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Blog postMay 15, 2024

Open Day of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Milan, at the Sustainable Development Festival


Blog postDec 13, 2023

Multistakeholder Governance Strategies to reduce Food Waste: A Day of Meetings at the University of Milan.


Blog postDec 4, 2023

University of Milan launches a funding call for innovative research partnerships on Food Quality and Nutrition


Blog postJul 13, 2023

The University of Milan will host the meeting event of Spoke 04 "Food Quality and Nutrition"


With almost a century of history, the University of Milan (UniMi) is the fifth largest university in Italy in terms of size, welcoming approximately 80,000 students and more than 980 doctorates to its facilities (2020/21).

The teaching staff is made up of more than 1500 full and associate professors. The staff of permanent researchers amounts to almost 300 units while there are about 570 temporary researchers of which almost 50% are under 40 years of age.

Leader of the spoke

Spoke 04

Food quality and nutrition

To push towards sustainable and tailored food and nutrition

Lead organisationUniMi

Spoke leaderPatrizia Riso

People involved

Alberto Battezzati

Alessandra Marti

Alessandra Mazzocchi

Alessandro Leone

The Organization Profile

With almost a century of history, the University of Milan (UniMi) is the fifth largest university in Italy in terms of size, welcoming approximately 80,000 students and more than 980 doctorates to its facilities (2020/21).

The teaching staff is made up of more than 1500 full and associate professors. The staff of permanent researchers amounts to almost 300 units while there are about 570 temporary researchers of which almost 50% are under 40 years of age. The University offers 77 three-year degree courses (11 of which are related with the themes of the call), 64 master's degree courses (10 of which related with the themes of the call with 5 provided in English), 36 research doctorate courses (4 of relevance for the call, i.e. PhD in Food Systems; PhD in Nutrition Sciences; PhD in Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy and PhD in Veterinary and Animal Livestock Sciences). The University also offers 12 university masters, 38 postgraduate courses and 4 advanced courses related to the call. The numerous research centres, laboratories, didactic and multimedia classrooms ensure qualified support for teaching and research, as well as third mission activities

Research Projects

Very active in participating in the European Commission's framework programmes, the University has been very successful in recent years, particularly in the areas of life sciences, food quality and safety, nanotechnology and environmental sciences.

Between 2017 and 2021, the University received more than 150 grants from the H2020 Programme (for more than 80.000.000,00 € funding to UNIMI groups), almost 250 international grants (mainly US grants) and hosts 22 ERC projects. In addition, there are 690 grants at national level (65% in the Life Sciences sector of which 73 focused on food related themes such as production, quality and safety, sustainability but also nutrition and health).

The Interdisciplinary Approach

UniMi, which is a "generalist" university, is characterised by a wide variety of disciplines. The interdisciplinary vocation, the contiguity and the reciprocal methodological and cultural connection between different fields of knowledge in continuous development create a stimulating environment for study and work. Specifically, UNIMI has been widely promoting interdisciplinary approaches applied to research in the - food, health and environment - related areas as also demonstrated by numerous Departments dedicated to the topic and by expertise provided for the ON FOODS project which include food (bio)technology, food safety, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, nutrition and medicine, food and consumer economy, social and legal science up to environmental science and engineering.

Research Collaborations

UniMi has partnerships with many public and private institutions. UNIMI is part of the 4EU+ Consortium, an alliance with the Universities of Paris Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Warsaw, Prague and Copenhagen, aimed at building a European model for teaching, research and governance. UNIMI is also part of Elixir, which coordinates and develops life science resources across Europe so that researchers can more easily find, analyse and share data, exchange expertise, and implement best practices. With regard to research collaborations in the field of food science, in addition to partnerships with numerous national and international universities, UNIMI has established research collaborations with agencies and institutes both at national and at European level. Moreover, numerous are the research contracts and collaboration with large, medium and small enterprises in the food related area.