At Politecnico di Milano we fight discriminations through our diversity and inclusion programme POP, and we target financial inequalities with a broad offer of scholarship programmes

Strategic Programmes

POP Programme

POP aims at guaranteeing a work and study environment which is inclusive and respectful of gender identity, disability and cultures:
Italian courses for international students and staff
Non-discriminatory admissions tests
Accommodation for students with disabilities
"Alias" Identity


Scholarship programmes at Politecnico di Milano aim to guarantee equal rights to education for all, as well as promote enrolment amongst underrepresented groups:
Diritto allo Studio (DSU)
Merit Project Fund
First-Generation Students@Polimi

Examples of teaching activities

Discrimination and New Technologies: Risks and Opportunities (PhD Module)

The module aims at providing tools to prevent and combat discrimination, also including cyber risks, as well as stimulating research on the sustainable deployment of new technologies to support the categories most at risk of fragility due to age, disability, gender or nationality. The module is open to PhD candidates of all programmes.

CoMeta – Meta-design Lab

CoMeta is a Meta-design Lab of the Product Design Laurea (equivalent to BSc). The CoMeta project has the educational objective of raising students' awareness of the social utility of design, placing ethical and environmental issues at the centre of the training process. The main partner is the Fondazione Trentina per l'Autismo, whose innovative Casa Sebastiano centre is the destination of the products made in the lab. The aim is to design product concepts aimed at improving the quality of life of people with autism.

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programme:

  • Design del Prodotto Industriale [Product Design]

Examples of research activities

Promoting Diversity and Gender Equality in Education, Science, and in Society as a whole: a Multi-disciplinary Approach

A transdisciplinary research group for the promotion of inclusive policies spanning six of the university’s twelve departments.

Scientific Coordinator: Mara Tanelli


The project focuses on climbing, by studying, building and testing, together with the FightTheStroke foundation, an initial prototype of an adapted, sensorised, reconfigurable and interactive wall (ACCEPT), to meet the rehabilitation needs of children aged between 6 and 13. The research therefore aims to explore and promote the role of climbing as a therapeutic method, proposing a solution that is both training, inclusion and a tool for analysing rehabilitation progress.

Scientific Coordinator: Alessandro Colombo 


GIFT wants to promote the possibility of 'Sport For All', with the aim of improving the quality of life of children with a diagnosis of hemiplegia attending primary school, who are not given the same sporting opportunities as normal children, to prevent the school environment and physical education classes from becoming a context of exclusion. The first objective is to raise awareness in schools on the subject of disability and sport, in order to promote greater preparation of teachers for the needs of a child with disabilities. The second objective is technological, to improve the involvement of these children in sports activities at school and in their free time through the development of new generation of orthoses.

Scientific Coordinator: Manuela Galli