Thirty research and advanced training centres, over 4.000 resident foreign researchers from all over the world, 37 people employed in the research sector for every 1.000 inhabitants: these are some of the most significant numbers underpinning the definition of Trieste as a “city of science and knowledge”, because of its long tradition as a dynamic meeting hub for research, science and innovation, focused on sustainable growth and development, with an impact that extends beyond Italy to the rest of Europe and the developing world. It is internationally renowned for having one of the largest concentrations of scientific institutions in Italy, including the Astronomical Observatory, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the International School for Advanced Studies, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, the Elettra Synchrotron Light Laboratory and the WWF Marine Reserve in Miramare. Trieste hosts more than 30 national and international centres and companies working in research and higher education, 5000 permanent foreign scientists and some 13000 students and researchers.
For this reason Trieste has be named as EuroScience Capital for the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) in 2020, an international event that will include meetings, conferences, seminars and public events such as shows and exhibitions. Over 4000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world are expected in Trieste to discuss breakthroughs in science.
ESOF 2020’s main events will be held in the extraordinary area of the Porto Vecchio, the old port of Trieste which was for decades the commercial port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now is an outstanding architectural and industrial heritage that the Trieste Municipality is redeveloping.
Trieste, a Mitteleuropean city at heart, overlooking the sea and backed up against the Karst plateau, is also a city of culture and literature, of nature and leisure time, a crossroads of different flavours, histories, and people since time immemorial.
“The only place – wrote James Joyce, who spent over fifteen years here in the early 20th century – where I could ever write”.