Research

Ca’ Foscari hosts Dr Pat Tanner, leading 3D maritime archaeology expert

Dr Pat Tanner is one of the world’s greatest experts in 3D maritime archaeology. He has joined Ca’ Foscari as a visiting scholar to collaborate with the Venice Centre for Digital and Public Humanities (VeDPH) at the Department of Humanities.

Marie Curie Fellow Animesh Gain on Water Security and Climate Change

Dr Animesh Gain, Marie Curie Global Fellow at Ca’ Foscari and MIT, has contributed to the chapter on Water for the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). We have asked him to talk about his research and his contribution to the chapter on Water. 

AI to aid historians in restoring, placing and dating ancient texts

Ithaca is the first deep neural network that can aid historians in restoring the text of damaged inscriptions and in identifying their original location and date. Ithaca is the result of the PithyaPlus project of Marie Curie Fellow Thea Sommerschield, and it has been published in Nature.

What are NFTs? Digital art and the notion of ownership

What are NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)? Many people asked themselves that question upon hearing about the multimillion sales in the world of art collection and digital art. We have interviewed professors Alessandra Zanardo, Andrea Minto, and Stefania de Vincentis.

'Green' cosmetics: British start-up invests in Ca' Foscari patent

The agreement was signed on Thursday, 24 February 2022 in Aula Baratto at Ca’ Foscari during the conference “Sustainability in cosmetics. Bridging research, patents and market”, which focussed on the relationship between sustainable research and its enhancement in the cosmetic industry.

Drugs and pesticides in the feathers of sandwich terns and seagulls

Pollutants are everywhere. Two studies conducted at Ca' Foscari have found anti-inflammatory drugs and other substances in the tissues of seabirds who nest in the lagoon, thanks to chick feather analysis.

 

 

How has life expectancy changed since 2020 because of COVID-19?

A joint study by Ca’ Foscari and the University of Padova, published in the international journal PLOS-ONE, shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on life expectancy in many countries around the world. The study was conducted by Stefano Mazzucco (University of Padova) and Stefano Campostrini (Ca’ Foscari).

Agnese, the unknown daughter of Marco Polo

An exceptional discovery was made by Marcello Bolognari at the State Archive of Venice: the last will and testament penned by a young woman on 7 July 1319 in Venice and entrusted to her father Marco, reveal the existence of a daughter of the famous traveller and author of the Travels of Marco Polo.

Italian mission discovers ancient Buddhist temples in Gandhara, Pakistan

One of the most ancient Buddhist temples in the world has been uncovered during the latest archaeological excavation campaign of the Italian mission led by Professor Luca Maria Olivieri in the city of Barikot, in the Swat region of Pakistan.