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.

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, 2018 Jan 31, 2019
II semestre Mar 4, 2019 Jun 14, 2019
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 1, 2019 Feb 28, 2019
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 17, 2019 Jul 31, 2019
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 2, 2019 Sep 30, 2019
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione estiva Jul 11, 2019 Jul 11, 2019
Sessione autunnale Oct 16, 2019 Oct 16, 2019
Sessione invernale Mar 12, 2020 Mar 12, 2020
Period From To
Sospensione attività didattica Nov 2, 2018 Nov 3, 2018
Vacanze di Natale Dec 24, 2018 Jan 6, 2019
Vacanze di Pasqua Apr 19, 2019 Apr 28, 2019
Vacanze estive Aug 5, 2019 Aug 18, 2019

Exam calendar

Exam dates and rounds are managed by the relevant Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit.
To view all the exam sessions available, please use the Exam dashboard on ESSE3.
If you forgot your login details or have problems logging in, please contact the relevant IT HelpDesk, or check the login details recovery web page.

Exam calendar

Should you have any doubts or questions, please check the Enrollment FAQs

Academic staff


Avesani Linda

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Bassi Roberto

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Begalli Diego

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Bellin Diana

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Boscaini Maurizio

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Bossi Alessandra Maria

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Commisso Mauro

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Dall'Osto Luca

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Favati Fabio

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Felis Giovanna

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Furini Antonella

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Guzzo Flavia

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Pezzotti Mario

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Rossato Marzia

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Sidali Katia Laura

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Torriani Sandra

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Vandelle Elodie Genevieve Germaine

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Vitulo Nicola

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Zapparoli Giacomo

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Zoccatelli Gianni

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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 enrollment year.

2° Year  activated in the A.Y. 2019/2020

1 module to be chosen among the following
1 module to be chosen among the following
Other activities
Final exam
activated in the A.Y. 2019/2020
1 module to be chosen among the following
1 module to be chosen among the following
Other activities
Final exam

Legend | Type of training activity (TTA)

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

S Placements in companies, public or private institutions and professional associations

Teaching code





Antonella Furini



The teaching is organized as follows:





I semestre

Academic staff

Roberto Bassi





I semestre

Academic staff

Mario Pezzotti





I semestre

Academic staff

Antonella Furini

Learning outcomes

The course is composed of three distinct parts of plant biotechnology with a sole objective: to let stu-dents acquire relevant knowledge on technologies that use plants or plant cells to obtain useful prod-ucts or processes.

1. MODULE OF PHYTOREMEDIATION Students will gain information on causes and effects of environmental contamination with inorganic and organic compounds. Possible decontamination systems: physical-chemical methods and biological treatments. Analysis of plants used for phy-toremediation of contaminated soils and waters.

2. MODULE OF BIOENERGY AND BIOFUEL The teaching module “biofuels” supplies basis for the identification and properties of fuels from different sources. Among these biofuels are considered in detail, namely bio-ethanol, bio.diesel and bio-hydrogen and the consequence of their use for envi-ronment, production issues and vehicle traction.

3. MODULE OF MOLECULAR FARMING aims to give the students notions of the use of plants for the production of high-value molecules. Cases of molecules produced in plant systems and their ap-plications in the medical and diagnostic fields will be shown.


-Environmental pollution with organic and inorganic waste;
- Chemical/Physical and biological environmental remediation;
- Use of plants for in situ removal of contaminants;
- Analysis of metal hyperaccumulator plants;
- Phytoremediation: Advantages and limitations;
- Different processes of phytoremediation: degradation, stabilization, volatilization, stimulation, extraction of contaminants from soils and waters;
- Phytoremediation of inorganic compounds: role of chelators and membrane transporters;
- Transgenic plants for the reclamation of soils contaminated with heavy metals;
- Phytoremediation of organic compounds: role of plant-microorganism interactions for the phytodegradation;
- Uptake and transport of organic compounds, their degradation and accumulation in plant cell wall. Transgenic plants for the phytoremediation of organic compounds;
- Biomonitoring of environmental pollution: assay available, methods and applications (Prof. Furini).

- definition of biofuels, biomass of origin. Bio-gas, bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-hydrogen;
- Present procedures of production and legislation;
- Energy balance of photosynthetic organisms, upper limits of productivity, factors of loss of productivity, comparison with photovoltaics;
- Crops as biomass for biofuels. Present state and perspectives for improvement in crops and forst organisms;
- Unicellular algae: advantages and disadvantages with respect to crops;
- Biodiesel from algae;
- Bio-hydrogen from algae;
- Molecular genetics in unicellular algae model system and productive systems. Procedures limiting engineering of algae;
- Growth in photobioreactors: different architectures and limits for productivity;
- Algae as CO2 scavengers;
- Metabolic engineering: light use efficiency;
- Lipid metabolism;
- Electron transport and hydrogenases (Prof. Bassi).

- An introduction to plant molecular farming, state of the art, applications and perspectives.
- Transient and stable expression systems for recombinant protein production in plant systems.
- Nanobiotechnology for the production of nano-materials in plant systems and their applications.
- Plants in molecular farming: bioreactors or direct oral delivery systems.
- Strategies for the optimization of heterologous proteins in plant systems: from gene construct design to sub-cellular targeting.
- Downstream processing in plant molecular farming
- Glycosilation and glycol-engineering in plant systems for the production of heterologous proteins carrying “humanized” post-translational modifications.
- In planta production of complex molecules: the antibodies.
- Examples of recombinant protein expressed in plant systems (Vaccines and antibodies). (Prof. Pezzotti)


Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
a cura di Buchanan B.B., Gruissem W., Jones R.L., Zanichelli Editore. “Biochimica e Biologia Molecolare delle Piante”  
Anju Krivov Bioenergy 1st Edition (Edizione 1) 2014 9780124081208
L. Taiz & E. Zeiger Plant Physiology - Third edition (Edizione 3) Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2002 0-87893

Examination Methods

The final mark out of thirty is given by the arithmetic mean of the scores reported in each module.

PHYTOREMEDIATION Oral examination on topics presented during the course and though scientific selected papers given to the students.
BIOENERGY AND BIOFUEL The exam will be made through the answer to multiple choice questions and short answers (10-15 lines) to questions. Evaluation can be improved through the oral presentation of an article from a list provided by the teacher.
MOLECULAR FARMING The final exam consists in an oral test on the topics of the course and on a written report on the scientific literature dealing with the production of a specific molecule in plant systems.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD), who intend to request the adaptation of the exam, must follow the instructions given HERE

Type D and Type F activities

Modules not yet included

Career prospects

Module/Programme news

News for students

There you will find information, resources and services useful during your time at the University (Student’s exam record, your study plan on ESSE3, Distance Learning courses, university email account, office forms, administrative procedures, etc.). You can log into MyUnivr with your GIA login details: only in this way will you be able to receive notification of all the notices from your teachers and your secretariat via email and soon also via the Univr app.


Deadlines and administrative fulfilments

For deadlines, administrative fulfilments and notices on graduation sessions, please refer to the Graduation Sessions - Science and Engineering service.

Need to activate a thesis internship

For thesis-related internships, it is not always necessary to activate an internship through the Internship Office. For further information, please consult the dedicated document, which can be found in the 'Documents' section of the Internships and work orientation - Science e Engineering service.

Final examination regulations

List of theses and work experience proposals

theses proposals Research area
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. Various topics
Miglioramento del profilo nutrizionale e funzionale di sfarinati di cereali mediante fermentazione con batteri lattici 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 the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2022/2023, 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. 

Career management

Student login and resources

Erasmus+ and other experiences abroad