Partner team: EAAP, UNIBO and Golinelli

European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)

The European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) is a federation whose members are national organizations working in the animal science sector from 35 countries of Europe and the Mediterranean area. EAAP has extensive experience in the promotion of scientific research and its dissemination and application into practice. EAAP has also a long tradition in the development of dissemination tools, training activities for scientists and the organization of international conferences. Moreover, EAAP has extensive experience in publishing both at a scientific and technical level. EAAP has been responsible for communication, dissemination and knowledge transfer activities within more than twenty EU-funded projects – since FP6 – and technical themes. By developing online channels such as websites and social media, EAAP facilitates access to data and knowledge for scientists and technicians from all over Europe and the rest of the world. EAAP has a large database with more than 6.000 contacts of scientists and research institutes active in the field of animal science, coming from European and Mediterranean countries. EAAP has also 11 Study Commissions and several Working Groups focused on analysing and managing issues related to different aspects of animal science and the livestock industry. EAAP is co-founder and co-owner of the academic journals Animal and Animal Frontiers. Animal, the international journal of animal biosciences has been recognised with a 2021 Impact Factor of 3.730, ranking 8/63 in the Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science category and 10/144 in the Veterinary Science Category. While, Animal Frontiers, reached an Impact factor of 6,762 which put this journal as 2nd in the 63 ranked journals of Agriculture, Dairy & Animal Science category.  In the TechCare project, EAAP is in charge of leading Work Package 7 – “Dissemination, communication and exploitation of results”. To know more about EAAP visit the website.        

Riccardo Carelli
EU Senior Project Manager

Marlène Sciarretta
EU Project Manager

Federico Liguori
EU Project Manager

Federica Motterle
WEB Communication

University of Bologna (UNIBO)

UNIBO -Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

The Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, the oldest university in the Western world, paves the way for innovation through an increasingly rich programme catalogue, cutting-edge research, a constant and increasingly broad international perspective and a strong third mission. Since it was founded 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum has been student-centred, hosting prominent figures from the science and arts communities. With five campuses (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna, Rimini) and a branch in Buenos Aires, it offers a diversified course catalogue that is tailored to the needs of present-day society: over 200 degree programmes among its 31 departments and 5 schools are offered to over 82,000 students. 3,600 graduates are enrolled in PhDs and other 3rd-cycle programmes.  Ranked in the top 200 on the two most prestigious international university rankings, the Alma Mater is considered the leading university in Europe for student mobility (Erasmus+). One of the most active in terms of leadership and participation in European research and academic cooperation projects, the University of Bologna has formed alliances with industry and public/private organizations. It is also a hub of international networks: beyond its close European links, it enjoys multiple connections with America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

UNIBO participates in RES4LIVE through the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL) and the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) Distal is a leading institution with a strong commitment on research and knowledge transfer and high rates of approved projects in competitive calls. Its research encompasses Agricultural Engineering, vegetable and animal production, food science and technology, and economics. The main mission of DICAM is to carry out advanced research in the sectors from the design, construction and operation of structures and infrastructure, to the study of the materials with which they are made and on which they are based, up to their insertion in and impact on the territory.

The Research Team has expertise in the design, monitoring, and analysis of farm buildings and the relevant equipment and in geothermal energy. Moreover, it got expertise on the application of renewable energy systems to the farming sector, with focus on numerical modelling and design. The Team has developed several experimental installations in different typologies of farm buildings and has signed several agreements with livestock farms and companies of the agri-food and energy sectors.

                                                                             Supervision by UNIBO of RES4LIVE installations in Italian farm: Francesco Tinti is checking the collectors

Within RES4LIVE, UNIBO Team is in charge of coordinating the activities concerning the Italian pilot farm, where it coordinated the planning of the integrated RES system and designed a geothermal storage plant and the energy retrofitting of a farm building. UNIBO supervised then the installation of the systems and is currently collecting and processing the data about the performances of the RES solution adopted. Moreover, UNIBO is responsible of carrying out national workshop in Italy for the co-design through stakeholders engagement: two out of three events have already taken places and the third one has been planned. Finally, besides the involvement in the project management and in manifold tasks, UNIBO is responsible for the Inventory of best practices of RES4LIVE in livestock farms, which is currently ongoing.

                                        From left to right: Stefano Benni, Marco Bovo, Daniele Torreggiani, Patrizia Tassinari, Alberto Barbaresi, Enrica Santolini – © all pictures UNIBO


Golinelli Farm (Golinelli)

Aerial view of the farmyard.

AZ. AGR. GOLINELLI GIULIO is an historical farm in the Modena plain area since 1948. It mainly operates in the cereal crops sector and breeding pigs for breeding and fattening, in compliance with the Protected Designation of Origin specification and attentive to animal welfare and biosafety standards. In the 2000s he supported the idea of photovoltaics by collaborating with a company producing energy from renewable sources. The farm is in continuous development and therefore in search of self-sufficient energy solutions and production techniques with low environmental impact. The Golinelli farm in Mirandola is run by the brothers Giacomo, Guglielmo, Gilberto and Gregorio, together with their father Giulio and uncle Gabriele. The company is located on the Falconiera historic farmland. According to historical reconstructions, the lands were cultivated since the Bronze Age and maintained in the era of Roman domination and only in the late Middle Ages they passed to the Pico family (whose best-known exponent is the philosopher Giovanni Pico della Mirandola), who made these lands with crops and livestock until the eighteenth century. In 1948 the land of the farm was purchased by great-grandfather Attilio Golinelli and grandfather Ruggero, the forefathers, then conducted until 2007 with immense dedication by his grandfather flanked by his three sons Giorgio, Gabriele and Giulio. Today it is administered by the fourth and young generation of the Golinelli brothers.

Farmers with tractors and friends
Equipment of Golinelli farm

The company ranges from the breeding of heavy pigs, whose destination is the PDO Parma ham, to the specialized cultivation of melons, watermelons, pumpkins and tomatoes, as well as to the haymaking and the cultivation of cereals as in the best Emilian agricultural tradition. The pigs are appreciated and rewarded for the virtue of their meats, as they are scrupulously bred to guarantee genuine food for young and old consumers. The farm’s production ethics focuses on integrated control, on the reduction of the use of chemicals, on water saving and on km 0. The farm philosophy is oriented towards sustainability, innovation and respect for the agricultural tradition of the territory. The farmers believe that quality is an investment that starts from love for nature, good soil fertility, animal welfare and the enhancement of traditional genetics. The work has its deep roots in the family, in the passion and commitment that for four generations has led towards excellent, healthy and genuine agricultural production.

Golinelli Farm represents a pilot case therefore it is mainly involved in WP4 “Implementation and testing of the solutions in pilot farms”. However, the partner is also involved in the other Work Packages, especially where the consultation of commercial is required. The farm has indeed contributed to WP6 “Clustering through stakeholders engagement”, with particular reference to the preparation of and the active participation in the Italian workshops.

                                                                                                                                Golinelli team © all pictures Golinelli