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
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.
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.
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
To this end, FBK participates in international PhD and Master Programs
co-directed with the University of Trento.