Italian Cultural center hosts first edition of Italian Research Day

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Saudi Gazette Report

JEDDAH — The Consulate General of Italy here presented the first edition of Italian Research Day, recently, at the Italian Cultural Center. The title of the conference was “Future environmental and biological scenarios between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.”

The conference was sponsored by the Italian Consulate General here in the framework of the initiative “Italy, Culture and the Mediterranean”, organized in collaboration with King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) with the aim of connecting Italian scientific community in KAUST (which already counts more than 100 persons) and Italian universities, promoting university cooperation between Italy and Saudi Arabia.

The conference emphasized that the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea present fundamental environmental and biological differences, but they also have similarities, and represent a continuum with unique peculiarities.

The opening of the Suez Canal and the rise of the Mediterranean temperature are bringing tropical species typical of the Red Sea into the Mediterranean Sea. Hence the Red Sea is considered a research subject to comprehend future environmental and biological scenarios in the Mediterranean, given the climate change.

The introduction of the conference was by Italian Consul General Elisabetta Martini. Then many speakers went to the stage starting from Daniele Daffonchio, professor of biosciences, (KAUST), Giorgio Bavestrello, professor of Zoology, University of Genoa and Folco Giomi, researcher in Zoology, University of Padoa. The conference showcased several exhibitions such as the photographic exhibition that highlighted Red Sea biodiversity. — SG


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