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Maria Dalla Francesca

Curriculum vitae

Maria Dalla FrancescaEducation

1971 – Diploma, Classical Lyceum, final mark 54/60 Liceo Tito Livio, Padua

1976 – MS in Physics and Nuclear Application Guidance, final mark 110/110, University of Padua.
Thesis under the direction of Dr. V.R. Manfredi. Title: Spectral Power Distribution Method in the Space of Phonons
1979: Scholarship for summer study at Weismann Physics-Chemistry Institute, Israel
1987 – Diploma, School of Advanced Studies in Physics, final mark 60/60 University of Padua
Thesis under the direction of Prof. I. Gallimberti. Title: Mathematical Models of Electrical Discharges in Gases


  • P.F. Bortignon, M. dalla Francesca V.R. Manfredi, the Spectral Distribution Method in the space of M-Bosons. Bulletin SIF 109,86(1976)
  • P.F. Bortignon, M. dalla Francesca V.R. Manfredi, the Spectral Distribution Method in the space of M-Bosons. Letter to the Ordeal Nuoco 19.19(1977)
  • Publication regarding the project “Sustainable child and youth tourism as a factor in rural development”
  • Publication of a chapter of the book ”Ciò che è vivo - culture tour” on “Biodiversity, Genius Loci and Well-being” published by Terranuova in 2015
  • Publication of a chapter for Springer on the  Mediterranean diet, published in 2016 with the title: “Biodiversity, Conviviality, and Herbs in the Mediterranean Genius Loci”
  • “Biodiversity, Mediterranean Diet and Genius Loci” in issue n. 16/2015 of Culture della  sostenibilità

Work Experience

  • Maria Dalla Francesca1976 to 1978: teaching Mathematical Sciences, Chemical, Physical, and Natural Sciences for the Computing and Middle Schools,  University of Padua
  • 1977 to 1979: Physics exercises with the Faculty of Engineering, Padua University
  • 1978 to 1999: teaching electrothermics with ITIS G, Padua
  • 1980 to 1988: commissioned by SCrl Informatica for research and development project on  external insulator HVDC contamination on behalf of CESI, Milan
  • 1995-2015: Organizer of visits and public events at Castello del Catajo, Battaglia Terme (Pd, Italy).
  • 1999 to present: Agricultural Entrepreneur and owner of the Alaura and Monte Ceva properties, registered with  the Padua Chamber of Commerce
  • 2000 to present: Owner/Operator of Agritourism and ‘Educational Farm School’ –
  • 2011: Teacher, University of Padua, Dept. of Geography,

Further Experience and Volunteer Work

  • 1979: Part-time collaboration with the Department of Radiation Oncology and Biology, Padua
  • 1999: Teacher, Villa Mira Operators Training Workshop (Venice)
  • 2007/2010: Biodiversity Conference Host (Padua)
  • 2011: Teacher, University of Padua, Dept. of Geography,
  • 2011-2016:   Participated in ten humanitarian missions in Lebanon; two focused on assisting children, in collaboration with Father Abdo Raad, Saint Sauveur Monastery, Joun, El Chouf, Saida, and the Associations Aiutare  i  Bambini  and Annas  Linnas
  • 2011/2012: Participated in ‘Sensory Garden’ Project, Lebanon
  • 2012: Field work with Cooperativa La Prospettiva e Centro Talità Kum, Catania, Sicily (organized by Fondazione “Aiutare i bambini” – Milan-based non-profit)
  • 2014 (August): Volunteer work at the Iera Moni Timiou Prodromou Monastery, Anatoli, Aghas, Larissa, Greece.
  • 2014 (October): Hosted at Altaura Farm Vandana Shiva, environmental activist, founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy and winner of the 1993 Right Livelihood Award.
  • 2015: Hosted 7 boys from Mali and one from Senegal, in cooperation with Prefecture of Vicenza and cooperative "Altre strade" in Padua.
  • 2015 (July): hosted at Altaura farm Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
  • 2015 (December)-present: Hosting two Afghan refugees, in cooperation with Prefecture of Padua and the cooperative "Altre strade" in Padua.
  • 2015 Member of the panel of judges for the AIF Adriano Olivetti 2016 Awards – 1st edition, Milan
  • 2016 to present: registered with Region of Veneto’s Care Farm registry of farms offering activities for social development and employment for the disadvantaged and recreational activities for children


  • English: level B2
  • French: level A2
  • Greek: level A2

Computer Skills

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Open Office
  • Email, Home banking, Social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Browsers

Additional Certifications

  • INFIN Competition for Sustainability
  • 1978: Radioisotopic Technology Course at Polytechnic Nuclear Engineering Institute, Milan
  • 1980: Registered ‘Qualified Expert’ in Protection from Ionizing Radiation
  • 1983: Qualification to teach High School Level Electrical Engineering 
  • 1998/1999: Veneto Region Agritourism Operators Certificate, Farmers Union, Padua
  • 1999:  Food service qualification issued by Padua Chamber of Commerce
  • 1999: Veneto Region Agritourism Business Administration Certificate
  • 2000: Lombardy Mantova Agritourism, Animation, and Education Course Certificate
  • 2001: Fire Safety Course Certificate, Padua Fire Brigade
  • 2000: Present-Owner, Operator, and Teacher at Altaura and Monte Ceva Farms


  • 2013, 22-23 January, 20-22 February, Belgrade (Serbia). Participated in conference planning and conference “Sustainable child and youth tourism as a factor in the development of rural territories in the  Adriatic-Ionian Region”  as subject matter expert and partner of the Unicef-promoted project, presenting experience of rural tourism for children.
  • 2014, 23 May. Spoke on experience as an environment- and environmental-education-oriented businesswoman at meeting for the Social Sciences teaching day at LUMSA university in Rome at the Piazza delle Vaschette site, dedicated to “Education, diversity and the pursuit of good”.
  • 2015 8 April: Conversation for the Associazione Ville Venete with the Foreign Press Delegation at Expo 2015 on the importance of the contribution of Ville Venete to the Expo theme, Milan
  • 2015, 20 May, Oppeano (Verona): “Social agriculture: multi functionality, inclusion and sustainability”
  • 2015, 6 May, at Agriturismo Altaura and Monte Ceva, course in “Wild Herbs and Women in the Field”.
  • 2015, 4 June, Veneto Agricoltura in Legnaro (Padua) “Didactic Farms and Ville Venete collaborate for the recovery of the Genius Loci, the spirit of the place, in a digital age”.
  • 2015, 7 October: invited by the Region of Veneto department of Educational Farms to participate in a conversation on the role of Educational Farms at  EXPO 2015 during the Region’s week Milan
  • 2015, 24 November, conversation on “Work-study alternation in light of governmental guidelines and the PON Scuola” for Associazione per le Ville Venete, at Fondazione Bruno Visentini –LUISS.
  • 2015, 27 November, conversation on “Natural agriculture, biodiversity and organic foresting methods: new and future developments”, Merlara (Padua).


  • 2007 - “What is biodiversity? Do we know it, do we eat it, does it keep us healthy?” at Fattoria il Filo d’Erba, Battaglia Terme (Padua)
  • 2010 - “Sustainable use of biodiversity” at Fattoria Il Filo d’Erba, Battaglia Terme (Padua)
  • 2013, 9 - 14 June, Marrakesh (Morocco): participated in the Seventh World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) hosting a round table on the environmental education experience of Fattorie Altaura and Monte Ceva since 2000
  • 2014, 21 November - XXVI Congresso Nazionale AIF (Associazione Italiana Formatori) presenting “Genius Loci, Biodiversity and Mediterranean diet”
  • 2015, 29 June - 2 July, Gothenburg (Sweden), participated in the Eighth World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) hosting a round table on  “Biodiversity, Mediterranean Diet and Genius Loci”
  • 2015, 11 September, presented ”Bioindicators, biodiversity and Genius Loci”, Vignola (Modena) in collaboration with Prof. Maurizio Paoletti of the University of Padua
  • 2016  (December 14): hosted round table for the Ville Venete at La mise en tourisme


  • 2000: GOLD MEDAL, Regional Institute of Venetian Villas
  • 2002: BUSINESS WOMAN AWARD, Padua Chamber of Commerce  - First Prize

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