Society of Italian Researchers & Professionals in Western Canada
Special Message

Social distancing guidelines put forth by the Canadian government (no large crowd events) is still paramount in our fight of Covid-19.

ARPICO speaking/public events are typically, by their very nature, occasions when people meet and converse at close range, rendering social distancing challenging. In light of this and in line with both provincial and federal guidelines, for the safety of its members, guests, speakers and volunteers, the ARPICO board of directors has voted unanimously to suspend the Society’s public activity until further notice.

We will continue to monitor the development of the pandemic in Canada and around the world via information from national and international health officers, with a view to decide when it will be safe to restart our public events. We are all very much looking forward to a time when life returns to normal and public activities can resume.

We wish to emphasize that the rest of ARPICO’s activities, such as selection of topics and speakers for future events, fundraising, advertising our travel scholarship and interviewing applicants for it will continue normally.

We trust that our members will support this course of action and are looking forward to resuming our activity as soon as the health situation permits it.

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October 13, 2022 at 7:00PM

Italian Cultural Centre – Museum & Art Gallery – Room 5 – 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC, V5M 3E4

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The inner lining of all blood vessels is composed of so-called endothelial cells, a single-layered cobblestone-like sheet of cells that play an important function as precise sensors of molecules and shear stress in blood. In response they regulate vessel tone,…

April 13, 2022 at 7:00PM

Online Event - Register to Receive the Stream Link

Join us as a member of ARPICO to support our endeavour to disseminate knowledge and research work, provide accesible and informal forums for discussions and debate, and exchange ideas realted to topics and issues relevant to modern society.

Sapori di Puglia

On June 8th and June 10th, 2022 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver will be held the Saprori di Puglia food fair and wine tasting special.

Please read the flyer below for more details:

EYE Global Project


The EYE Global Project is an entrepreneurial exchange program, where European professionals have a chance to liaise with Canadian entrepreneurs! Canadian entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to select the entrepreneur that best fits their needs. The best part is that their flights, stay in Canada, etc. are all funded.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Global is an exchange program that gives experienced entrepreneurs from Canada the opportunity to collaborate with new or aspiring entrepreneurs from the European Union and the UK.

It is inspired by the popular Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program, which has been running in Europe since 2009. The program has facilitated exchanges for nearly 20,000 entrepreneurs with 10,000 businesses.

Why EYE Global?

By participating in this program and by hosting a young entrepreneur from Europe your company will acquire knowledge and access to European markets; discover new potential cooperation opportunities and collaborate with European entrepreneurs. Find innovative solutions and reach new heights in your business with EYE Global!

Benefits for Canadian host entrepreneurs:
• Liaise with an entrepreneur from Europe with zero cost to you, for a maximum of three months.
• Liaise with energetic and motivated young European entrepreneurs who can contribute to your business with innovative views, new skills, and knowledge.
• Benefit from a “new perspective” on your business, and specialized knowledge that the
new entrepreneurs may have and that you have not yet mastered.
• Act as a coach or mentor.
• Learn about European markets, expand your business opportunities and engage in cross- border activities.
• Network and build strong relationships, which can be useful for mutual consulting, business referrals, and for finding business partners abroad.

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Program financed by the European Union and coordinated in British Columbia by the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada West & the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West!

If someone is interested and wish to learn more about it, they can email Stefano Dal Farra (project manager at ICCBC) via email or via phone number (604.682.1410 M/F 9am to 5pm).

Consulate General of Italy Moving to a New Location


In mid-June the Consulate General of Italy will move to a new downtown Vancouver location, some 6 blocks west of our current one.
While we shall strive to minimize disruptions, a short closure period and some interruption or delay in the services offered will be inevitable. We thank you for your patience.
Stay tuned for more details:


Verso la metà di giugno il Consolato Generale d'Italia si trasferirà in una nuova sede nel centro di Vancouver, a circa 6 isolati a ovest di quella attuale.
Ci stiamo adoperando per ridurre al minimo i disagi all'utenza. Sarà comunque necessario chiudere l'Ufficio per un breve periodo di tempo ed interruzioni e/o ritardi nei servizi offerti saranno inevitabili.
Vi ringraziamo fin da adesso per la Vostra pazienza.
Maggiori informazioni sul periodo di chiusura, gli orari di ricevimento e sull'apertura al pubblico nella nuova Sede saranno resi noti, appena disponibili, sul nostro sito:

Italian Design Day 2022 - March 23, 2022


Webinar will be held online via Zoom

A Webinar with Architect and Engineer Valentina Sumini

Humanity is evolving towards a multi-planetary future.

One of the main challenges in human space exploration is sustainability, since long-duration missions on other planetary bodies will require a high level of autonomy from planet Earth and the possibility to retrieve all fundamental life resources directly in situ.
The need for efficient use of volume, water, and other inputs for producing food could enable technologies with reduced impact on the resources needed for food production here on Earth, especially in extreme environments and resource-scarce regions. In addition to crops production, there are other advanced food systems that warrant exploration as they can also potentially address some of the challenges of terrestrial and space-based food systems.
The Space Meal Solution is a food production strategy, designed in partnership between COESIA S.p.A. and Pastificio RANA S.p.A., that identifies hydroponics and aeroponics systems as sources to produce the ingredients for customized, balanced, nutritious, and palatable meals based on the Mediterranean diet. The food processing system is based on automated and integrated engineered solutions focusing on automation, from blending to cooking, with the goal to easily produce space meals through the Engineered Space Kitchen (E.S.K.). The crops processing, the meal preparation and preservation are designed to minimize time, water and energy consumption and optimize human-centred design for the crew by building a collaborative environment that combines assessed and innovative food processing and cooking technologies.

Indeed, designing new space food systems, while preserving and enhancing our culinary arts, offers a solution to the scarcity of resources and sustainability on our planet…a wonderful spaceship travelling across the universe.
The 5th edition of the “Italian Design Day” is presented in Vancouver by the Consulate General of Italy in cooperation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, after a worldwide initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with MiBACT, MISE, ICE Agenzia, Confindustria, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), Fondazione ADI-Compasso d'Oro, Federlegno Arredo, Salone del Mobile Milano and Triennale Milano.
Valentina Sumini, Ph.D., architect and engineer, investigates innovative computational design techniques with special regard to space applications, both for architectural and technological solutions. She is Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab, within Space Exploration Initiative and Responsive Environments and Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano where she lectures the course “Architecture for Human Space Exploration” – the course, in the current Academic Year, has become a collaborative classroom with the MIT Media Lab Webinar Series “Design Exploration: towards a Moon Architecture.” Since 2020, she has been R&D Specialist within COESIA Engineering Center and Coordinator of COESIA Innovation Hub, where she analyzes and develops new activities with high sustainability and technological impacts.

Register for free for the online webinar HERE

Four Evenings with Dante and his Divine Comedy (Webinar)

Arpico is working to restart its activity in a virtual manner, in the meantime we thought you might be interested in attending the following event organized by our friends of the Dante Alighieri Society.

Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, the best known of all poems written in the Italian language 700 years ago, takes us on a spiritual journey from a ghastly dark forest to the blissful light of a cosmic embrace, from exile to reintegration, from wretchedness to joy.

This is a FREE EVENT.

In the course of four Monday evenings, Prof. Daniela Boccassini will show us why Dante's cosmic perspective is as impelling today as ever:

1. December 7, 2020 - Dante's life and his source of inspiration: Beatrice
2. December 14, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Inferno
3. December 21, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio
4. December 28, 2020 - The Divine Comedy: Paradiso

All episodes will be conducted IN ENGLISH ON ZOOM from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (PT)

No previous knowledge of Dante's poem is required

Please register at to receive the Zoom link

Jung and Ravenna

2020 Winter Lecture Series C.G. Jung Society of Vancouver

Jung and Ravenna
The Red Book, Visioning, Rebirth
January 31st, 2020 at 7:30pm
Museum of Vancouver - 1100 Chestnut Street

Tickets are sold at the door: $15 for Members / $20 for Non-Members

Jung traveled at least twice to Ravenna, and each time his encounters with Byzantine history, architecture and art made the deepest impression upon him. Through this talk we will explore the different ways in which Jung entered in communion with the images — inner and outer, visible and invisible — that he beheld in Ravenna: from the early years, when the memory of Byzantine mosaics informed his pictorial technique in The Red Book; to his middle years, when those same mosaics gifted him with the vision of a scene of the unseen they seemed subtly to enshrine; to his late years, when his memories of those journeys gathered in one of the most astonishing pages of Memories, Dreams, Reflections. At the core of all these creative experiences sits Jung's most precious insight: the power of visioning as initiatory path to rebirth, so mysteriously connected to the age-long, well-guarded secrets of Ravenna's enigmatic mosaics.

Daniela Boccassini is Professor of Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is preparing a monograph on Dante and Jung, some of whose chapters, presented at the Jung Society of Vancouver over the last few years, have now appeared in The Jung Journal and Harvest. In this lecture she addresses one of the themes central to that book project: rebirth as the foundation of both Dante's and Jung's visionary art and eminently healing work.