Enhancing research and its results
The attention of the University towards the enhancement of research results and an effective communication of them to the academic and non-academic world has grown visibly over the last decade.
We implement many initiatives to promote our research and its results: publications, conferences, lectures, workshops, exhibitions, specific meetings and more.
Ca 'Foscari fosters the economic valorisation of scientific and technological research activities by developing appropriate organizational strategies and models to encourage and support patents, business creation and research in partnership not only with local authorities and companies but also with international ones.
The University is committed to creating a "social" dimension of research, involving citizens and the general public in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting public understanding of science, participation in policy-making, engagement in cultural and social development of its community and territory.
Ca' Foscari has created a new format to encourage researchers in managing communication and public engagement tools: the Research Communication Week.
During a week, usually held at the beginning of autumn, researchers can train in dedicated sessions, meet science communicators and take part in topical meetings, some of which are open to the public.
Since 2010, every year, Ca 'Foscari has been enlivening the city life thanks to Venetonight - the Night of the Researchers [ITA], an event that involves thousands of people. Every last Friday night of September, researchers involve an audience of all ages through interactive activities such as guided tours and laboratories for children and adults.
Investment in results
Ca’ Foscari encourages the project design at national and international level, as well as research results, maps its own expertise and the competences of its territory, valorise its publications in the institutional repository and catalogue and supports a vast cultural production such as conferences, workshops and exhibitions that make the research results available to the general public.
The University is part of the NETVAL network, which promotes the valorisation of research results through training and networking activities.
Intellectual property, spin offs and patents
The University invests in its research results for their business use in innovative contexts: by directly supporting start-ups and spin-offs, Ca’ Foscari researchers create new forms of development and new productive activities.
Intellectual property and inventions are protected and patented to be successfully marketed: the University provides researchers with support on intellectual property management and offers advice in drafting and reviewing national and international contracts in compliance with university regulations, national and European law. In order to promote among the researchers community the protection of intellectual property and the optimal utilization of the research results, periodical training and meetings are held on industrial property.
The variety of research topics and the high productivity of publications - more than 2000 per year - contribute to build our profile of an active and growing university, open to the realities of its territory, to other research organizations and other institutions involved in higher education.
The variety of our publications offers an insight into the intense activity of our Professors, Researchers, Research Fellows and PhD students and their collaboration with international organizations and businesses.
Ca’ Foscari also offers a large and up-to-date catalogue of publications: the Catalogue of Research Products “ARCA” - Ca' Foscari Archive [ITA], linked to an open access portal.
Evaluation of research results
The first two goals of the University Strategic Plan focus on Research. For this reason, the University has adopted internal evaluation processes [ITA], consistent with the Ministerial ones and in line with the specifics of the University. The assessment of the quality of research activities is related with a consequent distribution of the resources available.
The benchmark the University aims at, is based on ministerial indicators, which measure the efficiency and quality of research conducted.
Thanks to these in-depth valuation processes, Department are awarded specific funding to be reinvested in research, as well as incentives, awards and co-funding of doctoral scholarships.
Last update: 19/02/2020