With a scientific network largely distributed all over Italy, embracing a wide variety of research topics –energy management, medicine, environment, food and agribusiness, life sciences, physics, Ict and more- the National Research Council of Italy has a unique background of knowledge and skills to be exploited by society at all levels. 

Sharing its best results and know-how, Cnr contributes in fostering new opportunities of growth and social development fot the whole Country.


The Epic search for oldest ice in Antarctica is starting

Press nota 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

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)

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

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

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. At the end of the meeting, a Final Statement of the 2018 PAS Plenary Session was released

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

Cnr History

Institutional Area

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

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

Press review 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

Science Communication

Institutional Area

Part of the Cnr activities are devoted to the dissemination of science, with the aim of stimulating public knowledge and excitement around the research activities of its scientific community

Cnr Libraries

Institutional Area

This section offers information on the Cnr libraries located in the Research areas which are connected to various research Institutes located all over Italy