The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting about 70.000 students, 4.000 academic, administrative and technical staff, 1800 post-graduate and post-doctoral students and with 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training, and employment. The University of Turin is today one of the largest Italian Universities, open to international research and training. It carries out scientific research and organizes courses in all disciplines, except for Engineering and Architecture. It is an integral part of the community, acting for reviving urban and suburban areas, promoting cultural interaction, social integration, and development, encouraging dialogue and insight into current realities. As part of the activities of the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino, active in Iraq since 1963, in 1969 the Italian-Iraqi Institute of Archaeological Sciences and the Italian-Iraqi Centre for the Restoration of Monuments have been created in Baghdad, with the purpose of establishing an ongoing joint cooperation between Italy and Iraq, even in especially delicate times as in the past few years. Renovation works are currently carried out in the new seat that the Iraqi authorities assigned to the Institute (close to the Qusla, in the historical area of Baghdad). Thanks to its partners and to the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino has been making many efforts in order to re-open the Institute, thus offering an adequate technical and logistic support to future training, research and preservation projects. Given its outstanding experience in training and museum-related activities, the University of Turin will lead the activities of WP 2 - Training of Heritage Personnel and WP 4 - Development of Museum Learning Itineraries. 

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CARLO LIPPOLIS. Carlo Lippolis is Professor of Archaeology and History of Art of the Ancient Near East at the University of Torino. He is specialized in the study of the spread of the Hellenistic culture in Central Asia and in the civilizations of the ancient Near East. He is director of the scientific journals Mesopotamia e Parthica and the series Monografie di Mesopotamia. Since 2011 he has coordinated the restoration works of the Iraq Museum of Baghdad. He is director of the excavations at Parthian Nisa (Turkmenistan) and Tulul al Baqarat (Iraq). For his field researchers, in 2013 he was awarded by the President of Turkmenistan with the International “Magtymguly” Cultural Prize. He is author of several books, edited books, exhibition catalogues, and he has published dozens of articles in national and international scientific journals, encyclopedias, conference proceedings, and edited books. He lectures widely in Italy and abroad.