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10 May 2000

 

Master Degree (5-year University Degree) in Biological Sciences (University of Milano).
Research Degree Thesis on "Agroecosystems of the Po Valley: evaluation of alternative management scenarios using the simulation model CropSyst", 200 pp (in Italiano; "
Agroecosistemi della pianura lombarda: valutazione di alternative gestionali attraverso il modello di simulazione CropSyst")

 

17 December 2003

 

Ph.D. in Agricultural Ecology (University of Milano).
Thesis title: "
Evaluation of the sustainability of the modern management techniques of agroecosystems – simulation models, agroecological indicators, thematic cartography", 240 pp (in English). Download the pdf
2004

Invited Speaker to the “International Rice Cold Tolerance Workshop”, Canberra, Australia, 22-23 July 2004, organized by Rice CRC (Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Rice Production) and CSIRO Land and Water. The statement was about rice yield losses due to cold damages during the pre-flowering period.

Editorial Secretary (and co-founder) of the Italian Journal of Agrometeorology, a scientific journal with committee of reviewers.

Invited Expert to the “2nd European Scientific meeting on the Crop Growth Monitoring System (CGMS)”, Prague, Czech Republic, 8 October 2004, organized by the Joint research Centre (Institute for Protection and Security of the Citizen) of the European Commission. Statement about the influence of flooding water on the temperatures in a paddy field and their influence on sterility and consequent yield losses.

 

2005 Invited speaker to the “Workshop on climatic analysis and mapping for agriculture”, Bologna, 14-17 June 2005, organized by World Meteorological Organization, Istituto di biometeorologia del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche and COST Action of the European Science Foundation. Statement about a new model used for the computation of a yield gap indicator for rice cold damages and its application to the MARS database.

Post-doc position at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In charge since January 2005.

Contractual Agent at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In charge since October 2005.

 

2006

Contract Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing “Herbaceous Cropping Systems” (48-hour course).

Candidate of the Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) for the Joint Research Centre Excellence Awards - category "Best Young Scientist".

Elected member of the Board of the Italian Association of Agrometeorology (Associazione Italiana di Agrometeorologia) in 2006 (for the period 2006-2008).

Guest Editor of the Italian Journal of Agrometeorology for a Special Issue on modelling rice-based cropping system (issue 3, 2006). 

Organizer of the “1st European Meeting on WARM: a Rice Modelling Experience”; Ispra (VA), Italy; 2 February 2006.

Organizer of the International Congress “III CGMS Experts Meeting”, Arlon, Belgium, 23-25 October 2006.

 

2007 Selected by the Scientific Committee of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) to present the TOPFERT project at the Exploratory Research Symposium, 12 December 2007.

Invited Speaker to the conference “Agrometeorology, sustainability and desertification” (Agrometeorologia, sostenibilità ambientale e desertificazione), Isola Capo Rizzuto (KR), Italy, 29-31 May 2007. Opening lecture and chairman for the session “Mathematical modellization of biophysical systems”.

 

2008 Contract Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing “Complements of Agronomy and Cropping Systems” (60-hour course).

Organizer of the international workshop "2nd European Meeting on WARM: towards new challenges"; Ispra (VA); 13-14 March 2008.

Winner of a concourse for an Assistant Professor permanent position at the University of Milano. In charge since 30 December 2008.

Awarded for the best publication record of the MARS project (1988 - still active; "Monitoring Agriculture with remote Sensing", European Commission), providing the Commission with scientific and technical support on EU Agriculture and Food Security policies.

 

2009 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing “Complements of Agronomy and Cropping Systems” (60-hour course).

Re-elected member of the Board of the Italian Association of Agrometeorology (Associazione Italiana di Agrometeorologia) in 2009 (for the period 2009-2011).

Field Editor of the Italian Journal of Agrometeorology.

Responsible for the quality of the degree courses "Science of crop production and protection" and "Crops and ornamental green production and protection sciences" at the University of Milano.

 

2010 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Agronomic and Environmental Analysis and Modelling" (60-hour course).

Invited Speaker to the conference “Agrometeorology for the integrated management of agri-forest systems and environment” (Agrometeorologia nella gestione integrata dei sistemi agro-forestali e dell'ambiente), Bari, Italy, 8-10 June 2010. Opening lecture for the session “Modelling for the integrated management”.

Winner of the Italian Association of Agrometeorology 2009 Best Paper Award [Confalonieri, R., Acutis, M., Bellocchi, G., Donatelli, M., 2009. Multi-metric evaluation of the models WARM, CropSyst, and WOFOST for rice. Ecological Modelling, 220, 1395-1410].

Member of the Board of the PhD School in Agricultural Ecology; University of Milano.

 

2011 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

World Bank consultant as Consortium Leader for the project "Regional agro-climatic study to assess climate change impacts on land use: agro-ecological zone model development".

Invited to join the Rice Team of the international network AgMIP ("Agricultural Model Inter-Comparison and Improvement Project”, coordinated by NASA, University of Florida, USDA). Within AgMIP, the Rice Team is led by the International Rice Research Institute.

Invited at the "First AgMIP Rice Team Workshop", August 29-30, Beijing, China.

Invited expert to the "5th CGMS Expert Meeting", November 21-22, European Commission-JRC, Ispra, Italy.

 

2012 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Invited at the World Bank's 2012 Sustainable Development Forum (February 21-23).

Invited at the "Rice Pilot Team of Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP)", December 3-5, IRRI, Manila, Philippines.

Invited as Visiting Scientist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS), Beijing, China, December 6-9.

Founder and Head of the CASSANDRA lab (Centre for Advanced Simulation Studies AND Researches on Agroecological modelling) of the University of Milan.

 

2013 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Awarded as '2012 Outstanding Reviewer' by the ISI Journal Environmental Modelling & Software.

European Commission fee-paid expert for evaluation of crop model calibrations.

Invited expert to the "6th CGMS Expert Meeting", November 12-13, European Commission -JRC, Ispra, Italy.

Invited as visiting scientist to the International Rice Research Institute to present PocketLAI (smartphone app for LAI estimates), October 8-11, Manila, Philippines.

European Commission fee-paid expert for combining bio-physical criteria defining European areas affected by specific constraints.

2014 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Obtained the national scientific qualification to both Associate and Full Professor in Agronomy and Herbaceous Cropping Systems (competition sector 07/B1).

Invited Expert by the APEC Climate Center (Korea) at the APCC Workshop on Application of Seasonal Forecasts for the Agricultural Sector, Busan, Korea, September 18-19.

Invited as visiting scientist at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS), Beijing, China, November 28-31.

2015 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Winner of a selection for Associate Professor at the University of Milan. In charge since March 2015.

Organizer of the international AgMIP Rice Team Meeting, Gargnano, Italy, October 14-16.

2016 Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Cropping Systems" (80-hour course).

Professor at the University of Milano, lecturing "Agronomy" (60-hour course).

Invited Expert at the 36th Rice Technical Working Group Meeting, Galveston, Texas, USA, March 1-4.

 

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