Trieste, top-notch in Europe

A multicultural city with a strong scientific vocation.
A Central European crossroads ready to face future challenges and opportunities.

These are the words that best describe Trieste, a city of science and a city of knowledge.

This regional capital, renowned for being the birthplace of Italo Svevo and Umberto Saba, has increasingly gained ground over the past decades at an international level for the excellence of its science system, thanks to the 30+ research institutions located on its territory:
universities, institutions and laboratories that carry out cutting-edge research in the most diverse scientific fields with solid international collaborations.

Basic research, development of new technologies and products, activities in support of innovation, technology transfer and advanced training in science, management and entrepreneurship.

Thanks to this blend of ingredients Trieste, capital of the region Friuli Venezia Giulia, is a hub of international excellence.


In Trieste from all over the world

Tangible evidence of just how lively and cosmopolitan Trieste and the entire surrounding region (Friuli Venezia Giulia) are, can be found in the data revealed by the survey "Mobility of knowledge" undertaken by the Coordination Network of national and international research centres, universities and science & technology parks of Friuli Venezia Giulia (CER).

This regional scientific and academic system is highly attractive for young, foreign talents, in clear contrast with the national scenario.

Indeed, in 2013 alone local academic and research institutions had been selected by 16,891 international students, researchers and professors who decided to spend a period of time studying or working in one of the research institutions located in this territory and in some cases moved here permanently. International students amount to 3,294, while researchers and professors are approximately 13,600.

International researchers and professors working permanently in local institutions are 5,216, approximately one half of the total (10,420).

They came from all over the world: from the EU, Africa, the Far East and central and south America.

More significant data on Trieste's science system: 37.1 research workers (researchers and other research-related staff) out of 1000 labour units.

A comprehensive interpretation of these data indicates that the city has become a science and technology hub of international renown, an ideal destination for youngsters seeking PhD opportunities in scientific subjects, as well as for companies who seek to ground their competitiveness on innovation and research.

> More than 30 research and higher education institutions

> More than 30 research and higher education institutions

> More than 37 research workers out of 1000 workers

> More than 4,100 resident foreign researchers

Key facts

  • Biotechnology
  • Elettra storage ring
  • Science dissemination
  • Nuclear physics
  • Molecular biology
  • Astronomy
  • Geophysics and marine geology
  • Seismology
  • Experimental and exploration geophysics
  • Music
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Materials engineerings
  • Energy
  • Astrophysics
  • Earth sciences
  • Theoretical physics
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Physical, chemical and biological oceanography
  • Materials analysis
  • Cosmology
  • Free electron lasers
  • Technology transfer
  • Subnuclear physics
  • Molecular biomedicine
  • Managerial training