ARACNE partners plan to leverage the synergies and complementarities between different projects and the EC cluster initiatives to achieve common goals.

Partners will be involved in events, conferences, trade fairs, as well as social events like the “Long Museums Night” and the “Researcher’s night” that will both provide the opportunities to discuss project activities among them but also to build relationships. These events may encourage the birth of collaborations and create more interest in the project itself. These achievements are going to be reached also with the collaboration that may be realized with other European projects and the European Commission Cluster Initiatives.


International partners

Centro di Ricerca per l’Agricoltura e Ambiente (CREA-AA)
CREA is the leading Italian research organization dedicated to the agri-food supply chains. It operates as a legal entity under public law, and is supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forests (Masaf). The scientific activity covers agricultural crops, livestock, fishery, forestry, agro-industry, food science – and socio-economics. The organization is composed of 12 research centres that represent a capillary network of structures throughout the country. The Laboratory of sericulture has its seat in Padua and it belongs to the CREA Centre for Agriculture and Environment. It has a long history starting in 1871 as Royal Experiment Station and it has always been an excellence centre. It deals with silkworm rearing and mulberry cultivation and preserves a living collection of 200 silkworm strains and 60 mulberry varieties. Furthermore, it has an historic collection of biological samples (cocoons) and instruments for sericulture, a rich library and archive with ancient volumes and documents.
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  University of Maribor
University of Maribor
Under the auspices of the University of Maribor, 3 faculties are interdisciplinary involved in the project: Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Electrical Engi-neering, Informatics and Computer Science.
Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences (UM FKBV)
UM FALS is the leading agricultural research and education organisation in Slovenia, offering numerous study programmes at Bachelor's, Master's and PhD levels, closely linked to scientific activities in the fields of animal sciences, organic farming, ornamental plants, vegetables, field crops, biosystems engineering, viticulture, oenology and fruit growing, agronomy, rural development and food safety.
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (UM FS)
UM FS has been operating as a scientific research and educational institution for more than six decades, offering the undergraduate university and higher professional studies of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechatronics, Environmental Engineering as well as Design and Textile Materials.
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (UM FERI)
UM FERI is one of the leading teaching and research institutions in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Slovenia.It aims to strengthen the positions of the internationally-recognized university education and research institutions within the fields of electrical engineering, computer science, information technology, communications, media, telecommunications, and mechatronics, throughout Central Europe.
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National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is a research University that builds on foundations which were laid over 186 years ago. The NKUA has attained recognition as an Institution of educational and scientific excellence and as a source of intellectual wealth for Greece. The Universi-ty’s academic community has successfully overcome turbulent situations and challenges; but has also seized any opportunity in order to safeguard the University's leading role by a constant engagement to innovation and creativity. According to the «Top Universities by Top Google Scholar Citations» rankings by Webometrics, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is ranked 41st in the world, 10th in Europe and 1st not only among Greek Universities but also among Universities of the Balkan and Mediterranean areas. The University is committed to work towards the advancement of critical human capacities, contribute to sustainable development and social cohesion and promote the cultural heritage of Greece, with re-spect to the principles of democracy, ethics and cultural diversity.
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Instituto Murciano de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agrario y Medioambiental
The aims of the Institute are to promote research and technological development in agriculture, forestry and food, fishing, shellfish farming, marine aquaculture, seaweed farming and other forms of industrial farming, with the objective of developing the regional agricultural and food research programme of the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Water of the Region of Murcia. The centre is organised in 18 research teams of which 2 teams participate in the Aracne project (Biotechnology and Geographic Information Systems). IMIDA has its headquarters in La Alberca (Murcia). IMIDA has a long history, starting in 1892 as an Experimental Station of sericulture. It currently maintains some breeds of silkworms, studies new applications of silk in biomedicine and keeps a collection of 35 varieties of mulberry. It also has a collection of biological samples (cocoons), old documents and silk culture instruments.
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Agricultural academy, Scientific Center on Sericulture (SCS)
The Scientific Center on Sericulture - Vratsa was established in 1896 and it is the only one in Bulgaria, closely specialized in the field of sericulture and silk processing. The Center operates under the Bulgarian Agricultural academy. SCS conducts research in all the more important fields of sericulture, organizes sericulture training courses, maintains a sericulture germplasm including 210 mulberry varieties and 115 silkworm strains from more than 25 countries, prepares programmes, strategies, projects on all the problems of modern sericulture. The center produces high quality elite (P1) and hybrid (F1) silkworm eggs, mulberry cuttings and saplings of highly productive varieties. SCS – Vratsa has a rich library and archive with ancient volumes and documents. At the Center it is situated the permanent exhibition “The history of sericulture in Bulgaria”, established and maintained in collaboration with the Bulgarian National Agricultural Museum.
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Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP)
The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP) supports the preservation and showcasing of Greece's cultural heritage, with an emphasis on its artisanal and industrial technology, and promotes the connection of Culture with the Environment. The Foundation's work is carried out through thematic Museum Network in the Greek provinces, Historical Archives, Library, Research work, Publications, Educational programmes, Cultural and academic events. Through its Museums, PIOP creates live cultural cells in the Greek provinces. For the creation and functioning of the Museums, PIOP collaborates effectively with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the local and regional self-government authorities, local society, as well as with a broad network of specialists on environmental and cultural issues. PIOP has created collaboration networks with higher education institutions, research centres, cultural institutions, as well as with specialized professionals in Greece and abroad.
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  State Silk Museum
State Silk Museum
Museum history starts with The Caucasian Sericulture Station - a research institute and educational center of the Caucasus region established in 1887. The founder of the complex, biologist Nikolay Shavrov, developed the concept of the station based on the European model. The station aimed to control silkworm egg health with Pasteur method, promote and develop sericulture and apiculture throughout the region. Situated in the main building, the museum and library, with their various collections and books, played an important role in the educational activities of the station and contributed to the increase of public awareness in this field. The Caucasian Sericulture Station was located in the Mushtaid Garden in Tbilisi. It consisted of 23 buildings with various functions, two of which have been preserved to this day: the museum and staff residential house. The whole complex, as well as the display cases, were designed by the Polish architect Aleksander Szymkiewicz. Throughout history, the Caucasian Sericulture Stationchanged its function and status several times. In 1929, it was turned into a research institute that functioned until the 1970s. In 1981, the building was given to Dinamo stadium, and the survival of the museum became questionable. The battle to save the museum, led by Irine Chotorlishvili in 1986-88, was a success, and it began to function under the leadership of the Bureau of Sericulture. In 2006, the management of the organization changed from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Culture and the institution acquired museum status.
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  Chemins de la Soie
Chemins de la Soie - Des Cévennes aux Alpujarras
The association Les Chemins de la Soie des Cévennes aux Alpujarras was born end of 2019 from the initial desire of some enthusiasts to revive the paths of GR 7, 67 and 6 in order to highlight the cultural, geographical and human historical heritage of Cévennes. Today it is a question of accompanying hikers to prepare their route, to make alive the memory of the paths of silk, revitalize the paths of GR by points of animation, tools of interpretation and cultural mediation, in association with UNESCO, F.F.R.P., National Park, promote access to the trails and heritage of the silk paths for all (modest income, disability, etc…). On June 29th 2022 our association became «UNESCO Ambassador».
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For over 35 years we support enterprises and public administrations with consulting services in order to maximize their development opportunities. We offer our customers a unique mix of experiences and skills in corporate finance, aided finance, business advisory and public sector. Creativity, reliability, expertise and long-term relationships of trust are our hallmarks. We offer our customers a unique mix of experiences and skills in corporate finance, aided finance, business advisory and public sector. Creativity, reliability, expertise and long-term relationships of trust are our hallmarks. Since the 70’s we perform activities of financial advisory supporting the growth of business processes. Over the years we have expanded our activities both in the enterprises ecosystem, supporting also financial performance optimization and control processes, as well as in the public sector, where we work on Public Private Partnership issues, support for public decisions, spending review and technical assistance for planning, implementation and reporting of operations and programs financed by public resources.
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Sericyne is a company that produces and commercialize a new material and products made from this new material called Additive Silk. This unique material is made from pure and 100% natural silk and is produced using a patented technology. To manufac-ture this 100% French and natural material, the company has revived sericulture in the Cévennes. The company masters the en-tire process. The silk produced is is dedicated to the luxury industry and is sold in tailor-made products for luxurious brands. Additive silk is a new material : an exceptional non-woven fabric, created with innovation Downstream, Seriagri (a subsidiary of Sericyne) controls the entire silkworm production chain, from the hatching of sil-kworms to their breeding. When the silkworms are mature, they are brought to the Sericyne factory. The craftsmen take charge of them and proceed with the Sericyne technique : the silkworms directly spin their silk flat: the silkworms no longer spin cocoons but directly into 2 or 3 D shapes. For the additive silk, Sericyne as developp a lot of innovative finishing processes.
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D’orica is a gold jewellery producer, founded in 1989 in the Vicenza gold and silver district. Since its very beginning, the founders Giampietro Zonta and Daniela Raccanello, transferred into D’orica their know-how, their working philosophy and vision of the world. Nowadays, leading the company with the son Federico, they carry on and promote such values as the respect for the environment and the establishment of widespread well-being in society. For these reasons, D’orica has become a Benefit Corporation and it’s the first industrial gold jewellery producer to achieve the B-Corp certification in the world. D’orica has a very particular capability to design and make a specific kind of Jewelry. Needle and gold thread are used in a tailoring way to create new jewels. Thanks to our capacity for interweaving materials, the silk and gold collection was born. In cooperation with CREA, D’orica has put back a complete production cycle of silk. In 2014, D’orica bought and restored an old silk-reeling machine (Nissan 1971). The whole reeling process is now carried out in our workshop in Nove (VI). Today, the company produces ethical silk that respects both the environment and the people involved in the process.
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Associated partners

Dipartimento di filosofia, sociologia, pedagogia e psicologia applicata (FISSPA) - Università degli studi di Padova

Dating back to 1222, the University of Padova is one of the oldest and most prestigious seats of learning in Europe and has a long tradition and consolidated reputation for scientific excellence and this year UNIPD celebrates its 800 anniversary. Its 32 departments, 40 doctoral degree courses and 44 interdisciplinary research centers with about 2300 professors and researchers employed, cover an exceptionally broad research scope including Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Physics, Technology, Life Sciences, Medicine, Natural Sciences.
The University of Padova was one of the first Universities in Italy and in Europe to be acknowledged with the HR Excellence in Research Award by aligning its policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code. The award has been confirmed in 2021. Furthermore, the University of Padova is one of the leading Italian Universities in Italy for the quality of its research results according to the report issued by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.
The International Research Office supports researchers who wish to apply for EU-funded research projects or in projects funded by other international organizations. It is a reference point for departments and research centers that manage EU and international research projects. Moreover, the University of Padova is Euraxess Contact Point.

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Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World (DiSSGeA)

The Department was set up on the 1st of January 2012. The Department's research covers a wide spatial and temporal range in its objects of study as well as in the plurality of sources and methods used. On one hand, in fact, it promotes and develops research ranging from the
kingdoms of the III millennium BC and Greek and Latin civilisations to the contemporary world. On the spatial plane, on the other, it encompasses Mediterranean, European and extra-European countries and areas including from a global perspective.
As far as research sources and methodologies are concerned DiSSGeA welcomes work using the following as sources: the land in its original and developed forms; local and production frameworks linked to various areas; documents, oral and written sources and literary texts suffused with the memories and projects of various historical subjects. This breadth in horizons, sources and methods focuses on three research axes: history of the institutions and elites and of political, social and religious movements in the Mediterranean, European and global contexts with specific reference to the African and American continents. Special attention is paid to the study of the Veneto region's history and geography and the 'Venice' phenomenon on a long time frame; cultural history understood both as the history of cultural centres and
institutions as well as textual history and the study of type and transmission and also as the history of 'representations of one's self and others'; history and geography of local areas, economic systems, production and markets with special attention to migration and internationalisation phenomena and globalisation processes and awareness, enhancement and management of the industrial landscape and the countryside with reference to material and immaterial components in an applied history and geography perspective directly associated with research activities and higher education.

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  Council of Europe
Council of Europe
The Council of Europe is a global organization that was established after World War II with the aim of promoting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. It was founded in 1949 and currently consists of 46 member states, with a combined population of approximately 675 million people. The organization operates with an annual budget of around 500 million euros. It is important to note that the Council of Europe is separate from the European Union (EU), although the two organizations are sometimes confused. This confusion may arise from the fact that the EU has adopted the original European flag, designed for the Council of Europe in 1955, as well as the European anthem. Additionally, membership in the Council of Europe is a prerequisite for joining the EU. The Council of Europe holds the status of an official United Nations Observer. While the Council of Europe does not have the power to create laws, it can advocate for the implementation of specific international agreements that member states have agreed upon. One of the most well-known bodies within the Council of Europe is the European Court of Human Rights, which operates based on the European Convention on Human Rights established in 1953.
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  Mouseio Technis Metaxiou
Mouseio Technis Metaxiou - Art of Silk Museum
The Art of Silk Museum in Soufli is a modern museum for silk. It is located in Soufli and was founded by the Tsiakiri Silk House, which is engaged in the production and manufacturing of the luxurious fabric since the mid-20th century. The Art of Silk Museum in Soufli has machines that are in operation, and present the entire manufacturing process of the luxurious fabric, such as the reeling, the yarn manufacturing and the weaving. Videos properly edited by the experts of the Art of Silk Museum in Soufli explain to the visitors every step of the modern silk industry, from sericulture to the final product. The Art of Silk Museum in Soufli is housed in a neoclassical renovated building with infrastructure for access for people with special need (entrance ramps, lift and special toilettes). In the shop of the Art of Silk Museum in Soufli are available various silk items for customers and visitors, while special guided tours are also organized for organized groups and school students of the region.
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