Rome, Italy, 21 June 2021: Deputy Minister Manlio Di Stefano, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and ICGEB Director-General, Lawrence Banks, sign the Host country agreement confirming the establishment of the seat of the ICGEB in AREA Science Park.
“The signing of this agreement,” the Deputy Minister has said, “confirms both Italy’s and the Centre’s desire to provide a concrete contribution to sustainable global development through advanced experimental research. We strongly believe in the solutions with which modern biotechnology can come up to solve the problems of our planet and its inhabitants, and the contribution provided by the ICGEB in the fight against Covid-19 has been tangible proof of this.”
“We are very pleased with the presence of such a prestigious scientific institution in our country, in the beautiful city of Trieste, whose scientific-technological hub is proving to be increasingly dynamic and attracting excellence from around the world. We will continue to strive to enhance national scientific research capabilities and to further internationalise this sector, which is fundamental for the future of mankind,” the Deputy Minister concluded.
Dr. Lawrence Banks extended his thanks to the Government and the people of Italy for their commitment and support of ICGEB over more than 30 years. “Italy is indeed a global leader in the endeavour to promote diplomacy, development, and peace across the world through science, and I truly believe that ICGEB is a major instrument for achieving this.”
“With our Headquarters located within the Trieste AREA Science Park, and firmly established within the Trieste Science System, where our collaborations have blossomed over the years, cementing our premises through this agreement is an extremely important development.”
He also remembered Prof. Arturo Falaschi, the founding father of the ICGEB, whose vision he strives to emulate “using science to improve the quality of life for all peoples of the world,” and concluded: “The ICGEB Headquarters – dedicated to his memory – remains a state-of-the-art research facility.”
ICGEB also wishes to remember Mr. Mauricio de Maria y Campos, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 1993 to 1997 – ICGEB’s “parent Organization” – who passed away in May 2021. Director-General Campos provided immense support to the ICGEB during the lead-up to its independence on 1 January 1996 and wishes to express its lasting appreciation and condolences to his family.