Italy-China Innovation Week to be held in October

(AGI) Rome, May 9 - Italy-China Science, Technology & Innovation Week 2016 will ...

(AGI) Rome, May 9 - Italy-China Science, Technology & Innovation Week 2016 will be held in Italy from Oct. 25 to 27. It aims to increase the number of science, technology and university partnerships between the two countries. The event was presented at a press conference in Chengdu by Italian Consul General in Chongqing, Sergio Maffettone, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, Tian Yunhui, and CEO of Science City, Vincenzo Lipardi. There will be three Italian stages, including Naples with institutional sessions, plus Bologna and Bergamo which will host smaller forums, focussing on agriculture, aerospace, health, energy, smart cities, smart industries and blue growth, design and education. Minister Stefania Giannini and Minister Wan Gang will open the forum. This year it will include the debut of a start-up competition between Italy and China, with space also given to makers and Manufacturing 4.0. The festival, promoted by the Ministry of Education, has been organised on the Italian side by Science City with the National Research Council, Confindustria employers' association and major Italian universities and research centres. On the Chinese side, the programme is promoted by the Ministry of Science and Technology and organised by the Beijing Municipal S&T Commission with the Beijing Association for Science and Technology. Last year's Innovation Week, held in Bishan, Chongqing, included more than 200 Italian participants and more than 1,800 Chinese participants, with 800 B2B meetings and the signing of 30 cooperation agreements. (AGI) .