Past projects 
\ Research for Global Challenges

This section presents all past projects related to Ca' Foscari's Global Challenges. To  discover the on-going projects, please visit the page Projects. 

Enhancing touristic development through culture: ArTVision+

The tourist promotion is usually directed towards more popular/ bigger destinations, thus the need arises for a quality promotion of less popular destinations, through the prism of culture. With this project, less popular destinations will be included, presenting their cultural heritage to tourists and realise a quality cooperation between artists and organisers of the touristic offer. An IT platform will connect artists and organisers of tourist manifestations to create a quality cooperation, to present the tourist product and will be the base for a promotion campaign.

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Researcher: Fabrizio Panozzo
Duration: 01/01/2018 - 30/06/2019

Smart manufacturing for EU Growth

"MAKERS ­-Smart Manufacturing for EU Growth and Prosperity" brings together leaders from business, academia and policy to study issues related to the drivers and dynamics of sustaining the competitiveness of EU manufacturing sectors.
The project’s innovative research, training and mobility activities address key concerns related to the historic opportunity for the EU to lead a manufacturing renaissance that not only upgrades existing manufacturing competences but, more importantly, develops new technological capabilities across EU regions to support regional industrial resilience for more distributed and sustainable socio­economic growth and prosperity.

This project is funded by Horizon 2020 - Research and innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) and is developed at the Ca’ Foscari Economics Department.

Researcher: Mario Volpe
Duration: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

Chinese Labour in a Global Perspective

In the past few years, much has been written about a “rights awakening” allegedly undergoing among internal migrant workers in China.
But how do Chinese workers perceive their rights? What role do Chinese state and non­state actors play in shaping this perception? And, more important, how will these shifting dynamics of Chinese labour activism affect the future of China as a “world factory”? This research, a Marie Curie Global fellowship won by Ivan Franceschini, will not only give a meaningful contribution to the academic debate, but will also provide European policy- makers, companies, trade unions and labour NGOs with much needed knowledge on how to address Chinese labour issues in this new phase of the globalization process.

Researcher: Renzo Cavalieri
Duration: 01/12/2015 - 30/11/2018

Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

Ca’ Foscari researchers are involved in the Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment ­NANOFASE Horizon 2020 project (Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies).
Progress is needed in the prediction of environmental distribution, concentration and form (speciation) of nanomaterials, to allow early assessment of potential environmental and human exposure and risks, to facilitate safe product design and to include these aspects in nano regulation.

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Researcher: Antonio Marcomini
Duration: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2019

Reevaluating minor rivers as cultural landscapes

The project "EUWATHER - European Waterways Heritage: Reevaluating European minor rivers and canals as cultural landscapes" is funded by the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage and aims to promote a knowledge of the unique cultural heritage of minor waterways and historical canals in 4 European pilot regions located in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The overall objective is to develop a better governance, focusing on new opportunities for sustainable development and ecotourism.

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Researcher: Francesco Vallerani
Duration: 01/09/2015 - 31/08/2017

Nanomaterials for the Restoration of works of art

Funded by Horizon 2020, "NANORESTART NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART" ­will develop a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science.
It is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure the long­term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage by taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and the cost of materials.
The project brings together centres of excellence in the field of the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world- leading chemical industries and SMEs operating in R&D and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums.
They will assess new materials through their use with artefacts in urgent need of conservation and then disseminate the resulting knowledge internationally.

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Researcher: Antonio Marcomini
Duration: 01/06/2015 - 30/11/2018

Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular

Funded by an ERC Starting grant, this project aims to offer the first detailed and comprehensive study of the vernacular diffusion of Aristotle through a series of analyses of his primary texts.
Works that fall within the two main Renaissance fields of speculative philosophy (metaphysics, natural philosophy, mathematics and logic) and civil philosophy (ethics, politics, rhetoric and poetics) will be studied.
In light of their respective competencies, two research teams in Venice and at the University of Warwick will each generally focus their investigation on one of these two bodies of work.

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Researcher: Marco Sgarbi
Duration: 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2019

Coping with rising damp in buildings

The aims of the project "EMERISDA - Effectiveness of methods against rising damp in buildings: European practice and perspective", within the framework of JPI Cultural Heritage, is to achieve a scientifically based evaluation of the effectiveness of different methods against rising damp and develop a decision ­support tool for the knowledgeable selection and successful application of these methods in the practice of conservation.
These aims will be achieved by gathering and sharing existing knowledge, until now scattered across the EU, and by acquiring new knowledge through the application of selected methods in case studies.

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Researcher: Elisabetta Zendri
Duration: 01/02/2014 - 31/01/2017

Europeana Space

The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources.
It will provide an open environment for the development of applications and services based on digital cultural content.
The use of this environment will be fostered by a vigorous, wide­ranging and sustainable programme of promotion, dissemination and replication of the Best Practices developed within the project.
The extensive resources and networks of the Europeana Space consortium will be drawn on to ensure the success of the project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP).

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Researcher: Leonardo Buzzavo
Duration: 01/02/2014 - 31/01/2017