In 2000, the former State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) and the Italian Ministry of Environment, Territory and Sea (hereinafter referred to as "the Italian Ministry of Environment") signed a cooperation agreement to launch a Sino-Italian cooperation project on environmental protection. Based on the agreement between the Ministry of environment, land and sea of Italy and the Tongji University, the SICES (Sino-Italian Centre for Sustainability) established in 2012, marked the close relationship between China and Italy in the field of green sustainable science and technology, as an achievement of international cooperation in the field of the worldwide sustainable development. Gathering the professional resources both from Tongji University and Italy, through a series of interactive co-working, the dialogues and the network construction, SICES provides solutions to promote the sustainable development of China and Italy, creates a markable platform for Sino-Italian technological exchanges, for talents cultivation and for the transformation of scientific research achievements.

Center Function


Climate change, healthy city, Urban environmental prevention and control, energy efficiency/ Renewable energy, solid waste pollution and water treatment, capacity building for sustainable development, food safety and smart agriculture, sustainable universities campus, traffic safety


The Sino-Italian Centre for Sustainability consists of a Steering Committee, composed of the Vice-President of Tongji University and the Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, and an Academic Committee composed of four professors from four Italian partner universities respectively, the Italian Science and Technology Counsellor in Shanghai, and four professors from Tongji University, making up a total of nine members. SICES has a General Management Department, an Education and Training Department, a Research and Development Department and an Industry-University-Research Cooperation Department.

  • Steering Committee

    Xinghui Lei,Vice President of Tongji University

    Francesco La Camera, Director General Sustain-ability Divion, The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

  • Academic Committee

    Fabrizio Bonani, Professor of Electronics Engineering, Politecnico di Torino

    Claudio Melchiorri, Professor of Automation Engineering, University of Bologna

    Giorgia Giovannetti,Professor of Economics, Vice Rector of the University of Florence

    Riccardo Cardill, Professor of Science of Law, University of Tor Vergata

    Xiangning Li, Professor of Architacture, Vice Dean of College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University

    Dianhai Yang, Professor of Environmental Engineering, Tongji University

    Ningye Zhong, Professor of Economics, Director of Department of Economics, Tongji University

    Fengguang Zhang, Executive Director of SICES, Tongji University


Sino-Italian Center for Sustainability

Yun Chou Building,1239 Siping Road, 200092, Shanghai, China

E-mail: sices@tongji.edu.cn

Tel: +86 21 65983183