The Influence of IFToMM and MMS in Present Day Italian Culture
IFToMM activity in Italy has scored many successes, as evidenced by the strong development of Mechanics in Italy and the applications that Italian industries have created in mechatronics and its technologies. The Federation and its cooperating Institutions have had positive results in connecting with people in the forefront of other cultures. My own experience extends from the first years of IFToMM, in the early 1970s, through the International Congress of IFToMM in 1995, in Milan, up to today when science and technology have become interpreters of a globalized world. Regrettably, support for scientific research has decreased in Italy in recent years due to a lack of funds, a fact that effects above all the younger generation. It is necessary for IFToMM programs to take strong steps now to alleviate this situation.