University of Ferrara


Ricercatore a tempo indeterminato (L-ANT/07)

The Department of Humanities at the University of Ferrara offers a rich and well-articulated choice of courses aimed at studying and enriching artistic, archival, and museal heritage. These courses range across all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate studies – through BA and MA degrees, and PhDs – providing strong integration between these layers of academic study.

The student in CULTURAL ROUTE MANAGING follows an educational pathway that leads to a specific professional role in destination managing and planning. This is a professional figure with an innovative profile which, thanks to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and operational competences in the sectors of tourism and cultural activities, is able to competently perform roles dedicated to the promotion of local territories and related organisational and entrepreneurial activities. The successful graduate should also be competent in planning cultural and touristic itineraries that favour less well-explored destinations, working fruitfully with institutions in these less well-explored locations; working in cultural institutions as well as in private companies; and making competent use of the latest digital innovations for the valorisation and communication of cultural heritage. The hope is that the graduate can help to redefine the culture of travel by pushing towards a model of tourism that rediscovers the most hidden and characteristic territorial excellences. SANDRO BERTELLI
Sezione di Storia e scienze dell’antichità Università di Ferrara Dipartimento di Studi umanistici

The Master’s Degree in MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CULTURES AND TRADITIONS offers a unique educational pathway for both Italy and abroad. The study of the literary, historical, and artistic output of Ferrara – a small city yet one of Europe’s greatest centres of Renaissance culture and art – is set against the backdrop of Italian and European cultural history. This master’s degree is an ideal choice for those who want to acquire a firm grounding in the humanities, enriched by numerous collaborative relationships with local cultural institutions (libraries, museums, archives, etc.), which guarantees important professional experience through high-profile internships and apprenticeships. Great importance has also been given to international relations, through Erasmus projects and other specific programmes.

The master’s in “Archivistics, Diplomatics and Palaeography” proffers a specialised education based on a functional synergy between theoretical lessons and practical exercises. It aims at educating professionals in the strategic sectors of the protection, promotion, and valorisation of archival and library heritage.

Sezione di Scienze Preistoriche e Antropologiche Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università degli Studi di Ferrara

  • PHDThe PhD in HUMAN SCIENCES aims to train young researchers to have excellent scientific profile. Cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approaches favouring the involvement of teachers from foreign universities aims to prepare professionals who: have a substantial knowledge of individual and collective cultures and behaviours; know how to interpret cultural heritage (the material and the not material one) from the most remote stages of prehistory to the contemporary period; and are able to communicate and interact fruitfully with specialists from different sectors. This PhD program integrates perfectly into companies that are increasingly seeing the importance of professional academics operating within the human sciences.
    The INTERNATIONAL MASTER’S IN QUATERNARY AND PREHISTORY aims at offering an education to students which is tailored to their future professional placement. This includes the cultivation of specific knowledge and the use of particular scientific methods aimed at a cultural and naturalistic approach to the reconstruction of human history; vital skills for coordinating multidisciplinary interventions; an up-to-date, in-depth, and interdisciplinary knowledge of research in Prehistory and Quaternary geology through interaction with the most important European institutions involved in research in these areas. Each year, the master’s offers 15 full scholarships (funded by the EU) for non-European students.

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Sezione di Scienze preistoriche e antropologiche

The Master’s Course in QUATERNARY PREHISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY – organized jointly by the Universities of Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Verona and Trento – has its basis in a vigorous multidisciplinary approach, which is a characterizing feature of modern research in ancient human history. The integration of different disciplinary fields includes areas related to anthropology, human palaeontology, chronology, the evolution of faunas and flora, archaeometry and geology of the Quaternary, as well as the history of man in its material and immaterial manifestations.


INCEPTION exploits the potential of ICTs and 3D technologies to improve the accessibility,
preservation and understanding of cultural heritage sites.

  • Full Professor of Architectural Technology
    Coordinator PhD Architecture and Urban Planning
    Roberto Di Giulio
  • Dipartimento di Architettura
    Federica Maietti



The start-up INCEPTION is the spinoff of a research project funded by the European Commission and developed between 2015 and 2019.
The project focused on the digitization of cultural heritage and developed software solutions for better access and understanding of cultural heritage sites using 3D semantic technologies.

The start-up offers support to the whole process of digitization, management, dissemination, and enhancement of buildings, monuments and sites with products and services that relies on BIM-based technologies and Semantic-web platforms.
From January this year, INCEPTION is involved, as scientific coordinator, in 4CH, a research project funded by the European Commission to design and develop the European Competence Center for the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage.


The holistic fruition of cultural heritage based on 3D digitization provides the grounding for conservation and the basis to manage heritage at risk, supporting the prevention of social, cultural and economic impacts resulting from different kind of natural and man-made damages such as earthquakes, floods, or fires, through the knowledge, awareness and preventive maintenance of heritage.

The project, which ended in 2019, resulted in the establishment of an innovative start-up company at the University of Ferrara.
The INCEPTION strategic goal is to support the process of digitization, management, dissemination, enhancement of cultural heritage and built heritage, through 3D BIM-based models and semantic-web technologies. Our platforms allow structured sharing and archiving of digitized data and information, promoting broad accessibility and social inclusion. These solutions provide to a wide audience, with different levels of competence and skill, to use complex technologies in a simple way.

The INCEPTION platform impacts on several processes of heritage management (technical, maintenance, conservation, dissemination) also exploiting new immersive technologies for the fruition of heritage content, such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality.
Specific APIs (Application Programming Interface) allow a link and integration between the data structured inside the INCEPTION platform and the development of Apps by third party companies, making collaboration between different disciplines, technologies and research fields easier. Ludic/touristic field is covered as well, through VR and AR applications, testing the “static” and “dynamic” methods of data access to the platform.

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