Founded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and more than 84.000 students, as well as an Integrated Research Team, Alma Low Carbon, aimed at the integration and exchange of expertise of the University in the fields of the reduction of CO2 emissions and climate-changing gases. UNIBO is one of the most important institutions of higher education across EU and the second Italian University in access to EU funding.
UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in International and European research projects, successfully participated in FP7 with more than 275 funded projects in different specific programmes (acting as coordinator in 58 of these, total budget 87.5 m€). In the first year of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 44 projects for a total budget of over 14 m€., mostly in Societal Challenge II and IV (Bioeconomy and Climate).
At EU level, Unibo is member of the major European Networks and stakeholders thematic groups, such as: the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA); the European Technology Platforms (ETP) SusChem; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Spire; the KIC Climate and Raw Materials; the Biobased Industry Consortium (BIC).
The Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) is the result of a large aggregation of research skills and laboratory facilities of diverse but interrelated engineering branches traditionally developed at the University of Bologna. The department integrates the scientific expertise of various research groups, such as Structural, Transport, Hydraulic, Survey and Territory Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Chemical, Mining, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering.
The main objective of the aggregation was bringing together, within a large scientific and administrative organization, many of the multifaceted activities of the School of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Bologna. The mission of the Department is to create and develop advanced research in the areas of civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering, starting from evaluation, design, construction and service of manmade structures and infrastructures (including industrial production facilities), through the study and characterization of the constituent materials, up to the environmental analysis and impact assessment of the footprint on the territory and the environment.
More than 320 people currently team up to the Department research activities: approximately 105 academic staff, 45 technical, administrative and librarian staff and 174 Ph.D. students, research assistants and fellows.
The Department is based in the two main locations of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, the historical building of downtown Bologna and the new building in the strategic urban development of Via Terracini, in the close outskirt of the historical downtown, which houses the largest part of the Laboratory facilities and many modern offices for Researchers and Professors. However, staff’s activity also takes place at the satellite Campuses of Cesena and Ravenna. The Department encompasses 11 specialized laboratories, which represent a large propulsive element to the research in all the specific disciplines, as well as an essential element for the teaching activities.