Current post-holder: Professor Aurelia SOLE
Term of Office: 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2020
Rector's Office - Telephone: +39 0971 202473-7 | Fax: +39 0971 202102
Professor Aurelia Sole is the 6th Rector of the University of Basilicata: she was appointed to the office on 1 October 2014, taking over from Professor Mauro Fiorentino.
Born in Cosenza, Italy, Aurelia Sole graduated in 1984 with an MSc in Civil, Environmental, and Land Planning Engineering from Calabria University; she joined University of Basilicata in 1990 as a Hydraulics research fellow at the Faculty of Engineering, becoming Associate Professor (2000), then Full Professor (2006) of Hydrology and Water Infrastructure.
She was Academic staff coordinator for the PhD programmes in Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring, and Engineering for Innovation and
Sustainable Development; she was Head of the Department of Engineering and Environmental Physics (2007-2012), as well as Chair of the University's Department Council (2009-2012). She subsequently held the post of Pro-rector for Education and Academic Internationalisation (2013-2014).
Sole also chaired the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation for the implementation of the candidacy dossier guidelines for Matera, 2019 European Capital of Culture.
On 17 January 2019, Professor Sole was appointed to the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI)'s Board.
Professor Aurelia Sole's is the coordinator of both national and international research projects, and has authored over 100 scientific papers. Her research specialises in hydraulic-hydrological risk assessment and management, as well as spatial information analysis: applications and proposal of new models to analyse flood risk in urban and natural environments; development of models for assessing the systemic vulnerability in flood- and landslide-prone areas; evaluation of risk consequent to dam break; river dynamics and morphology, distributed models supported by GIS; control and evaluation of pollution in water bodies, generated from point and non point sources pollution; hydrogeological water balance in a carbonate hydro-structure.