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Rita Occhipinti

Laurea in Fisica Teorica con una tesi in acustica musicale. Lavora al Science Centre Immaginario Scientifico e studia Comunicazione della Scienza alla Sissa di Trieste. Ama scrivere di scienza e società, scienza e arte.

Follow the money: how to track research funds

Sixteen digits. Nature has called it "online science passport". More than half a million researchers have already joined the initiative. The ORCID project (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a wide database of scientists all over the world: it collects names, short biographies, research activities, patents, citations, results, dataset. Citing from the homepage, ORCID provides “a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher”.

Horizon 2020: now's the time

Horizon 2020 finally goes into the executive phase. It is the new European funding system for research and innovation, that is now replacing the seventh Framework Programme (FP7), ended in December 2013.

Therefore, European research has to face new opportunities as well as new rules, new issues and new administrative and normative challenges. With about 30 research institutions located in its territory, Trieste is a peculiar site in Europe both for basic research and for innovation and technology transfer.