LP Università di Trieste, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita (University of Trieste, Dept. ef Life Sciences)



The Department of Life Sciences, established in 2008 by the merging of 4 departments, is the largest of the University of Trieste. Its research field is large and complex, ranging from genetic engineering techniques to the numerical analysis of complex ecosystems, from population genetics to cell and molecular biology, physiology and ultrastructure. The Department is very active in the field of Biodiversity Informatics, with several research groups that care for and handle large databases of taxonomic, geographic and molecular data on the flora and fauna of Italy. The Coordinator of the UNITS group in SiiT has been national coordinator of 8 MURST/PRIN national projects devoted to Biodiversity Informatics (1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006), coordinator of Italian Units in the European projects CDEFD (A common datastructure for European Floristic Databases, 1993-1996), BIOCISE (Resource Identification for a Biological Collection Information Service in Europe, 1997-1999), BIOCASE (Biological Collection Access Services, 2001-2004), VIBRANT (Virtual Access Network for Biodiversity Research and Taxonomy, 2011-2013), and ODS (Open Space Discovery, 2013-2015). Prof. Nimis was general coordinator of the European project KeyToNature (2007-2010) dedicated to the development of applications for the identification of organisms. UNITS manages important databases on the flora of Italy, including vascular plants, lichenized fungi, mosses and liverworts, and in the framework of Project Dryades ( has developed original software that can automatically generate hundreds of interactive identification keys. UNITS is one of the few Italian institutions which has shared data on its biological collections with GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and is actively collaborating with several international/global projects. From 2011, UNITS is partner of the Sistema Ambiente 2000 Consortium, funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment, which aims at creating a national portal on biodiversity of Italy.


PP1 Prirodoslovni Muzej Slovenije, Ljubljana (Slovenian Museum of Natural History)


The Slovenian Museum of Natural History (PMSL) is a national museum with biological and educational contents, the oldest cultural and scientific Slovenian institution, stemming from the Carniolian Museum founded in 1821. The Museum hosts national, European, and worldwide collections demonstrating the changes in biodiversity, the development of Natural History, as well as different techniques of collection and preparation of samples, and is a research institution interested in Nature and in the natural/cultural heritage. In SiiT, the Museum will contribute in the development and construction of interactive identification tools to animals and plants, testing them in the educational system of Slovenia, analysing user experiences and promoting their use in Slovenian schools.



PP2 Univerza na Primorskem -Università del Litorale Koper/Capodistria (University of Koper/Capodistria, Faculty of Education)


The University of Primorska strives to become a centre of excellence in knowledge formation and transmission. In the past five years, 50 international and more than 100 national research projects were successfully concluded. The research activity of UP is conducted at its faculties. The Faculty of Education performs Teacher Educational Programmes according to the Bologna-reform, offering graduate and post-graduate courses with an annual intake of 1300 students. It collaborates with a wide network of schools, local authorities, cultural institutions and faculties in Slovenia and abroad. Research of the faculty includes the areas of Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Technology, dealing with: a) the development of modern competences in educational processes in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, and lifelong-learning; b) the development of modern didactic models with multimodal and IT-approaches, c) the implementation of the results of scientific research in the pedagogical practice, d) the development of modern didactics in different subjects (languages, mathematics, natural sciences, arts, sports etc.) for all levels of education. In SiiT we shall design identification tools for marine organisms found on the North Adriatic seashore (e.g.: shells, crustaceans, algae, etc.), making them suitable for children, tourists, and amateurs.


PP3 Università di Padova, Dipartimento di Biologia (University of Padua, Dept. of Biology)


The Department of Biology of the Padua University is a multi-disciplinary research centre whose members conduct research and teaching in areas ranging from molecular biology to behavioural ecology. The scientific objectives of the Department encompass most of the fields of modern biology, from the study of different levels of organisation (from molecules to organisms and ecosystems) to evolutionary and ecological themes. Despite the growing interest for multiple ‘omics’ disciplines and techniques (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics) the Department has maintained its tradition in taxonomy and ecology. Some of the ongoing activities in these fields are relevant to SiiT. They are: a) the study of the Veneto flora with particular attention to that of the Euganean Hills; b ) the study of zoological systematics, particularly that of Myriapoda, but also of diurnal butterflies; c) the study of reproductive strategies of teleost fishes and birds; d) the study of fish communities in both the Lagoon of Venice and the North Adriatic Sea; e) the study of micro- and macro-algae of the Lagoon of Venice.


PP4 Zavod Republike Slovenije za šolstvo Ljubljana (National Education Institute, Lubiana)


The National Education Institute (Zavod RS za šolstvo) is a national authority which performs research and development tasks by linking theory and practice form various conceptual solutions in the field of education. It is organized in nine regional units and employs many advisors who cover all subjects from preschool to primary and secondary education. Their main task is curriculum development and implementation of innovative solutions, forming cooperative partnerships with researchers from universities and practitioners from schools. Professional development of teachers is supported by seminars, conferences, mentor networks, study groups, consulting, innovative and development projects, e-learning, articles, books and journals. The Institute also implements projects defined by the directives of the national curricular reform on one hand and by internationally recognized pedagogical approaches on the other hand. Our cooperation and work goes also beyond borders including international projects, cross-border cooperation programs, and the organization of various international events, presentations and seminars. In SiiT our main goals are focused on: a) organization of training courses for the lifelong learning of teachers and rangers; b) development of innovative teaching resources, pedagogical and teaching materials and approaches; c) dissemination of the identification tools in schools, collaboration with the Slovenian schools of the whole program area (Slovenian schools in Italy, Italian schools in Slovenia), training of teachers. Courses and seminars will be organized for training users (teachers, nature guides, experts of biomonitoring, etc.) for planning new teaching projects. These will take place both in the classroom and in the field, using mobile media. When the courses will be held outside normal school hours, we’ll help teachers with incentives and certificates of participation.



PP5 Comune di San Dorligo della Valle / Občina Dolina
(Municipality of San Dorligo della Valle/Dolina)

Občina Dolina

A few kilometers from Trieste, right on the border with Slovenia, in the City of San Dorligo Valley - Občina Dolina, lies the Nature Reserve of Val-Rosandra Glinščice Dolina, in the center of which there is the only course of 'surface water of the Trieste Karst, the stream-Glinščica-Rosandra. Thanks to its rich natural heritage of the Val-Rosandra Glinščice Dolina has always been a destination for hikers, rock climbers, cave explorers and scholars. Since 2006, the Natural Reserve of Val Rosandra is managed by the Municipality of San Dorligo Valley - Občina Dolina. This is a local authority that represents a bilingual community and takes care of its needs, encouraging its development in the social and natural environments. The Municipality is regulated by a statute, has fiscal autonomy, and applies its sovereignty in the achievement of institutional purposes but also for organizing and managing activities in accordance with constitutional principles and State and Regional regulations. Within SiiT, the Municipality will involve schools in the use of several interactive guides to the flora and fauna of the Reserve, and will organise the final event of the project.

PP6 Consorzio del Parco Regionale del Delta del Po Emilia Romagna
(Regional Park of the Po-Delta, Emilia-Romagna)


The Po Delta Park in Emilia-Romagna, established in 1988, is part of the system of protected areas in Emilia-Romagna. The park is divided into six zones around the southern portion of the Po Delta, the rest belonging to the Veneto region. The Park in Emilia-Romagna has a cultural and historical landscape of international relevance, with an extraordinary diversity of species. Until 2011, the Park has been managed by the Emilia-Romagna Regional Delta Po Park Consortium, composed by two provinces (Ferrara and Ravenna) and several municipalities whose boundaries lie within the Park. Starting from January 2012, the authority for the management of the protected area will be the Institution for the Parks and Biodiversity - Delta del Po. The Park has five visitor centers, which are the most significant pieces of the Park’s articulated offer for educational and recreational activities. The Park has an established successful experiences in managing international projects, particularly in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. Through the execution of numerous scientific studies and investigations and many efforts to teach the new generations, the park also works for the protection of biodiversity. In SiiT, the Park will contribute to the creation of interactive guide to its flora and fauna, and in organizing user experiences with visitors and schools.


PP7 Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente del Friuli Venezia Giulia (ARPA - FVG)


ARPA FVG (Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Friuli Venezia Giulia) has been established by regional law n. 6 of March 3, 1998. It is a public institution responsible of performing technical activities for the surveillance and control of the environment, research and technical support. ARPA FVG is also responsible for the collection, validation and dissemination of independent and qualified environmental data, in order to support decisions concerning the protection and the sustainable development of the natural and anthropic environment, as well towards the citizen, to foster the awareness in support of environmetal-conscious actions. The activities in which ARPA FVG is involved are: 1) Environmental monitoring. This is one of the main institutional tasks performed by ARPA-FVG in support of the Region, local authorities, health authorities at the regional and national levels. The macro monitoring areas are: air, water, soil, radiation, weather, and waste. 2) Environmental surveillance. Control activities are aimed at verifying the conformity of a given element to environmental regulations. 4) Technical Support for the regional administration and other local authorities, through the creation of databases and GIS, providing advice and environmental certifications, as well as the environmental emergency response. 5) Environmental information and education. ARPA FVG promotes activities that enable the collection, processing and distribution of data, and promotes knowledge and critical awareness in the regional population. To perform its tasks, ARPA FVG has 405 employees distributed in the headquarters, in a multi-site laboratory and in four provincial departments. In SiiT, ARPA FVG will collaborate in the generation and validation of keys for the identification of organisms used for environmental monitoring.

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PP8 Gruppo di Azione Locale Venezia Orientale (GAL Venezia Orientale - VEGAL)


GAL Venezia Orientale (VEGAL) is a local development agency that operates within the territory of 22 municipalities of the eastern part of the province of Venice, developing and implementing both directly and through its associative company, public and private development projects that affect several sectors of the local economy (tourism, environment, culture, natural and cultural heritage, agriculture, services), pointing to integration and synergic developments. VEGAL stimulates innovative and experimental approaches, active working groups, partnership, proposals for training, seminars and technical assistance in the management and reporting of projects. In the project SiiT, VEGAL will involve municipalities and schools of the province of Venice in several projects based on the generation and use of interactive guides to the identification of organisms, particularly woody plants grown in public parks.


PP9 Triglavski Narodni Park (TNP)


The Triglav National Park (TNP) is the only Slovenian national park, named after Mt. Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia (2864 m). It extends along the Italian border and close to the Austrian border in the north-western part of Slovenia, covering 880 square kilometers, 4 % of the territory of Slovenia. The Park is mainly engaged in the protection and preservation of its natural and cultural heritage, in the preparation and implementation of management plans, in environmental data processing, scientific research, and education. Of particular importance are educational activities for visitors and schools. These take place in nature, through learning in the field or in the information centers of the Park. TNP prepares and implements workshops for various age groups and interests, classes, courses, tours and other educational activities. The Park promotes the collection of environmental data (species of plants and animals) and on cultural heritage. In SiiT, the Park will collaborate in the generation of interactive guides to the flora of its territory, involving schools and visitors in their use.



PP10 Univerza v Novi Gorici (University of Nova Gorica) Laboratory for Environmental Research


The Laboratory for Environmental Research (LER) of the University of Nova Gorica is an interdisciplinary research unit established in 1995. From its earliest years it is tightly connected with the study programmes at the School of Environmental Sciences, for continuous transfer of research outcomes and expert knowledge to students. The Laboratory has an international reputation based on its quality achievements and its commitment in applying research skills to current environmental issues. The Laboratory hosts a growing number of national and international research projects, it values collaborative initiatives and joint action on a number of environmental aspects, and it hosts various thematic areas that together contribute to its interdisciplinary character. Main thematic areas are: a) laser- based analytics,b) organic substances in the environment: monitoring, transformation and effects, c) materials for (photocatalysis), environmental applications, d) molecular biology and biotechnology, e) modelling of natural processes in forests, f) assessment of environmental changes. The role of the Laboratory in SiiT is to design tools for identifying plants and animals for primary, secondary and university students. We are going to design a key to identify lichens and organize its testing with students and other possible users interested in discovering and understanding biodiversity.



Partner / Projektni partnerji

Università di Trieste, Dip. di Scienze della Vita (Lead Partner), Prirodoslovni Muzej Slovenije, Ljubljana, Univerza na Primorskem -Università del Litorale  Koper/Capodistria, Università di Padova, Dip. di Biologia, Zavod Republike Slovenije za šolstvo Ljubljana, Comune di San Dorligo della Valle - Občina Dolina, Consorzio del Parco Regionale del Delta del Po Emilia Romagna, Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente del Friuli Venezia Giulia (ARPA - FVG), Gruppo di Azione Locale Venezia Orientale (GAL Venezia Orientale - VEGAL), Triglavski Narodni Park, Univerza v Novi Gorici


Progetto Strumenti interattivi per l’identificazione della biodiversità: un progetto educativo in un’area transfrontaliera (SiiT): finanziato nell’ambito del Programma per la Cooperazione Transfrontaliera Italia-Slovenia 2007-2013, dal Fondo europeo di sviluppo regionale e dai fondi nazionali.

Projekt Interaktivna določevalna orodja za šole (SIIT): spoznavanje biotske pestrosti na čezmejnem območju sofinancirana v okviru Programa čezmejnega sodelovanja Slovenija-Italija 2007-2013 iz sredstev Evropskega sklada za regionalni razvoj in nacionalnih sredstev.

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