Central sustainability for the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation, which turns 20

The Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation turns 20 and organizes the “Healing the Planet. Sustainability and circular economy “. The meeting marks the turning point towards sustainability and the circular economy by the Foundation which, always dedicated to scientific research, will focus in particular on the challenges related to sustainable growth: from digital transformation to new materials and infrastructures that respect the environment, from policies of governments and companies on energy production, to sustainable mobility for efficient and accessible cities of the future.

The central point remains that of training, an area in which the Foundation has provided 5 million in research funding over the years. To address such broad themes, the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation brought together in the event “Healing the Planet. Sustainability and the circular economy ”Roberto Cingolani, Minister of Ecological Transition, Cristina Messa, Minister of University and Research, Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director General for Climate of the European Commission and Marco Tronchetti Provera, President of the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation.

Among the points discussed, the most effective ways for the ecological transition, where to direct resources to transform the production system into a more sustainable model and, again, how to prepare young people to face an evolving world of work.

Training has always been a theme dear to the Foundation, which has been deepened thanks to the participation of the highest offices of the Milanese universities: Elio Franzini, rector of the University of Milan, Giovanna Iannantuoni, rector of the University of Milan Bicocca, Ferruccio Resta, rector of the Milan Polytechnic and Gianmario Verona, rector of the Bocconi University in Milan.

“Looking to the future and anticipating the times is the only way to make the country competitive and able to guarantee economic growth and well-being – declares Marco Tronchetti Provera, president of the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation. In this transition phase, Governments and businesses must be even more far-sighted, already trying today to provide young people with the tools they will have to use in 20 years to face a world undergoing profound change. With this objective, the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation will expand its activities to the themes of sustainability and the circular economy, which will be central in the coming years “.

To teach the fundamental themes of sustainability and circular economy, the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation, in collaboration with leading university and cultural institutions, will already activate a project from 2022 aimed at creating a series of high-level refresher courses for teachers, so that they can then be transferred to students, thus reaching a wide audience of users.

This initiative further strengthens the vocation of the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation to spread scientific culture among the youngest thanks to an effective collaboration between public and private sectors and represents only the first step in a series of projects that will lead the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation to explain also in elementary, middle and high schools, the importance of sustainability and the circular economy.

In twenty years of activity, the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation has provided 312 scholarships for 5 million euros, in particular in the sector of new materials, nanotechnologies, economics and innovation. Overall, over 60 scientific projects were supported. The work carried out by the Foundation in promoting high-level scientific culture is evidenced by the collaboration with leading universities and national and international research centers: from all the Milanese universities to the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, up to CERN in Geneva and MIT of Boston, also establishing relations with the University of Craiova (Romania), Shandong University (China) and Vyatka State University (Kirov – Russia).

Grasping the importance of environmental sustainability, the Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation, in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano, has financed the Renewable Energy Observatory since 2014, the Observatory for electric mobility since 2018 and the Observatory for the circular economy.

Over the years, the Foundation has also promoted numerous initiatives aimed at pursuing the objective of scientific dissemination and the enhancement of young people. Among these, in collaboration with the Umberto Veronesi Foundation and the Giorgio Cini Foundation, from 2005 to 2017, it supported the World Conference “The Future of Science”, one of the largest Italian events for scientific dissemination and culture that attracted internationally renowned experts and numerous students from all over Italy.

The importance of scientific education for young people was, on the other hand, the central theme of the Teatro Scienza project, created in collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano, to teach science to the very young in an innovative, fun way and with their own creativity. of the theater. The success of the initiative, which involved hundreds of young people and teachers, led to the creation of over 40 theatrical pieces.

Since 2017, the Foundation has supported the Degree Course in Data Science established by the University of Milan Bicocca, through the provision of study grants to the most deserving students of the course. Starting from 2018 with the University of Milan Bicocca and the Lincei Foundation for the School, the Foundation supported the “Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” course which was attended by over 500 high school teachers.