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The Piedmont university system is made up of four universities whose representatives take part in defining regional research and innovation strategies.


Università degli Studi di Torino
The Università di Torino, founded in 1404, today has 12 faculties, 55 departments, 13 research centres and 3 centres of excellence financed and recognised by the Ministry: CIM (Centro Imaging Molecolare for molecular diagnostics), CEBIOVEM (Centre of excellence for Plant and Microbial Biosensoristics) and NIS – Nanostructured Surfaces and Interfaces for Nanotechnologies.
The Università degli Studi di Torino has over 73,000 students, including 3,200 foreign students, and accommodates 7,000 doctorates and specialisations.
Over 3,700 people are involved in research activities and approximately 30% of the budget is earmarked for research.

Politecnico di Torino
The Politecnico di Torino (, founded in 1906 from the roots of the Technical School for Engineers created in 1859, has a long-standing tradition of leadership of polytechnic culture. It is one of the most important universities in Europe for engineering and architecture studies, strongly committed to collaboration with industry.

The Politecnico offers excellence in technology and promotes the ability to carry out theoretical or applied research and also the capacity to achieve concrete and reliable productive processes or organise services and facilities. By the end of his or her degree, a Politecnico di Torino graduate has gained a vast, multifaceted range of skills and knowledge. Students acquire competence in the interdisciplinary nature of the various fields of the contemporary scientific world, while still aware of the needs of people and society.

30,000 students attend the Politecnico per year. About 14% of them are international students coming from 70 different countries. In recent years Politecnico has notably increased its international activities and it has initiated, in collaboration with partners, several projects supporting the international mobility of foreign students.

The range of studies is broad and ever-widening: it spans space, environment and land, telecommunications, information, energy, mechanics, electronics, chemistry, automation, electrical engineering, industrial design, architecture and building, restoration… very different subjects requiring different study methods as well as inventiveness. At the present there are 3 successive levels of higher education: Bachelor’s degree, master of science, research doctorate. To meet specific demands and respond to opportunities in the professional world, Politecnico offers post-graduate and specialisation programmes.

The project for the expansion of the Politecnico to create the new Campus, in a central position in the city, is part of the global process of major urban change favoured by relocation of large industrial areas. The “Cittadella Politecnica” is being developed on a 170,000 sq.m. area behind the present premises. The project is intended to make the Politecnico a place not only for academic learning and research, but also an attractor of major investments by multinationals, a place for technology transfer, community services, social and student meeting points and urban regeneration. In fact Politecnico is a research university always relied on close ties with both government and industry: each year it draw up about 800 contracts with industries, government funded institutions, local organizations.

The Politecnico di Torino is interested in developing permanent partnerships in research and education with industries that want to take advantage of university collaboration for innovation, and development. The Politecnico Business Research Centre, within the Campus, is the place dedicated to cooperation between Politecnico and industries.

Università del Piemonte Orientale
The “Avogadro” University can be broken down into 7 faculties and 12 departments, geographically distributed over three city sites in Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli. There is also a Scuola di Alta Formazione (S.A.F.), with over 150 doctorands enrolled. The Università del Piemonte Orientale assigns over 40% of the research budget, research being a sector in which, in the 2006 listing of the daily “Il Sole 24 Ore” the region took third place in the whole of Italy. The University currently has over 10,000 students enrolled, 370 professors and researchers and 360 technical and administrative staff.

Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche
The recently created Università degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche, is the first university in the entire world to be totally dedicated to the culture of food and the diffusion of enogastronomic culture. It aims to create an international research and training centre focusing on breeding methods, the protection of biodiversity and on the close links between gastronomy and agricultural sciences.

Research centres

In Piedmont, research and innovation are closely linked and the region’s existing infrastructures demonstrate this fact. There are around 200 research centres in Piedmont and these are affiliated with numerous centres for innovation , often housed in science and technology parks .

Please note the following public research centres :

ENEA centro di Saluggia , operates in the energy, environment and new technology sectors in support of the country’s competitiveness and sustainable development policies. There are five main areas of research:

  • Environmental and Regional protection
  • Biotechnology, Health Protection and Ecosystems
  • Health Physics
  • Energy – Fusion
  • CEMES - Centro per Gestione Emergenza Esterna (SAL-SIC)

CNR - Centro Nazionale di Ricerca , in Piedmont is represented by 14 of the research institutes that are distributed throughout the national territory. The 5 macro research areas in Piedmont are:

  • Agriculture and food
  • Land and environment
  • ICT
  • Production systems and materials
  • Cultural identity

Exhaustive list of all research institutions


Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura National research and experimentation body with general scientific competence within the agricultural, agro-industrial, fishing and forestry sectors. Made up of 15 Centres and 32 Research units. Piedmont has:

  • An enology research centre
  • A rice-growing research unit
  • A poplar cultivation research centre

CRIT - Centro Ricerche e Innovazione Tecnologica RAI , contributes to the development of technologies linked to radio and television and multimedia. Belongs to the RAI Group (national television system).

INFN - Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica Nucleare , answerable to the Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e tecnologica, concerned with basic research into particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics of a technical, rather than experimental, nature. Home page Turin section

INRIM - Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica , research centre controlled by the Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca, promotes research activities in the fields of metrology. INRIM was created in 2006 by the merger of the National research council’s “Gustavo Colonnetti" ‘Institute of Metrology’ with the '"Galileo Ferraris" National Electrotechnical Institute.
Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino

The main private research centres are:

IRCC - Institute for Cancer Research The Istituto per la Ricerca sul Cancro di Candiolo (TO) is a private research centre and a training centre affiliated with the School of Medicine at the Università di Torino. Its mission is to fight cancer using techniques interfacing molecular biology and clinical medicine.

  • Energy and environment
  • Safety and health
  • Sustainable growth and competitiveness

PROPLAST – founded as a consortium of companies in 1997, it has also become an Interuniversity Consortium due to the signing up of the 12 Italian Universities with the largest presence in the polymers sector. Proplast intends to facilitate cooperation between companies and training and research institutions involved in technologies linked to the world of plastics.

RTM – Laser technologies , scientific and technological research centre focusing on the field of precision mechanics and industrial automation systems. The sectors in which the organisation is particularly active relate to laser technologies, robotics and sensoristics.

A public/private research combination:

CRAB - Centro di Riferimento per l’agricoltura biologica, develops studies and experiments within the organic farming sector, with the objective of countering weeds, phytophagous insects and pathogenic organisms using eco-friendly methods.


CReSO - Consorzio di ricerca, sperimentazione e divulgazione per l'ortofrutticoltura piemontese. Research, experimentation and dissemination consortium for fruit and vegetable growing in Piedmont. Concerned with research and development for the Piedmont fruit and vegetable production chain.

CSP - Innovation in ICT, this is the Piedmont local authority’s Innovation and research organisation in the field of Information Society Technologies. Research Laboratory recognised by the Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica in the field of experimentation into innovative IT and network technologies.

ICER - International Centre for Economic Research, study and research centre within the field of economics, supplies financial resources and facilities to Italian and foreign researchers working in Piedmont.

ISMB - Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. Centre of Applied Industrial Research into wireless technologies in the synergistic research fields of: Antennae and Electromagnetic Compatibility, e-Security, Photonics, Microsystems, Satellite Navigation, Networking and wireless protocols, Mobile Technologies for Multimedia with related applications.

SITI : Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione, has its headquarters inside the Turin Polytechnic and conducts research and training aimed at innovation and socio-economic growth. Research activity is organised into 6 specific fields: city and region, environment and landscape, innovation and development, architecture and heritage, infrastructure and transport and integrated security systems.

Last updated: November 2011