The UNESCO Chair is composed by a multidisciplinary group of experts from companies and academic environment.

Marco Bezzi

is an environmental engineer: when the Environment is not only the research interest but also the best playground for his favourite activities such as Windsurfing and Mountain climbing. After his PhD in the Analysis of Natural Hazard in Mountain Areas, Marco Bezzi is dealing with teaching activity in Water Resources Management and Irrigation system and he is lecturer in the course “Practical Stage in Environmental Context” at the University of Trento for the UNESCO Chair. His academic activity is integrated with the free-lance activity at national and international level facilitating the match-point between the theoretical and the applied engineering.

Marco Ciolli

is assistant professor in Forestry and Silviculture at the University of Trento, he teaches Applied Ecology, Field sampling and Spatial Ecological Modelling, Geographic Information Systems. He has taught and organized courses and International Summer Schools in South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and is involved in many national and international research projects. He loves forests, nature and biodiversity and is particularly fond of Tropical Ecosystems both marine and terrestrial. He uses and supports Free and Open Source software in research and education since 1995 and is member of OSGEO.

Corrado Diamantini

is teaching fellow at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (DICAM) of the University of Trento, where he held the positions of Full Professor of Town and Regional Planning, Head of the School in Environmental Engineering and Deputy Director of the School on local development. He is also the Vice President of the Consortium of Associations with Mozambique, an NGO that – among other things – supports the Administration of the District of Caia for aspects concerning both rural and urban development. He has a several decades long experience of research and design in Africa.

Davide Geneletti

Associate Professor of Spatial Planning at the University of Trento. Specialised in impact assessment of projects, plans and policies; ecosystem services and urban green infrastructures; multicriteria analysis. Formerly Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Sustainability Science Program and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. He has consulted for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-HABITAT, and the European Commission.

Marco Ragazzi

Presently full professor in Environmental and Sanitary Engineering in the Univerity of Trento. He graduated in Sanitary Engineering, Technical University of Milan, Italy (with honours). Noseda Award winner as 1988 best graduated in Hydraulic Engineering in the Technical University of Milan. He achieved a doctorate in Environmental Sanitary Engineering. Ambrogino d’Oro Award (Municipality of Milan, 2006) for the contribution to the solution of the wastewater emergency of the city. Research activity mostly concerning a) waste treatment plants optimisation to reduce human exposure to pollutants, b) air and water quality management in anthropized areas. Co-author of more than 150 scientific documents in the Scopus database.

Marco Tubino

is Professor of Hydraulics and member of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Trento. He graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Genoa and achieved a doctorate in Hydrodynamics at the University of Padua. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the Department. Since its foundation in 2008, he has been member of the Steering Committee and of the Scientific Board of the Centre for International Cooperation of Trento, of which he became president in 2020. He is presently the President of the Conference of the Italian Schools of Engineering (CopI). His research interests are river morphodynamics, environmental hydraulics and environmental impact assessment. Marco isthe senior leader of the GIAMT research group.

Guido Zolezzi

is a member of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. Environment and people: Guido Zolezzi particularly enjoys interacting with and understanding both of them, and this is a continuous source of motivation for his research and educational activities. Guido is presently the Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development at the University of Trento, and the Director the SMART Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (http://www.riverscience.it). He is enrolled as assistant professor in Hydraulics and is the reference person for the University of Trento at CUCS, the National University Network for Development Cooperation. His research interests are river morphodynamics, environmental hydraulics, eco-hydraulics in natural and regulated streams and water resources management in the developing world. Guido’s research is most within the GIAMT research group (http://www.unitn.it/en/giamt).

Massimo Zortea

is a member of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. Massimo Zortea is a lawyer, specialized in Environmental Law (http://www.zorteasandri.it), experienced of International Cooperation, particularly environmental. He has carried out missions in around 50 Countries. He holds the courses Methodologies of International Cooperation and Planning Development with Environmental Mainstreaming. He collaborates with several environmental education and training institutions (TuttoAmbiente, IPSOA-WKI, Ecoopera, IAL FVG, Ecipa BZ). He’s a member of some research groups. He’s also committed for over twenty years in NGOs’ world, where he has assumed directive charges at national and international levels. In 2010 he was awarded with the Quietly Brilliant Award by HTC and World Vision Italy (“for having interpreted in his social commitment the HTC’s philosophy of making great things with humility”).

Francesca Benci

is currently working as project manager for the no-profit organization Associazione Trentino con i Balcani. By improving the efficiency of existing water infrastructures and by testing qualitative methods to determine ecological flows in running waters, the project lead by her aims to address sustainable water resources management in the Peja region of Kosovo. She graduated from the UNESCO chair MSC at the University of Trento while participating in the TALETE honours programme and did a double degree at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (FR).

Matteo Calce

is a graduating M.Sc. student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento. His area of interest is wastewater treatment, especially through low-cost technologies. He is conducting an experimental thesis work by LISA laboratory of University of Trento to study the potential synergy between photocatalysis and constructed wetland processes in a bench-scale pilot plant and the feasibility for possible applications such as tertiary treatment to remove any remaining nitrogen compounds from wastewater.

Marta Crivellaro

is currently a PhD student at C3A, Centre Agriculture Food Environment of the University of Trento. Her research focuses on hydro-morphodynamics and related ecosystem services of near natural river corridors and wetlands and their value in the Anthropocene. She conducts part of her research in the Vjosa basin, one of the last free flowing rivers of Europe, in the framework of an international cooperation project led by VIS, CELIM and CESVI. The aim of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the Albanian natural capital, by strengthening the capacity of local institutions in the management of natural protected areas.

Nicola D’Alberton

is currently a Research Fellow at C3A, Centre Agriculture Food and Environment of the University of Trento. His research is focused on a mountain area of Lebanon in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, in the framework of a cooperation project led by Istituto Oikos NGO. The aim of the project is to introduce a new precision irrigation technology that could lead to significant water savings thus increasing the farmers adaptation to climate change. Nicola is responsible for the development of suitable tools and indicators to monitor and assess the performances of the novel option for the sustainable use of the water resource.

Luigi Hinegk

is currently a PhD student at the Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Trento, Italy. His research focuses on the optimization of water resources in highly regulated rivers, investigating the Garda-Mincio basin as a baseline case study. For his M.Sc. thesis, he spent 3 months in Paraguay (South America), working on the eutrophication and management of the nationally relevant Ypacaraí Lake.

Livia Serrao

is currently a PhD student at DICAM of the University of Trento. She conducts part of her research activity in the Alto Huallaga basin, Peru, in the framework of an international cooperation project led by Mandacaru ONLUS, a fairtrade cooperative. The aim of the project is to enhance local farmers’ resilience against climate and environmental change. Her research mainly focuses on river-floodplain dynamics and the assessment of climate change impacts on agricultural local practices.