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Patrizia Tassinari

Full Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/10 Rural Buildings and Agro-forest Land Planning

Coordinator of PhD Programme in Health, Safety and Green Systems

Curriculum vitae

Patrizia Tassinari, MsC in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, is full professor of Rural buildings and agroforestry territory at the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), where she coordinates the research group of Rural Construction and Landscape. In the various phases of her career, Patrizia Tassinari has conducted teaching and research activities in various macro-themes in the field of rural construction, rural landscape and green systems.

Research activity and third mission

She conducts research activities in various macro-themes in the field of rural construction, rural landscape and green systems, with particular reference to the definition, development and implementation of design, planning, analysis and modeling and monitoring methodologies.

The studies and research, also conducted with an interdisciplinary nature, concern the following areas:

a) Livestock structures and environmental control and precision livestock farming: study of the relationships between construction and management solutions, environmental conditions, production performance, behavioral aspects, animal health and welfare; big data; definition of monitoring systems and design criteria to improve the productivity and sustainability of livestock farming; monitoring, simulation and control of environmental parameters; sustainable management and treatment of livestock waste, emissions;

b) Constructions and plants for crop and agri-food production: development of layouts and design models and definition of general design criteria; energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and innovative materials; optimization of environmental parameters, CFD modeling for management optimization and the development of highly energy efficient design criteria; testing of high energy efficiency LED lighting systems for protected crops and their effect on the qualitative-quantitative improvement of crops of agricultural, pharmaceutical and medicinal interest; management and treatment of wastewater in the various production chains;

c) Traditional buildings and landscape compatibility of the rural built system: definition of design criteria for the landscape compatibility of contemporary rural construction; study and recovery of historic rural buildings; analysis of the landscape impact of structures and infrastructures in the peri-urban and rural area;

d) Rural landscape and green systems: survey, representation, analysis, mapping and modeling of the natural and anthropic resources of the rural territory, also with precision techniques; definition of criteria, methods and tools for urban, territorial and landscape planning in peri-urban and extra-urban areas; environmental evaluation of plans and interventions in the territory; development and management of GIS models for the design and territorial planning of agricultural and agri-food supply chains; spatial planning and planning of rural landscape and open spaces; design of green areas in urban and extra-urban areas; design of green systems and their integration with the built system for energy efficiency and improvement of the environmental and landscape quality of the urban, peri-urban and rural territory.

Scientific responsibility for research projects

She has been and is responsible for numerous national and international research projects eligible for funding on the basis of competitive calls for peer review.

In particular, she was and is responsible for the following projects:

  • International coordinator of the EIT Food Project “Dairy-sust - Big data and advanced analytics for sustainable management of the dairy cattle sector (2021-2022)
  • Member of the leading team of the European project coordinated by the University of Bologna: “GreeNexUS” Green-health-safety Nexus for new Urban Spaces - MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS Doctoral Networks Project - 2023-2026
  • Head of the Unibo research unit of the PRIN 2022 project: INstructions from PLF Data Analysis to improve the CATtle farming (INDACAT)
  • Head of the Unibo research unit of the PRIN 2017 project: Smart dairy farming: innovative solutions to improve herd productivity.
  • Head of the international project SUSGreen - Sustainable green design and regeneration (INNOVATIVE PROJECTS WITHIN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGREEMENTS) (2023-2024)
  • Unibo Task referent within the Spoke 5 of the PNRR national champion “Agritech”, Sustainable productivity and mitigation of environmental impact in livestock systems.

She has filed, together with colleagues from the Rural Constructions and Agroforestry Territory research group of the Department of Agricultural and food Sciences of the University of Bologna, a patent for "Modular building": ''Constructive typology for the construction of temporary, demountable - reassemblable modular buildings.

She has also activated numerous agreements with public and private bodies, of which she has been and is responsible for scientific and coordinating, for the carrying out of research , development and consulting related to the issues described above

Sheis a founding member and still a member of the academic Spin off ERGO consulting srl, Analysis and socio-economic evaluations for the development of the territory.

She has contributed to the development of networks and consortia at an international level within the agricultural engineering and biosystems communities, also from an interdisciplinary perspective, establishing working groups active at an international level both in the organization of events, workshops and conferences and in the preparation of proposals planning. She has also promoted and organized several conferences, in collaboration with bodies and institutions of international importance.

Academic roles and responsibilities in scientific societies

Patrizia Tassinari:

  • Is coordinator of the PhD program in HEALTH, SAFETY AND GREEN SYSTEMS of the University of Bologna.
  • is the representative of the University of Bologna on behalf of the Rector within the Uniscape network (European Network of Universities for the implementation of the European Landscape Convention);
  • is chairman of the international Working Group RESTART “Rural landscape, structures and infrastructure planning and valorization” of the CIGR
  • is chairman of the SIG SE28 Working Group Rural Buildings and Landscape of the European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng );
  • From 2008 to 2023 was responsible for the district of Imola of the University of Bologna, by delegation of the Magnificent Rectors of the University of Bologna (Prof. Calzolari, Dionigi, Ubertini and Molari).
  • was Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Bologna;
  • was President of the first level degree course in ornamental green and landscape protection of the University of Bologna from 2004 to 2015.
  • was President of the 2nd section of the Italian Association of Agricultural Engineering from 2017 to 2021;
  • is a member of the following international scientific society: International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR); American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE); European Society of Agricultural Engineering ( EurAgEng ) ;

Roles in scientific publishing

Patrizia Tassinari:

  • is associate editor of the international "Journal of Agricultural Engineering (JAE)";
  • is Section editor of the International journal "Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal"
  • is referee in sectors building rural and landscape for numerous international journals with peer reviews, such as : Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (AcademicJournals), Land Use Policy (Elsevier), Landscape and Urban Planning (Elsevier), Journal of Agricultural Engineering (AIIA, ETS), Biosystems Engineering (Elsevier), Journal of Environmental Management ( Elsevier), Agricultural Engineering International (CIGR Journal). He has also reviewed and edited several books and scientific reports, and coordinated national and international research projects.

Other roles

Patrizia Tassinari:

  • is a correspondent academic for the Italian Academy of Agriculture;
  • is a member of the examining commission for state exams for the qualification of the profession of agronomist and forestry doctor;
  • was a member of the landscape working group within the National University Council (CUN) she was a member of the teaching staff of the Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering of the University of Bologna.

Activities of quality assurance, evaluation and accreditation

Roles and responsibilities in the development, organization and operational management within the institutional quality system assurance at the University of Bologna

Patrizia Tassinari since the academic year 2001/2002 deals with the planning and management of teaching in the then Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bologna. In 2003, she was a referent of the first degree course in ornamental green and landscape protection of the University of Bologna, and from 2004 to 2015 she was President of the first level degree course in ornamental green and landscape protection and responsible of the AQ Group of the degree course. At the same time, following the application of Ministerial Decree 509/99 and Ministerial Decree 270/04, she played an active role - as a member of the Faculty Council, in the design and planning of training courses - then activated - as well as in their redesign following the entry into force of ministerial decrees for the reorganization of teaching.

In the district of Imola - where there are study courses in the area of Agriculture, Pharmacy and Medicine and Surgery, and Engineering with a student population of about 1000 students – has played a role that was transversal to all the degree courses in conception and planning of services to students regarding the services of orientation inbound, outgoing, enhancement of transversal skills, self-entrepreneurship, etc. By proxy of the Rector – she has been in charge of relations with the main supporting bodies of the territory of the district of Imola and between Institutions and the University Prorectors (shared with the Department Directors and Presidents of the Schools), relationships thanks to which it was possible to carry out numerous projects for the creation of structural equipment (study rooms, laboratories, implementations of technological equipment for a better learning of students, etc.).

She has also performed a transversal coordination to all the degree courses of the branch with regard torelations with schools in school / work alternation projects, for internship and placement activities and relationships with the main stakeholders of the various degree courses, also for the activation of lifelong learning courses, advanced training and masters.

From January 2012 to December 2015 she played the role of:

  • delegate for teaching and coordinator of the teaching committee of the department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Bologna. She coordinated the planning and management activities of the 7 degree courses of reference, with particular attention to the quality of teaching and to the relations with the stakeholders;
  • delegate for orientation inbound and outbound of the 7 degree courses of reference of the Department of Agricultural Sciences;
  • vice president of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of UNIBO

She also was:

  • member of the council of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna;
  • member of the joint committee of professors and students of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna;
  • Chairman of the joint committee of professors and students of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna.

Roles and responsibilities as a disciplinary expert and coordinator of Evaluation Boards (CEV) for the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research (ANVUR)

Since March 2013, after a wide experience acquired at the University of Bologna, Patrizia Tassinari has started her activity as a disciplinary expert for degree courses in the fields of agricultural and veterinary sciences and life sciences. The activities conducted as a disciplinary expert have become more and more intense over the years and have allowed to gain a thorough knowledge of the education provided by the various Italian universities, not only in terms of training paths, but especially with regard to quality assurance policies, corrective actions and interactions with stakeholders identified by the various universities in response to the policies set by ANVUR.

Since the 2017 she has been inserted as Expert for Institutional Quality Assurance System in the register of Evaluation Experts of ANVUR.

In particular, from May 2014 to today she has held the role of disciplinary expert for the evaluation of the degree courses of new activation (initial accreditation, ref. Ministerial Decree No. 47/2013 , academic years of evaluation: 2014/2015, 2015/16, 2016/17), and from September 2014 to today she has served as a disciplinary expert ANVUR for periodic accreditation for different undergraduate and master's degree programs.

In 2015 she received an invitation from HCERES to participate in the commission of experts charged with the evaluation of the École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques de Bordeaux-Aquitaine or Bordeaux Sciences Agro, for the global institutional assessment of the governance of higher education institutions and research organizations.

Training activities in the evaluation sector

  • April 2013 - May 2013: AVA ANVUR training course;
  • September 2014 - October 2014: CEV workshop for initial accreditation, ANVUR;
  • 18 and 19 July 2017 participation in a compulsory training path for the inclusion in the Register of Evaluation Entities of the ANVUR - Profile of System Experts for Institutional Quality Assurance - as eligible .
  • Participation in conferences organized by various Italian universities in the field of procedures for the evaluation of study courses and the quality of educational activities.

Teaching activities

Since 1997 she has been the teacher of numerous courses in the fields of planning of farm and livestock buildings and of territorial and landscape analysis and planning, in the context of first and second level degree courses, doctorate and master courses.

Currently, he is the holder of the following teachings:

  • Fundamentals of rural buildings and spatial planning
  • Land Survey, Cartography and Rural Planning
  • Landscape Planning
  • Livestock Buildings
  • Territorial and Landscape Planning and Green Urban Planning.

Patrizia Tassinari has been and is a examiner in numerous degree theses on the topics of analysis and planning of the rural territory , planning and design of green areas and landscape, and the study and planning of the rural built system.

Membership of committees and commissions

Patrizia Tassinari has been a member of:

  • the commission for architectural quality and landscape of the municipality of Imola (Bologna);
  • the transnational selection committee for the third edition of the Mediterranean landscape award - European project Pays.Med.Urban , MED Program 2007-2013;
  • the regional selection committee of the sector Valorisation and protection of the landscape and of the rural settlements of the Emilia-Romagna Region;
  • the technical committee for the design award for urban redevelopment of the historical Pavilion complex, Municipality of Lugo (Ravenna);
  • the direction board of the center for economic development in Imola;
  • the infraregional technical committee for the mining activities of the province of Bologna;
  • the disciplinary board of the professional association of Agronomists and Forestry doctors of the province of Bologna.

She is technical consultant for the president of the court of Bologna;

Awards and recognitions

  • Landscape Architecture Award "Ardito Desio" 2010 edition, Udine.
  • Landscape Architecture Award "Ardito Desio" 2011 edition, Udine.
  • Convivial landscape: project selected at the 6th European Landscape Biennial Barcelona.
  • ACUSP National Award "More Green, more oxygen, more life", 2007, Naples.
  • "Grifo di Cristallo" Prize - Roll of honor of the city of Imola, December 2017 (for figures that have distinguished themselves for relevant land development projects).