The Foundation Goals

The Foundation

Barsanti and Matteucci

The Barsanti and Matteucci Foundation, based in Lucca in via S. Andrea
n. 56, was established on the initiative and impulse of the Rotary Club Lucca
on 4 June 2003, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Invention
of the Combustion Engine

The Foundation has the task of:

  • promote and disseminate the scientific and experimental research work
    carried out by the two illustrious scientists from Lucca, Eugenio Barsanti and Felice Matteucci, who invented the internal combustion engine;
  • provide for the management of the Barsanti and Matteucci combustion
    engine Museum
    , located in Lucca in via Sant’Andrea 56-58;
  • 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 prizes 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 bodies and institutions, especially schools, to spread scientific culture;
  • organize demonstrations and cultural events with reference to the historical evolution of science, technique and technology and future prospects.

The Foundation pursues its aims thanks to the economic contributions of the Founders and Participants (art. 9 Statute). Liberal contributions can be deducted from income as long as they are made through traceable payment systems.