Dr. Francesco Orsini, is currently employed at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Technologies of the University of Bologna as Associate Professor.
He owns the title of Doctor of Philosophy in "Science and Technology of food and agriculture productions", (University of Naples, 19/12/2007), with a thesis entitled "Unraveling Salt Stress Tolerance: Physiological, Morphological and Genetic components in Crop Species and Model Plants ".
He owns Master titles in Cooperation for Development in Rural Areas (17/12/2004); Master and Bachelor degree in Agricultural Science and Technology, (19/12/2003, 110/110 cum laude and 19/12/2002, 110/110) both achieved at the University of Padua. He took the courses "Training school on urban agriculture" (Athens, 2015), "Vegetable grafting" (Catania University, Italy, 2014), "Basic and Advanced Training on the use of Hortivar" (FAO, Rome, Italy, 2012) , "Basic and Advanced Training on Security in the Field" (FAO, Rome, Italy, 2011), "Modeling crop growth, development and yield" (Pisa University, Italy, 2005), and "Post-harvest of vegetable crops" ( Foggia University, Italy, 2005).
Teaching activities in Italy and abroad
Currently in charge of the courses on Greenhouse Crop Management (Master degree in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies) and Vegetable Crops (International Master in Horticultural Sciences), both taught in english, as well as the course Urban Agriculture (Master Degree in Sciences and Management of Nature). He has carried out activities to support the teaching in the field of horticulture courses at the Universities of Padua, Naples and Bologna, and was co-supervisor of more than 80 dissertations and master.
He was visiting scientist at Purdue University (Indiana, USA), Universidade Federal Rural do Pernambuco (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Piaui (Brazil), Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (Peru), Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Spain), IRTA (Spain), and Wageningen University and Research (The Netherland).
In 2019 he organized the First International Workshop on Vertical Farming (VertiFarm2019) at the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), altogether with prof. Leo Marcelis (Wageningen University) and prof. Murat Kacira (University of Arizona).
From 2018, Dr. Orsini coordinates the International Student Challenge UrbanFarm.