University of Molise, Italy

UNIMOL is a State University founded in 1982. It has seven Departments: Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science, Medicine, Social Science, Economy, and Law. In line with its statute, UoM favours entrepreneurship spirit development in its students and researcher with ad hoc training courses, apprenticeship in industry and service enterprises, and facilitations for the creation of spin-offs. UoM has organised several editions of the local Start cup, a business plan competition whose aim is to encourage young candidate entrepreneurs to develop their innovative ideas. The Faculty of Agriculture has organised several works on horticulture, many scientific projects and training regarding the agronomic technique, fertilization, irrigation, choice of variety or hybrid, disease problem, etc. In recent years particular attention has been devoted to field research using new techniques of precision agriculture, and precision irrigation finalized to reduce the input and increase yield quality; geostatistical analysis of spatial variability of the components of the production to optimize the farms management. The results of these studies were transferred on farms with field experimental projects and training meetings. In fact, the Industrial Liaison Office and Placement of UNIMOL, together with the Research office and the Departments, established a dense network of relationship with regional and national enterprises. UoM is also member of PSTMOL, Moliseinnovazione Scientific and Technological Park of Molise a renowned research centre in its field, which performs applied research, technology transfer and industrial research in the field of food, energy and environment with and for regional, national and international companies.

Project team 


Prof. Arturo Alvino is a full professor of Agronomy at the University of Molise (Italy). Alvino served as a Vice-chairman of the I.S.H.S. Commission on Irrigation and Plant Water Relations from 2008 to 2013, and as a Chairman of the I.S.H.S. Working Group on Water Supply and Irrigation from 1986 to 1996. He was the convener of the [first] I.S.H.S. Symposium on Scheduling of Irrigation (Italy, 5-9 June 1989), the scientific supervisor in Almeria (Spain, 1992) and in Crete (Greece, 1996).

Prof. Alvino has managed and implemented a number of international projects, the most recent of which are the EU-SEE project AGRO-START (2013-2014) and the Erasmus+ CBHE project "AHEAD" (2017-2020).

The editorial activities include: (1) Editor of Acta Horticulturae n. 278, Vol. I and II; (2) Guest Editor of the Special Issue Refining Irrigation Strategies in Horticultural Production, Horticulturae MPDI (2017), (3) Guest Editor of the special issue “Evapotranspiration and Plant Irrigation Strategies", Water, MDPI.

Currently, Prof. Alvino is acting as a tutor of an EU PhD Industrial programme on solar fertigation.


Dr. Francesca Di Virgilio is an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Human Resources Management in the Department of Economics at University of Molise (Italy). She is the Rector's Delegate for placement and technology transfer activities.

Dr. Di Virgilio received her Ph.D. degree in “Organization, Technology and Development of Human Resources” from the University of Molise, Italy. She is member of the Academic Board PhD in “Innovation and Management of Public Resource”, University of Molise; member of Component Auditors MIUR for programme evaluation and research products Ministerial; Adjunct Professor of Human Resources Management at Prefecture Territorial Office of the Government (Italy).

Dr. Di Virgilio has been published in national and international academic journals and she has contributed chapters to various edited books. Her most recent (2018) international book is “Social Media for Knowledge Management Applications in Modern Organizations”(IGI). She is a reviewer for the Human Resource Management Journal, the International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications, the European Journal of Innovation Management, the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, the International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications. Her current research focuses on knowledge management, social media, human resources management, innovation in modern organization.


Dr. Stefano Marino an agronomist and researcher at University of Molise.

University degree in Agricultural Science and Technology; PhD in “Protection and Quality of Agro-food productions”, University of Molise, Italy. Dr Marino is Professor of Precision Agriculture

His research interests include agronomic and ecophysiological crop response to different environmental and nutritional stress (effects on the biomass, yield and yield components). He has experience and knowledge related to cereal crops, vegetable crops, protein crop, tubers. In recent years his work has focused on the innovative field-scale techniques aimed at early detection of stress through the use of spectral reflectance and vegetation indices and precision agriculture.

Dr. Adolfo Fabrizio Colagiovanni is a project manager with a Degree in International Cooperation from the University of Rome “Sapienza” and Master's Degree in European Programmes at the University of Molise.

Currently Dr. Colagiovanni plays the role of coordinator on the following European projects: Climall, Citizen for Energy Transition, and Bacchus SME (Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships); TESLA (Europe for Citizens programme); Rural DEAR Agenda, and TCHAU (funded by EuropeAid); “HERICOAST, SIE and ZEROCO” (financed under the INTERREG EUROPE programme).

Dr. Simona Zampino has an extensive research experience on poverty analysis and policy/programme evaluation, holding a PhD in Development Economics at the University of Molise and a Master degree in Economics at the University of Essex. She currently works as project manager for the University of Molise, with financial management responsibility for EU and National granted projects. She currently works as research consultant for UNDESA and worked as research consultant for the Human Development Report Office of UNDP in 2013-2014 and 2015.