Studying at the University of Verona

Here you can find information on the organisational aspects of the Programme, lecture timetables, learning activities and useful contact details for your time at the University, from enrolment to graduation.

A.A. 2019/2020

Academic calendar

The academic calendar shows the deadlines and scheduled events that are relevant to students, teaching and technical-administrative staff of the University. Public holidays and University closures are also indicated. The academic year normally begins on 1 October each year and ends on 30 September of the following year.

Academic calendar

Course calendar

The Academic Calendar sets out the degree programme lecture and exam timetables, as well as the relevant university closure dates..

Definition of lesson periods
Period From To
I semestre Oct 1, 2019 Jan 31, 2020
II semestre Mar 2, 2020 Jun 12, 2020
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 3, 2020 Feb 28, 2020
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 15, 2020 Jul 31, 2020
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 1, 2020 Sep 30, 2020
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione estiva di laurea Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020
Sessione autunnale di laurea Oct 13, 2020 Oct 13, 2020
Sessione autunnale di laurea - Dicembre Dec 9, 2020 Dec 9, 2020
Sessione invernale di laurea Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021
Period From To
Festa di Ognissanti Nov 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Festa dell'Immacolata Dec 8, 2019 Dec 8, 2019
Vacanze di Natale Dec 23, 2019 Jan 6, 2020
Vacanze di Pasqua Apr 10, 2020 Apr 14, 2020
Festa della Liberazione Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020
Festa del lavoro May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
Festa del Santo Patrono May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2020 Jun 2, 2020
Vacanze estive Aug 10, 2020 Aug 23, 2020

Exam calendar

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Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Assfalg Michael +39 045 802 7949

Astegno Alessandra 045802 7955

Badino Massimiliano +39 045 802 8459

Ballottari Matteo 045 802 7098

Bassi Roberto 045 802 7916; Lab: 045 802 7915

Bellin Diana 045 802 7090

Bettinelli Marco Giovanni 045 802 7902

Bolzonella David 045 802 7965

Boscaini Maurizio

Buffelli Mario Rosario +39 0458027268

Cecconi Daniela +39 045 802 7056; Lab: +39 045 802 7087

Chignola Roberto 045 802 7953

Crimi Massimo 045 802 7924; Lab: 045 802 7050

Dall'Osto Luca +39 045 802 7806

Delledonne Massimo 045 802 7962; Lab: 045 802 7058

Di Pierro Alessandra +39 045 802 7971

Dominici Paola 045 802 7966; Lab: 045 802 7956-7086

Frison Nicola 045 802 7965

Furini Antonella 045 802 7950; Lab: 045 802 7043

Gregorio Enrico 045 802 7937

Guardavaccaro Daniele +39 045 802 7903

Lampis Silvia 045 802 7095

Marino Valerio 0458027227

Molesini Barbara 045 802 7550

Munari Francesca +39 045 802 7906

Nardon Chiara

Pandolfini Tiziana 045 802 7918

Romeo Alessandro +39 045 802 7974-7936; Lab: +39 045 802 7808

Simonato Barbara +39 045 802 7832; Lab. 7960

Speghini Adolfo +39 045 8027900

Torriani Sandra 045 802 7921

Ugel Stefano 045-8126451
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Vallini Giovanni 045 802 7098; studio dottorandi: 045 802 7095

Vettori Andrea 045 802 7861/7862

Vitulo Nicola 0458027982

Zapparoli Giacomo +390458027047

Zenoni Sara 045 802 7941

Zipeto Donato +39 045 802 7204

Zoccatelli Gianni +39 045 802 7952

Study Plan

The Study Plan includes all modules, teaching and learning activities that each student will need to undertake during their time at the University. Please select your Study Plan based on your enrolment year.

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TAF (Type of Educational Activity) All courses and activities are classified into different types of educational activities, indicated by a letter.

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Teaching code





Matteo Ballottari

Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)




The teaching is organized as follows:





II semestre

Academic staff

Matteo Ballottari





II semestre

Academic staff

Matteo Ballottari

Learning outcomes

The main objective of the course is to provide students with adequate knowledge on the use of photosynthetic organisms and photosynthetic complexes for industrial application. In particular, the importance of plant organisms in the green economy will be described and how these organisms can be included in numerous production processes. In the first part of the course, in particular, the photosynthetic organisms will be described from an evolutionary point of view, from anoxigenic bacteria to higher plants. Subsequently, the physiological and metabolic characteristics of photosynthetic organisms will be described, focusing in particular on the unicellular ones, whose potentialities will be described as an alternative and complementary solution to traditional agricultural practices for the exploitation of solar energy. Therefore, the possible limitations related to the production of biomass and high value products will be identified and the main recent biotechnological solutions to overcome these limits will be mentioned. The last part of the course will then describe the methods of cultivation of single-celled photosynthetic organisms providing basic concepts on their possible use for specific applications in the agro-industrial, nutraceutical and renewable energy sectors. Finally, the recent potential applications of extra-cellular photosynthesis using nano-bio hybrid compounds will be mentioned. During the laboratory activities foreseen within the course, plant biochemistry experience will be proposed to students such as the preparation and cultivation of algae cultures in model photobioreactors and the extraction and analysis of metabolites and proteins from plant organisms.

1. knowledge of primary and secondary metabolism of plants and processes of bio-exploitation of solar energy
2. knowledge of laboratory equipment and understanding of the experimental protocols to be applied in the environmental and bioresources fields
3. theoretical knowledge useful for understanding scientific articles and advanced texts concerning the environment and the bioresources

1. Understanding of primary production processes in autotrophic organisms and management of cell cultures for the production of biomolecules and (photo)bioreactor implementation
2. ability to understand scientific articles and texts concerning biotechnological applications in the environmental-industrial field


- Introduction to the course: maximum photosynthetic efficiency and potential of photosynthetic organisms for the production of compounds of interest
- Evolution of photosynthetic organisms from photosynthetic anoxygenic bacteria to cyanobacteria
- Evolution of photosynthetic organisms: primary and secondary endosymbiosis and appearance of photosynthetic eukaryotic cells. Description of the main types of microalgae and macroalgae
- Evolution of photosynthetic organisms: colonization of the emerged lands and development of lower and higher plants
- Physiological, biochemical and metabolic characteristics of cyanobacteria
- Physiological, biochemical and metabolic characteristics of eukaryotic microalgae
- Physiological, biochemical and metabolic characteristics of macroalgae
- Overview of secondary metabolism in photosynthetic organisms for the production of compounds with high added value
- Nutritional needs of unicellular photosynthetic organisms and strategies for obtaining nutrients from the external environment
- Perception of light, photoreceptors and signal transduction
- Current limitations in biomass production through the fixation of CO2 by microalgae and cyanobacteria and possible solutions
- Use of unicellular and multicellular photosynthetic organisms for the production of biomass for food, nutraceutical and cosmetic purposes
- Use of unicellular and multicellular photosynthetic organisms for the production of renewable energy
- Use of higher plants for phytoremediation
- Use of algae and higher plants for molecular farming
- Use of photosynthetic protein complexes in an extracellular environment for the exploitation of solar energy

- Preparation of microalgae cultures and characterization of biomass productivity of different algal species
- Extraction and characterization of metabolites produced by algal cultures

DIDACTIC METHODS lectures (with slides), group discussions and lab exercitations

Reference texts:
Teaching material provided by the teacher (available on e-learning platform)

Elements of plant physiology Taiz / Zieger / Moller / Murphy

Examination Methods

The objective of the exam consists in verifying the level of achievement of the previously indicated objectives. The exam consists of a written test with some open questions and some closed questions taken from the teaching material provided. During the lessons, examples of written exams are presented. Immediately after the written test, it is possible to arrange an oral interview (optional) with the teacher.


Reference texts
Activity Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
teoria Taiz L. Zeiger E. Elementi di Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin 2013
teoria Taiz L. e Zeiger E. Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin-Nuova Libraria   9788829921577
laboratorio Taiz L. Zeiger E. Elementi di Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin 2013
laboratorio Taiz L. e Zeiger E. Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin-Nuova Libraria   9788829921577

Type D and Type F activities

I semestre From 10/1/19 To 1/31/20
years Modules TAF Teacher
Python programming language D Maurizio Boscaini (Coordinatore)
Model organism in biotechnology research D Andrea Vettori (Coordinatore)
II semestre From 3/2/20 To 6/12/20
years Modules TAF Teacher
LaTeX Language D Enrico Gregorio (Coordinatore)

Career prospects

Module/Programme news

News for students

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List of theses and work experience proposals

theses proposals Research area
Studio delle proprietà di luminescenza di lantanidi in matrici proteiche Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - Colloid chemistry
Multifunctional organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials for applications in Biotechnology and Green Chemistry Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
Stampa 3D di nanocompositi polimerici luminescenti per applicazioni in Nanomedicina Synthetic Chemistry and Materials: Materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry - New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, nanoparticles
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. Various topics
Risposte trascrittomiche a sollecitazioni ambientali in vite Various topics
Studio delle basi genomico-funzionali del processo di embriogenesi somatica in vite Various topics


As stated in point 25 of the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2021/2022, attendance is not mandatory. However, professors may require students to attend lectures for a minimum of hours in order to be able to take the module exam, in which case the methods that will be used to check attendance will be explained at the beginning of the module. 
Please refer to the Crisis Unit's latest updates for the mode of teaching.

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