The Departments promote, coordinate and manage the University educational and research activities. Moreover they govern the relations with external authorities and institutions, fostering knowledge transfer.
The Departments pursue the accomplishment of interdisciplinary educational and scientific objectives and may be organized in different departmental areas.
Department CIBIO is the project started by the University of Trento and the Autonomous Province of Trento in the field of biotechnologies for human health.
Department CIBIO aims at creating a suitable environment for merging classical cellular and molecular biology with the new powerful tools of systems and synthetic biology, through an interdisciplinary and integrated approach that draws from chemistry, physics, informatics, mathematics, and engineering.
Research at Department CIBIO is centred around a number of laboratories headed by independent principal investigators, and covers 4 main areas:
- Cancer Biology & Genomics
- Cell & Molecular Biology;
- Microbiology & Synthetic Biology
- Neurobiology & Development
Researchers at Department CIBIO pursue their objectives with a holistic perspective on basic biological processes and their derangement in disease, creating a model in which science and innovation interact in the search for new diagnostic and therapeutic methods.
Research at the DEM covers a wide range of sectors in the economics and management area and its members adopt different perspectives that include theoretical and experimental research, quantitative and experimental methods, case-study analysis and computer simulations.
The department is home to a multidisciplinary research environment where researchers apply a vast array of different approaches to investigate:
- Business ethics, social enterprises and social innovation
- Decision making and economic choices
- Financial markets and economic activity
- Firm behavior, strategic management and organization
- Household and labor economics
- Institutions, norms and economic policies
- Tourism, Environment, Sustainable Business and Consumption
Research work takes place in groups that work together in a vast network of national and international collaborations.
Research activities are focused on the key areas of engineering, planning and applied sciences, such as environmental protection, landscape, architecture, natural renewable resources, energy, biomedical sciences, smart structures and materials, risk prevention, infrastructures and efficient and sustainable structures, building and estates, service networks and territory.
The research activities of the Department may be grouped into six areas:
- Environmental Resources, Security and Climate Change
- Mechanics, Materials and Smart Structures
- Surveying, planning and design for sustainable places – SusPlaces
- Energy and Green Technologies
- Architectural Sciences
- Modelling and Simulation in Engineering and Sciences
The Department’s focus is on teaching and research in the disciplines of industrial engineering, and more specifically in mechanics, mechatronics, materials engineering, electronic and micro-electronic systems, information management systems, optimisation methods and models to support decision making.
The Department collaborates with many national and international research institutions, and is involved in basic and applied research projects with close links to industry.
Research is organized in the following areas:
- Materials Engineering
- Electronic-and Micro-electronic Systems
- Operational Research
The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science is a leading institution in research and development in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Italian and European level.
DISI seeks the right balance between theoretical and applied research, as is shown by the strong focus on European and industrial projects, and its key role in the initiatives of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Digital).
Research at the department covers two main areas of ICTs:
- Computer Science
The many synergies with other research institutions in Trentino, among which are Fondazione Bruno Kessler, CoSBI Research Centre, CNR and Create-Net, expand the reach of DISI.
At the Department of Physics research spans from theoretical investigations of fundamental interactions, gravitational physics and cosmology, to nuclear and sub-nuclear physics, astroparticles physics, ultracold gases and Bose Einstein condensation; and from experimental gravitation to molecular and atomic physics, biophysics, biochemistry, energetics, science education and physics communication; from material sciences to nanoscience, photonics and complex systems.
Research groups effectively collaborate with many research centres and universities and, specifically, with the Italian and European Space Agencies (ASI and ESA), the National Research Council (CNR), the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN); at local level, they share research projects and programmes with the Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM) and the Provincial Healthcare Service (APSS).
The department also hosts the Trento Institute for Fundamental Physics and Applications (TIFPA), a joint initiative including INFN, University, FBK and APSS and the Trento sections of INO-CNR and IFN-CNR institutes.
The Faculty of Law promotes, coordinates and manages teaching and research in the area of legal studies.
It is committed to publish and disseminate the results of research, and supports the circulation of knowledge ensuring full and open access to scientific literature. For this purpose, it organizes seminars, conferences and meetings with a scientific approach.
Research at the Faculty of Law involves a wide range of subjects, and this favours the development of individual research areas without prejudice to the fundamental integrity of the department.
The department promotes, coordinates and manages teaching and research in the area of humanities, and specifically in literature, linguistics, philology, philosophy, history and cultural heritage.
Research in the Department of Humanities encompasses two areas:
- philosophy, history and cultural heritage
- language, philology and literature
The Department of Mathematics covers research in most areas of pure mathematics, such as Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Logic, Mathematical Physics, Numerical Analysis, Probability and Statistics.
The Department has a strong interest in applications, which cover among others Biomathematics, Cryptography, Coding Theory, Electromagnetism and Fluidodinamics, Game Theory. On these themes there are several ongoing collaborations with leading companies and organizations.
Individual researchers of the Department entertain a vast network of international collaborations. The Department has institutional collaborations with several organizations.
The department is devoted to the scientific study of the human brain: from the models of cognitive processes to the development of applications in the fields of psychology, education, work, and social organization.
The department’s core research focuses on the creation of models of human brain functioning, both in normal and in pathological conditions, using empirically-verifiable scientific methods and a rigorous multidisciplinary approach.
This is possible thanks to the interplay of different skills and knowledge and the numerous research perspectives pertaining to experimental and applied psychology, such as linguistics, pedagogy, mathematics, statistics, and neurosciences.
These models are applied to various fields: psycho-diagnostics, social and psychological rehabilitation, neuropsychology, forensics, groups and organizations management, analysis of working and social environments.
The department adopts an integrated approach to the study of the mind, the brain and behaviour, a unique approach among Italian universities.
- Social Mind
- Clinical neurosciences
- Organization, education and identity
The Department of Sociology and Social Research investigates social and political life in a globalized world and it is characterized by a strongly multidisciplinary approach thanks to the recruitment of professors and researchers in sociology, political science, history, economics, and anthropology. Researchers and students are encouraged to work within a wide variety of traditions and conceptual approaches which favour an empirical approach to research.
The department has numerous research units, each of which constitutes a specialized forum for faculty and students:
- The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Gender – CSG
- Center for Social Inequality - CSIS
- Democracy and Global Governance – DEMOGLOB
- Stages of Life - eVita
- Local Development and Global Governance – LoG
- Migration Scenarios and Social Changes - SMMS
- Research Unit on Communication, Organizational Learning and Aesthetics – RUCOLA
- Science and Technology in Science - STSTN
- Values, Belonging, Democracy - VADem
The research areas at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences - CIMeC span from experimental psychology and neuroimaging acquisition methods to cognitive neurosciences and animal cognition to computational linguistics.
The Centre is composed of the departments of Psychology and Cognitive science, Humanities, Mathematics, Physics, Information engineering and computer science.
CIMeC established close collaborations with Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Fondazione Edmund Mach, the Museo Civico of Rovereto and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Centre for neuroscience and cognitive systems, and its researchers, who spread their work giving public lectures, are well integrated in local networks.
The School of International Studies (SIS) is a Centre established by the University of Trento to promote postgraduate research and education in the area of European and international studies. The departments of Economics and Management, Humanities, Sociology and Social Research, and the Faculty of Law participated in the creation of the school, which develops research and education programmes based on interdisciplinary approaches and skills to respond to the challenges of social, economic and institutional change resulting from globalization and European integration.
The School collaborates with national and international research centres and think-tanks and with the University’s departments and faculties. National and international academics are regularly invited to visit the School to give lectures and meet students.
C3A was born out of a joint UNITN-FEM initiative with the aim of carrying out scientific research and instruction in the fields of agriculture, food and the environment.
Operating as a research university, C3A covers the entire didactic cycle in the environmental and agri-food sciences and encourages the integration of quality and insightful scientific research and instruction into the intensive agriculture field by focusing on quality food products and the reduction of the environmental impact of agricultural practices and a sustainable use of environmental resources.