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Reform Begins With New CNR Head

Science  28 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5308, pp. 1871
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5308.1871a

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VENICE—Last week, Italy's science minister, Luigi Berlinguer, appointed a relatively unknown academic, informatics engineer Lucio Bianco, to head the National Research Council (CNR). Just days earlier, Parliament approved a law that gives Berlinguer more authority and requires his ministry for universities and research to draw up within 1 year legislation to reform the scientific infrastructure. Berlinguer told Science his first target for reform is the CNR, to shift its emphasis toward applied research, and Bianco's appointment is part of his master plan.