Delia Ventura

Fixed-term Assistant Professor (RTDA) of Agricultural hydraulics and watershed protection [AGRI-04/A]

Current position:

Researcher (RTD-a) at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Italy, within the programme PON Ricerca e Innovazione 2014-2020 “Istruzione e ricerca per il recupero – REACT-EU” (January 2022 – December 2024).


Professional experience:

CSEI-Catania Research Centre “Centro Studi di Economia applicata all’Ingegneria” a/o Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 100, 95123 Catania (Italy): Collaboration agreement (May 2021 – September 2021); Collaboration agreement - technical assistance activities at the Alcantara River Park Authority, aimed at identifying interventions for the river water body reclamation (July 2020 – December 2020).

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Via Santa Sofia 100, 95123 Catania (Italy): Research fellow - project WATER4AGRIFOOD – PON “Research and Innovation” 2014 – 2020 e PNR 2015-2020, “Miglioramento delle produzioni agroalimentari mediterranee in condizioni di carenza di risorse idriche” (2019 – 2021); Research fellow - project INCIPIT “INtegrated Computer modeling and monitoring for Irrigation Planning in ITaly”, PRIN 2017 (2019 – 2022).


Academic background:

Ph.D. in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Di3A), University of Catania, Italy (27 February 2020) - JPI Waterworks 2014 WATinTECH project - "Smart Decentralized Water Management through a dynamic integration of technologies". Research topic: “Constructed wetlands as reliable decentralized systems for wastewater treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean area: main issues and concerns”.

International Master in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA), Erasmus Mundus Programme UNESCO, at the University of Cadiz (Spain), Cei·Mar - International Campus of Excellence in Marine Science.Thesis: “The effects of mixing on productivity and nutrient consumption kinetics in a small-scale photobioreactor” (February 2016).

Master degree in Environmental Assessment and Management, Class in Environmental and Land Sciences at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Bologna (venue of Ravenna), Italy (May 2016). Final graduation mark: 110/110 cum laude.


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Academic Year 2021/2022

Research topics:

- Nature-Based Solutions adoption for promoting decentralized water management approach, water saving policies, landscape e soil conservation and maintenance of natural hydrological cycle; Green Infrastructures (Constructed Wetlands - CWs and Natural Water Retention Measures - NWRM) application and management;

- Recovery and treatment of unconventional water source and reclaimed water use in agriculture. Recovery of water, by-products, organic matter and nutrients for circular economy promotion and closed cycle-based production chains adoption.

- Analysis and monitoring of CWs hydraulic functioning profile; innovation and integration of hydraulic monitoring techniques for CWs treatment process optimization for clogging control and minimization.


International scientific projects:

GIFLUID – INTERREG V-A Italy-Malta 2014-20 (2020 – ongoing); TRESOR - ENI Programme of Italy-Tunisia 2014-2020 cross border cooperation (2020 – ongoing); WATER4AGRIFOOD – PON “Research and Innovation” 2014 – 2020 e PNR 2015-2020 (2020 - ongoing); GREEN4WATER PRIN 2015 – (2017 - 2020); JPI Waterworks 2014 WATinTECH (2016-2019);