FOR RESEARCH IN FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICS
Interview with Stefano Lami,
Scientific Advisor at the Italian Embassy
In mid-January, in the presence of the Minister of Education, University and Research, Stefania Giannini, and the US Ambassador to Italy, John Phillips, the Italy-USA bilateral meeting for scientific and technological cooperation took place. At the end of the meeting, which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the new joint declaration on scientific and technological cooperation, for the two-year period 2016-2017, was signed by the representatives of the Italian and US delegations. In particular, the Ministry of Education University and Research (MIUR) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) signed a technical cooperation agreement in the field of nuclear physics, concerning the research activities carried out jointly by INFN and DOE. The agreement is linked to the more general accord signed in Washington last July, for cooperation on several fronts: from the detection of neutrinos and dark matter at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of INFN, to the study of neutrinos at the Fermilab in Chicago and of atomic nuclei at the Jefferson Laboratory in Virginia; from the space program for the study of cosmic rays and antimatter with the Fermi and AMS space detectors, to the detection of gravitational waves with the LIGO and Virgo interferometers and the study of high-energy cosmic rays with the Auger Observatory in the Argentine Pampas. The Italian Embassy in Washington and its Science Counselor, Stefano Lami, played a fundamental role in establishing Italy-USA cooperation for scientific research.
Even though the horizon of research cooperation has expanded significantly in recent years, the relationship with the USA remains the cornerstone of INFN’s international partnerships. What are the reasons for this special relationship?
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