The Istituto Svizzero provides a research platform for exchange that connects the Swiss scientific community with Italy as well as internationally.
In the field of science, Istituto Svizzero fosters exchange between Swiss and Italian institutions, organises and co-hosts scientific conferences and seminars, and provides an independent research centre of excellence in the Roman and Italian context. It also offers young researchers from universities and institutes of higher education the opportunity to develop their research projects and to create contacts and networks of relations with the academic and scientific world along with the dissemination of their research in Italy.
Villa Maraini and its central setting in the Capital City offers the ideal grounds for these activities. Rome is a vibrant city surrounded by Universities and Institutes along with academic and cultural Institutions. The uniqueness of Rome is the network that stretches beyond the singular Italian institution, to all the international academic institutions present on the territory, creating a larger and more resourceful community.
On top, Villa Maraini provides adequate conference rooms to host different size and formats of events provided with the necessary equipment and personnel for a proper conference setup.
Istituto Svizzero offers also exceptional stays of one or two weeks, on certain conditions, for researchers needing to do research or collaborate in projects in the Italian capital.
The various research platforms include:
Other research stays
Istituto Svizzero organises and hosts scientific conferences and seminars in collaboration with Swiss and Italian institutions. Rome in particular offers a wide range of possible high-profile collaborators—be it the local Italian institutions or the academic representations of numerous countries that are present in the Italian capital.
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As part of its program, Istituto Svizzero annually announces a competition for Summer Schools. The call for applications for Summer School 2023 is open to projects of all disciplines that meet one of the following conditions: to offer participants a new historical or contemporary perspective on Rome or, in general, on Italy or to promote the collaboration between different scientific disciplines (interdisciplinary exchange) or between art and science (transdisciplinary exchange). Project applications with a three-year construction perspective will also be considered. Istituto Svizzero also offers the possibility of setting up a Summer School in Palermo in July for projects related to Sicily/Mediterranean.
Collaborations with Italian institution partners is highly recommended. The call for projects is launched each year in October with a deadline to submit the project in February; the period of stay at Istituto Svizzero is July-August and early September.
Download the entry requirements for 2023 here (ITALIAN).
Download the entry requirements for 2023 here (GERMAN).
Download the entry requirements for 2023 here (FRENCH).
Applications for 2023 are now open. Fill the form here.
More information at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected Summer School 2022
Stones of Palermo. Cultures of Marble at the Mediterranean Crossroads
A project by the University of Zurich
By invitation only, the Istituto Svizzero offers residencies in Rome to established artists and researchers for projects connected with Italy or of a transdisciplinary nature. The figures invited will be resident at the Institute for periods of one to three months. In return, they are expected to actively engage with the young residents of the programme Roma Calling.
Senior Fellow 2022/2023
- Simone Aughterlony – Artist
29 August 2022 – 6 October 2022
- Uriel Orlow – Artist
06 October 2022 – 20 October 2022
- Samir – Filmmaker
01 December 2022 – 31 January 2023
- Matteo Meschiari – Anthropologist
03 February 2023 – 31 March 2023
- Madeleine Schuppli – Art Historian
23 March 2023 – 15 May 2023
- Sibylle Berg – Author
02 May 2023 – 31 May 2023
- Caroline Arni – Historian
02 June 2023 – 14 July 2023
Senior Fellow 2021/2022
- Monika Dommann – Historian
30 August 2021 – 26 September 2021
- Katharina Wyss – Filmmaker
05 October 2021 – 21 December 2021
- Marie Caroline Hominal – Artist
25 October 2021 – 22 December 2021
- Karin Schlapbach – Philologist
10 January 2022 – 31 January 2022
- Elisabeth Bronfen – Literate
10 January 2022 – 20 February 2022
- Simona Boscani Leoni – Historian
01 February 2022 – 31 March 2022
- Andreas Maercker – Psychopathologist
25 February 2022 – 30 March 2022
- Dimitri Ozerkov – Curator
15 March 2022 – 30 April 2022
- Lesia Kulchynska – Curator
28 March 2022 – 20 March 2023
- Luca Di Blasi – Philosopher
04 April 2022 – 30 May 2022
- Beat Streuli – Artist
04 April 2022 – 16 June 2022
- Marc-André Renold – Jurist
01 June 2022 – 30 June 2022
Senior Fellow 2020/2021
- Marianne Müller – Artist
05 October 2020 – 05 November 2020
- Bernard Debarbieux – Geographer
20 December 2020 – 19 February 2021
- Antoine Jaccoud – Screenwriter
15 January 2020 – 28 February 2021
- Katja Schenker – Artist
02 March 2021 – 30 April 2021
- Angela Berlis – Historian
07 April 2021 – 07 May 2021
- BellWald – Musician
03 May 2021 – 01 July 2021
Senior Fellows 2019/2020
- Georg Kreis – Historian
02 September – 30 September 2019
- Marc-Olivier Wahler – Curator and Art Critic
16 September – 01 November 2019
- Danielle Van Mal-Maeder
02 October – 01 November 2019
- Andreas Gross – Political Scientist and Historian
11 November – 18 December 2019
- Jan Blanc – Art Historian
20 December 2019 – 31 January 2020
- Georg Kreis – Historian
Senior Fellow 2018/2019
- Mathias Kohler – Gramazio Kohler Architects
20 August – 04 November 2018
- Stina Werenfels – Director
06 November – 06 December 2018
- Prof. Dr. Thomas Späth – Historician
25 January – 24 February 2019
- Peter Fischli – Artist
27 February – 08 April 2019
- Lionel Baier – Director
15 April – 03 May 2019
- Robert J. Flatt – Chemist and Material Scientist
20 May – o7 July 2019
Istituto Svizzero issues new calls every year for its residency programmes. By providing a room and places to work it offers young scientists and artists the opportunity to further their careers in Italy, creating and developing networks and collaborations between the academic and artistic scenes of Switzerland and Italy, and promoting Swiss education, research, innovation and artistic creation in Italy.
- Roma Calling: a ten-month residency running from September to July at Villa Maraini, Rome
- Milano Calling: a six-month residency running from October to April in Milan
- Palermo Calling: a three-month residency running from September to December in Palermo
- Residency for Curator: a three-month research opportunity running from September to December, in collaboration with Fondazione Sicilia
Click here to read the 2023/2024 calls for applications!
Other research stays
Exceptional stays of one or two weeks are possible, on certain conditions, for researchers and artists needing to do research or collaborate in projects in the Italian capital.
Places are awarded according to availability and consequent to management’s evaluation of the application (project, CV, contacts and collaborations in Rome, etc.), which must be submitted to the Institute no more than two months before the desired dates at the following electronic address: email@example.com
Scientific activities are often accompanied by publications: text for further studies and conference proceedings.
Since 1954 Istituto Svizzero has been publishing a series of works on specialised topics related to research studies started or concluded in Rome and part of the Bibliotheca Helvetica Romana book series, edited by Schwabe, Basel.
This section is currently under construction. For any query please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comprising over 45,000 books and publications, the library of the Istituto Svizzero places a major collection of works on archaeology, classical philology, history, art history and literature at the disposal of researchers. Founded in 1948 to include the bequests of artist Adolf Holzer and of Carolina Maraini-Sommaruga—the owner of Villa Maraini—the library has since then grown and includes books from the leading Swiss publishers as well as donations from professors and academics, especially François Lasserre and Hanno Helbling.