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Tampere Ambassador: Michelangelo Paci

Where are you from?
I come from Italy. I was born in Forlì, a nice town in Emilia Romagna and I lived there until I was 28, when I moved to Finland.

What would you like to tell about yourself?
I am a pragmatic and analytical person, and sometimes a bit too much of an engineer: not by chance I am a biomedical and computer engineer with a past experience in industrial automation. I have been fascinated by Finland since I was sixteen, mostly for its nature, weather (at that time it sounded extreme for a Southern European) and music. During the years I got to know more also about Finnish culture and when I had to choose where to spend my research period abroad during my doctoral studies, I started immediately looking for projects here in Finland. I was very lucky since, at that time here in Tampere, TUT started projects related to cardiac cells and stem cells which are my main research topic.

Why is Tampere the best place to live?
Since I moved here, what I liked the most about the Tampere is its duality: a very dynamic environment which at the same time is not chaotic or stressing. In many countries, living in a main city can be very stressful. Here I felt immediately home and comfortable. The presence of internationalized universities, together with the research funding opportunities that Finland offers, makes Tampere a valuable place for the working life of a researcher. Last but not least, here I found some of my best friends and met amazing people.

Tell about your professional activities?
Currently I work as postdoctoral researcher at the Tampere University of Technology. I deal with computational modeling of cardiac cells, texture analysis and machine learning. Before my PhD studies, I worked for a couple of years in industrial automation for a company in the food industry close to my hometown in Italy.

What is your involvement in international activities?
As a researcher, it is a must for me to engage with an international and multicultural world, e.g. during conferences, collaborations, projects, etc. Consequently, during my career I established and consolidated international connections in my fields of research. During my period working in a company, I had also the chance to manage and deal with national and international customers.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?
I see strong chances to connect Italian and Finnish research. I would like to use the experience I got since I moved here in 2011 to link these two worlds and support researchers from my native country willing to do (temporarily or permanently) their research in Tampere. In particular for my field, biomedical engineering, the potential is even greater due to BioMediTech. Moreover, I would like to promote Tampere and its facilities for congresses and conferences: being member of an official organization as the All Bright! Ambassadors will facilitate this process. Finally, I would like to expand my network also out of the academic environment.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?
In my opinion, Tampere has the potential to develop into an even brighter city for science and its integration with industry, especially (but not only) for biomedical sciences and IT. But it need to gain more visibility at the international level and I would like to contribute to this process.

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