The Laboratory aims to carry out research, training of teachers, analysis and support for education and cultural policies at various institutional levels, to communicate the values, principles and the results of their work, to make available methodological instruments and guidance for schools and cultural institutions, and to link with similar initiatives worldwide.

In particular, it focuses on the connection between research, innovative practices and public policies. The Laboratory will encourage the use of research results to inform the orientation of public policies and provide guidance to educational activities. The Laboratory will, from the beginning of its activity and thanks to the link with the UPPER Project, convey the most effective international practices and innovations.

In practice, the Laboratory is expected to develop intense training activities, directed primarily to those who train teachers, and numerous seminars and conferences directed to the exchange of experiences and initiatives in the fields considered. Among the core activities will be the development of methods and resources for the evaluation of training systems and learning outcomes in the fields mentioned above. The training activities and communication will make use of technological tools to achieve maximum participation, visibility and international impact.


On 23 November 2018 the international workshop “Education Inspiring Peace, from fragment and silos to a systemic approach”, organised in the frame of the UPPER Project, gathered 55 policy makers, researchers and school stakeholders in Sanremo to propose the basic ideas and define, in a participatory way, the articulation of the laboratory activities and their connections to existing institutions, networks and initiatives; the perspective is one of building a system view and the conditions for future synergies. For the first two years the Laboratory will be managed as part of the UPPER project, but in the meanwhile a broader partnership will be set up to guarantee the long-term sustainability of the initiative. By 2020 a non-profit international entity will be constituted to direct and manage the Laboratory.


Sanremo is known, since the 1920’s, as the City of Peace due to the the international conference that followed the First World War and prior to the establishment, in Geneva, of the League of Nations.

The city has for decades been a privileged meeting place of European rulers and is inextricably linked to the name of Alfred Nobel, who lived in San Remo for most of his last years. Sanremo is also home to the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), with which there are obvious points of possible synergy with the proposed centre.