#SwedishStories – Alessandro Ferraro


My name is Alessandro Ferraro, I am a Ph.D. candidate in Contemporary Arts at the University of Genoa.

Thanks to the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s grant and the support of the Hilma af Klint Foundation and the Director Jessica Höglund, I am currently spending one month in Stockholm for my research on the Swedish painter Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944).

My project, strictly related to my Ph.D. thesisAbstraction as a Historical Condition: Historiographical and Critical Approaches through the History of Abstraction”, highlights Hilma af Klint’s wide range of cultural and scientific interests, from her studies in botany and philosophy of nature to her reflections about reality, spiritual worlds and abstraction. 

For my project in Stockholm, I am researching on af Klint’s own private notebooks and writings, as well as on books and art catalogues from Konstbiblioteket – Moderna Museet, Kungliga biblioteket  and Konstfack Bibliotek.

Thank you C.M. Lerici Foundation for this opportunity! 


  1. Alessandro Ferraro
  2. Hilma af Klint, The Swan, No. 17, Group IX/SUW, 1914-15 – Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation 
  3. Excerpt from “Blumen, Moose, Fletchen” [p. 69] – Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation
  4. Hilma af Klint, Wheat and Wormwood (On the Viewing of Flowers and Trees Series), 1922 – Courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation

3 reasons why you should study in Italy

In a few months the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s call for scholarships 2023 will be open again.

Are you thinking of applying?

Here are 3 reasons why you should study in Italy:

1. Universities with high ranking both in humanities and scientific field 

In Italy you can find universities with high ranking both in humanities and scientific fields, such as La Sapienza Roma, which is one of the top Italian universities, according to the Center for World University Rankings. Sapienza Università di Roma ranks competitively amongst the best universities around the world and excels in the rankings of many individual subjects.

2. Importance of the research and the technological innovation sectors

Italian universities promote excellence in international research. In Europe, the Italian researchers are at the top for the number of publications in specialized scientific journals, especially in fields such as biology, natural sciences, physics, pharmacy, medicine, mathematics, and computer science.

3. Live a unique cultural experience in Italy

Many students are impressed by the overall cultural experience, the social life and the famous cultural historical heritage sites.

Extra tip: we know the winter is cold and long in Sweden. Have you ever thought about escaping from it? 😉

And you? Would you like to study in Italy?

Let us know!

#SwedishStories – Serena Giannelli

Hi there! My name is Serena Giannelli and I’m a PhD student from Università degli Studi di Torino.

During these years I investigated the pathogenetic mechanisms due to the Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, in the lab led by Professor Gabriella Leonarduzzi (Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Turin). I am currently spending a semester abroad at Karolinska Institutet thanks to the great support of C.M. Lerici Foundation.

Dementia affects more than 50 million people worldwide, with a new case occurring somewhere in the world every 3 seconds but, unfortunately, no effective cure is available so far. For this reason, the identification of attractive targets for novel therapeutic interventions represents one of the major challenges for our future.

My research focuses on the beneficial effect of 24-hydroxycholesterol, the major brain cholesterol metabolite. Maintaining its levels high in the brain might be useful to fight neurodegeneration and to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

I would like to thank Professor Silvia Maioli (NVS, Division of Neurogeriatrics, BlioClinicum, Karolinska Institutet) for hosting me in her laboratory and giving me the opportunity to improve my skills in the amazing world of the Neuroscience.

At the same time, I’m discovering all the gems Stockholm has to offer: from the colourful sunsets to the characteristic cinnamon smell of its “Kanelbullar”, one of the traditional dishes you can taste during the Swedish FIKA.

C. M. Lerici Foundation, thank you so much.

What do they say about us? – Nicola Cucari’s review

Nicola Cucari is an Italian researcher at Sapienza University in Rome

Thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarship he had the opportunity to spend two months in Sweden during Spring 2022

His aim was to investigate the student entrepreneurship topic at Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, where he worked on a research project focused on “unconventional entrepreneurship”

Here on the Foundation’s website you can now read his final project and discover more about his project and the preliminary results, which will also be presented at the conference “XXXIII Annual Scientific Meeting”, AiIG 2022, 20-21 October 2022, in Rome. 

#SwedishStories – Stefano Tornieri


I’m Stefano Tornieri Pola, Ph.D and Research Fellow in Architecture and Landscape design at Università Iuav di Venezia; PRIDE lab, Pro Research Integral Design Environment.

My last research is focused on landscapes shaped by fishing activity, with the aim to design sustainable strategies to rethink traditional fisheries confronting contemporary challenges.

Thanks to C.M. Lerici Foundation I’m spending one month at Luleå tekniska universitet and have the opportunity to study the fishermen villages along Tornio River as possible model for future arctic sustainable towns.

3 tips for housing search in Italy

Are you planning to move to Italy for an exchange period? 🇮🇹

First thing to do: find an accommodation.

📌 Which kind of accommodation you can search for?

Students usually rent a single or double room and share the apartment with other students. The cost may differ depending on the city, but the average price can be between 250 and 350 euros per month – excluding utilities’ costs.

📌 How to find one?

Get in contact with your university: Italian universities usually have student services and housing offices that manage university housing facilities or can provide information on renting student apartments.

Check the estates agencies’ websites

Search for Facebook groups dedicated to listings of apartments for rent in the city you are going to live

📌 Extra tip: check out postings placed on notice boards in each of the University’s departments

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#SwedishStories: Silvia Pizzinini


My name is Silvia Pizzinini and I am a student in Language, Civilisation and the Science of Language at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia.

The trip to Umeå funded by the C.M. Lerici Foundation gave me the opportunity to do research on linguistic minorities and consult materials that I would hardly have found in my own country.

I had access to the library of the Umeå University and was confronted with the lifestyle of Swedish students for the first time.

It was a very important experience from both an educational and a personal point of view.

In my free time, I visited the city, interacted with Swedish people and improved my language skills.

What do they say about us? – Sara Mehretab’s review

In Spring 2021, Sara Mehretab received a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s scholarship for a two-months internship at Chalmers University of Technology aiming at enriching her final thesis for the master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

The project took place at the Swedish University’s Chemistry and Catalysis laboratories, and it was focused on one of the most discussed issues nowadays: cars and the environmental impact of their exhaust gases.

If you want to discover more about her research, you can read her final report here on the C.M. Lerici Foundation’s website: search for the “Archive projects” section.

#SwedishStories – Sofia Nannini

Hej/ciao from Stockholm!

My name is Sofia Nannini and I am a research fellow in Architectural History at the University of Bologna in Italy.

I am currently spending one month in Stockholm as a Visiting fellow at the School of Architecture of KTH University thanks to the fantastic support of the C.M. Lerici Foundation.

As a researcher, I am particularly interested in the history of architecture and engineering in the Nordic countries, with a special focus on building materials such as concrete

After writing my PhD dissertation on Icelandic concrete architecture, my current research project tackles the early uses of cement, concrete and reinforced concrete in Sweden between the late 19th century and the early 20th century. My aim is to trace how concrete technology developed in Sweden and how this building material influenced the architectural production of the country. In order to answer these questions, I am studying the amazing collections of books and journals of the National Library of Sweden and of the KTH Library.  

I am very grateful to Professor Anders Bergström (KTH) for hosting me as a visiting fellow and to the board of the Lerici Foundation for this amazing opportunity!

Websites where to search for housing ads

Are you planning to move to Sweden?

In the previous post, we gave you some suggestions about housing search in Sweden (check our profile if you missed them).

If you are looking for a private room or a flat, you can find a lot of ads on websites like:

📍 www.blocket.se

📍 www.qasa.se

📍 www.samtrygg.se

Extra tip: be aware of potential scam! Don’t pay in advance – unless you are using a real estate agency or after both parties have signed a written lease contract.

Discover more about the C.M. Lerici Foundation on our website.