San Donato Milanese (Milan), 01 October 2012 – The Eni Chair in Energy Markets’ Lectio Inauguralis will take place today at 11:30am at Milan’s Bocconi University (Aula Magna Universita' Bocconi - via Gobbi, 5), supported by Eni with the aim of encouraging the study and analysis of the energy market.

The issue of the evolution of the natural gas market will be debated by Guido Tabellini, Rector of Bocconi University, Salvatore Sardo, Eni Chief Corporate Operations Officer, Michele Polo, who was awarded the professorship and is Director of IEFE Bocconi (Istituto di economia e politica dell’energia e dell’ambiente), Jonathan Stern, President Natural Gas Research Program at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and Guido Bortoni, President of the Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.

The subject matter of the Chair will be energy, both in a teaching and research context, allowing Eni to benefit from a continuous, privileged and increasingly qualified dialogue within the energy industry, as well as other related sectors.

The creation of the Eni Chair in Energy Markets is a confirmation of the considerable attention that Eni devotes to the valorization and development of expertise in the oil and gas sector. An initial investment of 3.7 million training hours has been allocated as well as the relevant commitment in the research and development field, demonstrated by a total portfolio of approximately 8,000 patents and patent applications that protect more than 1,000 inventions.

All this is made possible by the positive working relationship Eni has with the Italian and international university system, with whom numerous partnerships in education and research and development were signed. In this context, the agreement is set with Bocconi University (with whom Eni has been a strategic partner since 2007) to establish the Eni Chair in Energy Markets, which can be linked with other agreements Italian universities for the realization of Masters degrees and second level Masters degrees. Examples include establishing a second level Masters and a degree in Petroleum Engineering with the Polytechnic University of Turin, a Masters in Oil & Gas Plant Planning and Safety and Environmental Protection in the Oil & Gas industry with the University of Bologna and a degree in Energetic Engineering "orientation hydrocarbon energy" with the Polytechnic University of Milan. At the international level, Eni has an agreement with the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation within the SAID Business School and awards 3 scholarships to promising African students at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, one of the most prestigious programmes in Europe for African studies.

Eni collaborates with the academic world on areas of research and development and aims to become a beacon of excellence for technological innovation in oil, gas, the environment and the most advanced frontiers of renewable energy. Among the most prestigious partnerships Eni has are: MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), signed in February 2008, and a five-year strategic alliance with Stanford University signed in 2011.
In Italy, Eni has signed framework agreements for research and development with the Polytechnic Universities of Milan and Turin and CNR – Italy's National Research Council.

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