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IMT administrative offices and IMT Library will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 24, 2014 to January 6, 2015
December 22nd, 2014
Massimiliano G. Onorato awarded by the Unicredit & Universities Foundation
December 20th, 2014
Congratulations to Massimiliano G. Onorato, Assistant Professor in the Research Area of Economics and Institutional Change, who won a grant from the Unicredit & Universities Foundation, within the 5th edition of the Modigliani Research Grant, for the project titled "Careers in Political Parties ". The competition aims at supporting academic research in Europe and cooperation among universities. The grant is worth €10,000 gross per year, payable for a maximum of two years.
PhD Thesis Defenses: from December 5th to 22nd, 14 PhD Candidates on stage
December 3rd, 2014
Starting on 5th December at 9.30 am in the Chapel Guinigi with a triple session: Dr. Alessandro Belmonte will discuss the thesis on "Essays on Political Economy", Francesca Fondi, on “Higher Education in Albania: access and financing”, and Dr. Vit Simral on “Party Funding in East Central Europe”. Last session, December 22 at 9:00 am with Bassma Abou El Fadl on “A Performative Space: Socio-Spatial Practices in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011”.
Here’s the complete list of 14 PhD Candidates who will discuss the thesis in December, according to their PhD Program.
Economics Markets and Istitutions (EMI): Alessandro Belmonte, “Essays on Political Economy”; Yari Fatighenti, “Alternative characterization of Nash equilibrium”; Marco Frigerio, “Essays on Creditless Recoveries”; Lisa Gianmoena, “Spatial Dynamics and Growth Rate Volatility of European Regions”.
Political Systems and Institutional Change (PSIC): Francesca Fondi, “Higher Education in Albania: access and financing”; Vit Simral, “The Cost of Partitocracy: Party Funding in East Central Europe”; Lorenzo Ferrari, “Speaking with a Single Voice.The Assertation of the EC as a Distinctive International Actor, 1969-79”; Mine Kolukirik, “Learning to Change: The Organizational Learning Dimension of UN Reform”; Maria Romaniello, “Upper Chambers in EU Parliamentary Democracies”.
Management and Development of Cultural Heritage (MDCH): Tihana Puc, “The (In)visible Artists - Contemporary Artists from Croatia in the post-1989. ‘‘Globalized’’ Contemporary Art Field”; Elvira Khakimova, “Cultural Policy in Central Asia: Comparative Analysis of Legislations and Public Policies”; Svetlana Smirnova, “Managing the UNESCO World”; Bassma Abou El Fadl, “A Performative Space: Socio-Spatial Practices in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011”.
Computer Science and Engineering (CSE): Stefano Sebastio, “Enriching Volunteer Clouds with Self-*Capabilities”.
For more information and complete PhD Thesis Defenses Calendar see
IMT welcomes its new students and researchers at the Academic Year 2014-15 Inaugural Ceremony
November 28th, 2014
Today the Institute inaugurates the Academic Year celebrating its attractiveness in terms of human and financial capital. First, the arrival of the new students of PhD Program: 36 young talents from 12 different countries: India, China, Argentina, the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Germany, Greece; and 17 Italians. Second, the new researchers: 16 young scholars, half foreigners, designated after a very competitive international recruitment campaign throughout all 2014.
During the ceremony, the Director also highlighted the significant growing number of projects - including regional, national, European, non-European and industrial projects - which makes a total amount of more than 10 million euro in the last four years.
IMT thus strengthens its international relevance as a center of scientific excellence for the analysis of the economic, social, technological and cultural systems, with the approval of the Minister Stefania Giannini, who attended the ceremony.
IMT opens the first Data Driven Journalism School in Italy with Gianni Riotta, on 21 and 22 November in Lucca
November 21st, 2014
DOLFINS project, presented by Prof. Guido Caldarelli, has been financed within H2020 programme, starting from March 2015
November 20th, 2014
"DOLFINS - Distributed Global Financial Systems for Society", with the slogan "Re-empower citizenship", is a european project guided by FETPROACT1 2014 Call - Global Systems Science (GSS) - a total grant of 350.000 euros for 3 years, starting March 2015 and closing February 2018.
DOLFINS addresses the global challenge of making the financial system better serve society by placing scientific evidence and citizens and interconnected policy areas that shape the public debate in the coming years: how to achieve financial stability and how to facilitate the long-term investments required by the transition to a more sustainable, crucial advances in reshaping the policy process to overcome the financial and political crisis currently faced by the EU.
Luca Regis awarded by the Global Risk Institute
November 15th, 2014
Congratulations to Luca Regis, Assistant Professor in the Area of Economics and Institutional Change, who won a two-year grant from the Global Risk Institute in Ontario, Canada, for the project titled "Hedging and risk-return frontier in insurance: an Asset-Liability Management “ALM) perspective".
Dr. Regis is the unique co-investigator in the project, while the principal Investigator is prof. Elisa Luciano University of Turin - Department of Statistics and Applied Mathematics; International Centre for Economic Research “ICER); Collegio Carlo Alberto.
ALM in Insurance is a challenging field of research, and the approach adopted in this project is novel, since most of the current literature separates financial and traditional actuarial risks, without considering how the hedging of longevity risk --by absorbing financial resources and changing the liabilities mix-- affects asset management choices and, ultimately, exposure to financial risks.
Welcome Day, November 6th: 36 New Ph.D. Students are arriving to IMT
November 3rd, 2014
The 36 new students designated for IMT’s 2014 Call for the 2014-2017 triennium are presently arriving from 13 different countries of provenance. New students will be welcomed by IMT Faculty on November 6th at 10.00 am in the Institute’s Sacristy.
Frictions and Institutions, the new release by Gilles Saint-Paul
September 17th, 2014
The book is based on his lectures on Labor Market Institutions at IMT Lucca and Humboldt University Research Training Group in 2013. It is a textbook, which also contains some original research; the latter is presented in a “raw form”, which is relatively close to the way the ideas were originally formulated.
The book can be downloaded for free from its website:
Prof. Bemporad has won the first IMT European funded project under the H2020 programme
September 15th, 2014
The project “DISIRE - Integrated Process Control based on Distributed In-Situ Sensors into Raw Material and Energy Feedstock”, submitted by the Luleå University of Technology (Sweden) is under Grant Agreement signature.
The DISIRE project is a Research and Innovation Action under the call SPIRE 1-2014 - Sustainable Process Industries made by a consortium of 15 partners and awarded a grant of 6.000.000 euro for 3 years. IMT awarded a grant 450k euro for 3 years.
Paper by Laura Magazzini, Fabio Pammolli and Massimo Riccaboni among the Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited
September 1st, 2014
The paper on "The productivity crisis of pharmaceutical R&D" co-authored by Laura Magazzini, Fabio Pammolli and Massimo Riccaboni in "Nature Reviews Drug Discovery" (n. 10, June 2011) has been listed among the ISI-Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Papers. Highly Cited Papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year of publication. These data derive from Essential Science Indicators℠ (ESI). Those researchers who, within an ESI-defined field, published Highly Cited Papers are judged to be influential by Thomson Reuters.
Assistant Professor Orion Penner at the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences
August 1st, 2014
Dr. Orion Penner has been invited to attend the 5th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences on August 19-23 of this year, in Lindau, Germany. Nearly 460 young economists from more than 80 countries will be participating in the prestigious meetings, together with 19 laureates of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.
The EUROpean MECHanics Society has accepted the Colloquium proposal by Prof. Marco Paggi
July 28th, 2014
The Colloquium number 575 "Contact mechanics and coupled problems in surface phenomena" will be held in Lucca, from March, 30 to April, 2, 2015, cochaired by Prof. Paggi and Prof. David Hills (Oxford, UK). A big opportunity for scientists and engineers from all parts of Europe to meet each other and to discuss their current research. http://www.euromech.org/colloquia/colloquia-2015/575
Paper co-authored by S.A. Tsaftaris et al. received the Magna Cum Laude Award
July 1st, 2014
The paper co-authored by R. Morisi, R. Dharmakumar, S.A. Tsaftaris received the Magna Cum Laude Award of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) for the work presented at the last ISMRM Meeting (Milano, May 2014).
Assistant Professor Cristina Tealdi awarded grant by the EIEF (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance)
May 5th, 2014
Assistant Professor Cristina Tealdi was awarded a grant by the EIEF (Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance) for a project entitled: “Temporary Workers, Educational Mismatch and Firm Productivity”.
Professor Fabio Pammolli appointed associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering
May 2nd, 2014
Prof. Pammolli has also been appointed as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, a new multidisciplinary journal that focuses on the theory and applications of network science, aiming at discovering common principles that govern network structures, network functionalities, and the behavior of networks. The types of networks covered include physical or engineered networks, information networks, biological networks, semantic networks, economic networks, social networks, and ecological networks.
IMT Alum Marianna Madia named new Minister of Simplification and Public Administration
February 25th, 2014
IMT Alum Marianna Madia has just been named the Minister of Simplification and Public Administration as a part of the new Italian government. Dr. Madia was a student in the Economics, Markets, Institutions program in IMT’s very first PhD cycle. She received her PhD in 2008 with a thesis entitled “Essays on the Effects of Flexibility on Labour Market Outcome” (which can be downloaded in the E-Thesis repository here: http://e-theses.imtlucca.it/43/).
Congratulations to the new Minister on behalf of the entire Institute.
Professor Rocco De Nicola is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming
February 5th, 2014
Professor Rocco De Nicola is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming by Elsevier. De Nicola has succeeded Professors Jan Bergstra and John Tucker. In addition to the new Editor-in-Chief, the journal has seen a number of changes, including a redefinition of the aims and scope, new members of the editorial board, and a new cover.