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The University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Italy, founded in 1240. Over the years, it has reached a very high level of expertise on sustainability issues, as witnessed, besides by recent bibliometric analysis (putting it at the top in the Italian scientific production on the subject), by its active involvement in numerous international projects aimed at supporting research and training on sustainability issues, including the COPERNICUS Alliance, the University Consortium for Sustainable Development Educators (UE4SD), the International Sustainability Campus Network (ISCN) and the International Association of Universities (IAU). University of Siena, hosts and coordinates through its Rector, Prof. Angelo Riccaboni, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Mediterranean (SDSN Mediterranean), the regional hub for the Mediterranean area of the global SDSN Launched by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, and directed by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University.  Prof. Angelo Riccaboni has been incharged by the Minister of Education since 2013, to coordinate Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA) Initiative, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

4PRIMA role: University of Siena has a central role in the project management, both on strategic, technical and financial aspects covering all the tasks. It is the leader of Task 6.4, "Exploitation of project results to enhance the innovation potential of the PRIMA actions"