Researchers oft the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and the University of Milano-Bicocca have created the Italian Consortium for DNA Barcoding.
I found a few Italian news articles today containing the announcement and with the help of Google translate and some of my rudimentary knowledge of Italian I was able to find out that...
...up to now Italian laboratories had been working independently The national group was formed to create a network of research laboratories that use DNA Barcoding. The objectives of the Consortium are: to grow a network of laboratories that use or plan the use of DNA Barcoding; to identify hubs for educational activities aimed principally at young upcoming researchers in the field, to identify the main topics of active research in Italy also with a focus on planning common projects; to connect with international groups to share issues, research and results; to connect research institutions and commercial entities both dealing with identification of living organisms.
One of the first activities of the Consortium was to organize an introductory course on DNA Barcoding that runs today and tomorrow at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Congratulazioni. I am looking forward hearing more about the activities in your wonderful country.