Access the Online Archive
Search the Historical Archive of the Pirelli Foundation for sources and materials. Select the type of support you are interested in and write the keywords of your research.
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Drawings and posters
  • Audio-visuals
  • Publications and magazines
  • All
Help with your research
To request to view the materials in the Historical Archive and in the libraries of the Pirelli Foundation for study and research purposes and/or to find out how to request the use of materials for loans and exhibitions, please fill in the form below. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the request and you will be contacted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses

Select the education level of the school
  • Primary schools

  • Lower secondary school

  • Upper secondary school

  • University

Back
Primary schools
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Lower secondary school
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Upper secondary school
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
University
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses

Do you want to organize a training programme with your students? For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Visit the Foundation
For information on the Foundation's activities and admission to the spaces,
please call +39 0264423971 or write to visite@fondazionepirelli.org

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory

Collaboration a must between firms and universities

How do firms, universities and public research centres work together in Italy?

This is an important question for understanding the capacity for research and innovation of Italian production and also how close Italian corporate culture is to the rules of R&D. An attempt at answering it has been made by economists from the Banca d’Italia (Davide Fantino, Alessandra Mori and Diego Scalise) with “Collaboration between firms and universities in Italy: the role of a firm’s proximity to top-rated departments”, a working paper published in October. It is based on an observation: in Italy there is a model of “innovation without research” applied by firms in general and which requires special conditions for implementation.

A situation that is typical in Italy lies at the root of all this: the cost of R&D in relation to the GDP is 1.26%, as opposed to a European average of 2. As part of the overall expenditure the share borne by companies, usually the most dynamic, is approximately 50%, a value below the average of the main European countries. In other words R&D in Italy is supported by the public sector and above all by public research centres and universities, which enter into collaboration agreements with firms. But how?

Ease of dialogue between firms and research bodies becomes decisive. In order to gain a better understanding researchers from the Banca centrale used a series of mathematical models, applied by taking account of the distance, the quality of research bodies within the territory, their policies for adding commercial value to the research results, the importance taken on by the various study areas for the different economic sectors and the main features of firms.

The results are simple. The main decisive factor of the probability of an agreement between firms and universities is the “proximity” of the two parties. Furthermore the proximity to a generic university is of no influence. Small and medium-sized firms appear more affected by physical distance, while large ones tend to choose as partners the universities which better valorise the results of own research irrespective of location.

The end result, not reassuring, is that public research cannot fully replace work on innovation within firms.

Collaboration between firms and universities in Italy: the role of a firm’s proximity to top-rated departments

Davide Fantino, Alessandra Mori and Diego Scalise

Banca d’Italia, Discussion Topics – Working papers

no. 884 – October 2012