I3DA 2021 will be held online

Conference venue

The conference will be held online, on September 8-10, 2021, hosted by Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, School of Engineering and Architecture.


Bologna is the capital and the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. It is renowned, among other things, for the University and its 40 km long porticoes, nominated as UNESCO “world heritage site”. The center of Bologna is built around the magnificent twin squares ‘Maggiore’ and ‘Nettuno’, and the main tourist attractions and historical monuments, including the two famous leaning towers, are within walking distance from them.

On Bologna Welcome site you can find some useful information about Art & Culture, Nature & Landscape, Food & Drink and other useful tourist information.

Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

Palazzo Poggi: main historical building of the University of Bologna.

The University of Bologna, founded in 1088, is the oldest university in the Western world. Its history is intertwined with that of great names of science and literature; it is a keystone and a point of reference for European culture. Among the most famous scholars who came to study in Bologna we may cite Thomas Becket, Pico della Mirandola, Leon Battista Alberti, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Nicolaus Copernicus, Torquato Tasso, Carlo Goldoni, Laura Bassi, Luigi Galvani, Giosuè Carducci, Giovanni Pascoli. UNIBO is one of the largest and most active Italian universities in research and technology transfer in Italy. It stands among the most important institutions of higher education in EU with more than 86,000 enrolled students, 2,857 Academic staff, 1,198 post-docs, 1,606 PhDs, 3,014 administrative and technical staff units. The activities are implemented in 5 Campuses based in the Emilia-Romagna Region (Bologna, Forlì, Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini) and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. UNIBO offers 51 PhD/Doctoral degree programs and 64 Master’s degree programs. At EU level UNIBO ranks 1st University in Italy and 27th in Europe for FP7 funded projects (EC 5th Monitoring Report).

School of Engineering and Architecture – Porta Saragozza Building

Alma Mater Studiorum, Porta Saragozza Building

The School of Engineering and Architecture is composed of two parts. The historical part, known as Porta Saragozza Building, will host the technical events of the Conference. It is located in Viale del Risorgimento 2, a short street starting from Porta Saragozza, and can be reached from the recommended Hotels placed in the heart of the city center by a few-minutes’ walk. The complex contains lecture and conference rooms, laboratories, a library, areas for students, researchers and teachers. The building is a prime example of twentieth-century architecture, designed by architect Giuseppe Vaccaro and inaugurated in 1935. With its ribbon windows and horizontal lines, thwarted by the sudden verticality of the tower, the Porta Saragozza Building was the first work of qualified modern architecture to adorn the city of Bologna. The red-brick tower houses a valuable collection of ancient tomes. The historical building has been complemented by a new part, in the seventies.