One of the institutions that is very close to my heart is the Bertinoro International Center for Informatics (aka BICI). I was therefore very pleased to hear today from Alessandro Panconesi that on June 10 there will be a press conference in Bertinoro to announce a three-year sponsorship program in favour of BICI. The sponsors are three banks or, more precisely, the foundations associated with them.
With the money BICI will institute a fellowship program to allow scholars in difficult financial conditions and PhD students to take part in Bertinoro events.
As Alessandro wrote to me, the level of funding is very far from that enjoyed by institutions like Dagsthul but it is nevertheless substantial. This is remarkable given how difficult it is to find funding for initiatives of this kind and
science in general in Italy.
Thanks to Alessandro for his sterling effort to put Bertinoro on the map as a suitable location for hosting high quality events in Computer Science. A look at the list of coming and past events that have been held in Bertinoro shows that BICI is working very well. Many happy returns to BICI and its friends. I won't be able to attend the press conference on June 10, but I'll be there in spirit.