Polish-Italian Workshop – Enhancement of nature-based solutions for sustainable agriculture and ecosystem health

Friday, July 12th a workshop will take place at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Rome on the sustainable use of resources, natural solutions for decontamination of water and soil, production of healthy agricultural products.

PRISM 2024

Nominations are open for the 2024 Istituto di Struttura della Materia Award – deadline June 30th

Regional Research
Campus of Rome 1

The Regional Research Campus of Rome 1 (ARRM1), established in 1970 and covering an area of 87 hectares, was the first research area of the National Research Council (NRC).

Located in the municipality of Montelibretti, about 30 km north of Rome, ARRM1 currently houses 11 Institutes and 400 experts (researchers, technologists, technicians, administrators and other collaborators), engaged in multidisciplinary national and international research projects, whose activities are aimed at providing answers to the many questions that global challenges pose us in different scientific fields.

ARRM1 was established with the purpose of aggregating various scientific expertise and research infrastructures into a single hub to foster the development of initiatives among researchers by optimizing common resources, activities and services.

There are numerous research facilities at ARRM1, such as the “A. Liberti” monitoring station, a biodigester and two greenhouses.

In addition, a variety of facilities are available, including a conference room, library, and canteen.

The areas of Research

Environment

Agro Food

Chemistry

Physics

Cultural Heritage

ARRM1 beyond research

Biodiversity

The Rome 1 Regional Research Campus is located in the Sabine countryside, overlooks the Tiber Valley, and covers nearly 90 hectares. More than half of this area is free of buildings and roads, leaving room for natural environments of different kinds such as meadows, cultivated fields, wooded areas and freshwater reservoirs. For this reason, both plants and animals are common on the campus. Some groups have been the subject of dedicated projects and studies. Regarding vegetation, several studies have been carried out, for example, “l’orto dei semplici” (dedicated to aromatic plants) and “il progetto Ossigeno”, a massive shrub and tree planting intervention. In the case of the fauna, regular bird censuses have been conducted, the results of which are published in the first issue of the Quaderni naturalistici. There are also many species belonging to the other vertebrate classes, insects and spiders, which would deserve in-depth monitoring.

Archaeology

.Within the Rome 1 Regional Research Campus, at an altitude of 51 m.a.s.l., beside the Via Salaria and overlooking the Tiber River, lies the necropolis of Colle del Forno, the outermost core of the burial ground of the site of ancient Eretum (today Casa Cotta, in the municipality of Montelibretti). Eretum is one of the most important cities in the region whose earliest settlements date back to the seventh century B.C.

Although one of the graves had already been excavated in 1934, the discovery of the necropolis occurred in December 1970 during work on the infrastructure of the Campus. A series of excavation campaigns begun in 1971 by the Center for the Study of Etruscan-Italic Archaeology (later merged into the present ISPC) unearthed 23 chamber tombs whose use ranges from the late 7th to early 3rd century B.C.

During the years 1980-2000, the hill was investigated using geophysical methods by the Institute for Applied Technologies in Cultural Heritage (also merged into the ISPC), and between 2003 and 2008 new excavations led to the discovery of 16 more tombs.

Sustainability

The Rome 1 Regional Research Campus is committed to a path of emission reduction and intends to achieve independence from the use of fossil fuels in the coming years. the overall emission reduction pathway will be characterized by a process of upgrading the energy efficiency of existing technological facilities and the installation of power generation facilities from photovoltaic systems.

The implementation of performance improvements to the claddings of the building that house offices and research laboratories will also be important.

Significant upgrading of buildings such as the guesthouse that will become NZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) buildings is planned.