Italian Society of Agro-Food and Environmental Microbiology (IT-SIMTREA). SIMTREA was founded on 15 February 1994 in Milan (Italy). A non profit membership organization for scientists who work in the fields of agricultural, environmental and food microbiology. The Society promotes the understanding of microbiology to a diverse range of stakeholders, including policy makers, students, and teachers. Since 2011, SIMTREA organizes the International biennial Conference on Microbial Diversity aimed to promote discussion and exchange of information and experiences regarding the complexity intrinsic in microbial biodiversity.
About University of Parma:
The University of Parma (UNIPR, www.unipr.it), whose origins date back to 962 AD, is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the best-known in Italy. Today it has 1,300 employees and more than 30,000 students who work and study on three campuses. UNIPR has 98 degree courses (11 in English), 21 research doctorates, and 39 masters coordinated in 9 departments. UNIPR comprises 9 academic departments that are located in different parts of the city. In the city center, there are departments in the areas of social sciences and humanities, medicine and surgery, and veterinary sciences. The other departments (agri-food areas, pharmacy, engineering and architecture, mathematical, physical, and natural sciences) are located in the Scientific and Technological Campus, an area of 77 hectares in the southern part of the city, which also holds facilities for staff and students, for sports and recreational activities. The campus also houses the Technology Transfer office, which plays a valuable role in the protection and commercialization of intellectual property developed by UNIPR researchers. Within the campus, there is also an important Industrial Technopole, an infrastructure that houses innovative research centers and laboratories for industrial research and technological development. The technopole favors the meeting between companies and researchers by reducing the distance between supply and demand for innovation. UNIPR brings together a strong interdisciplinary team involving agricultural sciences. In the Science and Technology Campus, there is also “The Food Project Area” (https://www.foodproject.unipr.it/). The Food Project is a project promoted by the University of Parma to establish and strengthen the already existing skills of excellence in the field of research and teaching in the agri-food sector. The Department of Food and Drug Sciences (https://saf.unipr.it/it), through consistent high-quality scientific production, is placed on the national and international scene as a centre of excellence in research and training in fields related to the pharmaceutical and biomedical world, focusing attention on the discovery of new drugs, nutraceuticals, supplements, cosmetics, medical devices, and their correct use and access for efficient pharmaceutical assistance; to the agri-food world, focusing attention on quality, safety, typicality of foods, technological and formulation innovation, design of new foods, design of new production processes, assessment of product sustainability.