Life on land

Examples of teaching activities

Soil remediation

The course aims at giving the tools to address the issues of contaminated sites, with particular reference to chemical pollution in soil, subsoil, and groundwater. The main goal is to enable students to approach properly site characterization, to evaluate and design proper management and intervention strategies according to the site-specific conditions, and to design remediation actions for reclamation. 

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programmes: 

  • Environmental and Land Planning Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 


This course aims to introduce the main concepts of this discipline, from fundamental processes in ecosystems to population dynamics models, including the problem of biodiversity conservation and global climate change. The first part of the course is devoted to the basics of Ecology, while the second part is devoted to the study of the most complex levels of aggregation in biology, such as population, biological community, biome and biosphere. Some of the major themes of Ecology proposed involve the growth and structuring of populations, including human populations, consumer-resource dynamics, interspecific competition, biodiversity and ecological effects of global warming. 

This course is delivered in the following Degree Programmes: 

  • Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (BSc)  
  • Environmental and Land Planning Engineering (MSc) 

Examples of research activities


Developed at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for the Trieste Naval Authority, this project deals with the development of effective, affordable and environmentally friendly land remediation technologies. 

Scientific Coordinator: Sabrina Saponaro 


This project carried out at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies to develop materials for the drafting of a best practice manual for the construction of recreational structures to minimise disturbance to birds in protected wetlands.  

Scientific Coordinator: Paolo Pileri 


ForestaMI is a project developed at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies with the aim of drafting a “green strategy” for the city of Milan.  The Municipality of Milan, the Metropolitan City of Milan, Parco Nord Milano and Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, through a Memorandum of Understanding, are collaborating with the Politecnico di Milano to build a strategic vision on the role of green areas in the Milan Metropolitan Area, with the aim of collecting, implementing and enhancing the main green, permeable and tree-lined systems - and their vital spheres - within the perimeter of the Great Metropolitan Park by 2030. 

Scientific Coordinator: Stefano Boeri