L'AQUILA, ITALY - 18 November 2013: Professor Ugo Rossi of the University of Turin gives a lesson of his Introduction to Urban Geography course to students of the Gran Sasso Science Institute attending their PhD in Urban Studies, in L'Aquila, Italy, on November 13th, 2013.
The first accademic year of the Gran Sasso Science Institute was inaugurated last week in L'Aquila. The GSSI, which has selected 36 students this years, is an international PhD school and a center for advanced studies in physics, mathematics, computer science and social sciences. Its purpose is to form high level human capital, integrating education and research in a lively interdisciplinary environment.
The city of L'Aquila was struck by 6.3 Richter scale earthquake on April 6th, 2009. The earthquake was felt throughout central Italy; 297 people are known to have died,making this the deadliest earthquake to hit Italy since the 1980 Irpinia earthquake.