Social responsibility

Politecnico di Milano is committed in helping its students and researchers to understand the complex relationship between science, innovation, technology and socio-economic systems, so that they may improve their ability to produce a positive impact on the community. Such aim requires to adopt a long-term view, a change of mentality, a new approach and a widespread knowledge sharing: important goals that can be achieved one step at a time.


Polisocial is an academic social responsibility programme through which Politecnico di Milano intends to spur public commitment and cooperation within initiatives triggering development. Among such initiatives, an important role is played by the “Polisocial Award” aimed to support scientific research with a high social impact through the funds of 5x1000 Irpef. From 2013 to date, within the scope of the “Polisocial Award,” 183 projects have been submitted and 30 have been financed; the amount earmarked is equal to 2,970,666 € (2,043,000 € the amount paid out).

"Cantieri" for the city of Milan

The “Cantieri” are practical projects shared with the city of Milan: initiatives with and for the city aimed to make Milan increasingly appealing. They are open laboratories devoted to innovation and research involving the best realities of the territory (bodies, institutions, enterprises) relating specifically to relevant technological themes: industry 4.0 (competence centre with MISE); smart cities (5G with Vodafone and the Municipality of Milan); health (Human Technopole); frailty of the territories (projects for urban recovery with the municipality); cultural heritage (Fabbrica del Duomo).

Città Studi Sustainable Campus

Città Studi Sustainable Campus is a project promoted by Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano with the aim to transform the university district into a campus and a part of the city as points of reference for their exemplary quality of life and environmental sustainability through the active involvement of researchers, students and inhabitants. The goals: to renew the campus from a sustainable standpoint; to experiment the innovations produced by the University’s research projects; to rethink lifestyles and create more welcoming environments; to develop a better model of reference for the entire city to be applied first of all internally; to collaborate with international circuits relating to campuses and sustainable projects.