Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings. Since its founding, Sapienza has played an important role in Italian history and has been directly involved in key changes and developments in society, economics and politics. It has contributed to the development of Italian and European science and culture in all areas of knowledge. With over 125,000 students, 4,000 professors and nearly as many administrative and technical staff, Sapienza represents a vast knowledge community.
The research activities of Sapienza in the framework of Sapienza will be managed and developed by the Department of Basic and Applied Sciences for
Engineering (SBAI: Scienze di Base ed Applicate per l’Ingegneria) that conducts research primarily on issues of the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical disciplines exhibiting a significant applicative aspect. Such disciplines are a bridge between basic science and technological breakthroughs, using physical and chemical principles and mathematical methods to develop new technologies. The SBAI activities in CHALLENGES will be scientifically coordinated by Prof. Marco Rossi, team leader of EMINA (Electron Microscopies and NAnoscopies) group.