SMEs and Industries, in order to achieve more competitive advantage and enhance their innovation capacity, through SISSA Valorisation and Innovation Office can have access to the following internal laboratories and facilities:



SISSA MathLab is a laboratory for mathematical modeling and scientific computing devoted to the interactions between mathematics and its applications, powered by the interest in problems coming from the real world, from industrial applications, and from complex systems. A proven value partner for companies interested in mathematics as a tool for innovation.

Laboratory of Mechatronics 

SISSA Laboratory of Mechatronics combines the fields of mechanics, electronics and informatics and supports all the research projects carried out within SISSA and perform contract research for national and international companies, mainly in the high precison equipment industry sector. The laboratory offers sophisticated instrumentation, including a new generation 3D printer (printing at a high resolution–16 microns–which allows to develop highly complex objects, even with moving parts inside, in a single process, something that cannot be done with traditional methods) and other important machine tools, for example a “numerical control milling machine” to “print” the electronic circuits necessary for controlling the mechatronic devices, but also for cutting other metallicobjects. Also fundamental for the laboratory’s work is the software component.

Neurobiology Laboratories

Such laboratories offer advanced tools for physiological research, DNA sequence analyzer, and molecular biology instrumentation. This Area also uses advanced computers and software for molecular modeling, and for the study of hybrid bio-electronic devices. Advanced types of software for the study of biology-inspired machine vision are in use. The microscope facilities of the Neurobiology Area are: an electron microscope, two confocal microscopes and numerous fluorescence microscopes.

Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratories

Such laboratories include test cabins for psycholinguistic experiments with adults and children using sophisticated artificial speech; a virtual theatre for presenting visual scenes to test reasoning processes in children; high-density evoked potential recording to carry out neuroimaging on children and adults; a neuropsychology laboratory equipped for transcranical magnetic stimulation. Other methodological highpoints include the tactile perception laboratory, which examines the neuronal basis of sensation using a 100-microelectrode matrix implanted in cerebral cortex; this group also monitors neuronal activity underlying perceptual decisions in behaving animals.

Laboratory of Cerebral Cortex Development 

Centre of excellence interested in molecular mechanisms specifying embryonic cortico-cerebral precursors and regulating their proliferation-differentiation profile. Their work is mainly focussed on a small set of evolutionarily conserved transcription factor genes involved in these processes. They are dissecting their impact on the behaviour of cortico-cerebral neural stem cells and committed progenitors, in normal development and select neurodevelopmental disorders. Moreover they are working at ncRNA-based methodologies, aimed at stimulating transcription of endogenous genes for therapy of haploinsufficiencies.


The new Advanced Mechatronics Laboratory, Lama FVG, opened in Friuli Venezia Giulia, as result of the collaboration between  the Universities of Trieste and Udine and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) and was funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) and Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia. The Lama FVG is a centre of excellence for industrial innovation and cutting-edge research in frontier technology sectors, dedicated to technological development, advanced training on the basis of a new synergy between academia and industry. Thanks to the important technological equipment, the laboratory aims to become a centre of excellence for 3D printing of metal objects, advanced robotics and the digital transformation of production systems in the Alpe-Adria Region.

High Performing Computing Laboratory 

SISSA (with ICTP) host one of the largest HPC facilities in Italy, a cluster with more than 4000 cores based on the newest technology. This allows scientists, SMEs and Industries to gain direct experience in a production environment and to explore characteristics and configurations of an HPC cluster. The HPC system also provides a number of nodes with accelerators explicitly dedicated to advanced research and industry projects. The in-house facilities are complemented by state-of-the-art facilities available world wide to computational research groups involved with the MHPC. Experimental HPC facilities are also available trough european research program which involves local scientific research institution and companies.