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Today, Thursday 4th May 2017, at MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale (Museum of Oriental Art), the series of meetings organized on the occasion of the exhibition Dall’antica alla nuova Via della Seta (From the ancient to the new Silk Road) continues. Taking the cue from the exhibition and the permanent collections of the museum, the speakers who will take part in the event will offer a precious opportunity to think about the new cultural challenges of the Eurasian vision that the New Silk Road wants to offer. The cooperation with Il Mulino, ToChina and the Polytechnic University of Turin gives the opportunity to talk about this topic under different points of view, with an interdisciplinary approach and with high-profile international speakers.

Today, talking about China often means facing the unprecedented process of urbanisation which is currently taking place, and not only as architects or city planners. For this reason, the percentage of the urban population went from 18% in 1978 to more than 55% in 2017, and every year more than 16 million people who live in rural areas move to the cities.

The Nuova Via della Seta (New Silk Road) is the latest important government project that wants to support the central role of the Country on a global scale, a position that our country had many times in the past, for example from the mercantile point of view, and that now it is forcefully reaffirmed thanks to the fundamental role given to urbanisation.

Different levels of government, driven by the thriving real estate market and by the profits coming from the right to build, have defined new development areas, scientific parks and industrial areas in ambitious plans for new developments and new towns. This is a strategic tool by which local governments increase their local revenues, attract companies and business activities and, more generally, spread the Chinese “urban dream”.

A special and symbolic example of the Nuova Via della Seta ambitions is the newly founded city of Lanzhou, built by the Government in the North central China as the focal point and the hub of the new expansion towards the West. Lanzhou has been recently visited by the Polytechnic University of Turin, the first western university to carry out field studies in this Chinese city.

Free entry to the conferences until all available seats are taken.

Free tickets will be distributed from half an hour before the beginning of the conference.


Wednesday 10th May 2017, at 12:30pm, at Salone del Rettorato of the University of Turin (Via Verdi 8 – Turin) there will be the presentation to the press of Le Vie dell’Amianto, an exhibition organized on the initiative of the Interdepartmental Centre for Studies on Asbestos and Other Toxic Particulates “G. Scansetti” of the University of Turin, the RSA – the Environmental Rehabilitation and Development Society of the former asbestos mine in Balangero e Corio – and the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Agorà Scienza and Sistema Museale e Archivio Storico of Ateneo.

Thanks to the agreement between the Book, Music and Culture Foundation and the University of Turin, at the 2017 International Book Fair which will take place from 18th to 22nd May, in Pavilion 3 of the historical headquarters of Lingotto (Via Nizza 294, Turin), there will be an exhibition space called “Open Science” dedicated to science and its role in contemporary societies.

This space will be divided into the event space “Talking About: science to understand the world”, and the exhibition space “Science with and for Society”.

“Our presence at the International Book Fair underlines the role of University in the creation and promotion of culture in the territory”, says the dean of the University of Turin Gianmaria Ajani. “Thanks to the contribution of the professors and the cooperation of the students we will present the value of research, and we will shed light on the most crucial current problems, correcting the fake news and promoting accurate information on topics that too often are responsible for the spreading of misleading news”.

Mario Montalcini, the Vice President of the Foundation who last December signed the agreement, adds: “We are very proud of this cooperation that has set in motion experiences and experimentations that will be the lifeblood also for the next International Book Fairs. The University of Turin is an institution of the highest calibre, that will collaborate with the Foundation so that it can achieve its goals. The University has educated many experts and young people in different areas of knowledge, who are enthusiastic about what they do and want to get very positive results”.


During the eventful programme proposed by “Talking About: science to understand the world”, some experts of the University of Turin will rotate themselves in order to face some of the most significant topics about which too often fake news originate: these are incorrect and misleading pieces of information that are spread in order to manipulate public opinion.


In particular, from Thursday 18th May to Sunday 21st May at 12pm, you will have the opportunity to attend an event whose aim is to make people understand the most frequent manipulation of information and data in the different areas of policy, health, economy and work.


In addition, individual events taking place all the days will give the opportunity to shed light on crucial topics such as vaccinations, migrants, ethics and journalism, populism, Europe and post-truth.

As reported by newsroom, at the Health Regional Department of Comitato Strategico Amianto (Asbestos Strategic Committee) there has been a meeting with the aim of starting a national and European project, that can serve as a model for the study of mesothelioma, thanks to investments on preclinical research that allow to learn what causes this cancer and to identify new drugs and new treatments. At the meeting there were the Health Regional Councillor Antonio Saitta, the Environment Regional Councillor Alberto Valmaggia, the Director of the Hospital of Alessandria Giovanna Baraldi, the Director of the Local Health Unit of Alessandria Gilberto Gentili, the head of the Piedmont Asbestos Health Centre Massimo D’Angelo, the Mayor of Casale Monferrato Titti Palazzetti as the President of the Centre, and the representatives of the asbestos victims’ associations, of ARPA (Regional Environment Protection Agency) and of the trade unions.

The project, proposed by Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto (Association of Asbestos Victims Families) that can count on a 3,8 million euro funding and will be lead by the Hospital of Alessandria, will involve the University of Turin and in particular the Department of Oncology, to which the research institutes of San Luigi di Orbassando, Candiolo and Le Molinette belong. The University of Turin will collaborate with these research institutes, as well as with the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research, the Scientific Institute of Romagna for the Study and Treatment of Cancer, the Department of Translational Medicine and the Department of Health Sciences of the University of Eastern Piedmont. In this project revision, the Region of Piedmont will appoint a research scientific guarantor, whose task will be to ensure the functioning and the consistency of all the activities.

“We are putting in place the best skills at our disposal, to ensure high-quality work that can serve as a model not only at local level but also at national level. The institutions involved will be treated “on an equal footing”, and each of them will provide its knowledge and its skills. As a Region, we are gearing up to ensure the achievement of these goals”, said the Health Regional Councillor Saitta.

“It will be a broad-based work, but it will keep on having the Piedmont Asbestos Health Centre of Casale Monferrato and the Hospital of Alessandria as the reference point through the UFIM (Unità Funzionale Interaziendale Mesotelioma Ospedali di Alessandria e Casale Monferrato), that will be strengthened in order to ensure its efficiency over time. In this context, the appointment of the scientific guarantor as an example of trust, unity and feasibility will be extremely important”, points out the Director of the Hospital of Alessandria Baraldi.

On April 6th in Corso Unione Sovietica 218 bis, Turin, there will be the ESCP Europe Open Day, where you can get some information about all the study programmes of the International Business School ESCP Europe.

ESCP Europe connects and educates the business world and its objective is to improve the knowledge and the practice of intercultural management.

ESCP Europe deals with the teaching of management on the highest academic level with an interdisciplinary perspective; it educates leaders who know many languages, with a high cultural education, who are open-minded and responsible. Students who graduate at ESCP Europe are ready to lead and inspire the international business world as future managers or entrepreneurs.

The managers and supervisors of the different international study courses of ESCP Europe will help you in your choice of the study programme which most suits you. If you are interested in our school, please send an e-mail to participate to this event, describing your school background (or university background) and your age.

From 2.30 p.m. there will be informative sections about our Bachelor, Master in Management, Master in European Business and Master in International Food & Beverage Management.

Open Day

Start time: 2.30 p.m. / End time: 6.00 p.m.

For further information and to participate to the event, please write us an email:

Tuesday March 21st is a day completely dedicated to research at Politecnico di Torino. On this occasion there will be an accurate description of the strategies for research of Politecnico. Witnesses are the vice-dean for research Stefano Corgnati together with professors and researchers of the university, who will talk about the strategies and the actions carried out in partnership with the institutional and industrial partners of Politecnico.

After that there will be a workshop where one of the topics of the discussion is the relationship between Politecnico and the socio-economic system of the region and of the country, in a background where new roles and new financial models are extremely requested from a technical university.

The European Research Council celebrates its 10th anniversary and on this occasion there will also be the “ERC Cafè” starting from 3.30 p.m. This informal event is open to students, doctorate students and researchers, to give them the opportunity to talk with the winners of the prestigious ERC Grants.

Programme of the day:

9.15 a.m. Registration

9.30 a.m. Relaunching research: the role of the universities today –Marco Gilli, dean of Politecnico

10.00 a.m. The fundamental, collaborative and industrial research of Politecnico di Torino: strategies, actions and funding – Introduction of Stefano Corgnati, vice-dean for research, Politecnico di Torino

The researchers speak: video-witnesses of researchers and research groups which talk about the many specialisation fields, the support of all departments and the various funding that supports the research projects.

The industry speaks: speakers are the delegates of great industrial groups which have signed partnership agreements with Politecnico di Torino.

11.30 a.m. Coffee break

12.00 a.m. Research results and technological transfer of Politecnico di Torino

12.20 a.m. Workshop – the future of the funding of research

Introduction of F. Profumo (President of Compagnia di San Paolo), moderator M. Ferrando (Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore)

Delegates of the institutions and the foundations which support the scientific research in Italy, of CNR and other great agencies of the region will be present.

3.00 p.m. ERC Cafè


Salone d’Onore, Castello del Valentino – Viale Mattioli 39, Turin

On February 21st Piero Piumetti presents: “Vivere bene si può” (It is possibile to have a good life), 50 psychological recipes ready to be used (Effatà Editrice)

Piero Piumetti is psychologist-psychotherapist of Consorzio Socio-Assistenziale (Province of Cuneo), a teacher of “gerontologist psychology” at IUSTO and the scientific director of Corso di Perfezionamento in Psicologia dell’Invecchiamento at IUSTO.

Here you can find useful pieces of advice for your physical and psychological health. There are called “psychological recipes” and can be followed at the same pace or changed according to the “ingredients” everyone has, by choosing the best one for the occasion. In fact, he collected some techniques, coming from different psychological trends, which can prevent and heal many common problems anyone has in their lives: anxiety, stress, fear, depression, somatizing, tics, insomnia, phobias, obsessions, dependence, happiness, couple conflicts, calm, grief, perfectionism, mental schemes, ethics, creativity, motivation, concentration.

On March 21st Girolamo Guerrisi presens: “Lete e Mnemosine”, meetings in the mythology factories (96, rue de-la-Fontaine Edizioni)

Girolamo Guerrisi is an engineer and a writer. He gives us a little contribute of the knowledge of our society: a contribute to the defence of values which are deep in the DNA of our culture. Through this book he wants to get us in contact with symbols and the many sides of mythology, which mean freedom of art and of thought, in order to plant the roots of humanism, which is the greatest common good which is not present nowadays. A trip looking for Beauty, together with the great charm of the mythologist characters.

On May 2nd Maria Pia Venezia presents: “Le nuove forme del comunicare: genitori e adolescenti nell’era dei nuovi media” (The new means of communication: parents and teenager in the era of the new media)

Maria Pia Venezia is a psychologist-psychotherapis.

If the “language is the house of the soul”, then the behaviour a person has online is the new language through which this person shows themselves to the world. The virtual aspects of one’s personality are more and more important, so is important the way the virtual world influences the growth of a teenager. Through this book she wants to give you the instruments to act as parents able to educate their children in the best possible way.


The exhibition “Nativity. Masters and young artists of the Accademia Albertina interpret the theme of the New Start” will take place from 20th December, 2016 to 22nd January 2017 at the Pinacoteca Albertina.

The exhibition, curated by Luca Beatrice, Professor of art history and contemporary art Critic, is organized on the occasion of the Christmas period as an opportunity of confrontation between teachers of the main courses of the Accademia Albertina and some outstanding students. This year the Nativity is the theme that students have developed artistically.

Nativity is an exhibition of sixty works that want to interpret the theme of the New Start, taking account of the Catholic roots of our tradition, but also of a secular vision, that is open to cultural diversity and of faith, which is the foundation of civilization and tolerance. Different styles, techniques, languages ​​and means are used: from figurative painting to conceptual art, from video to installation, from sculpture to photography, from folk art to fine mental expressions and many other solutions, stimulated by varied and unorthodox interpretations of the subject, some more literal, other more free.

The exhibition enables visitors to enjoy the best creative works of the Accademia Albertina – which, particularly in recent years, has been hosting students from all over Italy and from abroad – in a truly international perspective, reflecting a variety of glances, visual creativity and cultures that are the revealers of our time.

The National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR) present its reports, which assess the quality of the Italian University and Research.

The University of Turin got the 12th place in the assessments, which have been made over a period of eight months and involved 118 thousand jobs, created between 2011 and 2014 by 60.000 teachers and researchers.

The rector Gianmaria Ajani says he is satisfied with the result, since the University of Turin is “one of the few universities in the North, that confirmed previous assessments.” In fact – he adds – “only our university and Trieste confirmed their ranking, while there is a great revival of universities of Central and South Italy, which had been penalized in previous assessments.” If someone asks the rector the secret to get the same rank, he answers that the result is due to the decisions taken in recent years: they worked on the selection of research products, asking departments to focuse their energies in their own best areas.

The Politecnico di Torino has been ranked 22nd, but Rector Gilli stresses “this type of ranking rewards especially generalist universities, active on several fields of research.” However, “we ranked 25th in the previous survey, so we have recovered three positions and if we consider only Polytechnics, we surpassed Milan, that stood before us, and that is now 25th”, he affirms proudly. For this reason, it will be important to examine the rankings, that are based on the evaluation of individual departments, which will be published by Anvur in the next few days.



Enrollments for the II Level Master in Design for Arts and Cultural Innovation are now open.

The master, offered by the Politecnico di Torino, deals with strategic and planning aspects in the fields of art and design and aims to train cultural mediatiors among workers in the field of architecture, of the art system and the public.

The master was created after a careful assessment of cultural and business characteristics of the area – Turin – that allowed to identify the multidisciplinary training needs of professionals, who, in addition to a solid humanistic background, can also develop projects for new business and cultural production models through the use of new technologies.

The Master in Design for Arts and Cultural Innovation offers a comprehensive and structured training course, which allows participants to address strategic and planning aspects, particularly in the arts and design sector. The course aims to train cultural mediators among professionals in the field of architecture, of the art world (artists, curators, gallery owners, journalists, technicians) and the public.

The deadline for applications is scheduled for 16th January, 2017.

For more information, please visit the website of the Master.