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In this page, all of our Research projects are grouped by Goals.

RESEARCH in University of Bologna for SDGs

The research activities and projects for the SDGs of the University of Bologna.

In our University 152 Sustainability Related research projects are pursued, divided in 5 main areas:

  • 18 for Clinical and Health;
  • 31 for Natural and Life Sciences;
  • 12 for Technology and Engineering;
  • 83 for Management and Social Sciences;
  • for Arts and Humanities.



    Integrated Research Team - Alma Food

    Alma Food Integrated Research Team pursue this mission: 

    • To guarantee the safety, quality and healthiness of food, both for enhancing quality of life and for the sustainable development of the agro-food systems.
    • To develop the agenda of future research needs in collaboration with political, social, and economic stakeholders.
    • To promote knowledge and innovation within food-related areas and to meet the changing social demand and the latter answer to the challenges for a more efficient and productive research activity within the University of Bologna.
    • To provide scientific and technological support, as well as specific training, to stakeholders of the food sector.


    Integrated Research Team - Alma Sequencing             

    Alma Sequencing Integrated Research Team combines the competences of many of the Alma Mater’s research groups, whose fields of activity go from genetics of rare diseases and cancer to evolutionary analysis; from pharmacogenomics to preventive genetic screenings; from the identification of biological markers for the improvement of animal and plant production to systems biology and the study of microbiota. The use of NGS platforms also implies the development of several innovative applications: bioinformatics analysis, generation and storage of large amount of data; cloud computing and elaboration of algorithms for analyzing nucleotide sequences; processing of complex data and protection of sensitive data.


    Alma Gender Integrated Research Team promotes research on gender issues, focusing on how societies shape, organize, and innovate gender roles, relations, identities, and representations of gender, and how these interact with other variables such as nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, profession, religion, economic status, etc.

    Alma Gender IRT’s main goal is to create a network of scholars from different fields in order to promote research and teaching on gender issues and to advance gender equality within the University of Bologna’s community of students, teachers and workers.

    Integrated Research Team - Alma Low Carbon

    Alma Low Carbon Integrated Research Team coordinates the scientific competences of the University of Bologna, its thematic structure based on the European Horizon 2020 priorities for Research and Innovation:

    • Energy efficiency;
    • Competitive low carbon energy;
    • Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials;
    • Water Innovation: boosting its value for Europe;
    • Growing low carbon, resource efficient economy with sustainable supply of raw materials;
    • Social, environmental, and economic aspects of the energy system.



    We put into practice various initiatives and programmes in order to stimulate the entrepreneurship and innovation, from bottom-up and student side and also from research and staff departments.

    Unibo Launch Pad is a program targeting PhD students, post-doc scholars and young researchers with a strong focus on science-based venturing ideas. Students whose entrepreneurial ideas are selected are introduced to a three months intensive acceleration experience. The program includes a conclusive demo day during which the most promising projects are selected by a panel of VCs and industry experts to participate in a fully funded three weeks immersion program in Silicon Valley and London.

    Maker space is a coworking space targeting University of Bologna students and equipped with tools for ‘makers’ to create their own prototypes and with an array of computercontrolled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials. This is a brand new project to be open early in 2018.

    Integrated Research Team - Alma Heritage Science

    Alma Heritage Science Integrated Research Team has this mission:

    • To use interdisciplinarity as solution to cope with contemporary challenges related to Cultural Heritage conservation, restoration and valorization.
    • To give support to the implementation and development of new solutions by covering several scientific sectors and studying the research field from different perspectives.
    • To be a main partner for major stakeholders: foundations, associations, industries, policy makers, research centers and institute.
    • To facilitate multi-disciplinary research.
    • To contribute to the strengthening of the European Research Area.
    • To develop the agenda of research needs at national and international level.


    At the University of Bologna there is different expertise on topics related to seas and oceans, in particular with reference to:

    • Marine ecosystems, including vulnerabilities and resilience to anthropic impacts;
    • Climate change, adaptation and mitigation plans;
    • Risks and coastal protection (including erosion, pollution, marine litter and spills);
    • Blue & White Biotech for marine environment;
    • Fisheries;
    • Aquaculture;
    • Tourism;
    • Marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management;
    • Maritime transport technologies and infrastructures;
    • Observation and oceanographic systems;
    • Multi-purposes offshore marine platforms;
    • Marine coastal cultural heritage.

    Integrated Research Team - SOCIAL ECONOMY AND CIVIL SOCIETY

    Social Economy and Civil Society Integrated Research Team wants to gather many social researchers and aims at coping with social problems and contemporary challenges through academic research. Covering several scientific sectors and studying social economy from different perspectives, it gives support to the implementation and development of new solutions.

    Its research team works:

    • to be a main partner for major stakeholders: foundations, associations, industrial and cooperative enterprises, policy makers, research centres and institutes;
    • to facilitate multi-disciplinary research;
    • to contribute to the strengthening of the European Research Area to develop an agenda of scientific research at national and international level;
    • to promote the role and culture of social economy in the civil society.

    Integrated Research Team - Brasil

    Integrated Research Team Brasil connects a large number of researchers of the University of Bologna who are active in scientific projects with and about Brazil, in order to:

    • promote an interdisciplinary approach and coordinate a consistent critical mass of researchers, cooperating with Brazilian partners and working on themes linked with Brazilian culture and knowledge production;
    • ecome a recognized stakeholder, qualified for the dimension and quality of knowledge and research on Brazil and with Brazilian, European and Italian partners;
    • promote scientific, institutional and economic dialogue with Brazilian, Italian and European partners, by developing and improving multi and trans-disciplinary research initiatives;
    • enhance the quality of scientific, cultural, and economic dialogue between Brazil and Italy, Brazil and Europe;
    • contribute at different levels to the diffusion of knowledge on Brazil in Italy, so as to promote shared cultural policies.