• 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. 

Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509275

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di scienze
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

Senior Research Physicist
Geneva, Switzerland

Academic Positions
Professor Scuola Normale Superiore 2008-present
Senior Research Physicist CERN 1991–present
Associate Professor University of Trieste, Italy 1985–1991
Assistant Professor University of Trieste, Italy 1978–1985

Perfezionamento (PhD) Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy 1975–1978
Laurea (Master) Università di Pisa & SNS, Pisa, Italy 1970–1975

HEP Experiments
CMS (Tracker Project Manager 00-05, Chair Pub. Comm. ) 1998-present
ALEPH (Physics Coordinator 89-94, Spokesperson 94-97) 1982-2000
NA1-NA7 1975-1984

Editorial Boards
Editor of CMS publications 2006-present
Editor of The Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) 1998–present
Editor of Physics Letters B (PLB) 2001–present

HEP Committees and Panels
EUDET (Detector R&D towards the International Linear Collider)
Chair of International Advisory Committee 2005–present
DESY Physics Research Committee
Chair 2001–2004
Member 1998–2001
European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA)
Member of ECFA and Restricted ECFA 2002–2004
Evaluation Committee of the Norwegian Research Council
Member 2000–2000
UK Particle Physics Experiments Selection Panel
Member 1998–2000
LHC Experiments Committee at CERN
Member and principal referee of the ALICE experiment 1996–2000
SLAC Experimental Program Advisory Committee
Member 1993–1997
LEP Experiments Committee at CERN
Member, representing the ALEPH Collaboration 1988–1994
INFN Commissione Scientifica Nazionale 1
Scientific Secretary 1987–1991
Member 1985–1987

CERN Committees and Panels
Scientific Information Policy Board (SIPB) Chair 2006–present
Physics Opportunities for Future Proton Accelerators (POFPA)
Member 2005–present
Senior Staff Advisory Committee to the Director General (The NINE)
Member and Chair 1997–2000