The winning research projects of the Polisocial Award 2022, dedicated to the theme ‘Local Development and Ecological Transition’ have been chosen. The funded projects will undertake to promote transition processes and ecological innovation for sustainable and autonomous development, aiming at tangible results and adopting a long-term perspective. The start date of the projects is 23 January 2023.
The Polisocial Award initiative is financed with funds from the IRPEF 5 per thousand and supports the development at the Politecnico di Milano of scientific research with a high social impact.
Departments involved: DMEC DEIB DIG
The project examines preventive treatments and eco-sustainable minimally invasive approaches capable of containing bone fragility, with the support of a multidisciplinary network extended to social, health and third sector entities. Looking ahead, the goal is to reduce the social impact of long hospitalizations and the ecological footprint of the Lombardy healthcare sector.
Departments involved: DASTU, DABC, DICA
NBSouth proposes an exploration of the possibilities of employing nature-based solutions (NBS) for adaptation to climate change. Specific attention is dedicated to water management, thermoregulation and infrastructural adaptation of densely populated urban areas starting from a case study in Brasilia, in an area threatened by drought, heat islands and desertification.
Departments involved: DMEC DICA DEIB DENG
Researchers are studying how to improve the efficiency of multifunctional farms in Congo and sub-Saharan Africa. The strategy put in place focuses on the creation of new and simplified tools for the design of road infrastructures and support services for food processing and preservation, optimized on local resources and needs and made available to the communities involved and other target groups.
Departments involved: DICA DCMC DENG DEIB
CHAR:ME aims at the development and diffusion of a sustainable technology for the recovery of solid fuel from organic waste. The aim is twofold: to replace the conventional alternatives (wood and charcoal), which are among the main causes of deforestation in developing countries and, at the same time, to make domestic cooking safer in these contexts. The case study under consideration is in Madagascar and includes a pilot experience on the island of Nosy Be
Departments involved: DICA DASTU DMEC DABC DIG
The Wadi Abiod valley, in Algeria, is faced with the global challenges of abandonment, growing desertification and the loss of knowledge. AMAZING offers a targeted and participatory combination of ancient sciences and new technologies, to enhance the historical buildings, optimize water management and recover the variety of economic activities and social complexity that have always characterized the identity of the valley.
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