Technological District of Culture
The new Technological District of Culture is born, a new Polytechnic of Culture for which the Region of Lazio and the Ministry of Education have allocated € 41.7 million. The project was presented at the regional vice-presidency by Massimiliano Smeriglio, the rector of La Sapienza, Eugenio Gaudio and the president of Lazio Innova, Paolo Orneli. The Center of Excellence of the DTC brings together eight of the main research organizations in the sector "Technologies for the cultural heritage and activities of Lazio". It is the most important aggregation of know-how in the sector of reference at European level. All the Public Universities of Lazio participate in the project: Sapienza, Tor Vergata, Roma Tre, Tuscia, Cassino and Lazio Meridionale, as well as the research bodies Cnr, Enea and Infn.
The funding of the Lazio Region consists of 6 million euros in three years and provides for a first phase with a million and a half euros for the activation of the Center. Furthermore, the implementation of high-level training, research and technology transfer projects will be financed, as well as the creation of the registry and the observatory on skills and territorial resources of the Dtc Lazio. The second phase is reserved for the Center of Excellence and provides for the allocation of 4.5 million euro, dedicated to strengthening the start-up plan. 800 established researchers with experience in the field, 400 grant holders, contractors and post-doc, as well as a number of spin-off components. Among the objectives, the birth of innovative companies that have as their object cultural heritage for local economic development. Another objective concerns the creation of communities of practice among the actors of the system. The third objective is to increase collaboration between large companies (GIs) and small and medium-sized enterprises, new companies or aggregations of existing companies, of which a 30% share can access funding for technological innovation, operating in the various sectors of the Cultural Heritage sector. The new Polytechnic of Culture will have to attract private capital, excellent skills and international high-tech companies through innovative private equity / venture capital instruments in venture capital financial operations.
"Finally the technological district of Culture - declared the vice president of Lazio Regional Council Massimiliano Smeriglio - over 41 million invested for research, training and business.We immediately invest 6 million which mean 800 researchers and 400 grant holders. young people, who thanks to this choice are put in a position to do their job ". All this "concerns a virtuous relationship with the territory because it intends to protect areas subject to seismic risks and to the conservation and enhancement of cultural heritage".