Santa Chiara Lab is a strategic and identity project of the University of Siena, a workshop, exhibition and dialogue area aimed at:
• promoting the acquisition of soft and digital skills, in order to support the employability of students and graduates from the University of Siena and enhance the professional profile of university teaching and technical-administrative staff;
• facilitating open innovation through the contamination of ideas, knowledge and different skills, coming from internal and external disciplinary areas and actors (FAB LAB, digital design and production laboratory) with the aid of innovative technologies and support services and the implementation of strategic, multidisciplinary projects of interest of the University;
• contributing within several scientific-educational sectors of the University to the dissemination and promotion of concrete application of technological, digital and organizational innovations, with the aim of attracting, involving and stimulating the development of entrepreneurial initiatives.
Projects, initiatives and activities are mainly internationally oriented and characterized by an excellent power of attraction for outside resources, as well as able to create national and non-national networking.
The activity of Santa Chiara Lab also aims to constantly and actively improve the promotion, dissemination and implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 adopted in 2015 by the General Assembly with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that are expected to be reached by 2030.
The main thematic areas are:
• Sustainability and Agro-Food: contributing to the quality of nutrition aimed to the economic, social and environmental sustainability and the human well-being, the reduction of food waste, energy policies, corporate production and public policies for a sustainable land exploitation.
• Health: promotion of different projects for the development of knowledge and innovative technologies for better health and improved quality of life in the field of life sciences, technologies for care and rehabilitation, support for the autonomy of person with disability, and problems concerning ageing.
• Cultural Heritage: promoted actions for developing new projects related to the cultural heritage, smart cities and the usage of museum proposals on a territory with high artistic, cultural, social and environmental potentials hosting four UNESCO sites.