Archive for March, 2017

Visit to ENI Bio-refinery at Porto Marghera

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern No Comments

Friday, April 7, 2017 (half day)

Meeting Point: 9.30 am, “Tronchetto” boat stop
(Att! There are two stops, one called “Tronchetto-Mercato” and the other one “Tronchetto” – the right stop – ).

N.B. For safety measures, please remember to bring your ID/Passport (the same one you use to pre-register online to VIU Globalization Program).

Petrolchimico_di_GelaSunset in Mestre, Italy

N.B. The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
Prof. Turvani/Basso S1719 Cities, Global Change and Sustainable Development
Prof Musu/Mannino S1718 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development

- 9.40 am: Departure with private bus from Venezia Tronchetto
- 10 am: Arrival at the Bio-refinery and meeting with Assistant Director Ing. Luca Alburno and visit of the establishment
- 1 pm: Expected return time

Some History
Eni (Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi) is an Italian multinational oil and gas company founded in 1954.
Soon it started to develop beyond national boundaries, combining its operations with plans for the development of local communities worldwide.
In the first half of 2014, Eni achieved the start-up of the Venice-Porto Marghera biorefinery through the Green Refinery project, which was the first example of conversion of a refinery into a bio-refinery, allowing the production of high-quality biofuels from organic raw material.
Green diesel, green nafta, GPL and (potentially) jet fuel are among the substances produced by the facility, but it has been planned to use biomasses which are not for consumption.
The conversion of a pre-existing establishment brought environmental and technological benefits but also social and economic ones, providing employment through innovation and allowing to reduce the initial costs of the project.



Night Visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern No Comments


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Meeting Point: 8.15 pm, Piazzetta dei Leoncini (little square next to the Basilica with stone lion statues)


50 places are available for any student and professor interested.
The entrance fee is 5 euro/person

To participate, sign up on the list and bring the fee at the Front Office before Monday, April 3, at 4.3o pm.

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine Architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally the chapel of the Doge, it was chosen as the city’s cathedral only in 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice. For its opulent design, gold ground mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d’Oro (Church of gold).

This is a unique opportunity… Do not miss the chance of a  night-time guided tour of the Basilica with us!



VIU Movie Series – “La Notte di San Lorenzo”

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by intern 2 Comments

Monday, April 3 – 5 pm – room 9A

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”

La Notte di San Lorenzo

Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani             Starring Margarita Lozano, Omero Antonutti
Genres drama,romance, war                                Release date 16 September 1982 (Italy)
Running time 105 minutes                                  Languages Italian

The film is set in the small village of San Martino. In the summer of 1944, in the middle of World War II and the Resistance, the Nazis forces assemble the village’s inhabitants inside the city’s church. Sensing a trap, the farmer Galvano, with a group of people, runs off to meet the allied forces arriving from the south.

“A distinctive and restless force in European cinema for more than 35 years, the Taviani brothers mastered an eloquent stylistic bridge between Rossellini’s stringency and Fellini’s braggadocio.
1982′s The Night of the Shooting Stars remains their premier achievement and arguably the best Italian film of the ’80s. Fantastic and episodic, this saga of Italian villagers roaming the Nazi-upended countryside searching for the liberating armies combines doom, magic and absurdism with spectacular confidence. This mid-career masterpiece (told as mythopoetic flashback by its six-year-old protagonist, now grown into parenthood) is a traumatic oral history seen from the inside out”.
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Best Film Prize and Critics International Award at Cannes in 1982.



Incroci di Civiltà

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by intern No Comments

International Festival of Literature in Venice

Opening: Wednesday, March 29 – 5.30 pm – Teatro Carlo Goldoni

The 10th edition of Incroci di Civiltà, organised by Ca’Foscari University, will be opened by the Nobel prize writer Orhan Pamuk, in collaboration with Fondazione di Venezia e dal Comune di Venezia, Assessorato alle Attività e Produzioni Culturali.

The Festival will host 25 writers ready to share their different and unique worldview from twenty different countries: Argentina, Canada, France, Japan, United Kingdom, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Libya, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Saint Martin, Slovenia, United States, Svezia, Turkey and Hungary.

This year’s theme will be “The Return”, a perfect fit for the difficult historical moment in which we are living. It is important to reflect on migration, forced exiles and the longing felt by millions of people all around the world to return home. “The Return” by Hisham Matar is a perfect representation of  the chosen theme, and has already been praised by both the critics and the public.

Translation into Italian will be available for all events in other languages.
The books of the Festival writers will be available for purchase at the stand in Campo Santa Margherita, at the Festival’s venues, and at the partner bookshops Cafoscarina, Libreria MarcoPolo, Libreria Studium and Punto Einaudi Venezia.

Festival: from March 29 to April 1, 2017.

All events are free but require online booking at

Find here the complete Programme



Rescheduled Classes: March 31

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments


On FridayMarch 31 there will be the lessons rescheduled from Tuesday, April 25 (national Holiday),
with the exception of: Prof. Silvestri, Prof. Turvani-Basso, Prof. Brunzin and Prof. Ferro.

Lessons will be at the usual time and classroom. Here a recap:
09.15: S1726 Eisner
11.00: S1705 Eisner     S1704 Centanni/Bastianello
13.30: S1724 Lung,      S1721 Cipriani,  S1717 Bloechl
15.15: S1711 Bloechl,   S1722 Borisov,   S1718 Musu/Mannino
17.00: S1725 Lung,      S1723 Borisov
N.B. Rescheduled classes are normal lessons, therefore eventual absences will be noted, unless when justified.



VIU Movie Series – Italian Students Proposal

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments


Monday, March 27 – 5 pm – room 9C


Directed by
Gianfranco Rosi       Starring           Maria Costa, Samuele Pucillo, Pietro Bartolo
Genres           Documentary          Release date   18 February 2016 (Italy)
Running time   1h 54 mins             Language         Italian

Set in Lampedusa, the Sicilian island where desperate migrants from Africa and the Middle East arrive each year hoping for a new life in Europe (400,000 in the last 20 years), Fuocoammare is a mysterious and moving film, a beautiful documentary that looks like a neorealist classic.

“The film does not take a view; it does not demand action. It simply shows us the details, and I felt I learned more from this film than from the nightly TV news. Fire at Sea is masterly film-making”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Golden Bear winner at Berlin International Film Festival in 2016
Best Documentary at European Films Awards in 2016
Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary in 2017



Seminar “Energy in a changing climate”

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by intern No Comments

Thursday, April 13 – 9.15 – 10.45 am - room 9A

Guest Speaker: Enrica De Cian

This co-curricular activity is compulsory  for students attending Prof. Silvestri’ course S1720 – Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries.


All Students and Professors are welcome to join.


The aim of the seminar is to focus on the problems and opportunities of current and future energy use and needs.

Energy is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the main cause of climate change. At the same time, energy services enable human systems to develop, and to adapt to variations in climate and weather conditions.  Meeting the growing energy demand that will be needed to adapt to a warmer climate is at the core of the sustainable development agenda set in 2015 by the 21th UNFCCC Conference Of Parties (COP 21) in Paris and by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. The Paris Agreement for the first time mentions adaptation, sustainable development, and poverty eradication as long-term, global goals together with mitigation.

Affordable and clean energy is one of the 17 SDGs (SDG 7). Nine of the 17 SDGs explicitly require energy as an enabling condition, while all 17 goals are indirectly linked to energy availability and affordability. For example, meeting the adaptation-driven energy challenge can have a negative feedback on climate (SDG 13), should fossil fuels remain the primary source of electricity, and it can contribute to exacerbate poverty (SDG 1 and 10) through its macroeconomic and distributional effects.

This seminar discuss the role of energy use in a changing climate as potential cause of major risks,  but also as a key enabling condition for adaptation and sustainable development as well as an opportunity of change. It will discuss the political context, the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. It will illustrate some key facts on current and future energy use and needs. It will look at future energy and emission scenarios, highlighting which opportunities exist. It will show how the changes in climate we are already committed to can affect energy use.

Enrica De Cian is a researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici. In 2008 she completed a PhD in Economics and Organization at Ca’ Foscari University and then focused into research, teaching experience and has published in the fields of sustainable development, technological change, integrated assessment modeling, climate change impacts and adaptation and energy, environmental and resource economics.
She collaborated with several research organizations: CEPS in Brussel (2004-2005), the Joint Program on the Policy and the Science of Climate Change (JP) in Cambridge (2005-2006) and the ZEW in Mannheim (2012).
In 2012 she was awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship for the project DYNAMIC in collaboration with Prof. Ian Sue Wing at Boston University on the empirical analysis of climate change impacts in agriculture and energy.
Since 2014 she has been a lecturer in the Environmental Program Studies at Boston University Study Abroad Venice.



Visit to Pellestrina, Murazzi and Ca’ Roman

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Friday, March 24, 2017 (half day)

Meeting point: 9.15 am, Zattere “Gesuati” boat stop

N.B. The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
Prof. Pes’course S1701 – History of Venice
Prof. Silvestri’s course S1720 – Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management.

20 extra places are still available for any student and professor interested!

If you wish to participate, please sign in the list in corridor 9 or come to the Front Office before Wednesday 22, 3 pm.
The visit is sponsored by the VIU for students attending the mentioned courses, whereas for those who are not enrolled in these courses the fee is 15 euros per person.                                            

The entrance fee must be brought at VIU Front Office before Wednesday 22 at 3 pm.

9.30 am departure from Zattere “Gesuati” dock. We will depart with a private boat: please be punctual!
During the trip we will visit:
– The Industrial Port of Venice;
– Pellestrina island and the Museum of the Lagoon;
– Murazzi;
– Ca’ Roman Natural reserve.
5.00 pm Return expected  at S. Servolo dock.

Wear conformable clothes and shoes since we are going to walk.
After the guided visit to the Ca’ Roman Nature Reserve, there will be time (little less than an hour) to visit the reserve by yourself,  to have a little pic-nic or to play on the beach. Therefore you can bring your sandwiches, frisbees, balls, etc..

Bring your own packed lunch since the lunch break will be at the natural reserve Ca’ Roman.



VIU Movie Series – “Amarcord”

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Monday, March 20 – 5 pm – room 9A

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”


Directed by Federico Fellini
Starring Bruno Zanini, Pupella Maggio, Magali Noël, Nando Orfei, Ciccio Ingrassia
Genres comedy | drama | biographical            Release Date 13 December 1973 (Italy)
Running time 127 minutes                               Language   Italian

Amarcord is as full of tales, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiac, some bawdy, some as mysterious as the unexpected sight of a peacock flying through a light snowfall. It’s a film of exhilarating beauty”
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Carnevalesque, sad and funny stories involving the family of an adolescent son of a Socialist in provincial Italy during Fascism. Sometimes dreamlike evocation of a year in the life of a small Italian coastal town, set in Rimini, Romagna, in the in the nineteen-thirties.

Regarded by many as Federico Fellini’s most marvelous work, it won the Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film in 1975.



VIU Movie Series: Spring 2017 upcoming events

Posted on: March 15th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Come and enjoy our VIU Movie series, every Monday (+ Friday, May 19) at 5pm in room 9A.

Six major Italian movies as an introduction to modern Italian politics, society and culture in a historical and comparative perspective, and a rich calendar proposals made by students to share and represent VIU nationalities and cultures.

Open to all VIU students and professors. 71e888f0ea0e86efba038072f9a8dc04_popcorn-free-to-use-clipart-pop-corn-clip-art_408-499

Movie Series Completa SPRING 2017