SerenDPT contributes to the preservation and development of Venice by collecting and sharing knowledge about the historic city and the Lagoon. SerenDPT participates in research and innovation grants in fulfillment of its mission.

Venice Project Center

1988 - ONGOING

Every year, since 1988, students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have carried out research projects at the Venice Project Center (VPC) to address some of the major problems faced by the city of Venice, using a scientific and technological approach. Over the 3+ decades of activity, the projects have covered a wide range of topics, from conservation of cultural heritage to in-depth analysis of the hydrogeological data of the lagoon. These data form the basis for the operation of many City services for the community, and are used daily by applications and predictive models . Some of these projects have inspired the creation of Venetian startups.

SerenDPT hosts the VPC inside the H3 Factory since 2017.

SMARTDEST Horizon2020

January 2020 - ONGOING

The effects of overtourism on urban societies represent emerging fields of (re)production of social exclusion, that are not finding structural solutions in mainstream urban planning and management models. The smart city solutions of destinations are still to a larger extent to be proved how they represent an overall improvement for resident communities.

SMARTDEST is an EU-funded H2020 research project, bringing together 11 universities and 1 innovation center from seven European and Mediterranean countries. The project's aim is to develop innovative solutions in the face of the conflicts and externalities produced by tourism-related mobilities in cities, achieved by informing the design of alternative policy options for more socially inclusive places in the age of mobilities.

From January 2020 the project fills its ambitious goal through research and development activities using 7 cities/metropolitan regions as case studies. These include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Jerusalem, Venice, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Ljubljana and Turin, in which social imbalances have arisen in relation to the contemporary development of tourism mobilities, and that are actively looking for solutions in the planning, regulatory or social innovation fields. 

SerenDPT srl-sb leads the SMARTDEST Venice Case Study.

SMARTDEST official website

SMARTDEST Venice Case Study  - website


INNOVATION CAMP in Venice (July 6-7, 2023 ) (Webpage of the event)

DAY 1  hosted an innovation workshop presenting and discussing the project results, and a round of presentations from social, technological and policy innovators, from the local to the European level, who presented their own activities. 

DAY 2 was organised as an ideathon, where young researchers and practitioners in the field of urban planning, tourism studies, and digital technology, recruited for the event, were invited to work in groups to draft plans that provide ideal solutions to a number of challenges derived from SMARTDEST project and the conversations held in the first day. 


The Venice City Lab (VCL) involved representatives from about 40 organizations that are active in the Venice HC divided into 8 thematic groups, based on 3 socio-economic sectors (Hospitality, Housing and Commerce), on 4 population segments (Residents, Workers, Youths, Students) and one infrastructure sector (Transportation). 

The Venice City Lab was physically conducted at SerenDPT’s H3 Factory (ex-church of Saints Cosmas and Damian) on the Giudecca island.

VENICE PROJECT CENTER 's main contributions to the Smartdest Project: 


2016 - 2017

SerenDPT was the leading partner in a POR-FSE project called ITALIS (Innovazione, Territorio, Acqua, Lavoro e Imprenditoria Sociale). The project focused on Urban Agriculture and the Foodtech sector to explore a circular and collaborative economy model capable of fostering a chain of shared values ​​and to create quality employment in the production, processing, distribution and consumption of local agricultural products. In the context of the INN Veneto Program, ITALIS's goal was to create a community to support startups engaged in social innovation linked to 'food'.

ITALIS Official Website