Technology and knowledge transfer is a crucial and strategic activity for SISSA related with the Third Mission. The aim is creating innovation and guaranteeing valorisation of research and talents.

It includes a wide range of activities and it is closely related to the so-called Third Mission of the School, together with Teaching and Research, in order to improve the impact of the School’s activities on Society.



SISSA's motto is "to follow virtue and knowledge". Keeping this in mind, we try to create a solid bridge between Science and Industry: this bridge enhances knowledge valorisation, speeds up innovation and contributes to improve society and citizens' quality of life.

Our primary goal is to better motivate SISSA community to enforce this mission for the valorisation of research activities (and talents) and to try to establish better connections with potential research partners and networks to create a virtuous contamination of ideas in the society.

SISSA Valorisation and Innovation Office promotes integration of knowledge and industry and facilitates technology transfer from the academia to the society developing project proposals aimed at:
• increasing cooperation with PMI and Industries;
• promoting students’ innovative activity and entrepreunal approach;
• improving knowledge valorisation and its impact.


Valorisation and Innovation Office 


Renè Buttò - Head of the Valorisation & Innovation Office - rene.butto (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 551

For over 15 years, Renè has been working in the field of knowledge transfer, research valorisation and promotion, innovation and competitiveness of companies and Territory. He has a degree in Law and before SISSA he worked in Area Science Park in Trieste and at the University of Udine. In addition, he collaborated with two important international Law firms in Intellectual Property (GLP e Mathjssen & P.) and with the Italian Trade & Investment Agency (Agenzia ICE).


Adriana Katja D'Amato - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager - adamato (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 561
 Participating Companies / Conventions / Special Projects and fundingu

Adriana graduated in Communication at the University of Milano Bicocca and specialised in social media marketing. She joined SISSA in 2023 after living in Milano for 15 years, a city where she gained an in-depth experience in the international retail sector. She supports the team with a focus on conventions and participating companies.


Silvia Faion - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager - silvia.faion (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 276
 Talent development / Scouting & communication for technologies & know how / Special projects and fundingu

Silvia manages projects for innovation and for the enhancement of the talent. She has a professional background in corporate communication and marketing focusing on the development of branding strategies. She graduated in Communication Science and she also specialised in Career Development and Personal Branding.


 Tanja Lunardelli - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager - tlunarde (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 550
 Research marketing for technologies & know-how / Special projects

Tanja has a strong background in project management and operations, with more than 13 years of international experience in the private sector in the media and advertising industry, with a focus on communication and marketing. Before joining SISSA she had worked in London for several years, working closely with the HR department to identify and implement all talent initiatives.


Laura Predonzani - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager - laura.predonzani (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 714
 Participating Companies and Entities / Conventions & Agreements / IP Protection

Laura has a BA in Economics and Commerce and she has been working at SISSA for over 15 years: first in the General Affairs and Purchases department and then bringing her deep knowledge of procurements, contracts and conventions to our team. Her main focus are participating companies and general and project-based conventions.


Stefania Sorsi - Knowledge Valorisation Project Manager - stefania.sorsi (at) sissa.it +39 040 3787 269
 IP Protection / Assessment, Patent, Licence / Agreements & contract of research

Stefania graduated in Law and she worked at the Venezia Giulia Chamber of Commerce for 6 years, where she managed the Civil and Commercial Mediation Body and the legal documents, also as an internal Mediator. She has a good experience with the Scientific Area of the Sissa.



SISSA Talent Valorisation and Transfer of Knowledge Committee

The committee evaluates knowledge transfer and talent valorisation initiatives and issues (including - but not limited to – IPR protection and valorisation, contract research, industrial collaborative research, spin off and start up, special innovation projects, etc.) according to the rules and the mission of the School. 

The Committee is chaired by SISSA Director and composed by the Deputy Director, the Secretary General, the Head of Education and Research Services Area, the Director’s Delegate for Research Valorisation, Innovation, Knowledge and Technology Transfer, Industrial Cooperation and a representative for each Scientific Area at SISSA. 


Among them a direct and proactive role is played by:

Dr. Erica Maran - Head of Education, research and valorisation area and SISSA Deputy Secretary General erica.maran (at) sissa.it

Prof. Gianluigi Rozza - SISSA Director’s Delegate for Research Valorisation, Innovation, and Industrial Cooperation gianluigi.rozza (at) sissa.it 



Transfer of the results of scientific research to society and to the business sector is one of the institutional tasks carried out by SISSA.

SISSA promotes and organises research (even applied research) by favouring protection of intellectual property and economic valorisation of research results. Constant communication between researchers and the industry is a necessary condition for a successful process of technology transfer. SISSA aims at favouring collaboration with the business sector through research tasks, consulting, know-how transfer and conveyance or partnerships for joint innovation activities.