CMCC Graduate Programs were inaugurated in 2008, in collaboration with three Italian universities (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the University of Salento and the University of Sassari) with the objective of promoting and coordinating advanced studies on the impacts of climate change and climate policies.

The schools offer advanced courses and research activity, with special focus on themes concerning innovative management strategies, both from a physical and a socioeconomic perspective, for phenomena related to climate and its changes.

Here you can find an updated list of CMCC Graduate Programs:

    • Science and Management of Climate Change

      (Venice, Italy)

      (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

      The Ph.D. Program in Science and Management of Climate Change was established in 2007, through an agreement between the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Unive) and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC).

      Unive and CMCC joined their efforts to launch a joint Ph.D. Programme in order to provide the job market with experts with a broad, in-depth, scientific and socio-economic background, as well as with a sound and innovative research experience focusing on the dynamics of climate change and the methodologies and techniques for evaluation and management, in terms of mitigation and adaptation measures and policies.

      The Programme is organised in two Streams:

      • Dynamic Climatology, at CMCC in Bologna and Climate change impact
      • Management, at the Department of Economics of the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.

      Every year, up to twelve students are enrolled in this Ph.D. programme. All lectures are given in English by internationally renowned professors.

      Go to the Graduate Program on Science and Management of Climate Change website

    • Agrometeorology and Ecophysiology of Agricultural and Forestry Eco-Systems

      (Sassari, Italy)

      (University of Sassari)

      The Ph.D. programme was established in 1990 to answer the several educational and research demands in the sector of agrometeorology and ecophysiology. These sectors were assuming a growing importance on an international level, but in the Italian universities there weren’t any research project or specific teachings about them.
      From the year 2006 (XXII Cycle) the Ph.D. course in Agrometeorology and Ecophysiology of Agricultural and Forestry Eco-Systems joined the Ph.D. School in Sciences of Agricultural and Forestry Eco-systems and Food Production of the university of Sassari (with the administrative office at the Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources – DIPNET of the university of Sassari, and with the collaborating universities of Florence – Dipartimento Scienze Agronomiche e Gestione del Territorio Agro-Forestale and Bologna – Dipartimento Scienze e Tecnologie Agroambientali – DiSTA).
      From the year 2007 the Ph.D. program has found new lines of force in the collaboration with CMCC as regards the scientific and educational support, above all thanks to the studies of climate change impact on agriculture, on forestry and natural systems and on adaptation and mitigation strategies.


      This Ph.D. course aims to provide an hight qualification and a  sufficient cultural background with regard to research and development demand in the field of management of agricultural and forestry productive systems and in the conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources. The  learning of specific methodologies and the acquisition of the ability to analyze will allow to plan scenarios of environmental development of the agricultural and forestry ecosystems, by carrying out a timely intervention on local criticalities too.

      The Ph.D. program is divided into five streams :

      • Analysis of climate impact on agriculture and natural ecosystems
      • Micrometeorology of agricultural, forestry and natural systems
      • Ecophysiology of the Mediterranean agroecosystems
      • Climate analysis and land suitability
      • Biometeorology and bioclimatology

      The first year of the course will be characterized by a greater educational engagement, with the participation to general courses that integrates the knowledges of the Ph.D. students in scientific field and specific courses that focus on specific teachings of the course. During the three years of the course it will be required the participation to specific seminars about the studied subjects in order to provide a wide view in the field of agrometeorology and ecophysiology. The research and education course is supported by a tutor who follows through the development of the Ph.D. student’s individual work and certifies his progresses.

      This course also includes some training periods (stages and research periods) out of the university of  Sassari, thanks to many important collaborations with other Italian universities and with public and private research organizations.

      Partecipants: Since 2010 48 students are enrolled in this program.


    • Energy systems and environment

      (Lecce, Italy)

      (University of Salento)

      The Ph.D. program in Energy systems and Environment is divided into four courses:

      • Components with low environmental impact
      • Energy systems with low environmental impact
      • Environmental problems of the energy transformation systems
      • Use of alternative energy

      The objective of the Ph.D. program is to give to researchers the possibility to work in one of the strategic sectors of the national development which is represented by the interaction between energy systems, machines and environment.

      In particular this course aims to:

      • teach to young researchers in the energy-environmental sector not to forget every part of the problem during the planning phase of the research, even though there will be approximations and uncertainties in the final result;
      • provide an accurate preparation in the main themes of energy and environmental planning to understand and evaluate complete scenarios and horizons on interaction between society and energy problems, the dynamics of market, the irreversible rise of oil prices and the need of balance between the developing regions and the industrialized regions;
      • provide an high-qualificated staff (that clearly knows the problems of the transformation systems of energy and environment, of their correct use and of their planning) to centers and/or laboratories of public and private organizations, industries of any sector, organizations of control and territorial planning.

      The training program is characterized by some institutional courses that aim to integrate the preparation of each Ph.D. student, during the first year every student must choose a tutor and agree on a detailed research program with him. During all the years of the Ph.D. program there will be some cycles of specific seminars on the activities of each student and single seminars that aren’t strictly linked to the research activities of the students but have a function of interdisciplinary training.

      This Ph.D. program also includes a period (from six to eighteen months) of scientific activity in a foreign country.

      Partecipants: Since 2007 34 students are enrolled in this program and 30 students have obtained the Ph.D.


    • PhD in Geophysics

      (Bologna, Italy)

      Geophysics encompasses a broad range of science disciplines and applications to environmental and economic endeavors. In an exciting research environment, Faculty and students are addressing fundamental questions about our world, from earthquakes and volcanoes to understanding of weather patterns and the ocean circulation.

      Three are the major research sectors of Geophysics@UniBO:

      Solid Earth: fields of active research are seismology, physics of volcanism, geodesy, quantitative geodynamics, tsunami.

      Atmosphere: fields of active research are atmospheric physics and chemistry, remote sensing of the atmosphere, urban meteorology, atmospheric dynamics and weather forecasting, physical climatology

      Oceans: fields of active research are ocean circulation dynamics, numerical modeling of the ocean, ocean predictions, marine biogeochemical cycles, numerical modeling of pollutants in the marine environment

      More information about this PhD