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About us

A short history of DICAM and its birth.
About us

The Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM) is the result of a large aggregation of research skills and laboratory facilities of diverse but interrelated engineering branches traditionally developed at the University of Bologna. The department integrates the scientific expertise of various research groups, such as Structural, Transport, Hydraulic, Survey and Territory Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Chemical, Mining, Petroleum and Environmental Engineering.

The main objective of the aggregation was bringing together, within a large scientific and administrative organization, many of the multifaceted activities of the School of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Bologna. The mission of the Department is to create and develop advanced research in the areas of civil, chemical, environmental and materials engineering, starting from evaluation, design, construction and service of manmade structures and infrastructures (including industrial production facilities), through the study and characterization of the constituent materials, up to the environmental analysis and impact assessment of the footprint on the territory and the environment.

More than 320 people currently team up to the Department research activities: approximately 105 academic staff, 45 technical, administrative and librarian staff and 174 Ph.D. students, research assistants and fellows.

The Department is based in the two main locations of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Bologna, the historical building of downtown Bologna and the new building in the strategic urban development of Via Terracini, in the close outskirt of the historical downtown, which houses the largest part of the Laboratory facilities and many modern offices for Researchers and Professors. However, staff’s activity also takes place at the satellite Campuses of Cesena and Ravenna. The Department encompasses 11 specialized laboratories, which represent a large propulsive element to the research in all the specific disciplines, as well as an essential element for the teaching activities.

The aim of collecting and making available all useful info about the life of the Department has been fundamental since its origin. To such purposes, an Editorial Board was established, originally aimed to plan and develop a modern website (, which has now become more than just a source of constantly updated information, but also a remarkable working tool for all the Department staff, fostering its institutional relationships with the external world.

The high quality, interdisciplinary nature and collaborative work of the research groups enable the Department to provide, worldwide, an effective answer to the demands of today’s modern society and of professional world. This was possible as a result of clear leadership with international individual recognition at the management level but also extending to many of the individual members who progressively assume greater visibility in the international arena.

The Department faces many challenges for its future. Continuing its quest for excellence, with real impact in science and technology, is a clear goal. This goal relies on people and this is the most important asset of DICAM. Now and for the future our mission is to make the Department an ever more challenging place to be for young researchers. For all of them, our warmest thanks for the privilege of leading an enthusiastic team.



Where we are
Where are and how to reach the Offices of the DICAM.
The DICAM arrangement: roles, functions and competence fields of the governement and administrative structures of the Department.