27 September 2017The Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University has signed a framework cooperation agreement with the National Research Council of Italy (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche).
The main fields of cooperation will include elaboration of joint research projects; preparation of joint grant applications; regular academic exchange; development of post-graduate and doctoral studies across various research fields; administrative cooperation.
This agreement comes at a time of rapid development of the University’s cooperation with Italy. At the moment, a group of 10 IKBFU students is visiting the University of Catania on a custom-developed program within the framework of an agreement signed in 2016. In the Summer of 2017, a group of IKBFU faculty and students took part in the European Innovation Academy in Turin, with 2 of the group members making it to the top 10 of the EIA start up projects.
We are also developing strong research connections: Stepan Toshchakov is partnering with Mikhail Yakimov of Messina branch of the CNR to study marine extremophiles (microorganisms living in extreme environmental conditions), and Dino Fiorani (CNR Rome) is responsible for determining research agenda of the Shared Experimental Facility Center at the Fabrika Science and Technology Park. It is our hope that with the new agreement connections like these will flourish in other research areas, including social sciences and the humanities.
The Laboratory of Microbial Genomics of the Institute of Living Systems of the IKBFU has been actively collaborating with the laboratory of Marine Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology of the Institute of Costal and Marine Environments of the National Research Council of Italy. Several papers have already been published as the result of this collaboration, and a joint research cruise was conducted in 2016 to sample halophilic microbial communities. Professor Yakimov (Messina) has been giving lectures and conducting seminars for the students of the IKBFU since 2016, and the teams from Kaliningrad and Italy are involved in preparing and submitting joint grant applications. We are very interested in further development of such productive cooperation.
Dr. Elmira Zilber, vice-rector for research and international cooperation:
Our university has already started very fruitful work with our Italian partner universities and research centers. Now the plan is to extend this collaboration, and we hope that our joint efforts will lead to exciting results in the near future.