VIU News

The COALESCE project is establishing a European Competence Center for Science Communication and an associated Science Communication Academy (task led by VIU), to consolidate science communication knowledge, resources and tools from a variety of sources.

These will be made available to science communication stakeholders across Europe in ways that are useful and replicable in different contexts.
If you want to contribute and co-create the Competence Center, please join the COPs-Community of Practice: researchers, science-communication professionals, journalists, policymakers, citizens, industry professionals – among other actors – are invited to be part of our community of practice, where you will have the opportunity to be engaged in mutual learning, co-creation activities, training and be part of building the future European Competence Centre for Science Communication.

VIU is delighted to announce the addition of two prestigious institutions to the consortium: IUSS Pavia, Italy, and Sabancı University, Turkey. This significant expansion marks a pivotal moment as VIU approaches its thirty-year anniversary, and continues to grow and develop global engagement, further solidifying its position as a hub for interdisciplinary education, research, and collaboration. 

Join the first webinar of the POLIS – ALICE Webinar Series 2024, focused on Physical-Internet (PI) led innovation!

Wed 27 March, 12-13 CET (online)

The webinar is public and will feature some of the PI-led innovations and actions that DISCO and URBANE EU-funded projects are currently implementing.

Click here for more info and agenda

Click here to register and receive the Zoom link


March 8, 2024

On the occasion of International Women's Day, we are honored to celebrate the impressive women teaching this semester at VIU in the Globalization Program! 

Their research spans a range of disciplines from international law, architecture, renaissance studies, language acquisition, cross-cultural and international management, science communication, public engagement, sustainable development, environmental studies, innovative pedagogies and chemistry.


VIU has Erasmus+ calls for applications for student and staff mobilities in member universities.

Calls have just been published for both students and staff of select Erasmus+ VIU mobility consortium members to apply for a mobility to Stellenbosch University. The types of mobilities include staff mobility for teaching and staff mobility for training as well as student short term doctoral mobilities. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2024. Mobilities are to be concluded by July 31, 2025. Further details and the calls for applications can be found at the following link:

VIU and Stellenbosch University are pleased to partner in this valuable opportunity to promote the strong international dimension of Erasmus+ mobilities, ensuring regular channels for people-to-people cooperation by promoting values, principles and interests around common priorities. The new 2021-2027 phase of the Erasmus+ programme reveals that South African participation continues at a high level. In fact, in 2022, 461 staff mobilities to Europe and 416 staff mobilities from Europe to South Africa were realized in the Erasmus+ programme. It is expected that 600 students from South Africa will undertake mobilities to Europe and a further 128 students take up mobilities to South Africa.

Last week, VIU was very happy to welcome a student benefiting from an Erasmus+ short term doctoral mobility from Stellenbosh University. The student participated in the VIU Graduate Seminar on Translation: Why Is It a Political Question? Perspectives In Philosophy and Translation Theory. Faculty from the University of Padova, KU Leuven, Waseda University, and University of Firenze supported students to work in a transnational context, across different disciplines, languages, and cultures. Workshops with invited experienced translators fostered students to compare different translation strategies and styles, possibly helping them to find their own. They discovered the political dimension of translation practices that are never neutral or transparent communication tools and learned about the political effects of their own translation activities.

first release of DISCO’s newsletter!

We are delighted to share with our Community the latest updates from our pioneering project. Before entering a central step in the digital path of our Living Labs, we look back at the tracks performed so far and reveal all of our progress, as well as what to expect in the upcoming months.

Featuring opening words from the DISCO’s Project Coordinator, Paola Cossu (FIT Consulting), DISCO at the ITS Summit in Australia, Urban Mobility Days 2023, and many more!

Venice International University is pleased to announce a significant addition to its esteemed association of universities and research centers. The Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) has joined our community, bringing with it a wealth of expertise and groundbreaking contributions to the field of astrophysics.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023
5 pm, Aula Magna (1E)

The Closing Ceremony will gather together nearly 100 students representing nearly 20 nationalities throughout three continents who since last September have come to San Servolo and attended the courses taught by professors from VIU's member universities.

VIU will offer a wide range of Intensive Graduate Activities in 2024. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2024, and apply early to guarantee their place.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
5 pm CET, Room 1E
Venice International University, San Servolo Island

David M. Schizer, Professor of Law and Economics and Dean Emeritus, Columbia University

DISCO participated at Urban Mobility Days 2023, that took place from 4-6 October in Seville, Spain.

Urban Mobility Days will bring together politicians, local authorities, industry, and urban transport practitioners with the European Commission to connect, share and discuss the path forward for a sustainable, innovative, and equitable future for Europe’s urban mobility. As 2023 is the European Year of Skills, Urban Mobility Days will have a specific focus on transport skills. The event is being organised together with the upcoming Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

DISCO was presented at Urban Logistics Innovation Days in Brussels, at COMET Louise, on the 26th of September.

This event is organised as the final conference of the EU-funded LEAD project, in cooperation with ALICE-ETP and POLIS, bringing together other urban logistics innovative projects, to showcase innovative solutions. This will also include live demonstrations of the digital innovative solutions for Digital Twins and Urban Logistics planning developed by LEAD.

60 students spent the month of August at VIU taking courses for credit for their bachelor's and master's degrees.

This was the second edition of the Summer Session of the Globalization Program, introduced in 2022 with the aim of extending the opportunities to study and teach at VIU, especially to those students who otherwise face barriers to participation in mobility opportunities during the semester-long programs, be it for socio-economic challenges, caring responsibilities, insufficient opportunities in their disciplinary area, or challenges receiving credit recognition for interdisciplinary studies. 

DISCO was presented at ITS Global Summit 2023.

The ITS Australia Global Summit 2023 explored approaches to Accelerating smarter, safer, sustainable transport by leveraging the ever-expanding capabilities of technology. The Summit brings together government, industry and academic thought leaders from across the globe to explore the themes of: Smart Infrastructure and Data Ecosystems; Sustainable and Equitable Transport; Electric, Connected, Automated Transport; Future Mobility; Policy and Harmonisation; Freight, Logistics and Drones.

It has been a very busy summer here at VIU! 

Here is a round-up of the Summer Schools, a PhD Academy and the Summer Session of the Globalization Program that ran from June through August. 

Overall we have welcomed more than 200 students and 80 professors to the Academic Programs since June, and we will have another two Summer Schools, a PhD Academy, and a new GP semester kicking off in September. 

We are looking to hire two junior staff members to work in the Globalization Program office and the Graduate Activities office at Venice International University.

The ideal candidates will have 1-3 years experience in:
- providing administration and organizational support to university programs
- dealing with international students and professors
- experience in event management and organization
- experience in web communications

SUSPORT final conference was held in Trieste on June 21st 2023.

Ports are crossroads of goods and people, as well as source of prosperity for their territories, key to their economic development and job creation. Yet, like all other human activities, they can be source of nuisances at local – air pollution, noise, congestion – and global level – CO2 emissions.

Thursday, June 1, 2023
5 pm, Aula Magna (1E)

The Closing Ceremony will gather together more than 100 students representing nearly 20 nationalities throughout three continents who since last February have come to San Servolo and attended the courses taught by professors from VIU's member universities.

The DISCO project Kick-off meeting was held in Brussels on May 16-17, 2023.

DISCO is the acronym for: Data-driven, Integrated, Syncromodal, Collaborative and Optimized urban freight meta model for a new generation of urban logistics and planning with data sharing at European Living Lab.

DISCO develops a European urban freight data-space as data-sharing on digital urban logistics solutions, providing smart tools for decision making with replicable Use Cases that are built to code transformation of urban planning and land use by an open and collaborative data-space developing smart governance model.


Wednesday, May 10, 2023
5 pm CEST, Room 1E
Venice International University, San Servolo Island

Miria A. Pigato, Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia