|Short Description:||UNIBO was founded in 1088 and is considered to be the oldest university in Western Europe. Nowadays, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe with more than 100.000 enrolled students, 23 faculties, 69 departments, 3000 academics and 3000 administrative staff. Some of the activities have been decentralised in four campus areas in the Romagna region (Cesena, Forli, Ravenna and Rimini).|
At UNIBO, research and teaching activities in marine biology are promoted and co-ordinated by several research groups based in Ravenna or Bologna. Experience ranges from marine ecology, marine botany, marine zoology, marine biochemistry and physiology, marine geology and geochemistry, physical oceanography and modelling, and marine chemistry. UNIBO is part of several international networks (including MarBef, ENCORE, NaGISA, ERA-MORE), and participates and/or coordinates several EU projects (including Theseus, CoralWarm, FishPopTrace, MarUrbe)
UNIBO participates to MARES as a full partner. This includes contributing to: the management and scientific boards; the employment of doctoral candidates; the delivery of the joint degree diplomas; and the training (through both teaching and research supervision) of MARES students. Emphasis will be on topics related to ocean acidification, overexploitation of marine resources and fisheries, and habitat loss, urban development and spatial planning. UNIBO will develop two expert courses focussing on “Phylogeography and population genetics of marine fish”, and “Ecology, planning and management of marine urban systems”, and offer a choice of courses in the Italian language. UNIBO will also provide access for MARES students to its outstanding library facilities (printed and on-line), covering over 120.000 periodicals and 630.000 journals, and will offer advice and practical assistance to mobile students, including finding appropriate accommodation and facilitating the VISA process.