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Supercomputers, cryptography, precision sensors are on the research horizon for a new international centre of excellence that will be inaugurated on Monday 25 March in Trieste. The Institute aims at becoming an international reference point for training and research... Read more
It is known that there are important similarities between the visual system of primates and the artificial neural networks of the latest generation. Now we know how that these similarities exist also with the visual system of rats ... Read more
Our brain comprises 85 billion nerve cells and just as many so-called glial cells, which work in close contact with the former to guarantee their proper function. All originate from brain stem cells. But what decides when and how many of them become neurons or glial cells?... Read more
Promises of food, sums of money or entertaining pastimes: it does not matter what the temptation is, a new study shows that patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease who are treated with Deep Brain Stimulation... Read more
A team of researchers from SISSA and OGS in Trieste, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, and UPC in Barcelona show that a specific body deformation called metaboly allows Euglena to crawl remarkably fast in narrow spaces. This feature could be a source of inspiration... Read more


Collaborations of excellence

SISSA is proud to support the presence of Italian and foreign scientists of renown scientific and cultural level as well as refugee scientists as visiting professors. Through the programme for collaborations of excellence...


Since the set up of the European Research Council in 2007, SISSA has secured 21 ERC grants, thus ranking among the top host institutions in Italy, especially with respect to the small faculty size...

SISSA Alumni Society

On the occasion of its 40th Anniversary, the School is pleased to announce the foundation of the SISSA Alumni Society. It is open to all former SISSA students who have completed a PhD course, obtained a MPhil degree, or attended a Master’s degree...


Giulio Regeni was a scientist like us. We hope his cruel death may serve to focus our attention on the need to respect human rights.

SISSA is one of the partners in the project UBE 2 (Underwater Blue Efficiency 2). The project, which started on 1 December 2018, is led by Monte Carlo Yachts S.p.A. Ube 2 is co-founded by Fondo Europeo per lo Sviluppo Regionale.

SMACT Scpa – the company made up of 40 public and private institutions responsible for the management of the Triveneto Competence Center – opened a call for the selection of a General Manager.

SISSA offers opportunities for carrying out PhD studies for the Academic Year 2019/20 in the following fields:


March 25, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:30
Inauguration of the Trieste Institute for the Theory of Quantum Technologies (TQT) with a special lecture by quantum computing pioneer Ignacio Cirac from the Max-Planck...
March 11, 2019 - 16:30 to March 16, 2019 - 13:00
The global campaign on brain research is back with conferences, round table discussions, science cafés, visits to laboratories and, for the first time, a special radio...
February 20, 2019 - 14:30 to 15:30
A talk by physicist Paul Fendley of All Souls College, University of Oxford, celebrates Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann on his birthday.
February 19, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
A workshop organized in collaboration with Confindustria Venezia Giulia and Rotary Club Trieste on the best tools and behaviours to encourage creativity and innovation...


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