European Centre for Living Technology


Promote, carry out and coordinate research activities and the diffusion of scientific results in the field of living technology. The scientific areas for living technology are the nano-bio-technologies, self-organizing and evolving information and production technologies, and adaptive complex systems.

Support and develop scientific collaborations with thematically associated international projects, with national and international research institutes and with firms in the area of living technology.

Offer consulting and research services to agencies, institutions and firms in the area of living technology; promote, support and organize teaching activities, and high-level training in this field.

Organise scientific meetings, workshops, publications and exhibitions for the development and diffusion of Centre research.




Founded in 2004 the European Centre for Living Technology is an international and interdisciplinary research centre established as an inter-university consortium, currently involving 15 European and extra-European institutional affiliates.
The Centre is devoted to the study of technologies that exhibit life-like properties including self-organization, adaptability and the capacity to evolve.

ECLT received its initial funding in 2004 through the EU project PACE (Programmable Artificial Cell Evolution, FP6), and continued to pursue cutting-edge research as coordinator and partner in European projects (FP6, FP7, H2020 and EuropeAid). A molecular biology wet Lab has also been established and hosted an intense research activity.
ECLT is a place to conduct research, develop collaboration and discussion. It organized several conferences, workshops, meetings, public lectures, summer schools and activities related to the projects research. Several external distinguished scientists have spent extended periods of time in ECLT, allowing long-lasting fruitful interactions. The Centre has developed extensive experience and competence in project coordination and planning, including the involvement of SMEs, and civil society organizations.

Founding members

Other members

Research units

International and interdisciplinary research activity of ECLT is organized in Research Units which currently includes:

Research projects

elise - European Network of AI Excellence Centres
European Learning and Intelligent Systems Excellence

ELISE aims to make Europe competitive in AI through a network of excellence. The best European researchers in machine learning and AI have worked together to attract talent, to foster research through collaboration, and to inspire and be inspired by industry and society. 

Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Global at Venice. Boost your research career with Global at Venice COFUND programme
G@V - GLOBAL AT VENICE: Research and Training for Global Challenge

G@V - GLOBAL_AT_VENICE: Research and Training for Global Challenges is a new 60-month fellowship project jointly funded by the European Union and Ca' Foscari University of Venice through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action COFUND.


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The European Centre for Living Technology (ECLT) is located in Ca’ Bottacin, a XIII century palace also known as Palazzo Corner della Frescada Loredan, very near to the Ca' Foscari University of Venice administrative center.

How to reach us

To reach the Cà Bottacin palace from Santa Lucia railway station or from the car parks in Piazzale Roma or in Tronchetto Island you can use the local means of transportation (water buses called "vaporetti") of the company ACTV, line n° 1 or 2, getting off at St. Tomà Stop that is about three minutes walking far from ECLT.

ECLT is reachable from Santa Lucia railway station and from Piazzale Roma by a 10/15 minutes walk too.

From Venice Marco Polo airport or Treviso Canova airport you can take the ACTV bus number 5 or the ATVO coach to Venice/Piazzale Roma. From Piazzale Roma, you can use the water bus line n° 1 or 2 getting off at St. Tomà Stop that is about three minutes walking far from the Cà Bottacin palace.