Business, technological innovation, sustainability, and development: these were among the many themes that characterized the institutional mission of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Luxembourg, led by President Stefano Bonaccini and represented by councillor Vincenzo Colla, in which IFAB, represented by Francesco Ubertini, President of the Foundation and Cineca, also participated.
During the mission of the Emilia-Romagna delegation – which met with Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, as well as the Ministers of Tourism, Economy, and Health, along with Gelsomina Vigliotti, Vice President of the European Investment Bank – significant attention was paid to the digital innovation landscape offered by supercomputing technologies, including visits to the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and the Supercomputer MeluXina. This presented a significant opportunity to share initiatives and establish new synergies between Emilia-Romagna and Luxembourg, with a specific focus on themes such as digitalization, support for businesses to promote exports and job creation, the Data Valley, and the network of Emilia-Romagna Technopoles.
Emilia-Romagna thus reaffirms its position as a pioneering region in the development of medium to long-term infrastructure and projects in the field of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. With the establishment of the Bologna Technopark and the Leonardo Supercomputer, the region currently boasts over 80% of the national supercomputing capacity and 20% of the European capacity. In the near future, plans include the establishment of a UN university campus dedicated to Big Data and a global center of excellence for research in the management of human habitat change.