Develop Biosystems Engineering study programs towards bio-fuels, bio-materials and quality of products: current situation and perspectives in Italy

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Abstract

Nowadays in Italy specific modules-specialisations in the area of bio-fuels, biomaterialsand quality of products are offered by the Faculties of Engineering ofthe Universities of Bologna, Milan Polytechnic, Padua, Pisa, Rome “La Sapienza”and Rome “Tor Vergata”.Specific courses in bio-fuels, bio-materials and quality of products are offered bythe Italian Faculties of Agriculture of the Universities of Bari, Bologna, Florence,Milan, Campobasso, Padua and Teramo.Because most of the above study programs were established in the last year,according to the D.M. (Law of the Ministry of Education, University and Research)n. 270 of the 22nd October 2004 and, above all, offered only from the currentacademic year 2008-2009, the number of the corresponding enrolled students isat present unknown.All over Italy there are several education and research infrastructures that may beused to support a further improvement and expansion of studies in the emergingsubjects of bio-fuels and bio-materials. In the Faculties of Engineering andAgriculture there are research groups active in the area of bio-fuels, bio-materialsand quality of products, involving also students and Ph.D students.The current situation and the perspectives in the market of bio-fuels were recentlypresented at the conference “Biofuels - Market and Sustainability”, held in Milanon the 8th of July 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Pages79-88
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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