Afghanistan: the graveyard of empires or of democracy?

What is currently happening in Afghanistan is the most recent development of a conflict that has been plaguing the country for decades, and that has involved Italy as well as the US and other allies since 2001. Professor Simone Cristoforetti, an expert in the history of Islamic countries at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, helps us understand the situation from a historical perspective. 

Tofik Ahmed Shifa is a new Marie Curie fellow

With a new fellowship, Tofik Ahmed Shifa joins the 30 Marie Curie fellows that won a place at Ca’ Foscari with the 2020 call. Dr. Shifa will conduct his research at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems.

Studying explorers of the microbiome to understand humans and science

Anthropologist Roberta Raffaetà has won a European Research Council (ERC) grant to study how science is exploring the human microbiome, as biology and IT technology constantly offer insights into this non-human world which is nevertheless crucial to the health of people and of the environment.

WHEREAL: Sinitic writing as Japan’s cultural heritage

Edoardo Gerlini, professor of Classical Japanese at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, tells us about his Marie Skodowska-Curie Global project on the relationship between Sinitic writing in Japan and the development of cultural heritage. 

Venice G20 #3: climate and finance

The G20 hosted in Venice on 11 July the International Conference on Climate Change. This was a high-level event to discuss economic policies to support the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as the international regulatory and supervisory framework. Professor Stefano Battiston explores this topic in the third and final article of the Venice G20 series. 

Venice G20 #2: sustainability rankings and the risk of greenwashing

Sustainable finance and the green transition are on the agenda of the Finance Ministers and Governors of the Central Banks meeting in Venice for the G20 summit. There is an urgent need for a better understanding to avoid greenwashing and to support SMEs access to green finance. The second article in a three-part series on the G20 summit is by professors Stefano Battiston, Monica Billio and Loriana Pelizzon. 

Venice G20 #1: Sustainable Finance

Sustainable finance and green transition are on the agenda of the Finance Ministers and Governors of the Central Banks meeting in Venice from 8 to 11 July 2021. This article by professors Monica Billio and Loriana Pelizzon is the first of a three-part series on the G20 summit. 

Vanni Pettinà: the crisis of neoliberalism and the G20 summit 

As the G20 Summit, which will be held in Venice from 8 to 11 July, draws nearer, Vanni Pettinà, professor of International Economic History at Ca’ Foscari, shares his thoughts on the crisis of neoliberal capitalism and on the different direction that the Biden administration is going in. 

The physics of financial networks to interpret crises and green transition

An article published in the scientific journal Nature Review Physics carries out the first comprehensive review of Financial Networks, an exciting interdisciplinary field. Professor Guido Caldarelli coordinated the study which involved, among others, Professor Stefano Battiston.