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 Italy-South Africa joint Research Project - ISARP (2018 - 2020)

Within the framework of the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation signed in January 1998 in Pretoria, South Africa and Italy have launched the NEW Programme “Italy-South Africa joint Research Project - ISARP”.

The Directorate General for Country Promotion (Economy, Culture and Science) – Unit for Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Science and Technology and National Science Foundation will fund 4 Joint Research Projects and 10 Joint Mobility Projects.

Joint Research Projects may be submitted in the priority research areas of cooperation listed below. Only a maximum of four joint research projects will be funded in this scheme, preferably one project per thematic area.

- Biotechnologies, with focus on Pharmacological Research in the field of the Transmissible Diseases and vaccination
- Integrated and Sustainable Water Management, promoting measures and techniques aimed to enhance the sustainability and the efficiency of the water resources
- Blue Economy
- Space, Astrophysics and Radio-astronomy

Joint Mobility Projects may only be submitted in the priority areas indicated below. A maximum of ten joint projects will be funded in this category.

- New Technologies for Social Science
- Aerospace
- Blue Economy
- Information and Communication Technology
- Green and Renewable Energy

Proposals outside the above-mentioned broad thematic area of focus will not be accepted.

It is up to the applicants to find their own research partners. Proposals must be received in both South Africa (NRF) and Italy, Directorate-General for Country Promotion (DGSP) - Economy, Culture and Science – Unit IX of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI). Proposals which have not been received in both countries will not be considered for funding.

Applications for both South Africa and Italy must be submitted by 07 September 2017 h. 17.00 C.E.S.T.

Plasmonics for a higher efficiency of solar cells
The 5th International Workshop “Plasmonics for a higher efficiency of solar cells” (PLESC), organized in the frame of the bilateral scientific agreement between Italy and South Africa, will be held in Johannesburg, at the University ofWitwatersrand, on Tuesday 9 May 2017.
Every year the main partners of the PLESC project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation of South Africa, namely the Historical Museum of Physics and Study and Research Center Enrico Fermi (Centro Fermi) in Rome and the School of Physics & Materials for Energy Research Group (MERG) of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, organize two Workshops, one in Italy and the other in South Africa.
The previous Workshops have seen the participation, besides of the researchers and students directly involved in the project, of international experts to discuss scientific and technological topics related to the physics, design and implementation of advanced solar cells. Efficient light management, e.g. achieved using plasmonic structures and frequency-conversion layers, may lead to a significant enhancement of the characteristics of existing solar cells. Given the broadness of this area, the focus had to be limited to silicon solar cells, but other materials are considered as well.
South African experts in this area, in particular from the industrial side, are kindly invited to participate in the Workshop and to share their experiences and opinions on future developments. The presence of representatives of companies active in this field would be most welcome.
Due to organization problems, the interested experts are kindly request to contact Prof. Alex Quandt at Wits ( not later than April 24th, by indicating a tentative title of their lecture. The allotted time would be around 20 minutes.
Italy-South Africa collaboration in research
South Africa and Italy have pursued a successful bilateral research cooperation since 2000. This cooperation has financed numerous joint research projects between researchers which also included the training of students and young researchers. This current bilateral programme is due to end and the two countries have agreed to continue building on the previous success, grow and expand the cooperation. It is in this context that the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Italian Embassy in Pretoria have decided to organise a one day workshop as a platform for all relevant stakeholders to come together and design a future bilateral research programme between the two countries. This workshop, therefore, aims to reinforce the ongoing cooperation between researchers and conceptualise a new phase for a future cooperation.

The workshop is scheduled for 7 December 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the NRF headquarters in Pretoria, as a side-event preceding the Science Forum South Africa of 8-9 December 2016. Participants at this workshop includes (1) researchers who are funded under the current bilateral programme, (2) all the Italian researchers (and Italian SARChI) currently employed in South African universities and research councils and (3) all South African and Italian researchers cooperating under the EU-funded multilateral programmes (i.e. FP7 and H2020).

The workshop emphasises a bottom-up approach in analysing existing research capacities of both countries in order to consider potential for building and reinforcing a more directed and targeted Programme in strategic areas for specific outcomes.

The programme of the event can be found here .

To register, please contact Dr. Pierguido Sarti at within the 30th of November 2016.

 MAECI awards for technological start up and Italian scientists abroad

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) instituted the “Italian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation Award” in the year 2017 to recognize an Italian eminent scientist who, in performing his/her research abroad, has made a remarkable contribution to the advancement of science and technology, thus improving Italy’s S&T relations with foreign countries and with International Organizations.
All fields of science and technology are included under this award.
A second award, “L’innovazione che parla italiano”, is intended to recognize the best and innovative technological Start up established by Italian citizens in foreign countries.
The award consists of an engraved medal and a certificate of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The application forms and instructions can be found in the two following files:

Premio innovazione Italia

Italian cooperation award

The awards will be presented during the Italian Scientific Attachés Conference in Italy to be held in Rome on January 10, 2017.

PLESC – Plasmonics for a better efficiency of solar cells; International Workshop
On the 15th July 2016, Trento (Italy) will host the International workshop “Plasmonic and nanoantennas for solar cells”,
co-organized by the University of the Witwatersrand and the Centro Studi e Ricerche “Enrico Fermi”, and the support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The programme of the event, the abstracts of the presentations, information on the logistics and the registration procedures can be found in the file hereby attached.

Additional information at the following link:
Third International Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference (28 August – 1 September 2016)
Time has been explored across a vast array of disciplines such as physics, biology, psychology, language studies, visual arts and literature. Following its previous successful conferences on “Memory” (2012) and “Home” (2014), the Department of English Studies at UNISA presents “Time” as the theme of the 2016 Biennial Conference. The conference will investigate this dynamic subject from the perspectives of literature and language, as well as related disciplines in the humanities and beyond.The conference is organized by the University of South Africa (UNISA), College of Human Sciences, coordinated by the Italian esearcher Dr. Raphael d’Abdon and hosted by the Department of English Studies.

Date: 28 August – 1 September 2016

Venue: Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift (South Africa)

Abstract submission deadline is March 15th, 2016.

Conference web site:


6th International Conference on Laser Peening and Related Phenomena  (6 – 11 November 2016)
The conference is organized by Prof. Claudia Polese, of the University of the Witwatersrand, in cooperation with the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the NRF-DST Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials. The conference will host a dedicated section on industrial problems and applications, alongside the basic phenomena of materials behaviour, and the development of laser systems for the future. It will also host a workshop on the optimization of laser peening modelling using Finite Element software integrated in a multi-objective optimization platform, in recognition of the intensive efforts made to optimize the application of laser peening to an increasing
range of industrial materials and components.

Date: 6 – 11 November 2016

Venues: Johannesburg, Pretoria and Skukuza

Abstract submission deadline is April 8th, 2016.

For further information visit the conference web site:

Contact: Prof. Claudia Polese, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Second European Summer School on Nutrigenomics University of Camerino, 5th – 9th September 2016
The 2nd European Summer School on Nutrigenomics intends to respond to the following question: How does diet shape microbiota to promote health? To reach this goal, researchers with expertise on microbioma, transcriptomics, metabolomics, proteomics and epigenetics will discuss topics related to the nutritional approaches for the prevention of metabolic, bowel and neurodegenerative diseases.

All participants will acquire 6 CFU/ECTS

Biologists, Medical Doctors, Pharmacists and Nutritionists have the possibility to acquire 50 ECM/CME

Enquiries can be addressed to: ; Web site:

For further information please contact:
Prof. Rosita Gabbianelli Ph.D, Associate Professor of Biochemistry School of Pharmacy, Delegate for Inter-University Cooperation Europe and Asia
University of Camerino, Via Gentile III da Varano, 62032 Camerino, MC, Italy
Tel +39 0737 403208, Fax +39 0737 403219,
Mob +39 349 3798180 - Skype rosigabbia