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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, how to bridge the gap between science and decision making to overcome current societal challenges

IMG_8368 (m)Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore has launched the 11th December in Brussels a debate to address the gap between science and policy making to overcome one of the most important challenges of our time in Europe: demographic change.

Reconnecting policy making and science: How do we do it? This is the topic of the meeting, organized by the Italian university in Brussels in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, which will gather together MEPs and representatives of the EU Parliament, the European Commission, the Italian Permanent Representation, Researchers, industry and relevant associations.

The University has shared its research activity and its international collaborations right at the heart of the EU institutions in the European Parliament to provide policy makers with the right tools and evidence for decision making.

The guests were welcomed by the vice chairman of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament Patrizia Toia. Key note speeches were addressed by Riccardo Ribera d’Alcala, Director General of the European Parliament; and Mario Melazzini, Regional Minister for research and innovation of the Lombardy Region. Rector Franco Anelli, Rector of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, officially presented the contribution that the scientific research can offer to the policy making process to best influence society. Lorenzo Morelli, coordinator of the Committee on the Research Strategy of the University and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science will present UCloud – Connecting Knowledge, the tool developed by the Cattolica University to foster dialogue in Europe and around the world between science and society.

The project consists in two tools: a newsletter, sent to a selected number of people every six months to launch a virtual debate on specific subject; a website, which includes the research conducted by the University, but also contributions, comments, suggestions and ideas from academic partners, entrepreneurs, politicians. This online tool will become, a virtual spot hosting various contributions. With a multistakeholders and a multidisciplinary approach, UCloud will develop new partnerships and initiate new research paths, always keeping the discussion at a scientific level. The first theme that the Università Cattolica has brought to the attention of European policy makers is the active ageing and healthy living. This means demographic change as a challenge, and at the same time as an opportunity to encourage social innovation and promote q global well-being in an ageing society.

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