Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

"The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers Promoting talents, spreading excellence"

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The EU2014 conference The Empowerment of the Next Generation of Researchers Promoting talents, spreading excellence will take place in the city of Trento from 18 to 19 November 2014 and is organised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research in collaboration with the Autonomous Province of Trento.

The overall theme is to discuss and reflect on how programmes for researcher training, recruitment and career development empower the next generation of researchers to be successful, no matter how society and the economy evolve. Key elements will be explored from this angle such as skills, mobility, and gender issues as well as the interaction between academia and industry sectors. The conference will focus on the roles of policy-makers, funders and businesses contributing to research training, working together with universities and research institutions.

The participants will gather for one-and-a-half days at the premises of the University of Trento, for a programme divided into three main parts. Initially the conference will update participants on recent political initiatives on research training undertaken by the EU institutions. The conference will then offer a number of professionally facilitated workshops with different subthemes within the conference topic, during which the participants will exchange knowledge and experiences and engage in discussions to develop ideas for future actions and recommendations:

  • Training and supporting researchers in a changing world
  • Multi-sectoral career paths: promoting and assessing professional development
  • Attractive working and social security conditions in Europe for ANY talented researcher
  • A win-win collaboration between academia and beyond

High-level speakers such as the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research, the appropriate EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Authorities of the Autonomous Province of Trento will open the conference and participate in the Awards Ceremony of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions Prizes that will follow.

Participation to the ENGRes2014 is free of charge.
Friday, September 26 - Pre-registration closes

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.