Romano di Lombardia, Italy

University of Gastronomic Sciences
Romano di Lombardia, Italy

University of Gastronomic science is an international academic institution in Northern Italy. The campus is located in Bra, a city in the north-west region of Piedmont. It was founded in 2004 by Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food Movement, as the first university specifically devoted to study the inextricable links between food and cultures. Wikipedia.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2014 | Award Amount: 279.25K | Year: 2014

The Researchers Night has been for the eight past editions a regular appointment for researchers and for the different publics of science in Piedmont. The opportunity to organize two subsequent editions of the Night allows an active involvement of the stakeholders in the co-production of the event to increase their engagement and mutual awareness. Researchers, young people, citizens and, for the first time, industries will participate together to create a unique event. In addition, the 2015 edition will be the 10th anniversary of the Night in Piedmont and in Europe, a milestone to assess the impact of the event. The acronym TRACKS intends to represent the scientific method that researchers use in their work, the way that science and technology are making within society and the need for society to get involved into science and technology, the route that young people can take for their future and the track that policy makers and citizens can choose to address in an innovative and democratic way the challenges of our time, as pointed out by Horizon 2020. In terms of communication and impact, the novelty introduced in 2013 The human face of research will allow public and researchers to meet before and after the Night on the web and through the new media to represent the impact that the Night has had in its first 10 years on the society. For this reason we suggest to extend this project to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event throughout the EU and we have the intention to cooperate with the EU Commission in such context. Needless to say, the best traditional activities of the previous editions will continue in all venues but especially the European Coffee corner for science, a very appealing space where the public can get in touch with researchers and learn about the European dimension of science. The Night in Piedmont will also be an opportunity to promote in 2014 an active participation in the International Year of Light 2015 and of course in the EXPO2015.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: MSCA-NIGHT-2016 | Award Amount: 271.75K | Year: 2016

The European Researchers Night (ERN) has become an annual tradition in Piedmont thanks to an extraordinary 10 years experience that has made citizens of all ages eagerly awaiting this appointment with the scientific vocation of our district and the European Commission. The CLOSER project will involve all the 8 provinces of Piedmont and the major city of the Aosta Valley (who recently joined the project), treasuring the capitalized experience of the past editions: it will build on the results achieved along this thrilling journey and move forward, also on the basis of the European agenda defined by H2020 in relation to the science and society issues. The acronym CLOSER reflects the whole thread of this proposal, which aims at establishing an alliance between researchers and the various societal actors by bringing them closer to one another, using the RRI approach to encourage them to take responsibility and work together to design a sustainable, ethically acceptable and socially desirable future. For this purpose, specific actions will be devised to actively engage citizens, schools and young people, policy makers and industries, who wont be just the audience but the protagonists of each of the proposed action. A special programme will particularly target young people to foster their interest in scientific careers. In addition, CLOSER aims at strengthening the European citizenship feeling of the public involved as well as increasing their awareness of the importance of the European dimension in research through specific activities such as the European Stage for Research and Innovation, A talk with young research! and The Human Face of Research. To realise such an ambitious programme, the engagement of a large, trans-disciplinary, gender-balanced community of researchers committed to public engagement will be vital: CLOSER will provide them with innovative, creative formats of communication that will strengthen their capability of communicating their research.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 72.50K | Year: 2010

The Re-Fuel project will treasure the experience capitalised in the past editions (RCCS (2006), ReASON (2007), REPLAY (2008) and Re-Party (2009) and will continue to work as accumulation point for resources, ideas, energies and expertise which will ensure the full regional coverage, both in Piedmont and Aosta Valley. Partners and over 50 organisations endeavours will concentrate on organising a Researchers Night in two city more than in 2009 and Aosta Valley, in order to offer to citizens a widened offer and opportunity to meet researchers and their life and work and to interact with them. The 2010 edition will stress three of the very many characteristics that may describe research as a fun, young and ever living human activity. This will be the starting point expressed by the project title itself and by the acronym, suggesting that fun lays in the inner core for every scientific investigation and that this is keeping it young and yet not a new come. The result is an ever-living propelling engine for humankind evolution, fuelled by new generations interests and involvement. In this scenario, and after the ESOF2010 event, Turin will be the 2010 European Youth Capital (EYC) and will be given the chance to to showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development. 2010 Researchers Night will be one of Turin EYC cornerstone events.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-NIGHT | Award Amount: 80.88K | Year: 2013

The Researchers Night has been for the seven past editions a regular appointment for the different publics of science in Piedmont. The 2013 edition will rely on new advanced communication, impact assessment and web tools to put more and more the researchers at the center of the project and at the same time to increase the number of participants, the cooperation with other projects, the EU dimension and the global impact of the event. Indeed, the acronym FACES stresses the emphasis that the project puts on the human face of scientific research, but also on the choice of facing the challenges concerning science and society through innovative methods. The sharing process at national and EU level started in 2012 with the SHARE project will continue through joint objectives, tools and in particular the implementation of the national website. In terms of communication, the novelty will be the project The human face of research that will allow public and researchers to meet before and after the Night on the web, while the impact assessment will be strengthened by the new Design your own researcher avatar. The most successful activity of the 2012 edition is enriched with new content and extended to all Piedmontese cities: the European Coffee corner for science, short multimedia presentations of researchers followed by discussions with public in front of a coffee or a beer enlightened by the music of the universities radios. A new appealing space where the public can get in touch with researchers and learn about the European dimension of science. Needless to say, the best traditional activities of the previous editions will continue with more and more initiatives in all the venues: Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Verbania and Vercelli. The Night in Piedmont will also be an opportunity to actively participate in the International Year of Water Cooperation as the year 2013 has been declared by the UN.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-NIGHT | Award Amount: 86.15K | Year: 2012

The Researchers Night in Piedmont and Aosta Valley has been for all past editions a regular appointment for the different publics of science. The 2012 edition will be organised on past experiences and activities established in the different venues with important novelties but not only. Indeed, the acronym SHARE could be the flagship for a new venture to be shared throughout Italy and Europe on the basis of the single organisers best practices. Exchanging activities and sharing of goals will strengthen even more the spirit of this important European event. The SHARE process will start in Piedmont and Aosta Valley, where the Partners have identified the best initiatives that will be exchanged between the different locations, and then will be extended to Italy and Europe thanks to a dedicated website. The Night in Piedmont will be also an opportunity to actively take part in the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All declared by the UN for 2012. Specific initiatives, games, public engagement activities will be organised on this issue. The energy topic will also be a chance to better involve the industrial world and put it in touch with researchers and general public. In terms of activities for the second year will be organised Pizza with the Prof, an informal meeting between students and researchers in front of a good pizza. New for 2012 will be the Coffee corner for science, short multimedia presentations of researchers followed by discussions with public in front of a coffee or a beer. And then games, experiments, exhibitions, talk-shows, music and much more thanks to the involvement of more than 500 researchers. The European dimension of the event will be provided by the usual participation of the Ispra JRC, CERN and Enterprise Europe Network but will be strengthened by collaboration with the Smart Cities and PLACES projects in which the city of Torino is deeply engaged. The appointment is for September 28, 2012 in Piedmont and Aosta Valley.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2011-NIGHT | Award Amount: 75.33K | Year: 2011

The LINKeRS project aims at enhancing public recognition of researchers work and of the benefits that science and research bring to society. The main idea of the project, which will take advantage of synergies with the events of Italia 150 and profit of the heritage of ESOF 2010, is to invite researchers from Piedmont, Italy and Europe, to establish links between the world of science and society, in particular young people. A rich and wide range of activities, involving young and communicative researchers, as well as more experienced scientists, will be offered, including open-air experiments, performances, talkshows, guided visits to science museums and laboratories, Pizza with the Prof, school contests. LINKeRS will create a genuine atmosphere to share experience among reasearchers and the general public, in order to raise consciousness about science and at the same time stimulate scientists to communicate their work and make science more understandable and closer to people. The impact of the event will be carefully monitored and assessed by questionnaires based on performance indicators, from which indications for future activities and science communication strategies will be obtained.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-NIGHT | Award Amount: 112.52K | Year: 2009

No Researchers ? No Party ! expresses in its title the concept of the proposal: offer, on the 25th of September, to the public at large a unique event to better know researchers and their role, to interact and to party with them. The Re-party project is conceived as a catalyst of resources, ideas, energies and expertise as its structured on 3 key pillars: continuity, creativity, communicability (3C). These three key words characterize the findings of the 2008 impact assessment activities and summarize perfectly the areas where partners will focus their efforts. The consortium, with the support of a large number of local and regional stakeholders, will set up a festive programme to be performed in the 7 venues of the 2 involved regions: Piemonte and Aosta valley. The Re-Party project is thus impacting on the North West of Italy. More than 200 researchers have been mobilized in the 2 regions to brainstorm and to propose activities for the Night: Re-Party project will organize a mix of multidisciplinary experiments, games, entertainments, debates with music, sounds and light. Citizen will find activities in the streets and in open venues as well as and in labs, theatres, cafs, museums. Novelties for the 2009 Night are: a reinforced participation of SMEs, the contribution of Ispra JRC for the EU corner, a massive use of the social networks tools to reach the identified target audience (younger generations and students), the willing to assess the national impact and to open to EU partner regions and generally to go beyond the regional boundaries. Re-Party wants to plan an evening where all the involved parties, namely public and researchers, get together and discover each other under a different light!

Pieroni A.,University of Gastronomic Sciences | Giusti M.E.,University of Florence | Quave C.L.,University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Human Ecology | Year: 2011

An ethnobiological study concerning the medical ethnobotany and ethnozoology of two neighbouring communities of Serbians and Albanians living in the Pešter plateau (south-western Serbia) was conducted, the latter representing a diasporic community that immigrated to the area approximately three centuries ago. Sixty-two botanical taxa used in 129 plant-based remedies and 204 folk plant uses were recorded. In addition, 31 animal-derived remedies and 27 mineral or non-indigenous products were also documented. Approximately half of the recorded phytotherepeutical uses have been recorded for the first time in the ethnobotany of the Western Balkans and more than one-third of these uses have no correlation with Western evidence-based phytotherapy. Moreover, while both communities use approximately the same number of medicinal plants, two-thirds of the botanical taxa, but only one-third of plant folk medical uses are found in common among the two communities. These findings demonstrate that the two communities, although having lived in close proximity to each other during the past three centuries and in a relatively low biodiverse environment, have maintained or developed unique phytotherapeutical trajectories. The differences between the two folk medical biologies of these communities are reflective of the specific history of the Albanian diaspora, and of the complex processes of its cultural adaptation over the last three centuries. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Torri L.,University of Gastronomic Sciences | Sinelli N.,University of Milan | Limbo S.,University of Milan
Postharvest Biology and Technology | Year: 2010

The aim of this work was to investigate the applicability of a commercial electronic nose in monitoring freshness of minimally processed fruit (packaged pineapple slices) during storage. The pineapple samples were taken at the beginning of their commercial life and stored at three different temperatures (4-5, 7-8, and 15-16 °C) for 6-10 days. The measurements were performed by applying two analytical approaches using an electronic nose: a discontinuous method being a series of analyses on samples taken at various stages of storage, and a continuous method where the headspace around the fruit was automatically monitored by the electronic nose probe during the preservation of slices in a storage cell. The results obtained by the discontinuous approach showed that the electronic nose was able to discriminate between several samples and to monitor the changes in volatile compounds correlated with quality decay. The second derivative of the transition function, used to interpolate the PC1 score trend versus the storage time at each temperature, was calculated to estimate the stability time. Results revealed that fruit freshness was maintained for about 5 days at 5.3 °C, 3 days at 8.6 °C and 1 day at 15.8 °C. Moreover, from the time-temperature tolerance chart, a Q10 value of 4.48 was derived. These data were confirmed applying the continuous method: the fruit freshness was maintained for about 5 days at 4 °C, 2 days at 7.6 °C and 1 day at 16 °C. An interesting future development could be an application in-line of the continuous electronic nose method. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Pieroni A.,University of Gastronomic Sciences
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine | Year: 2016

Background: Traditional Environmental Knowledge (TEK) related to truffles represents an under-investigated area of research in ethnobiology. Nevertheless, truffles, in a few southern European areas, and notably in South Piedmont, represent a crucial component of the local economy and cultural heritage. Methods: Thirty-four white truffle (Tuber magnatum Pico) gatherers, locally known as trifulau, aged between 35 and 75 years and living in a few villages and small towns of the Langhe and Roero areas (South Piedmont, NW Italy), were interviewed in-depth during the years 2010-2014 regarding their ecological perceptions, truffle gathering techniques, and the socio-ecological changes that have occurred during the past several decades. Results: A very sophisticated ethnoecological knowledge of the trees, soils, and climatic conditions considered ideal for searching for and finding white truffles was recorded. Moreover, a very intimate connection between gatherers and their dogs plays a fundamental role in the success of the truffle search. However, according to the informants, this complex ethnoecological cobweb among men, truffles, dogs, and the environment has been heavily threatened in the past few decades by major changes: climate change, in which the summer has become a very hot and dry season; social changes, due to a more market-oriented attitude of younger gatherers; and especially environmental and macro-economic dynamics, which followed the remarkable expansion of viticulture in the study area. Conclusion: The TEK of white truffle gatherers indicates the urgent need for fostering sustainable gastronomy-centred initiatives, aimed at increasing the awareness of consumers and food entrepreneurs regarding the co-evolution that has inextricably linked locals, truffles, and their natural environment during the past three centuries. © 2016 Pieroni.

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