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ARPICO aims to promote, share and facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and research work; to provide an accessible and informal forum for discussions, debate and exchange of ideas related to topics and issues relevant to modern society; to be a point of reference, support and networking for researchers, professionals and students in Western Canada; to promote cooperation and networking with governmental, industrial, and professional entities.
20170606_EventProfile_Bostock.jpgWe have the good fortune of living in a beautful corner of the planet where spectacular coast mountain scenery borders the temperate Pacific Ocean. But this priviledge comes at a price. The same forces that lift the coast mountains from the sea are responsible for one of the most powerful of natural disasters: earthquakes. In this talk, I will discuss several distinct classes of earthquake that occur in the Pacific Northwest and the seismic hazard they pose. This list includes the highly anticipated magnitude 9 "megathrust" event that will rupture the entire Cascadia plate boundary from offshore northern Vancouver Island to northern California. It also includes less predictable "crustal" earthquakes up to magnitude 7.5 that can occur on faults anywhere in the region, and deep "intraslab" earthquakes up to magnitude 7 directly beneath major population centers such as Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. "Slow earthquakes" with magnitudes of up to 6.5 represent a recently discovered class of tremor that goes essentially unnoticed by the general public but which occurs at regular ~14 month intervals below Vancouver Island. Although earth motion during slow earthquakes is too protracted to generate significant seismic waves, these events may serve as harbingers for the next megathrust event as they transfer stress along the Cascadia plate boundary.

Michael Bostock is Professor of Seismology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia. His research focusses on the structure and seismicity of subduction zones, both active…

June 06, 2017 at 6:00pm

Roundhouse Community Centre - Room B - (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, B.C.)

Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.
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Concert for Piano and Violin

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC invites you to a concert for piano and violin with Maestros Domenico Mongelli (piano) and Maria Calvet (violin).
Organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy, this event is part of the celebrations for the "Festa della Musica" 2017.

June 20, 2017, at 6.30 pm
St Paul's Anglican Church
1130 Jervis St, Vancouver
BC V6E 2C7

Dante Society Members: free entrance
Non Members: 10$ (children under 15: free)
Non members: tickets available at the door

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC is the local branch of a worldwide non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of the Italian language and culture through the organization of language courses and cultural events. The Society also administers the PLIDA certification tests.

For more information about the Society:
www.dantesocietybc.ca
email: info@dantesocietybc.ca
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2017 ISSNAF Inaugural Canadian Annual Event

On May 19-20th SIRO (Society of Italian researcher in Ontario) official Chapter of the Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF) will host in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa the inaugural Canadian Annual ISSNAF meeting.

The event is organized under the auspices of H.E. Ambassador Claudio Taffuri, Consul General of Italy in Toronto, Giuseppe Pastorelli, and Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto, Alessandro Ruggera and Scientific Attache' of the Italian Embassy in Ottawa, Anna Galluccio. This year's exciting conference will focus on innovation, exploring innovation as invention and transformation and its impact on how we live and think.

During the event, the italian scientific community meets the institutions, the industry, academia to discuss breakthrough ideas, to network, and to award projects of young Italians through the ISSNAF Young Investigators Awards.

After an introduction by H.E. Ambassador of Italy, Claudio Taffuri, and other representatives of italian institutions, the event will open with two prominent speakers: Paolo Maccario, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager at Silfab Solar Inc. and Franco Vaccarino, President and Vice-Chancellor of Guelph University, who will discuss current and future strategies in academia and industry required for students and workers to deal with the disruptive technologies and the exponential increase in knowledge.

The later part of the day will feature speakers from different institutions from all over Canada. Corrado Paina, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, will address the importance of innovation and research from the industry prospective. Umberto Berardi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ryerson University, will bring his experience as winner of the Franco Strazzabosco Award for Engineers. Nicola Fameli, Research Associate of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, U. of British Columbia and Franco Mammarella, Group leader Canada's National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, president and vice-president of ARPICO (Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada), who will explain the importance of developing a global network amongst researchers. The day will be closed by Gabriella Gobbi, Associate Professor, Dept. Psychiatry, McGill University on the current status of the Italian Scientific Community in Quebec.

Day One of ISSNAF's Annual event will conclude with a reception at the Istituto. Day two of the event is dedicated to young Italian researchers and scientists who will present their work and will receive the ISSNAF Certificate for Young Investigators. The day will end with a round table and a discussion directed by the ISSNAF Ontario chapter Chairs, Barbara Cifra, Vito Mennella and Leonardo Salmena on how to build a successful academic network and how ISSNAF can contribute to the process.

For this year the event will be attended by 60 selected researchers and scholars working in Canada.

For more information email issnafontario@gmail.com

Made in Italy or Made in China?

The Dante Alighieri Society of BC Invites you to A talk by UBC Prof. Gaoheng Zhang,

MADE IN ITALY OR MADE IN CHINA?

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Doors open at 5:45 pm
UBC Robson Square (Theatre), 800 Robson St., Vancouver
Access parking from Howe St. (and Nelson)
RSVP at info@dantesocietybc.ca
Registration is required.

Since Marco Polo, intercultural and trade relations between China and Italy have flourished. In recent decades, the two countries faced strenuous competition in the manufacturing sector. According to conventional wisdom, while Italian fashion represents creativity and refined style, mass production characterizes ‘Made in China’ garments. Dr. Zhang’s talk will focus on the textile and clothing industry in Prato, Italy, which has become emblematic of the presumed conflicts between these two modes of manufacturing.

It is right in the heart of Tuscany, in Prato, that a Chinese diaspora has been increasingly involved in the production of low-and middle-end ready-to-wear fashion. For some local industrialists, this is an unwelcome development, as it damages their businesses and the ‘Made in Italy’ label. Others have argued that this evolution has been beneficial to the ‘Made in Italy’ fashion sector. What has been the role of the media in conveying these dynamics to the public? And why should we care about the ‘Made in Italy ‘and ‘Made in China’ label? Dr. Zhang will use the Prato case study to provide insights into the complex relationship between two of the biggest producers in the ‘fast fashion’ market: Italy and China.

A related exhibition titled ‘Global Routes: China, Italy, Toronto’ will be on display at UBC Robson Square (Sunroom) during March 17-April 13, 2017.

Dr. Gaoheng Zhang is Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at UBC. His research specializations include Chinese immigration to Italy and Italian-Chinese relations. He was educated in the fields of Italian Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (B.A.) and at New York University (M.A., Ph.D.).

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60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome - And Now?

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, The Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, and The UBC Institute for European Studies are pleased to present a talk by professor Kurt Hübner, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and Global Political Economy at UBC, introduced by Massimiliano Iacchini, Consul General of Italy in Vancouver:

60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome - And Now?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12:30 to 14:00 pm Room 120 C.K.Choi Building, 1855 West Mall UBC Vancouver

Refreshments to follow

RSVP by Monday, March 20, 2017

cultural.vancouver@esteri.it

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The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West is launching a mentoring program to encourage the exchange of managerial experience on international markets among professionals with Italian roots and entrepreneurs based in Italy.

The program intends to support the international growth of companies in Italy.

We are looking for professionals with qualified international background willing to experience a new challenge as Mentors!

Please read the attached documents for more information:

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INCIPIT - Call for PhD Positions

INCIPIT is a novel international PhD programme, which aims at providing innovative multidisciplinary and intersectoral training in Life and Biomaterial Sciences.

It is co-funded by the COFUND scheme (Marie Sklodowska - Curie Actions).

This programme pools the different and complementary expertise of 8 research institutes of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), as well as the competencies of 3 Doctoral Schools and several academic, non-profit and industrial Partner Organizations.

INCIPT PhD programme will include:
  • laboratory activities to carry out doctoral research projects;
  • theoretical courses run by the Doctoral Schools of the Università degli Studi della Campania 'Luigi Vanvitelli' (previously named Second University of Naples (SUN)), the University of Naples Federico II and the University of Catania (UNICT);
  • activities related to transferable skills.
The INCIPIT overall objective is to recruit and train a total of 35 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), through 2 Calls for applicants.

The first Call was in 2016 and 15 PhD students were recruited. The second Call for 20 PhD positions is open since 30 January 2017 with the deadline being 30 March 2017.
To learn more, please, visit the INCIPIT website: www.igb.cnr.it/incipit