Project where CIRSA's researchers are involved


Adriaclim project is dedicated to supporting the development of science-based regional and local climate change adaptation plans. 


Bilateral Project Italia-Slovenia, SI18MO03 (2019 – 2022)

The present proposal is aimed at developing advanced non-invasive hyperspectral methods to monitor and preserve cultural heritage. In particular, a custom modular bushbroom VNIR (visible-near infrared) hyperspectral imaging (HSI) instrument, will be tested as a tool for monitoring cultural heritage. This new instrumentation has been developed by the Slovenian group and is characterized by a higher spectral and spatial resolution than most of the systems commercially available. Moreover, a portable FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) instrument (Italian group) will be adapted to perform 2D mapping in-situ. To our knowledge wiskbroom FTIR HSI technology is not commercially available, and just few applications are reported in literature using customized instrumentations. The aim of this project is to realize a low-cost set up, exploiting the competences of the Slovenian group both in term of hardware and software.


Biobased and biodegradable Carbon Dot-Polymeric Nanofibrous Membranes for Solar-Assisted Water Remediation and Oil Spill Cleanup

Finanziato da Ministero degli Affari Esteri, COOPERAZIONE ITALIA-ISRAELE (2020-2022)
L'obiettivo principale del consorzio bilaterale BIODOT è di sviluppare una piattaforma di materiali innovativi basati su membrane di nanofibre di biopolimeri (es. PLA, poliidrossialcanoati) funzionalizzate con carbon dots (C-dots). Questi nuovi materiali "bening-by-design" saranno applicati alla purificazione dell'acqua, alla degradazione fotocatalitica degli inquinanti e alla rimozione delle fuoriuscite di petrolio.


Industrial demonstration of sludge to bioplastic pathway

Funded by EIT Cimate KIC (2018-2021)
The project aims to realize a fully automated plant that allows the conversion of food waste, waste sludge and other organic residues into Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). PHA is a bio‐based and bio‐degradable plastic, suitable for packaging, disposable items, medical application and 3D printing. 


CIRSA is taking part to the INTERREG Project Italia-Croatia “CoAStal and marine waters integrated monitoring systems for ecosystems proteCtion AnD management” (CASCADE) with a partnership of 10 Italian, 6 Croatian partners and 4 associated partners; the project wants to set up an efficient and shared monitoring and modeling of coastal and marine resources in the two countries of the region, in a coherent and comparable framework.


UNA EUROPA Seed Funding, GA number: SF2008 (2020-2022)

The project is aimed at creating a new integrated European research team for the sustainable management of big data in Cultural Heritage. Research activities will be aimed at the development of innovative tools for the management and sharing of data and dissemination of results obtained from diagnostic campaigns, and at identifying joint research topics to be developed in the framework of future Initial Training Network (ITN) or European Research Council (ERC) funding calls within the theme of "Big Data and Cultural Heritage".


Crotonic Acid from Sewage Sludge

Funded by the LIFE Programme (2022-2026), grant agreement N° 101074164
The project aims at 1) demonstrating the possibility of reducing the amount of sludge currently produced by industries/WWT companies, giving significant benefits in terms of economic and environmental costs; 2) producing bio-based chemicals starting from WWTS, using a circular economy approach to introduce sludge as a new feedstock into the bio-based chemical/polymer market.

FLAG Bevano

CIRSA obtained funding from the Po FEAMP 2014/2020 Costa dell'Emilia-Romagna FLAG, for the "Characterization of the river mouth of the Bevano river and identification of conservation and enhancement strategies for nursery areas by species protected and of commercial interest ". The area of interest includes the mouth of the Bevano river, a SIC / ZPS area (IT4070009) up to 300 m from the coast line.


Green Strategies to Conserve the Past and Preserve the Future of Cultural Heritage

HORIZON-RIA, GA number: EP2022/071159 (2022 – 2025)
GoGreen promotes preventive and remedial conservation practices based on green principles to spearhead the green revolution within conservation. Specifically, GoGreen will: (1) develop new damage functions that allow more flexible environmental control in collections, thus improving energy efficiency; (2) generate innovative nature-inspired, bio-based and historical conservation treatment-inspired methods for remedial conservation, including new cleaning solutions for paintings and metals, all using green solvents, bio-inspired reagents, green delivery systems; and stabilization methods for metal and glass; (3) assess our new materials and methods using cutting-edge analytical techniques and benchmark methods.


Swiss National Science Foundation, No. 205121_188755 (2020 – 2024)

The HELIX project aims to provide novel bio-based organogels for the eco-friendly cleaning of altered metallic artworks. In particular, the main purposes are the conversion of undesirable corrosion compounds into protective and aesthetically acceptable ones, and the removal of degraded coatings applied on metals.


Integrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science

Project type: H2020; GA number: 871034 (2020-2023)
The project was aimed at establishing a distributed RI with a sustainable plan of activities, including offering access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data and tools for advancing knowledge and innovation in Heritage Science.


Increasing the quality and rate of MultilayER packaging recycLINg waste

Funded by Horizon 2020 (2021-2024), grant agreement N°101003883
Develop and promote the disruptive processes for the sorting, delamination and recycling of rigid and flexible multi-layer plastic packaging waste from post-consumer and post-industrial sources to obtain new high-performance packaging solutions (flexible and rigid) for the food packaging industry.


Mediterranean Innovation STRAtegy for transnational activity of clusters and networks of the Blue Growth


Piloting of eco-innovative fishery supply-chains to market added-value Adriatic fish products.


Sustainable Preservation Strategies for Street Art

Progetto di Ricerca di rilevante interesse Nazionale, Bando 2020 - Prot. 2020MNZ579 (2021 – 2024)
The project sets as a goal the definition of innovative guidelines for the preservation strategy of street art, aimed at safeguarding its powerful social and cultural message in the urban context. A combination of non-invasive and micro-invasive techniques are optimized to shed light on the chemical-physical properties and vulnerability aspects of modern paint materials that constitute street artworks.