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On March 21st 2017 one of the topics of discussion at Politecnico was the challenges of the researchers and the obtained results, which make the university rank in the first places in Italy and in Europe as regards the funding per head. The quality of the scientific and technological research is the basis of the reputation of a university in Europe and in the world.

The obtained results and the future strategies were examined and explained to the city and the region, in order to show the challenges of the scientific research together with the strategies and the actions that were carried out thanks to the support of institutional and industrial partners; their collaboration fosters projects in different sectors of the fundamental and applied research. On this occasion it was possible to show the main results Politecnico obtained in this sector, which make the university rank in the first places in Italy and Europe as regards the funding per head: there are already 100 projects of the programme UE Horizon2020 and around 37 million euros have been given out in the last three years. All these factors enabled Politecnico to gain better positions both on a national and on a European level: it ranks 4th in Italy and 58th in Europe, overcoming other bigger universities. There are also 36 international projects, 112 national projects and 342 regional projects that have been obtained in the last five years and are worth 62 million euros. There are also important research contracts with agencies and businesses (about 19 million euros in 2016).

The university has started specific projects in order to encourage students to participate and to increase the project activities: the projects H2020@polito and ERC@polito offer professors and researchers tools that support the activities. There has also been an announcement (La ricerca dei talenti – The talents research) supported by Fondazione CRT, whose aim was to give value to the independence of young researchers.

In addition, many activities have been organised thanks to the partnership between Politecnico and Compagnia di Sanpaolo: as regards the internationalisation of research, new announcements have been introduced. Their objective is the development of partnerships with universities which rank in the first 50 positions of the international rankings or which are in strategic areas of interest for Politecnico; another goal is the creation of research projects in collaboration with international agencies of excellence, thanks to exchanges of doctorate students. Starting grants are also planned, in order to finance highly-qualified researchers who come from other universities or research agencies. Last but not least, Mettin in rete la tua idea di ricerca is a new initiative which allows the sharing of research ideas on the internet, which has been launched to give value to the collaborative research.

The vice-dean for research Stefano Corgnati and the director of the Research Area Laura Fulci have explained the actions and the projects that have been started. The researchers of the university have presented some of the projects of fundamental and applied research (individual or collaborative), showing videos where they talk about the various fields of research of Politecnico, the departments and the many financial sources which support the projects, the mobility and the career of the researchers. Important industrial partners the university collaborates with took the floor as well: among them Prima Industrie, which collaborates on a project about Technological Platforms – Intelligent Plant of Regione Piemonte; FCA, which has given its contribute for almost 20 years; ENI and GM, which have signed partnership agreements with the university.

Finally, a workshop introduced by the President of Compagnia Sanpaolo and the previous dean of the university Francesco Profumo enabled the discussion with institutional partners and businesses about the relationship between Politecnico and the socio-economic system of the region and of the country, in a background where new roles and new financial models are extremely requested from a technical university.

“Universities are requested not only to carry out scientific research, but also to contribute to promote the spread of new technologies, in collaboration with the socio-economic system and the institutions. They also have to be able to find solutions for the challenges they face. Politecnico has established itself as a Research University, which is recognised on an international level, as the most accredited rankings show: in fact, Politecnico has one of the highest positions in the world as regards Engineering and Architecture” said the dean Marco Gilli during his introduction.

“Politecnico must confront itself with an international research context which has become more and more competitive but which also offers unlimited resources” said the vice-dean for research Stefano Corgnati. “For this reason Politecnico has defined new strategies in favour of research, in collaboration with the most prestigious universities in the world and continuous exchanges of researchers and professors. We have also adopted specific policies for the promotion of multidisciplinary activities, since we want to put together the knowledge of different sectors in order to carry out complete research that make us competitive with the great international research groups. Finally, we have planned support actions for the young researchers who have to work in innovative and difficult fields, where a high scientific quality is necessary expertise on an economic, financial and management level”.

Tuesday March 21st is a day completely dedicated to research at Politecnico di Torino. On this occasion there will be an accurate description of the strategies for research of Politecnico. Witnesses are the vice-dean for research Stefano Corgnati together with professors and researchers of the university, who will talk about the strategies and the actions carried out in partnership with the institutional and industrial partners of Politecnico.

After that there will be a workshop where one of the topics of the discussion is the relationship between Politecnico and the socio-economic system of the region and of the country, in a background where new roles and new financial models are extremely requested from a technical university.

The European Research Council celebrates its 10th anniversary and on this occasion there will also be the “ERC Cafè” starting from 3.30 p.m. This informal event is open to students, doctorate students and researchers, to give them the opportunity to talk with the winners of the prestigious ERC Grants.

Programme of the day:

9.15 a.m. Registration

9.30 a.m. Relaunching research: the role of the universities today –Marco Gilli, dean of Politecnico

10.00 a.m. The fundamental, collaborative and industrial research of Politecnico di Torino: strategies, actions and funding – Introduction of Stefano Corgnati, vice-dean for research, Politecnico di Torino

The researchers speak: video-witnesses of researchers and research groups which talk about the many specialisation fields, the support of all departments and the various funding that supports the research projects.

The industry speaks: speakers are the delegates of great industrial groups which have signed partnership agreements with Politecnico di Torino.

11.30 a.m. Coffee break

12.00 a.m. Research results and technological transfer of Politecnico di Torino

12.20 a.m. Workshop – the future of the funding of research

Introduction of F. Profumo (President of Compagnia di San Paolo), moderator M. Ferrando (Journalist, Il Sole 24 Ore)

Delegates of the institutions and the foundations which support the scientific research in Italy, of CNR and other great agencies of the region will be present.

3.00 p.m. ERC Cafè


Salone d’Onore, Castello del Valentino – Viale Mattioli 39, Turin

The new Residence Regulations of EDISU Piemonte have been approved after being revised with the delegates of the students of the residences.

These are the main changes:

·         unification of the rules of the residence life in one only Regulation , which includes the previous regulations and the rules of the internal services;

·         updating of the rule about what students should/shouldn’t bring inside the rooms and the residence (Art. 4);

·         prolonging of the visits time: guests can stay until 1 a.m.. This time could be further prolonged, providing they respect specific security rules in the rooms and in the common areas (Art. 6);

·         clearer punishment for those who go against the regulations: the article 13 introduces more steps of punishment (that include admonition and revocation of the benefits of EDISU) and defines the violations that have as response the letter of reprimand and its corresponding punishment.

The University of Turin has developed a project to transform the university through a network system, in order to satisfy the requests for the reorganisation of educational and research activities, but also to meet the needs to decongest the present seats of the university.

Regione Piemonte, Comune di Grugliasco and University of Turin have defined the content of the agreement for the placement of a Scientific Campus in Grugliasco. The agreement is signed on Thursday March 16th 2017 at Sala Riunioni of Giunta Regionale in Piazza Castello 195, Turin, at 12.30.

The agreement is signed by the Region President Sergio Chiamparino, the Mayor of Grugliasco Giuseppina De Santis and the vice-dean for Building of the University of Turin Bartolomeo Biolatti.

Politecnico di Torino has ranked again among the best technical universities in the world in the “QS World University Ranking by Subject 2017”, one of the most reliable international rankings, which draws attention to the centres of academic excellence in education and research. This year this ranking celebrates its sixth anniversary and around 4500 universities and scientific institutes in the world have been included in the survey; only little more than a thousand have ranked and among them we can find Politecnico.

The position of the university has improved further and further since 2016; this year it has ranked among the “Top Universities” in the world in 10 subjects and 3 thematic areas (Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology and Natural Sciences) of the QS World University Ranking. More precisely, we can see Politecnico at the 52nd position in the world in the area of Engineering & Technology.

Politecnico’s position has improved in other areas as well, in fact it has ranked in the Top 50 of the world universities: Civil & Structural Engineering has ranked 35th in the world (9th in Europe), gaining two positions if we consider last year, and Architecture/Built Environment is at the 46th position (16th in Europe) (in 2016 it ranked 50th).

Positive results have been also obtained in Computer Science & Information Systems, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, in which the university has ranked among the 100 best universities in the world; Art & Design, Materials Sciences and Mathematics have made the university rank among the 150 best universities in the world. Other two thematic areas thanks to which the university is among the 200 best universities in the world are Chemical Engineering and Physics & Astronomy.

The parameters considered in the survey include the Academic reputation and the Employer reputation, evaluated through a statistic by QS, the number of quotes in scientific publications and some bibliometric indicators like Hindex.

“We are very proud of these results, because they show that our university has improved its international reputation further and further”, underlines the dean Marco Gilli. “I think that the international rankings are a great opportunity to identify our strengths and our weaknesses, thanks to the comparison with other universities in the world. It makes me glad that Politecnico has reached again a gratifying position, both in the Engineering field and in Architecture & Design”.

Polito Techshare 2017 takes place on Tuesday March 14th 2017 at 11.45 a.m. at Sala Consiglio di Facoltà of Politecnico di Torino: more than 100 businesses have been invited and 300 one-to-one meetings between inventors and businesses are scheduled. This initiative has been organized by Politecnico di Torino and Intesa Sanpaolo to improve the collaboration between universities and businesses, in order to develop the transfer of the research results and the relationships with the Small and Medium Enterprises of the region. Politecnico and TIM, which entered this project this year, supported by Intesa Sanpaolo, Confindustria Piemonte and Unione Industriale di Torino, will offer the Italian Small and Medium Enterprises a series of licenses and technologies together with their competence, in order to accelerate the innovative projects and improve the ability of competing on an international level.

Each participating business will have the opportunity to create their daily agenda, by planning one-to-one meetings with the inventors of technologies of interest for their own business.

In addition, there will be a workshop about “Technologies Transfer and Industry 4.0”. Here you can find the program of the day:


8.30 a.m. – One-to-one meetings with the inventors

11.45 a.m. – Welcome meeting

Emilio Paolucci  Vice dean of Technologies Transfer of Politecnico di Torino

Fabio Spagnuolo  Network and Innovation Culture, Intesa Sanpaolo

12.10 a.m. – Technologies Transfer and Industry 4.0


Stefano Corgnati  Vice dean for research at Politecnico di Torino

Dario Gallina  President – Unione Industriale of Turin

Fabrizio Gea  Delegate of Agenda Digitale, Confindustria Piemonte

Luca Calò  Regional Direction of Piedmont, Liguria and Aosta Valley – Intesa Sanpaolo

Pierpaolo Marchese  Responsible for Standard Coordination and Industry Influecing

1.00 p.m. – Networking buffet

2.00 p.m. – One-to-one meetings with the inventors

5.30 p.m. – Closure









Food and packaging design, makers, editorial production, 3D printing, entrepreneurial techniques, ICT ethics and many other incentives to find an innovative approach, which is close to the challenges the students will face when they enter the employment world. This is Designworkshops’ philosophy: it is a week of workshops, organized by the Course of Design Studies of Politecnico di Torino together with business partners and institutions.

This year, like in each edition of the program, the students will be given the opportunity to live design experiences concerning their cultural education, but which are also peculiar: they’re about art, photography, food, publishing industry, technologies and communication through their own methods and means. The objective is to prepare them for their work experiences before they start working as apprentice in a business.

Strong point of the design courses of Politecnico is the continuous debate and dialogue with the productive world. Both workshops and degree courses are based on the communication with the external world, in order to give the students more work opportunities and the chance of dealing with businesses when they’re still studying.

The inauguration of the Academic Year 2017 of Turin School of Development takes place on March 6th at 11.30 a.m. at Centro Congressi “Piemonte” of ILO (Viale Maestri del Lavoro 10, Turin). TSD is a program of the International Training Centre of ILO that puts together all the masters organized by the University of Turin and Politecnico and realized thanks to the support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

Participants in the ceremony are around 200 students enrolled in excellence courses of ILO. Many important figures will take the floor: among them the Ambassador Maurizio Enrico Serra, head of the Permanent Delegation at ONU in Geneva, Councilor Benedetto Giuntini, from the Directorate General for Italian Citizens Abroad and Migration Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Professor Francesco Profumo, President of Compagnia di San Paolo, and the dean of the University of Turin Gianmaria Ajani.

Experts of innovation and technologies transfer from Italian universities will gather in the Hotel des Geneys in Bardonecchia from 6th to 8th March 2017 during the Netval Winter School 2017, organized by Netval (Italian Network of Technologies Transfer Offices of Universities and Public Research Organizations) and supported by the University of Turin, Politecnico di Torino and the University of Eastern Piedmont.

Netval was founded in 2002 and today includes 56 universities and 6 research organizations; its objective is to give value to the university research in front of the economic and business sector, by building bridges between the public research and the businesses which are interested in improving their competitiveness through innovation.

Netval’s schools are always organized in different Italian cities and are a great opportunity to take stock of the situation of the relationship between university innovation and businesses. Participants in this event are professors, researchers, doctors, experts of technologies transfer, entrepreneurs, sponsors, experts who will present incubators and businesses’ accelerators, experts of this sector and other interested figures (not business partners of Netval as well).

The main topic of this Netval Winter School will be the “student entrepreneurship”. It is clear that nowadays universities and research organizations are able to support professors, researchers and doctors in creating start-up and spin-off companies thanks to businesses’ incubators.

Both in Italy and abroad there are more and more businesses which are founded by young students who haven’t got their degree, yet; these businesses are likely to generate successful enterprises.

The question is: how can Italian universities make the innovative potential of the students emerge? And how can they help them realize it, so that they are able to create real businesses?

The vice-deans of scientific research and technologies transfer of the organizing universities, professor Silvio Aime (University of Turin), professor Emilio Paolucci (Politecnico di Torino) and professor Roberto Barbato (University of Eastern Piedmont), are satisfied with the positive effects this event could have on the region. They are also very proud of Netval’s choice of welcoming the offer of the three Piedmont’s universities: this shows its great interest in innovation and in collaboration for the realization of common projects of Piedmont’s universities.

The admission methods of the “Amazon Innovation Award” are presented on March 3rd at 4.30 p.m. at Aula Magna of Campus Luigi Einaudi (Lungo Dora Siena, 100). It is a contest all students of Turin’s universities can take part in; it is organized by the City of Turin, the University of Turin, Politecnico di Torino and Amazon.

The objective of this contest is to encourage students to stimulate their creativity and improve their ability of thinking, by finding new ideas and solutions that could be realized through advanced technologies.

Five ways to give yourself a challenge through the development of a project about the last urban mile:

  1. Send your curriculum vitae at;
  2. Create your team:
  3. Create your project;
  4. Ask a tutor for advice (there are professors of both the universities together with the Team Innovazione of the City of Turin that will be available to students, in order to help them shape their ideas)

The winners will fly to Seattle to show their project and their idea of business to Amazon’s summits.