The Rector represents the university legally and institutionally; he is the head of the university organisation. He is responsible for the pursuit of the university's goals based on quality criteria and in compliance with the principles of effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and the promotion of merit.
Professor Francesco Ubertini

Professor Francesco Ubertini, University of Bologna Rector

Originally from Perugia, where he was born on 6 February 1970. After completing scientific high school studies in Perugia, he moved to Bologna to study at the University, graduating with full marks in Civil Engineering.

After a PhD in Mecha­ni­cs of Structures at the University of Bologna, a post-doc study grant and a research fellowship, he became university researcher in Construction Sciences at the then-Faculty of Engineering and, from 2001 to 2007, associate professor. In 2007 he became a full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Bologna.

From 2007 to 2010 he held the position of Head of the Department of Structural Engineering, Transport, Public Works, and Surveying of the Territory (DISTART) at the University of Bologna. During this period the DISTART was regrouped twice and then joined what is now the DICAM.

From 2010 to 2015 he was Head of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) and a member of the Academic Senate of the University of Bologna, as representative of the Heads of the Technological Area, and a member of the Research Group and the Internationalisation Group (2012-2015). From 2013 to 2015 he was Member of the Administrative Board of the Centro Ceramico nominated by Unibo, Vice President of UniAdrion and President of Fondazione Fibra – Fondazione culturale Italo Brasiliana (2016 - 2017), member of the Technical Committee on Computational Solid and Structural Mechanics, European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (2010 -2014) and coordinator of the Italian Group of Computational Mechanics (GIMC) and the Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechatronics -AIMETA (2006 - 2013).

He is the President of Federico Zeri Foundation, of Fanti Melloni Foundation, of Bologna Business School Foundation, of the Board of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna since 2015. He is member of the council of the Observatory Magna Charta Universitatum for the four-year period 2016-2020. He is President of Bononia University Press srl since 2016 and President of Uniadrion (2017-2018) and Member of the CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors) Board.

Teaching activities

The following teaching activities were undertaken until 1 November 2015:

  • Construction Sciences, 1st cycle Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, University of Bologna.
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics, International 2nd cycle Degree Programme in Civil Engineering, University of Bologna.
  • Mechanics of Fracture and Fatigue, 2nd  level Master’s Degree Programme in Design of Oil&Gas Plants, University of Bologna.

Research activities 

The research activities focus on various aspects of Construction Sciences and Mechanics of Structures, with theoretical and applied contributions in many fields of Engineering. The main themes covered are:

  • numerical modelling and structural analysis;
  • intelligent structures and innovative materials;
  • historical and archaeological structures;
  • structural monitoring and diagnostics.

He coordinates an extensive research group which is very active on the international scene, and has participated in different roles, in numerous national and European research projects. He has also presided and participated in organisational and scientific committees of various national and international congresses. He been invited to speak at national and international conferences, is a member of editorial committees of various international magazines, he is also an expert reviser for the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research), national agencies of other countries and for the European Commission as well as for the most important international magazines of the sector.

He is the author of over 70 publications in international magazines and over 200 publications in proceedings of national and international conferences.