Vision and Mission

THE VISION OF ISMed: "for a Mediterranean of peace and prosperity".

The ISMed is inspired by a vision of a Mediterranean of peace and prosperity, based on the values that unite the countries in the area.
It comes from the idea that the Mediterranean can be an opportunity for growth and development for both the richer countries of the northern and southern shores and from the awareness that scientific research is the tool to realize these opportunities.


The mission of the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean (ISMed) is to identify and analyze the dynamics of the processes of growth and socio-economic development of the countries of the Mediterranean area. Through a strongly interdisciplinary and long-term approach, ISMed's research focuses on specific themes such as the study of migration, energy and the environment, the nature of economic and social development processes, logistics and transport, urban development, the development of network infrastructures and the dissemination of technologies in socio-economic and cultural fields, artistic and cultural heritage.
The research activity has not only scientific and academic purposes but also informative and popular purposes.
The ultimate aim of ISMed is to provide interpretative theories of phenomena, projections on possible future scenarios and policy guidelines that can support targeted interventions to reduce imbalances and stimulate growth in the area.


The images of recent days of the rows of people at Villa San Giovanni waiting to embark for Sicily tell us after all the reality of Italian internal mobility, where there are still large flows of mobility from south to north, whose dynamics are very complex and continue to be decisive for the economy of our country.

Smart working and Relationship Management:

how do relational dynamics change in organizations?

by Tommasina Pianese

Traffic restrictions in ports at the time of the epidemics

In order to combat epidemic diseases in addition to treatment, it is essential to use security, prevention and quarantine measures for land and sea circulation. But how are ports controlled? How do you check where the ship comes from? On what basis is a quarantine obligation prescribed?

The new CNR Science Lessons section continues on the Ansa channel Scienza&Tecnica.
Each week, CNR researchers discuss current topics in a short 15-minute talk.

Paola Avallone, Director of CNR ISMed, proposes a lesson entitled:
Why is it important to study historical documents of an accounting nature?

Coronavirus, plague, epidemics: the government of health emergencies

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic: we are facing an emergency that requires severe measures, involving countries, institutions, individual citizens.

press release No 53 of 28 March 2020

Number 45587 for innovative therapies

League B launches CNR Coronavirus Research Fundraiser

Balata (B League), Inguscio (CNR) and Laporta (Inspra): "Let's win this battle together".

A century of migrations in Italy (1920-2020)

Cycle of six video lessons
organized by CNR-ISMed and Libraries of Rome
Every Tuesday on the canal YouTube del CNR-ISMed
from 31 of March at midday



First video lesson: The consequences of World War I
Michele Colucci

Disiecta Membra
Frammenti di statuaria bronzea di età romana del Museo Civico di Catania

by Stefania Pafumi

is now available.

The new CNR Science Lessons section continues on the Ansa channel Scienza&Tecnica.
Each week, CNR researchers discuss current topics in a short 15-minute talk.

Michele Colucci, CNR ISMed researcher, proposes a lesson with the title:
A brief history of foreign immigration in Italy from 1945 to the present day.

Report on the Mediterranean economies. Edition 2019
by Salvatore Capasso.

The 2019 edition of the Report published by Il Mulino is now available.




The ISMed carries out, promotes and coordinates research activities with objectives of excellence at national and international level, aimed at expanding knowledge in the field of human sciences, identified in the framework of European cooperation and integration and collaboration with universities and other entities, both public and private. It carries out activities of communication and promotion of research, taking care of the dissemination of the related economic and social results within the country. It collaborates with the region and the local administrations, in order to promote, through joint research initiatives, the development of the specific productive realities of the territory. Translated with



This section highlights the scientific contribution of the various research groups of the Institute through the development of projects and sub-projects, carried out with internal funds or external funding.



In order to facilitate the exchange of information and the transfer of research results, the ISMed periodically organises conferences and study days. An archive with the main reports in slides or videos is available on the pages of the events.



The ISMed periodically organizes specialized seminars that, focusing on a single topic, promote the enhancement of the professionalism of participants with the transfer of scientific knowledge related to ongoing research.



The scientific production of the institute's staff is classified according to the types established in the CNR's People IT system.

Third mission

Third mission

The Institute plays an important role in many third mission activities, such as the dissemination of the results of scientific research to the general public, participation in committees and councils, training activities also in school-work alternation and support activities for companies.



The book collection of the Institute for studies on the Mediterranean is made of about twelve thousand books that make up a specialized collection of a socio-economic kind.

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