The Department carries out various activities of social and cultural interest.

The main ones include:

  • Public health: medical training, health protection initiatives.
  • Continuous training: specialised training for external bodies and professional orders.
  • Various Public Engagement initiatives: publications for non-academic audiences, organisation of public meetings open to citizens for the enhancement and dissemination of research, radio programmes and theatrical performances. 
  • Bioethics and Law Observatory

    The Observatory intends to promote and carry out training and dissemination initiatives in a multidisciplinary perspective, in collaboration with local bodies and institutions.


Working with the Lawyers' Association and local institutions, starting in the 2017/2018 academic year the department launched the "Victims, Discrimination and Law" clinics. Responding both to the objectives of Public Engagement of the Third Mission and to the educational descriptors of the Bologna Process (conveying values by producing knowledge and providing skills), the project is aimed at "increasing the well-being of society" (Anvur, 2013). Based on a real case, the legal clinic combines educational content through innovative pedagogy based on learning by doing with a service of social justice.


The Achille Ardigò School provides ongoing training on citizens' rights and on solidarity and community welfare and promotes, in collaboration with institutions and universities (including the DSG thanks to a framework agreement), participatory planning of solidarity interventions, socio-technical innovation and e-Welfare and e-Care networks.Through courses and seminars, research and publications, it addresses public service operators, association volunteers, third sector actors, students and citizens.The School develops its activities in relation to the Area Welfare and Promotion of Community Wellbeing of the Municipality of Bologna, according to the organisational modalities that are jointly defined by the activity of the Technical Scientific Committee of the School itself.The Scientific Technical Committee includes lecturers from our Department.



The third mission means a new scope of application of the Departmental research quality assurance system according to the parameters defined by ANVUR, namely "the set of activities through which the original knowledge produced by universities through scientific research is actively transformed into productive knowledge, susceptible to economic and commercial applications".

A salient feature of the third mission is the production of public goods of a social, educational and cultural nature, which is substantiated by the "ability of Universities and Departments to make the results of their research and specific service activities available to society". 

To this end, the University nominated a collegial body (the TM Observatory) on 22 May 2018 with the task of developing and updating principles, criteria and methods for the evaluation of the third mission activities carried out by the scientific-disciplinary areas.

The monitoring of the activities by the TM Observatory concerns diversified actions, such as: