Gianni Borgna
Head of the Assessorate of Cultural Policy

The progress made in activities meant to safeguard, upgrade and disseminate Rome's heritage and cultural resources is one of the most evident and irrefutable signs of the work carried out in recent years by the city government.
The visiting hours of museums and monuments have been extended, the municipal museum network is the focus of restoration and expansion efforts, while a wide array o cultural events has been offered, including major expositions, performances, concerts and conventions, reinforcing a leading role which has become an irreversible feature of the City.
Still, Rome is not made solely of art and culture tied to the historic tradition of humanism, but also a major center of on-going technological development and scientific thought, and we intend to offer this area of knowledge increasing visibility in the present.
The presence in Rome of the country's leading research organizations and prestigious university departments will facilitate the task of planning a new approach to spreading a new understanding of science while disseminating its contents among an increasingly vast public.
What we have done in this direction, with the revival of the Civic Museum of Zoology and the establishment of the Museum of Mathematics is only the beginning of a far more ambitious project which can take full form only through the creation of an exposition structure capable of meeting this need, on a par with the world's other major grand capitals, through the construction of a a modern City of Science.
The choice of initiating this process with the promotion of a competition designed to indicate the contents and the manner in which this project is to take shape is concrete proof of the rigorous approach we intend to maintain in order to reach the objectives we have set for ourselves.