The Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, funded in 1088, is the oldest university in the Western world.
Organised in 5 campuses, with 32 Departments and 12 R&I Centers, Alma Mater has a diversified course catalogue with more than 200 degree programmes ,offered to over 82.000 students. 3.600 graduates are enrolled in PhDs and other 3rd-cycle programmes.
University of Bologna paves the way for innovation through cutting-edge research and strong alliances with industry and public/private organizations. Beyond its close European links, it enjoys multiple connections with America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory is the Emilia-Romagna Joint Stock Consortium Company that was born in May 2019 from the merger of ASTER and ERVET, with the purpose of fostering the region’s sustainable growth by developing innovation and knowledge, attractiveness and internationalisation of the territorial system.

Established in 1969, CINECA is a non-profit consortium of 70 Italian Universities, 6 National Research Institutes and the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). CINECA is the largest Italian supercomputing centre, represents Italy in PRACE and is founding members of the European Technology Platform for HPC (ETP4HPC) as well as full member of the BDVA (Big Data Value Association), where is also recognized as i-Space. CINECA SCAI is the Italian representative in the pan-European EUDAT Collaborative Data e-Infrastructure and core partner in the EU flagship project Human Brain.

CMCC Foundation (Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici) conducts and promotes scientific and applied activities within the scope of international climate change research. CMCC aims to gain in-depth knowledge on climate variability, its causes, its consequences, and its interactions with the socio-economic systems.

CNR (The National Research Council) is the largest scientific public organisation in Italy: about 5000 researchers and 4,000 support staff members, organised in 7 scientific Departments and 102 Institutes across the country, in sectors ranging from biotechnology and medicine to materials, advanced systems of production, information and communication, climate and environment, social sciences and arts. It is beneficiary of over 460 European-funded H2020 projects and coordinates 114 of those, and leads a large number of relevant national and regional projects.

ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) is a public body aimed at research and technological innovation.
Its focus sectors are energy technologies, nuclear fusion and safety, raw materials, cultural heritage, seismic protection, pollution, climate change with a strong tradition in computer modelling.

The Universe “speaks to us” at all wavelengths from ground-based observations with new-generation telescopes and radio telescopes, to satellite observations, to the “close” exploration of the solar system, In this context, the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), has over 1500 employees and contract staff and it is one of the flagships of the country, both for the high level of the scientific production of its researchers, and for its ability to design, implement and manage large national and international infrastructures.

The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them. Through the contributions of about 5,000 scientists, it conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) is a research institute established in 1999 for geophysics and volcanology in Italy. Its main mission is the study and investigation of geophysical processes, as well as the monitoring of the phenomena which can be observed in our planet. Within the Italian Civil Protection system INGV is in charge of the maintenance and monitoring of the national networks for seismic and volcanic phenomena. The institute employs around 1000 people distributed between its sections located in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Pisa, Naples, Catania, and Palermo and several observatories all over the country.

The Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute is  one of the 51 Italian “Scientific Research Hospitals” (IRCCS) and it is dedicated to healthcare and research in the field of musculoskeletal diseases. The institute’s strength lies in the close integration between healthcare and scientific research, which is carried out in 21 clinics (350 beds) and 15 laboratories, employing a staff of >1000 people including doctors, nurses, researchers, technicians and administrative officers.

LepidaScpA is a subsidiary of the Emilia-Romagna Region and is the main operational instrument as regards implementation of the Regional ICT Plan that defines the strategies of broadband networks, ensures and optimizes the delivery of ICT services, develops cloud infrastructure, implements and manages innovative solutions for the modernization of healthcare paths to improve the relationship between citizens and the Regional Health Service in accordance with the provisions of the European, National and Regional Digital Agendas.

The University of Ferrara, founded in 1391, is one of the oldest universities in Italy. Its identity is rooted in the historical and cultural tradition that welcomed and formed illustrious figures such as Copernico and Paracelso. In terms of its size, facilities, quality and quantity of education and research, the university is a point of excellence within Italy, and it is split into 12 departments, 1 Faculty of medicine, Pharmacy and Prevention and 31 centres, offering 62 degree courses and numerous research and post-graduate courses.

The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia has a longstanding tradition (it was founded in 1175) and is considered one of the best universities in Italy for teaching and research. It is ranked 2nd among public universities according to Italy’s leading financial daily, and among the top 8 medium-sized Italian universities by the Times Higher Education Ranking 2011-2012.

The University of Parma is a state university, holding 9 departments, 39 first-cycle, 6 single-cycle, 41 second-cycle degree courses, as well as many postgraduate schools, teacher-training courses, Master programmes and PhD courses. It has 25,000 students and about 1,700 faculty and staff members.

FSCIRE – Fondazione per le scienze religiose is a research institute specialized in the History of Christianity and other religions. It was established in 1953 first as a library, then as a research institute, and in 1990 was formally recognized as a Foundation by a decree of the President of the Italian Republic. As a private foundation, independent from Churches and universities, Fscire participates in and promotes cooperation with international research centers and networks. Since 2017, it leads to the construction of RESILIENCE, a European Research Infrastructure for Religious Studies.