On December 9, Italian Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti visited the Wako campus, accompanied by Enrico Traversa, Science & Technology Counsellor of the Embassy of Italy in Tokyo. The visit began with a meeting with President Gonokami, where they briefly discussed the current state and future of cooperation between RIKEN and Italy. The visitors then met a number of Italian researchers working at RIKEN during a series of visits and meetings, including Franco Nori, Andrea Benucci, and Marco Casolino.
(From left) Executive Director Makiko Naka, President Makoto Gonokami,
Italian Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti, Scientific Counsellor Enrico Traversa
Visit to Andrea Benucci's laboratory
Marco Casolino shows the Ambassador the type of mirror used in his experiments