It is Québec, the Canadian province that spends on scientific research a value equal to an OECD country ($ 1.3 billion GDP in R & D) and that has planned (2017-2022) a strategic five-year plan of investments in scientific research, “Stratégie québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation” (SQRI) of $ 580 mln.
By 2022, Québec aims to position itself among the 10 leaders of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and to do so, it needs to realize a real scientific diplomacy, through academic collaborations to develop joint projects. and share experience and skills.
To this end, since 2016, the International Mixed Unit (UMI) was born between the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Laval University (Directed by Prof. Vincenzo Di Marzo) with ambitious objectives related to the development of research, innovation, education and knowledge transfer in the emerging field of the biomolecular study of the microbiomeintestinale.
Board Director (UMI) CNR-ULAVAL
The birth of this partnership has generated a further development of the already close relations between Italy and Canada in scientific matters, financing eight research projects in bilateral field at CNR Institutes related to the Department of Chemical Sciences and Materials Technologies a value equal to about $ 180,000 CAD.
The most recent meeting of the executive committee of the UMI, was attended by Dr. Emanuele Fiore, THA member, and delegate of the President of the CNR since 2016, former Scientific Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Canada from June 2007 to October 2014. On this occasion the Triple Helix model was presented, “very appreciated by all the members of the committee, and, they say, a valid model to be copied in all countries where institutions, research and companies work on technological platforms to get closer the industrial world to the research.