FBK and the Trentino Region



Fondazione Bruno Kessler is a non-profit research centre working for the public interest. It is a significant point of reference in the international scientific community and, at the same time, a hub for the development of technologies and applications of social and market interest.
Established by the Autonomous Province of Trento, FBK conducts research in the areas of Information Technology, Materials and Microsystems, Theoretical Physics, Italian-German Historical Studies, and Religious Sciences. Other FBK activities include studies on networking and telecommunications, with a particular focus on government and welfare, as well as studies on the effectiveness of public policies.
The interdisciplinary nature of FBK secures an open environment, where science and innovation are freely pursued, without losing sight of their ethical and social implications.
Throughout 50 years of history, FBK has developed a broad network of domestic and international alliances and strategic partnerships, hosting and attending international congresses, conferences and symposia, publishing hundreds of papers, dozens of patents and innovative ideas which have earned Fondazione Bruno Kessler a respectable international standing.
FBK employs 350 researchers, graduates, post-doc students, and visiting professors. FBK is organized in 5 research centres, 7 laboratories, 1 specialised library open to external visitors, and a number of field projects active across the Province’s territory. FBK has generated 14 spinoffs, start-ups and joint-ventures.

Trentino is a small territory (6,000 km2) supporting 500,000 people. Education and research play a significant role on its economy, with 15,000 higher education students (including PhD students) and 1,500 researchers spread across the Trentino System of Research.
On the other hand, industry in Trentino employs only 37,000 within about 850 companies, with an average company size of 43 employees. A strong Cooperative movement, particularly in agriculture, software, and credit, involves 222,000 members organized in 544 cooperative associations.
FBK has established long term collaborative relationships with some companies and cooperative associations, by providing the technological groundwork for innovative products and services. Conversely, the Federation of Cooperatives and the Industry Association have committed in writing to support this RESTATE program by facilitating researchers’ opportunities for stages (enclosed copies of the letters of intent). Pursuant to this commitment, researchers will be provided with opportunities to transfer results of their research programmes in real corporate environments, as long as a viable link may be built between their research subjects and the companies’ markets and competencies.
In addition to technology transfer, FBK also interacts with the corporate world through professional and transferable training. In fact, FBK takes an active role in post-graduate education, giving students of the Trento University possibilities for study and work within FBK groups and thus experimenting ideas in Labs where researchers, companies and end-users work together. To this end, FBK participates in international PhD and Master Programs co-directed with the University of Trento.