Technology and knowledge transfer is a crucial and strategic activity for SISSA related with the Third Mission. The aim is creating innovation and guaranteeing valorisation of research and talents.

It includes a wide range of activities and it is closely related with the so-called Third Mission of the School, together with Teaching and Research, in order to improve the impact of the School’s activities on Society.



SISSA's motto is "to follow virtue and knowledge", without forgetting this we try to create a solid bridge between Science and Industry, this bridge enhances knowledge valorisation, speeds up innovation and contributes in improving society and citizens' quality of life.

Our primary goal is to better motivate SISSA community to enforce this mission for the valorisation of research activities (and talents) and to try to establish better connections with potential research partners and networks to create a virtuous contamination of ideas in the society.

SISSA Valorisation and Innovation Office promotes integration of knowledge and industry and facilitates technology transfer from the academia to the society developing project proposals aimed at:
• increasing cooperation with PMI and Industries;
• promoting students’ innovative activity and entrepreunal approach;
• improving knowledge valorisation and its impact.


Valorisation and Innovation Office 


Renè Buttò  - Head of the Valorisation&Innovation Office

Renè has worked for over 15 years in the field of knowledge transfer, research valorisation and promotion innovation and competitiveness of companies and Territory.  He has a degree in Law and before SISSA he worked in Area Science Park in Trieste and at the University of Udine, in addition he collaborated with two important international Law firms in Intellectual Property (GLP e Mathjssen & P.) and Italian Trade & Investment Agency (Agenzia ICE).


Silvia Faion  - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager
Talent development / Scouting & communication for technologies & know how / Special projects and fundingu

Silvia manages projects for innovation and for the enhancement of the talent, she has a professional background in corporate communication and marketing focusing on the development of branding strategies. She graduated in Communication Science and she also specialized in Career Development and Personal Branding.


Stefania Sorsi - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager
IP Protection / Assessment, Patent, Licence / Agreements & contract of research

Stefania graduated in Law, she worked at the Venezia Giulia Chamber of Commerce for 6 years, she managed the Civil and Commercial Mediation Body and the legal documents, also as an internal Mediator. She has a good experience with the Scientific Area of the Sissa."



SISSA Talent Valorisation and Transfer of Knowledge Committee

The committee evaluates knowledge transfer and talent valorisation initiatives and issues (including - but not limited to – IPR protection and valorisation, contract research, industrial collaborative research, spin off and start up, special innovation projects, etc.) according to the rules and the mission of the School. 

The Committee is chaired by SISSA Director and composed by the Deputy Director, the Secretary General, the Head of Education and Research Services Area, the Director’s Delegate for Research Valorisation, Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Industrial Cooperation and a representative for each Scientific Area at SISSA. 


Among them a direct and proactive role is played by:

Dr. Erica Maran  – Head of Education and Research Services Area and SISSA Deputy Secretary General

Prof. Gianluigi Rozza  - SISSA Director’s Delegate for Research Valorisation, Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Industrial Cooperation



Transfer of the results of scientific research to society and to the business sector is one of the institutional tasks carried out by SISSA.

SISSA promotes and organises research (even applied research) by favouring protection of intellectual property and economic valorisation of research results. Constant communication between researchers and the industry is a necessary condition for a successful process of technology transfer. SISSA aims at favouring collaboration with the business sector through research tasks, consulting, know-how transfer and conveyance or partnerships for joint innovation activities.