SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies, was founded in 1978 and is a scientific center of excellence within the national and international academic scene. It features 70 professors, about 130 post-docs, 250 PhD students and 95 technical administrative staff. The three main research areas of SISSA are Physics, Neuroscience and Mathematics. All the scientific work carried out by SISSA researchers is published regularly in leading international journals with a high impact factor, and frequently in the most prestigious scientific journals such as Nature and Science. The School has also drawn up over 280 collaboration agreements with the world’s leading schools and research institutes.