CEI Deputy Secretary General, Antal Nikoletti, took part in the 1st TESI international meeting, entitled “Towards ESOF 2020 Trieste – Fostering networks and collaborations” held in Trieste on 15 March. The event allowed for a first open debate on the forthcoming activities related to ESOF 2020, whose main event is taking place in Trieste on 4-10 July 2018.
Peter Tindemans, Secretary General of EuroScience, provided the audience with a thorough overview of the ESOF concept, objectives and best practices. Moreover, two roundtables were organised, with the involvement of strategic actors such as the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Universities of Trieste, Udine and Padua, the Alpe Adria Rectors’ Conference, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
In his opening remarks – which followed those delivered by Roberto Dipiazza, Mayor of Trieste, and Loredana Panariti, Councillor for research of the Region Friuli Venezia Giulia – Nikoletti highlighted the importance of science diplomacy as a powerful tool to implement the CEI political mission and to strengthen links among different countries through the language of science.
Furthermore, he expressed the appreciation of the CEI community for the several opportunities ESOF and PROESOF will offer. He underlined the willingness of the CEI Secretariat to mobilise its networks in the 18 countries of the CEI membership, thus contributing to making ESOF an international event able to involve stakeholders from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.
CEI Deputy Secretary General, Antal Nikoletti