International Fellowship for English-speaking BA, MA and PhD students

Trieste Next – Festival of Scientific Research
International Academy Fellowships

13th Edition – “THE HORIZONS OF INTELLIGENCE. Knowledge and the Human-Technology Frontier”
Trieste (Northeastern Italy) | 27-29 September 2024

Applications are now open for the Trieste Next International Academy fellowships, a 3-day intensive program that will take place in Trieste on September 27-29, 2024, on the occasion of the 2024 Edition of the Festival of Scientific Research, promoted by the Municipality of Trieste, the University of Trieste and ItalyPost.

The Academy Program is specifically designed for BA, MA and PhD students and offers the possibility to attend the 13th Edition of Trieste Next, thus granting access to:

  • over 60 talks, conferences, workshops with renowned scientists, researchers and professionals
  • 3 special sessions on artificial intelligence/robotics, medical sciences and biotechnologies
  • guided tours and visits to renowned science research centres based in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region
  • full board accommodation with bus transfers throughout the duration of the event

The Trieste Next International Academy is open to international English-speaking students and will take place from September 27 (Friday) to September 29 (Sunday). All activities will be held in English. 

Selected PhD students from the academy will have the opportunity to present their research during three poster sessions each dedicated to one of the thematic areas of artificial intelligence/robotics, medical sciences and biotechnologies.

Italian-speaking students may apply for the Trieste Next Academy, a different program which will be taking place on September 27-29: click here to discover the set of activities and apply.

Next deadline to submit your application: 21 July 2024

Fellowships for the Trieste Next International Academy

We are currently working on the calendar of events for the 2024 Edition of Trieste Next. The official program will be available online on this website.

THE 13th EDITION: “THE HORIZONS OF INTELLIGENCE. KNOWLEDGE AND THE HUMAN-TECHNOLOGY FRONTIER”. Since its first edition in 2012, Trieste Next has aimed at addressing key issues of the scientific and cultural debate: from food resources to water management, from energy to sustainability. The 2024 Edition will offer the chance to outline the scientific agenda for the coming years and propose far-reaching reflections on the new frontiers of research and innovation with a focus on sustainability. Trieste Next will thus be an opportunity to promote a fruitful dialogue between STEM disciplines, humanities and social sciences, with a calendar of over 100 events and the participation of over 300 speakers.

THEMATIC SESSIONS. Selected students for the Trieste Next International Academy will have unlimited access to three special sessions on robotics/artificial intelligence, medical sciences and biotechnologies. Each session will kick off with a guided visit to a research centre of international renown and will be followed by a program of 5-6 seminars over the course of 3 days.

PAST INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS. Edvard Moser, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine; Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry; Helga Nowotny, professor emerita of Science and Technology Studies Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, former chairwoman European Research Council; Tahar Ben Jelloun, writer and essayist; Chris Smith, clinical lecturer in Virology University of Cambridge; Rama Gheerawo, director Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art London; Peter Wadhams, professor emeritus of Ocean Physics, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group University of Cambridge; Uday Kishore, senior lecturer in Immunobiology and Medical Microbiology Brunel University London; Jan Olof Lundqvist, senior researcher SIWI-Stockholm International Water Institute; Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, professor of Internet Governance and Regulation Oxford Internet Institute; Roger Beachy, professor emeritus in Biology Washington University, former Executive director World Food Center University of California; Cameron Neylon, professor of Research Communication Centre for Culture and Technology Curtin University; Julian Nida-Rümelin, philosopher and professor of Philosophy and Political theory Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, former Minister of Culture Federal Republic of Germany; Segenet Kelemu, director general International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology; Jos de Blok, founder and CEO Buurtzorg; Steve Chan, senior fellow Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership; Kathleen Richardson, professor of Ethics and Culture of Robots and AI De Montfort University; Miguel Benasayag, philosopher and psychoanalyst; Thierry Pedrazzini, director of Experimental Cardiology Unit University Hospital in Lausanne; Dominick Salvatore, distinguished professor of Economics Fordham University.

OPEN-AIR LABS IN THE “CITY OF KNOWLEDGE”. As in previous editions, for the entire duration of the Festival Piazza Unità d’Italia (the main square in Trieste) will host the “City of Knowledge” Science Village. Visitors will thus be able to join over 150 activities and open-air labs curated by the whole network of science centres based in Trieste.


We are glad to announce that the Trieste Next International Academy will include three poster sessions, one for each thematic section, dedicated to PhD students willing to present their personal research work during the Festival. 

Selected Academy participants, interested in presenting their research, must submit their proposal, which will be evaluated by the scientific commission based on the innovative contribution of the research work and the potential for creating dialogue among students. 

Benefits for selected students

Since 2012, more than 10,000 BA, MA and PhD students attended our Academy Programme. Through our initiative, we offer the unique opportunity to meet and discuss with internationally-renowned scientists and professionals, as well as to join a network of international students sharing similar educational and professional backgrounds.

Our fellowship program grants:

  • Access to special sessions with selected speakers and reserved seats to all events
  • Full board accommodation in 3-4 bed rooms for the entire duration of the stay (from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 September); single or double-room accommodation is available at an additional cost.
  • Bus transfers (if required to reach the hotel/event venue)

Our fellowship programme covers 50% of the participation fees. In order to confirm participation to the Academy Programme, selected students are required to pay a participation fee of 240 Euros.

The Academy Programme does not cover travel expenses to/from the city of residence.

How to apply

Perspective students may apply to our fellowship program by clicking here. Deadline to apply: 21 July 2024

In order to successfully complete the Academy Programme and obtain the final certificate, selected students are required to attend the program of events and actively contribute to the activities defined by the organizing committee of Trieste Next.

Applications will be selected on a weekly basis following criteria such as resume, course of study/research project, motivation letter.

Our team will provide selected students all information regarding calendar of activities, accommodation, meals, as well as details to pay participation fees.

Italian-speaking students may apply for the Trieste Next Academy, a different program which will be taking place on September 27-29: click here to discover the set of activities and apply.

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