(ANSAmed) – DUBAI, JAN 14 – “The University of Bari is at the center of the Mediterranean and it is the natural place from which to start to create connections between communities, not only in Europe,” said Anna Maria Candela, the deputy rector of the University of Bari Aldo Moro in her speech at the Sustainable, Connected and Safe Communities event at the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. “This role,” she continued, “emerged in the past, with different agreements that are in place on agrifood and other issues, and we want to move forward with this role and work for sustainable, safe, and connected communities not only for Italy but for the entire Mediterranean.” Organised by the University of Bari with support from Bv Tech SpA, the event dealt with the themes of cybersecurity and artificial intelligence as engines of development for sustainable communities.
“Universities are a place where challenges can be dealt with.
The pandemic highlighted that we must think of a new way to understand what connection is: not only infrastructure, but also virtual connections. There is a challenge, and this must be dealt with in the academic world since universities are a natural place to deal with different problems and try a different way to solve them,” she added.
After institutional greetings by Italian Infrastructure and Sustainability Minister Enrico Giovannini, the dialogue in two panels focused mainly on the issue of cybersecurity as an opportunity to build sustainable cities and territories, with a video message by Professor Mohamed Cheriet from the École de Technologie Supérieure of Montreal and Dimitri Tartari, head of the Digital Agenda of the Emilia-Romagna regional government.
In the second session, four Italian enterprises discussed how their activities and company policies ensure security and sustainability, with a video message by Saverio Friuli, head of the Space, Defense, and Security Strategic Area of Bv Tech and speeches (remote and in attendance) by: Roberto Tundo, Technology Innovation and Digital Chief Officer of Ferrovie dello Stato, Alfredo Nulli, vice president of Portfolio & COE of Noovle, and Quang Ngo Dinh, Olivetti CEO. (ANSAmed).