The Foundation Goals

The Barsanti and Matteucci Foundation was established, on the initiative and impulse of the Rotary Club of Lucca, on June 4, 2003, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the invention of the internal combustion engine.

The Foundation has the task of:

  • promote and disseminate the scientific and experimental research carried out by the two distinguished scientists from Lucca, Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci, who invented the internal combustion engine;
  • find and enhance the studies, writings and works of the two scientists, with a view to constantly updating a museum heritage of undoubted scientific value;
  • encourage, with awards and scholarships, research in the field of mechanics and technology, with particular emphasis on the motor vehicle sector and the use of more sustainable fuels;
  • collaborate with organizations and institutions, especially schools, to spread scientific culture;
  • organize cultural events and events with reference to the historical evolution of science, technology and technology and future perspectives.

The Foundation is based in Lucca in via S. Andrea n. 56.