The "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi" Institute of Advanced Studies

The "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi" Institute of Advanced Studies

Interfaculty research centre


The "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi" Institute of Advanced Studies is the interfaculty research centre of the Scuola Normale, based in Florence, at Palazzo Strozzi. It carries out research activities featuring interdisciplinary approaches and an international dimension, with the issuing of invitations to lecturers and researchers from abroad. It is named after Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former President of the Republic and a pupil of the SNS, where he graduated in literature in 1941.

Its lines of research and its activities are identified and co-ordinated by a Scientific Council composed of five lecturers of the Scuola Normale – including at least one from each Faculty – and a President.

The Institute's activities

The Institute carries out its activities with the lecturers and personnel of the faculties of the Scuola Normale. Its activities revolve around interdisciplinary themes defined by the Scientific Council , which, for 2019-2020, regard “Knowledge, Research, Society after the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Main activities:

* Ciampi visiting scholars, invitations to internationally renowned experts who contribute to research on themes that are a focus of the Institute, for periods of up to two months;

* The organisation of interdisciplinary conferences and workshops;
* Support to the faculty initiatives;
* Funding of faculty research grants;
* Fundraising activities for the creation of chair at the SNS for full professors, in agreement with the university of origin. The post  established is assigned to a Faculty of the SNS, based on the scientific-disciplinary sector of reference;

* For the three-year period 2018-2021 the “Carlo Azeglio Ciampi” chair is assigned to Mario Pianta, professor of Political Economics at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences.

The academic year 2020-2021 marked the creation of a chair in Mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences, with funding from the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Florence.