Universià di Bologna (UNIBO)

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  • Oppor­tu­ni­ties for researchers

    Infor­ma­tion on oppor­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple in research activ­i­ties. Calls for research grants, post-​PhD grants, research PhDs…

    New opportunities

    National and inter­na­tional awards, research oppor­tu­ni­ties, post-​docs abroad and research pub­lic com­pe­ti­tions. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion (in ital­ian)

    Research grants

    Research grants are assigned to stu­dious young peo­ple for a research pro­gramme or a phase of the pro­gramm, with the aim of encour­ag­ing train­ing and devel­op­ment of spe­cific pro­fes­sional skills. Gen­eral infor­ma­tion and calls (in ital­ian)

    Research PhDs

    A PhD is the high­est qual­i­fi­ca­tion awarded under the Ital­ian aca­d­e­mic sys­tem and aims to pro­vide stu­dents with the nec­es­sary skills to carry out highly qual­i­fy­ing research for Uni­ver­si­ties, pub­lic bod­ies or pri­vate indi­vid­u­als. Gen­eral infor­ma­tion and courses

    Awards and Grants

    Search for grants and awards ded­i­cated to researchers deriv­ing from lib­eral dona­tions. Gen­eral infor­ma­tion (in ital­ian)

    Researcher competitions

    Com­par­a­tive assess­ment pro­ce­dures for the trans­fer and recruit­ment of lec­tur­ers and researchers. Infor­ma­tion and com­pe­ti­tions

    ISA Research Fellowships

    The Insti­tute of Advanced Stud­ies assigns Lodg­ing Fel­low­ships (“Brains In”) for PhD Stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in a PhD course at the Uni­ver­sity of Bologna and Research Fel­low­ship for researchers that carry out post­doc­toral research at a research cen­tre of the Uni­ver­sity of Bologna. ISA web site

    Our History

    The Uni­ver­sity of Bologna was prob­a­bly the first Uni­ver­sity in the west­ern world. Its his­tory is one of great thinkers in sci­ence and the human­i­ties, mak­ing it an indis­pens­able point of ref­er­ence in the panorama of Euro­pean culture.

    The insti­tu­tion that we today call the Uni­ver­sity began to take shape in Bologna at the end of the eleventh cen­tury, when mas­ters of Gram­mar, Rhetoric and Logic began to devote them­selves to the law. In the nine­teenth cen­tury a com­mit­tee of his­to­ri­ans, led by Gio­suè Car­ducci, attrib­uted the birth of the Uni­ver­sity to the year 1088.

    The first recorded schol­ars were Pepone and Irne­rio, the lat­ter of whom was defined by the for­mer as “lucerna iuris”. With the advice of four doc­tores thought to be their pupils, in 1158 Fed­erico I pro­mul­gated the Con­sti­tu­tio Habita, in which the Uni­ver­sity was legally declared a place where research could develop inde­pen­dently from any other power.

    In the 14th Cen­tury, so-​called “artists” – schol­ars of Med­i­cine, Phi­los­o­phy, Arith­metic, Astron­omy, Logic, Rhetoric, and Gram­mar — began to col­lab­o­rate with the school of jurists. In 1364, the teach­ing of The­ol­ogy was insti­tuted.
    Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarca, Guido Guinizelli, Cino da Pis­to­ria, Cecco d’Ascoli, Re Enzo, Sal­im­bene da Parma and­Coluc­cio Salu­tati all stud­ied in Bologna.

    In the 15th Cen­tury Greek and Hebrew stud­ies were insti­tuted, and in the 16th Cen­tury those of “nat­ural magic”, that is,exper­i­men­tal sci­ence. The philoso­pher Pietro Pom­pon­azzi upheld the study of the laws of nature against the tra­di­tion­al­ist posi­tion of The­ol­ogy and Phi­los­o­phy. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive fig­ure of this period was Ulisse Aldrovandi, whose con­tri­bu­tion ranged from phar­ma­copoeia to the study of ani­mals, fos­sils, and mar­vels of nature which he col­lected and classified.

    In the 16th Cen­tury Gas­pare Tagli­a­cozzi com­pleted the first stud­ies of plas­tic surgery. But the golden era of Bolog­nese Med­i­cine coin­cided with the teach­ings of Mar­cello Malpighi in the 17th Cen­tury, employ­ing the micro­scope for anatom­i­cal research.

    The University’s fame had spread through­out Europe and it was a des­ti­na­tion for many illus­tri­ous guests. Famous schol­ars and stu­dents included Pico della Miran­dola and Leon Bat­tista Alberti, who devoted them­selves to canon­i­cal law. Nicolò Coper­nico began his astro­nom­i­cal obser­va­tions while study­ing pon­tif­i­cal law. Paracelso, Raimundo de Pegñafort, Albrecht Dürer, St. Carlo Bor­romeo, Torquato Tasso and Carlo Goldoni all spent time at the University.

    With the Indus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion in the 18th Cen­tury, the Uni­ver­sity pro­moted sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment. In this period came the stud­ies of Luigi Gal­vani who, along with Alessan­dro Volta, Ben­jamin Franklin and Henry Cavendish, was one of the founders of mod­ern elec­trotech­ni­cal stud­ies.
    Fol­low­ing the estab­lish­ment of the United Ital­ian State came a period of great pros­per­ity in which the fig­ures of Gio­vanni Capellini, Gio­suè Car­ducci, Gio­vanni Pas­coli, Augusto Righi, Fed­erigo Enriques, Gia­como Ciami­cian, and Augusto Murri stand out.

    In 1888 the eighth cen­ten­nial of the Uni­ver­sity was cel­e­brated, with a grand cer­e­mony where all the uni­ver­si­ties of the world con­vened in Bologna to hon­our the mother of uni­ver­si­ties, rep­re­sent­ing their com­mon roots and ideals of progress and tol­er­ance. The cer­e­mony became an inter­na­tional fes­ti­val of studies.

    The Uni­ver­sity main­tained its cen­tral posi­tion on the scene of global cul­ture until the period between the two wars, when other coun­tries came to the fore­front in teach­ing and research. Bologna has thus been called upon to forge rela­tion­ships with insti­tu­tions in the most advanced coun­tries to mod­ernise and expand its activ­ity. Among the many chal­lenges which it has met with suc­cess, Bologna com­mit­ted itself to the Euro­pean dimen­sion which has now led to adop­tion of the new uni­ver­sity system.


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