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Networking Event

ISSNAF reaches out to and connects the Italian Intellectual Diaspora in North America. The guidelines to be considered part of the Diaspora are: 

  • Be first generation Italian

  • Hold a university degree

  • Conduct or have conducted research or development in any discipline

  • Have, or have had, at least one year of affiliation with a public or private institution in North America


Today, ISSNAF connects more than 3000 scholars, researchers and technologists in North America. With a strong focus on membership, we actively promote networking and collaborations through local Chapters and Activity Groups.

We have built a bridge between our community and the academic, research and technology institutions in Italy through synergistic partnerships, fostering valuable collaborative initiatives.


Become an active Member of our community and:


Membership is free (donations are welcome).  Members are automatically assigned to their local Chapter.


The membership requirements are: 

  1. Be first generation Italian

  2. Hold a university degree

  3. Conduct, or have conducted, research or development in any discipline

  4. Have, or have had, at least one year of affiliation to a public or private institution in North America


If you do not meet these requirements, you are still welcome to become an Affiliate and participate in the ISSNAF local activities and events  (access to certain programs or roles might be precluded). 

To join, or update your membership form, please fill out the ISSNAF Membership-Affiliation Form.


ISSNAF Chapters carry out the ISSNAF mission at the local level.  Supported by active members and volunteers, our Chapters are active in:

  • Promoting networking with colleagues with a shared heritage

  • Organizing in-person and online events of interest to their community

  • Highlighting talent, including early career researchers

  • Partnering with local institutions on synergistic programs, including the Italian Consulate and the Italian Cultural Institute

  • Assisting in the implementation of national ISSNAF programs, such as awards and fellowships

  • Nominating candidates to leadership roles in ISSNAF

Currently, our Chapters are located in:

  • USA

    • California

      • Bay Area Chapter

      • San Diego

      • Southwest

    • Massachussets

      • Boston

    • Illinois

      • Chicago

    • District of Columbia

      • Washington DC

    • Florida

      • Miami

    • Minnesota

      • Saint Paul

    • New York

      • New York

    • Washington

      • Seattle

  • Canada

    • Siro Ontario

    • Montreal

Each Chapter articulates the ISSNAF mission according to their needs and resources, and carries out the activities best tailored to their specific context.

If you are interested in championing the foundation of a Chapter, please contact

​ISSNAF supports the Chapters with its IT infrastructure, website, and tools.

Join us!

Writing on Glass
Female Developers
Business Office Meeting

Activity Groups connect colleagues working in the same sector or on a focused activity, and facilitate the collaboration among them.
Activity Groups are less structured than Chapters, and might be transitory.

Current groups include the following:

  • Biophysics

  • Imaging

  • NASA

  • NIH

  • Oncology

  • Open Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Research & Innovation

  • Neuroscience

  • Cardiovascular

  • Universita’ e Industria (in Italy)


To get involved in an existing Activity Group or to start one, contact 

To become a member, or update your information, please fill out the ISSNAF Membership-Affiliation Form.

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