The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a highly selective public university based in Pisa (Italy). SSSA is composed of six institutes, including the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS), which contributes to AGROMIX’s research. The ILS brings together two areas: Agricultural Sciences and Medical Sciences. Agricultural Sciences includes the following disciplines: Agroecology, Agronomy, Biotechnology, Entomology, Fruit Crops and Post-harvest Technology, Plant Genetics and Genomics, and Plant Physiology. The groups of Agronomy and Agroecology (grouped in the Agroecosystem Services Research Area) will be involved in AGROMIX.
In the latest national assessment of research and higher education quality, SSSA ranked first among Italian universities for Agricultural Sciences and in Agronomy, and in 2018, SSSA ranked ninth in the world ranking of Young Universities (Times Higher Education). SSSA’s researchers are co-founders of the Agroecology Europe Association, and are members of the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF).
The ILS has two PhD Programmes: the International Doctoral Programme in Agrobiodiversity, and the PhD in Agrobiosciences. The former - funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research - is open to everyone, but is targeted at students from developing countries. The Doctoral Programme aims to provide students with high-quality scientific skills on the fundamentals and management of agricultural biodiversity at all levels (genes, species/communities and habitats/ecosystems). The latter programme covers two topics: Genomics and Crop Production – which focuses on plant biotechnologies, plant genomics, crop production sciences and the quality of crop production – and Agriculture, Environment and Landscape, which focuses on agroecology, organic farming, integrated or low-input farming, agroforestry, functional biodiversity in agroecosystems, landscape agronomy, carbon accounting, and the multi-criteria analysis of food and non-food cropping systems.