Curiosity, intuition, passion, creativity, tenaciousness: these are just some of the aspects that describe those fellows who have decided to rely on development and knowledge, making science their job.

Thanks to its network spread all over the Italian country and to the great variety of research topics, the Cnr plays a key role facing the challenges that are at the hearth of the international agenda of the research: healthcare, demographic changes and wellness, food safety and sustainable agriculture, energy and environmental protection, accessibility of resources, intelligent transport. This section offers a showcase of their work.

Listening to the brain stars through nanotechnologies

Press release 30/03/2020

Studies over the past 40 years are showing that neuro-centric vision of the brain is now outdated. It is emerging that astrocytes, a particular class of non-neuronal brain cells, characterized by a star-shaped morphology, play a central role in the structure and functions of the brain, such as memory and learning

A work published in the Advanced Biosystems, a Wiley scientific journal, coordinated by Valentina Benfenati (Cnr-Isof), in collaboration with Annalisa Convertino and Luca Maiolo (Cnr-Imm) reveals that, although they are so-called non-excitable cells, astrocytes have their own bioelectric activity. Their form of excitement and communication is not the "classic" nerve impulse, but rather it consists of small and slow variations of the local signal (of the order of millionths of Volt or billionths of Ampere) which last hundreds of milliseconds

Roberta Ramponi named "Robert E. Hopkins Leadership" Award Winner

News 02/01/2020

The director of the Institute for photonics and nanotechnologies (Cnr-Ifn) of the National Research Council of Italy Roberta Ramponi has been selected as the 2020 recipient of The Optical Society (OSA) Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award

Is being a chef really so stressful?

Press release 16/03/2020

Researchers investigate, for the first time, psychological distress in chefs and the relationship with health complaints. Job duration and length of the working day lead to negative effects on mental and/or physical illness, including musculoskeletal and cardiovascular complaints. These are the main results of the study involving 710 Italian chefs, promoted by the Italian Chefs Federation with the collaboration of CNR-Irib, published on Frontiers public health

III International Triple Helix Summit

Event from 24/11/2020 to 26/11/2020

The III International Triple Helix Summit will be held in Bologna (Italy) on 24th - 26th November 2020 and will focus on the theme 'Designing globally connected regional innovation ecosystems: overcoming barriers and opening pathways'

BraYn Conference - BraYnstorming Research Assembly for Young Neuroscientists

Event from 25/11/2020 to 27/11/2020

BraYn stands for "Brainstorming Research Assembly for Young Neuroscientists", and is an initiative which aims to create a congress specifically intended for young researchers under the age of 40 working in the field of Neuroscience. The idea was conceived in 2017 at the department of Neuroscience at the University of Genoa, Italy, and to date, two editions of the BraYn conference in 2018 and 2019 have been organized

Plant respiration: controlled by photosynthesis or biomass?

News 01/04/2020

Two simplifying hypotheses have been proposed for whole-plant respiration. One links respiration to photosynthesis; the other to biomass

Olive Oil is good for the brain, especially during aging

Press release25/02/2020

New neurons are produced in the brain throughout life in two specialized regions, the neurogenic niches; one of these is the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus, whose production of new neurons gives a key contribution to the formation of new memories and to the ability to correlate them with old memories (associative memory). The generation of new neurons in the dentate gyrus decreases with age, with a corresponding decrease of the memory capacity. Environment as well as various factors, such as the diet, can improve the generation of new hippocampal neurons and cognition. In this study we tested in vivo, in mouse models, the effect of a diet component present in the olive oil, hydroxytyrosol (HTyr), which has a neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory activity

9th International Fructan Symposium

Event from 06/07/2020 to 09/07/2020

Following the successful launch of IFS back in 1988 in Germany, fructan researchers gathered every four years at different parts of the world and after drinking guinness in Aberystwyth, smelling the ‘fructan prairies’ of Salt Lake City, looking for the Edelweiss in the alps, chasing Hemingway in Havana, tossing sake in Saporro, crossing the tides to Mont Saint Michel and climbing Monte Alban in Oaxaca, now  this ninth edition will give a chance to follow Alphonse de Lamartine and embrace the magical Istanbul, at the crossroad of two continents and different cultures

Neuroprostheses and robotics: a paradigm shift to improve the efficacy of stroke rehabilitation and the restoration of motor function

News 19/02/2020

The use of advanced technological solutions exploiting robotic systems and electrodes that stimulate the nervous system can increase the efficacy of stroke rehabilitation and the restoration of motor function in patients. However, a paradigm shift requires deeper understanding of the mechanisms in how the nervous system performs or learns the different types of movements

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030: Mediterranean Workshop 'The Mediterranean Sea We Need for the Future We Want'

News 12/02/2020

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030: Mediterranean Workshop ‘The Mediterranean Sea We Need for the Future We Want’, held 21-23 January 2020 at the UNESCO-IOC Office in Venice (Italy) and organized by the Italian Oceanographic Commission (COI), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO/IOC), European Commission (EC), United Nations Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM), in collaboration with the BlueMed Initiative, brought together 159 experts from 32countries across Europe, Africa, Asia and Nord America

The Bluemed italian paper

Institutional area

An overview of relevance, obstacles  and proposals of the key sectors for a blue growth, issued by the Cnr Bluemed Working Group

Science & Technology Digital Library

Institutional Area

The Cnr  S&T Digital Library makes available research products, datasets, data and information on research activities, projects, R&D actors, their expertise and skills, as well as digitised cultural and historical heritage contents

Spin off promotion and support’

Institutional area

Cnr is strongly involved in the development of initiatives aimed at enhancing technology transfer to the productive sector. Spin‐off companies are a source of technological renewal for the economic system in which they operate, as well as an effective means of exploiting the best research results

Open access

Institutional area

The Italian National Research Council is deeply involved in adopting and supporting the principles of the European Chart for the free circulation of knowledge

Journal and newsletters

Institutional Area

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

Researcher’s life


On the Cnr webtv platform the portraits of some Cnr researchers in their daily routine, both at work and in their private life

Joint lab projects

Institutional Area

Cnr finances joint labs projects based on proposals  made by Italian and Foreign researchers together, aimed at sharing research facilites, skills and expertise

Cnr E-recruitment

Institutional Area

The on line application system for the recruitment of staff and other types of employement and training of the National Research Council of Italy

Protection and valorisation of IPRs

Institutional area

Cnr supports and encourages its researchers in protecting and valorizing the results of their research, promoting their exploitation in collaboration with industrial partners and/or other institutions

Cnr fellowships

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Check the latest research fellowhips available all over Italy in the Cnr research Institutes network

Cnr position on the European Innovation Council

Institutional Area

The Italian National Research Council is giving its contribution to the ongoing debate on the European Innovation Council,  (Eic), the body for innovation proposed by the European Commission  to boost the research and innovation system at a European level

News Snippet, the official newsletter of Ibisba

Institutional Area

The National Research Council of Italy is partner of Ibisba, a European-distributed research infrastructure that links up best-in-class R&D facilities providing multi-technology services to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial needs