In the process of re-establishing priorities and strategies in research policy and innovation, OGS must undertake specific actions aimed at facing the 3rd millennium societal challenges as for the European Community Documents Horizon 2020 and Europe 2020. In order to satisfy the expectations of the citizens-taxpayers, the research system must undertake innovative initiatives and actions able to:
- Create new opportunities for qualified jobs to the new generations, accelerating the transition towards a knowledge-based economic system, which will ensure a sustainable, inclusive and, as a result, competitive occupation, and quality of life;
- Make the country more attractive to talents and investments, so reinforcing the capability to produce excellent research in forefront infrastructures and recognizing the value of young talents and fostering the awareness of the social and economic value of research, science, and culture in the contemporary society;
- Accelerate the transformation of research and knowledge products into industrial and commercial products as a service to society and to people (social economy), so removing the obstacles that cause delay to the access to results by the potential users.
These objectives can be met through the integration of players, strategies, actions, and tools, as well as focussing the attention on the stream end-user enterprise research. The presence of a chain that covers scientific evidence (research) to their industrialization (companies), their use (end-users), financially supported with a view to unique project, will ensure the products developed to enter the operational chains of end-users and then reach the market quickly. For his vocation and history, OGS is well integrated in this strategic vision as having strength in its operational capability and the uniqueness to provide responsible products multidisciplinary by nature.
In essence, the three points above are in fact the new paradigm of research planning in Europe that will be performed as part of Horizon 2020. To meet this challenge, OGS has in place to serve the country and its scientific excellence operating in strategic sectors in the field of oceanography, earth sciences and environment. The definition of the strategic objectives, while naturally following the fields where OGS has been for a long time a leading position both nationally and internationally, refers exactly to the priorities that emerged at the level of international and national bodies such as the National Research Program (PNR), EU Horizon 2020, the MDG (Millennium Development Goals) of the United Nations, the programs ICSU (International Council for Science) UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) and the JPI (Joint Programming Initiative).
The activities of technical / scientific research on which OGS will focus in the near future are grouped into five major themes:
- Environment and climate
- Biodiversity and ecosystem functionality
- Natural hazards
- Natural Resources
- Energy Resources
Scientific and technological research divisions
Folllowing the implementation of the Research Bodies reform according to Legislative Decree n. 213/2009 the new Scientific and Technological Sections have been constituted in order to improve coordination and collaboration among the OGS different scientific fields of excellence:
Socio-Economic impacts of activities
For each of the five scientific areas, the expected results in terms of social (sicence for society), economic (science for economy) and knowledge (science for knowledge) by focusing on key areas of the OGS intervention activities.
- CO2MONITOR – Implementation of innovative techniques for the monitoring of CO2 storage sites
- MedGES - Integrated study of the influence of physical processes and anthropogenic factors on the state of coastal and deep ecosystems in the central Mediterranean