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The CER surveys 31 scientific and academic institutions in FVG 

15.000 researchers, lecturers and foreign students studied or worked in Friuli Venezia Giulia during 2012

05.11.2013 -

Exploring the prospects for local and international development of the scientific network in Friuli Venezia Giulia ahead of Horizon 2020: this was the main topic on the agenda at the 12th Annual Conference of the Regional Coordination of Research Institutes held this morning at AREA Science Park, Trieste.


The event, attended by representatives from the world of research, was an opportunity for a debate on internationalisation strategies at regional and national level with a view to reinforcing socio-economic systems by leveraging research and innovation.


The wide range of issues discussed during the morning included topics such as how scientific and technological cooperation can be used to promote the national system, the need to support higher education and basic research, the role of universities, and regional strategies to revitalise the region and increase its competitiveness.

The results of the eighth Mobilità della Conoscenza survey were presented during the conference. The aim of the survey, carried out annually by the Regional Coordination of Research Institutes (CER), is to track the number of researchers and foreign students entering the region each year. The study, covering the academic year 2011/2012 (for universities) and 2012 for research institutes, confirmed the pull power of the scientific system in Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 2012, 15,000 researchers, lecturers and foreign students chose to study or work in the region for varying lengths of time. In detail, there were 3,928 students (an increase of 5.3% compared to 2011) and 11,037 researchers (up by 1.02% on 2011).


The survey of 31 institutions shows that once again this year, the number of foreign researchers and lecturers permanently employed by the region's research institutes and universities has risen from 4,485 to 4,563, out of a total of 8,221. The number of foreign university students has also increased, and now stands at 7.46% of all students registered for the academic year 2011/12 - well above the national average of 3.3%. The pull power of the region's two Conservatories (Tartini of Trieste and Tomadini of Udine) was also clearly evident. Of all the foreign students registered at both institutions, the number of foreign students totalled 11.72%, with 22.75% of lecturers arriving from abroad.




The study was carried out by the Regional Coordination of Research Institutes of Friuli Venezia Giulia


14,956 foreign students, researchers and lecturers worked or studied for some length of time at one of the region's academic and scientific institutes. There were 3,928 students (an increase of 5.3% compared to 2011) and 11,037 researchers (up by 1.02% on 2011).





-          8,221 foreign researchers and students are engaged in permanent work or study in the region's research institutes and universities, and 4,563 come from other countries. 120 came from EU countries, more than 1,000 from Asia (excluding India and China), and Africa and Central and South America each accounting for 740.


-          Scientific fields of interest. For staff researchers (including Italian nationals), the trending subjects were Physics (PHY) as the dominant sector with 4,166 researchers, followed by Life Sciences (LIF), Environment & Geosciences (ENV) and Mathematics (MAT). The top area of interest for all students (including Italians) was Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC) which accounted for about 40% of all registered students, followed by Engineering & Information Science (ENG) at just over 20%, Life Sciences (LIF) and Economic Sciences (ECO), which collectively account for 22% of registered students.




-          7.46% of all registered students are foreign, a figure that is well above the national average of 3.3%;


-          The pull power of the region's two conservatories (Tartini of Trieste and Tomadini of Udine) was also very high. The number of foreign students registered at both institutes stood at 11.72% of the total, while 22.75% of lecturers arrived from abroad.




-          55% of students registered for university courses are female

-          29.84% of all staff researchers are female, a figure that reflects the situation in Europe and confirms the greater difficulties experienced by women in accessing scientific careers.


*31 scientific institutions took part in the survey (26 research institutions, 3 universities and 2 conservatories from the regional network): Agency for Economic Development in Mountain Areas - AGEMONT S.p.A., Consortium for the Centre of Molecular Biomedicine, Centro Ricerche Plast-Optica S.p.A., CISM - International Centre of Mechanical Sciences, CNR - IC Crystallography Institute, Istituto Officina dei Materiali (Materials Workshop of the National Research Council - CNR), CNR - IOM u.o.s. DEMOCRITOS, CNR - ISM Institute of the Structure of Materials, CNR ISMAR - Institute of Marine Science, "Giuseppe Tartini" Conservatory of Music, Trieste, "Jacopo Tomadini" Conservatory of Music (Udine), AREA Consortium for Scientific & Technological Research (Trieste), Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., the Carlo & Dirce Callerio Foundation, "Fondazione Italiana Fegato Onlus - F.I.F.", Rino Snaidero Scientific Foundation, "Friuli Innovazione" Centre for Research and Technology Transfer, ICGEB - International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, IGA - Institute of Applied Genomics, LIS - Scientific Imaginarium, INAF - Astronomic Observatory of Trieste, INFN - National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Trieste Section, IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, ISIG - Institute of International Sociology (Gorizia), National Institute of Oceanography & Experimental Geophysics - OGS, LNCIB - National Laboratory of the Interuniversity Consortium, SISSA - Higher International School of Advanced Studies, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics - ICTP, TWAS - The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, University of Trieste, University of Udine.