University of Bologna
The University of Bologna - Alma Mater Studiorum (Unibo) was founded in 1088, and is considered the oldest European university. Nowadays, with more than 100,000 students, 33 research departments and about 6,000 academics and technical staff, it still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education in Europe. The Unibo activities within the FUSIONS project are implemented by the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (Distal), which has been established in 2012 by merging different research units operating in agriculture and food sciences. The new Department covers seven main research areas: food chemistry and biology, food microbiology, agro-food economics, livestock production, crop production, agro-food engineering, and food sciences and technologies. Its academic staff includes researchers who have been working on the food waste issue for about 15 years.