• 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 four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located 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  Sciences, and the Department of Political 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 Department of Political 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. 

Ennio De Giorgi Mathematical Research Center

Ennio De Giorgi Mathematical Research Center

The Ennio De Giorgi Mathematical Research Center was established at the end of 2001 as a center of the Scuola Normale Superiore by the three university institutions of Pisa: the University of Pisa, the Scuola di Studi Superiore Sant'Anna and the Scuola Normale Superiore.

The Center is located in Palazzo Puteano, founded as a College in 1604 by Carlo Antonio Dal Pozzo, Archibishop of Pisa. The building is an integral part of Piazza dei Cavalieri, which was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1561 for Cosimo I de' Medici.

The Center is named after Ennio De Giorgi, who was one of the most prominent figures in the Pisan mathematics revival which occurred in the second half of the last century.

Ennio De Giorgi was one of the greatest mathematicians of the last century. Born in Lecce in 1928, he attained a university degree in mathematics in Rome. After a brief stay in Messina, was called to the Scuola Normale in 1959, where he remained until his death on October 25, 1996.

De Giorgi left a profound impression on contemporary mathematics in many ways: in the problems he resolved, in the theories he elaborated, and in the large number of students he launched in research. He is noted for having resolved one of the problems formulated by David Hilbert in the early 1900's; for his contributions to the theory of minimal surfaces, and for having developed, in the 1970's, the innovative theory of Gamma Convergence, which provides a model for unifying many phenomena in mathematics and physics.

The Center intends:

  • to gather Italian and foreign researchers, both junior and senior, with the idea of fostering collaboration and exchange of ideas, producing researchers specialized in interdisciplinary endeavours,
  • to organize periods during which there will be a focus on a research area of particular relevance, including pure mathematics, applications in the natural and social sciences like physics, biology, finance and economics. These periods of specialization will bring together Italian and foreign scientists and will also provide an environment for the training of researchers from developing countries,
  • to promote new ideas and research at the frontiers of interdisciplinary studies,
  • to promote the formation of collaborative research nuclei,

to advance particular areas of mathematics, their application to the natural and social sciences, and their application to problems in the industrial and technological arena.

Head of the group

Professor Angelo Vistoli


Collegio Puteano, Scuola Normale Superiore
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 3
56100 PISA
ph. +39 050 509178
fax +39 050 509177
e-mail: crm@crm.sns.it


Caterina D'Elia
Operations manager
Tel. 050 509003
e-mail: caterina.delia@sns.it

Antonella Gregorace
Tel. 050 509742
e-mail: antonella.gregorace@sns.it