Founded in 1978, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) is a leading institute for research and postgraduate training on the national and international stage. It is one of the six schools of excellence in Italy and part of the Scientific System of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

The School was initially active in the so-called “hard sciences”, before expanding its range of activities to comprise new fields such as Neuroscience, Structural-Functional Genomics, Data Science and Science Communication. Research and training activities are grouped within three main areas: Physics, Mathematics and Neuroscience. Moreover, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Studies works at the interface between science, humanities and the public.

The aim of the School is to promote the development of scientific research and intellectual culture, all the while preparing young graduate students for advanced research, both pure and applied. The majority of SISSA’s graduates proceed to university teaching and research careers.

The high quality of the research is confirmed by the fact that, within the competitive field of European funding schemes, SISSA holds the top position among Italian scientific institutes when measured by the number of research grants (ERC) obtained in proportion to the number of investigators.