The PhD school in Physics at UNIBA has active cooperation agreements and research collaborations with the following institutions:



The PhD physics  program at Bari University is sponsord by INFN

The National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) is the Italian research agency dedicated to the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the laws that govern them, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR). It conducts theoretical and experimental research in the fields of subnuclear, nuclear and astroparticle physics. All of the INFN’s research activities are undertaken within a framework of international competition, in close collaboration with Italian universities on the basis of solid academic partnerships spanning decades.



At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles.  Many research group from the Physics Departement in Bari are collaborating with CERN (see details in the research activity of the web page. Students are strongly ecouraged to spenfd part of the PhD programm at CERN.



The theory groups of the Physics Departments of the University of Bari and Waseda University have a long-lasting collaboration since 1988. Research is focused on Quantum Technologies and Applications, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Phase Transitions and Complexity, and has produced a large number (about 100) of joint publications. The scientific activities have been supported by Joint Projects of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Internationalization Projects of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), and Significant Research Projects of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), as well as Japanese funding agencies. Reciprocity of fundings and visits is a cornerstone of this research activity and has always involved PhD students and young researchers.


University West

A new international research collaboration is being established between the Production Technology West, PTW, at University West (Trollhättan, Sweden) and the Physics Department “M. Merlin”, University and Politecnico of Bari, Italy. A first step is the recruitment on 50 percent for two years of Antonio Ancona from CNR-IFN at the Physics Department of Bari as a Professor at the University West. He will work together with the welding automation group in a project “Hybrid sensing for understanding of laser welding technology for process control (Hy-Las)” financed by the Västra Götaland Region MoRE program, aiming to strengthen the PTW group and to increase the networking between the two research organizations. A research agreement involving the exchange of PhD students is under examination among the two Universities.



Since 2009, the physics department gas-sensing group led by Prof. V. Spagnolo is strongly collaborating with the Rice University Laser Science Group of Prof. Frank K. Tittel, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). This joint research activity is aimed to the study, design and realization of novel trace gas detectors with record sensitivity levels. In the framework of this collaboration, PhD students working in the group of Prof. Spagnolo have the possibility to spend up to 18 months working in the laser Science Group labs at Rice University. Current research activity include the development of new trace gas spectroscopy sensors based on cutting-edge techniques such as Intracavity and Single-tube on-beam quartz-enhanced photoacoustic (QEPAS) spectroscopy and Optical frequency Comb spectroscopies.



Since  2011 the University of Bari and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC)  organize cooperative (co-sponsored) Doctorate Programs in Applied Physics and Atmospheric Physics with reciprocal exchange of students between the two institutions. The doctoral candidate will have the duties and privileges of full time student enrolled at both at University of Bari and at UMBC. UMBC will remit tuition cost up to 20 credits per year and will also provide the candidate, during the period of residence in the USA, with the conventional stipend assigned to Graduated Research Assistant.The preparation of dissertation will be pursued at both the Universities. The degree of Philosophy Doctor (Ph.C.) and Dottore di Ricerca will be awarded by the respective universities. Health care in Italy and USA will be provided to the student in accordance with Italian and U.S. norms and laws currently in effect.



Thorlabs, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics equipment for research, industrial, medical, and defense applications. We have established a joint research activities  and technological development innovations in the field of optical gas sensors and in particular on the development and implementation of novel techniques for gas sensing and highly sensitive trace gas sensors. The purpose is to design  portable, compact, robust  devices for in situ & real time detection. Potential applications are breath analysis, environmental monitoring, leaks detection, hydrocarbon gases monitoring, monitoring of hotspot areas (explosive precursors, narcotics).


We are member of:


The International Doctorate Network in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (IDPASC) is an interdisciplinary network whose purpose is to create new high-level experts in the fields of Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology.


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International School on Astroparticle Physics, European Doctorate School


International Collaborations in the field of Medical Physics

We have fruitful collaborations, and frequents visits, with several international Institutions: (i) Department of Data Analysis, University of Ghent, Belgium, (ii) Biocruces Health Research Institute and University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, (iii) Laboratory for Network Physiology, Boston University, USA.