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:


Summer Schools

Senior Fellowships


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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Summer Schools
Istituto Svizzero hosts at Villa Maraini, for one week during summer, researchers from universities and institutes of higher education selected with a call. The proposal must be either a multidisciplinary project and/or thematically linked to Rome’s cultural heritage and with a particular focus on humanities or social science, architecture, and the arts.

Collaborations with Italian institution partners is highly recommended. The call for projects is launched each year in September with a deadline to submit the project in December; the period of stay at Villa Maraini is July-August and early September.

Selected Summer Schools 2021

Rome: Dimensions of the Book

A project by ZHdK – Zurich University of the Arts

Scénographie(s) Urbaine(s). La scénographie urbaine réinvente-t-elle l’urbanisme?
A project by HES-SO – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

A project by EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

ON THE THRESHOLD. Guidebooks and visions of Rome
A project by ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich

Perspectives on Digital Fashion Communication of «Made In». Cases from Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland
A project by USI – Università della Svizzera italiana

Senior Fellowships
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 2021/2022

  • Marie Caroline Hominal – Artist
    08 November – 22 December 2021
  • 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
  • Luca Di Blasi – Philosopher
    04 April 2022 – 06 June 2022
  • Uriel Orlow – Artist
    26 September 2022 – 31 October 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
  • Monika Dommann – Historian
    30 August – 26 September 2021

Senior Fellows 2019/2020

Senior Fellow 2018/2019

The 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 March in Milan
  • Palermo Calling: A new three-month residency running from September to November in Palermo

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:

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.

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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.