Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
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.

20170412_EventProfile_Alimenti.jpgIt is now 35 years since the discovery of AIDS but its origins continue to be puzzling. Looking back to the early 20th-century events in Africa, scientists traced the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic from its transmission from chimpanzees to man, and uncovered how colonial medical campaigns to eradicate tropical diseases started the spread of the virus, and how urbanization and prostitution had a disastrous effect later on to amplify the epidemic from West Africa to Kinshasa, then to the rest of Africa, to Haiti and ultimately worldwide.

In 2017, where are we with the fight against HIV/AIDS, globally, in Canada and close to us in British Columbia? Thanks to unprecedented progress in medical treatment, HIV is now considered a manageable chronic disease. Moreover, antiretroviral treatment is extremely effective in preventing transmission of the virus. Even though people living with HIV nowadays can have a healthy life and less fear of infecting their partners and children, the stigma continues to be rampant. Is there hope for a vaccine or a cure? Can HIV ever be eradicated?

Ariane Alimenti, pediatric HIV expert, has cared for children impacted by HIV since the beginning of the HIV epidemic in 1985, first as a pediatric trainee in Belgium and, since 2000, at the Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. The multidisciplinary team at the Oak Tree clinic provides specialized care for women living with HIV/AIDS and their children. With adequate care and treatment, transmission of HIV…

April 12, 2017 at 7:00pm

Kitsilano Community Centre - Snowey's Lounge - (2690 Larch St, Vancouver, BC)

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.

Made in Italy or Made in China?

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


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)
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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The Dante Alighieri Society of BC:

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

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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:

Italian Design Day in the World

The Consul General of Italy, Massimiliano Iacchini, together with the President of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Ron Burnett, and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West, Celso Boscariol, cordially invite you to attend “Italian Design Day in the World” presented by Alessandro COLOMBO from Architecture Firm “Studio Cerri & Associati” Milan (Italy)

Wednesday, March 1st 2017, at 1.00 pm
Motion Capture Studio - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
(Intersections Digital Studios - North Building on Granville Island)
1399 Johnston Street - Vancouver BC - V6H 3R9

RSVP by Sunday, February 26th 2017
e-mail: or tel. 604.682.1410

View the invitation PDF here.

INdAM - Borse di Dottorato

l’Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica “Francesco Severi” (INdAM), Ente nazionale di Ricerca vigilato dal Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca, ha bandito un concorso per 10 borse di  dottorato del programma “INdAM Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and/or Applications Cofunded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions”, cofinanziato dalla UE nell’ambito di Horizon 2020.

Il programma offre a ricercatori da tutto il mondo l’opportunità di  accedere a uno dei più di 20 dottorati italiani in Matematica e/o  applicazioni che partecipano al Programma.
La scadenza per la presentazione delle domande è il 31 marzo 2017.
La  scadenza per la presentazione del titolo di accesso al dottorato  prescelto è il 30 settembre 2017 per i cittadini europei, il 31  maggio per i cittadini extra-europei
Il sito per la presentazione delle domande è


The Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica “Francesco Severi” (INdAM) has published the first call for 10 PhD fellowships of the programme “INdAM Doctoral Programme in Mathematics and/or Applications Cofunded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions”, in the framework of the European Horizon 2020 “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes”.

These fellowships offer to researchers from all over the world the opportunity to enter a PhD School in Matehematics and/or applications in Italy.
The deadline for submission of the application is 31 March 2017.
The deadline for submission of the degree/diploma which allows to embark in a doctorate in Italy:
  • EU citizens 30 September 2017
  • non EU citizens 31 May 2017
For further information, please visit the following link:
Application website:
where the complete Call announcement and a Guide for applicants can be downloaded.