May 2023 – Alain Touwaide – Visiting Researcher at UNISA- Aim and Program

Alain Touwaide is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Salerno for the entire month of May, collaborating with several members of the UNESCO Chair Plants for Health in Mediterranean Traditions and the Althea Interdepartmental Centre – Un’Istituzione Mediterranea: La Scuola Medica Salernitana. This opportunity was made possible through a transdisciplinary project that promotes the exchange of information, research, and advanced training on pressing scientific issues related to the Scuola Medica Salernitana.

There are two upcoming events as part of this project:

  • On May 19th, there will be a one-day talk for UNISA PhD students of humanities, which will focus on themes designed for the RAMUS (Ricerche e studi sull’Antichità, il Medioevo e l’Umanesimo, Salerno) and DILLS (Studi Letterari, Linguistici e Storici) PhD programs.
  • On May 21, 2023, at the Ethnobotanical Conservatory of Castelluccio Superiore, they will lead a presentation titled “The ancient Greek tradition of medicinal plants will be presented: St. Nile and the Brazilian community.
  • On May 26th, there will be a workshop titled “Salerno Medical School: History, Myths, and Current Scientific Research” held in the City Hall of Salerno. The meeting will bring together multidisciplinary researchers to present results from the collaboration program to both academia and citizens. Teams from both ALTHEA and UNESCO Chair Salerno will present their joint research. Rita Aquino, the Holder of the Chair, will present the contribution of the Salerno UNESCO Chair, which studies Mediterranean Medical Traditions and the Salerno Medical School as the central point of a smart and successful convergence of Mediterranean medical cultures.

In addition to the research project, there are also dissemination activities and public engagement with keynote lectures for citizens and the wider public. Alain Touwaide aims to provide up-to-date, clear, and comprehensible information on the history and tradition of Mediterranean plants for health.”

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