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The University of Milan has implemented initiatives for the coordination of interdisciplinary research activities, thus providing a comprehensive approach to the most complex subject matters regarding

- Biotechnology
- Cultural Heritage
- Environment

Coordination activities in the Biotechnology sector have provided excellent results for some time, and research now covers all areas of interest in this sector.

The coordination project for research activities in the Cultural Heritage sector is at an advanced stage, while initiatives related to the Environment sector are currently in progress.


Research in Biotechnology has intensified significantly in the last few years, with a consequent increase in the number of patents, especially in the Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Agri-Food sectors.

The coordination of the University’s research activities has given rise to the development of an extensive range of projects, which has resulted in the creation of  23 spin-off companies that cover various areas of interest in the sector.

The University is currently working in the following sectors:

  • Biotechnology for Health 
  • Bioprocesses and Bioremediation 
  • Plant, Agri-food and Veterinary Biotechnologies 
  • Diagnostics 
  • Nanotechnologies 
  • Across the Fields Expertise
  • Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics 

For more information
Divisione Servizi per la Ricerca (Research Services Division)

Cultural Heritage

The Interdepartmental Centre for Cultural Heritage was created to coordinate the University of Milan’s many research and service activities related to cultural heritage, which deserved greater visibility outside the academic world.

As well as serving as a point of exchange for the various areas of knowledge and expertise provided by the University of Milan, the Centre also aims to establish more effective relations with external research bodies and research financing organisations.

The University has been involved in archaeological digs and reconnaissance in both Italy and abroad, such as the dig in Palmyra, in Syria.

In addition to numerous projects regarding the identification of materials and the preservation of Cultural Heritage, there are also cataloguing, computerisation and digitalisation activities.

Those who wish to access this wealth of knowledge can count on a sound network of information that spans the entire Cultural Heritage sector.

The Centre is also committed to a wide-ranging project aimed at maximising the University’s vast wealth of artistic works, libraries, archives and facilities. Part of these items were shown to the public in a recent exhibition, “The Treasures of the Statale”.

Attention is currently focused on the Astronomical Observatory and the Botanical Gardens of Brera, and on the historical collection of the Faculty of Agriculture, but significant developments are expected in the future.

For more information
Divisione Servizi per la Ricerca (Research Services Division)

Environment Workgroup

Environmental problems have become increasingly important over the past few years, and today have a significant bearing in public opinion and political agendas. In this regard, universities are also called upon to contribute in terms of research and training.

Our University has responded to this appeal by setting up an Environment Workgroup  (Italian text) for the creation of an Interdisciplinary Research and Study Centre for environmental problems.

Soil management and reclamation, energy and water resources, air pollution, problems connected with biodiversity and climatic changes are just some examples of the Workgroup’s current focus.

In the future, the Centre will involve the Faculties of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Social and Political Science, Pharmacy and Law, as well as the Department of Geography and Environmental Human Sciences of the Faculty of Humanities, the Departments of Earth Sciences, Information Technology and Communication, Science of Information, Information Technology, Physical and Electrochemical Chemistry, Biology, Physics and the Institute of Applied General Physics of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences and the Department of Industrial Medicine of the School of Medicine.

Many of these structures have been involved in large-scale projects for some time, with financing from both public and private bodies and at both regional and European level, in such areas as:

  • planning of water resources and ecosystems
  • environmental sustainability in agri-zootechnical production
  • environmental policies and climatic changes
  • reconstruction of the historical landscape
  • study of human factors in the safety of oil installations
  • abatement of air pollution

These are just a few examples of the services that the University of Milan provides to companies, public bodies and associations that work in the environment protection sector.

The Workgroup’s activity will soon give rise to a new interdepartmental centre.

For more information
Divisione Servizi per la Ricerca (Research Services Division)