Increasing European lighting resources and competitiveness


The view below of lighting entities in Italy is just an extract and hence not fully adequate, but it displays some of the most important institutions and organizations – except from these whose websites are only in Italian.


University of Rome, “Roma Tre” 

  • Nonlinear optics and optoelectronics Lab (NooEL), Department of Electronic Engineering
    The University “Roma Tre”, established in 1992, has developed with NooEL a strong commitment in Optoelectronics and Photonics, carrying out advanced research in several areas of nonlinear optics, nanophotonics and near infrared detection. NooEL has taken part in several national, European and NATO Projects, climbing to excellence in the fields of cascading effects and devices, germanium-on silicon photodetectors, photonic crystals, spatial solitons in dielectric and liquid crystals. 
  • Contact: Gaetano Assanto, Professor, +39 06 5733 7028, 


University of Padua 

Department Of Information Engineering 

  • The research covers applied optics and electronics, among others. The research areas embraces a wide range from Laser Applications, Nanotechnologies for optical applications and Optical instrumentation for satellite and ground astronomical telescopes to Characterization, modeling and reliability of advanced optoelectronic devices: towards high efficiency LEDs, lasers and solar cells, Communication and control architectures for efficient use of renewable energy resources in smart grids and Organics technologies: the keystone for electronic, light, and energy anywhere. 

Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, Milano 

  • The IFN carries out innovative research in the fields of photonics and of nanotechnologies promoting the development and the application, both from the scientific and technological point of view, in the following seven main research lines: Innovative devices for photonics, optoelectronics, and electronics, Development and application of laser sources, New materials and novel characterization methods, Nanotechnologies, micro and nano fabrication/manufacturing, Ultrafast photonics from infrared to X-ray, Photonics sensors and Optical instrumentation and spectrometers from infrared to X-ray. 
  • Contact: Milano: +39 02 23996281, ( / Bari: +39 080 5443235, ( 

Politecnico di Milano 

Laboratorio LUCE, Dipartimento di Design 

  • Laboratorio LUCE offers a Master in Lighting Design & LED Technology, among others. The research covers five main areas:  Studies on perception and photo-colorimetry for the evaluation of different lighting environments,  Studies on new lighting fixtures from a formal-esthetic to a a functional-technological point of view, Design consultancy for lighting systems in interior and exterior (methodological approach, field reliefs, concept development, raw planning, final project), Project startup consultancy and Software implementation. Laboratorio LUCE is also involved in partnership with manufacturers. 
  • Contact: Andrea Siniscalco, +39 02 2399 5696, 

Università di Cagliari
Photonics and Optoelectronics Lab, Dipartimento di Fisica 

  • Basic research on the electronic and optical response of materials provides the scientific platform for the development of novel and advanced photonic devices.  The Photonics and Optoelectronics Lab focuses on the optical properties of organic and hybrid systems, particularly nanoaggregates and nanostructured materials and customizes spectroscopic tools to investigate light-matter interaction with sub-micron spatial resolution and on femtosecond time-scales.  The materials we investigate offer the prospect of low-cost, solution process able optoelectronic devices such as thin-film solar cells, visible and infrared photodetectors, organic lasers and optical amplifiers. 
  • Contact: Giovanni Bongiovanni, Proffessor, +39 070 675 4925, 

IUAV UniversityVenice 

  • The IUAV has three faculties – Architecture, Regional Planning, and Arts and Design – all of which have grown out of the original School of Architecture (founded in Venice in 1926). In recent years the IUAV has implemented a unique experiment in ‘project-based learning’ that is the first of its kind in Italy. As a rule, the about 50 research units – which involve a highly significant number of the university’s professors and researchers – are noticeably multidisciplinary, formed around specific issues and themes rather than single disciplines. The research covers areas as City and sustainability: sustainable urban design, Innovation and efficient building and Theatre production, among others. 
  • Contact: Department of Research, Luciano Vettoretto, director, +39 041 257 1878, 


Università La Sapienza di Roma 

MLD – Master in Lighting Design, Dipartimento di Architettura 

  • The Master foresees the creation of an educational course with the aim of training high cultural and professional technicians in the fields of planning management, lighting and light equipment design, held by qualified architects, designers and engineers, in order to respond suitably to the actual technological and cultural needs of the lighting project and to the request of Public Administrations to have professional figures able to manage and evaluate a lighting design. 
  • Contact: Floriana Cannatelli, +39 339 2007 187,