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Helene Hellmark Knutsson to visit Swedish research institutes in Italy

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On 12–15 June, Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson will visit Italy to visit the Swedish Institute in Rome and the San Michele Foundation in Capri.

In Rome, Ms Hellmark Knutsson will visit the Roman Forum, pay a study visit to the Swedish Institute in Rome's archaeological excavations in the Etruscan town of Acquarossa, and receive a presentation by Kristian Göransson, Director of the Institute, of the Swedish Institute in Rome's activities. During her visit to Capri, the Minister's agenda will include visiting the Swedish culture institute Villa San Michele, where she will meet the Director of Villa San Michele, Staffan de Mistura.

"In 2016, the Swedish Institute in Rome marks its 90th anniversary. Both the Swedish Institute in Rome and the San Michele Foundation play an important role in Swedish research in the humanities and in promoting cultural exchange between Sweden and Italy. At the Institute, not least young researchers are given the opportunity to develop their research in a completely new research environment and in a new country, and meet colleagues from around the world," says Ms Hellmark Knutsson.

The Swedish Institute in Rome is a foundation established in 1926 with the objective of spreading knowledge in Swedish cultural life about classical culture in the Mediterranean region. The aim of the Institute is also to promote Swedish research in the humanities and teaching, mainly in classical scholarship, classical languages, history, history of art, architecture and conservation. The San Michele Foundation was founded in 1950. The aim was to administer the property donated to the Swedish State by writer and doctor Axel Munthe. Villa San Michele, located on the island of Capri in Italy, acts as a guest house for scholarship recipients, and aims to promote cultural links between Sweden and Italy.

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