I work in the field of science diplomacy and promotion of research and innovation, helping researchers and entrepreneurs to find a way to be funded by Europe for their ideas, and Europe to implement Cooperation policies in science and innovation with other Countries.
I have been appointed as National Contact Point of the European Commission in Italy for Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology (NMP) since 2002.
Since 2012 I have the role of Head of Unit for International Cooperation and Innovation, the position carries Management, Strategy, Monitoring and Advisory functions.
In the past couple of years I am focusing on Public engagement (PE) and Partecipatory leadership, especially in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and for the identification of future priority of Research. PE is about co-creating the future with citizens and civil society organisations, and also bringing on board the widest possible diversity of actors that would not normally interact with each other, on matters of science and technology. I supervise the Enterprise Europe Network activities of APRE.
As project manager I coordinate and manage several International cooperation projects, focusing in the past years on Canada, India, South Africa and the US.
I have a Master degree in International law and a Master in Global Environmental Policies.
I believe in the respect of the planet, the animals and the human beings and I try to act accordingly every day.
BIAS AND DIVERSITY IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – THE EUROPEAN APPROACH. THE DIFFERENT ROOTS OF BIAS AND HOW DIVERSITY CAN HELP OVERCOMING IT
publication descriptionWhen we talk about artificial intelligence, it is important to dispel the myths and concerns that humans are creating a new form of intelligence, with its own conscience. Algorithms learn only from the data with which we train them, that’s why they resemble very much the structure of thoughts of who will input the training data-sets in the system. This can generate bias. In the context of machine learning, bias can signify that there is a greater level of error for certain demographic categories that received less attentions or about which we have less information or data. AI it’s already been used to make decisions on people’ life, but currently vast parts of the society are left out from its development which does not capture their experiences or realities. There is a diversity crisis in the AI sector including gender, visible minorities, race, persons with disabilities, and age. This leads to a problem of inclusion and equity as well, with many people being potentially excluded and disempowered by the creation of probable bias in the technology. The European Commission addresses the issue of equity, diversity and inclusion in the White paper on Artificial Intelligence published the 18th of February 2020, giving a policy framework to implement actions in this direction.
publication descriptionLatin America, the Caribbean and Europe share a long history of cooperation at many different levels: social, economic, and political, with a growing focus on shared projects on science, technology and innovation. Since 2010 the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) has been established as a regional bloc of 33 sovereign LAC countries, representing roughly 600 million people and is now the European Union’s counterpart for the bi-regional partnership process. The main European programme for Science, Innovation and Technologies, Horizon 2020, with its 80 B€ budget over seven years is considered an important instrument for the internationalization of Universities and other research stakeholders and a tool for Science diplomacy. Horizon 2020 is “Open to the World”, meaning that all Countries of the world can participate in the calls for proposals, and are actually encouraged to join European partnership on specific topics. The specific priority for cooperation between the EU and CELAC Countries are decided and updated regularly at SOM level. This article explores the bilateral and the regional dialogue political process, the roadmaps and action plans with the identified priorities for cooperation and the upcoming opportunities under the last three calls of Horizon 2020 for the CELAC Countries.