Area Science Park is a National Public Research Centre under the aegis of MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research) that has also been managing, since 1978, the first and most important multi-sector Science and Technology Park in Italy. Area Science Park has widened its scope over time, becoming an Innovation Agency.

It promotes the development of innovation processes. For more than 40 years, it has been a key facilitator of the collaboration between research and business, between the public and the private sectors, with initiatives also at an international level.

Specialized skills for business innovation services, creation and development of innovative startups, human resources training in R&D fields, world-class technology facilities and infrastructures for industrial research: these are the strengths that Area Science Park offers to the economic systems, at regional and national level. Its most significant activities include “ARGO” Industrial Innovation System with four main goals: digitisation of productive processes; attraction of new industrial investment; research and training in strategic sectors; creation of innovative enterprises.

Area Science Park manages its own Science and Technology Park, distributed mainly on the 2 campuses located in Trieste (Padriciano and Basovizza), with 80,000 square meters of facilities equipped for R&D activities. Today, 70 players operate in the Park: 61 high-tech companies, of which 12 are startups, and 9 national and international research centres, generating more than 2,800 jobs. The development of the park areas focuses mainly on scientific sectors such as life sciences, new materials, ICT, nanotechnologies and environment.

Area Science Park is engaged in four lines of activity:

  • CAMPUS: development and management of the Science and Technology Park;
  • BUSINESS CREATION: creation and development of innovative startups;
  • INNOVATION: specialized skills for business innovation services;
  • R&D PLATFORMS: cutting-edge equipment and technological facilities for industrial research.

Area Science Park provides operational support for the activities of the SiS FVG.


136 technical-administrative staff, 27 researchers
Other facts and figures: 

Project Funding (2016-2019): 4.128.841,51 €

N° EU Projects (2016-2019): 

  • FP7: 1
  • Horizon 2020: 9
  • Other international projects: 4
  • Territorial cooperation/interreg: 14

Research Outputs (2019): 

N° of startup&spin-off in Basovizza and Padriciano campuses: 12

N° of scientific meetings&public events (2019): 11 Workshops, 126 events


Square meters and Headquarters/branch offices: 80.000 SQM; 3 Campus: Padriciano (Headquarters), Basovizza and Gorizia

N° of Laboratories: 3 computer labs

N° of Tenants (31.12.2019): 70 R&D centres and companies

Research infrastrucuture: Genomic and Epigenomic Platform, Computer center

N° of study rooms: 4

N° of canteens / coffe bars / guesthouses: 2 canteens (at Padriciano&Basovizza); 2 coffee bars (at Padriciano&Basovizza); 2 coffe bar; 1 guesthouse

N° of conference hall / conference rooms: 1 Convention Center (500 seats and 14 conference rooms)

Other facilities / services: 1 nursery; 1 gym

Fellowships, PhD Courses, Master, Summer School, etc.: 

Area Science Park also organizes and manages advanced training courses. In particular, it manages, in collaboration  with private companies, universities and research centres, two specialist ITS courses covering the development, management and maintenance of biomedical equipment, medical and bioinformatics solutions, image diagnostics and biotechnology. It also awards fellowships to the companies of their campuses for research activities to be carried out in Basovizza or Padriciano campus. In 2019, 13 fellowships have been awarded.

Since 2010, in agreement with the Regional Authority, it has managed the international mobility programme “TALENTS”, with 37 fellowships awarded to expert PhDs for the benefit of local institutions and companies. Additionally, it annually promotes the “Bernardo Nobile Prize” for graduates and PhDs. Through projects such as “Made in Trieste”, Area Science Park since 2017 develops research programmes among regional public bodies and companies and funds PhD courses at the University of Trieste.

Branch Offices (Regional, National, International): 

Basovizza Campus - SS 14, Km 163,5, Basovizza (Trieste);

Gorizia Multipurpose center - Via Cantore 2 (Gorizia).

Information for international researchers and students: 

The Welcome Office Friuli Venezia Giulia, a joint initiative of 27 regional research and academic institutions set up under SIS FVG and managed by Area Science Park, is the regional one-stop-shop to offer targeted services to students and researchers coming from all over the world on administrative issues related to  mobility and relocation:

Furthermore, Area Science Park hosts the EURAXESS Centre of Trieste, which manages the national web portal and provides information and advice to researchers on career development.

International Partnerships: 

Area Science Park has significant experience in providing support services for technology transfer and innovation in EU member states and the IPA region with a proven track record in collaborating in European project development, innovation financing, valorisation of research, start-up development and capacity building strategy development for subjects such as academic institutions, science parks, policy makers and other actors operating in technology transfer and innovation.

It has signed around 15 agreements and memoranda of understanding with Institutions and Ministries in the Balkan area and Central and Southeast Europe.

Contacts and Social Media/Network: 

President: prof.ssa Caterina Petrillo

Director: ing. Stefano Casaleggi

Area Science Park

Padriciano 99 - 34149 Trieste (Italy)

Phone: +39 040 375 5111


Area Science Park, Basovizza Campus

SS 14, km 169.5 - 34149 Trieste (Italy)

Phone: +39 040 375 5326




Welcome Office Friuli Venezia Giulia


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