ICTP's mission and research took centre stage on 14 December at a World Expo session dedicated to international research institutions in Italy. The event, titled "Italian Research Institutions Facing Global Challenges", featured opening remarks by Maria Cristina Messa, Italy's Minister of University and Research, followed by presentations by top research institutes in Italy, including ICTP.
ICTP Director Atish Dabholkar promoted the Centre's "Science Without Borders" mission with a presentation focussed on ICTP's research, education and impact on science in the developing world. The session included other talks by the leaders of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, the Italian National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, and the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics.
The World Expo 2020 is being held in Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 under the theme "Opportunity Mobility Sustainability". It is the first World Expo to be held in an Arab country. Italy, ICTP's host country, is one of 200 nations represented at the event.