War in Ukraine

Special 2022

After the pandemic, the war. An event that affects us firstly as human beings, then as Europeans but also as members of the scientific and information world. From the start of the conflict, the entire scientific network of the National Research Council was mobilised to give support and welcome students, researchers and lecturers but also to offer a contribution to sociopolitical analysis and reaffirm the message that science is the bearer of peace, friendship and collaboration

G6 Common statement support to the “Stick to Science” initiative

News 21/04/2022

The National Research Council of Italy is part of the G6 network: as signatories of the "Stick to science initiative", the presidents of the research institutions involved reaffirmed their support to the association of Switzerland and the UK to the Horizon Europe programma

"Openness, clarity and nasality: why Stradivari violins provide a preferred sound"

Press review 06/05/2022

An experiment coordinated by the Italian National Research Council of Italy has compared the sound of different violins and identified the combination of sound qualities that makes the sound of a Stradivari violin more pleasant

Biodiversity in the Ancient Near East. Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach to the Interactions between Living Organisms

Event until 23/06/2022

The aim of this cycle of seminars promoted and organised by the Institute of Heritage Science (Cnr-Ispc) and University of Palermo is to discuss how human communities have thought about their relationships with the environment they are part of and to stimulate the creation of a new research group trying to use a transdisciplinary approach connecting archaeology, art history, philology, history, cultural anthropology palaeobotany and palaeoecology

Controlling how fast graphene cools down

Press release 04/03/2022

The first ice core drilling campaign of Beyond Epica-Oldest Ice has been successfully completed. This international research project was funded by the European Commission with 11 million euros, supported by significant financial and in-kind contributions from the participating nations, and is coordinated by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy. The project aims to obtain information on the evolution of the temperatures, on the composition of the atmosphere and on the carbon cycle over the last 1.5 million years, by analysing a deep ice core extracted from the Antarctic ice sheet

Antarctica: working for 2 months at -40°C to complete the Little Dome C camp

Press release 17/02/2022

An international study, published in ACS Nano, has demonstrated an unprecedented level of control of the optical properties of graphene. The work has promising applications in different technological fields ranging from photonics to telecommunications


Institutional area

Cnr-Isa is amongst the research partners of 'Stance4Health', a project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 with tha aim of developing a complete Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement

New study shows that genes play a role in microbiome composition

News 03/02/2022

In a new study, a group of researchers from the University of Groningen who have joined forces as the Groningen Microbiome Team have shown that your genes influence the composition of your gut microbiome. Serena Sanna, now Director of Research at the Cnr-Irgb Institute has coordinated this study together with Prof. Alexandra Zhernakova, University of Groningen. The results of the study and a preview of the expected challenges and future perspectives of microbiome studies signed by the same authors are published in two articles in Nature Genetics

From society to research

Institutional Area

Foresight is a interdepartmental project of the National Research Council of Italy, aimed at elaborating coherent research strategies and addressing socially relevant problems related to environment, health, food, enery, security and transportation

"How Xylella came to Apulia"

Press review 21/01/2022

Researcher Maria Saponari of the Cnr Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (Ipsp) is amongst the authors of an international study showing that the bacterium of Xylella fastidiosa first arrived in Italy in 2008, on a coffee plant, and then adapted to infect the olive trees in the southern region Apulia, where it killed millions of plants

"Fighting the Covid-19 infodemic"

Press review 03/02/2022

On Nature.com, the authors of the book "Pandemia e infodemia. Come il virus viaggia con l'informazione"  Marco Ferrazzoli (Chief press officer of the National Research Council of Italy) and Giovanni Maga (director of the Cnr Institute of molecular genetics) urge health authorities and scientists to communicate better, in order to help the public accept uncertainty 

Pandemics: Coronavirus and beyond

Institutional Area

A pandemic is a natural catastrophic event, a gigantic, prolonged "earthquake": unpredictable, but with the certainty that sooner or later it will happen, yielding devastating health and socio-economic effects. What we are learning from the Covid-19 "earthquake"? The website promoted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Dsb) is facing some big questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic