Elementor | About FBK

FBK is the top Research Institute in Italy, ranked at the 1st place for scientific excellence within 3 different subject areas and for the economic and social impact according to the latest quality of research ANVUR evaluation.

With its 3,500 square meters of laboratories and scientific infrastructures and a community of over 400 researchers, 140 doctoral students, 200 visiting fellows and thesis students, 700 affiliates and accredited students combined, Fondazione Bruno Kessler acts as a scientific and technological hub, its premises and platforms hosting a lively ecosystem of co-located ventures, spin-offs, projects and training opportunities.

The result of more than half a century of history, through 11 centres dedicated to technology and innovation and to the humanities and social sciences, FBK aims to achieve excellent results in the scientific and technological field with particular regard to interdisciplinary approaches and the application dimension.

This is due to the constant focus on collaborations and exchange activities with public administration and institutions, small, medium-sized and multinational companies, European and international institutions, which broaden the capacity for innovation and involve the local community and the local economy in the circulation of knowledge and technologies.

FBK and Artificial Intelligence

From the expertise built in 30 years of research to an innovative vision for the Artificial Intelligence of the future, this is the mission of the FBK Strategic Plan for the decade 2018-2028.

FBK directs its research to the experimentation of an Artificial Intelligence that collaborates with people and does not replace them.

FBK’s holistic vision directs the multiple skills for scientific-technological innovation and for social and cultural innovation to AI.


The Mission of Fondazione Bruno Kessler can be summarized in two main points:

  1. Scientific research of excellence
  2. Impact on Society

FBK aims at excellence both in fundamental research for the advancement of knowledge, and in the more mature fields of science and technology that allow a greater and more immediate economic and social impact.

Strategic Plan and Executive Plan

  • The Strategic Plan 2018-2027 defines the ten-year strategy of the Foundation, identifying strategic objectives and how to achieve them
  • The Executive Plan 2018-2020 implements the strategic plan, defining the specific actions for the current three-year period

Governing bodies

Board of Directors

  • Francesco Profumo – President (CV)

Secretary General

  • Andrea Simoni (CV)

Scientific Committee

  • Maurizio Sobrero – President

Founders and Supporters Board

  • Autonomous Province of Trento (Founder)
  • Comune di Trento
  • Comune di Rovereto
  • Camera di Commercio, Industria, Artigianato e Agricoltura della
  • Confindustria di Trento
  • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto
  • Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione

For all information on the overall organization visit FBK Amministrazione Trasparente


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