The social engagement and responsibility programme @Politecnico di Milano

Polimi joins the Talloires Network for social responsibilities of H.E.

At the beginning of July, Politecnico di Milano has joined the Talloires Network, a global association based at the Tufts University (USA) that brings together over 390 universities around the world, that are committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education.

This adds an important element in the international relations of PoliMi and a new opportunity for the exchange of good practices in the area of civic engagement, in which our University is increasingly standing out as an example of commitment, originality and innovation, also thanks to the contribution of Polisocial.

The establishment of the Network follows the 2005 Talloires Declaration on the Civic Roles and Social Responsibilities of Higher Education, of which Politecnico di Milano is now among the official subscribers and promoters as signatory member.

AIBs – African Innovation Brokers

The AIBs – African Innovation Brokers project, developed by Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, kicked off on September 25th at our university.
The initiative opened with a 5-week course dedicated to a group of innovation leaders from 6 African countries (Tunisia, Niger, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique).

After receiving over 450 applications, 21 top-level leaders were selected, including officials from international organizations and institutions, entrepreneurs and university professors. The 5 women selected in the group have high scientific profiles. The Leaders will act as brokers, forming a second generation of innovators in their countries, to build a community of over 200 African talents.

The next steps include the creation of a virtual laboratory (Africa Innovation Cradle) to support the activities and collaborations within the network and the training of the second generation of innovators.

H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, AUC visits Polimi

We are honoured about the visit of H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, to Politecnico di Milano on 19 July 2018.

Her visit includes a discussion about the Polisocial Award 2018 initiative and how it can open opportunities of further cooperation between Africa and our university, a working meeting with the Heads of Department about Resilient Infrastructure for Africa Prosperity and a visit to the top laboratories of the Engineering departments.

Dr. Abou-Zeid has served for more than 30 years in leadership roles at top-tier international organisations, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), UNDP and USAID, with a focus on infrastructure and energy programmes, receiving numerous international awards and recognition for her leadership and excellence.

We are honoured to welcome her to our university and to announce that she joined the Advisory Board of Polisocial Award 2018.

CampUS has been awarded a Compasso d’Oro

CampUS, one of the projects funded as part of the Polisocial Award 2014 competition, has been awarded a Compasso d’Oro award by ADI – Association for the industrial Design.

CampUS received this prestigious recognition in the “Design for the Social” category, during a ceremony that took place on 20th June at Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

5X1000 to support Polimi

Donate your 5X1000 to the Politecnico di Milano, and give a look at the projects funded in past years. You can support the development of scientific research with your donation.

SET4food | Closing conference 12 April 2018, Milan

In the framework of SET4food – Sustainable Energy Technologies for Food Security in Humanitarian Contexts, an initiative co-founded by ECHO – European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, Politecnico di Milano and COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale are pleased to announce the international conference Comprehensive Energy Planning in critical settings from emergency to development.

The conference will take place on 12 April 2018 at Politecnico di Milano (Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci, Milano). It will serve as a high-level platform for discussion on the integrated approach to global resources management and will address the various dimensions of the problem and how to face it in a comprehensive and effective way.

Participation is free, pre-registration is required by 28 March 2018.

MASTR-SLS via Nature.com

The first results of Polisocial Award 2016 projects MASTR-SLS described in the article “Big-data-driven modeling unveils country-wide drivers of endemic schistosomiasis”, published on Nature.com on March 28th

COOPERA(C)TION – Call for application

The deadline for the application to the Post Graduate Programme COOPERA(C)TION – Knowledge and skills for sustainable cities in the Global South has been postponed to January 26th.

The Course aims at promoting a culture of international cooperation among students, scholars and practitioners in the fields of urban design and management, by acquiring ability to understand the contexts and interact with people and organizations of the Global South.

Presentation of the book “Stories of Cooperation at Polimi”

The book describes the researches, the didactics activities and the international collaboration which has been involved in the develompent of cooperation and development projects in the past five years.
On December 19, at 2.00 p.m. in Educafé (Campus Leonardo, Building 2, ground floor) a presentation will be held to distribute a copy to all the authors involved in the pubblication.

MIGRATE challenge

The first MIGRATE challenge has just started and will remain open until January 5, 2017.
MIGRATE is a Web mapping gaming application, developed by Polimi in the framework of Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aimed at educating and raising awareness about the phenomenon of migration in Europe.

Polimi shorlisted by Un-Habitat

A team of young researchers from Politecnico di Milano has been shortlisted as one of the nine best projects presented for the Un-Habitat contest “STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FOR KENYA’S TOWNS”. The final result will be notified at Nairobi, on June 13th.

Award presentation event

Presentation of results of the previous PoliSocial Award editions (2012-13 and 2013-14).
The competition is funded with a part of income tax that Italian taxpayers chose to destine to Politecnico di Milano (5 per 1000 IRPEF).
When: May 5th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Great hall of Politecnico di Milano – Building 1, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milan

Branding Vignola

On Thursday, October 8th at the headquarters of the ASP ‘G.Gasparini’ in Vignola, the students together with the teachers and tutors of the Laboratory of Visual Communication present the results of the work and discuss them with some guests.

Fifty students of the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, coordinated by professors Elio Carmi, Francesco Ermanno Guida and Mario Piazza, with the help of tutors Raffaella Isidori and Lorenzo Grazzani, have developed various strategies of branding design-oriented, to show in a different way the services and the products that the ASP ‘G.Gasparini’ produces and offers to the local community. Ideas and proposals that provide an initial contribution to a draft communication as the means of transmitting social innovation.

Coopera(c)tion – open day

wednesday, 16th december 2015, 10:00

sala delta2, building 11, via ampère 2, politecnico di milano

OPEN DAY of the post graduate programmeCoopera(c)tion – knowledge and skills for sustainable cities in the global south”



10:00 a.m.
welcome and opening lectures

International cooperation for development: a challenge for urban studies
by Gabriele Pasqui – Director of Department of Architecture and Urban Studies and Director of the course coopera(c)tion

Global challenges and sustainable development in the evolution of the university mission
by Emanuela Colombo – Rector’s delegate to Cooperation and Development
Unesco Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development – Department of Energy

12:15 a.m.    key-note lecture

The mathematics of Gaia: justice, environment, development, peace
by Grammenos Mastrojeni – head of “Decentralised cooperation, academic cooperation and environment” Unit Direction General Cooperation and Development Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

1:15  p.m.  open discussion with course teachers and students


Micro actions open class

On Friday 4th December 2015 the Municipality of Rho and La Fucina Social Cooperative in collaboration with Polisocial, present the initiative ‘People, green living and cycling‘. It consists of two events organized within the project OnTheRHOad “Micro-actions: practical design for the development of the territory and youth creativity “(coordinated with prof. Maurizio Figiani – DESIGN).

10.00 – Open lesson
public presentation of the proposals developed by design students for the future of the city of Rho.
Opening of the temporary exhibition at the ground floor of CentRho

where/ MAST, Via San Martino 22 in Rho

18.00 – students meet the territory
open discussion with local associations
where/ CentRho (IAT) Piazza San Vittore, Rho

Service + Food + Design


On Tuesday 10th November from 5.30 to 7.00 pm come and attend to the closing seminar of the project Food Social Club (Polisocial Award 2013).

It will also be discussed the International Food Policy of the city of Milan and the recent initiative developed by LOCAL ‘University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra.

Speakers: Stefano Maffei (Milan Polytechnic School of Design), Luca Tamimi (Politecnico di Milano, dastu Lab. Urb & Com), Marta Carrera (Project LOCAL, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Bra), Stefania Amato and Matteo Brambilla (Municipality Milan, International Food Policy).

where/POLIFACTORY, Bovisa Campus, Building B7, entrance Via Schiaffino 26.

Magazzini Raccordati open lab

On October 25th from 1.30 pm at the Comunità pastorale Giovanni Paolo II Refettorio Ambrosiano – Sala della Comunità (Piazza Greco – Milano), the results of the work of redesigning of the warehouses of the Central Station in Milan will be presented ad discussed by the students of the Laboratory Interior Design and Building Conservation coordinated by Marco Borsotti and Sonia Pistidda (DASTU), in collaboration with the group FAS – Ferrante Aporti Sammartini.

At 13.30 the group FAS will present the research “There is life around the tracks”:
At 15.00 the Laboratory shows some results of the work through a special live lab, designing jointly with local residents.

Co.Meta Lab visits “Casa Sebastiano”

Co.Meta Lab starts again for the fourth edition of the teaching project. The Lab is coordinated by proff. Giuliano Simonelli and Venanzio Arquilla, with the support of tutors Davide Genco, Fabio Guaricci and Emanuele Magini. On Thursday, October 15, 2015 students visited the construction site of the new center for autistic people “Casa Sebastiano”, and they met Giovanni Coletti, president of the “Fondazione Trentina per l’Autismo”.

Students will imagine and design solutions and interventions for the realization of the spaces of the “Casa Sebastiano”

HONOURS PROGRAMME – call for application

It is now open the call for application for the Honours Programme “Engineering for Sustainable Development”.
The Honours Programme entitled “Engineering for Sustainable Development” is a parallel training programme that takes place at the same time as the Laurea Magistrale programmes (equivalent to Masters of Science) of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering and of the School of Civil, Environmental and Land Management Engineering. The aim of the Honours Programme is to enhance and develop the systemic and cross-discipline skills of future engineers, helping them understand and evaluate global challenges so that they may operate effectively in the field of sustainable development, deploying both theoretical and practical technical skills.
The Honours Programme is an innovative training programme aimed at young, talented, competent and highly motivated students, who are selected based on their profile, their academic career and a letter of motivation (or statement of purpose). The Honours Programme alternates the conventional teaching of extracurricular courses with more informal training experiences, such as seminars, in which students listen, gain new experiences and engage in group work. Finally, the programme requires students to develop a technological and/or methodological research project for the purpose of their thesis, complemented, where possible, by a field experience (in a national, European or non-European organisation) based on multidisciplinary issues connected with global development.


Program presentation:
Tuesday, October 13rd 2015
4.30 pm
Aula Magna Politecnico di Milano/Leonardo

Catullo in the street!

On Saturday, October 3rd from 12:00 am to 7:00 pm music, gardening, workshops and much more in Catullo Street!


The initiative is organized by the research group of the Polisocial Award project of “CHard Living/Catullo Street” (DASTU), a pilot project of social cohesion and urban regeneration funded by Polisocial Award 2014.


The project participates at the initiative Green City Milan.

Visit the Facebook page of the project: Catullovaincitta2015

How to activate common spaces? Actions and strategies for Lambrate district

On Tuesday 29th September 2015 the results of the teaching activity of the Laboratory of Urban Planning coordinated by teachers Antonella Bruzzese and Anna Moro, will be presented by the student and discussed with residents, associations, local institutions and experts.

The project “ASC! Activate common spaces” focused on the re-activiation of public opne and common spaces in the Lambrate neighbourhood. Students through surveys, interviews and surveys, confronted with local actor like the Laboratory of Participatory Democracy, the network Made in Lambrate and network Vivi Lambrate

Following the suggestion of students, the meeting will be an opportunity for opening a debate on the issue of public spaces in Lambrate and start the activities of the third edition of ASC! in the academic year 2015-2016.

17:00 to 17:15
Designing in context. Notes from a teachingn and research experience
Antonella Bruzzese and Anna Moro

17:15 to 18:15
Ten ideas for common areas Lambrate
Presentations by the students of LabUrb 2015

18:30 to 19:15
Comments and discussion

The university and the city – International conference in Pavia

On September 10th the program Polisocial was presented at the conference “The University and the City. An Agenda for the New Century” organized by the CRUI at the University of Pavia.
The international conference, one of the first initiatives on this topic in Italy, focuses on the relationship between the University and the City on different aspects, from urban planning to the social, and economic aspects.

Polisocial has been compared to many cases and experiences, also in view of the third mission.


AESOP Excellence in Teaching Award 2015

During the annual conference of AESOP –  Association of the European Planning Schools, has been awarded the “Excellence in Teaching” Award.

Its purpose is to encourage planning schools to apply new pedagogical approaches, technologies and learning techniques in ways which enhance the theories, knowledge and skills necessary for good planning practice. The award provides an important opportunity to disseminate new and high quality teaching practices among European planning schools.

The winner of the 2015 edition has been the Teaching-in-the-field project “Mapping San Siro“, coordinated by professor Francesca Cognetti – DASTU.


Three days of discussion and debate to present the outcomes of the working group of teachers and students involved in the project Re-forming Milan 2015.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:00
Urban Center – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11/12
BUILD IN BUILT – dialogues about the project
Ilaria Valente, dean of the School of Architecture – Politecnico di Milano
Gabriele Pasqui, Director of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies – Politecnico di Milano
Barbara Coppetti, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies – Politecnico di Milano
Elena Fontanella, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies – Politecnico di Milano


Thursday, July 16, 2015 18:30
Experimental Center of Cinematography – Viale Fulvio Testi 121
A film in five chapters of a minor Milan.
Maurizio Nichetti and Bartolomeo Corsini – Experimental Cinema Centre Lombardy

A documentary that traces the design processes of the courses participating in Reforming Milano 2015
Ilaria Valente, Politecnico di Milano, and Dario Sigona – Lab I Image Lab Dip. Design Politecnico di Milano


The university inside a market

On 27th and 30th June, will be presented two projects of the Teachig-in-the-field program at the Municipal Cover Market of via Lorenteggio 177.

On Saturday 27th from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm will be opened the exhibition “Projects on the periphery” that collects the works of students of the Laboratory of Urban Planning coordinated by Francesca Cognetti and Laura Mascino (DASTU) that focused on public housing neighborhoods of San Siro Lorenteggio.

On Tuesday 30 from 17.00 to 19.00 will be presented the works from the project “Living the proximity” developed by the students of the Laboratory of Urban Planning coordinated by Filomena Pomilio  and Luca Tamimi (DASTU) about the Lorenteggio neighborhood.
From 9.00 pm the presentation moves in Santa Giulia neighborhood, where a part of the Laboratory has been working during the semester for submission of final works to the neighborhood!


Crowd Innovation for Sustainability

29 May 2015 | Politecnico di Milano  Campus Bovisa, Aula F.lli Castiglioni – Via Durando 10, Milano

The 2nd convention of the Sustainability Maker project, funded by the European Union through the Life+program, is coming to Milan within the EXPO 2015 events. It aims at discussing and promoting crowd-led approaches (e.g. crowd-sourcing and open innovation, crowd-voting and crowd-funding, etc.) as promising ones to promote sustainable solutions.

ANPE award for Barboleta

The research project “BARBOLETA: infermeria infantile in Guinea Bissau” by M. Brasca and R. Francieri of Politecnico di Milano, won an AWARD in the framework of the the 2° Conferenza Nazionale sul Poliuretano Espanso Rigido (promoted by ANPE, May 26 in Bologna).


The italian Cooperation for development take part in Expo2015 event on crucial themes such as the post-2015 agenda for development and the food security, the women empowerment, science and technology for the agricultural development, food waste, water and energy.

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