UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development (936) , established in 2011 at the Università Degli Studi di Trento (Italy).


Engineering for human and sustainable development


The specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • support human and institutional capacity-building, and strengthen science and engineering education;
  • contribute to the growth of a new generation of engineers able to make technological choices that promote development in its sustainable, social, environmental and economic dimensions; and,
  • better understand, study and address  challenges in the field of engineering, such as promoting the enrolment and retention of young people and women in science and engineering to support  human and institutional capacity-building.
  • The research will focus on sustainable human development and resource use, with particular reference to areas such as poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, renewable energy, disaster preparedness. Moreover, research topics will embrace all fields of engineering from an interdisciplinary perspective. Research will be carried out in close partnership with actors from the developing world so as to contribute both to research and institutional capacity-building. It will also ensure locally-driven innovation.

Host Institution

Università Degli Studi di Trento (Italy)

UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Natural Sciences


Prof. Guido Zolezzi, UNESCO Chairholder

Dipartimento Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale

Facoltà di Ingegneria

Università Degli Studi di Trento

Via Mesiano, 77

38100 Trento


Phone: +39 0461 28 2662

E-mail: guido.zolezzi(at)