Under the Italian law 150/2000, the Cnr Press Office was established with the aim of enhancing information provided by scientific Departments, research Institutes and offices by issuing press releases and notes, and handling the overall media communication. Among its tasks, the Office assures an helpdesk for any media request, organizes press conferences and events, and it is actively involved in the realization of video and interviews within the  Cnr Webtv platform.  Furthermore, it supports the realization of editorial products and activates partnerships with Tv programmes, magazines and websites.

The Office releases the monthly web magazine 'Almanacco della Scienza’, and makes available a daily press review operated in collaboration with a specialized service, monitoring thousands of newspapers, magazines, journals, as well as television and radio programs. Reviews are available from 7 a.m. and updated many times a day: a collection of the most relevant press venues is also provided by email. 

Memorandum of Understanding between Cnr and Fraunhofer

Press release 12/06/2019

The National Research Council of Italy and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement was signed by the Cnr President Prof. Massimo Inguscio and  Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

The Epic search for oldest ice in Antarctica is starting

Press note 04/06/2019

On 1st June 2019 the European Beyond EPICA Oldest Ice Core project started with the aim of drilling for and recovering ice from up to 1.5 Million years ago in Antarctica

Neanderthals and other large mammals: the cause of extinction revealed

Press release 30/05/2019

Forty thousand years ago, during the so-called Laschamp geomagnetic excursion, when Earth’s magnetic field intensity abruptly declined, enhanced ultra-violet radiation (UVR) as a result of low field strength resulted in the selection of our Cro-Magnon ancestors to the detriment of the Neanderthals. A genetic variant of a protein, known as the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR), that is sensitive to UVR, was apparently the difference between Cro-Magnon (modern humans) and Neanderthals. During a short time interval (about 2000 years) of very low field intensity (about 25% of today’s field) about 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals apparently succumbed whereas modern humans prospered. The study conducted by the Cnr-Ismar and the University of Florida is published in Reviews of Geophysics

Rosetta: new insights into comet geological evolution

News 14/03/2019

Since the end of September 2016, the Rosetta spacecraft is 'sleeping' on the comet surface. Nevertheless scientist are still working on the acquired data. Using high resolution images provided by Osiris, new insights into the geology of comet surface and its interior have been obtained. In the laboratories of the Cnr-Ifn Padova the optical head of one of the eyes of the Osiris instrument has been designed, realized and tested

Cause-effect relationships between magma and earthquakes during the Etna lateral eruption of December 2018 revealed

Press note 31/05/2019

The main cause of the recent Mount Etna volcanic-tectonic crisis could be the ascent of deep magma, which could have put under tension the flanks of the volcano. This hypothesis is formulated in a study conducted by a team of researchers from the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment of the National Research Council (Cnr-Irea, Naples)

Eni and Cnr partner for sustainable development and practical research in Italy

Press release 24/03/2019

A long-standing joint project is underway to build four research centres of excellence in southern Italy and to promote sustainable environmental and economic development in Italy and the wider world

Nicotine, a Trojan horse

Press release 04/03/2019

The use of risk of becoming dependent on other drugs does not depend on the type of cigarette (conventional or electronic) but on the nicotine they contain because both increase the gratification induced by Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient of marijuana, and therefore facilitate its use. This is the finding of a study by the National Research Council’s Institute of Neurosciences published in European Neuropsychopharmacology that provides important suggestions concerning the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect

Indonesia - Italy bilateral relations 70th anniversary kicks off with the science exhibition

Press revew march 2019

The exhibition 'Italy: The Beauty of Knowledge', co-organised by Cnr, will run until March 31 in Jakarta: it marks the beginning of a series of activities held by the Italian Embassy in Jakarta to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indonesia-Italy bilateral relations

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Conference 'Climate Change, Health of the Planet and Future of Humanity'

Speech by President

On november15th, 2018, Casina Pio IV in Vatican City hosted a conference co-organized by the National Research Council of Italy and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, aimed at presenting scientific results and future scenarios anticipating COP24 in Katowice in december 2018

Six EU science bosses join forces to push for more EU funding for 'excellent' science

Speech by President

In a joint interview with Science Business, the six research chiefs – of Max Planck, CNRS, Germany’s Leibniz Association and Helmholtz Association, Italy’s National Research Council (Cnr) and Spain’s Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) – said they are forming a “strong, informal group” to argue the political case for science in Europe, and develop new research projects together. In total, the six organisations employ more than 50,000 scientists and deliver a large share of the world’s top-cited research

Journal and newsletters

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Cnr produces several journals and newsletters to which you can subscribe, usually for free, directly from the websites of the institutes that produce them.
This page, created with the aim of making such contributions quickly reachable and accessible to citizens and researchers, contains some of the journals and newsletters sent and transmitted from the network Cnr (departments, institutes, etc) that provide news and updates on topics of their interest

Cnr History

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The National Research Council of Italy was founded as legal person on 18 November 1923 (Royal Decree 2440/1923). Originally, it became member of the International Research Council, with offices in Brussels. The mission of Cnr has been defined in the first Statute dated 1924: to coordinate and stimulate research activity at a National level in the different areas of science, to keep in contact with various stakeholders on scientific matters and to establish National scientific laboratories

Almanacco della scienza Cnr

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The latest issue of the monthly magazine edited by the Cnr Press Office

Cnr Web TV

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The video portal of the Cnr community, hosting videos, interviews  and reporting about conferences, research projects and other initiatives carried out by Cnr researchers