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Fabio Fava (1963) was graduated cum laude in "Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies" at the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna (Italy) and then he earned his Ph.D. in "Applied Microbiology" from the Institute of Chemical Technology of the University of Prague (Czech Republic). 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 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 is currently the Deputy Rector of the University of Bologna for Industrial Research, Territorial cooperation and Innovation.

He is actively working in the fields of environmental and industrial biotechnology and of the Circular Bioeconomy in the frame of a number of national projects (funded by Italian ministries, Regions and companies) and European collaborative projects. He coordinated the FP7 collaborative 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 coordinated the Unit of the University of Bologna who participated in the FP7 collaborative 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). He also participated in the FP7 BIORICE addressed to produce added value bioactive ingredients (semi-purified digestates and small molecular weight peptides) from protein by-products contained in the processing water of the rice starch production stream.

F. Fava published about 240 scientific papers, 137 of which on medium/high IF peer-review international journals of industrial and environmental biotechnology. He has 5733 overall citations, a h-index of 46 and an i10 index of 123 (Google Scholar) along with 180 papers quoted by Scopus.

F. Fava served and is serving several national, European and international panels, by covering the following positions: a) 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" (European Commission, DG RTD) (2013-); b) Italian Representative in the "State Representative Group" of the Public Private Partnership "Biobased Industry" (PPP BBI JU) (Brussels) (2014-); he became elected Chair of the Group in 2018; c) Italian Representative in the Group of Senior Officials (EU Commission DG RTD and Union for Mediterranean), for the BLUEMED WG (2017-);d) Member of the "Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies" of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Paris) (2008-); e) Past Chair (2011-2013) and current Deputy Chair of the "Environmental Biotechnology section" of European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) (2013-).

He is the Chair of the Scientific/Technical Committee of the annual international Exhibition "Ecomondo" (held in Rimini, Italy) since 2013.

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