Established in 1952 and located in l’Aquila, administrative centre of the Abruzzo Region, our University is a public teaching and research institution offering a full range of academic programmes including biotechnologies, sciences, economics, engineering, education, humanities, medicine, psychology, and sport sciences. With 7 departments, the University of l’Aquila offers its over 18,000 enrolled students 64 degree courses (divided between first and second level degrees), 8 research doctorate programmes, specialisation schools, specializing-master courses and vocational courses. Many members of its distinguished faculty of about 600 professors and researchers have received international recognition and are considered leaders in their fields of research.
Research and teaching in Physics benefit from its associations with the underground nuclear physics Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS). There in the 1980s the National Institute for Nuclear Physics built beside the motorway tunnel through the Gran Sasso laboratories, where, protected by 1400 metres of rock, research in astrophysics, cosmology, nuclear physics and geophysics is carried out. Professors and researchers of the University of L’Aquila have established links with the Gran Sasso Science Institute, an international PhD school and a center for advanced studies in physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences located in L’Aquila.