PhD in Future Earth, Climate Change and Societal Challenge

Academic Year 2019-2020
Subject area Mathematical Physical, Chemical and Astronomical Sciences
Cycle 35
Coordinator Prof. Nadia Pinardi
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 22 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 15, 2019 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrollment period From Jul 29, 2019 to Aug 08, 2019
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2019
Operating centre
Bologna
Main Department
Department of Physics and Astronomy - DIFA
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics

A. The earth system
The natural and man induced variability is considered.
- Solid earth physics
- Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and ecosystems
- Climate variations and modeling
- Atmospheric and ocean predictions
- Water and hydrology
- Carbon cycle and biogeochemical cycles
- Paleoclimate
-  Hazard mapping and extreme events
B. Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability
The role of humans in managing resources and the societal impacts of climate change.
- Food production and security
-  Water resources  and security
- Biodiversity, environment and nature conservation
- Human Health and Well-Being
- Economics of adaptation
-  Resilient agriculture
-  Cultural heritage conservation
- Recovery and reuse of materials
C. Technological innovations for a decarbonized society
The mitigation and adaptation technological developments required by the industrial sectors.
- Energy and environmental efficient systems
- Renewable energy systems and products
- Green/blue/hybrid architecture
- Smart grids and positive energy districts
- Transport innovation
- Low carbon technologies
- Sustainable chemistry and engineering
- Industrial and Urban Symbiosis
D. Socio-economic and legal studies for mitigation of climate change
The effects of mitigation policies on economic growth and government/rulemaking.
- Social, Economic, and Ethical Concepts and Methods
- Sustainable Development and Equity
- International Cooperation
- Regional Development and Cooperation
- Cross-cutting Investment and Finance issues
- Environmental law
- Circular economy
- Communicating Climate Change

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
Holders of the PhD may find work opportunities in the public administration at the international, national, regional and local level, in all sectors of the economy, from environmental protection agencies to energy, transport and service industries.
Furthermore the program will train engineers and scientists in foundational science of the earth system, in advanced solutions to mitigate climate change and to manage environmental emergencies, communication strategies and economic implications of climate change, thus defining experts who could work in the civil protection sector, in the industrial, financial and economic sectors in general.
PhD recipients will also be trained in big data analysis and algorithms and will be educated in the High Performance Computing and artificial intelligence and will be experts on information and communications technology.
Admission Board

Surname Name Institution Role e-mail
Ceola Serena Università di Bologna member serena.ceola@unibo.it
Di Sabatino Silvana Università di Bologna member silvana.disabatino@unibo.it
Gasperini Paolo Università di Bologna member paolo.gasperini@unibo.it
Pinardi Nadia Università di Bologna member nadia.pinardi@unibo.it
Prandini Riccardo Università di Bologna member riccardo.prandini@unibo.it
Romagnoli Claudia Università di Bologna member claudia.romagnoli@unibo.it
Saccani Cesare Università di Bologna member cesare.saccani@unibo.it
Setti Leonardo Università di Bologna member leonardo.setti@unibo.it
Talamo Sahra Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology member sahra.talamo@eva.mpg.de
Cortesi Ugo CNR - IFAC representative of   financing body u.cortesi@ifac.cnr.it
Dinelli Maria Bianca CNR - ISAC representative of   financing body bm.dinelli@isac.cnr.it
Gualdi Silvio CMCC representative of   financing body silvio.gualdi@cmcc.it
Iovino Doroteaciro CMCC representative of   financing body dorotea.iovino@cmcc.it
Oddo Paolo NATO - CMRE representative of   financing body paolo.oddo@cmre.nato.it
Paccagnella Tiziana  ARPAE representative of   financing body tpaccagnella@arpae.it
Selva Jacopo INGV representative of   financing body jacopo.selva@ingv.it
Trasatti Elisa INGV representative of   financing body elisa.trasatti@ingv.it
Castellaro Silvia Università di Bologna substitute silvia.castellaro@unibo.it
Cesari Marco ARPAE substitute dcesari@arpae.it
Melino Francesco Università di Bologna substitute francesco.melino@unibo.it
Montanari Alberto Università di Bologna substitute alberto.montanari@unibo.it
Porcu' Federico Università di Bologna substitute federico.porcu@unibo.it
Raspollini Piera CNR - IFAC substitute p.raspollini@ifac.cnr.it
Trentin Massimiliano Università di Bologna substitute massimiliano.trentin@unibo.it
Vassura Ivano Università di Bologna substitute ivano.vassura@unibo.it
Zavatarelli Marco Università di Bologna substitute marco.zavatarelli@unibo.it
Castelli Elisa CNR - ISAC representative of financing body (substitute) e.castelli@isac.cnr.it
Coppini Giovanni CMCC representative of financing body (substitute) giovanni.coppini@cmcc.it
Olivieri Marco INGV representative of financing body (substitute) marco.olivieri@ingv.it
Learning outcomes
This PhD focuses on earth sciences e del clima, climate change and impacts, mitigation/adaptation strategies, policies and measures, fostering multidisciplinary training.
The learning outcomes align with the goals of sustainable development. PhD graduates will actively contribute to design and implement solutions, strategies and policies for sustainable development in the XXI century, based on an advanced understanding of the risks arising from climate change.
The program will train earth and climate, food production, economic and social scientists and engineers for careers in academia, research, government, industry and international organizations.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
During the first six months of the PhD, the student will have to follow both cross-disciplinary and specialization courses that will illustrate the scientific problems connected with natural and man-induced hazards, mitigation and adaptation practices, social and economic systems and engineering.
In the second six months of the first year the student will be introduced in the different research groups of the chosen Main Themes (A,B,C,D in the research areas above) and every six months, meetings among students will be organized by the coordinator with all the students to check the progress.
At the end of each year an event of 1-2 days will be organized between the PhD Committee and the PhD candidates to check the development of the research. The first year will coincide with the presentation of the PhD research Plan and initial results.
The PhD candidate will have to stay abroad at least for 3 months at a laboratory decided in agreement with the supervisor. The PhD candidate will have to follow at least 10 seminars on the Main theme of his/her research. Furthermore, the student’s research could be carried out at other Institutions of high education and/or research over the national territory under an agreement with the PhD Committee.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The PhD program is organized around 4 Themes in the fields of (a) the earth system, (b) impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, (c) Technological innovations for a decarbonized society and (d) Socio-economic and legal studies for mitigation of climate change, as previously defined.
The students will be expected to choose one of these themes as their Main Theme at application time, and interdisciplinary work will be insured by cross-disciplinary courses taken during the first year.
Each student will have two supervisors, from two different themes or disciplines to enforce the cross-fertilization and the required cross-disciplinary approach requested by the challenge of climate change impacts, risk management and society.
Period 1: Cross-thematic courses
November 18, 2019- January 31, 2020 (9 weeks -> 45 days)
4 courses, one on each A,B,C,D Research Themes
February 1-29, 2020 Final tests
Period 2: Main Theme courses
March 2, 2020-April 30, 2020 (9 weeks -> 45 days)
4 courses on the Main Research Theme
May 1-31, 2020 Final tests
Internationalization features
The language of the PhD program will be english.
Furthermore a formal agreement with the National Chiao Tung University of Taiwan for Joint/dual Doctoral degrees is being finalized which will allow student exchanges between the two Universities.
Expected research results and products
The students are expected to produce articles in peer reviewed Journals, to participate to national and international Conferences presenting their work and to interface with the international community contributing to the research projects of the Departments. The students might be able to develop industrial prototypes and, whenever possible, patented products for commercial exploitation.
The PhD program is the first of this kind in Italy: due to the large number of Department and expertise brought together it has the potential to be a leading doctoral program also in Europe.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
AGLIARDI ELETTRA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
BEDINI ANDREA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BERTARINI BEATRICE Università di Bologna Ricercatore
BIANCONCINI SILVIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
BOERI ANDREA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CASTELLARO SILVIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
CAVANI FABRIZIO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
CHIAVARI CRISTINA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CORELLI GRAPPADELLI LUCA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
DI SABATINO SILVANA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GASPARI JACOPO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
GASPERINI PAOLO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
LAMBERTINI LUCA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
LANDI ALESSANDRA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
MELINO FRANCESCO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
MONTANARI ALBERTO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
MURA MATTEO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
NASCIMBENE JURI Università di Bologna Ricercatore
NEVE MARIO ANGELO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
ORSINI FRANCESCO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
PAOLUCCI FRANCESCO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PINARDI NADIA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
PORCU' FEDERICO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
PRANDINI RICCARDO Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
ROMAGNOLI CLAUDIA Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SALZANO ERNESTO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
SEMPRINI CESARI NICOLA Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
TRENTIN MASSIMILIANO Università di Bologna Professore Associato
VASSURA IVANO Università di Bologna Professore Associato