Maker learn festival 2021

8-12 November 2021

A rich training program, from the comfort of your home.
Over 50 training proposals from our partners and makers. Workshops, talks, webinars dedicated to innovation: from artificial intelligence to robotics, from recycling to upcycling; from digital manufacturing to sustainability, and much more.
And there are also courses for children and teenagers!



Lombricompostiera, the new community composter that breaks with the classic canons. A biomimetic, sustainable and technological composter in the shape of a giant earthworm hungry for organic waste, which produces a high quality compost. - Lombricompostiera, la nuova compostiera di comunità che rompe i canoni classici. Una compostiera biomimetica, sostenibile e tecnologica a forma di lombrico gigante affamato di rifiuti organici, che produce un compost di elevata qualità.

University of Pisa

LombriCOMPOSTiera is a new idea of community composter that fits the concept of circular economy and agriculture 4.0. It is designed to be customized for private and public activities (condominiums and medium-large farms, schools, canteens, small municipalities), matching environmental benefits and enriching the soil with nutrients. The simple and modern design of LombriCOMPOSTiera recalls the shape of an earthworm and conveys the idea of the dynamism of the entire composting process. The sustainability and efficiency of the entire process are guaranteed by the high level of automation that can be fully managed remotely.
Particular attention has been paid to the choice of external materials, which are eco-sustainable and low-impacting, such as Cor-Ten and glass. Glass transparency of some portions of the external structure allows anyone who is intrigued to view the interior part of the composter. In this way, in addition to the primary activity of compost production, LombriCOMPOSTiera plays a dual role as it can be suitable for training and exerts a didactic role for citizens about the compost process and the benefits obtained by the use of such composter.
Compared to other available community composters, another innovation is the position of the main internal components. Indeed, the vertical structure of LombriCOMPOSTiera optimizes the energy used for handling the biomass during the entire process, this in turn, leading to a high energy use efficiency. In addition, the leachate produced from the biomass during the composting process is collected, in order to maintain the optimal composting parameters and minimize the environmental impact. The invention provides for easy and complete maintenance, through the lateral opening of both the skeleton and the chambers on the same side. In this way, the inspection of components no longer has the sole purpose of maintenance, but allows the structure to also become an open-air educational laboratory.

Timetables

Tuesday 09 November

From 12.00 pm to 1.00 pm CET


Lombricompostiera, the new community composter that breaks with the classic canons. A biomimetic, sustainable and technological composter in the shape of a giant earthworm hungry for organic waste, which produces a high quality compost. - Lombricompostiera, la nuova compostiera di comunità che rompe i canoni classici. Una compostiera biomimetica, sostenibile e tecnologica a forma di lombrico gigante affamato di rifiuti organici, che produce un compost di elevata qualità.

Donato Politanò

Donato Politanò was born in Polistena, a small town in Calabria, on June 13, 1995. He attended the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale (ITIS) "Conte M.M. Milano" and graduated as "Perito Capotecnico-elettrotecnico". In 2016, he continued his studies in “Viticulture and Enology” at the Department of “Agricultural Sciences” of the University of Pisa. During his adolescence he attended the Scouts, in the group of Polistena. For this reason, Donato has always had a special attention to nature and related environmental issues. In December 2019, he received his Bachelor's degree in “Viticulture and Enology” with an evaluation of 100/110 and in January 2020 he immediately embarked on the master's degree course in "Agri-food Production and Management of Agro-ecosystems". As one of the founders of the project "lombriCOMPOSTiera" has the desire to see the structure realized and raise awareness about environmental issues increasingly worrying. <<The lombriCOMPOSTiera represents a new way to see waste, no longer managing it as a simple waste, but as a source of nutrients to be brought back to the soil and as a beautiful form of art.>>, emphasizes Donato.

Irene Ventura

I was born in Pisa, where I live and I am 25 years old. I graduated in 2019 in "Science of herbal products and health" at the University of Pisa. Today, I am continuing my master's studies in the course "Agri-food production and management of agroecosites" under the Department of Agricultural, Food and Agro-environmental Sciences.



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