco Bianchi was invited to a meeting with Minister Martina and Dr. Simoni of the Prime Minister, held on May 19, 2016 at the Ministry of Policies. Agricultural.
The Minister particularly appreciated the collaborative spirit with which the salient points of the issue were brought to his attention and the members of the delegation reported a positive impression of the meeting.
In the meantime, other initiatives have taken place aimed at highlighting the shortcomings in funding for public research and the need to establish a Research Agency, as also highlighted in the documents presented to Minister Martina. In particular, the 2003 Group for Scientific Research (group 2003 .), which has been involved for years on this front, organized the conference “Mind the Gap. The funding of research in Italy”, held on 24 June at the Aula Magna of the State University of Milan, the report of which can be read here (Mind the gap, giugno 2016 .). New collaborative initiatives are planned after the summer period.