Guiding engineering’s evolution towards a more humanistic future, by responding to the vast environmental and social needs of our times and the digital revolution. Creating this “humanistic engineering” is the mission of the Evolve Foundation, launched by Maire Tecnimont at the end of 2021. Taking its cue from an historical heritage of immense value.
THE MAIRE TECNIMONT FOUNDATION
Engineering today is facing a vast challenge: learning to know and interpret scenarios that require historical paradigm shifts, in order to provide creative, innovative and effective answers to enable a future where economic growth can be combined with social needs and the protection of our planet's resources.
Succeeding in this challenge requires a transformation of classical engineering into humanist engineering, capable of developing assumptions that include ethical, social, and environmental aspects while also being able to solve increasingly complex problems by applying the best innovations with a critical sense and a multidimensional vision.
Critical sense and creative intelligence
This represents the backbone and the lifeblood of Italian leadership in the world—leadership that is based on ingenuity combined with a sense of beauty—that we must cultivate and know how to preserve.
This Italian touch distinguishes a Group like ours, which in recent decades has contributed to the global evolution of engineering by operating in a visionary way. Our Group’s history and entrepreneurial role in creating value at a global level now inspires the activity of our new Foundation, which is intended to act as a trait d'union between past, present, and future.
The Foundation promotes knowledge of the historical heritage of the Maire Tecnimont Group, using art and culture as a means of communication and networking.
The Foundation carries out educational initiatives and projects in collaboration with universities and for the benefit of local communities.
The Foundation is non-political and non-denominational. The founding member of the Foundation is Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.
The Maire Tecnimont Foundation has its registered office and operational headquarters in Rome.
The Chairman of Maire Tecnimont Foundation is Fabrizio Di Amato. The Board of Directors of the Foundation is composed of Gianni Bardazzi, Alessandro Bernini, Stefano Fiorini, Franco Ghiringhelli, and Giovanni Sale.
Sole Auditor: Francesco Fallacara.
General Secretary: Simona Dolce.
General Manager: Ilaria Catastini.
THE HISTORICAL ARCHIVE
The Maire Tecnimont historical archive is a conspicuous and precious documentary heritage, unique in the panorama of Italian business archives and exceptional among those of the most important engineering companies in the world, declared of historical interest by the Archival Superintendency for Piedmont and the Valle d'Aosta. The Foundation will take care of its conservation and restoration as well as its enhancement, promoting the knowledge and use of the preserved treasures by an increasingly vast public. Through projects and drawings of large industrial and civil infrastructures it is possible to track the history of Italian industrial development and its absolute relevance and specificity with respect to the international panorama, signed by the great world’s names of engineering and architecture. The Foundation also takes care of the management of the digital vault, an IT platform in which around 20,000 items have been digitised; this platform allows an effective and rapid consultation of the materials, cross-referencing descriptive categories, metadata, vocabulary terms, chronological references and tags.
The Historical Archive in numbers:
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We promote supplementary and orientation courses for technical institute and high school students and in-depth courses for university students with a specific focus on skills related to the energy transition engineering sector.
"Second Life: everything comes back" is a competition dedicated to the works of young artists, all under the age of twenty-nine, who choose to question their creative vein on the relationship with Sustainability, one of the most important values of our time.
About one hundred Italian artists participated in the contest. A qualified jury, made up of representatives of the main Tuscan cultural institutions, has selected thirty works, exhibited in this traveling exhibition which invites us all to reflect on the importance of our daily gestures for respect for the environment and to give a second life to matter, observing the 4R rule: Reduction, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery.
The "Second Life" project demonstrates how much Italian ingenuity in all its forms, especially the artistic one, holds together vision, culture and intellect at the service of the evolution of society. This spirit is totally in line with the Maire Tecnimont Foundation, which for this reason is pleased to support this initiative aimed at spreading the culture of recycling and the circular economy, so important for the purposes of the ecological transition.
Engineering today is facing a great challenge: interpreting scenarios that require historical paradigm changes, providing creative, innovative and effective answers. Critical sense and creative intelligence represent the backbone and lifeblood of Italian leadership in the world, founded on ingenuity combined with the sense of beauty. "
On July 5th, 2022 our Foundation switched on a debate on circular economy, art and culture themes, seen from different points, enriched by the interventions of Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Raffaele Cattaneo, Councilor of Environment and Climate of Lombardy Region, Luciano Fontana, Director of Corriere della Sera, Alberto Irace, CEO of Alia Servizi Ambientali S.p.A, Fabrizio Di Amato, President of Evolve Maire Tecnimont Foundation and Maire Tecnimont Group, as well as art representatives such as Marco Meneguzzo, art history professor at Brera Academy and exhibition curator, the artist Pietro Ruffo and Ilaria Catastini, General Director of the Evolve Foundation.
The discussion took place with the opening of the Milanese stop of the exhibition "Second Life: everything returns", a contest dedicated to young artists’ artworks who choose to question their creative about the sustainability relationship, in which the Foundation has given its support as special partner.
Watch the video of the event.
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Alternation school-work program "5 steps as an engineer" is an initiative promoted by the Energy Efficiency Information and Training National Program, "Italy in class A", and implemented by ENEA and Maire Tecnimont Foundation partnership.
The project foresees five female students enrolled in the Argan and Farnesina high schools in Rome, ready to board on a journey into the engineering world and, especially, in the energy saving and efficiency division. The girls attend an 80 hours information and training program hosted by the Rome headquarters of the Maire Tecnimont Group and can benefit from the experience and skills of a teaching staff composed of Maire Tecnimont professionals, and researchers and communicators of the ENEA’s Energy Efficiency Unit Department.
Lessons take place according to a transversal and interdisciplinary training method that will bring the five students closer to the acronym STE(A)M, in which the humanistic approach represents a supplementary motivation for change, also considering that a rapidly changing labour market requires increasingly multidisciplinary profiles. The focus on a transversal training, towards a professional profile of "humanist engineer" who knows how to combine technical skills with environmental and social issues, is the midpoint of activities promoted by Maire Tecnimont Foundation, partner of the project. The goal of the project is to clearly respond to the energy transition challenge, following the development with inclusive measures and embracing the targets of the 2030 Agenda, in particular target 5, regarding gender equality.
Follow the 5 girls' journey into the world of energy through our social media channels: