Being at university in Rome during the coronavirus outbreak has been a real challenge. Areas that were once buzzing with students are now empty.
Quarantine in young people leads to profound reflections such as, for example fear and loneliness, but also dreams and ambitions: we publish the writings of high school students closed at home in one of the most delicate periods of life
We asked students to write astory about isolation: how they felt, how their habits had changed, the relationship with their home, what idea they had of this historical moment, what they expected from the future, what they would do once the quarantine is over.
To the University Community. Following the national and regional provisions that have been announced and which will be implemented in the next few hours, the Regional Committee of the Universities of Lazio (Comitato Regionale delle Università del Lazio) has resolved that starting from Monday, 15 March 2021 the following provisions will be applied:
– Attendance in presence of educational and curricular activities of all study courses is suspended. Bachelor degrees, master degrees, masters lessons and doctoral courses will continue remotely. – Exams and graduation sessions are carried out remotely. – University libraries and other structures that provide services to students will carry out their activities mainly at a distance. – Professional internships in the medical, dental and health professions area, laboratory activities, exercises, and experiential activities may take place in person in compliance with the guidelines of the MUR referred to in Annex 18 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 02/14/2021.
The University facilities will remain open, allowing access to teachers and providing a smart-working plan for the administrative and technical staff in order to ensure services in compliance with the anti-covid regulations in force.
A research on the evolutionary history of the cat was awarded by the European Union with a grant of 2,000,000 euros. Molecular biologist Claudio Ottoni won the prestigious ERC Consolidator grant for the research project “FELIX – Genomes, food and microorganisms in the (pre) history of cat-human interactions”. Claudio Ottoni, a graduate and a doctorate from Tor Vergata University, is one of the 17 Italian researchers who have been awarded this type of grant at universities or national research centers. Only another 30 Italians who work in foreign institutions have received the grant and . The researcher will conduct his research, which will last five years, at the Centro di Antropologia molecolare per lo studio del DNA antico (Molecular Anthropology Center for the study of ancient DNA(, directed by Professor Olga Rickards, Department of Biology of Tor Vergata University.
Cats and Humans: a long lasting relationship The relationship between humans and cats has been very intense since ancient times. “The FELIX project – explained Ottoni – will deal with the analysis of over 800 archaeological samples of cats (bones, teeth and even samples of Egyptian mummies) that date back to 10,000 years ago up to recent historical periods (18th – 19th century ). The samples come from archaeological sites in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa ». A previous study, published in 2017 by the scientific journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, showed that cats have essentially followed two routes in their history. A land route, which leads them to populate the Middle East and Anatolia when men began to cultivate the land about 10 thousand years ago; and one that passes through the maritime trade routes, from ancient Egypt to various European ports up to the North Sea, between the 8th and 11th centuries. About the Research The study will follow three investigative lines: One genomic line – in which whole genomes will be analyzed and not just mitochondrial DNA, and two new lines of research compared to the previous study: diet and microorganisms. “We will do an analysis of the ancient cat genomes to investigate at a higher resolution than the 2017 study the selective processes associated with human interaction and the mixing between cat populations of different geographical areas (and also wild and domestic) , in particular in relation to the spread of the cat with human populations in prehistoric and historical times », explains Claudio Ottoni. Claudio Ottoni of Tor Vergata University has been studying the cat-human relationship since 2016.
According to the research conducted so far, today’s cat is very similar to that of then: Few traits have changed due only to artificial selection or to those “chosen” by man purely for aesthetic reasons. “We will also study how the cat’s diet has changed in association with humans, by analyzing stable isotopes, chemical markers of ancient diets, and dental tartar. Finally – concludes Ottoni – we will study the presence of any pathogenic microorganisms in ancient cats and how the human-cat relationship has determined the passage of particular infectious diseases to humans (zoonoses) “. ERC Consolidator Grants: Italy the most awarded country Italy with 47 researchers out of 327 grant winners, is the most awarded country in the 2020 edition of the ERC Consolidator Grants, established in 2013 by the European Research Council. The ERC Consolidator Grants are awards for researchers with an experience of between seven and twelve years from the completion of their PhD to answer the big scientific questions at research centers across Europe. “A heartfelt thanks goes to the group of the International Research Office of the University of” Tor Vergata “- said the researcher – for all the technical support provided in the various stages of preparation of the project application”.
Il prof. Melino ha il piacere di invitare docenti e studentitutti al WEBINAR organizzato insieme alla prof. Gabriella Santoro del nostro Ateneo e all’Accademia dei Lincei per il prossimo martedì 14 luglio alle ore 14. Si tratta di una conferenza online sul COVID-19 ed in particolare sui farmaci in uso o sviluppo. Aperta a tutti gratuitamente. Tutte le informazioni sul programma: Aspettando il vaccino Prof. Melino14-7-20
CLICI (Center for Italian Language and Culture) organizes Extensive Courses in Italian Language and Culture for Tor Vergata foreign students.
For more info on CLICI read here.
Registration from July till September 2020
For further information, follow the live event with the Director’s of CLICI, prof. Florinda Nardi.
When: Wednesday, July 8, 4 p.m
The regulations relating to payments to the Public Administration oblige public administrations, including Universities, to receive relevant payments through the system called PagoPA promoted by the Agency for Digital Italy (AGID) of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (www.governo.it).
PagoPA is an electronic payment system designed to make any payment to the Public Administration easier, safer and more transparent. PagoPA payment can be carried out through various channels (credit card, at bank branches, tobacco stores, etc.). Payment Notification
Student will receive a payment notification at the end of the normal immatriculation / enrollment / subsequent installments / competitions / access tests.
The PagoPAnotice contains the Payment Notice Code, the QR Code and the Interbank Code (CBILL circuit) that allow you to pay easily.
PagoPa allows you to make the payment through a plurality of channels, physical or online. Payment Methods
Once the PagoPA notice has been obtained, it is possible to pay with different methods: online with a credit card by connecting to the site http://utov.it/pagopa via PAgoPA’s APP IO if you have SPID credentials via home / mobile banking through CBILL circuit or members of the PagoPA system at all bank branches or ATMs that allow you to pay through the CBILL circuit or members of the PagoPA system in Sisal / Lottomatica ticket offices it is not possible to pay the PagoPA bulletin at the Poste Italiane counters PagoPA Guide
Attached is a special guide (in Italian and English).
Also this year, in pursuing our mission of helping all international students as much as possible, Tor Vergata University is pleased to announce the new English guide to apply to LazioDisco scholarships translated and compiled by our staff.
LazioDisco is a yearly study grant offered by the Lazio Region to all students applying to universities in the Lazio Region. More info here.