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Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita di Bologna

Founded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and more than 87.000 students; it is organized in a multi-campus structure with 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini), and, since 1998, also a permanent headquarters in Buenos Aires.

With regard to the international reputation, UNIBO has been awarded the use of the logo "HR Excellence in Research” and is among the top 5 Italian universities in the main International rankings, e.g., 1st Italian university (182nd position) in the international QS - World University Rankings of the world best universities since 2010, 4th Italian university (128th position) in the National Taiwan University Ranking, 2nd Italian University (99rd position) in the Ranking Web of World Universities.

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 and successfully participated in FP7 with 268 funded projects. In the first two years of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 87 projects (21 as coordinator) for a total EU contribution of over 29M€ of EU contribution. In the framework of the Societal Challenge V – Climate UNIBO is involved in seven projects with a total EU contribution of over 2M€.

On the European side, 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, WSSTP, BioFules; the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) Water challenges, FACCE, Oceans; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Spire; the KIC Climate and KIC Raw Materials; the EIP Water Challenges. At national level UNIBO is member of the SPRING National Cluster on Green Chemistry. In particular, referring to the FP7 Cooperation programme - ENVIRONMENT theme projects, UNIBO is the first Italian University and among the six top players in Italy having been involved in 14 successful proposals, coordinating 2 of these.


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The multidisciplinary team at CIRI-EC has extensive experience in addressing urban and spatial planning, structural risk assessment and cultural heritage conservation. The interdepartmental centre has a huge experience in collaborative international and national projects and cooperation with private entities.

UNIBO will have two main crucial roles within SHELTER; on the one side it will lead the Collaborative planning for building low carbon systemic resilience, while on the other side it will provide technical support to the case study area in Ravenna, Italy.