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.

It promotes the development of innovation processes. For 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.

Area Science Park manages its own Science and Technology Park, distributed mainly on the 2 campuses located in Trieste (Padriciano and Basovizza) and in Gorizia as well, with 80,000 square meters of facilities equipped for R&D activities. Today, 76 players operate in the Park: 68 high-tech companies, of which 15 are startups, and 8 national and international research centres, generating more than 2.600 jobs. The development of the park areas focuses mainly on scientific sectors such as life sciences, materials and ICT.

Area Science Park is engaged in four lines of activity:

  • CAMPUS - development and management of the Science and Technology Park
  • BUSINESS CREATION - pre-incubation, incubation and acceleration of high-tech start-ups
  • INNOVATION - national and international projects to promote innovation and high-tech research (exploitation of research and technology transfer); advanced training and co-ordination of the regional public research bodies
  • HIGH TECHNOLOGY - development of services and public-private partnerships to enable companies to exploit the existing expertise and instrumentation in public laboratories.

Area Science Park supports the activities of the SiS FVG, an initiative of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research for the valorization of the Scientific and Innovation System of Friuli Venezia Giulia region.


143 technical-administrative staff, 28 researchers
Other facts and figures: 

Project Funding (2015-2018):  3.191.446,61 

N° EU Projects (2015-2018): 

  • FP7: 3
  • Horizon 2020: 9
  • Other international projects: 6
  • Territorial cooperation: 13

Research Outputs (2018): 

N° of startup&spin-off: 13

N° of scientific meetings&public events (2018): 56


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 (31.12.2018): 69 R&D centres and companies

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.

Area Science Park manages remunerated internships for the benefit of the Park Resident companies. 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 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. Sergio Paoletti

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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