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Fabio Fava

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Fabio Fava
Ph.D., Full Professor of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology Faculty of Engineering Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna DICAM, Unit of Environmental Biotechnology and Biorefinery

Fabio Fava was born in 1963. He was graduated cum laude in “Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies” at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) in 1987 and then he earned his Ph.D. in “Applied Microbiology” from the Institute of Chemical Technology of the University of Prague (Czech Republic) in 1995. He was awarded with a Laurea Honoris Causa in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” of Iasi (Romania) in 2014. He was visiting scientist at the following US institutions, namely: a) New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ, USA), b) Hazardous Substance Management Research Center (NJ, USA), and c) Rutgers University (NJ, USA) in 1993, 1994 and 1999, respectively. He is Full Professor of “Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology” at the School of Engineering & Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) since 2005. He served the same school as Dean’s Delegate for International relations from 2005 to 2012.

He published about 220 scientific papers, 110 of which on medium/high IF peer-review international journals of industrial and environmental biotechnology. He is the coordinator of the FP7 projects NAMASTE (on the integrated exploitation of citrus and cereal processing byproducts with the production of food ingredients and new food products) and BIOCLEAN (aiming at the development of biotechnological processes and strategies for the bioremediation and the tailored depolymerization of major oil-deriving plastics). He also coordinates the Unit of the University of Bologna participating in the FP7 projects ECOBIOCAP and ROUTES (on the production of microbial polymers from different organic waste and food processing effluents), MINOTAURUS and WATER4CROPS (on the intensified bioremediation of contaminated waste- and ground-water and the integrated valorization and decontamination of wastewater coming from the food processing industry and biorefinery), and ULIXES and KILL SPILL (on the development of strategies for intensifying the in situ bioremediation of marine sediments contaminated by (chlorinated)hydrocarbons and the isolation and industrial exploitation of microbes from such contaminated matrices).
Dr. Fava is Associate Editor of “BMC Microbiology” (IF2011: 2.78), Research Editor of “Microbial Cell Factories” (IF2011: 4.65) and member of the Editorial Board of the international journals “New Biotechnology” (IF 2011: 2.78) , “Journal of Biotechnology” (IF 2011: 2.88) and “Environmental Eng. and Management Journal”(IF2011: 1.46).
Dr. Fava was involved in the organization of a NATO-Advanced Study Institute on new approaches to the risk assessment and bioremediation of contaminated sites (Prague, CZ, 2001) and was one of the co-organizers of the NATO-Advanced Research Workshop on the assessment and remediation of contaminated sediments held in Bratislava (SR) in 2005. Further, he has been Co-Chair of the “IV European Bioremediation conference” and of “V European Bioremediation conference”, both held in Chania, Greece, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He was the chairman of the “14th International Biotechnology Symposium and Exhibition” (14th IBS)(Rimini, Italy, September, 2010)(1620 delegates from 72 Nations) promoted by the University of Bologna together with the Italian and the European KBBE Technology Platforms, IUPAC, European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB), EuropaBio, International Society of Environmental Biotechnology (ISEB) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Finally, he chaired the international conference “Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in the frame of the knowledge-based bio and green economy, EMB2012″ (Bologna, Italy, April 2012) (400 delegates from 50 different nationals) promoted by the University of Bologna together with EFB, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) an in cooperation with EuropaBio, ISEB, the Asian Federation of Biotechnology and OECD. Finally, he is the Chair of the Scientific/Technical Committee of the annual Exhibition “Ecomondo” (held in Rimini, Italy) on Material and Energy recovery and Sustainable Development.
Dr. Fava is Deputy Chair of the “Environmental Biotechnology” section of EFB. He joined the Industrial Biotechnology Expert Group of the European Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry (ETP SusChem) from 2005-2011. He is the Italian Representative in the “Task Force on Industrial Biotechnology” of the Working Party on Biotechnology of the OECD. Further, he is joining the “High Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies” and the “Expert Group on biobased products” both of the DG-Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission (EC), as well as the “Expert Group on eco-industries” of the JRC Directorate at EC. Finally, he is the Italian Representative in the Horizon2020 Programme Committee of Societal Challenge 2: European Bioeconomy Challenges: Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and inland water research” at the EC (DG Research and Innovation).