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Matteo Serafini

Matteo Serafini


PhD in Science, Technology, and Humanities, University of Bologna (2008-2011).


Current Position

Project Manager, European Territorial Cooperation Group, Democenter Foundation (Modena, Italy).


May 2011: Ph.D. in Science, Technology, and Humanities, University of Bologna.

March 2007: Master in Philosophical Sciences, University of Bologna, Cum Laude.

November 2004: Bachelor in Philosophy, University of Bologna, Cum Laude.

July 2001: Diploma, Liceo Scientifico ‘Alessandro Tassoni’ (Modena), 100/100.

Visiting Research Periods

2009 (25 August – 7 December): Visiting PhD Student, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.


Research areas: History of science and technology, innovation studies.

Research focus: University-industry nexus, academic entrepreneurship, innovation systems, corporate technical communities.

PhD dissertation: Technological Innovation in Emilia-Romagna: Knowledge, Practice, Strategies (2011, in English).

My thesis deals with innovation in a regional economic system. I studied some of the innovation strategies developed during the last fifty years by entrepreneurial, institutional and academic actors within the third Italian exporting region (i.e. Emilia-Romagna). Developing three case studies I explored respectively: 1) the evolution of corporate technical communities in terms of expertise and innovation practices; 2) the public-private partnerships devised for the construction of local broadband networks; 3) university-industry technology transfer and academic patenting. In my work I adopted analytical tools belonging to science & technology studies and innovation studies, and I used both qualitative and quantitative research approaches.


SERAFINI, M. (2014): ‘Mechanics ‘Made in Italy’: Innovation and Expertise Evolution. A Case Study from the Packaging Industry, 1960-1998’, in INKSTER, Ian (ed.), History of Technology, 32, pp. 211-232.

SERAFINI, M. (2010b): Innovation in regional context: the case of Emilia-Romagna, in MAZZOTTI, Massimo, and Giuliano PANCALDI, eds., Impure Cultures. Interfacing science, technologies, and humanities. Bologna Studies in History of Science. Bologna: CIS, University of Bologna, pp. 125-148.

SERAFINI, M. (2010a): James B. Conant. L’ambasciatore americano della scienza, in FRANK, Martin L., and Claudio POGLIANO, eds.: Scorci di Storia della Scienza. Contributi al seminario congiunto dei dottorati (Bari, 26-28 giugno 2009). Pisa: Edizioni Plus - Pisa University Press, pp. 243-251.

Book Reviews

SERAFINI, M. (2013): Review of Biagioli M., Jaszi P., and Woodmansee M. (2011): Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property: Creative Production in Legal and Cultural Perspective, in Science & Technology Studies, 26 (2), pp. 105-107.

Conference Reports

EMGIN B., RUFF G., SERAFINI M., and THORNDAHL J. (2013): ‘Thirty-Ninth Symposium of the International Committee for the History of Technology. “Technology, the Arts, and Industrial Culture”, Barcelona, Spain, 10-14 July 2012’, in Technology and Culture, 54 (1), pp. 158-166.

Conferences and Seminars

As speaker:

24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (IUHPS/DHST & BSHS, 21-28 July 2013, Manchester, England).

EU-SPRI Early Career Researcher Conference on ‘Science dynamics and research systems: The role of research in meeting societal challenges’ (EU-SPRI Forum & CSIC-IPP, 8-9 April 2013, Madrid, Spain).

The Italian Technology in a European and Global Context, 15th-20th Centuries (G. Guagnini, L. Molà, European University Institute, Florence, Italy).

Biennial Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology 2012, held jointly with the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science 2012 (EASST & 4S, 1720 October, Copenhagen, Denmark).

Annual Meeting of the International Committee for the History of Technology 2012 (ICOHTEC, 10-14 July 2012, Barcelona, Spain).

4th National Conference of the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies (STS Italia, 21-23 June 2012, Rovigo, Italy).

STS Meeting in Stockholm (Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, 2-4 May, Stockholm, Sweden).

5th Annual Workshop ‘The Organisation, Economics and Policy of Scientific Research’ (LEI, University of Turin & BRICK, Collegio Carlo Alberto, 27-28 April 2012, Moncalieri (Turin), Italy).

Seminar ‘Technology Transfer in Regional Context: The Emilia-Romagna Case between Innovation Policies and Academic Entrepreneurship’ (Department of Economics and Management ‘M. Fanno’, University of Padua, 12 January 2012, Padua, Italy).

Seminar ‘Teams, Tools and Expertise in a Problem-Solving Approach to Technological Innovation. The Bolognese Packaging Industry, 1960-1998’ (Department of Social Studies, University of Brescia, 30 November 2011, Brescia, Italy).

Forum italiano per lo studio dell’innovazione 2011 (CIGA, University of Padua, 21-22 November 2011, Rovigo, Italy).

Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology 2011 (SHOT, 3-6 November 2011, Cleveland, OH, USA).

Regional Innovation Policies Seminar 2011: Constructing Sustainable Advantage for European Regions (CIRCLE, University of Lund, 13-14 October 2011, Lund, Sweden).

Seminar ‘How a region can learn: techno-scientific knowledge in Emilia-Romagna’, (Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, 7 September 2009, Stockholm, Sweden).

As organizer or chair:

Organizer: Workshop 'Academic Entrepreneurship in History: An International Survey of Current Research' (12-13 March 2015, Ghent, Belgium).

Chair of Session: T203-D ‘Science and technology across boundaries’ (iCHSTM 2013, 27 July 2013, Manchester, England).

Organizer: Interdisciplinary Seminars on Intellectual Property (CIS Centre - Department of Philosophy and Communication, Department of Management & Department of Legal Science ‘A. Cicu’, University of Bologna, 28 January – 26 February 2013).