(VELINO) Roma, 15 Oct - NATO's Science for Peace and SecurityProgramme (SPS) arrives in Rome on Oct. 21 for an "Info Day",co-organised by the Italian National Agency for NewTechnologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development(ENEA), the Foreign Ministry and the Permanent Mission of Italyto the Atlantic Council. The aim is to build partnerships,create contacts between scientists and researchers of Alliancecountries, and inform them about the opportunities that theprogramme offers. The SPS is a tool created to effectcooperation and dialogue between NATO countries, and is basedon research, innovation and knowledge sharing. It also financesand provides expertise and support for safety-relatedactivities developed by members of the Alliance and itspartners. The SPS, part of the Emerging Security ChallengesDivision of NATO, focuses its attention on a growing number ofcontemporary threats including terrorism, CBRN (Chemical,Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) defence, cyber defence,and the human and social aspects of security. Finally, it dealswith environmental and energy safety. As for the "info day",the opening session will be led by Antonio Palucci, head ofENEA's diagnostic and metrology laboratory and a member of theindependent scientific evaluation group of SPS; Sorin Ducaru,NATO assistant secretary general for emerging securitychallenges; Alessandro Minuto Rizzo, President of the NATODefence College Foundation; and Gianfranco Incarnato, DeputyDirector General of Political Affairs of the Foreign Ministry,as well as Director for Security, Disarmament andNon-proliferation. There will then be a discussion of theopportunities for cooperation within the programme, especiallyfrom the Italian point of view. Later the programme will beanalysed from the perspective of the Alliance partners and,finally, there will be an interactive session whereparticipants will discuss and develop ideas and proposalsrelated to the activities of the SPS. vel.