Joint Venice Statement on strengthening Scientific Collaboration
The mutual sharing of scientific resources, knowledge, instruments, data and the international mobility of researchers to implement common projects can be achieved through multilateral and bilateral agreements. This was the main input jointly agreed upon during the public event organized between the UNESCO Venice Office and the University of Venice - Ca’ Foscari during the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2011 celebrated at the Auditorium Santa Margherita in Venice, Italy.
After the various presentations made by several Venetian scientific organizations related to their activities and the key note speeches made by Massimiliano Bucchi, (University of Trento, Italy), Brian Ferme, (Dean of the Faculty of Ecclesiastical Rights - Istituto San Pio X di Venezia) and Giuseppe Longo, honorary professor of the University of Trieste, a Joint Venice Statement on Strengthening Scientific Collaboration was signed.
Engelbert Ruoss, Director of the UNESCO Venice Office, expressed his satisfaction towards the elaboration of a Joint Venice Statement on Strengthening Scientific Collaboration amongst the local scientific research institutions and confirmed the UNESCO Venice Office’s willingness to contribute to further promoting this joint endeavour for science in Venice. He further commented that it is necessary to “integrate science and culture and create opportunities and scenarios for the further development of World Heritage sites especially Venice and its Lagoon. The Venice Office would be pleased to further assist the authorities and the Venetian citizens in defining their strategic management plan for this important World Heritage site.”
Carlo Carraro, Rector of the University of Venice - Ca’ Foscari also expressed his satisfaction and commented that research is fundamental for creating continual development and employment for young researchers. He stated that the UNESCO World Science Day “…is a day which enhances science in all aspects from technology innovation to economics and humanities. Through research we can create development.”
The local institutions and organizations which signed the Joint Venice Statement are: Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Accademia di Belle Arti, Climate Policy Initiative, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, CORILA, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Fondazione San Camillo, ISMAR-CNR, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Università IUAV di Venezia, Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum, Consorzio Venezia Ricerche, VEGA.