2014-present Associate Professor of Hydraulics at the University of
2015-present Visiting Scientist - Coastal Structures at Delft University of Technology.
2015-2014 Associate Professor at Delft
University of Technology. Sharing of the research and
teaching activities between the University of Bologna (60%) and
Delft University of Technology (40%).
2014-2006 Assistant Professor in Hydraulics at the University of
2006-2002 Research Fellow at the Hydraulic Institute of the Faculty
of Engineering of the University of Bologna.
BZ is author of more than 100 publications in international
refereed journals and conference proceedings, achieving
an h-index equal to 27 and more than 1500 citations (source: Scopus). A detailed list of publications is
reported in the specific section of this CV.
At present, the main research interests of BZ focus on Coastal and Ocean Engineering and specifically: wave interaction with coastal structures and coastal flood risk, wave energy and multi-use off-shore platforms. Within Coastal Engineering, BZ has already gained more than 15-year-experience.
The scientific research of BZ shows a high degree of eclecticism covering:
- coastal flooding and erosion risk, with the support of numerical and conceptual models;
- wave-structure interaction, with the development of new formulae, neural networks, conceptual models, physical models in wave tanks and numerical 2DV and 3D RANS-VOF codes;
- wave energy converters: mooring design and assessment of energy production
- multi-use off-shore platforms: criteria for conceptual design and potential of the re-use of O&G platforms instead of decommissioning;
- analysis and development of cost-efficient and eco-compatible interventions for beach defence planning, through interdisciplinary works;
- hydro-morphodynamics around low crested breakwaters through experimental, prototype and numerical (i.e. 2DH codes) investigation;
- fee-surface flows, with focus on roll-waves, debris surges and dam-breaks, through the development of a specific 1D numerical code and innovative experiments. This topic was mainly limited to the PhD activity.
2020-2018 Scientific responsible for the University of Bologna of the National Industrial Project (PON-FESR) PLACE “Conversion of off-shore platforms for multiple eco-sustainable uses”, co-funded by the Italian Ministry of the University and the Research (125'000€). In this project BZ is leader of the OR 4 "Development, installation and operation of systems for wave energy harvesting integrated in off-shore platforms".
2020-2016 Scientific responsible for the University of Bologna within the H2020 Programme BRIGAID"Bridging the Gap for Innovations in Disaster Resilience" (750'000 €). The ambition of BRIGAID is to provide structural and ongoing support for innovations in climate adaptation by developing an innovative mix of assessment methods and tools which should become the new standards.
2016-2012 Scientific responsible of Research Unit for the
University of Bologna within the National Programme RITMARE
“Italian Research on the Sea), WP "Modelling of off-shore and
coastal infrastructures" (50'000 €), Jan 2012 – Dec 2016. Project
website: www.ritmare.it/en/. The research activity is "Wave energy
and coastal and harbour protection. Modelling the
hydrodynamics induced by off-shore floating wave energy arrays and
by innovative harbour breakwaters".
2015-2012 Scientific responsible for the University of Bologna of
the project MERMAID, "Innovative multi-purpose off-shore platforms:
planning, design and operation", Grant n.288710 (320'000€),
Collaborative Integrated Project funded by the EC within the call
FP7.OCEAN2011-1, Jan 2012-Dec 2015. In this project BZ is
leader of the WP "Innovative platform plan and design" and of the
WT "Energy converters".
2014 - 2010 Scientific responsible for the University of Bologna of
the project SDWED "Structural Design of wave energy devices",
funded by the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation
(130'000€), Jan 2010–Dec 2014. Project website:
www.sdwed.civil.aau.dk. In this project BZ is leader of the WP
2013-2009 Coordinator of THESEUS project, "Innovative technologies
for safer European coasts in a changing climate", Grant n.244104
(6'530'000 €), Large Collaborative Integrated Project funded by the
EC within the call FP7.ENV2009-1, 31 partners from 18 countries,
Dec 2009 - Nov 2013, 48 months. Project website:
www.theseusproject.eu. In this project BZ, besides being the
Coordinator, is the Scientific Responsible for the University of
Bologna (914'000 €) and leader of the WP “Risk mitigation options
and tools for defence planning strategies in study sites”.
2012 Scientific responsible for the University of Bologna of the
project REDEM "Reliable design of mooring systems of wave energy
converters. Effects on device hydrodynamics and power
performance" funded by the FP7 open call MARINET (5'000€) for the
access to the wave basin in Aalborg.
2009-1999 Participant in the Research Units of the University of
· ENCORA “European Platform for Coastal
Research Coordination Action” Coordinated Action, 2006-2009;
· BEACHMED-E “Strategic management of beach
protection for sustainable development of Mediterranean coastal
zones”, through a contract with Regione Emilia-Romagna,
www.beachmed.it, Interreg III-C, 2005-2008;
· CoastView “Developing coastal video
monitoring systems in support of coastal zone management”, contract
· DELOS “Environmental Design of Low
Crested Coastal Defence Structures”, EVK3-CT2000-00041, 2001-2004,
· THARMIT “Torrent Hazard Mitigation and
Risk Assessment”, EVG1-CT-1999-00012, 1999-2002;
· “Debris Flow Risk”, ENV4-CT96-0253,
· PRIN 2005 “Off-shore dredging and
nourishment: morphological modelling and applications”,
· PRIN 2005 “Modern technologies for costs
reduction in the harbour defence structures”, 2005-2007;
· PRIN 2003 “Integrated analysis of
selected cases of debris flows in the alpine arc”, 2003-2005;
· PRIN 2001 “Hydrodynamics and
morphodynamics of beach protected by low-crested structures”,
· MURST “Fluvial and Coastal
Visiting research overseas
2014 Visiting Scholar of Coastal structures at Delft University of
Technology within the Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk division.
March-Sept. 2014. Cooperation with Prof. S. N. Jonkman. Prof. M.
Stive, Prof. W.Uijttewaal .
2012 Visiting researcher at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.
Funded by REDEM project through the FP 7 MARINET access.
Experiments in the shallow water wave basin on mooring systems of
wave energy converters. Cooperation with Prof. J. P. Kofoed.
2009 Visiting researcher at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.
Funded by the International SDWED project. Experiments in the deep
water wave basin on hydrodynamics and power production of a wave
activated energy converter. Cooperation with Prof. J. P. Kofoed.
Jan - Nov 2009.
2008 Visiting researcher at the University of Cantabria, Santander,
Spain. Funded by the FP6 ENCORA Coordinated Action. Joint numerical
modelling activities with the IH2-VOF code by Cantabria.
Cooperation with Prof. J. L. Lara. Jul 2008.
2006, 2006, 2003 Visiting researcher at Infram l.t.d, Marknesse,
the Netherlands. Funded by the FP 5 DELOS project.
Analysis of data on wave interaction with coastal and harbour
structures, with focus respectively in the three periods on a new
formula for wave reflection, on the analysis of spectral changes
and on wave transmission at low crested breakwaters. Cooperation
with Dr. J. W. van der Meer. Aug 2006, 2005 and 2003.
2004 Visiting researcher at DHI Water & Environment, Hoersholm,
Denmark, funded by the FP 5 project DELOS. Modelling
activities on long term morpho-dynamic simulations of sea bed
evolution around low crested structures and comparison with
prototype data. Cooperation with Dr. J. A. Zyserman. Mar
2002 Visiting researcher at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark.
Funded by the FP 5 DELOS project. Experiments in the shallow water
wave basin on the hydrodynamics induced by low crested breakwaters.
Cooperation with Prof. H. F. Burcharth. Jul - Aug 2002.
2001 Visiting researcher at CEMAGREF, Grenoble, funded by the
GALILEO exchange project between Italy and France.
Experiments and numerical modelling of dam breaks in non-newtonian
flows. Cooperation with Dr. D. Laigle. Jul- Aug 2001.
2000 Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, July 2000, UK–
financed by the THARMIT project.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
2008 National Prize “Evangelista Torricelli”, given by the Italian
Hydraulics Group (http://www.gii-idraulica.net/) for the “important
contributions to fluid mechanics applied to hydraulics”. The prize
is assigned every two years since 2006 to the best young researcher
(less than 33 years) in hydraulics.
Invited papers and talks
2 Invited refereed papers in International Refereed Journals with
Impact Factor. More than 20 Invited talks and non-refereed
Board Member, Co-venor and Chair at International
2016 Member of the EurOtop author team (www.overtopping-manual.com).
2015 Member of the Technical Committee of the “Coastal Structures
and Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference 2015”, Boston,
Massachusetts, September 2015.
2013 Organiser of the «Climate Change and Coastal Adaptation Day»,
Bologna, April 2015.
2013 Co-organiser of the «THESEUS Science and Policy Interface
conference», Brussels, October 2013.
2013 Invited chair at the conference: «European Wave and Tidal
Energy Conference (EWTEC), Aaalborg, September 2013.
2013 Member of the Scientific Committee of the «International
Conference on Flood Resilience. Experiences in Asia and Europe»,
Exeter, September 2013.
2012 Invited chair at the conference: «International Conference on
Coastal Engineering (ICCE) », July 2012, Santander, Spain.
2 011 Co-chair of the Session «Coastal risks in a changing
climate». Coastal Structures Conference 2011, Yokohama,
Japan, September 2011.
2011 Co-venor of the session «Coastal flooding and erosion risk:
present and future». European Geophysical Assembly (EGU),
Wien, Austria, April 2011.
2010 Co-venor of the session «Coastal flooding and erosion risk:
present and future». European Geophysical Assembly (EGU),
Wien, Austria, April 2010.
2010 Invited chair at the conference: «International Conference on
Coastal Engineering (ICCE), July 2010, Shanghai, China.
Press and multimedia
2010 Euronews, A new wave in coastal protection.
2010 La Repubblica. Ilaria Venturi: “The beach of Cesenatico
and the archaeological ruins in Syria are saved by the funds from
Brussels”, in Italian.
2010 Publico. Marta del Amo: “Europe fights sea level rise”, in
2010 Terra Noticias. “Martin meets the researchers of THESEUS
projects on climate change”, in Spanish,
2010 PensaLibero. Fabrizio Binacchi: “Easy to say:
researcher”, in Italian.
2010 ASTER, the night dedicated to Research at the University of
Bologna. Fabrizio Binacchi: “How to build up and manage a huge but
efficient partnerships in FP7 RTD projects”, in Italian.
2010 Università di Bologna Magazine. Monica Lacoppola:
“Theseus: 6,5 M€ to study the European coasts”, in Italian.
2009 Il Sole 24 Ore. Francesca Barbieri, “Complicated bureaucracy
experiments”, in Italian.
“Who's Who in Science and Engineering” (2004); “Who's Who in the
World” (2005); “Who's Who in America” (2007); “Who's Who in
Emerging Leaders” (2007).
Since 2015 Member of the Editorial Board of “Renewable and
Sustainable Energy Reviews”, Marine and Wind Energy, Elsevier,
Since 2014 Review Editor for “Ocean Engineering, Technology, and
Solutions for the Blue Economy”, www.frontiersin.org/
2014 Editor of the Special Issue “Coasts@risks: THESEUS, a new wave
in coastal protection”, composed by 18 papers published in Coastal
Engineering, 87, 248 pp., Elsevier,
2014 First Editor of the book authored by THESEUS project team:
“Coastal risk management in a changing climate”, Zanuttigh
B., Nicholls R., Vanderlinden J. P. editors, Elsevier, 671 pp.,
Since 2012 Member of the Editorial Board of the Coastal Wiki,
2007 Co-editor of the book “Environmental Design Guidelines for Low
Crested Coastal Structures”, Elsevier, 448 pp., ISBN:
978-0-08-044951-7, Burcharth, H. F, Hawkins, S. J., Zanuttigh, B.,
Lamberti, A. editors,
Elsevier: Coastal Engineering; Ocean Engineering; Renewable Energy;
International Journal of Marine Energy; Applied Ocean Research;
Journal of Hydrology; Environmental modelling and software; Science
of the Total Environment.
Cambridge University Press: Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
American Society of Civil Engineers: Journal of Waterways, Port,
Coastal and Ocean Engineering; Journal of Hydraulic
World Scientific: Coastal Engineering Journal.
American Geophysical Union: Natural Hazards and Earth System
Taylor & Francis Group: Journal of Hydraulic Research.
Memberships: ACADEMIC BOARDS, COMMITTEES AND PROFESSIONAL
2015 Member of the “Civil and Mining Engineering” Panel,
evaluating the proposals to be funded by the Portoguese Fundação
para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
Since 2015 Responsible for the University of Bologna of i) the
OCEAN ENERGY Joint Programme within European Energy Research
Alliance (EERA, http://www.eera-set.eu/) , by appointment of the
Vice-Rector for Research only.
Since 2014 Responsible for the University of Bologna (affiliated
partner) of the Climate-KIC (http://www.climate-kic.org/), by
appointment of the Vice-Rector for Research only.
Since 2014 Board Member of the PhD Teaching Board: “PhD@DICAM”,
University of Bologna.
2014 Member of the Assessment Committee for Associate Professor in
Wave Energy Utilization, Aalborg University.
Since 2013 Board Member of the SHERPA-EU team and responsible for
CLIMATE ACTION, by appointment of the Vice-Rector only. This
consulting group chaired by the Vice-Rector for Research at the
University of Bologna develops conceptual papers and proposals for
promoting strategies and actions within the European Commission
funding initiatives and programmes.
Since 2013 Board Member of the PhD in Civil, Chemical,
Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna.
Since 2013 Board Member of the School in Civil Engineering and
Architecture, University of Bologna.
2015-2011 Board Member of the PhD in Civil, Chemical, Environmental
and Materials Engineering, University of Bologna.
2013 Expert Member of the Interdisciplinary Assessment Committee of
the Research Projects to be funded by the University of
Bologna. Membership by appointment of the Rector only.
2013 Expert Member of the Assessment Committee of the PhD in Civil
and Environmental Engineering Science, University of Padova.
2013 Member of the Assessment Committee for Associate Professor in
Wave Energy, Aalborg University.
2009 Member of the Assessment Committee for Associate Professor in
Coastal Engineering, Aalborg University.
2009-2008 Board Member of the PhD in Structural and Environmental
Engineering, University of Bologna.
2008 Member of the Assessment Committee for Associate Professor in
Wave Energy, Aalborg University.
Since 2006 Member of the Teaching Boards of Civil Engineering and
Environmental Engineering, University of Bologna.
Since 1999 Member of the Association of the Engineers in Bologna,
subscription n. 5695.
2011 Analysis of the existing technologies for the assessment and
exploitation of the marine energy resources in the Italian seas.
Requested by ENEA Research Institute, Italy.
2010 Analysis of the flooding of littoral and urban areas at Lido
di Savio and Cesenatico. Requested by Gecosistema consultancy
agency for the Geologic and Seismic Division of the Regione Emilia
2010 Hydro-morphological effects of the hypothetical pontoon in
design phase in Riccione. Requested by the municipality of
2009 Hydro-morphological analysis of the Cesenatico beach and
proposal of executive designs. Requested by ARPA, the
Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment, Emilia
2008 Hdyrodynamic analysis for the design of the marina of Casal
Borsetti. Requested by PORTO RENO srl.
2007 – 2005 Hydro-morphological monitoring of Igea Marina beach.
Requested by ARPA, the Regional Agency for the Protection of the
Environment, Emilia Romagna, Italy.
2005 – 2004 Hydro-morphodynamic modelling of the littoral evolution
adjacent to Cervia harbour. Requested by ARPA, the Regional Agency
for the Protection of the Environment, Emilia Romagna, Italy.
2003 Monitoring and renaturalisation protocol of the “Piallassa
Baiona”. Requested by the municipality of Ravenna.
2003 Modelling of the wave disturbance in La Spezia harbour and
analysis of the dynamic actions against the new structures in the
marina under construction for Ferretti's boat marina. Requested by
ACMAR spa, Ravenna, Italy.
2002- 2001 Proposal of design changes to the recirculation pumping
systems in the Marina di Ravenna harbour. Requested by the Ravenna
2002- 2001 Three-years monitoring and analysis of the coastal
structures protecting the beach nourishment in Lido di Dante,
Ravenna. Requested by AGIP, Italy.
1999- 1998 Executive design of the hydraulic maintenance and
environmental renaturalisation of the River Tenna basin.
Requested by the Marche Regional Government, Italy.
TEACHING AND SUPERVISION
Since 2006 In charge of the course of Maritime Hydraulics (6 ECTS, 60 hours teaching – 48 hours teaching starting from 2014), in italian, for Civil and Environmental Engineers at the University of Bologna, Master course.
Since 2016 In charge of the course of Hydraulics (9 ECTS, 90 hours teaching), in italian, for Environmental Engineers at the University of Bologna, Bachelor course.
Since 2016 In charge of the module of coastal structures of Coastal Engineering (2 ECTS, 25 hours teaching), International course for Civil Engineers at the University of Bologna, Master course.
2016-2014 In charge of the Modules (unsteady flows, open channel
flows) in the courses:
i) Hydraulics (5 ECTS, 50 hours teaching) for
ii) Hydraulics and Urban Hydraulics
Constructions (3 ECTS, 30 hours teaching) for Building
Engineers & Architects
at the University of Bologna, Bachelor courses, in Italian.
2013-2011 In charge of the Module (open channel flows) of the
course of Hydraulics (3 ECTS, 30 hours teaching),
in italian, for Civil Engineers at the University of Bologna,
2009 – 2006 In charge of the course of Advanced
Hydraulics (6 ECTS, 60 hours teaching), in Italian, for
Environmental Engineers at the University of Bologna, Bachelor and
2006 - 2003 Teaching assistant of the course of Advanced
Hydraulics , in Italian, for Environmental Engineers at
the University of Bologna, Bachelor and Master course.
2005 - 1999 Teaching assistant of the course of Fluid
Mechanics , in Italian, for Mechanical Engineers at the
University of Bologna, Bachelor course.
2002- 2001 Teaching assistant at the University of Bologna of the
courses of: Hydraulics and Hydraulic urban works, in
Italian, for Building Engineers and Architect, Bachelor
course; Advanced Hydraulics, in Italian, for
Environmental Engineers, Bachelor and Master
courses; Hydraulics, in Italian, for Civil Engineers,
Supervision of PhD students and Research
Since 2011 Tutor of 5 PhD students within the PhD
in Civil and Environmental Engineering
· Silvia Unguendoli, Development of an
ensamble modelling chain for hydraulic vulnerability assessment
under uncertainties, 2015-ongoing.
· Sara Mizar Formentin, Neural Network
modelling of the wave structure interaction processes,
· Stefano Bagli, A web GIS decision support
system for coastal risk assessment and mitigation planning,
· Elisa Angelelli, Hydrodynamics induced by
an array of wave energy converters. Experimental and numerical
· Andrea Natalia Raosa, Analysis and
mathematical modelling of wave-structure interaction,
Since 2010 Supervisor of 7 Research Fellows funded
on personal research funds
· Giuseppina Palma: “Numerical modelling for design optimisation of multi-functional harbour breakwaters”, 12 months research fellowship since August 2015, funded by THESEUS project;
· Sara Mizar Formentin: “Modelling
wave-structure interaction within multi-purpose design of coastal
defences”, 48 months research fellowship since April 2012, funded
by RITMARE and THESEUS projects;
· Elisa Angelelli: “Wave energy conversion
and coastal protection”, 42 months research fellowship since
October 2011, funded by MERMAID and THESEUS projects;
· Caterina Zoppi: “Ecologically based
techniques for nourishment interventions”, 12 months research
fellowship, October 2011-September 2012, funded by THESEUS
· Giovanna Bevilacqua: “Design of mooring
systems for wave energy converters”, 14 months research fellowship,
September 2011-December 2012, funded by SDWED project;
· Andrea Natalia Raosa: “Analysis and
two-phase modelling of littoral hydro-morphodynamics”, 47 months
research fellowship, July 2010-May 2014, funded by THESEUS
· Mirko Castagnetti: “Test and design of
technologies for wave energy conversion”, 12 months research
fellowship, June 2010-May 2011, funded by SDWED project.
Supervision of MsC and BsC students
Since 2007 Supervisor of 44 degree MsC theses
in Coastal Engineering and Advanced
Hydraulics and of 17 master BsC theses
in Advanced Hydraulics and Hydraulics.
Among these degree theses
· 14 were performed within Erasmus
exchanges promoted in cooperation with the University of Aalborg
(12), Denmark, and with the University of Cantabria (2),
Spain. These theses were essentially dedicated to joint
experimental activities on renewable energy from the sea;
· 3 were carried out with the University of
Pavia, Italy, within a joint experimental activity on debris surges
and roll waves;
· 11 were carried out in cooperation with
the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection, Coastal Division,
to analyse the available prototype data about littoral evolution
along the Emilia Romagna Region, performance of existing defences
and monitoring plans.