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 In 2014 the SIS established a Cooperation Agreement with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a prestigious think tank based in Brussels. CEPS was established in 1983 as the first think tank dealing primarily with the issues related to the European integration and EU policies. According to international independent evaluations, CEPS currently ranks among the top European think tanks. 
The research agenda at CEPS focuses on the following main areas: Economic Policy;  Energy and Climate Change;  EU Foreign Policy;  Financial Markets and Institutions; Food Security and Development Policy; Justice and Home Affairs; Politics and Institutions; Regulatory Policy; Trade Developments and Policy.
The SIS-CEPS Agreement aims at promoting educational and research cooperation in areas of common interest. It encourages the mobility of the staff in both the institutions for research, teaching and dissemination activities. The Agreement also facilitates students' mobility for internship and research activities: in particular, it undertakes to provide annual placements of up to two students (or new graduates) of the School of International Studies for internship activities in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme.

The School of International Studies, together with other selected European Universities, participates in the innovative CEPS-led IPEPS Master Module on EU policies, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme. This is 8-weeks Master's degree module in Brussels (equivalent to 12 ECTS) with a comprehensive coverage of EU policy areas. The module combines frontal lectures (led by CEPS staff, EU officials, scholars) with case-studies, problem-based learning activities, discussion groups, workshops, special trainings, and other interactive formats of teaching. Participation in the module is reserved to selected students from the partner universities. The second edition takes place in June-July 2018.

Joint Activities


Accademia Europea di Bolzano

Eurac Research is a private research centre based in Bolzano/Bozen, welcoming researchers from a wide variety of scientific fields and from all parts of the globe. Together they dedicate themselves to that which is their profession and vocation – shaping the future.
Their research addresses the challenges of the future: people need health, energy, well-functioning political and social systems and an intact environment. These are complex questions, and Eurac Research is seeking the answers in the interaction between many different disciplines. In so doing, its research work embraces three major themes: regions fit for living in, diversity as a life-enhancing feature, a healthy society.
Eurac Research was founded in 1992 as an association under private law with just twelve members of staff undertaking research in the areas of Language and Law, Minorities and Autonomous Regions as well as the Alpine Environment. The centre gradually expanded its activities into new areas, attracted scientists from all over the world and introduced new structures. Today, almost 300 scientists from over 30 countries work here.​
The SSI has signed a Scientific Cooperation Agreement to strengthen the cooperation with two Institutes of Eurac Research in particular: the Institute for Minority Rights and the Institute for Comparative Federalism. Its aim is to develop joint research projects and promote shared initiatives relating to dissemination of the study of global phenomena. It benefits from the union between the specialized approach and applied research with which Eurac Research focuses on federalism and regionalism studies, and the interdisciplinary approach to international studies taken by the School of International Studies.

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Fondazione Bruno KesslerThe FBK Foundation was created in 2007 and operates as successor to the Istituto Trentino di Cultura, brainchild of Bruno Kessler, forward thinking local politician and founder of the University of Trento.
Established by a law of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the FBK Foundation is a private institution working in Trentino. It is charged with leading research activities on a European and International scale and attracts women, men and resources at the frontiers of technological development and enhancement of the humanities. The Foundation is also involved in drawing the natural and human sciences together again, which is key to interpreting the challenges faced by modern society.
The SSI has signed a Scientific Collaboration Agreement with FBK aimed at realizing projects in the field of security, conflicts and international studies. Undertaking this area of study at FBK is the Exploratory Research Project for International Politics and Conflict Resolution (FBK-CERPIC) and, more recently, the International Politics Laboratory  (IP LAB). The collaboration focuses on the study of global phenomena and envisages the setting up and development of joint activities and projects.

Joint Activities

Panels organized by the School of International Studies of the University of Trento in the context of the program 'Science, Technology and International Relations' (STERI)
Panel 6. Space Policy Challenges for International Relations
Panel 8. Cyber Security and International Relations: The intersection of Technology, Science and Security Studies

IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali)

The Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) was founded on 11 October 1965 on the initiative of Altiero Spinelli, and is currently among the most influential think thanks in Italy and Europe. The Institute's main objective is to promote an understanding of the problems of international politics through studies, research, meetings and publications. The Institute participates in major research networks and develops research activities on very many topics: EU, politics and institutions, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Security, Defence, and Space,  Global Actors, Mediteranean and Middle East, Multilateralism and global governance, Energy, climate and resources, Italy's Foreign Policy. The Institute coordinates and participates in several research projects, organizes series of conferences in Italy and abroad, and publishes working papers, journals, and newsletters (such as The International Spectator, OrizzonteCina, and AffarInternazionali). The Istitute overviews students' internship programmes.
SIS and IAI signed a Partnership Agreement on 21st April 2017. The agreement aims at fostering the collaboration between the respective researchers, develop common projects and research programs, cooperate in teaching and dissemination activities, increase the educational opportunities of the SIS students.

Joint Activities

An annual ‘SIS/IAI Lecture on International Affairs’ is jointly convened by the two institutions.


Founded in 1934, the Institute for International Political Studies is recognised today as one of the most prestigious think tanks dedicated to the study of international issues. It is the only Italian institution - and among the few in Europe - to combine research activity with a significant commitment to education and training, to conferences and to providing guidance and international risk and opportunity analyses for businesses and institutions. Today, the ISPI is one of Italy's main training centres for new diplomats (in the last 5 years, over 20% of those embarking on a diplomatic career graduated from this Institute), for young people wishing to work in international governmental and non-governmental organisations, and for spurring debate on current global issues (more than 1,600 students take courses and 20,000 people participate in events each year). ISPI is also a point of reference for companies and institutions that intend to expand their scope abroad by offering materials and meetings on an ad hoc basis.
ISPI's scientific production has always been characterised by a strong, pragmatic orientation (based on the monitoring of various geopolitical areas and interpretation of the main trends in the global theatre, with the aim of providing information and keys to understanding for policymakers and economic players), an interdisciplinary approach (assured by close collaboration among economics, political, legal, historical and strategic studies specialists, who also come from non-academic sectors), and partnership with prestigious institutions and research centres around the world.
The SIS and ISPI signed a Partnership Agreement in 2017 to broaden the range of educational and training opportunities available to SIS students, encourage collaboration between their respective researchers, develop common research projects and programmes, and to create synergies in the contexts of teaching and dissemination of knowledge.

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The SIS signed a convention with Trentino Sviluppo in 2018 aimed at promoting research on EU economic relations and trade policy in situations of civil war (e.g. Syria, Libya, Sahel countries) and of disputed sovereignty (e.g. Crimea, Western Sahara, Palestinian territories) (link). Cooperation within the scope of this agreement aims to provide a scientific, judicial and economic contribution to the internationalisation efforts of trentino companies working with Trentino Sviluppo to enter foreign markets.
Trentino Sviluppo Spa, established in 1986 and controlled by the Autonomous Province of Trento, represents the reference point in the region for attracting new companies and investment, developing supply chains and strategic clusters, corporate innovation and internationalisation projects. TS also promotes Trentino as a whole through its subsidiary, Trentino Marketing, to exploit its diverse strengths in sectors ranging from production to tourism.  With its six "business incubators", TS currently hosts 116 companies that together employ 720 people and invoice a total of 415 million euros.

Joint Activities

  • Seminar (15 November 2018) "Investimenti Diretti esteri nei Paesi dell'America Latina: gli strumenti di tutela offerti dal Diritto Internazionale"

EUREGIO (Bolzano/Bozen, Innsbruck and Trento) 

 Joint Activity Cross-Border Interdisciplinary Worlkshops on EU Integration

III Edition 2018-2019

  • 1st Workshop (Trento, 10-11 December 2018)
  • 2nd Workshop (Innsbruck, Spring 2019)

II Edition 2016-2017

I Edition 2015-2016


Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC) is a think tank focused on South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus which was launched in the year 2000. Over time, OBC expanded its scope and now reports on the socio-political and cultural developments of six EU member states, of seven countries taking part in the EU Enlargement process, and much of post-communist Europe, which is included in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
To achieve its mission, OBC developed a multi-sectoral participatory strategy that combines online journalism, research, training, knowledge dissemination and policy advice. From its base in Rovereto, Italy, OBC monitors 26 countries, regions and de facto states in collaboration with over 50 correspondents, including journalists, researchers, and activists, in the field. It publishes online news, analyses and multimedia features on a daily basis. Osservatorio mainly focuses on the following topics: a Citizens’ Europe, Transnational Dynamics, Rights, Media Freedom, War and Peace, European Remembrance, the East-West divide, Culture, Cooperation, Enlargement, Geopolitical crossroads, Local development.
Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso is an autonomous project within the Peace Bell Foundation based in Rovereto (ITA). Supported by the Trentino Forum for Peace and Human Rights, it is sponsored by the Department for Aid Cooperation of the Autonomous Province of Trento and the Municipality of Rovereto, in Italy. It has initiated a long-term partnership agreement with the European Parliament and it implements projects co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, private foundations, state and private organisations.

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Partner Institutions of the European Summer School on Cold War History

SciencesPo.Scuola di Studi InternazionaliUniversity of East AngliaUniversitaet Wien

The Summer School, organized by an international network of prestigious universities, is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy.