The T-Node Ph.D is the italian node of an international Ph.D and research program in Media Arts and Technology developed into the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, England.

The Planetary Collegium

Founder and President, Professor Roy Ascott. The administrative centre and hub of the Collegium is situated in the Faculty of Technology, School of Computing, Communications and Electronics, University of Plymouth, England.

T-Node PhDFounded on 1st May 2003, under the direction of Professor Roy Ascott, the Collegium is a worldwide transdisciplinary research community whose innovative structure involves collaborative work and supervision both in cyberspace and at regular meetings around the world. It has evolved from CAiiA-STAR, an integrated research platform that combined, CAiiA, the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts established by Professor Ascott in 1994, at University of Wales College Newport, and STAR, the Science Technology and Art Research centre, which he established in 1997 at the University of Plymouth.


New Knowledge Advisory Board

Honorary Members of the Collegium:
Dr. James K. Gimzewski
Dr. Roger Malina
Dr. Thomas S. Ray
Dr. Marilyn Schlitz

Appointed to advise the Board on art/science strategy in the light of cutting edge developments in their fields.

The Board of the Collegium
The President of the Collegium (Chair), the Director of T-Node, the Director of Z-Node, a Senior Research Supervisor from the CAiiA-Hub, a PhD graduate of the programme, a currently enrolled doctoral candidate in the programme. Honorary Members.

The Trento Node
Directed by Professor Francesco Monico.
The Trento Node (T-Node) is developed by Ars Academy Research in collaboration with <ahref Foundation. Doctoral candidates at T-Node are supervised by Professor Pier Luigi Capucci (Director of Studies), with Professor Derrick de Kerckhove, as well as supervisors based in the University of Plymouth.

The Zurich Node
Directed by Professor Jill Scott.
The Zurich Node (Z-Node) of the Collegium is based in the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich (HGKZ). The Director of Studies, Professor Jill Scott, and colleagues associated with the Hochschule, as well as supervisors based in the University of Plymouth, supervise doctoral candidates at Z-Node.

Funding Istitutions:

– Ars Academy Research
University of Plymouth
Planetary Collegium

Partner (Node)



Founder of Planetary Collegium and T-Node PhD Roy Ascott receives the Golden Nica prize @ Ars Electronica Festival 2014:


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