Prof. Dror Seliktar awarded on Nov 8th, 2017 the “Rita Levi Montalcini binational award for scientific cooperation”, during a ceremony held at the Farnesina (Rome, Italy).
The prize is awarded with the aim of promoting the exchange of prestigious scholars between Italy and Israel.
The promotion of scientific cooperation used as an instrument of development to tackle global challenges and tighten ties between countries.
Regenerative medicine, the Rita Levi Montalcini prize to an Israeli researcher
A 98% water-based gel that creates a favorable environment for the growth of human tissues with important implications for regenerative medicine and biomaterials. Professor Drod Seliktar, Israeli researcher at the Technion of Haifa, today awarded the “Rita Levi Montalcini binational award for scientific cooperation” by Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola, Undersecretary for Education, University and Research , Angela D’Onghia and the Rector of the Tor Vergata University (representing the CRUI Foundation), Giuseppe Novelli, during a ceremony held at the Farnesina. Among those attending the ceremony were also the Ambassador of Israel SE Ofer Sachs and Ing. Piera Levi-Montalcin i .
The prize, aimed at promoting the exchange of prestigious scholars between Italy and Israel, was established in 2015 and is intended for 40,000 euros per year for each of the two parties to finance the stay of an Italian researcher in Israel and an Israeli in Italy.
Introduced by the Director General for Promoting the Country System of the MAECI, Vincenzo De Luca, the ceremony was also an opportunity to make the point of scientific-industrial cooperation between Italy and Israel. Undersecretary Amendola recalled the very close relations between the two countries and the bilateral agreement dating back to 15 years ago, which allowed “intense collaboration in the field of science and the development of innovation”. A collaboration for progress in an area of the Mediterranean, he recalled, where “positive signals serve to overcome difficult and growing tensions.”And the numbers are clear: 191 joint industrial and scientific research projects, seven joint workshops already completed and two in launch, 149 bilateral events. In short, a promotion of scientific cooperation as a development tool to address global challenges and ties between countries.
Close relations with Israel are “particularly important,” underlined Secretary of Education Angela D’Onghia. In particular, in 2017, the Joint Commission of Italy-Israel set up two joint laboratories, one in the field of advanced materials and the other in the field of medical robotics. 51 project proposals were accepted for 800,000 euros and six projects for 750,000 euros were funded in the Industrial Announcement.
Professor Seliktar, explaining his research in a lectio magistralis on the regenerative capacities of cells grown outside the human body, wanted to thank Professor Sonia Michaela Melino of Tor Vergata with whom he is collaborating and highlighted how the award received stresses the close bond between research and practical application.
Professor Giuseppe Novelli recalled the importance of exchanges between researchers, “a practice that serves to build bridges and not walls”, and emphasized that the establishment of English language courses has given impetus to enrollment in our universities of foreign students.