Aim of the event

Biowaste Valorisation / Exploitation and Water management are key elements of the Waste, Water and Circular Economy topics of the LIFE Environment & Resource Efficiency. The LIFE programme, with the sub-programme for Environment, co-finances action grants for pilot and demonstration projects to develop, test and demonstrate policy or management approaches, including development and demonstration of innovative technologies, to environmental challenges, suitable for being replicated, transferred or mainstreamed. Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, organizes a networking meeting inviting key actors of recently managed LIFE projects, recently closed or still on-going but near their conclusion, to share and facilitate the replicability of the achieved results, in cooperation with the EASME LIFE Unit (Executive Agency of the European Commission) and the National Contact Point of the Italian Ministry of the Environment.

09.15 Registration

09.30 Welcome address

  • Francesco Ubertini, Rector - University of Bologna
  • Patrizio Bianchi, Regional Minister for Coordination of the European Policies for Growth, Education, Vocational Training, University, Research and Employment, Emilia-Romagna Region
  • Paola Gazzolo, Regional Minister for soil and coast protection, civil protection, environmental and mountain policies, Emilia-Romagna Region


09.45 LIFE: 25 years of circular economy, looking ahead to the future
Angelo Salsi, EASME, Head of Unit – European Commission LIFE Program

10.15 The actions of the Ministry for the Environment for the replication of results of Life projects
Stefania Betti, National Contact Point – Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea AT Sogesid

10.45 Successful Life Environment Projects on Waste, Circular Economy and Water Topics

Biowaste Valorisation / Exploitation projects 

  • Demonstration  of the suitability of dredged remediated sediments for safe and sustainable horticulture production (LIFE Hortised) - Edgardo Giordani, University of Florence


  •  LIFE-Pla4Coffee (LIFE-Pla4coffee) - Cesare Rapparini, Aroma System S.r.l.


  • Environmentally friendly biomolecules from agricultural wastes as substitutes of pesticides for plant diseases control (LIFE  Evergreen)  - Stefania Tegli, University of Florence


  • Sustainable bio-based coating from tomato processing by-products for  food metal packaging (LIFE Biocopacplus) - Angela Montanari, Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry  - SSICA


  • Innovative fertilizer from urban waste, bio-char and farm residues as substitute of chemical fertilizers (LIFE Resafe) - Alice Dall’Ara, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development - ENEA


  • Recycling of textile fibres from end-of-life tires for production of new asphalts and plastic compounds (Refibre - LIFE) - Massimo Carassai, Steca S.p.A


Water Management and Agriculture projects

  • Sustainable WATer management in the lower Cornia valley through demand REduction, aquifer REcharge and river REstoration (LIFE Rewat) - Rudy Rossetto, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies


  • BIOprocess ControL through Online titrimetry to reduce Carbon footprint in wastewater treatment (LIFE Biocloc) - Cecilia Caretti, University of Florence


  • Development of an innovative and user-friendly indicator system for biodiversity in groundwater dependent Ecosystems (Aqualife) - Monica di Francesco, Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park
  • Naturalistic Restoration for the integrated hydraulic-environmental Sustainability of the Emilian Canals (LIFE Rinasce) - Mannino Giuseppe, Emilia-Romagna Region


  • Introducing innovative precision farming techniques in AGRIculture to decrease CARbon Emissions (LIFE-Agricare) e Improving soils quality and strengthening the adaptation to climate change through sustainable techniques of Conservation Agriculture (LIFE-HelpSoil) - Lorenzo Furlan, Veneto Agricoltura

Discussions and Conclusions 

13.30 Light Lunch

14.30 - 16.30 Networking meeting on Life Soil and Water Management projects, organized by the University of Bologna as coordinator of the Life Agrowetlands II project, focused on soil and precision agriculture.

For the experts in WASTE and CLIMATE sectors, the following meeting will be organised by Bologna City Hall, together with Stefania Betti, National Contact Point – Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea AT Sogesid. It will be held at Bologna City HalI,further information regarding the venue will be provided during the morning at the event):
14.30  - 15.30 
Guided tour of Bologna Municipality' s LIFE Projects: benefits and opportunities for the City (LIFE BLUEAP, RAINBO, GAIA, LAIKA, PREPAIR, EcoBudget projects), Palazzo d’Accursio - Piazza Maggiore, 6 - Bologna