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"Carlo Azeglio Ciampi" Institute of Advanced Studies

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, and issuing 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 activities are funded not only by the Normale itself, but also by the Ministry of University and Research, by the Associazione Amici della Scuola Normale Superiore (the Friends of the Scuola Normale Superiore) of Pisa and from other sources.

It is led by a President and a Scientific Council.

The President is Mario Pianta.

The Scientific Council is composed of five lecturers of the SNS, including at least one for each Faculty:

The activities of the "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi" Institute of Advanced Studies

The Institute carries out its activities with the lecturers and staff of the Faculties of the SNS. The activities revolve around interdisciplinary topics defined by the Scientific Council, concerning, for 2019-2020, "Knowledge, Research and Society after the Covid-19 pandemic"

The main activities are as follows:

  • Invitations to 'Ciampi visiting scholars', internationally renowned experts who participate in the SNS’s activities for periods of up to two months
  • Organisation of interdisciplinary conferences and workshops
  • Support for Faculty initiatives
  • Financing of Faculty research grants

Fundraising activities for the creation of posts at the SNS for full professors, in agreement with the universities 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” post is assigned to Mario Pianta, professor of Political Economics at the Faculty of Political-Social Sciences.

Starting from the academic year 2020-2021 a chair on "Financial Mathematics of Market Microstructure - Networks and systemic Risk" and a research laboratory devoted to "Quantitative Finance"  has been established at the Faculty of Sciences, with funding from the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation. The chair is held by Prof. Fabrizio Lillo.

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Upcoming initiatives

• 9 December 2020, Pisa, Palazzo della Carovana

Conference "Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and the origins of the Republic"

Committee for the centenary of the birth of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Scuola Normale Superiore, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Institute of Advanced Studies.