PhD courses for the A.Y. 2023-24  

This is the Calendar of the institutional courses for the academic year 2023/24: click on the individual courses for further info about programs and registration details. Attendance of 75% for all courses is requested.

Courses will be offered mainly by the Edmund Mach Foundation but also at UniTN departments involved in the PhD program in Agrifood and Environmental Sciences.

Laboratory health and safety (LHS) - for all PhD Students (no credits assignment)

Lecturer(s): C3A and FEM health and safety officers and consultants (org. by UNITN)
N hours: 12

Summary: Lectures and practicals in general laboratory safety procedures, equipment use, and basic first aid. 
Description: Legally required basic (4 hours) and specific (8 hours) training in health and safety and risks connected to work activities.
Skills acquired: knowledge of basic chemical manipulation, laboratory skills, biological hazards, fire and radiation safety and basic first aid. 

Learned Evaluation procedure: Multiple choice quiz.
Notes and Pre-requisites: Mandatory for all PhD students (unless certificate of previous courses available or no access to laboratory)
Calendar: First session in November 2023 - Second Session in January 2024

C3A Basic and advanced courses 

How to write a research project - basic - 1st year PhD Students

19, 20 December 2023 and 26 January 2024 Summary

Lecturer(s): Ilaria Pertot
N hours: 10
ECTS: 1 type B

Summary: Basic knowledge on how to prepare a research project for my PhD. The main sections are: how to carry out the literature search and demonstrate the progress beyond the state of the art, how to define the aim and the specific objectives, what are the main steps to build the workpackages and relevant sections, Gannt chart, deliverables, milestones, contingency plan and other tools (8 hours lesson and 2 hours for the draft project preparation). Useful support for the PhD project preparation: the practical part will specifically focus on the PhD project of the student.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Project proposal
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st Year PhD students
Schedule:  - online classes - link for connection will be sent directly by the lecturer before online classes

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Biotremology: the study of vibrational communication

16;19;24;26 January 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Rachele Nieri; Valerio Mazzoni
N hours: 12
ECTS: 1,5

Summary: The course will introduce the main concepts of the study of vibrational communication in animals, biotremology,  from theory to methodological aspects.

Module 1 (6 hours) - Theory of biotremology: concept of wave, sounds and vibrations, semiophysicals, reception and emission of vibrations, active space, behaviours mediated by vibrations.

Module 2 (6 hours) - Practical aspects: main softwares for data acquisition and analysis, principles of data analysis, main equipment to acquire and playback vibrational stimuli. Most part of module 2 will be carried out in the laboratory of biotremology.

Skills acquired: 1) To differentiate biotremology and bioacoustics, to list the main behaviours mediated by vibrations and to recognize ecological context in which vibrations are relevant.
2) To set up an experiment to acquire vibrational data and to analyse and interpret results.
3) To design a playback and perform a playback experiment

Learned Evaluation procedure: Written and practical exam: design and execution of a simulated experiment of biotremology
Notes and Pre-requisites: --
Schedule: 16-26/01/2024 - location: FEM - timetable: 9.00-12.00 - see calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

How to write a scientific publication 

Postponed to June 2024 - timetable not yet available - Summary

Lecturer(s): Ilaria Pertot, Gerardo Puopolo
N hours: 10 
ECTS: 1

Summary: How to structure a manuscript logically and with effective storytelling, how to prepare your manuscript for publication (main sections, good practices, main mistakes), what are the considerations to do before sending your manuscript to a scientific journal (submission to a journal), what happens to your scientific manuscript after you submit it (process and role of editor and reviewers.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Practical assignment completed and correct 
Notes and Pre-requisites: Any year, preferably 2nd or 3rd year PhD Students
Schedule: January 2024 - location: FEM - timetable: not yet available - see calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Ecological and epidemiological modelling

29 January - 9 February 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Rachele Nieri, Roberto Rosà
N hours: 16
ECTS: 2 

Summary: 8 hours of lectures on the basis of eco-epidemiological models with application both in agriculture and public health. 8 hours of practical exercises with software R using experimental data from agriculture and public health case studies.

Description: this course will provide an insight on the development and analysis of ecological and epidemiological models with applications in agriculture and public health

Skills acquired: conceptual ideas and mathematical tools needed for implementing ecological and epidemiological models, especially population dynamic models as well as epidemiological models.

Learned Evaluation procedure: presentation on a topic agreed with the student
Notes and Pre-requisites: 2nd year Students are expected to know the basic concepts of mathematics and statistics. Prior knowledge of open source software R use is also required

Schedule:  29-30/01; 1/2/02; 5-8/02/2024 - location: FEM - timetable: 9.00-11.00 - see calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Sustainable production and consumption from a social perspective

29-30-31 January | 5-6-7 and 12-13-14 February 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Emanuela Bozzini, Francesca Forno, Natalia Magnani
N hours: 24
ECTS: 3

Summary: The objective of this course is to critically discuss the transformations in patterns and practices of production and consumption, giving particular attention to sustainability ideas and practices. The class will be articulated in three main modules (8 hours each).
Module 1 (8 hours): Overview of long-term trends in agricultural production and its sustainability
Skills acquired: Knowledge on historical trends in agricultural production, resource use, chemical input across world regions; knowledge on issues of sustainability of current agricultural systems in relation to demography, urbanization and resource depletion.
Module 2 (8 hours): Consumer Culture and Society. This module offers the opportunity to engage with sociological theories of consumption and contemporary consumer society.  
Skills acquired: Familiarity with sociological concepts to investigate changes in consumption practices and lifestyles, with a special attention on food consumption trends. The focus will be on the practice of consumption with regard to lifestyle, consumer subjectivity, meaning making, sustainability and ‘food diversity’.

Module 3 (8 hours): Social innovation and sustainability. The module aims to introduce students to sociological theories and debates concerning the development of social innovation for sustainability.
Skills acquired: familiarity with debates on sustainability and social innovation, with a special attention to food and food systems.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Final written report or presentation
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st Year Students
Schedule29 January - 14 February 2024 - location SRS - see courses calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Aquatic ecosystems in natural and human impacted environments - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

15 - 19  January 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Monica Tolotti, Maria Cristina Bruno, Walter Bertoldi, Guido Zolezzi
N hours: 24
ECTS: 3

Summary: The course provides an insight on the physical, chemical, ecological and biological properties and dynamics of freshwater ecosystem, considering natural conditions (Module 1) and the effects of human stressors (Module 2). Specific case studies of different freshwater ecosystems will provide examples of the possible methodological approaches. 

Module 1 (12 hours): Aquatic ecosystem in natural conditions. This module addresses the main variables and processes driving the habitat dynamics in natural freshwater ecosystems.
Skills acquired: ability to describe and interpret aquatic habitats in running waters and lakes, across time and space, including physical, chemical, morphological variables, such as flow, temperature, nutrients, and foodweb descriptors and the effects of vegetation on the above. 

Module 2 (12 hours): Aquatic ecosystem under direct and indirect human stressors. This module provides insight on direct (e.g., pollution, water withdrawals, engineering) and indirect (land use and climate change). 
Skills acquired: methods to recognize and quantify stressors such as  source and point pollution, hydro-morphological alterations, thermal alterations, extinction and creation of habitats; methods for mitigation /restoration strategies (e-flows, morphological restoration, sediment augmentation).

Topic of each lesson
1. Introduction to lotic systems: morphology (Walter Bertoldi)
2. Introduction to lotic systems: physio-chemistry, biology (Maria Cristina Bruno)
3. Introduction to lentic systems:  physio-chemistry (Monica Tolotti)
4. Introduction to lentic systems: biology and ecology (Monica Tolotti)
5. Introduction to lotic systems: ecology, functional organization (Maria Cristina Bruno)
6. Introduction to lotic systems: basic concepts in hydraulics and hydrology (Guido Zolezzi)
7. Lotic systems: Geomorphic units and evolutionary trajectories (Walter Bertoldi)
8. Lotic systems: The ecohydraulic paradigm (Guido Zolezzi)
9. Flow regime alteration: assessment tools and mitigation strategies (Guido Zolezzi)
10. River restoration and the role of riparian vegetation (Walter Bertoldi)
11. Lotic systems: ecological effects of hydro-morphological alterations (Maria Cristina Bruno)
12. Climate change and headwaters ()Monica Tolotti)

Learned Evaluation procedure: Oral presentation of a scientific paper chosen by the PhD student
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st year
Schedule: 15-19 January 2024, DICAM - Room 1L - see courses calendar for details

Innovative Methods in Crop Protection

9 and 22 February 2024- Summary

Lecturer(s): Ilaria Pertot, Michele Perazzolli, Gerardo Puopolo, Emanuela Bozzini  
N hours: 16
ECTS: 2

Summary: The course will give an overview about regulation aspects and innovative procedures for the control of plant pathogens and insects on major crops.

Module 1 (8 hours): Regulatory provisions on pesticides and biopesticides. This module will provide details on novel regulatory provisions on plant protection products and sustainable use of pesticides with a focus on the European Union.

Skills acquired: knowledge of policy principles and provisions informing EU regulation on plant protection products.

Module 2 (8 hours): Innovative approaches for pathogen control. This module will provide details on innovative approaches to control plant pathogens.

Skills acquired: knowledge of the pioneering low impact techniques for the integrated management of phytopathogens; to learn the main types of existing biopesticides, their mode of action, their application strategies, the advantages and disadvantages deriving from their application, knowledge of new generation tools for biological control of pathogens, such as resistance inducers, volatile compounds and microbiota-based strategies

Learned Evaluation procedure: Final written test
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st year
Schedule: 9 and 22 February 2024 - location FEM - see Classes calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

How to write a research project - advanced - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

January - February 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Ilaria Pertot
N hours: 20
ECTS: 2,5

Advanced knowledge on how to prepare a research project proposal. The course is specifically targeting post-doc projects or small teams projects. The EU funding scheme and the evaluation process. Opportunities for project proposal application (4 hours lesson and 16 hours project preparation).
Overview of the funding opportunities in the new Horizon EU, with particular  focus on MCSA post-doc and ERC starting grant.

Learned Evaluation procedure: project proposal
Notes and Pre-requisites: 2nd or 3rd year PhD Students
Schedule: January - February 2024  - Location FEM - timetable to be defined

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Physiology and Genetics of Fruit Ripening

31 January - 27 February 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Fabrizio Costa, Nicola Busatto
N hours: 16
ECTS: 2

Summary: The course will provide the basics of fruit physiology and ripening.
Module 1 (8 hours): Fruit ripening physiology. This module will provide a general description of the type of fruits and their mode of ripening. The interplay between different hormones in regulating the fruit ripening will be discussed, introducing, moreover, the genetic analysis addressed to the detection of the main loci controlling fruit ripening related pathways. 

Skills acquired: knowledge of ripening physiology and the interplay among several hormones.

Module 2 (8 hours): Genetic regulation of fruit ripening. This module will present the road map of the functional analysis carried out to date to disclose the main regulating mechanisms of fruit ripening. The state of the art of the molecular and biotech techniques used to date to investigate the fruit ripening processes will be also discussed, from recombinant DNA to OMIC approaches. 
Skills acquired: investigation of the molecular mechanisms regulating fruit ripening using the most advanced biotechnology approaches.

Learned Evaluation procedure: presentation
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st Year Students
Schedule: 31/01 - 27/02/2024 - location FEM - see classes calendar for timetable details 

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Animal Conservation in Theory and Practice

20 February - 19 March 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): F. Cagnacci, F. Ossi, B. Robira, H. Hauffe, Emily Pascoe
N hours: 32
ECTS: 4

Summary: Conservation biology strives to describe, understand, and forecast biodiversity dynamics by applying ecological and evolutionary theory within the contexts of resource management, economics, sociology and political science. This course will explore the motivation for preserving biodiversity at all levels (genetic, species, ecosystem), available decision-making tools, and the consequences of various interventions, covering mainly terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and including wild animal and plant species.

Module 1 (8 hours) - Principles of conservation biology. We have entered the Anthropocene, the Era of humans, where human impact is widespread in all biomes. The module will cover the essentials of conservation biology science, its area of application, and the analysis of major threats of humans on ecosystems.

Skills acquired: theory of conservation biology and fields of application

Module 2 (8 hours) - Conservation of terrestrial mammals in the Alps. The module will use the principle acquired in Module 1 to analyse conservation cases of terrestrial mammals in the Alpine range.

Skills acquired: application of conservation biology theory to terrestrial mammals.

Module 3 (8 hours) - Conservation genetics. The interactive module will focus on the application of genetics, genomics and metagenomics to conservation science, including wildlife forensics, and the importance of preserving genetic variation.

Skills acquired: principles of conservation genetics/genomics with practical examples of current research, and active discussion of case studies.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Project exam (problem-solution analysis) with written part and presentation for Outreach
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st Year PhD students
Schedule: 20 February - 19 March 2024 - location: FEM - timetable available in Classes Calendar

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Crop physiology and climate change 

12- 19 February 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Michele Faralli; Michele Perazzolli
N hours: 18 (final exam included)
ECTS: 2

Summary: The aim of the course is to provide in-depth concepts on crop physiological responses to the complex interplay between climate change variables. Specific efforts will be placed in understanding physiological mechanisms underlying stress tolerance and potential management approaches for protecting grapevine from the naturally occurring multifactorial stress combination.  

Module 1. Introduction to climate change: time to reschedule the agricultural agenda (2 h).
Module 2. Effects of multifactorial stress combination in grapevine: pro e cons of the changing climate (3 h).
Module 3. Advances in physiological analysis and crop phenotyping (2 h). 
Module 4. Linking leaf physiology with plant microbiome and VOCs (4 h)
Module 5. Experimental design in crop physiology (2 h)

Learned Evaluation procedure: A journal club where students present and discuss a paper chosen from the literature on climate change and crop performance (2 h) + Oral presentation where students should be able to present a putative project on fruit crop and climate change: defining overlooked questions, construct your own hypothesis, build the route to solve agricultural-related problems (3 h).
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st and 2nd Year PhD students
Schedule: 12- 19 February 2024 - Location FEM, timetable available in PhD courses calendar 2023/24

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Behavioral ecology and manipulation for insect pest control

19 - 22 March 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Gianfranco Anfora, Valerio Mazzoni, Rachele Nieri, Marco Valerio Rossi Stacconi
N hours: 12
ECTS: 1,5

Summary: The course will give an overview about innovative and consolidated techniques of behavioral manipulation for the control of crop insects.
Module 1 (3 hours): Principles of insects’ behaviour and communication. The aim of this module is to provide the students with a clear understanding of the main concepts of behavioral ecology that will be used in the subsequent modules. The main topics are theory of animal communication, terminology and methodologies to investigate insect perception and communication modalities. 

Module 2 (6 hours): Techniques of behavioral manipulation.  The aim of this module is to provide expertise on the principles of plant protection strategies alternative to the use of synthetic chemicals. Techniques based on the use of semiochemicals, semiophysicals and sterile insect technique will be treated.

Module 3 (3 hours): Techniques of biological control. The module aims to provide critical understanding of the different biocontrol approaches that can be adopted for insect pest management. The module will address the day-to-day concerns of biocontrol practitioners, including how to rear and release a control organism, suppress the target organism, and minimize harm to non-target organisms.

Skills acquired: knowledge of the pioneering low impact techniques for the integrated and organic management of insect pests (i.e. semiochemicals, natural enemies, biotremology,); their mode of action, their application strategies, the advantages and disadvantages deriving from their application.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Final written test
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st year
Schedule:  19-22 March 2024 - location FEM - timetable 9:00 - 12 :00 see Calendar for timetable details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Production and characterization of fermented foods - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

8-19 April 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Roberto Larcher, Tiziana Nardin, Raffaele Guzzon, Tomas Roman
N hours: 16
ECTS: 2

Summary: The course aims to provide, through a series of monographic seminars, notions about current issues or innovative trends in the transformation of raw food, with particular reference to traditional fermented foods. Ample space will also be given to analytical techniques for the characterization of food.
Module 1: Oenological treatments and technological fermentation management.
Module 2: Evolution of microbiota through wine oenological fermentations, influence of technological and environmental variables and impact on wine quality; Wine spoilage microorganisms, risk for wine quality and human health, and innovative approaches at the winery and wine hygiene.
Module 3: Chemical characterisation of fermentative compounds; Identification and quantification of metabolites; Chromatographic separation and analytical detection: profiles of minerals, sugars, amines, amino acids, organic acids, vitamins and volatile compounds; Targeted and untargeted profiles; Models of origin and botanical traceability;
Skills acquired: familiarity and ability to interpret and describe fermentative processes and define quality controls.

Learned Evaluation procedure: written exam
Notes and Pre-requisites: 2nd year
Schedule: 8- 19 April 2024 - location FEM - timetable not yet available

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Introduction to statistical tools

15-16-29-30 May 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Ananchiara Berardinelli
N hours: 24
ECTS: 3

Aim of the course: Introducing, by examples extrapolated from agricultural research experiences, correct ways to use statistical tools. 
Topics: 
1. CONCEPTS OF STATISTICS APPLIED IN AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE: statistical methods for the planning, analysis and interpretation of experimental work.
2. DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: organize, summarize and describe measures with a table and with a graph; types of variables; correct number of significant digits. 
3. THE BASIS OF STATISTICAL TESTING: normal distribution, mechanical properties of the normal curve; the formulation and testing of hypotheses; parametric and non-parametric tests; testing normality; possible solutions when data are not normally distributed. 
4. COMPARING TWO SAMPLES: Student’s t-test; Mann-Whitney test.
5. COMPARING THREE OR MORE SAMPLES: ANOVA; Kruskal Wallis; Post Hoc Procedures.
6. BIVARIATE CORRELATION ANALYSIS: the meaning of correlation; investigating correlation; correlation and linearity; steps to follow when two data sets are to be analysed for correlation; Pearson’s coefficient; Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient; the significance of correlation; the interpretation of the results: correlation and causality.
7. REGRESSION ANALYSIS: the regression line; assessment the Goodness-of-fit: Sums of Squares and R2, residuals and standard error; the significance of the regression line; advise on using regression analysis; non-linear relationships; multiple linear regression. 
8. OTHER STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES: introduction to multivariate problems and associated multivariate data: direct and indirect observation. Main objectives of Multivariate Data Analytical Techniques. Data description (explorative data structure modeling); discrimination and classification; regression and prediction.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Written report on data analysis and interpretation 
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st and 2nd Year
Schedule: 15-16-29-30 May (9:30-12:00 // 14:00-17:00) - location DICAM - see PhD classes calendar for details

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Field sampling and Spatial Ecological Modelling 

20 - 24 May 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Marco Ciolli, Clara Tattoni
N hours: 40
ECTS: 5

Summary: 18 hours lectures, Basis of Field sampling techniques and Spatial Ecological modelling using GIS and GPS; 10 hours field sampling work with measuring instruments and GPS; 12 hours practical Exercises with basis of GIS Ecological modelling with QGIS and R. 

Module 1 (28 hours): Theoretical and practical basis of field sampling techniques and data collection and spatial ecological modelling. Exploration of field data and how they can be used/misused, How to perform sampling in the forest and GPS data collection in the field, basis of spatial ecological modelling, overview of various modelling techniques with special reference to landscape ecology, land use change modelling and scenarios development, Vegetation Analysis and cartography, basis of remote sensing for vegetation. Forest landscape change detection, Markov Chain scenarios and Landscape Ecology indexes and parameters. 
Skills acquired: How to select sampling areas in the field and the reliability and limits of field data. Importance of data understanding and of sampling procedures. Data acquisition and critical interpretation of data sources. Improving GPS data sampling in the field. 

Module 2 (12 hours): Practical exercises with a Special focus on Land use change, Vegetation Analysis and cartography, basis of remote sensing for vegetation, Past Forest landscape change detection, Production of Markov Chain scenarios future/past and Landscape Ecology indexes and parameters and modelling of different pollution sources. Overview of various modelling techniques. Comparison of different techniques, pros and cons. Alien species modelling and study cases. Interpretation of Model results and validation. GIS and R Practice on sample data.
Skills acquired: It will give a thorough introduction to the How to use and combine the data in a GIS to perform geospatial analysis and ecological modelling; How to use QGIS plugins and basic use of R as a GIS.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Presentation on a topic discussed in the course OR, alternatively Data processing using GIS or R 
Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st year
Schedule: 20-24 May (8:30-12:30 // 13:30-17:30) - location DICAM

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Evaluation of agri-food products and policies 

May - June 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Simone Cerroni
N hours: 24
ECTS: 3

Summary/Description: The course provides students with an in-depth description of state-of the-art methods and tools that are used to evaluate the demand for innovative food products (e.g., lab meat, antibiotic-free products) and welfare benefits generated by environmental and agri-food policies of recent relevance (e.g., climate change, sustainable consumption). Among the methodologies covered in the course: stated preferences (i.e., discrete choice experiments), experimental methods (i.e., experimental auctions) and randomized control trials. The course also provides principles of statistics and econometrics to be used in data analysis. Classes will consist of 7 standard frontal lectures, 1 tutorial on statistics and econometrics, 1 tutorial on research ethics in policy evaluation, and 3 interactive practical lectures.
Skills acquired: The course will improve knowledge and understanding of new trends and policies in the agri-food sector. Students will familiarize with methods and tools for demand and policy evaluation that can be useful in the job market. Strengths and limitations of these methods will be covered to stimulate critical thinking and the elaboration of new research ideas. The course also aims to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of principles of statistics and econometrics applied to evaluation problems.

Learned Evaluation procedure: 

  • Oral presentation of an academic paper (20%)
  • Oral presentation and short report on the development of an experimental protocol (40%)
  • Oral presentation and short report on conducted data analysis (40%)

Notes and Pre-requisites: 1st year
Schedule: May - June 2024 - location: DEM (timetable not yet available in Phd courses calendar)

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it 

GEOframe Informatics & Digital Twins of Hydrology (Propedeutico alla Summer School) - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

May 2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Riccardo Rigon, Giuseppe Formetta 
N hours: 24 (3 days of 8 hours)
ECTS: 3

This is a prerequisite course to access the GEOframe Summer School (Soil-Critical Zone-Plant-Atmosphere interactions)

Schedule: see dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog

Registration procedure: the registration procedure will be made available on the dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog. For any doubts, you can  contact prof. Formetta

GEOframe Summer School (Soil-Critical Zone-Plant-Atmosphere interactions) - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

3-7 June 2024 - Summary

The second edition of the GEOframe Summer Schools will be held in June 2023 at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of University of Trento. The main topics will embrace the water flow (and heat transport) in porous media, the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, and inverse problems. The aim of the course is to enable participants to run their own simulations with the GEOframe tools to simulate the critical zone. The GEOframe Summer Schools deals mainly with the 1D tools and introduces the 2D ones called WHETGEO (Water. HEat and Transport in GEOframe, 1D and 2D), and GEO-SPACE (GEOframe Soil Plants Atmosphere Continuum Estimator).
The course is devoted to Ph.D. Students, Post-docs, Young researchers and aims to make the participants run their simulations of the hydrological cycle on their own catchments and estimate the hydrological budget components. To have an idea of the topics, the interested researchers should give a look at the material of the previous school (http://abouthydrology.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-geoframe-schools-index.html).
Besides the lectures and the hands-on sessions, the Summer School is the occasion for discussion and experience exchange among senior scholars and young researchers. Three days. around a month before the school, will be dedicated (via Zoom) to installations of the software, explanations of the main concepts deployed with OMS3/CSIP (Object Modelling System v3/Cloud Service Integration Platform) and GEOframe as an open platform to do hydrology by computer and the pursue the Digital Twin Earth Hydrology metaphor. Lectures will be dedicated also to teach elementary concepts about using Jupyter Notebooks for inputs and outputs treatment and representation. 
The material of the school will be made available on the GEOframe blog (https://geoframe.blogspot.com). Three ECTS credits are issued on the infrastructure topics. 5 credits on the hydrological topics.

Learned Evaluation procedure: The students will be asked to run their own examples in 1D and 2D
Notes and Pre-requisites: NA
Schedule: June 2024 - see dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog

Registration procedure: the registration procedure will be made available on the dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog. For any doubts, you can  contact the scientific committee of the GeoFrame School

GEOframe Summer School (Soil-Critical Zone-Plant-Atmosphere interactions)

3 - 7 June 2024 - Summary

Location: Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of University of Trento.

The main topics will embrace the water flow (and heat transport) in porous media, the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, and inverse problems. The aim of the course is to enable participants to run their own simulations with the GEOframe tools to simulate the critical zone. The GEOframe Summer Schools deals mainly with the 1D tools and introduces the 2D ones called WHETGEO (Water. HEat and Transport in GEOframe, 1D and 2D), and GEO-SPACE (GEOframe Soil Plants Atmosphere Continuum Estimator).
The course is devoted to Ph.D. Students, Post-docs, Young researchers and aims to make the participants run their simulations of the hydrological cycle on their own catchments and estimate the hydrological budget components. To have an idea of the topics, the interested researchers should give a look at the material of the previous school (http://abouthydrology.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-geoframe-schools-index.html).
Besides the lectures and the hands-on sessions, the Summer School is the occasion for discussion and experience exchange among senior scholars and young researchers. Three days. around a month before the school, will be dedicated (via Zoom) to installations of the software, explanations of the main concepts deployed with OMS3/CSIP (Object Modelling System v3/Cloud Service Integration Platform) and GEOframe as an open platform to do hydrology by computer and the pursue the Digital Twin Earth Hydrology metaphor. Lectures will be dedicated also to teach elementary concepts about using Jupyter Notebooks for inputs and outputs treatment and representation. 
The material of the school will be made available on the GEOframe blog (https://geoframe.blogspot.com). Three ECTS credits are issued on the infrastructure topics. 5 credits on the hydrological topics.

Learned Evaluation procedure: The students will be asked to run their own examples in 1D and 2D
Notes and Pre-requisites: GEOframe Informatics & Digital Twins of Hydrology (8hours *3 days in May 2024) 
Schedule: June 2024 - see dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog

Registration procedure: the registration procedure will be made available on the dedicated section of the GEOFRAME blog. For any doubts, you can  contact the scientific committee of the GeoFrame School.

Exploring biodiversity using Phylogenetic Methods - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

Not active for the AY 2023/2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Omar Rota Stabelli
N hours: 24 (21 class hours + exam)
ECTS: 3 

Summary: The course. Evolution can deepen our understanding of biological processes by revealing how things come to be the way we currently observe them. A useful type of methods is those based on phylogenetic inferences. The aim of the course is to understand the principles of some of these methods aimed at exploring how species evolved and how genes evolved in these species. The course is structured in 3 full days (8 academic hours per day) with a combination of lectures, practicals, and presentations.

Skills acquired: an overview of the practical tools for studying the evolution of genes and the diversification of species (molecular phylogenetics, metabarcoding, estimates of divergence times using molecular clocks); skills in presenting and discussing scientific articles that use phylogenetic methods

Learned Evaluation procedure: article presentation
Notes and Pre-requisites: --
Schedule: for the AY 2023/24 this course is not active 

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Introduction to agrometeorology and environmental measurements - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

Not active for the AY 2023/2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Mirco Rodeghiero, Nadia Vendrame
N hours: 16
ECTS: 2

Module 1 (8 hours):overview of the main instruments and variables measured in a meteorological station. Instruments sensors and data collection. Measurement of precipitation, pressure, temperature, wind, solar radiation, humidity and soil moisture. Main features of an agrometeorological station. 

Module 2 (8 hours): introduction to the study of vegetation-atmosphere interactions, focusing on the physical processes influencing the life of plants and determining the productivity of agricultural crops. 

Skills acquired: type of sensors used for monitoring of main meteorological/environmental variables; vegetation-atmosphere exchanges of mass and energy.

Learned Evaluation procedure: Oral presentation of a scientific paper chosen by the PhD student
Notes and Pre-requisites: NA
Schedule: for the AY 2023/24 this course is not active 

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

Insects as a Sustainable Feed Alternative - NOT ACTIVE FOR THE A.Y. 2023/24

Not active for the AY 2023/2024 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Sihem Dabbou
N hours: 12
ECTS: 1,5

Summary: The aim of the course is to provide an overview on insects and the increasing interest basic knowledge on the use of insects in animal feed.

Description: The course is organised in 3 lessons: 1.  Introduction on Insects and legislation (2 hours) / 2. Insect rearing (case study: Black Soldier Fly) (3 hours) / 3. Potential of insect meal in monogastric animal farm nutrition (3 hours). 

Practical activities:  1. A journal club where students present and discuss a paper chosen from the literature on this topic (2 hours). / 2. Oral presentation where students choose and present the interesting topics on Insect as feed (2 hours).

Skills acquired: Tools for studying the importance of insects as animal feed; skills in presenting and discussing scientific articles on this topic

Learned Evaluation procedure: Oral presentation
Notes and Pre-requisites: NA
Schedule: for the AY 2023/24 this course is not active 

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.aes@unitn.it

 

Courses organized by other UniTrento centres/dept. and open to C3A PhD Students

Courses offered by  CIBIO (Doctoral programme in Biomolecular Sciences)

CIBIO educational Offer is available on the official website; click on + to find some of their most frequently requested courses

Data exploration  -  prof. Pietro Franceschi
Getting started with R and RStudio: a handson introduction – prof. Pietro Franceschi
Introduction to metagenomics – prof. Nicola Segata

Content and details can be found in the official web-page (download box - SB_Manifesto of Studies 2023/24).

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to phd.bioscie@unitn.it

Courses offered by DICAM (Doctoral Program in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering)

The educational offer 2023/24 of DICAM PhD program is available on the DICAM official webpage - Click on + to find some of their most frequently requested courses

Environmental data management and analysis with GIS - Paolo Zatelli - Alfonso Vitti - Marco Ciolli (40 hours, 5 credits)
GEOframe Winter School - Riccardo Rigon, Giuseppe Formetta, Marialaura Bancheri - CNR (64 hours, 8 credits) 
Statistical methods and data analysis - Stefano Siboni (36 hours; 4,5 credits) 

Further details and courses can be found in the official web-page

Registration procedure: in order to register in the course, please write an e-mail request to dicamphd@unitn.it

 

Courses offered by DRSS (Doctoral School of Social Sciences)

The Academic offer 2023/24 is available at the DRSS official webpage  - Click on + to find some of their most frequently requested courses

Advanced Econometrics - Prof. Fezzi (24 hours) 
Experimental Economics: Data Workflow - Prof. Ploner (16 hours) 
Research Methodology - Prof. Costa (16 hours), Prof. Frigotto (16 hours)

Further details and courses can be found in the DRSS official webpage

For any questions do registration request, please write to school.socialsciences@unitn.it

 

Soft Skills - courses organized by external bodies but recognized by C3A PhD Programme

Technical Scientific English

2023-24 - Summary

Lecturer(s): Felicity Hope
N hours: 24 or 16
ECTS: 3 or 2 type B

Courses of Technical-Scientific English (Academic Writing, Presentations and Academic Writing II) addressed to PhD Students of the scientific area.

Syllabus, classes calendar and enrolment procedure for the AY 2023-24 are available here.

Students must register online starting at 10.00 on the first day of registration, by connecting to the page https://cialsrv.unitn.it/cialweb/web-site/index.jsp and entering the Esse3 passwords (for more information, please contact cla@unitn.it).

Please note that a maximum number of 15 students per course is admitted.

Credits recognition: 3 ECTS for courses of 24 hours and 2 ECTS for courses of 16 hours.

NB: During the enrolment process, you will read that you have to pay 50 euro. Please ignore this information and confirm your online enrollment: the course is free for C3A PhD students. CLA will afterwards change the wording to "free". 

For any further query you can contact directly CLA.

Research 2 Business

13-17 May 2024 - Summary

Referent: MIlena Bigatto milena.bigatto@trentinoinnovation.eu
N hours: 25
ECTS: 3 

THIRD EDITION - If your research is mainly focused on Sustainability, Health, Food and Lifestyle, classes will take place from May 13th to 17th.

The course aims to provide PhD students with the fundamental concepts for helping PhD create impact from their research.
In particular Students will be driven to think about the value of their research work in the market.
They will explore mega-trends and markets and how to leverage the potential of innovation inside the research. They will investigate with experts the concepts of value proposition and customer, legacies and opportunities related to the IP strategies and protection.  Public and private financing strategies and opportunities will be presented.
Main Learning Outcomes
At the end of the classes participants will be able to:
- Understanding differences when planning and developing a new entre/intra-preneurial project in different contexts
- Ability to understand, create, capture value of the research project in a market
- Ability to integrate the strategic role of IP and other intangible assets into the research project and future professional scenarios."
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching and learning methods are primarily based on applied lectures, testimonials and real case studies from researchers, entrepreneurs, local and/or international business managers. They combine lectures, testimonials from professionals, discussions, individual and group work, hands-on activities and games. Participants will be evaluated with group exercise, and individual reports.  Participants will be asked to reflect on their entrepreneurial skills (working in an interdisciplinary team and communicate effectively) and choose one entrepreneurial competence among the ENTRECOMP European framework to improve during the course (self-direct learning).  

Topics and skills of  R2B 2023 edition 
●    Fundamental of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
●    From research to innovation
●    Put your research idea in  business context
●    Building a product value proposition
●    Building a technology proposition and Basics of technology disclosure and patenting
●    Research integrity introduction
●    Introduction to the market and business models
●    How to make profit from technologies with companies
●    How to make profit from technologies START UP
●    How to find a Product-Market fit
●    How to push forward your research results: opportunities and tips from public funding
●    Private financing for innovation ventures
●    Sessions with testimonials
●    Working in a team
●    Communicate effectively
●    Taking the initiative
●    Spotting opportunities
●    Entrepreneurial competences

the other 2 available editions of the course for 2024 are:

FIRST EDITION - If your research is mainly focused on Smart Industry (all fields), the course will take place from January 29th to February 2nd.

SECOND EDITION - If your research is mainly focused on ICT and Digital Transformation (all fields), the classes will take place from February 28th to March 1rst.

For any further query you can contact directly milena.bigatto@trentinoinnovation.eu