FOSAD series


Security in computer systems and networks emerged as one of the most challenging research areas. The International School on Foundations of Security Analysis and Design (FOSAD) has been one of the foremost events established with the goal of disseminating knowledge in this critical area. The main aim of the FOSAD school is to offer a good spectrum of current research in foundations of security - ranging from programming languages to analysis of protocols, from cryptographic algorithms to access control policies and trust management - that can be of help for graduate students and young researchers from academia or industry who intend to approach the field.

Since the first event in 2000 and until its 21st edition in 2022, FOSAD attracted about 990 participants and 170 lecturers from all over the world. The school programme alternates monographic courses given by well-known experts in the security community. Moreover, FOSAD encourages presentations given by those participants who intend to take advantage of the audience for discussing their current research in the area. Many of the young speakers of the FOSAD open session are now appreciated researchers and professors.


FOSAD is held annually at the University Residential Center of Bertinoro, in the fascinating scenario of a former convent and episcopal fortress that has been transformed into a modern conference facility with computing services and Internet access.


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Feedback from participants

  • I just wanted to write a sincere thank you for making FOSAD possible this week and hope to stay connected with the FOSAD community for many years to come.


  • Thanks a lot for the summer school! I enjoyed it very much.


  • A great THANKS to you again, for your wonderful hospitality! Everything went very well.


  • I wanted to thank you for inviting me to teach at the wonderful summer school to a very talented group of students. We had a very pleasant stay at Bertinoro.


  • Thank you for organizing the FOSAD summer school. I really enjoyed it.


  • Thanks once again for the invitation (anytime!): it was a great experience with sparkling (only at times still :-)) students, wonderful hosts, and top-notch colleagues!


  • Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the FOSAD summer school. It was a great experience and a pleasure to be in Italy.


  • Many thanks for organising and running a great week at FOSAD I really enjoyed the week.


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Over the years, didactical material from the FOSAD lectures appeared in the tutorial series of Springer LNCS.

List of volumes:

  • LNCS 2171: FOSAD 2000

  • LNCS 2946: FOSAD 2001 and 2002

  • LNCS 3655: FOSAD 2004 and 2005

  • LNCS 4677: FOSAD 2006 and 2007

  • LNCS 5705: FOSAD 2007, 2008, and 2009

  • LNCS 6858: FOSAD 2010 and 2011

  • LNCS 8604: FOSAD 2012 and 2013

  • LNCS 9808: FOSAD 2014, 2015, and 2016

Satellite events

FOSAD promotes events where young researchers can present their ongoing work and discuss novel insights of the field, such as the International Workshop on Views On Designing Complex Architectures (VODCA):