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Robotic surgery, climate change and international law, cybersecurity, micro and macroeconomics: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies continues enriching the Seasonal School’s offer

Reductions in the enrolment fee are available for those who apply from Partner Institutions and for those who submit a valid ISEE/income certificate. A range of scholarships will be provided by Fondazione Il Talento all’Opera

Publication date: 21.04.2023
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The Seasonal School’s program continues at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies: intensive courses of one week each destined to talented students from all over the world who can also get the chance to receive scholarships from Fondazione Il Talento all’Opera. A 10% reduction in the enrolment fee is granted to the applicants enrolled in Partner Institutions, while all candidates can benefit from reductions based on their annual income.

Applications are already open for the next Seasonal Schools, which will analyse a wide range of topics such as robotic surgery, climate change and international law, cybersecurity, AI in virtual reality, micro and macroeconomics models and, lastly, economics of innovation.


Below is a brief summary of the forthcoming courses.

Applications for the Seasonal School “From minimally invasive surgery to nanorobotics” will be open until May 15, 2023 and classes will take place on site from June 9th to 5th, 2023. The Seasonal School will introduce participants to the highly interdisciplinary field of minimally invasive (robotic) interventions. Students will be introduced to intervention robotics, artificial intelligence for medical imaging, smart materials and innovative robotic components, microrobotics and nanomedicine, as well as clinical aspects of minimally invasive interventions. Students will have a chance to discuss the numerous scientific, technological and clinical challenges in the field, and to gain skills in developing innovative technological solutions with a highly multi-disciplinary and holistic approach.

Applications for the Seasonal School “AIRONE - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Extended Reality” will be open until May 22nd, 2023 and classes will take place on site from June 19th to 23rd, 2023. In the forthcoming decade, technologies of extended Reality (XR), i.e., Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, and collaborative robots will become ubiquitous. Then, the XR combination with robots and human-centric Artificial Intelligence will enable distributed environments where humans, robots and virtual entities coexist and may become the sentient embodiment of remote human operators. The AIRONE School will cover specific research topics underpinning this paradigm shift affecting technology, perception and interaction ways.

Applications for the Seasonal School “Climate change and human rights - New Developments in Law, Litigation and Beyond” be open until June 5th, 2023 and classes will take place on site from July 3rd to 7th, 2023. The main focus of the Seasonal School will be on the international legal context of climate change and on the global governance efforts addressing this phenomenon. However, in light of the complexity of climate change and the intrinsic need to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, the Seasonal School will also provide the participants with the opportunity to acquire a basic knowledge of the scientific, economic and ethical aspects related to climate change.

Applications for the Seasonal School “Cybersecurity - A multidisciplinary perspective” will be open until June 5th, 2023 and classes will take place on site from June 12th to 16th, 2023. The Seasonal School aims to address the issue of cybersecurity through a cross-disciplinary analytical approach, combining computer science and social sciences, in order to provide participants with the tools to understand and discuss the various dimensions of cybersecurity from a technical, theoretical and legal point of view. The Seasonal School will offer the participants an updated and comprehensive understanding on the different dimensions of cybersecurity, with the aim of raising awareness of the opportunities and risks associated with new technologies, to allow them to develop a critical attitude towards the most problematic and controversial aspects of cybersecurity issues.

Applications for the Seasonal School “Agent-based Models in Economics: Theory, Toolkit and Policy Laboratories” will be open until June 5th, 2023 and classes will take place on site from July 10th to 14th, 2023. The study of economies seen as complex evolving systems has proven to be an appropriate lens of analysis to interpret and provide diagnoses of the many instances of the structure of capitalism. Heterogeneity, non-linearity, interdependent and cumulative processes, structural crises, regime changes, path-dependence and inequalities are among the key properties of both micro and macroeconomic phenomena. Agent-based models are a powerful and growing tool to develop theoretical models disciplined by empirical evidence, able to address the complex and evolving nature of economies; additionally they constitute a natural policy laboratory enabling the possibility to perform scenarios analysis useful to inform policy choices.

Applications for the Seasonal School “Economics of Innovation and Technological Change” will be open until June 19th, 2023 and classes will take place on site from June 17th to 21st, 2023. The Seasonal School programme on “Economics of Innovation and Technological Change” addresses both the theoretical and the empirical underpinnings of the economics of innovation and technical change, as well as recent debates at the frontier of the field. The topics covered include technological paradigms and trajectories, innovation and firm strategies, sectoral patterns of innovation, analysis of patent data, innovation and economic growth, innovation and competitiveness, innovation and intellectual property rights.


"The 'Seasonal Schools' - claims the Rector Sabina Nuti - are a bet that we have launched during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has achieved a resounding success. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies strongly believed in this initiative, an innovation for us and for the Italian University system, aimed at giving brilliant students the opportunity to approach frontier research topics”. “The 38 Seasonal Schools that we have activated from October 2020 till today - continues Sabina Nuti - have gathered 396 students, 187 females and 209 males, coming from over 100 different Italian and foreign universities. About 65% of the participants benefited from a reduction in the enrollment fee based on their ISEE and the 114 most deserving students were awarded a prize of 450 euros, offered by Fondazione Il Talento all'Opera and Fondazione EY. Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies - concludes Sabina Nuti - continues expanding the network with Italian and foreign Institutions in order to offer students innovative programs on frontier research topics”.

Here is a list of the partner Universities and Institutions that have joined the Seasonal Schools’ networkUniversity of Catania; University of Tuscia; University of Trento; Fondazione Onaosi; University of Messina; University of Macerata; University of Camerino; University of Calabria; Conference of University Colleges of Merit; University of Palermo; University of Valle D'Aosta; Free University of Bolzano; Polytechnic University of Marche; University of Siena; Galilean School of Advanced Studies.