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Fabio Fava


Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: CHIM/11 Chemistry and Biotechnology of Fermentation

Curriculum vitae

Fabio Fava (1963) was graduated cum laude in  "Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies" at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) and then he earned his Ph.D. in "Applied Microbiology" from the Institute of Chemical Technology of the University of Prague (Czech Republic). He was awarded with a Laurea Honoris Causa in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" of Iasi (Romania).  He was visiting scientist at the following US institutions, namely: a) New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ, USA), b) Hazardous Substance Management Research Center (NJ, USA), and c) Rutgers University (NJ, USA) in 1993, 1994 and 1999, respectively. He is Full Professor of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology at the School of Engineering & Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) since 2005. He served the same School as Dean's Delegate for International relations from 2005 to 2012. He served the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering of the same University as Deputy Head (2010-2015) and Coordinator of the Ph.D. programme in Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (2013-2016). He is currently the Delegate of the Rector of the University of Bologna for Industrial Research, Territorial cooperation and Innovation.


He published about 220 scientific papers, 130 of which on medium/high IF peer-review international journals of industrial and environmental biotechnology. He has about 2705 citations, a h-index of 32 and 156 papers quoted by Scopus.

Dr. Fava is Research Editor of Microbial Cell Factories and member of the Editorial Board of the international journals New Biotechnology, Process Biochemistry and Environmental Engineering and Management Journal.


He coordinated the Research Project NATO Science for Peace n. 973720 on the development and assessment of innovative intensified technologies for the bioremediation of (chlorinated) hydrocarbon-contaminated soils. He participated in the a) EU Coordination Action EURODEMO (FP6) on the comparison of verified technologies applied in Europe in the sustainable remediation of contaminated sites, b) the European Defense Agency (EDA) project NBC Modeling and Simulation (ERG1 TA 113-034) and c) the ERA-NET Industrial Biotechnology I and II (as observer). He coordinated the FP7 projects (collaborative projects) NAMASTE (on the integrated exploitation of citrus and cereal processing byproducts with the production of food ingredients and new food products) and BIOCLEAN (aiming at the development of biotechnological processes and strategies for the bioremediation and the tailored depolymerization of major oil-deriving plastics). He also coordinates/coordinated the Unit of the University of Bologna participating/participated in the FP7 projects (collaborative projects) ECOBIOCAP and ROUTES (on the production of microbial polymers from different organic waste and food processing effluents), MINOTAURUS and WATER4CROPS (on the intensified bioremediation of contaminated waste- and ground-water and the integrated valorization and decontamination of wastewater coming from the food processing industry and biorefinery), and ULIXES and KILL SPILL (on the development of strategies for intensifying the in situ bioremediation of marine sediments contaminated by (chlorinated)hydrocarbons and the isolation and industrial exploitation of microbes from such contaminated matrices). He also participated in the FP7 BIORICE addressed to produce added value bioactive ingredients (semi-purified digestates and small molecular weight peptides) starting from protein by-products contained in the processing water of the rice starch production stream.   


Dr. Fava is the Past Chair and the current Deputy Chair of the "Environmental Biotechnology section" of European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). He was the chair of the Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology section of the Italian Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem Italy) from 2006 to 2013. He joined  the Industrial Biotechnology Expert Group of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (ETP SusChem) from 2007-2011. He is the Representative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research in the "Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies" at OECD ( Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Paris, in the "European strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region" (EUSAIR) and in the "Western Mediterranean Initiative" (WEST MED). Further, he joined the "High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies" and he is member of the "Expert Group on biobased products", both at the DG-GROW of European Commission (Bussels); he also joined  the "Expert Group on eco-industries" of the JRC Directorate from 2012-2015. Further, he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). Finally, he is the Italian Representative at the European Commission (Brussels) in the Horizon2020 Programme Committee of Societal Challenge 2: European Bioeconomy Challenges: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and inland water research" (DG RTD) and in the BLUEMED initiative (Chair of the Strategic Board)(DG RTD and DG MARE), and in the "State Representative Group" (as vice Chair) of the Public Private Partnership "Biobased Industry" (BBI JU) (Brussels).


Dr. Fava was one of the co-organizers of the NATO-Advanced Research Workshop on the assessment and remediation of contaminated sediments held in Bratislava (SR) in 2005. He was Co-Chair of the "IV European Bioremediation conference" held in Chania, Greece, in 2008 and of the "V European Bioremediation conference" held in Chania, Greece, in 2011. He was the chairman of the "14th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition" (14th IBS)(Rimini, Italy, 2010)(1620 delegates from 72 Nations) organized by the University of Bologna together with the Italian KBBE Technology Platforms, the European Technology Platforms of the same area, IUPAC, European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB), EuropaBio, International Society of Environmental Biotechnology (ISEB), European Society of Environmental Biotechnology (ESEB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Finally, he chaired the international conference "Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the frame of the knowledge-based bio and green economy", EMB2012 (Bologna, 2012) (400 delegates from 50 different nationals) organized by the University of Bologna together with EFB and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) an in cooperation with EuropaBio, ISEB, the Asian Federation of Bioechnology, OECD and other international and Italian industrial and scientific associations. He was co-Chair of the " 3rd European Bioeconomy Stakeholders' Conference" (Turin, 2014) (400 delegates from 40 different nations), organized by the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the European Commission and he Co-Chaired the "VI European Bioremediation Conference" (Chania, Crete, 2015) (320 delegates from 50 different nations).

Finally, he is the Chair of the Scientific/Technical Committee of the annual Exhibition "Ecomondo" (held in Rimini, Italy) on Material and Energy recovery and Green and Circular Economy ( ).


Finally, he is member of several national and international associations and conferences/workshop scientific committees. He has been project evaluator for a number of different national and international grant agencies, including DG Research in Brussels (FP6 and FP7 projects), and peer reviewerof several international journals of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology and Microbiology.


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