Science, Technology and Innovation



Over the years the STI Unit has established a broad range of collaborations. We currently work with:

UN Organizations

International Telecommunication Union-Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-BDT), Switzerland.
For the capacity building activities in the field of wireless networking and of Internet of Things. ICTP hosts the ITU European Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things, Big Data and Statistics.

Seibersdorf Laboratories of IAEA, Austria.
Joint research and development projects with MLab in the field of scientific instrumentation for nuclear applications and X-ray spectroscopy for cultural heritage (co-funded by ICTP and IAEA).

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Austria.
Partnership to foster science and technology education about GNSS application in the developing and developed nations.


Comune di Trieste, Italy.
The municipality of Trieste provides sponship and co-organization of SDU outreach activities and events within Maker Faire, Science Picnic, NASA SpaceApps Hackaton, TS Urban Center and SciFablab.

Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes, (EsLaRed), Venezuela.
ICTP training in computer networks inspired the creation of a Latin American organisation in 1992, focussed on training and ICT projects in the region, and the fruitful collaboration is still ongoing.

Soprintendenza Archeologia del FVG, Italy; Protezione Civile of FVG, Italy; and Department of Mathematics and Geosciences of Trieste University, Italy.
Study of the archaeological landscape of FVG by means of LiDAR and other remote sensing techniques (since 2013).


Boston College, U.S.A.
Partnership to conduct training activities for professors, students and researchers from African countries in the area of ionosphere and space weather research.

Kobe Institute of Computing, Japan.
For the capacity building activities in the field of IoT4D — Internet of Things for Development — in the framework of the Master in ICT4D organized by KIC.

Trieste University, Italy.
Exploration Geophysics Group - Geophysical investigation of archaeological sites of Trieste Province (since 2013).
Joint ICTP-UniTS PhD fellows co-supervised by the ICTP MLab and the Department of Engineering of UniTS.

Department of Mathematics and Geosciences of Trieste University, Italy and Institute of Archaeology of the Slovenian Academy of Science, Slovenia
Study of lithic Neolithic and Copper Age stone artifacts (since 2009).

Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy.
Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, della Terra e dell'Ambiente, U.R. Preistoria e Antropologia. Zooarchaeological applications of X-ray microCT such as study of dog domestication (since 2014).

University of Bologna, Italy
Laboratory of Physical Anthropology and Ancient DNA, Department of Cultural Heritage. MicroCT study of paleoanthropological samples (since 2017).

University of California, Irvine, U.S.A.
Paleo-neurological studies, combining morphological analysis of microCT-derived virtual brains and ancient DNA sequencing (since 2014).

University of Cartagena, Colombia.
Condensed matter physicists from the Interdisciplinary Research Group GruMoc, for the production and use of recycled plastic as filament (raw material) for low-cost 3D-printing and the set up of their Scientific FabLab.

University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Spain.
MoU with ICTP, coordinated by MLab, for interinstitutional cooperation in the field of teaching and research for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada.
Collaboration to carry out space weather research using GNSS derived ionospheric data.

University of Oregon, U.S.A.
Capacity building activities in the fields of research and education networks and of IoT, via technical training and engineering assistance with the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC).

University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy, Soprintendenza per I Beni Archeologici del Lazio, Italy, Centre for Archaeological Science of the University of Wollongong, Australia and GeoScience Southern Cross University, Australia
Study of the Ceprano (H. heidelbergensis) skull by X-ray microCT, OSL and U-Th dating (since 2011).

University of Rwanda, Rwanda.
As an international partner of the African Centre of Excellence in Internet of Things.

Research Institutions

Centro Fermi, Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro di Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi", Rome, Italy.
Supports the X-ray research activities of MLab within the framework of the project S.A.P.I.E.N.S devoted to the study of human past.

Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
Joint research activity related to the application of microCT and other techniques to the study of archaeological, paleoanthropological and paleontological samples (since 2009).

European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland.
COMPASS experiment, MLab personnel are members of the COMPASS collaboration and have CERN associate contracts.

Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Spain.
Taxonomic and phylogenetic study of Spanish hominoids from the Middle and Upper Miocene through the analysis of the structural properties of dentognathic remains; structural characterization of fossils of different periods (since 2014).

Institute for Anthropological Research, Croatia
MicroCT scanning and analyses of the human skeletal/dental remains for the purposes of the research project Reconstructing prehistoric (Neolithic to Bronze Age) lifestyles on the territory of Croatia – a multidisciplinary approach (since 2017).

Budapest Neutron Centre, Hungary.
CHARISMA project (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration); study of prehistoric stone artefacts and pottery by non-destructive Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (PGAA) (since 2012).

Trieste section of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy.
Joint research and development projects with MLab in the field of advanced scientific instrumentation for particle physics experiments (co-funded by ICTP and INFN Trieste). MLab personnel are associate researchers of INFN Trieste.


Natural History Museum of Trieste and MUSE - Science Museum of Trento, Italy.
MicroCT study of archaeological, paleoanthropological and paleontological remains (since 2010).