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University of Bologna

The University of Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum, was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe. The University places special emphasis on the quality of education and research. In 1992, the Faculty of Agriculture founded in Cesena the multidisciplinary Campus of Food Sciences, where specialists in different field of food science and technology operate by covering all aspects of a broad range of food chains.

University of Bologna is responsible for the coordination of CHANCE project and will also be involved in all work packages. In particular, it plays a central role in the work packages identifying risk of poverty populations, setting targets from new foods based on nutrition data, performing nutri-metabonomic analysis and developing methods for food production and packaging. Prof. Francesco Capozzi and Prof. Alessandra Bordoni are the Coordinators of the project.

The Departments involved in CHANCE project are:

  • The Department of Food Science covers various topics related to the food production, technology, quality, safety, and to human nutrition and is involved in national/international projects aimed at the improvement, differentiation, preservation of animal and vegetal raw materials and their derivatives. The research group is active in the ETP “Food for life” on the issues concerning the food chain.
  • The Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering is committed to perform studies and research in the fields of food quality and safety management, food chains and production, distribution and consumption of agricultural produce and food products. The research interests cover food chain management, marketing and quality-related issues in the food sector. Scientific referent: Dott. Antonella Samoggia
  • The research area of the Endocrinology Unit of the Dept. of Clinical Medicine, S.Orsola-Malpighi General Hospital includes the metabolic and hormonal aspects of specific obesity phenotype and related nutritional interventions.