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Centre for a Digital Society

Multi-disciplinary research and training to lead the digital transformation

About the Centre

The Centre for a Digital Society engages in the public debate on the impact of digitalisation on markets and democracy.

Our mission is to advise decision makers on addressing the challenges of digital transformation by delivering high-quality, independent, policy-oriented research.

Our core activities are academic research, policy events and executive training.

The Centre for a Digital Society is based at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute. The Director is Professor Pier Luigi Parcu.

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Core activities


We produce high-quality, policy-relevant research to inform decision makers and advance the academic debate.

ENTraNCE training

Policy events

Our events provide an ideal space for different stakeholders to exchange ideas, share best practices, debate emerging policy issues and enhance their networks.


Our training programme draws from the latest academic findings and expert insights from practitioners, combining them into short- and long-term courses.

Upcoming events

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Upcoming traninigs

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Seminar for National Judges

A yearly professional training programme for judges and regulators organised on behalf of the European Commission, DG CONNETC.

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Florence Patent Licensing Academy

A hybrid training to gain comprehensive understanding of the licensing and litigation of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

Florence competition autumn school

Florence Competition Autumn School

An advanced hybrid training on the latest developments in competition law and policy in Europe, USA, and the rest of the world.

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The EC SEP Regulation Proposal: New Rules to be FRAND?

In this blog post, Research Associate Niccolò Galli shares preliminary considerations on the Regulation on Standard Essential Patents recently proposed by the European Commission.

Niccolò Galli

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Digital technologies are rapidly evolving, affecting our lives in novel ways with sometimes unpredictable results. Together, policymakers and stakeholders must help society to make the most of these opportunities while also preventing negative effects on citizens and democracy. We endeavour to provide independent research to help build a fair digital future where we all can thrive.
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Pier Luigi Parcu

Director, Centre for a Digital Society

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