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University of Catania, Faculty of Agriculture

The University of Catania (Italy) was founded in 1434. With a population of over 60,000 students, it is the main University in Sicily. Today, eleven Faculties offer several undergraduate and graduate training course programs: Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics; Economics and Business; Education; Engineering; Letters and Philosphy; Architecture; Pharmacy; Foreign Languages; Medicine; Political Science; Agriculture. In addition, the University of Catania offers master’s and doctoral degrees in almost every field.

The Faculty of Agriculture was established in 1947. The Faculty offers several Bachelor degree courses and graduate degrees; nine PhD courses, and an International Master of Science (Agris Mundus) organised in the frame of the international network AgriNatura. The teaching staff counts 123 people, among them 79 professors and 44 researchers. The Faculty boasts a broad library (more than 40.000 volumes) and an Experimental Farm.

European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) is an international scientific association which aims are:

to contribute to the development and application of environmental and resource economics as a science in Europe; to encourage and improve communication between teachers, researchers and students in environmental and resource economics in different European countries; to develop and encourage the cooperation between university level teaching institutions and research institutions in Europe.

Founded in 1990, EAERE has over 1000 members in 60 countries, from Europe and beyond, from academic institutions, the public sector, and the private industry. Interests span from traditional economics, agricultural economics, forestry, and natural resource economics.

Through the Association's Journal, Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), the Annual Conference, the annual Summer Schools, the biannual Newsletter, and affiliation with our sister associations in North America (AERE) and Latin America ALEAR, EAERE provides many forums for exchanging ideas relevant to the allocation and management of natural and environmental resources.

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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance. Officially recognized by the President of the Italian Republic in 1989 and in full operation since 1990, FEEM has grown to become a leading research centre, providing timely and objective analysis on a wide range of environmental, energy and global economic issues.

FEEM’s mission is to improve – through the rigor of its research – the credibility and quality of decision-making in public and private spheres. This goal is achieved by creating an international and multidisciplinary network of researchers working on several innovative programmes, by providing and promoting training in specialized areas of research, by disseminating research results through a wide range of outreach activities, and by delivering directly to policy makers via participation in various institutional fora.

FEEM’s operations are inspired by some guiding principles. FEEM sets a bold research agenda addressing big questions and emerging issues in the economic and social context. While strictly linked with the academic community, it embraces intellectual curiosity and supports risk-taking in pursuing research. Its agenda emphasizes real world issues and the policy relevance of the outputs.

FEEM brings together researchers from various fields at different levels of experience, in order to fertilize ideas and foster the accumulation of human capital inside and outside the organization.

FEEM promotes excellence, boldness of ideas and creativeness, but quality, rigor and impact remain the distinctive features of its activity. Research outputs are theoretically sound, fact-based, and generally validated by the scientific community through peer review processes. FEEM aims at translating analyses into practical ideas, and at presenting them in user-friendly formats to inform and shape the public debate.

While remaining thoroughly Italian in location and perspective, FEEM promotes the international dimension of activities by selecting topics of global importance, by creating networks and partnerships in various countries, and by attracting researchers trained and working abroad.