• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour.  Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, placed in Pisa, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, located in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. 

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Laboratory Fibonacci

The Laboratory Fibonacci is an international research unit placed under the joint responsibility of the French CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa acting on behalf of the Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio de Giorgi. The agreement between CNRS and the SNS is concluded for a four-year term starting 1st January 2012.

The research unit is hosted by the Centro de Giorgi. At CNRS, it is affiliated to the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI), under the code "Unité Mixte Internationale n° 3483 - Laboratoire Fibonacci".

The laboratory aims at allowing for better mathematicians’ mobility between France and Pisa, especially for medium-sized or longer stays, with a view to consolidate and structure the scientific exchanges, including at the level of students (through new partnerships for PhD thesis or student exchange programs). The scientific relationships between CNRS, Italian and especially Pisa’s mathematical community follow a long tradition, and it is the vocation of CNRS to maintain and develop its relationships with European research through more structured actions. This research unit will help coordinate the interactions with the Italian community in Mathematics, and also in Theoretical Physics and Computer Sciences.

As of the date of creation of the Laboratory Fibonacci, its permanent members are
• Stefano Marmi (director), professor at the SNS,
• David Sauzin (deputy director), researcher at CNRS,
• Luigi Ambrosio, professor at the SNS,
• Ferruccio Colombini, professor at the Pisa university,
• Mariano Giaquinta, professor at the SNS.

The Laboratory Fibonacci is open to all areas of Mathematics and their Interactions, including Theoretical Physics and Computer Sciences. Among the first themes to be developed in the laboratory, the following ones have been identified in the field of Analysis and Dynamical Systems: Theory and application of optimal transportation, Flows associated with vector fields of little regularity, Semiclassical limits, Singularities and concentration in variational problems, Phase Space Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, Perturbation theory in dynamical systems, Near-integrable Hamiltonian systems, Resurgence, mould calculus and Hopf algebras.


Collegio Puteano, Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 3
56100 PISA
ph. +39 050 509694
fax +39 050 509177
e-mail: d@sauzin.it
Head of the group: Stefano Marmi