The University of Catania (UNICT), founded in 1434, is one of the oldest academic institutions in Italy and in the Mediterranean basin. With its more than 40,000 students and 100 courses is classified as a “mega-athenaeum”. UNICT promotes educational initiatives both to internal users and to the actors of the economic and cultural development of the country. The teaching activities are managed by 17 departments, by the Faculty of Medicine, and the educational facilities of Ragusa and Siracusa. Moreover, the Scuola Superiore is a center of high-level university education that every year selects talented young Italian and foreign students regularly enrolled in University courses.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A) was born on 1 November 2014 from the former Faculty of Agriculture. The mission of Di3A is to produce high quality scientific research with a high social and economic impact, and to manage seven courses and one international doctorate with highly innovative contents in the areas of agricultural, food and environmental production. The Di3A brings together scientists from different scientific areas involved in the management of agricultural, food and non-food crops, agricultural microbiology, plant biotechnology, agricultural chemistry, food technology, animal husbandry and phytopathology. A further strategic objective of the Di3A is to support the economic and cultural development of the country by preparing professionals in the agro-food system, combining the peculiar traits of the university system (such as research and teaching) to promote an effective impact on socio-cultural dynamics of the territory.
University of Palermo
The University of Palermo (UNIPA) is a consolidated cultural, scientific and teaching presence in central-western Sicily. It counts 5 Schools and 23 Departments, which cover the most important domains of contemporary scientific and technological knowledge. More than 120 courses (first and second cycle) are yearly offered as well as 44 master and specialization and 23 PhD courses, targeted to the training of specific professional figures, often in cooperation with external institutions and companies – a galaxy which attracts about 11,000 first-year students per year. Researchers of UNIPA study every day to find new solution to the questions posed by nature, science and society, promoting innovation and progress to the international scientific community and the world of production.
The Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Forestali (DAFFS) has many years of experience in the field of food microbiology and technologies. The DAFFS has been developing research projects regarding microbial biodiversity in farming agriculture and food matrices from several years. It counts on national and international collaboration for the achievement of objectives of different projects. The institution includes many laboratories coming from microbiology, mycology, pathology, virology, to molecular biology, microscopy, chemistry and sensory. In the structure basic and specific instruments that are in the forefront in traditional and molecular microbiology are available, as well as several bio-informatics software for data analyses.
Local Organizing Committee
Antonio Alfonzo, University of Palermo, Italy Cinzia Caggia, University of Catania, Italy Luca Cocolin, University of Torino, Italy Daniele Daffonchio, King Abdullah University, Kaust, Saudi Arabia Nicola Francesca, University of Palermo, Italy Raimondo Gaglio, University of Palermo, Italy Rosa Guarcello, University of Palermo, Italy Erasmo Neviani, University of Parma, Italy Alessandra Pino, University of Catania, Italy Cinzia Lucia Randazzo, University of Catania, Italy Cristina Restuccia, University of Catania, Italy Nunziatina Russo, University of Catania, Italy Luca Settanni, University of Palermo, Italy Maria Concetta Strano, CREA, Italy Amanda Vaccalluzzo, University of Catania, Italy