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. 

Big data of the past for the future of Europe

The Project Time Machine will give Europe the technology to strengthen its identity against globalisation, populism and increased social exclusion, by turning its history and cultural heritage into a living resource for co-creating its future. The FET Flagship will develop a large-scale digitisation and computing infrastructure mapping millennia of European historical and geographical evolution, transforming kilometres of archives, large collections from museums and libraries, and geo-historical datasets into a distributed digital information system. To succeed, a series of fundamental breakthroughs are targeted in Artificial Intelligence and ICT, making Europe the leader in the extraction and analysis of Big Data of the Past.
Time Machine will bring a new era of open access to sources, where past and on-going research are open science. A dissemination programme aims to further strengthen the rapidly growing ecosystem, currently counting 95 research institutions, most prestigious European cultural heritage associations, large enterprises and innovative SMEs, influential business and civil society associations, and international and national institutional bodies.

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Researcher: Dorit Raines
Duration: 01/03/2019 - 29/02/2020

EeDaPP– Energy efficiency Data Protocol and Portal

Despite some progress has been made in green finance, only a fraction of bank lending and funding (securities) is explicitly classified as green. There is a huge and urgent need of a standardised approach to “green due diligence”. The EeDaPP Project intends to deliver large-scale, granular technical and financial data related to energy efficient mortgages by way of a standardised data protocol to be accessed through a common, centralised portal. The EeDaPP Project will boost the green securities market in terms of size, liquidity and efficiency by providing for the traceability of the performance of energy efficient assets, allowing for the identification of such assets for the purposes of energy efficient covered bond/bond issuance and potentially other derivatives, and by significantly boosting investor confidence in such securities.

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Researcher: Monica Billio
Duration: 01/03/2018 - 29/02/2020

From Ancient Maritime Routes to eco-touristic destinations

The territories involved in the project "APPRODI" hosted in the past ancient harbors who have been always considered marginal to cities’ development, thus scarcely attractive for visitors. APPRODI aims to promote and valorize cultural heritages in ADRION area by enhancing management and promotion of ancient harbors sites as touristic destinations and by improving the involvement of local communities. Five pilot sites will be valorized as new potential destinations linked to such ancient, by applying innovative techniques such as geo-archeological investigations, whose findings will be exposed in Museums exhibitions.

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Researcher: Elisabetta Zendri
Duration: 01/01/2018 - 31/12/2019

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

Boosting green agrifood through aquaponics sustainable solutions

Aquaponics is an integrated production practice, strongly rooted on circular economy principles, which could lead to reduce impacts deriving from the agricultural sector: vegetables can be cultivated without the use of soil and limiting the water consumption up to 90%, if compared to traditional agricultural practices. In addition, this technique avoids the use of pesticides for plants, since these would harm the farmed fish, and it reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gases emissions. The project BLUEGRASS aims at introducing and sustaining the development of the Aquaponics technique in Italy and Slovenia (the area covered by the funding Interreg Programme).

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Researcher: Daniele Brigolin
Duration: 01/10/2017 - 30/03/2020

Sustainable fish production under climate change

Ca’ Foscari scholars are involved in the ClimeFish project, Co-creating a Decision Support Framework to ensure sustainable fish production in Europe under climate change.
ClimeFish is a Horizon 2020 project, which involves 21 academic and non­academic partners from all over Europe and focuses on marine and freshwater fisheries and aquaculture, It aims to forecast effects of climate changes at the species and ecosystem level, creating responsive management schemes, and delivering a decision support framework co­created with stakeholders.

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Researcher: Fabio Pranovi
Duration: 01/04/2016 - 30/03/2020

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