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Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)


Coordinator website

Year Established



Padriciano, 99, 34149, Trieste (Italy)


Contact information

Paolo Panjek
+39 3666621366



AREA Science Park is a system based on innovation,  digital transformation, research and the development of new high technology businesses.

Physical presence

AREA Science Park owns and manages two campuses in Friuli Venezia Giulia, both near Trieste hosting more than 80 companies and research centers with a total of 2400 employees.


From the beginning of 2017 AREA Science Park is operating as a DIH, adding new specific services to its set of established best practice methodologies to support innovation processes in SMEs This has been realized thanks to the partnership with primary tech actors that are tenants in our campuses and thanks to a vast set of top end/frontier tech infrastructures (ex: AREA owns and run a Synchrotron light machine).

The website dedicated to DIH and innovation services are



and these days contents are migrating on the brand new website of IP4FVG – Industry Platform for Friuli Venezia Giulia , the new regional Platform for the digital transformation of SMEs (read more in the LINK To Regional/National Initiatives)

The R&D activities carried out in AREA Science Park focus on five clusters: Life Sciences; Information Science, Electronics and Telecommunications; Physics, Materials, Nanotechnologies; Energy and the Environment; Qualified Services.

Non profit Organization status

Area Science Park is a public national research organization that promotes the development of innovation processes. Thus, AREA Science Park is a non profit public body that operates under direct control of the MIUR - Ministry of Education, Research and University.


 AREA’s mission is to contribute to the development of the business sector through innovation, technological research and digital transformation.

AREA Science Park è un ecosistema strutturato di imprese private e operatori pubblici in grado di generare sviluppo economico nei diversi livelli regionale, nazionale ed internazionale, mettendo a valore gli asset della digitalizzazione, della tecnologia avanzata e dell’alta formazione presenti nei territori di riferimento su scala regionale, per ottimizzare le risorse ed attrarre allo stesso tempo investimenti nazionali ed internazionali in nuovi progetti di sviluppo strategico.

AREA Science Park è ente nazionale e pone l’interazione tra ricerca e industria come fattore trainante per garantire sviluppo e crescita. AREA Science Park, che da quasi 40 anni opera con risultati concreti e misurabili sotto il coordinamento del MIUR, si pone come player principale dell’innovazione, utilizzando strumenti adeguati al contesto economico, sociale e tecnologico di riferimento.

Non solo quindi un soggetto attivo nella valorizzazione della ricerca, bensì un player dello sviluppo industriale.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

From the beginning of 2017 AREA Science Park is operating as a DIH, adding new specific services to its set of established best practice methodologies to support innovation processes in SMEs

 This has been realized thanks to the partnership with primary tech actors that are tenants in our campuses and thanks to a vast set of top end/frontier tech infrastructures (ex: AREA owns and run a Synchrotron light machine).

In mid-2017 AREA Science Park started to develop the first regional platform for the digital transformation of SMEs . IP4FVG – Industry Platform for FVG has been officially supported and financed by the Regional Government of the Authonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia, MIUR -Italian Ministry for University and Research and from MISE - Italian Ministry for Economic Development that is the coordinator of the national plan for the digital transformation of SMEs “Impresa 4.0”.  The final official Protocol has been signed   by the aforementioned parties on the 1st March 2018, and AREA Science Park is the coordinator of IP4FVG.

IP4FVG started its activities recently  with the establishment of the Nodes, organizing first summer school etc.


The official site is in its launching phase.


IP4FVG is based on a Hub & Spoke model and is formed by 4 territorial NODES – DIHs, each with a specific technological specialization:

  • Data Simulation and Optimization Node-DiH (leader: AREA Science Park ; Node based in Trieste)

  • Data analytics and AI Node –DiH (leader: Confindustria Udine; Node based in Udine)

  • IoT Node – DiH (leader: Carnia Industrial Park; Node based in Carnia)

  • AMS -Advanced Manufacturing Solutions Node- DiH (leader: LEF Lean experience factory/Diex ; Node based in Pordenone)


IP4FVG is directly linked with the national plan “Impresa 4.0” not just for being supported by the its coordinator MISE – Ministry for Economic Development but also through a direct linkage with the newly established national network of Competence Centers created within Impresa 4.0. The Governence body of IP4FVG seats a representative of the  CC named SMACT, lead by the University of Padua Further, AREA Science Park participates directly to the CC with its in house company Innovation Factory


Area Science Park as one of the main stakeholders in the field of Innovation, Tech Transfer, R&D, Digital Transformation is a close partner to the Regional Government in policy matters. From the very beginning Area advised the Regional Government in the design phase of the S3 (enterpreneurial discovery) and in the revision process of the regional S3. Area Participates to all the specific regional working groups set up for every specialization sector. Further, The Institutional Protocol and regulatory framework that constitute the basis of the IP4FVG Platform, state that all the activities developed must comply and be coherent with the regional S3 strategy (pa4 of the Protocol) .



Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Other markets

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Tech assessment, Scouting of technical experts, Fund scouting, Methodology design, R&D cooperation

a. Client profile:

Teorema Engineering srl

c/o AREA Science Park – Padriciano 99,   34149, Trieste (TS)

Segreen Business Park – Via San Bovio, 3

20090, San Felice Segrate (MI)

Teorema Engineering is a system integrator and solutions provider with a strong technological vocation and a twenty-year experience on several technological fronts. It operates as an IT factory that uses its expertise and constant updating to support enterprises in their evolution path.

From infrastructure management to artificial intelligence, passing through the new scenarios of digital workplace and Industry 4.0, Teorema offers professional advice, solutions and services at every step of a company business evolution, and propose the entire range of technologies for digital business.

Thanks to its ability to enter the management, production and planning processes of its clients, Teorema aims at being a real Digital Advisor in IT world, supporting them in traditional business activities, but also guiding them through the use of new technologies that can help improve their business. The final goal is to create a solid basis to accelerate the experimentation, comprehension and implementation of the most innovative solutions available over time.

Main expertise areas: System Management, Enteprise Mobility e Identity Management, Application Lifecycle Management, Big Data Analitycs, Cognitive Services, Natural user interface, X-Reality, Bots, Machine Learning.

b. Client needs:

In 2017 Area Science Park was contacted by a multinational company,  with the aim of developing an innovative approach to extend the benefits of their digital transformation processes to the local supplier base and to test the digitalization solutions implemented in their plants for other application areas and for SMEs. Teorema Engineering is a technological partner of Area Science Park DiH and was interested in developing new industrial use cases for their Industry 4.0 technological solutions and in further strengthening their expertise in customizable “open” solutions for integration of different technologies and processes.

c. Provided solution to meet the needs

Area Science Park after reviewing with both companies their complementary needs and expertise set up a cooperation program which resulted in a common project involving all three entities in shared co-creation of new technological solutions and novel methodological approaches for Open Access use of the new technologies for SMES.

Area Science Park worked with both companies to set up a project aimed at testing the solutions already available and at developing novel technological solutions to enhance predictive maintenance and advanced process control.

Services provided by the AREA Science Park DiH:

  • Scouting of technical experts

  • Project consortium building

  • Project funding à National programme

  • Methodology research

  • R&D cooperation

More details:

Project planning, Fund scouting, Tech support/research (data science solutions, validations)

a. Client


SS14, km 163,5 - 34149 Basovizza (TS) – Italy

(c/o Area Science Park – Building Q1)

Phone: +39 040 375 6610

Established in 2009, CAEN ELS (a spin-off company of CAEN - Costruzioni Apparecchiature Elettroniche Nucleari S.p.A. acknowledged as the only company in the world providing a complete range of High/Low Voltage Power Supply systems and Front-End/Data Acquisition modules which meet IEEE Standards for Nuclear and Particle Physics) is strongly customer oriented and it continuously highlights the importance of a close interaction with scientists, researchers and electronic engineers in Science and Applied Physics laboratories as well as with universities and other companies all around the world.

CAEN ELS can provide both complete solutions and electronic instrumentation for several applications in these environments, from magnet power supplies to diagnostic electronic instrumentation, from precision current sensors to complex beamline electronic systems.

The CAEN ELS team have a widespread know-how and a strong R&D approach. In addition to this, the experience gained in designing and maintaining devices for large facilities allows CAEN ELS to directly understand the needs and the requirements of the accelerator operations and the different scenarios.

b. Client needs:

In 2017 CAEN ELS wanted to implement a project of process and organization innovation focused on digital technologies to be able to service clients located on various continents (testing and after-sales).

The objective of the project is the innovation of product testing and maintenance processes through the adoption of digital technologies.

c. Provided solution to meet the needs

  • Support in project planning

  • Funding: AREA Science Park DiH supported in designing the funding needs and finding the appropriate Fund: Friuli Venezia Giulia Region ERDF ROP 2014-2020 Non-refundable contributions to companies for the implementation of process innovation and organization projects - Activity 1.2.a (Action Line 1.2.a.1) Incentives to companies for innovation activities of process and organization)

  • AREA Science Park DiH provided technical support by a mathematical /statistical expert member of the AREA Science Park team.

  • The Research team at AREA Science Park DiH delivered a research activity in data collection and analysis models.

More details:

Tech and digital assessment, Fund scouting, Tech competences scouting, project feasibility study

a. Client profile:

 Colombin & Figlio S.p.A.

Via dei Cosulich, 1 - 34147 Trieste – Italia

T. +39 040 89 91 111

In the late 1800s, Giovanni Maria Colombin launched his enterprise in Trieste. Today, just as then, Colombin selects only the finest raw cork, uses the most advanced equipment, and subjects every step of its production to official certification, all with the goal of creating the most innovative corks, made from raw material unequalled in absolute quality and functionality, and always in the fullest respect for the environment. For all these reasons, Colombin is the sector leader in Italy in production and sales of corks, and is active in 34 other countries across the globe.

b. Client needs:

In 2016 the company was looking for new selection technologies to set up an  automatic classification system of corks .

The selection and classification of the various types of corks (and their relative quality classes) goes through a selection process based on machines that could be enhanced.

The idea of the company was to  integrate new digital systems suitable for quality control and on-line classification of defects.

c. Provided solution to meet the needs

  • AREA Science Park DiH provided an in deep tech assessment/Tech Audit

  • AREA Science Park DiH supported in designing the funding needs and finding the appropriate Fund

  • Based on the tech needs assessed AREA Science Park DiHscouted the technical experts. The DiH scouted  a start-up based in the Area Campus wich has leading know-how in digital vision technologies .

  • The Area DiH team supported Colombin and 3I teams in defining and outlining the feasibility study of the project.

More details:


Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • National basic research funding



Partner Type

Networked, cluster organization



Partner Type




Partner Type



Fondazione ITS VOLTA

Partner Type

Educational institute



Partner Type



Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
Last updated: 12/12/18 09:21