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 LM7 Jul 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020
Sessione autunnale di laurea LM7 Oct 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020
Sessione invernale di laurea LM7 Mar 11, 2021 Mar 11, 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

Exam dates and rounds are managed by the relevant Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit.
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Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Avesani Linda +39 045 802 7839

Bassi Roberto 045 802 7916; Lab: 045 802 7915

Begalli Diego +39 045 8028731

Bellin Diana 045 802 7090

Boscaini Maurizio

Bossi Alessandra Maria 045 802 7946 (Studio) - 045 802 7833 (Laboratorio)

Commisso Mauro 0458027078

Dall'Osto Luca +39 045 802 7806

Favati Fabio +39 045 802 7919

Felis Giovanna +390456835627

Furini Antonella 045 802 7950; Lab: 045 802 7043

Guzzo Flavia 045 802 7923

Pezzotti Mario +39045 802 7951

Rossato Marzia +39 045 802 7800

Sidali Katia Laura

katialaura sidali@univr it 045 802 8592

Torriani Sandra 045 802 7921

Vandelle Elodie Genevieve Germaine 0458027826

Vitulo Nicola 0458027982

Zapparoli Giacomo +390458027047

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.

Modules Credits TAF SSD
Between the years: 1°- 2°

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.

SPlacements in companies, public or private institutions and professional associations

Teaching code





Antonella Furini

The teaching is organized as follows:

Bioenergia e biocombustibili




I semestre

Academic staff

Roberto Bassi

Bioreattori vegetali




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)

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.


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

Type D and Type F activities

I semestre From 10/1/19 To 1/31/20
years Modules TAF Teacher
1° 2° Python programming language D Maurizio Boscaini (Coordinatore)

Career prospects

Module/Programme news

News for students

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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.

Gestione carriere


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
Risposte trascrittomiche a sollecitazioni ambientali in vite Various topics
Studio delle basi genomico-funzionali del processo di embriogenesi somatica in vite Various topics

Further services

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