Collaborations and partnerships


IMSS collaborates with other important Florentine cultural institutions in carrying out the following activities:

The IMSS is a partner of the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica and the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri in managing the new Florence Planetarium set up at the Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica in Via Giusti 29. The Planetarium is owned by the IMSS.

Museo dei Ragazzi (Children's Museum)
The IMSS is a founding member of the Associazione Museo dei Ragazzi, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence and the Fondazione Opera Museo Stibbert. The Museo dei Ragazzi organizes educational workshops for children at its headquarters in the Palazzo Vecchio, and various activities in the associated museums.

Biblioteche Speciali
The IMSS participates in this project, promoted by the Department of Libraries and Cultural Institutions of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, whose objective is that of setting up special libraries integrated with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence), offering services through the internet system. The other institutions participating in the project are the Accademia della Crusca, the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, and the Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino.

Firenze Scienza
In 2002 the IMSS carried out a feasibility study for organizing a network of 16 Florentine institutions, all sharing the desire for the dissemination of scientific culture and all possessing collections and resources capable of contributing to the image of Florence not only as a city of art, but also as a center of excellence for scientific culture.

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For carrying out scientific projects, IMSS participates in vast network of collaboration on the national and international level, including the following:

Research Doctorate in the History of Science
IMSS collaborates in the joint doctorate course offered by the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena. The administrative headquarters of the Doctorate is the University of Pisa. One of the fellowships for the Doctorate is available through the IMSS.

International Workshop in the History of Science
Started in 1998, the International Laboratory for the History of Science is a joint endeavour of the IMSS, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Dibner Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA and the Universities of Athens and Tel Aviv for the realization of an annual itinerant school of high specialization in the history of science and technology.

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IMSS is a member of the following associations:

ICOM (International Council of Museums)
ANMS (Associazione Nazionale dei Musei Scientifici - National Association of Scientific Museums)
AICI (Associazione degli Istituti Culturali Italiani - Italian Cultural Institutes Association)
ECSITE (European Collaborative for Science, Industry and Technology Exhibitions)
SIS (Scientific Instrument Society)






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