Is there a ‘third mission’ for Universities?


25/09/2019 - 11:00 to 13:00


SISSA - via Bonomea, 265 Trieste. Room 128-129, I floor

On Wednesday, 25 September 2019, at 11:00 a.m. will be held the seminar entitled “Is there a ‘third mission’ for Universities?” given by Riccardo Pietrabissa, Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering in Politecnico di Milano, and since September 2019 new Rector of the IUSS University School for Advanced Studies Pavia.

Prof. Pietrabissa is also Vice President of the CNR Scientific Council (National Research Council). In 2001 he established the Politecnico di Milano patent service and the Technology Transfer Office.

In 2002 he was among the founders of Netval, the Italian Network for Technology Transfer (

“Is there a ‘third mission’ for Universities?”

In the last few years, especially after the introduction of new evaluation criteria, more ‘missions’ have been assigned to Universities. Among those, the goal of interacting with society to generate impact has been called “third mission”. But does this variety of missions actually exists? What do we mean by impact on society? The contribution of research and its valorization are crucial elements in University research policies because they relate to autonomy, responsibility, economic development, the ability to design the future. The seminar means to reflect on Universities various roles and, in particular, on its role in progress and development.

The seminar will be held in English.

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