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Fermi Centre: top research and diffusion of scientific culture


Fermi Centre is devoted to the promotion and support of advanced and interdisciplinary research activities, with attention to their applications and social impact. It also promotes the diffusion and the knowledge of the technical-scientific culture, a goal efficiently pursued thanks to its dual identity as research institute and museum.


Its characteristics of excellence and flexibility make Fermi Centre an institution unique in Italy for technological and scientific interdisciplinary research. The results obtained so far show how important are the originality and innovation in research activities, the commitment to the dissemination of scientific culture and, at the same time, the valorisation of young and brightest researchers.

The activities of Fermi Centre are based on:

  • Grants, for "new talents" and for "senior" and "junior" level researchers, in order to direct or support them towards researches that are original and of high interdisciplinary value.
  • Scientific research projects, including those defined as "strategic projects" to build and promote advanced interdisciplinary researches along the research lines of the Centre (see Tables 1 and 2).
  • Activities for the dissemination of scientific culture and historical memory, in particular through the restoration of the monumental complex of via Panisperna in Rome (building of extraordinary historical value where Enrico Fermi worked. The famous Fermi fountain was declared in 2002 historic site of the European Physical Society) and the design of a modern multimedia museum set up in there. 

Fermi fountain, European Physical Society historic sitesFermi fountain, European Physical Society historic sites

Fermi fountain, European Physical Society historic sites


Fermi Centre invests a significant portion of its resources in grants (corresponding, from a formal point of view, to scholarships, research grants and collaboration contracts), which are comparable, in prestige and amount, to the best European scholarships. Researchers are selected according to their excellence and the importance of their research project; many grants are awarded in connection with Fermi Centre interdisciplinary projects, others for free and individual research themes. Most winners of Fermi Centre grants have later won competitions for permanent positions in universities or research institutions, a fact that confirms the value of the choices made by Fermi Centre.

In 2013 Fermi Centre activities will involve a total of more than 80 researchers, including both grant holders and researchers from other institutions who are formally associated with the Centre. Moreover, the Extreme Energy Events (EEE) Project - Science inside Schools, which effectively combines diffusion of scientific culture and high-level cosmic ray research, will involve hundreds of teachers and students of high schools all over Italy.

In the three-year period 2013-2015, there will be 13 interdisciplinary projects (see Table 2), according to the research lines listed in table 1. The first 5 projects in the list are identified as "strategic projects", also in agreement with the advices and recommendations of Fermi Centre scientific council.

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High efficiency concentrated photovoltaics


Research Lines
A Extreme Energy Events (EEE) - Science inside Schools
B Quark-Gluon Coloured World (QGCW) - ALICE and beyond
C Advanced Techniques for Biomedical Applications
D Energy
E Environment adn Cultural Applications
F Fundamental Phisics, History of Physics and Complexity
Table 1: The research lines of Fermi Centre for the three-year period 2013/2015


Progetto Linea di Ricerca
1 Extreme Energy Events (EEE) - Science inside Schools A
2 Quark-Gluon Coloured World (QGCW) - ALICE and beyond B
3 Non Invasive Technologies for Neurosciences – Magnetic Resonance C
4 Energy
4.1.    High Efficiency Concentrated Photovoltaics  
4.2.    Intrinsically Safe Reactors (ISR)

5 Environment and Cultural Heritage
5.1.    Scientific and Technologic Fundaments of Meteo-Climatology
5.2.    Innovative Diagnostic Tools for Arts and Cultural Heritage

6 Hadrontherapy – Innovative Non Invasive Imaging of Dose Release in Hadrontherapy C
7 Cosmic Silence C
8 Optical Microresonators and Biophotonic Sensors C
9 Acoustic Black Holes F
10 Complexity – From Nanometric to Cosmic Structures F
11 Open Problems in Quantum Mechanics – SSD Detectors Systems and Models of Dynamic Reduction F
12 Monte Carlo Simulations for Multidisciplinary Applications C
13 History of Physics – Activity of Pietro Blaserna Scientist, Director and President F
Table 2: the interdisciplinary projects of Fermi Centre for the three-year period 2013/2015
Publication date 02/25/2013