The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is an organization that conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear, and astroparticle Physics.

Fundamental research in these areas relies on cutting-edge technologies and instrumentation, which the INFN develops both in its own laboratories and in collaboration with Industry.

Moreover, INFN promotes the application of its own expertise and experimental techniques to research in other fields, such as medicine, cultural heritage preservation and environmental protection. These activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Academia.

Physicists from the Universities of Rome, Padua, Turin, and Milan founded INFN on August 8, 1951 for the purpose of building upon the scientific tradition established during the 1930's by Enrico Fermi and his School, with their theoretical and experimental research in nuclear physics.

INFN research is carried out at two complementary types of facilities: the Divisions (“Sezioni”) and the National Laboratories. INFN Divisions are located at the Physics Departments of major Italian Universities, providing a direct connection between the Institute and the Academia.

INFN research activities are organized in five national groups, which work in different research areas:

  • experimental particle Physics with accelerators, which studies the fundamental components of matter and their interactions;
  • experimental particle Physics without accelerators, i.e. astroparticle Physics, neutrino Physics and gravitational waves;
  • nuclear Physics and the study of nuclear matter in different conditions;
  • theoretical Physics: development of theories and models to explain the physical phenomena;
  • technological research: research and development of advanced technologies for physics experiments.

Fundamental contributions to the most significant discoveries in science: discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN, detection of gravitational waves by the LIGO/Virgo collaboration, measure of astroparticles with space based detectors (“PAMELA”, “GAPS” e “Fermi”).

27 Administrative and technical staff, 86 Research staff (researchers and temporary collaborators)
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Project Funding (2015-2018): K€ 731.9

N° EU Projects (2015-2018):

  • 7PQ (289442 INVISIBLES, 26195 TIARA)
  • HORIZON 2020 (690835 MUSE, 644294 JENNIFER, 654168 AIDA)
  • Elusives (H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, 2016/20)
  • InvisiblesPlus (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015, 2016/2020)

Research Outputs (2018): more than 550 publications, over 430 of which are experimental.

Number of scientific meetings & public events (2018): 

Seminars: 25
organization (and/or participation in) outreach events: 17
scientific events: 3
training or refresher courses: 4.


Sqm: 1732,57 mq (at Area Science Park)

Headquarters: INFN at Department of Physics – University of Trieste.

Branch offices: INFN Laboratories at AREA Science Park, INFN at ICTP and INFN at SISSA.

N° of Laboratories: 12

N° of Research Infrastructures: Electronics laboratory; silicon detector laboratory and clean room; computing farm; mechanical workshop; high technology laboratory; microprocessors laboratory.

N° of libraries and study rooms: 1

N° of conference hall / conference rooms: Meeting room with 20 seats at Area Science Park in Padriciano.

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

On average, 5-6 post-Doc positions are opened every year at INFN Trieste.

PhD programs in Physics in collaboration with the University of Trieste, Udine and SISSA.

Branch Offices (Regional, National, International): 

The INFN is present on the entire national territory with 20 Divisions (one of which is the Division of Trieste), 6 Groups associated to the Divisions, 4 National Laboratories and 4 Centers of excellence and Consortia.

Information for international students: 

INFN participates in the Welcome Office FVG.

International Partnerships: 

Researchers from INFN Trieste collaborate with the major High Energy Physics laboratories in the world, such as CERN, DESY, SLAC, KEK, FermiLab, Brookhaven, Grenoble, GSI, and with INAF, ASI, ESA, NASA, the Russian Space Agency.

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Director: prof. Rinaldo Rui

Via Valerio 2 - 34127 Trieste (Italy)
Padriciano 99 - 34149 Trieste (Italy)
Tel. +39 040 558 3367 – Fax +39 040 558 3350


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