An authoritative panel of institutional players, including the Minister of University and Research, and scholars leading public and private research centers and scientific societies accepted the invitation to participate in a structured interview on the topic of research and the
role of public institutions, the subject of the Special Focus. The interviews are presented below in a “question-answer” format.
They depict “in real time” the state of the art in Italy. They include references aimed at analyzing and making a comparison with the supranational context, envisaging scenarios that might lead to modeling processes. By sharing information, ideas and models, they let emerge, as is the duty of a “mobilizing journal”, reflections promoting a debate that goes beyond the primary objective of the Special Focus itself, among academics,public management and the environment inside and outside public institutions and the world of research.