Back to University with EC

University of Florence – Aula Magna, Plesso Didattico Morgagni

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“Back to University” is an initiative allowing high-level EU officials to attend events in their country of origin, in order for them to share their personal and professional experience with young bright talents. This event will give students the chance to take a deeper look at the functioning of the EU and to discuss its opportunities and challenges. The lecture will be held by Maria Betti on the theme “To be EU citizens today: challenges and opportunities towards the Union of the future; EU: a history of success and a future to write together.

Maria Betti, Director of the JRC Directorate for Nuclear Safety & Security

Maria Betti has a doctoral degree in chemistry with a specialisation in environmental, instrumental and radiochemistry. She has served the Italian National Research Council and the department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa (Italy) where she has continued to lecture until 2012. She has been at the University of Lund (Sweden) and at the George Mason University (Washington DC, USA) as associated researcher. As of 1 March 1991 she joined the EC at the DG JRC-ITU. From August 2008 to September 2012 she was director of the NAEL Division of the IAEA. As of 1 October 2012 she was appointed as Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability located in Ispra (Italy). As of 16 April 2015 she became Director of the EC Joint Research Centre Institute for Transuranium Elements. As 1st July 2016 she has been appointed Director G Nuclear Safety and Security and Director of the JRC Karlsruhe site. In 2012 she was the international winner of the “Prix Monte-Carlo Femme de l’Année” for the establishment after the RIO+20 summit of the International Centre on Ocean Acidification at the IAEA office in the Principality of Monaco. In November 2016 Maria Betti has been honoured with the magnificent distinction by the Ordre de Saint Charles (Principality of Monaco).

Contact: Rettorato Unifi