The new university centre, situated near the headquarters of the Degree Course in Conservation and Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas, houses further lecture rooms, computer and chemistry / biology labs for teaching and research and the Centre of Applied Studies for the Sustainable Management and Protection of Mountain Areas (GeSDiMont). The latter aims to promote, co-ordinate and develop scientific and applied research activities related to mountain areas as a whole, with particular reference to agro-forestry and environmental issues, working closely with all stakeholders. The cultural and scientific Centre aims to train Italian and foreign technicians and researchers in specific skills for mountain areas, through courses, seminars, conferences and research programs, collaboration and exchanges.
The new computer room, specifically designed for teaching, consists of 20 student workstations and a teaching post arranged according to a traditional classroom layout. From a logistical point of view the retractable monitors allow good visibility on all sides. Each workstation is equipped with 17 “LCD monitors and a PC with latest generation processor connected to Internet. Computer security and maintenance are guaranteed by the presence of a domain that requires user authentication and simultaneously distributes antivirus applications and services. For teaching purposes, the room is equipped with a 71-inch SmartBoard interactive whiteboard that allows the teacher to work on their computer desktop shown on the whiteboard, by using a pen or finger as if it were a touch screen , then saving the notes as required. If the whiteboard is not required a projection canvas is available and the projector can be activated with a remote control. To interact with students, the classroom is equipped with the SynchronEyes Teacher software that allows teachers to show their monitor on those of the students, or monitor students’ computers to follow their work, exchange files and data or for multiple choice tests.
The new Edolo Centre houses a teaching laboratory and a research laboratory with workstations and a number of places with an extractor fan suitable for performing teaching experiments. Laboratories are equipped with a wide range of equipment: analytical scales, technical scales, magnetic stirrer, rotary evaporator, microscopes, stereomicroscopes, sieve shaker, distillation units, ph meter, centrifuge, double ray spectrophotometer, refrigerator and incubator.