Comitato Leonardo and the Perini Navi Group work together again to support young talents

Perini NaviThe Perini Navi Group world leader in the design and production of large sailing and motor yachts is once again showing its support of young talents and is promoting young graduates that write their thesis on topics relevant to the success of products for the nautical sector that are Made in Italy by creating two scholarships for projects promoted by the Comitato Leonardo. The Comitato Leonardo, currently headed by the entrepreneur Luisa Todini, was created in 1993 on the shared initiative of Sen. Sergio Pininfarina and Sen. Gianni Agnelli, of Confindustria, of the ICE and of a group of entrepreneurs with the objective to promote Italy as a country as a whole through various initiatives that would display the innovative business qualities, the artistic creativity and the refined culture that lie behind products manufactured here and the country’s lifestyle. The initiative behind the Premi di Laurea, launched for the first time by the Comitato Leonardo in 1997, has already rewarded 100 brilliant young graduates. There are 9 partners who, again this year have participated in the program by creating no less than 11 scholarships worth 3.000 euro each. “The objective of the Premi di Laurea project is to give a voice to young talent by supporting the best thesis and the most innovative ideas that put into light the best of Italy today in various sectors and that give body to new ideas for the development of our economy,” says Luisa Todini “Perini Navi and all of the other companies that are associated with this project represent the best of what we call Made in Italy and they intend to support and promote the talent of the new generations that represent the future of our country.” The “Premio Perini Navi Group” is in its sixth edition this year and will sponsor two scholarships worth 3.000 euro each.The first scholarships theme will be “Project for a motor boat of over 40 mt for slow cruising with electric propulsion systems with zero emissions and innovative ergonomic solutions for the comfort of on board living.” It is created for students in the Architecture, Engineering and Polytechnic departments and in schools specializing in Naval Architecture and Design. It will be awarded to those projects that best solve problems tied to integrating an electric propulsion system with low environmental impact on boats that already conventional propulsion systems and to innovative design solutions that address questions tied to emissions reduction and better onboard living especially when at anchor. The Comitato will keep in mind the technical accuracy of the projects and of the real possibility of their implementation using current technologies. To this end this project will have to have specific characteristics: size, general plans with precise dimensions, details of the propulsion system, weights, automatically controlled sail plans as per requirements, electrical consumption and construction and cross section plans.The second scholarship for “Nautical Tourism: analysis and comparison between France and Italy” will be geared towards students studying Engineering, Economics and Geography and also to students studying at Polytechnic schools or Economics and Marketing. This scholarship will be awarded to students and graduates that have a profound knowledge of nautical tourism in Italy and France and who have studied the Italian nautical sector.

To participate in the contest for one or both of these scholarships one must fill out all of the contest’s modules and submit one’s work along with a brief summary of the project by email to the Segreteria Generale del Comitato Leonardo, via Liszt 21 – 00144 Roma ( tel. 0659927990 – by 31 October 2013. The general conditions and modules and all other details for the first scholarship can be found on the website: – under “Premi di Laurea” The scholarships will be awarded at the Quirinale during the ceremony for the Premi Leonardo with the Presidente della Repubblica Italiana present.

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