Expo 2015, this year's science-themed Universal Exhibition in Milan closed less than a month ago, but some are already speculating about the site's future. The current idea involves the Italian government dedicating €150 million ($159,909,112) annually for 10 years to redevelop the 247-acre lot into a research campus, which would focus on genomics, big data, aging, and nutrition.
Plans for the "Human technopole. Italy 2040" were developed in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology in Genova, Italy. The Edmund Mach Foundation, a research institute in San Michele all'Adige, Italy, also contributed ideas for the food and agriculture fields.
Because Italy currently invests only 1.2% of its gross domestic product in research, some are questioning whether such a big investment in the fast-moving field of genomics is a good idea. Collaboration with the city's other scientific institutes is also necessary, so it may be a while before the future of the expo site is decided.
Read more about the proposal on Science Magazine.
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