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Interview: The problem solver


Italy’s outgoing research minister talks Covid-19 recovery, EU funding and concerns for the future

Maria Cristina Messa would readily admit that she did not manage to solve all of the problems of Italy’s research community. But, as she prepares to leave her job as the country’s minister for universities and research, ousted by the latest bout of political turmoil in Italy, Messa has many reasons to pride herself on what she has managed to change.

For years, Italian researchers have complained about inadequate funding levels and deep-rooted problems with the ways that R&D is managed in their country.

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