Italian Knowledge Leaders, four Paduan professors awarded

Dec 7, 2023

There are also four professors from the University of Padua among the 39 Italian Knowledge Leaders honored on Tuesday, December 5, on Capitol Hill in Rome by Convention Bureau Italia and Enit – National Tourism Agency: the prestigious award went to Liviana Da Dalt, former Director of the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health of Padua; Antonella Dalle Zotte, of the Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health (MAPS) of the University of Padua; Antonella Muraro, head of the UOSD Food Allergy – Regional Specialization Center for the Study and Treatment of Food Allergies and Intolerances in the Hospital – University of Padua; and Eugenio Baraldi, director of the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health of Padua.

The annual Italian Knowledge Leaders event, now in its third year, honors opinion leaders -university professors, researchers, physicians, professionals – who have distinguished themselves as the “ambassadors of intellectual capital” of our country. Especially in the organization of congress events of international caliber, recognizing their commitment not only in the field of research, but also in the service of the academic community and the territory. Precisely thanks to the strong synergy between Padua Congress, the city’s convention center, and the Padua Convention & Visitors Bureau (a tourism and convention promotion organization with the Chamber of Commerce as a majority partner), Padua is quickly climbing the rankings of the most interesting and most often used cities for international association congresses.

«These awards confirm the excellent work being done in Padua in the meetings industry to help make the city one of the leading ‘destinations of knowledge’ in Italy,” says Stefania De Toni, Manager of Padua Congress and board member of Federcongressi & Eventi. “Thanks to the synergy with the University and the Padua Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the participation of the best academic and scientific talents in important and prestigious international conferences, we aim to increase the importance and number of events of this kind held in our area».

The professors awarded

Professor Liviana Da Dalt was honored in particular for the success of the European Academy of Pediatrics (EAP) International Congress, which was attended in Padua in May by 761 pediatricians from 69 countries on all continents. It was an event that stood out as a global platform for pediatric experts, healthcare professionals and enthusiasts to exchange knowledge, discuss cutting-edge research and promote collaboration. For the same congress, the award also went to Eugenio Baraldi, current Director of the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health University of Padua, as well as Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Scientific Director of the “City of Hope” Pediatric Research Institute.

Antonella Dalle Zotte was chair of the 69th edition of the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology – ICoMST, a prestigious event hosted by Padova Congress that gathered the world’s leading experts in the field of meat and cured meat science in August. The event, which returned to Italy after a full 21 years, attracted more than 600 delegates from 44 different countries to the city to analyze the latest findings and innovative perspectives in this crucial field.

Antonella Muraro was the coordinator of the GA2LEN ANACARE Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Forum (GAFA), organized by the Global Allergy and Asthma Network of Centers of Excellence (GA2LEN) in its Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis ANACare Centers section. The event was held in Padua Congress in September 2022 and had 150 people in attendance and about 2,000 connected online from all over the world with the goal of unifying the diagnosis and treatment of food allergy and anaphylaxis through uniform training of specialists. Professor Muraro has been repeatedly included in the list of “Highly Cited Researchers,” compiled annually by data analysis company Clarivate, among the top researchers who have demonstrated significant influence in scientific research through the publication of highly cited articles during the past decade.