Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage

Management and Corporate Finance

Applications of quantitative techniques to managerial decisions (data-driven decision making). Topics include applications of data mining, machine learning, statistical models, predictive analytics, econometrics, optimization, risk analysis, decision theory, data visualization and business communication in finance, marketing, operations, R&D, business intelligence and other business areas generating and consuming large amounts of data.

Funding and Management of Research and Intellectual Property (long seminar without exam)

This long seminar aims at providing an overview on the management of intellectual property rights (copyright transfer agreements; open access; patents, etc.). Funding opportunities for PhD students, post-docs, and researchers are also presented (scholarships by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; initiatives by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst; scholarships offered by the Royal Society in UK; bilateral Italy-France exchange programmes; Fulbright scholarships; Marie Curie actions; grants for researchers provided by the European Research Council).

Scientific Writing, Dissemination and Evaluation (long seminar without exam)

In order to ensure their widest possible dissemination, research results need to be presented in academic publications and in talks. The first goal of this course is to introduce students to basic principles of academic writing and on basic techniques to plan and deliver good academic talks. In addition, the course discusses the key principles of peer review, which is what makes science reliable knowledge. In particular, the course focuses on how to write a professional referee report.

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Project Management

Project management; event management; communication and marketing; practical tools of organization; budgeting. Dealing with multiple stakeholders/ Risk management / Time management / PM tips to run an international research/Management plan concept on heritage sites / When applying for funds how do we measure project success / How we manage the output of the management plan / Flat organisations.

Philosophy of Science (long seminar without exam)

We know a lot of things ? or, at least, we think we do. Epistemology is the branch of philosophy that studies knowledge: its main features, the dynamics of its growth, as well as its claims for truth, validity, and progress. In this course ? which is designed as a series of seminars held by the students, preceded by a few introductory lectures ? we will consider some of the key contributions to the philosophical debate about the growth of scientific knowledge in the twentieth century, from Logical Positivism to Karl Popper, from Thomas Kuhn to Paul Feyerabend.

Neural Bases of Conceptual Representation, Emotion and Behavior

This course will discuss the state-of-the-art of knowledge into the neural bases of human brain function. Students will learn about the brain correlates of cognition, emotion and behavior in humans, including perception, conceptual representation and decision-making processes. Among the questions what will be examined, how do we perceive the external world? How do we acquire knowledge and form a conceptual representation? Do we really need vision to see? How do we make a decision? How do genetic and environmental factors affect our choices?