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53 researchers and 35 PhD scholarships. A new recruitment drive to strengthen Leonardo’s innovation ecosystem

The link between Leonardo Labs and the universities strengthens with a new selection process bringing the number of researchers working at Leonardo Labs to 130, a figure set to rise to 200 by 2023.

With a new call for applications for laboratory research contracts and industrial doctoral scholarships just launched, Leonardo will now be able to count on a fresh pool of expertise for studying new technological breakthroughs and frontiers. The 2022 recruitment drive for new Leonardo Labs researchers (a network of research and development incubators), has created an additional 53 positions, providing opportunities for a good 130 researchers compared to the 77 openings created in 2021, a significant increase that confirms the figures are in line with Leonardo’s 2021 to 2023, three-year forecast.

“We are setting the company's future on an increasingly digital basis: from Big Data, to High-Power Computing, to Artificial Intelligence, as well as looking ahead to Quantum Computing and Quantum Communication" has recentely declared Franco Ongaro, Leonardo's Chief Technology & innovation Officer, to 'Il Sole  24 Ore'. "We are seeking to create a link between the group's business areas and this technology push – added Ongaro – and we must have a capability that doesn't just stop at internal growth. You can't be credible if your laboratories don't produce new knowledge that can be compared with the rest of the world. So, you have to publish and be in a position to show that the resources you have are carrying out research. That is why we have made this call for 53 new researchers, who are our lifeblood. They join the 77 that we already have in place, and we want to increase their number to 200 by the end of next year. We intend to reach a critical mass of research capability that will give us credibility in areas where we will face not the usual competition but instead much more famous research institutes. We already know that we will need to have Artificial Intelligence in all our platforms, and we have to figure out how to make it meaningful and, above all, certifiable".

BREAKDOWN OF THE INCREASE IN THE No. OF RESEARCHERS BY 2023 2021 2022 2023 0 50 100 150 200 Researchers Total Divisions Corporate 200 90 110 +59* 136 75 61 77 0 27 Compared to the previous year * +64* 50

2021-2022 Research Areas

AI, HPC/Cloud, Electrification, Digital Twin & Advanced Simulation, Materials, Quantum, Big Data, Unmanned & Robotics and Optoelectronics are the core fields that the Leonardo Lab network and the industrial research PHD students will be developing over the coming years, with continued investments, particularly in Digital Twin & Advanced Simulation, Big Data, Quantum, Artificial Intelligence, Unmanned & Robotics.

For Alessandro Massa, Head of the Leonardo Labs, "One of the key words that characterises the Leonardo Labs network is 'skills'. We need to broaden the field of research into frontier technologies and to do this we need to strengthen ourselves, look for the best researchers, and network with universities, research centres and other companies. One of the main areas of the Labs relates to digital technologies, i. e. everything related to data management and processing. From this perspective, new skills are needed in those technologies that allow, for example, machines to 'learn' to support prediction capabilities. In order to deal with the technological acceleration that we have experienced in recent years, the paradigm has totally changed and requires the training of a new generation of professionals, a continuous flow of talent and collaboration, and bringing together diverse expertise.”

BREAKDOWN OF RESEARCH AREAS & No. OF RESEARCHERS RECRUITED IN 2021-2022 Reasearch Area 2021 2022 HPC/Cloud 2 4 Digital Twin & Advanced Simulation 9 17 Big Data 4 Quantum 5 10 Artificial Intelligence 24 Unmanned & Robotics 19 Electrification 5 8 Materials 9 Optoelectronics - 3 13 36 27 12
2021 FIGURES 22 PHD SCHOLARSHIPS LINKED TO THE LEONARDO LABS 90 UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH CENTRES COLLABORATING WITH LEONARDO 13 UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH CENTRES INVOLVED IN LEONARDO LAB ACTIVITIES IN ITALY

Universities and research centres as pivotal partners for the development of the technologies of the future 

In close collaboration with Leonardo Labs researchers, the company has also established targeted collaborations with several universities, polytechnics and research centres throughout Italy, financing industrial PHD scholarships for the development of research projects by young doctorates.

In 2021, Leonardo awarded 22 scholarships and plans to award a further 35 scholarships, both in Italy and overseas, in 2022, an increase that confirms the group’s commitment to expanding and strengthening its innovation network by leveraging on research.

Research & Development is a fundamental pillar of Leonardo's strategy that sees the synergic relationship with universities and research centres as an essential tool for driving technological innovation, promoting competitiveness and growth, in line with the Leonardo 2030 strategic plan.

Through the interconnected Leonardo Labs network of universities, polytechnics, research centres and partner companies, as well as numerous open innovation initiatives, Leonardo promotes dialogue between the world of industry and education, fostering technological and digital development, which are also fundamental enablers of sustainability. In this sense, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 9 are among the priority objectives of the company’s Sustainability Plan.

Leonardo's Innovation Figures

persone

9,600

people
involved in research and development

Laboratori

11

Leonardo labs
to develop innovative technologies

Joint labs

4

Joint labs
with industrial and institutional partners

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davinci-1

One of the most powerful supercomputers in the AD&S industry worldwide

investimenti in Ricerca e Sviluppo

€1.8 BLN

invested in research and development in 2021

Dipendenti

62%

employees
with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) qualifications

9

9

Technological research areas

90

90

research fellows and universities involved

25

25

terabytes of usable data in data lakes

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