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ECLT – European Centre for Living Technology

University Ca’ foscari takes part in the project with ECLT, a research centre dedicated to the study and development of living technology, from nano-scale artificial cells to the internet and world wide web to cities. Understanding living technology inevitably requires strong interdisciplinary collaboration, which is one of the hallmarks of ECLT’s intellectual culture.

ECLT is organized as an inter-university consortium, currently with 17 institutional affiliates. It is governed by its bylaws, a scientific advisory board, and a general assembly. Day-to-day management is entrusted to three directors, appointed by and responsible to the general assembly. ECLT is hosted by UNIVE (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), which assumes administrative responibility and legal liability.

Key Team Members

David Lane is currently Prof. of Economics at the UniMoRE (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), ECLT Fellow, and member of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. Previously, he was Prof. of Statistics at the University of Minnesota. He served as principal investigator of ISCOM. He has published in stochastic processes, foundations of statistics, clinical epidemiology, pharmacology, economics, and anthropology.

Sander van der Leeuw is currently Dean of the School of Sustainability and Co-director of the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative at Arizona State University; ECLT Fellow and, since November 2009, Director of ECLT’s Program in Innovation and Sustainability; External Professor,Santa Fe Institute; corresponding member, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, and member, Institut Universitaire of France . Van der Leeuw previously held faculty positions at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, Cambridge, and Sorbonne, where he was Professor of Archaeology. Between 1992 and 2000, he coordinated research projects on socio-natural interactions and environmental problems. He was one of the four ISCOM project leaders. He has published extensively on archaeology, anthropology, ancient technologies, socio-environmental and sustainability issues, and invention and innovation.

Other key team members include Bert de Vries (Senior Scientist, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Prof. of Global Change and Energy at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation), Margherita Russo (Director, Officina Emilia (OE) and Prof. of Economics, UniMoRE) and Paolo Gurisatti (President, Trentino Technological District for Energy and the Environment (TTDEE)).

Official website: www.ecltech.org