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MICHELANGELO 3rd Plenary Meeting in Lipari

The third Michelangelo project meeting was held between the 19th and 22nd September, 2012. The meeting was held in a very beautiful setting in Lipari, one of the Aeolian Islands off Sicily. Michelangelo’s aim is to exploit ICT and other technologies in assessing and treating the Autistic Spectrum Disorder in children in a more “natural” home environment where non-obtrusive techniques will be used. The meeting was attended by all the eight partner organisations, namely FIMI s.r.l, Consiglio delle Richerche (CNR), University of Southampton, Fondazione Stella Maris, I + s.r.l, Acrosslimits Limited, University of Ulster and University Pierre et Marie Curie.

The meeting started with a welcome message from the Coordinator, Dr. Silvio Bonfiglio and Dr. Giovanni Pioggia from Consiglio delle Richerche (CNR) the hosts of the meeting. The agenda was outlined briefly and discussions were ensued on each Workpackage with every WP leader giving a power point presentation on the the deliverables related to the first year of the project. After each presentation, the consortium had time to ask questions to the WP leader.

The Michelangelo partners took part in a round table discussion during the International Workshop organised by the Prima Pietra, a Research Project funded by the Regione Sicilia, entitled “Early screening and interventions for autism: the impact of novel technologies and methodologies”. Cooperation with other projects is one of the stipulations mentioned in the Michelangelo proposal.

In Lipari the first meeting of the Michelangelo Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) took place too. The members of the board are: Catherine Barthélémy Professor at the University of Tours, France and President of the Association for the Research on Autism and for the Prevention of non-adaptation (ARAPI), Tony Charman Chair in Autism Education, Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education of the University of London, Jacqueline Nadel, PhD CNRS Research director, Emotion center, USR3246, Université Pierre & Marie Curie- Pitié-Salpêtrière - Interdisciplinary Network Autism – Science, Sally Rogers Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - The M.I.N.D. Institute University of California Davis Medical Center - Sacramento, USA.

This time the meeting had the participation of an invited expert, Prof. Anna Esposito , Associate Researcher at International Institute for Advanced Scientific Studies (IIASS) – Professor at the University Federico II of Naples, Italy.

It was decided that the next Michelangelo Plenary Meeting will be held in Malta in May 2013.

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