A scientific hub that spans a 45,000 sq m surface area, with a 32,000 sq m real-estate complex that can be developed, and an economic commitment estimated at approximately 100 million. These are the figures for the new S.Anna Scientific hub, in San Giuliano Terme (Pisa), which within a few years will host a majority of the University of Pisa’s – a reference point for applied sciences in Tuscany and elsewhere – institute activities.

The new academic and scientific complex is, in these days, taking its first steps though the publication of the tender for the design of the work’s first phase, which will pertain to the Istituto di Scienze della Vita [Life Sciences Institute]: according to the time table, this first act will break ground in 2015 and be completed by 2017, and will be hosting study, research and didactic activities in the Agrarian Science and Medical Science. The Life Sciences Hub will require an 11-12 million [Euro] investment to build laboratories and didactic spaces for a comprehensive surface area of 4,500 sq m, and will allow for the concentration of the activities that are currently dislocated in various areas in the cities of Pisa and in the S.Anna Valdera hub in Pontendera. This will be the first step in the broad project to expand the S.Anna [complex] which chose the San Giuliano Terme area in which to concentrate its real estate investments over upcoming years in order to support the University’s choice to reorganize and development: “We hypothesize – the tender’s documentation states – that in relation to the effective potential offered by the land’s dimensions and by the Piano Regolatore Generale (that is the municipal construction plan, editor’s note), the Scuola may reach, over the medium to long term, an articulated and functional organization of buildings for a comprehensive gross surface area of approximately 32,000 sq m.”

The S.Anna scientific hub will rise in an area that is strategic area from both the logistic and symbolic perspective: it is well connected from both the roadway perspective as well as with Pisa’s “Galileo Galilei” airport, but will, most of all, further increase the “scientific vocation” of an area that already hosts the San Cataldo Centro Nazionale Ricerca [National Research Center] (CNR), the Istituto di Tecnologie della Comunicazione, dell’Informazione, della Percezione [Institute for Communication, Information, and Preception Technology] (TECIP), and which will see the birth of the Laboratorio per le reti fotoniche [Optical Network Laboratory] and the Univerisity of Pisa’s facoltà di chimica [Chemistry department]. 

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