- Roberta Biasillo – environmental historian. She is currently working at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory – KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Social Security (INPS) and affiliated with the Università Roma Tre (Italy). She is conducting a research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa, besides OCC!.
In 2016 she received a scholarship in order to spend a research period at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The research project – “The 1882 shocking revelation. The forgotten disaster that disclosed the Italian environmental complexity” – proposes to investigate a tremendous “natural” disaster occurred in the Northern Italy over the 1880s. The aim is to approach a specific flood from a socio-nature perspective and to reconstruct it as a produced event which, in its turn, produces reality. What is the relationship between natural and social transformations and what are the links among risk, disasters, long-term and short-term impacts on public opinion and policy-makers? Answering these questions allows the research to gain more insight into the rooted and lasting feature of the Italian hydrogeological instability. Until 25 January 2020 you can freely read the results of this research through the link here. Read more about Roberta Biasillo’s research here.
- Elisa Privitera – Ph.D. candidate in Evaluation and Mitigation of Urban and Land Risks at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture at the University of Catania; member of the LabPEAT, Laboratory for the Environmental and Ecological Design at the University of Catania (Italy). As C. M. Lerici Foundation 2018 fellow, she spent a period of research from 31st January 2019 to 30th April 2019 at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm. Read more about her project here.
- Gaia Boso – student in the Master program Natural Sciences and Management at Università di Bologna (Italy). She spent 3 months in Sweden for an internship project that was developed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the overall goal of the study was to assess the indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for brown bears in the Swedish tundra ecosystem. This study is based on the hypothesis that reindeer grazing affects food availability for bears by changing the abundance and productivity of berry-producing plants, which are an essential food source for bears before hibernation. If you want to read the conclusion of Gaia Boso’s research, you can find it here.
- Maria Elena Curzi – MA Choreography student at the National Dance Academy of Rome (Italy) and professional dancer and choreographer. She spent a research period at the DOCH University of Dance and Circus UNIARTS Stockholm and at the Ballettakademien Stockholm. Read all about her activities here.
- Elena Gazzea – Student at the Master Program MSc Forest Science at Università degli Studi di Padova. The project “Indirect effects of reindeer grazing on food availability for bears in the Swedish tundra” was developed in Sweden at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and aims at better understanding the ecology of tundra ecosystems. The internship consisted partly of data collection and partly working at SLU facilities in Uppsala. Due to the nature of the project, data was collected in the harsh tundra environment, experiencing first-hand the wildlife inhabiting it, the abiotic conditions shaping it and witnessing the evolution of the short growing season in the north. Read more about Elena Gazzea’s project here.
- Dario Gisotti – External collaborator at D.I.S.T.A.V. Department at Università di Genova. He spent 3 months in Sweden for a research visit at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. His project – “Macrofungal Ecology and Conservation” – studied macrofungi as a group of organisms of immense ecological importance, that cover a wide variety of ecological functions and are essential elements of forestal ecosystems. Fungal ecology is a field which is underdeveloped in comparison to other branches of biology, but Sweden is a center of excellence and innovation in this field. In particular the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala presents a substantial amount of ongoing research, environmental monitoring and fungal conservation actions, including the national red-listing of fungi in Sweden. The department have about 70 employees and undertakes fundamental and applied research focused on interactions involving plants, pathogenic, symbiotic and saprotrophic fungi and other microorganisms and their role in forest and agricultural systems. You may find some introductory information about this Department here. Read more about Dario Gisotti’s project here.
- Tomas Wedin – PhD in Educational History. In May 2019 he visited Dipartimento di Storia, Culture e Civilità at University of Bologna as guest lecturer in a seminar organized by Professor Pietro Colla. In his lecture, Wedin reflected on historical-didactical insights based on his PhD thesis and on his 10 years of experience as high school teacher. During his visit, he also met a number of other researchers and established a series of contacts that will be precious for the development of his postdoctoral project, that he will conduct in Paris for the upcoming 3 years. Read more about Tomas Wedin project in his final report here.
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