Catholic institutions collaborate to create the first online platform for academic events in Rome

Author: Costanza Montanari

Vatican Small is an online platform now accessible to all where academic events organized by participating Catholic institutions are made available to the public. This marks the first step in a wide-ranging cultural project aiming to promote collaboration between Catholic institutions in Rome through the organization of common initiatives, which, in turn, contribute to the cultural dynamism of the city.

The academic institutions currently involved in the project are the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, the Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica (PISAI), the Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo, the Libera Università Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA), the Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino (Angelicum) and Pontificia Università Urbaniana. The project is coordinated by the Georgetown University Representative Office in Rome and the University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, who will host the platform on its website.

The platform aims to make academic events accessible to a wider audience and to further the research of students and scholars residing in or passing through the Eternal City. By gathering scheduled events in a large common calendar, the platform facilitates access to the city’s extraordinary resources such as academic institutions on the territory (universities, libraries, archives) seminars and conferences, and their international reach. 

With the creation of the new platform, the participating institutions tried to provide an answer to a shared need of unity and collaboration for the sake of a unique objective, by working together for a better and more successful cultural and academic proposal. 

The platform will be online from mid-December of 2020, with the hope that the list of participating institutions will grow, expanding the network of high-level cultural events and fostering new collaborations between Catholic institutions in Rome.