IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca


IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is a superior graduate school in Lucca, Italy. IMT School was founded in 2005 under the name IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, with the acronym “IMT” standing for “Institutions, Markets, Technologies.” Its main campus is located in the San Francesco Complex within the historic walls of Lucca.

As an institution for advanced study, IMT School is home to researchers who carry out highly interdisciplinary work leading to the development of new knowledge (first role: basic science). The School’s main campus, established on the grounds of an ex-monastery, fosters the continual presence of visiting scholars that, alongside prominent residing faculty, contribute to an intellectually lively environment. At the same time, IMT School is an institution of technology aiming to apply cutting-edge scientific achievements to solve practical problems of economic, industrial, and societal meaning (second role: applied science). Perhaps most importantly, IMT School’s final role is that of a PhD-awarding institution where expertise is transmitted to future academics, researchers, and impactful decision makers.

Although IMT School is relatively young and limited in faculty and student number, it has attracted significant attention from both national and foreign media. Its international advisory board includes a number of renowned intellectuals, such as H. Eugene Stanley, Sanjoy K. Mitter, or Gerard Roland. The School has also been performing commendably in national and international research rankings alike. For several years, it has been ranked as the top institution in economics and statistics in Italy, and one of the top institutions in Europe and worldwide, founded post-1980.


The two PhD programmes of IMT School – (1) Systems Science and (2) Cognitive and Cultural Systems – integrate competences across economics, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, statistics, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, history, and cultural studies. Originally envisaged as three-year scholarships, since 2019, the programmes are articulated in curricula of four years, and they divide into four Tracks, which are not only fully funded but also entail accommodation and daily meals at the School’s canteen. The Tracks currently offered are field-specific, although in many instances, they share a common academic background. Candidates may apply to one (or more) of the following Tracks:

  • Economics, Networks and Business Analytics
  • Computer Science and Systems Engineering
  • Cognitive, Computational and Social Neurosciences
  • Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage

IMT School recruits both its students and faculty on a competitive international basis, evaluating, among others, the capacity to publish in world-class peer-reviewed journals. The pillars of the School’s research model are its thematic Research Units that often cooperate in interdisciplinary projects:

  • AXES – Laboratory for the Analysis of Complex Economic Systems
  • DYSCO – Dynamical Systems, Control, and Optimization
  • LYNX – Center for the interdisciplinary Analysis of Images
  • MUSAM – Multi-Scale Analysis of Materials
  • NETWORKS – Complex Networks
  • MOMILAB – Molecular Mind Laboratory
  • SysMA – System Modelling and Analysis


IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Piazza S. Ponziano, 6 - 55100 Lucca, LU
+39 0583 4326561