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Maria Pia Abbracchio

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

Keywords: Alzheimer, degenerative diseases, drugs, multiple sclerosis, myocardal infarction, stroke, therapy

Region: Lombardy


President in office of the Research Observatory of the University of Milan until 2017; President of the Filarete Foundation, Milan, since May 2016

Professional career

After graduating in Pharmacy at the University of Milan in 1979, she continued her studies through a specialization in Experimental Toxicology at the same university in 1984. In 1988 she obtained a PhD in Experimental Medicine in Rome. During her studies Maria Pia Abbracchio spent periods of training abroad: in 1980 she was Postdoctoral fellow of the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Texas of Houston, in 1992 she is "Honorary Research Fellow" of the London College University. At the same time she continued her training and research, first as a researcher, then as an assistant professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and finally in 1998 as an associate professor of Pharmacology at the University of Milan. Since 2002 she has been an extraordinary professor and since 2005 she has been a full professor of Pharmacology at the same university. She is currently responsible for a research group consisting of 12 young scientists at the same university.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests focus on the physiopathological roles of purines, universal signaling molecules that regulate growth, survival and cell differentiation. She identified a new purinergic receptor involved in the differentiation of stem cells still present in the adult brain and in the heart, and she is developing new therapeutic approaches that can, through this receptor, enhance the repair of damage present in acute degenerative diseases (stroke and brain trauma, myocardial infarction) and chronic (Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis). In 2015, in an international study, Maria Pia Abbracchio and colleagues discovered how the anti-inflammatory drug for asthmatics "Montelukast" can stimulate neurogenesis and therefore help in cases of cognitive decline. Starting from previous studies that showed the greatest probability for patients with systemic infections of getting Alzheimer (a disease characterized by brain inflammation), the research group discovered a receptor (GPR17) present in stem-like cells of the brain that produce myelin, a substance that covers the nerves. The discovery of this receptor can also extended to the hippocampus (area of ​​the brain involved in the learning and memory process), and the research group showed that the administration of the anti-asthmatic drug, experienced on elderly mice, improves learning ability. Research on the GPR17 purinergic receptor offers hope even to patients with multiple sclerosis. While the drugs currently available intervene to block the progression of the disease, administer them with drugs that restart the damage repair action would cause the nervous system to produce new myelin and, sustaining nerve extensions with the growth substances present in myelin, the neuro-degeneration, that is typical of progressive forms and generates disabilities, could finally be avoided.



Editorial work and publications

She is the author of about 180 scientific publications, including:

(2016) Vigan F, Schneider S, Cimino M, Bonfanti E, Gelosa P, Sironi L, Abbracchio MP, Dimou L. GPR17 expressing NG2-Glia: Oligodendrocyte progenitors serving as a reserve pool after injury. Glia, 64(2):287-99.

(2015) Marschallinger J, Schäffner I, Klein B, Gelfert R, Rivera FJ, Illes S, Grassner L, Janssen M, Rotheneichner P, Schmuckermair C, Coras R, Boccazzi M, Chishty M, Lagler FB, Renic M, Bauer HC, Singewald N, Blümcke I, Bogdahn U, Couillard-Despres S, Lie DC, Abbracchio MP, Aigner L. Structural and functional rejuvenation of the aged brain by an approved anti-asthmatic drug. Nature Communications, 6:8466.

(2015) Fumagalli M, Bonfanti E, Daniele S, Lecca D, Martini C, Trincavelli ML, Abbracchio MP. The ubiquitin ligase Mdm2 controls oligodendrocyte maturation by intertwining mTOR with G protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 in the regulation of GPR17 receptor desensitization. Glia, 63(12):2327-39.

(2014) Zaratin P, Battaglia MA & Abbracchio MP. Nonprofit foundations spur translational research. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 35, 552–5.

(2011) Ceruti S, Villa G, Fumagalli M, Colombo L, Magni G, Zanardelli M, Fabbretti E, Verderio C, van den Maagdenberg AM, Nistri A, Abbracchio MP. Calcitonin gene-related peptide-mediated enhancement of purinergic neuron/glia communication by the algogenic factor bradykinin in mouse trigeminal ganglia from wild-type and R192Q Cav2.1 Knock-in mice: implications for basic mechanisms of migraine pain. Journal of Neuroscience, 31:3638-49.

(2011) Fumagalli M, Daniele S, Lecca D, Lee PR, Parravicini C, Fields RD, Rosa P, Antonucci F, Verderio C, Trincavelli ML, Bramanti P, Martini C, Abbracchio MP. Phenotypic changes, signaling pathway, and functional correlates of GPR17-expressing neural precursor cells during oligodendrocyte differentiation. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286:10593-604.

(2009) Ceruti S, Villa G, Genovese T, Mazzon E, Longhi R, Rosa P, Bramanti P, Cuzzocrea S, Abbracchio MP. The P2Y-like receptor GPR17 as a sensor of damage and a new potential target in spinal cord injury. Brain. 132:2206-18.

(2009) Di Virgilio F, Ceruti S, Bramanti P, Abbracchio MP. Purinergic signalling in inflammation of the central nervous system. Trends in Neurosciences, 32:79-87.

(2006) Abbracchio MP, Burnstock G, Boeynaems JM, Barnard EA, Boyer JL, Kennedy C, Knight GE, Fumagalli M, Gachet C, Jacobson KA, Weisman GA. International Union of Pharmacology LVIII: update on the P2Y G protein-coupled nucleotide receptors: from molecular mechanisms and pathophysiology to therapy. Pharmacological Reviews, 5:281-341.

(2006) Ciana P, Fumagalli M, Trincavelli ML, Verderio C, Rosa P, Lecca D, Ferrario S, Parravicini C, Capra V, Gelosa P, Guerrini U, Belcredito S, Cimino M, Sironi L, (2006) Tremoli E, Rovati GE, Martini C, Abbracchio MP. The orphan receptor GPR17 identified as a new dual uracil nucleotides/cysteinyl-leukotrienes receptor. EMBO Journal, 25:4615-27.

Awards and prizes

Among the many awards received, she was nominated "Highly cited scientist" by Thomson Reuters, a definition based on the number of citations obtained in the international scientific literature that identifies scientists who are authors of the most influential publications in the world in their field (less than 0.5% of all researchers). In 2014 she was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2016 she was appointed "in the name of her Majesty" Filippo VI Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Spain, and since the same year she has also been member of the Academia Europea.

Simonetta Acri

Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance, export credit, international development strategies, new debt instruments, sales and marketing policies, sales network organization and management

Keywords: commercial development, corporate finance, credit insurance, export credit agency, indirect networks, international growth, large corporate, minibond, supplier credit, trade finance

Region: Lazio


Chief Sales Officer of Sace SPA; Board member Simest SPA; Board member Sace FCT SPA; Board Member Veneto Sviluppo SPA (regional financial institution) and Member of the Investment Committee of the same; Member of the Executive Council of the Master of the Catholic University of Milan CARINT Corporate Advisory and intercultural resources.

Professional career

Simonetta Acri has been with SACE since 2003, where she held various first-level roles, contributing to the development of new operational areas and giving a strong boost to the sales network. Previously she worked as Regional Head Structured Trade & Export Finance for the Corporates & Investment Bank Division of Deutsche Bank with responsibility for the Italian market and South Eastern Europe and was head of the Trade Finance unit of Morgan Grenfell. She currently holds the position of Chief Sales Officer of Sace, promoting the commercial development of the company towards the domestic market (from SMEs to Large Corporate) and towards the international market, through the Sace network of offices located abroad.

Scientific results

Proma Group minibond emission

De Cecco minibond emission

Interactive platform development (ExportPlus) for distribution of insurance products to SMEs
Acquisition of Ducati by TPG

Various bond emissions Borrower Emerging Markets

Editorial work and publications

In addition to various articles on emerging market trends published by Sole 24ore in the period 1997-99 in the insert "Imprese e Mercati", Simonetta Acri is the author, with Licastri E. of The experience of Sace in support of business financing, Monetary Observatory , number 3, year 2014.


Stefania Albanesi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: fiscal policy, gender economy, inequality, labor economics, macroeconomics, monetary policy

Keywords: consumer credit, income tax, inflation

Region: ABROAD


Full Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh

Professional career

After graduating in Political Economics at the Bocconi University in 1996, she continued her training with a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University (USA) completed in 2001. From 2001 to 2011 she was assistant professor at Bocconi University, at Duke University (USA) and assistant and associate professor at Columbia University in New York. In 2009 she was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From 2012 to 2016 she was Senior Economist and Research Officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Since 2016, she has been a full professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a visiting professor at numerous universities including New York University, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University.

Scientific results

Stefania Albanesi's research activity takes place in the field of macroeconomics, with particular attention to inequality, its causes and the redistributive consequences of various economic policies. In this context, she studied the political determinants of inflation, regulatory aspects of taxation of labor and capital income, and the historical evolution of gender disparities in the labor market. Currently, her research focuses on various aspects of the economic crisis of the late 2000s. A line of analysis concerns the dynamics of consumer credit, and in particular the mortgage market, in the years preceding the financial crisis of 2007-2009, and during its resolution. A second vein studies the role of variation in female participation and technological changes such as automation in the different economic performance of the United States and of various European nations, with particular attention to employment dynamics and occupational polarization.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) Albanesi S, De Giorgi G, Nosal J. Credit Growth and the Financial Crisis: A New Narrative, National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 23740.

(2017) ) Albanesi S, Sahin A. The Gender Unemployment Gap. National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper 23743.

(2016) Albanesi S,Olivetti C.Gender Roles and Medical Progress. The Journal of Political Economy.

(2015) Albanesi S,Olivetti C, Prados M.Gender and Dynamic Agency: Theory and Evidence on theResearch in Labor Economics.

(2014) Albanesi S, Nosal J.  Insolvency after the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform.  Centre for Economic Policy Research, Discussion Paper 10533.

(2014) Albanesi S,Olivetti C. Maternal Health and the Baby Boom. Quantitative Economics.

(2012) Albanesi S, Roc A. Intertemporal Distortions in the Second Best,The Review of Economic Studies.

(2009) Albanesi S,Olivetti C. Home Production, Market Production and the Gender Wage Gap: Incentives and Expectations, Review of Economic Dynamics.

(2008) Albanesi S. Redistribution and Optimal Monetary Policy: Results and Open Questions.Rivista di Politica Economica.

(2008) Albanesi S. Social Insurance. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and Law (2nd ed.). London: Palgrave MacMillan Limited.

(2007) Albanesi S.  Inflation and Inequality. Journal of Monetary Economics.

(2006) Albanesi S,Sleet C. Dynamic Optimal Taxation with Private Information.The Review of Economic Studies.

(2003) Albanesi S. Chari VV, Christiano L. Expectation Traps and Monetary Policy.The Review of Economic Studies.

(2002)  Albanesi S. Chari VV, Christiano L. How Severe is the Time Inconsistency Problem in Monetary Policy,Advances in Economic Theory and Econometrics.

Awards and prizes

Stefania Albanesi is NBER Research Associate, CEPR Research Fellow, and non-resident fellow of Carlo F. Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy at Bocconi University. Furthermore, she is a network member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group at the Becker-Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago. She was invited to hold keynote lectures at various conferences, including the 17th IWH-CIREQ-GW Macroeconometric Workshop on Inequality, Micro Data and Macroeconomics in 2016 and the Women and Macroeconomics and Finance Workshop in 2017. Stefania Albanesi is also associate editor of several academic journals, including the Journal of Economic Theory and the Review of Economic Dynamics. She also received research funding from the National Science Foundation for her work on female employment and capital taxation.


Adriana Albini

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biochemistry, cancer research

Keywords: angiogenesis, basic research, biological therapies, chemoprevention, gene therapies, immunology, microenvironment, test tube metastases, translational research

Region: Lombardy


Responsible for oncology research at IRCCS MultiMedica

Professional career

After graduating in organic chemistry at the University of Genoa in 1979, Adriana Albini specialized in oncology both in Italy and abroad. She worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich and for the American Institute of Health. Back to Italy she directed the scientific laboratory of Molecular Oncology of the National Institute for Cancer Research, where she was then Scientific Vice Director and Director of the Department of Translational Oncology. In 2002 she obtained the suitability for university teaching and was head of the "Research and Statistics Infrastructure" Department of the Santa Maria Nuova Arcispedale in Reggio Emilia. Today Adriana Albini is the manager of the Vascular Biology and Angiogenesis Laboratory of IRCCS MultiMedica, in Sesto San Giovanni (MI) and is Scientific Director of Fondazione MultiMedica Onlus. Adriana Albini has never stopped conducting scientific research, her main fields of interest are: vascular biology, invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis, microenvironment, chemoprevention, immunopathogenesis linked to AIDS and associated tumors to AIDS and gene therapy with cytokines (polypeptide mediators that allow communication between the immune system and cells of other organs).

Scientific results

Adriana Albini has devoted most of her scientific and educational career to Experimental Oncology. Through translational research (a particular discipline that allows scientific findings to be converted into applicative therapies) she succeeded in developing new therapies in the field of angiogenesis. The "test tube metastasis" technique, which still allows new discoveries all over the world, has her name. Her interests do not stop just at translational research, in fact she is also involved in issues such as the prevention in the context of chronic degenerative diseases, including through her role as President of the Scientific Committee of the Women's Health Observatory. 

Editorial work and publications

Adriana Albini is a member of the editorial board of the most important international oncology journals, including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research and Carcinogenesis. She is involved in scientific communication and is enrolled in the journalists’ association. She is the author of more than three hundred scientific publications, including:

(2016) Albini A, DeCensi A, Cavalli F, Costa A. Cancer Prevention and Interception: A New Era for Chemopreventive Approaches. Clinical Cancer Research, 22:4322-7.

(2015) Albini A, Cavuto S, Apolone G, Noonan DM. Strategies to Prevent "Bad Luck" in Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 107.

(2014) Dallaglio K, Bruno A, Cantelmo AR, Esposito AI, Ruggiero L, Orecchioni S, Calleri A, Bertolini F, Pfeffer U, Noonan DM, Albini A. Paradoxic effects of metformin on endothelial cells and angiogenesis. Carcinogenesis, 35:1055-66.

(2014) Bruno A, Ferlazzo G, Albini A, Noonan DM. A Think Tank of TINK/TANKs: Tumor-Infiltrating/Tumor-Associated Natural Killer Cells in Tumor Progression and Angiogenesis. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 106.

(2012) Albini A, Tosetti F, Li VW, Noonan DM, Li WW. Cancer prevention by targeting angiogenesis. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, 9:498-509.

(2010) Cammarota R, Bertolini V, Pennesi G, Bucci EO, Gottardi O, Garlanda C, Laghi L, Barberis MC, Sessa F, Noonan DM, Albini A. The tumor microenvironment of colorectal cancer: stromal TLR-4 expression as a potential prognostic marker. Journal of Translational Medicine, 8:112.

(2010) Albini A, Pennesi G, Donatelli F, Cammarota R, De Flora S, Noonan DM. Cardiotoxicity of anticancer drugs: the need for cardio-oncology and cardio-oncological prevention. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 102:14-25.

(2010) Albini A, Noonan DM. The 'chemoinvasion' assay, 25 years and still going strong: the use of reconstituted basement membranes to study cell invasion and angiogenesis. Current Opinion in Cell Biology, 22:677-89.

(2007) Albini A, Sporn MB. The tumour microenvironment as a target for chemoprevention. Nature Reviews Cancer, 7:139-47.

(2007) Albini A, Benelli R. The chemoinvasion assay: a method to assess tumor and endothelial cell invasion and its modulation. Nature Protocols, 2:504-11.


Awards and prizes

She is a member of the editorial board of the most important international oncology journals, including Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research and Carcinogenesis. She is involved in scientific communication and is registered with the journalists. Adriana Albini is also the author of novels, short stories and poems. She practices fencing in Masters at a competitive level: European Silver 2015 and Italian Silver 2016 by Sword. She received the "Firenze Donna" award for the scientific research sector in 2000, the Amelia Earhart award in 2004, and the Berlucchi award in 2007. In 2010 she received the Hippocratic Award Section "The Researcher". Thanks to her "test tube metastases" technique, she was awarded by John Hopkins University and the Nih (National Institutes of Health in America) "Alternative to Animal Testing". Furthermore in 2013 Adriana Albini won the ITWIIN Award (Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators) for the Best Inventor and Innovative Woman in the High Education category, the following year the “Women who made it” Award assigned by the councilor to Equal Opportunities in Brescia and in 2015 the EUWIIN Award (European Network of Inventory and Innovative Women).


Alessia Amighini

International politics area

Competences: belt and road initiative, China’s trade expansion, Chinese economy, Chinese foreign investment, economic and trade relations between Europe and Asia, geo-economics, trade wars

Keywords: China, Chinese investment abroad, Europe-China relations, international trade networks

Region: Lombardy


Co-Head Asia Centre e Senior Associate Research Fellow at ISPI, Associate professor of Political Economics at Piemonte Orientale University, vice-direttore Master in Politics, Economics and Culture of China at Università Cattolica, Milan

Professional career

After a PhD in Development Economics, she started working asAssociate Economist at UNCTAD from 2003 to 2006, then she took a career track professorship in Economics and since 2015 she is also Senior Associate Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI Asia Programme.

Scientific results

Scientific coordinator of research projects for the European Parliament, for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and for Italy-China Business Forum. Editor and author of several books including “Networks of International Trade and Investment” (2018) (with S. Gorgoni and M. Smith), Vernon Press, “China Champion of (which) globalization?” (2018), “Xi’s policy gambles: The bumby roadahead” (2015) (with A. Berkofski), “China Dream: Still Coming True?” (2016) and “Belt and Road: A Game Changer?” (2017), all for ISPI. Author of more than 60 scientific articles in top international peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books by Edwar Elgar, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, Palgrave, Routledge. 

Editorial work and publications

Leading columnist and economic commentator for the media with more than 50 op-eds over the last 4 years. Speaker in national and international high-level academic, policy and business conferences.

(2018) Amighini A., "China’s New Economic Powerhouse"in Amighini A. (ed.), China champion of (which) globalisation?, ISPI. 

(2017) Amighini A., "The Belt and Road Initiative: A Game Changer in International Trade?" in Amighini, A. (ed.), The Belt and Road Initiative: A Game Changer?, ISPI. 

 (2017) Amighini A., McMillan M., Sanfilippo M., FDI and Capital Formation in Developing Economies: New Evidence from Industry- level Data, NBER Working Paper No. 23049. 

(2016) Amighini A., "Dream a Little Dream of China?", in Amighini, A. (ed.), China Dream: Still Coming True?, ISPI.

(2016) Amighini A., Trade and economic relations with Asia, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at 2ed45dc0f51f/Workshop-Asia-trade.pdf (with E. Borghi, R. Helg, L. Tajoli) 

(2016) Amighini A., The EU external trade strategy vis-à-vis Asia, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at 2ed45dc0f51f/Workshop-Asia-trade.pdf 

(2016) Amighini A., The EU-Korea FTA: implementation and lesson learning, Policy Department, Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament, available at trade.pdf 

(2015) Amighini A., "China’s Economic Growth: Heading to a ‘New Normal’"in Amighini A. and Berkofski A. (eds), Xi’s policy gambles: The bumpy road ahead, ISPI, 2015, ISBN 978-88-98014-63-7 

(2015) Amighini A., Is labor flexibility a substitute to offshoring? Evidence from Italian manufacturing, International Economics Vol. 142, pp. 81-93 (with Presbitero A. F. and M. G. Richiardi) 

(2015) Amighini A., Multinational Enterprises from Emerging Economies: What theories suggest, what evidence shows. A literature review, Economia e Politica Industriale, Vol. 42 (3), pp 343-370.

(2014) Amighini A., Sanfilippo M., Impact of South-South FDI and Trade on the Export Upgrading of African economies,World Development, Vol. 64, pp. 1-17.

(2014) Amighini A., Gorgoni S.,The International Reorganization of Auto Production, World Economy, Vol. 37 (7), pp. 923-952.

(2013)Amighini A., Rabellotti R., Sanfilippo M., Do Chinese state-owned and private enterprises differ in their internationalisation strategies?, China Economic Review, Vol. 27, pp. 312-325.

Awards and prizes

One of her scientific articles on Chinese expansion abroad through investments by Chinese, private and public companies, published in the China Economic Review, was awarded as the most read of 2015.

Eleonora Ardemagni

International politics area

Competences: Arab armies e civil-military relations, Arabian Peninsula, Bab el-Mandeb, conflict in Yemen, domestic and foreign policy of the Gulf monarchies, partership NATO-Gulf monarchies

Keywords: Arabian Gulf, Bahrein, Kuwait, maritime security, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: Lombardy


Geopolitical Analyst. Associate Research Fellow, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). Teaching Assistant, Catholic University, Milan. Gulf Analyst, NATO Defense College Foundation. Adjunct Professor, Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations (Aseri, MIMES).

Professional career

BA in Language for International Relations, Catholic University, Milan; MSc in International Relations, Catholic University, Milan; Diploma in European Affairs, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI); Specializing Master in Middle Eastern Studies, Aseri-Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan. Since 2012 she works as geopolitical analyst contributing to many specialized publications and think tanks, in Italy, in the US and in the Middle East. Since 2013 she regularly contributes to ISPI, Aspenia online and AffarInternazionali. Since 2016 she is international politics columnist (Middle Eastern affairs) for the Italian newspaper Avvenireand provides studies for the Italian Parliament. Since 2018 she lectures, on Yemen and civil-military relations in the Arab world, at the Catholic University of Milan, Aseri and ISPI.

Scientific results

One of the few Italian analysts and researches with expertise on Yemen, Eleonora Ardemagni works especially on internal, tribal-military dynamics in Yemen, with an eye to the role of external powers in the country, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2019 she published a monograph on the Huthis (the Yemeni Northern Shia insurgents) for CRiSSMA, the Center of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean of the Catholic University of Milan. She authored several publications, also forthcoming, on the foreign policy and the geopolitics of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. She also investigates hybrid security in the Arab states and the relationship between armies and militias; with regard to this point, she co-edited for ISPI a series of online publications with Carnegie Middle East Center (Beirut) and authored a policy brief on the hypothesis of a National Guard in Yemen, which was the outcome of an exchange of ideas with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY). She is currently researching on conscription and the Role of the Military in Gulf Monarchies’ Evolution (with a focus on the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait e Oman), authoring the chapter “Arab Gulf States: Expanding the Role for the Military-From Rulers Protectors to Nation-Builders”, for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Military in Politics, edited by William R. Thompson, Oxford University Press (forthcoming). Among her areas of research, there’s also maritime security along the Arabian Peninsula-Bab el Mandeb-Gulf of Aden triangle, with particular attention to the strategic implications of commercial ports and choke-points. 

Editorial work and publications

Her articles, essays, papers and scientific publications appeared on: 


Afriche e Orienti, International Studies Journal, NATO Defense College, NATO Review, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, LSE Middle East Centre Blog, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW), Gulf Affairs-Oxford University, Future Centre (FARAS, UAE), Carnegie Sada, Carnegie Middle East Center, Middle East Institute (MEI), Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), ITSTIME-Catholic University (Milan), Eastern Mediterranean Policy Notes-University of Nicosia, Storia Urbana, Orizzonte Cina-T.wai, CeSi, Limes, Fondazione Oasis, World Energy, Reset-Dialogue On Civilizations.


Among them:



[2015] Ardemagni E., La politica estera come sistema di ri-generazione dei sistemi autoritari: lo Yemen fra mutamento e continuità, Afriche e Orienti, No. 1-2 

[2016] Ardemagni E., United Arab Emirates’ Armed Forces in the Federation-Building Process: Seeking for Ambitious Engagement, International Studies Journal47,  Vol.12, No. 3, Winter

[2016] Ardemagni E., Framing AQAP’s intra-jihadi hegemony in Yemen: shifting patterns of governance and the importance of being local, Sicurezza, Terrorismo e Società, International Journal, Italian Team for Security, Terroristic Issues & Managing Emergencies (ITSTIME), Vol.4, 2

[2016] Ardemagni E., Emiratization of Identity: Conscription as a Cultural Tool of Nation-Building, Gulf Affairs, OxGAPS-Oxford Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum, Oxford University, St Antony’s College, Autumn

[2018] Ardemagni E., Oltre la rendita: la politica estera interventista dell’Arabia Saudita, in Colombo A., Magri P., Sempre più un gioco per grandi. E l’Europa?, ISPI

[2018] Ardemagni E., “New Armies for a New Era. Decrypting post-2011 Arab Military Reforms”, (con Umberto Profazio), NATO Defense College, Research Paper  n°145

[2018] Ardemagni E., The Persian Gulf Rimland: Federalism, Geostrategy and Patronage in Contemporary Southern Yemen, International Studies Journal 56, Vol.14, No. 4, Spring

[2019] Ardemagni E., Yemen’s nested conflict(s): Layers, geographies and feuds, ORIENT-German Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture of the Middle East, No.2, pp. 35-41.

[2019] Ardemagni E., Hormuz e Bab el-Mandeb,  le porte del petrolio, in Gulf Vision, World Energy, n°42,.

[2019] Ardemagni E., The Huthis: Adaptable Players in Yemen’s Multiple Geographies, CRiSSMA-Centro di Ricerche sul Sistema Sud e il Mediterraneo Allargato dell’Università Cattolica di Milano, Educatt, N° 25, ISBN: 978-88-9335-465-3.


Patrizia Azzi

STEM area: Physics

Competences: elementary particle physics, nuclear physics

Keywords: particle physics, top quark

Region: Veneto


Staff researcher for INFN(Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare), Italy, Section of Padua


Professional career

After completion of her Physics Diploma at the University of Padua in 1992, she pursued a PhD in Physics in 1996. Immediately after she wins a grant for continuing her studies as a post-doctoral scientist at the INFN Section in Padua. In 2008, 2012 and 2014 is awarded several grants for collaboration as a Scientific Associate at the CERN laboratory in Geneva(CH) and the Fermilab National Laboratory in Chicago (USA). Currently she is leading studies for the prospects physics measurements in the context of future projects for new particle colliders to be realised after the end of the LHC. 

Scientific results

In 1996, as a member of the CDF collaboration, observes for the first time the decay of the top quark (the heaviest fundamental particle in the Standard Model) and measures its production rate and and mass developing original analysis methods of background estimate from real data. In 2004 becomes a member of the CMS collaboration at the LHC of CERN laboratory in Geneva (CH). She has participated to the discovery of the Higgs boson in the role of responsabile of the data quality to be used for the analysis. Throughout her career Patrizia Azzi has focused her interest on particle physics and their properties to explain the fundamental law of physics. Azzi has been also coordinating several research projects: from 2002-2004 she has been leading the Top physics group for the CDF collaboration at Fermilab to plan and realise the measurements of the top quark properties during the Run 2 of the Tevatron collider, coordinating a group of about 200 physicist from all countries. As a member of the CMS experiment she has been coordinating various groups, among which the "Physics Performance and Dataset" that insured the data quality for physics in 2012/2013 and the physics group "B2G" that focuses on searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model in 2014/15. Currently she is leading the physics group that studies the future prospects for the project High Luminosity LHC that will start in 2024. 

Patrizia Azzi is also an active proponent of the Future Circular Collider project (FCC) where she studies in particular the potential for the most precise measurement of the top quark mass at a new lepton collider.


Editorial work and publications

She is author of vaste number of publication national and international, we quote here some of the most relevant: 

(2016) CMS Collaboration, Khachatryan S, [...] Azzi P, et al. Search for vectorlike charge 2/3 T quarks in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV.Physical Review D, 93:012003. 
(2014) CMS Collaboration. Search for top-quark partners with charge 5/3 in the same-sign dilepton final state.Physical Review Letters, 112:171801. 
(2014) Bicer M, [...] Azzi P, et al. First Look at the Physics Case of TLEP. The Journal of High Energy Physics, 01:164. 
(2012) The CMS Collaboration. Observation of a new boson at a mass of 125 GeV with the CMS experiment at the LHC.Physics Letters B, 716:30-61. 
(2009) CMS Tracker Collaboration, Adam W, [...] Azzi P, et al. Performance studies of the CMS Strip Tracker before installation.Journal of Instrumentation, 4. 
(1999) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Measurement of the top quark mass with the Collider Detector at Fermilab.Physical Review Letters, 82:271-276. 
(1997) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. First observation of the all hadronic decay of t pairs. Physical Review Letters, 79:1992-1997. 
(1995) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Observation of top quark production in p collisions. Physical Review Letters, 74:2626-2631. 
(1994) CDF Collaboration, Abe F, [...] Azzi P, et al. Evidence for top quark production in pcollisions at √s = 1.8 TeV.Physical Review Letters, 73:225-231. 
(1994) Amidei D, Azzi P, et al. The Silicon Vertex Detector of the Collider Detector at Fermilab. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, 350:73-130.

Awards and prizes

2014-2015: Scientific Associate  at CERN(Switzerland)

2013 European Physical Society High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, for an outstanding contribution to High Energy Physics, awarded to the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, “for the discovery of a Higgs boson, as predicted by the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism” 

2012-2013     LHC Physics Center Fellow at Fermilab (USA)


2008-2009: Scientific Associateat CERN(Switzerland) 


Alessandra Bacà

Economy and Finance area

Competences: public finance

Keywords: e-governement, payment system and instruments

Region: Lazio


Economist expert of public finance at Bank of Italy

Professional career

After graduating in Economics, Statistics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, she developed her professional experience in the field of Financial Services in the international arena. In September 2016, she joined the Bank of Italy, where she is in charge of monitoring the payment times of public administrations, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and with the Agency for Digital Italy. Previously, she worked as a business consultant both in Italy and abroad at Accenture, supporting leading banks and insurance companies in streamlining processes, projects and change management. Subsequently, she dealt with corporate organization for credit and risk management at Intesa Sanpaolo; she supported the start-up of Banca del Mezzogiorno and the development of e-government within the Poste Italiane group; she carried out marketing activities on Banco Posta's financial products and payment systems.

In addition to this, she passionately cultivates her humanistic side, through the involvement in various cultural associations and the creation of the Facebook group "Culture sharing" for the development of a "culture of culture" in Rome.

Scientific results

The research activity of Alessandra Bacà has so far been carried out on issues relating to the development of the country and its institutional structure, through the publication of two works with two Roman Think Tanks (Trinità dei Monti, Forma) in order to analyze Italy’s growth perspectives in the next twenty years, and to examine the public finance implications of specific institutional reforms in Italy.

Editorial work and publications

[2017] Pierluigi Testa, Alessandra Bacà, Alessandro Bracci, Claudia Curci, Pierangelo Sardi, Roberto Venturini, L’Italia tra vent’anni,

[2018] di Valerio Polidori, Bruno Detti, Paolo Naggar, Andrea Negrini, Alessandra Bacà,    Giulio Bacosi, Luca Benegiamo, An innovative approach to institutional reforms,


Awards and prizes

Golden medal for graduating with honors in Economics, Statistics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in 2005.

Giulia Baccarin

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: artificial intelligence, business innovation, energy, predictive maintenance

Keywords: ethics, support women in tech

Region: Lombardy


Co-founder MIPU

Professional career

Giulia Baccarin was born in 1981 in Dueville, Vicenza.  After getting a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering and discovering her passion for predictive modelling, she spent the first years of her career in Japan working for a consultancy company and successfully completing the EU funded Executive Training Programme in Tokyo.  Back in Italy in 2008, she starts the Italian subsidiary of the engineering company I-care, today European Leader in Predictive Maintenance and Reliability. Meanwhile, pushed by a strong desire to promote and support the entrepreneurial spirit of young talents in Italy, she co-founded MIPU, a group of companies that bring artificial intelligence in Industry.

Scientific results

The solutions developed by MIPU focus on predictive analytics developed to optimize industrial processes and are today chosen by top companies in Italy and abroad.

Awards and prizes

Giulia won in 2016 the Gamma Donna award for youth and female entrepreneurship and in 2018 Fortune Italy award for “Most influent innovative women Under 40”. For over three years, Giulia is active in promoting a deep discussion about the role of ethics in artificial intelligence, diversity in programming communities and the jobless society on prestigious stages such as TedXRoma 2017, Wired Next Fest 2017, Wired Trends 2018, Wired Digital Days 2019, DIGITAL ITALY SUMMIT 2017.

Giovannella Baggio

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: gender medicine, geriatrics, gerontology

Keywords: environmental factors, female health, gender, gender-specific medicine, genes, health, longevity, metabolic diseases, women

Region: Veneto


Full Professor in Medicine. She is member elected of the Scientific Board of the International Society of Gender Medicine

Professional career

Professor Giovannella Baggio M.D. is specialized in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology. From 1995 she is Full Professor in Medicine. She had the Chair of  Geriatrics and Gerontology in Sassari University, and from 2013 she had the first Chair in Italy of Gender Medicine in the University of Padua.   From 1999 to 2017 she was Chief of the Internal Medicine Unit of the University Hospital of Padua (Italy). Nowadays she is Senior Full Professor of the University of Padua. She is President of the National Research Centre of Gender Health and Medicine. She is member elected of the Scientific Board of the International Society of Gender Medicine

Editorial work and publications

Author of 260 scientific papers in international and national journal, co-editor of 6 monographs.


Rosa Balfour

International politics area

Competences: European politics, international relations

Keywords: contemporary European politics, democracy, European foreign policy, human rights

Region: ABROAD


Senior Transatlantic Fellow presso il German Marshall Fund of the US 

Professional career

Following a degree in History at Cambridge University, Rosa pursued post-graduate studies whilst working as a researcher and obtained a Masters Degree in European Studies and a PhD in International Relations, both at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a researcher in Italy and from 2007 in Brussels at the European Policy Centre, where she headed the programme Europe in the World, dealing primarily with European foreign policy (relations between the EU and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean region, EU enlargement, among other issues). She also co-lead the institute. Her work has included research, research team management, fundraising, policy analysis, public speaking. In 2015 Rosa moved to the German Marshall Fund of the US, still based in Brussels, where she expanded her fields of activities to European politics. Her research is currently focusing on the nexus between domestic and international politics. 

Scientific results

Alongside numerous publications which have contributed to the policy debate at the EU level, Rosa is regularly consulted by governments, EU institutions, parliaments, and civil society on a number of matters related to her work. She has been a member research and advisory committees (for instance with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Brussels Advocacy office of Save the Children). She also is called to offer training sessions, lectures and keynote speeches at institutions, universities, parliamentary committees, NGOs.

Editorial work and publications

Rosa has published academic books, policy papers, and regularly contributes to debates on European and international politics through short articles and opinion pieces. Below is a selection of recent publications.

[2019] Balfour R., Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe, LSE Brexit Blog,

[2019] Balfour R., Bouchet N., and Forbrig J.,Improving EU-U.S. Cooperation in Civil Society Support in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, GMF Policy Paper,

[2019] Balfour R.,What the Brexit shambles says about the state of British democracy,

[2019] Balfour R., A progressive and European foreign policy in a hostile environment, The Progressive Post, No. 11, Spring 2019.

[2018] Balfour R., ‘Human Rights in the European Neigbhourhood Policy’, in Tobias Schumacher, Andreas Marchetti and Thomas Demmelhuber (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy, London: Routledge, pp. 481-493.

[2018] Balfour R., ‘Polarization in Europe: Public Opinion and European Foreign Policy’, in Dan S. Hamilton and Teija Tiilikainen (eds.), Domestic Determinants of Foreign Policy in the European Union and the United States, Washington, DC: Centre for Transatlantic Relations, pp.79-95.

[2017] Balfour R.,What are think tanks for? Policy research in the age of anti-expertise, published by LSE,

[2015] Balfour R., Carta C. and Raik K. (eds.), The European External Action Service and National Foreign Ministries: Convergence or Divergence?, Farnham: Ashgate.

[2012] Balfour R., Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy. The Cases of Ukraine and Egypt, London: Routledge, reprinted as a paperback in 2014.

Awards and prizes

In September 2018 she became non-resident fellowship on Europe’s Futuresat Institute of Human Sciences of Vienna. She also is member of Steering Committee of WIIS-Brussels (Women In International Security), Associate Fellow a LSE Ideas, and Senior Adviser at European Policy Centre. 

Valentina Bambini

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neurolinguistics, psicolinguitics

Keywords: communication, language

Region: Lombardy

Lucia Banci

STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: chemistry, MRI

Keywords: copper transport in cells, iron, metal proteins, metals in biological systems, MRI, structural biology, vaccine design

Region: Tuscany


Lucia Banci is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florence.

Professional career

She graduated in Chemistry at the University of Florence in 1978, and continued her training through various research periods abroad, mainly in the USA. She continued her academic career at the University of Florence, first as a researcher and in 1987 as Associate Professor. Since 1999 she is Full Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry and, from 2011 to 2017, she has been Director of CERM (Magnetic Resonance Center) of the University of Florence. Lucia Banci is the Head of the Italian Core Center of the ESFRI Research Infrastructure Instruct-ERIC, and a member of the Instruct-ERIC Executive Committee and of the Council.

Scientific results

Lucia Banci has provided and is providing original and innovative contributions in structural biology and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) applied to biological systems. In particular, she has gained visibility as an international leader for the characterization of functional processes in living cells with atomic-level resolution. She applied and is applying this approach to the study of the processes responsible for the transport and use of metal ions, in particular copper and iron. She has developed innovative approaches for "in cell NMR", ie high resolution NMR in living cells, which allows the characterization of human proteins in living human cells at atomic resolution. Lucia Banci is contributing to the development and use of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a research field in which she has provided important theoretical and methodological advances. She has been active in research projects of structural genomics, in which she uses a "functional" approach, that is, she exploits the knowledge of the conformation of the biomolecules to understand their function and how it can be altered by mutations or other alterations. She has also been a pioneer in the development of an absolutely innovative approach for the rational design of highly effective vaccines, ie the structural vaccinology, based on the structural characterization of the antigens and their interaction with the antibodies.

Editorial work and publications

She has published about 400 research articles on peer reviewed journals with a total of 21.000 citations.

A few relevant publications:

(2018) Luchinat E, BanciL. In-Cell NMR in Human Cells: Direct Protein Expression Allows Structural Studies of Protein Folding and Maturation. Acc Chem Res., 51, 1550-1557.

(2016) Nuttle X, Giannuzzi G, Duyzend MH, Schraiber JG, Narvaiza I, Camponeschi F, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Sudmant PH, Penn O, Chiatante G, Malig M, Huddleston J, Benner C, Stessman HAF, Marchetto MCN, Denman L, Harshman L, Baker C, Raja A, Penewit K, Tang WJ, Ventura M, Antonacci F, Akey JM, Amemiya CT, Banci L, Gage FH, Reymond A and Eichler EE. Emergence of a Homo sapiens-specific gene family and the evolution of autism risk at chromosome 16p11.2. Nature, 536:205-209.

(2015) Banci L, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Gajda K, Muzzioli R, Peruzzini R and Winkelmann J. N-terminal domains mediate [2Fe-2S] cluster transfer from glutaredoxin-3 to anamorsin. Nature Chemical Biology, 11:772-778.

(2011) Scarselli M, Aricò B, Brunelli B, Savino S, Di Marcello F, Palumbo E, Veggi D, Ciucchi L, Cartocci E, Bottomley M.J, Malito E, Lo Surdo P, Comanducci M, Giuliani M.M, Cantini F, Dragonetti S, Colaprico A, Doro F, Giannetti P, Pallaoro M, Brogioni B, Tontini M, Hilleringmann M, Nardi-Dei V, Banci L, Pizza M. & Rappuoli R, Rational design of a meningococcal antigen inducing broad protective immunity. Science Translational Medicine, 3:91ra62.

(2010) Banci L, Bertini I, Ciofi-Baffoni S, Kozyreva T, Zovo K & Palumaa P. Affinity gradients drive copper to cellular destinations. Nature, 465:645-648

Awards and prizes

During her career she has received prizes and awards, among which the IUPAC "Distinguished Women in Chemistry" award and the "Fiorino d’Oro della Città di Firenze" Gold Medal of the City of Florence in 2015. In 2017 she received the “Instruct Bertini Award” for Integrated Structural Biology and the Premio Scienza Madre in 2018. She is a member of EMBO (European Organization for Molecular Biology) and is the Italian delegate at the Council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).


Oriana Bandiera

Economy and Finance area

Competences: contracts, economic development, labor economics, organizations

Keywords: governments, incentives, institutions, poverty, social connections

Region: ABROAD


Chair Sir Anthony Atkinson at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan, respectively in 1993 and 1994, she completed her education through a PhD in Economics at Boston College (USA), in 2000. From 1999 to 2007 she was lecturer in Economics at London School of Economics (UK) and reader in Economics until 2010 in the same. From 2010 to 2017 she was Professor of Economics and from 2017 she has been Sir Anthony Atkinson chair in Economics at the London School of Economics. She has been visiting assistant professor at the University of Chicago (2003), New York University (2004), Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm (2004 and 2006), Bocconi University (2005), Yale University (2005) and Northwestern University (2007) Currently she is also Director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centers for Economics and Related Disciplines (London), Co-Director of the State Capabilities Program at the International Growth Center (London) and of the Development Research Program at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London).

Scientific results

Oriana Bandiera has concentrated its research on the analysis of organizations and labor markets in different contexts, especially in poor and developing countries. In particular, she studied the role of economic incentives and material remuneration, and not, within public and private organizations. In this way, she highlighted the importance of adequate motivation in the selection process of public employees and in the performance of their duties. Similar themes have been applied to the industrial sector, and in particular to the introduction of social incentives in companies and in the workplace, and to the conduct of managers. One of the most recent projects in this field concerns the formation of "altruistic capital", or accumulable social motivation, but also exhaustive, through the fulfillment, or lack, of altruistic acts, that is directed to the good functioning of the community. In the field of labor markets, research on the importance of transferring skills and durable goods to women generally employed in low-return activities, aimed at an efficient allocation of time in work, and a definitive exit is particularly relevant. from poverty. Other topics of study are female affirmation, the importance of social connections and the role of governments in economic development. Her research is largely carried out through the use of empirical methods applied in the field, such as randomized controlled trials.

Editorial work and publications

Oriana Bandiera is co-editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and Economics. She is a member of the European Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society. In addition, she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Journal, Economics and Journal of the European Economic Association.
She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) Ashraf N, Bandiera O. Altruistic Capital. American Economic Review, vol. 107(5): 70-75.

(2016) Bandiera O, Burgess R, Das N, Gulesci S, Rasul I, Sulaiman M. Labor Markets and Poverty in Village Economies.Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 132(2): 811-870.

(2015) Bandiera O, Guiso L, Prat A, Sadun R. Matching Firms, Managers and Incentives. Discussion Paper 7207 Journal of Labour Economics, vol. 33(3): 623-681.

(2014) Ashraf N, Bandiera O, Jack K. No Margin, no mission? A field experiment for public service delivery. Journal of Public Economics, vol. 120(C): 1-17.

(2013) Bandiera O, Barankay I, Rasul I. Team Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Journal of the European Economic Association, vol. 11(5): 1079-1114.

(2011) Bandiera O, Levy G. Diversity and the power of the elites in democratic societies: Evidence from Indonesia. Journal of Public Economics, vol. 95(11): 1322-1330.

(2010) Bandiera O, Barankay I, Rasul I.Social Incentives in the Workplace. Review of Economic Studies, vol. 77(2): 417-458.

(2009) Bandiera O, Prat A, Valletti T. Active and Passive Waste in Government Spending: Evidence from a Policy Experiment. American Economic Review, vol. 99(4): 1278-1308.

(2009) Bandiera O, Barankay I, Rasul I. Social Connections and Incentives in the Workplace: Evidence from Personnel Data. Econometrics, vol. 77(4): 1047-1094.

(2008) Bandiera O, Barankay I, Rasul I. Social capital in the workplace: Evidence on its formation and consequences. Labour Economics, vol. 15(4): 724-748.

(2007) Bandiera O, Branka, I, Rasul I. Incentives for Managers and Inequality Among Worker: Evidence from a Firm Level Experiment. Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 122(2):729-775.

(2006) Bandiera O, Rasul I. Social Networks and the Adoption of New Technology in Northern Mozambique.Economic Journal, vol. 116(514): 862-902.

(2005)  Bandiera O, Barankay I, Rasul I. Social Preferences and the Response to Incentives: Evidence from Personnel Data. Quarterly Journal of Economics.vol. 120(3): 917-962.

(2003) Bandiera O. Private States and the Enforcement of Property Rights: Theory and Evidence on the origins of the Sicilian mafia. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, vol. 19(1): 218-244.

Awards and prizes

She is a fellow of the British Academy, Econometric Society, Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Bureau for the Analysis of Economic Development (BREAD), Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Center for Ecomic Studies (CESIfo), Innovation for Poverty Action ( IPA). JPAL Europe and European Development Research Network (EUDN). She was the winner of numerous awards, including the Carlo Alberto medal, awarded every two years to an Italian citizen under the age of 40 for research in economics.

Anna Barbati

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: forestry science

Keywords: biodiversity, remote sensing, resilience

Region: Lazio


Associate Professor in Forest Planning and Silviculture at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy).

Professional career

Associate Professor at DIBAF (Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems) of the University of Tuscia since 2016, she is currently Project Coordinator of the EU-funded project PREVAIL (PREVention Action Increases Large fire response preparedness), and Principal Investigator of the projects REFORM (Increasing resilience of forest mixtures) and FREShLIFE (Demonstrating Remote Sensing integration in sustainable forest management). From 2010 to 2016 Assistant professor at the Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-food and Forest systems (DIBAF) of the University of Tuscia. 

She holds a Degree in Forest Science at the University of Florence (1996) and a Professional Master in “Remote sensing and natural resources evaluation” from the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare (Florence) (1997); a PhD in Forest Economics and Planning from the University of Florence (2001) and a II level Master Degree in “Landscape ecology and environmental planning” from La Sapienza University of Rome (2007).

Scientific results

Her main research interests concern the application of (satellite and drone) remote sensing and forest sampling strategies to forest resources monitoring. As consultant for the UNECE/FAO Timber Section and European Environment Agency, she contributed to the development of the European Forest Types, a forest classification framework for reporting on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe.

She has participated in three national and international research projects on the topic of wildfire management in the Mediterranean region, where she tested remote sensing technologies (multispectral optical data and LIDAR) for mapping forest fuel types, as a means to support fire behaviour modelling through computer-based simulators. She has also been working on understanding the relationships between frequency and recurrence of forest fires and fuel and landscape determinants of fire ignition and propagation, in order to support decision-making on forest fire risk prevention on a large-scale through fuel management interventions. Other recent research interests include the interactions between biodiversity (number of forest tree species and forest ecosystem structure heterogeneity), ecosystem services (wood and non-wood products, forest biomass, carbon sequestration, habitat provision) and forest resilience to climate change.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of some100 scientific and technical publications, among others:



[2018] Bagaram M.B.1, Giuliarelli D., Chirici G., Giannetti F., Barbati A. UAV Remote Sensing for Biodiversity Monitoring: Are Forest Canopy Gaps Good Covariates? Remote Sensing, 10, 1397.

[2018] Barbati A, Scarascia Mugnozza G, Ayan S, Blasi E, Calama R, Canaveira P, Cicatiello C, Collalti A, Corona P, del RíoM, DucciF, PeruginiL. Adaptation and mitigation. In: FAO and Plan Bleu. 2018. State of Mediterranean Forests 2018. Food and Agriculture Organization of theUnited Nations, Rome and Plan Bleu, Marseille: 128-146

[2015] Barbati A, Corona P, D’amato E, Cartisano R. Is Landscape a Driver of Short-term Wildfire Recurrence? LANDSCAPE RESEARCH, 40 (1): 99-108. 

[2014] Corona P, Ferrari B, Cartisano R, Barbati A. Calibration assessment of forest flammability potential in Italy. IFOREST, 7: 300-305

[2014] Barbati A, Marchetti M., Chirici G., Corona P. European Forest Types and Forest Europe SFM indicators: Tools for monitoring progress on forest biodiversity conservation.FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 321: 145-157

[2013] Chiriacò MV, Perugini L, Cimini D, D’Amato E, Valentini R, Bovio G, Corona P, Barbati A (2013). Comparison of approaches for reporting forest fire-related biomass loss and greenhouse gas emissions in southern Europe. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WILDLAND FIRE, 22(6): 730-738.

[2013] Barbati A, Chirici G, Corona P, Montaghi A, Travaglini D (2009). Area-based assessment of forest standing volume by field measurements and airborne laser scanner data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING, 30 (19): 5177-5194.

[2011] Corona P., Chirici G., McRoberts R.E., Winter S., Barbati A. Contribution of large-scale forest inventories to biodiversity assessment and monitoring. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, vol. 262, p. 2061-2069, ISSN: 0378-1127, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.08.044

 [2008] Lamonaca A, Corona P, Barbati A. Exploring forest structural complexity by multi-scale segmentation of VHR imagery. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, vol. 112, p. 2839-2849, ISSN: 0034-4257

Awards and prizes

Coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Unit 8.02.01 - Key factors and ecological functions for forest biodiversity and Member of the Italian Academy of Forest Sciences since 2010.

Flavia Barca

Economy and Finance area

Competences: cultural economics, media economics

Keywords: cultural heritage

Region: Lazio


President of Acume - www.acume.netand Member of the Italian Film and Audiovisual Council at Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities in Italy (Mibac), the independent consultative body to the Italian Minister of Culture.

Professional career

Flavia Barca is an expert in cultural policies, cultural economics, and media economics. 

She served as Deputy Mayor for Culture in the Rome City Council, and has collaborated as an expert for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics and many Italian and international institutions, as well as serving as a consultant and trainer for universities and public and private bodies. She taught Media and ICT Economics at the Media Studies Faculty of Rome University “La Sapienza”and at Teramo University. 

She has conducted extensive research for both public and commercial broadcasters, as well as authoring various audiovisual production projects. She worked as Director at IEM (the Fondazione Rosselli Institute of Media Economics) and managed a large number of research projects in various sectors of the Communications and Creative Industries. Her main areas of work include: culture, development and regional smart-specialization strategies; the economics of media groups and markets; the impact of the media and communications industry on the social and economic fabric of the country; the concept of public service and its reshaping in a new digital habitat; public investments and policies in sustaining culture and creative industries.

She graduated in Liberal Arts at Roma Tre University and received an MA in Communication Policy Studies from City University, London. 

Scientific results

She is specialised in desk and field analysis of cultural and creative SMEs. Among other projects, she conducted the first broad study about the Local TV Sector, the Videogame Sector and the TV Production Sector in Italy, combining theoretical and empirical approaches. She also carried out the first analytic study in Italy on public investments and European funds (2007-2013) in the cultural and creative industries.

More recently, she has concentrated her research on three main themes: promoting projects and research in cultural heritage and territorial development; monitoring and evaluating cultural planning and public policies; promoting gender equality.

Editorial work and publications

Her latest publications include: L’impresa culturale attrattiva e generativa di valore nel Mezzogiorno, in Territori della cultura, n.34, anno 2018, p. 92-97; Le diseguaglianze di genere nella società dello spettacolo in Economia della Cultura, 1-2/2018, pp. 163-172, Il Mulino; L’Anno Europeo del Patrimonio Culturale (The European Year of Cultural Heritage) in Digicult, Scientific Journal on Digital Cultures, vol. 2 n. 3, 2017;Public Service Media and the Common Good in Digicult, Scientific Journal on Digital Cultures, Special Issue, vol. 1 n. 1, 2016;The Television Production Sector in Italy and the Challenges of Globalization in Albarran, Faustino and Santos, “The Media as a Driver of Information Society” (MediaXXI Collection, FormalPress Group, Lisbon, 2009).

Awards and prizes

She is  Member of the Scientific Committee of JOCIS - Journal of Creative Industries and Cultural Studies:, Member of the Scientific Committee of, Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Economia della, Member of the David di Donatello Academy and Jury.


Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

International politics area

Competences: EU’s foreign policy, International relations of the Middle East, Middle East, security

Keywords: Afghanistan, armed groups, drones, Gulf countries, Iran, Iraq, non-proliferation, Syria, Yemen

Region: ABROAD


Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in Middle East Security at the International Security Studies department; Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King's College London and consultant at a NATO-sponsored expert panel on Afghanistan.

Professional career

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow at the International Security Studies department of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). She is also a Visiting Fellow at War Studies, King's College London and a consultant at a NATO-sponsored expert panel on Afghanistan. Her research is concerned with security in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran’s foreign and domestic politics, as well as on armed groups, drones’ proliferation, and counter-proliferation. 

She completed her PhD project at the War Studies Department of King’s College London, focusing on the diplomatic initiative of France, Germany and the UK (E3) on the Iranian nuclear issue.

Prior to joining RUSI, she was an Associate Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), where she specialised on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations on Iran, particularly in the context of sanctions.

Prior to ECFR, she worked as Researcher on Iran at Oxford Research Group, while providing political risk analyses to a number of consultancies.

Scientific results

Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi frequently writes for outlets such as Foreign Policy, BBC News, The Telegraph, The International Spectator, The Middle East Eye, Al-Monitor, Aspenia Online, and she appears as a commentator on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Sky News, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, The New York Times and France 24.

She often provides briefings to stakeholders looking at the Middle East, including the Foreign Office, State Department, NATO, the EEAS Iran Task Force and the Permanent Missions at the UN.


Editorial work and publications

[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. Written evidence submitted by Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi (RUSI) (UKI0006), UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee, 8 November,


[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘Iran Still Doesn’t Want an Escalation”, Foreign Policy, 13 May,


[2019] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: What could be Iran's motive?’, BBC News, 14 June 2019, [2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Bronk, J. ‘Armed Drones in the Middle East: Proliferation and Norms in the Region’, RUSI Occasional Paper, December,[2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘Informal Groups of States: A Growing Role in EU Foreign Policy After Brexit?’, The RUSI Journal, 163:4, 62-70, DOI: 10.1080/03071847.2018.1522046. [2018] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘Iran and the West after the Nuclear Deal: High Hopes, Low Returns’, RUSI Conference Report, 26 February,


[2016] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Pantucci, R. ‘Understanding Iran's role in the Syrian conflict’, RUSI Occasional Paper, August,

[2016] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘The nuclear deal: Exploiting its potential’, in Iran after the deal: The road ahead,ed. Paolo Magri andAnnalisa Perteghella, Italian Institute for International Political Studies, September 2016,[2014] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. and Alcaro, R. ‘Europe and Iran’s Nuclear Issue: The Labours and Sorrows of a Supporting Actor’,The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs, Volume 49, Issue 3[2014] Bassiri Tabrizi, A. ‘The EU’s sanctions regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA’, European Council on Foreign Relations, 4 June,


Awards and prizes

2013-2015: Continuation scholar at King‟s College London(tuition/maintenance)


2012-2013: Walton scholar at King‟s College London(tuition)


2009-2011: Fulbright scholar at Syracuse University, Carlo Maria Santoro (tuition/maintenance)

Stefania Benaglia

International politics area

Competences: European Union, foreign and security policy, public diplomacy

Keywords: Asia, EU foreign and security policy, EU-India Relations

Region: ABROAD


Senior Expert, EU Public Diplomacy and Outreach in India. Associate Researcher, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Associate Fellow,Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI).

Professional career

Stefania Benaglia holds an MA in Strategic Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, an MA in International Development from the University of Pavia and a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna. She also studied and worked in Israel (International Institute of Counter-Terrorism), USA (Italian Embassy, SAIS and San Francisco State University), France (Science Po Grenoble) and Spain (Leonardo da Vinci programme). In 2009 Stefania moved to Brussels to join the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and then the European Commission (EC), working for the Political & Security Committee (PSC) team and representing the EC at the Political-Military Group (PMG). Between 2014 – 2017 she moved to Delhi, working on EU-India defence cooperation for Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and for Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.  In 2017 she moved back to Brussels. She is Senior Expert in the Public Diplomacy Project of the European Union Delegation to India, Research Associate at Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Associate Fellow at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). She also consult for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Scientific results

Stefania Benaglia research focuses on Foreign and Security policy and EU-India relations. Her approach uses scenario buildings to define clear and coordinated strategic objectives, identification of key stakeholders, and strategy outline.  She also research how to affect change and be an effective policy entrepreneurs.

Editorial work and publications

Stefania Benaglia regularly publishes policy papers for leading Think Tanks (IAI - Roma, CEPS - Bruxelles e ORF- Delhi), as well as OpEds.

[2019] Benaglia S., Is Italy reshaping China-EU relations? April 1, 2019,

[2019] Benaglia S., India-Pakistan: dal confronto ad un nuovo processo di paceMarch 3,

[2018] Benaglia S., Modi-Conte meeting strengthens Indo-Italian relations, 30 October,

[2018] Benaglia S., EU strategy for connectivity in Asia presented at the 12th ASEM Summit, 20 October,

[2018] Benaglia S., Italy and the EU: Brussels must start thinking outside the box, 6 June,

[2017] Benaglia S., EU-India summit: slow progress, except for security deal, 9 October,

[2017] Benaglia S., UE-India: Federica Mogherini a Nuova Delhi, 23 April,

[2017] Benaglia S, Casarini N. & Patil S., Moving Forward EU-India Security Dialogue: Traditional and Emerging Issues,February, Ed. Nuova Cultura

[2016] Benaglia S., Ungaro A. EU-India defence cooperation: A European Perspective, December ‘16, Istituto Affari Internazionali Working Paper

[2016] Benaglia S., How to boost EU– India relations, 29 March, CEPS

Awards and prizes

In 2007 she was awarded of Enzo Grilli Fellowship. In 2019 she was nominated as Top 40 Under 40 EU India Leader.

Ariela Benigni

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular biology

Keywords: cell regeneration, kidney diseases, kidneys, kidney transplant, rejection, stamina cells

Region: Lombardy


Scientific Secretary of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research and Research Coordinator, Bergamo and Ranica (BG) site.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Biological Science from the University of Milan, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She spent time abroad training and was then awarded a doctoral fellowship at the Centre Regional de Transfusion Sanguigne in Strasbourg, at Guy’s Hospital in London and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her research group focuses on regenerative medicine and studies whether stem cells can be used to treat acute and chronic kidney diseases, and how the kidney can repair itself.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on understanding how kidney diseases develop and on the mechanisms of progression that damage the kidney and lead to renal function decline. In the field of transplant rejection, she was among the first to successfully apply gene therapy through viral vectors to prevent the rejection of solid organ transplants without the need of immunosuppressants.

Between 2007 and 2012 she was a consultant for the WHO for a multicentre observational study on the predictive uses of angiogenic factors for the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia. In connection with this study, she was made a Senior Fellow at the University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, in 2007. She took part of the Visiting Committee of AERES – Agence d’Évaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement Supèrieur – to evaluate scientists at the Hôpital Necker in Paris. She has been a Program Committee Member at the two most important international nephrology meetings (the World Congress of Nephrology, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa and the 2016 American Society of Nephrology Meeting, Chicago, USA). Since 2017 she has been a member of the Innovation and Discovery Task Force of the American Society of Nephrology.

Editorial work and publications

Ariela Benigni has been a member of a number of editorial committees for international scientific journals: Associate Editor at Kidney International, Journal of Nephrology, International Journal of Artificial Organs; and Academic Editor at Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, PeerJ and Plos One. Since January 2015 she is the Editor in Chief of Nephron.

She is the author of over 290 scientific articles published in international scientific journals.


Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the Merit Award from Bergamo City Hall for her contributions to science.



(2018) Ciampi O, Romano E, Benigni A, Tomasoni S. Generation of two isogenic iPS cell lines (IRFMNi002-A and IRFMNi002-B) from a patient affected by Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis carrying a heterozygous c.565G>A mutation in PAX2 gene. Stem Cell Research 33:175-179.

(2017) Perico L, Morigi M, Rota C, Breno M, Mele C, Noris M, Introna M, Capelli C, Longaretti L, Rottoli D, Conti S, Corna D, Remuzzi G, Benigni A. Human mesenchymal stromal cells transplanted into mice stimulate renal tubular cells and enhance mitochondrial function. Nature Communications 8:983.

(2016) Perico L, Conti S, Benigni A, Remuzzi G. Podocyte-actin dynamics in health and disease. Nature Reviews Nephrology,12:692-710.

(2015) Morigi M, Perico L, Rota C, Longaretti L, Conti S, Rottoli D, Novelli R, Remuzzi G, Benigni A, Sirtuin 3-dependent mitochondrial dynamic improvements protect against acute kidney injury. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 125:715-726.

(2014) Benigni A, Gagliardini E, Remuzzi G, Abatacept in B7-1-positive proteinuric kidney disease. The New England Journal of Medicine, 370:1261-1263.

Francesca Iaia Bertinotti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: B2B consultancy for Human Resources, commercial development, general management PMI, management of large private customers KAM and PA, sales and marketing policies, start up companies e teams

Keywords: education, e-learning, international sport events, services digitalisation, welfare and benefits for employees and citizens

Region: Lombardy


Manager in multinational companies and lareg internationa groups, also listed on the stocke exchange. Consultant in general management at PMI.

Graziella Bertocchi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: macroeconomics, political economy

Keywords: demographics, family, gender, inheritance, institutions, migrants, political power, slavery

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Full professor of political economy and director of RECent, a research center of the Marco Biagi Department of Economics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Professional career

After an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Modena in 1980, she obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA). Between 1987 and 1993 she was an assistant professor at Brown University in Providence (USA). In 1993 she became an associate, and in 2000 a full professor, in Modena. She has been a visiting professor at several institutions including the University of Oslo, European University Institute, Royal Holloway-University of London, New York University, IGIER-Bocconi and Université Catholique de Louvain. She has coordinated the Group of Evaluation Experts for the Economics and Statistics Area within the 2011-2014 Italian National Research Evaluation run by ANVUR.

Scientific results

Graziella Bertocchi’s research belongs to the fields of political economy and macroeconomics, with a focus on the interactions between economic development and institutions in a historical perspective. In particular, she has studied the determinants and consequences of the empowerment of social groups such as women, youths, ethnic minorities, and migrants. For instance, in a recent paper she has coded the citinzenship laws applied across countries and analyzed their evolution in the face of migration flows, taking into account other factors such as the legal tradition, the level of democracy, the demographic equilibrium, the structure of the welfare state, and geo-political stability. She has also contributed to the analysis of wealth inequality and its link with inheritance systems and taxation showing that, historically, primogeniture favored wealth concentration and that the current decline in inheritance taxation can be explained by a relative decrease in inequality. In another complementary research line she has focused on family structure and the determinants of gender gaps, in terms of education, financial decisions, and sexual behavior. In particular, she has shown how in Africa the spread of polygyny is associated, especially for women, with marital infidelity and vulnerability to HIV contagion. 

Editorial work and publications

Graziella Bertocchi has authored many publications, including the following:

(2015) Bertocchi G, Gambardella A, Jappelli T, Nappi C, Peracchi F. Bibliometric Evaluation vs. Informed Peer Review: Evidence from Italy. Research Policy, 44:451-466.

(2015) Bertocchi G, Dimico A. Slavery, Education, and Inequality. European Economic Review, 70:197-209.

(2014) Bertocchi G, Brunetti M, Torricelli C. Who Holds the Purse Strings within the Household? The Determinants of Intra-family Decision Making. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 101:65-86.

(2006) Bertocchi G. The Law of Primogeniture and the Transition from Landed Aristocracy to Industrial Democracy. Journal of Economic Growth, 11:41-68.

(2002) Bertocchi G, Canova F. Did Colonization Matter for Growth? An Empirical Exploration into the Historical Causes of Africa's Underdevelopment. European Economic Review, 46:1851-1871.

Awards and prizes

Graziella Bertocchi is a fellow of Academia Europaea, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics, Dondena Gender Initiative, and Global Labor Organization. She is a member of the Standing Committee on Women in Economics of the European Economic Association. She was invited to deliver the Julian Simon Lecture at the 12th IZA Annual Migration Meeting in Dakar in 2015 and the Keynote Lecture at the 29th Meeting of the German-Israeli Foundation on Understanding Contemporary Migration in Jerusalem in 2008. 













Francesca Bettio

Economy and Finance area

Competences: gender economy, labor economics, population economy

Keywords: caring economics, prostitution

Region: Tuscany


Full professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Political Economy and Statistics, University of Siena, Italy

Professional career

Francesca Bettio graduated in political science, economics major, from the University of Bologna, then in economics from the University of Naples (Portici), London School of Economics (MSc) and University of Cambridge (GB)(PhD). Her doctoral thesis was published by Clarendon Press (Oxford) in 1988. In 1984, she resumed teaching in Italian universities as researcher in Rome (La Sapienza) and as associate professor in Salerno and Siena, where she was appointed full professor in 2000. Besides long years of postgraduate training in the UK, she also spent research and teaching periods in Europe, the US and Africa at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research (New York), the American University (Washington), St. Antony’s College (Oxford), Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo) and Cape Town University.

Since her Ph.D. in the early eighties, she has collaborated intensely with the European Commission. Since 1996 she has periodically coordinated networks of community experts formed from time to time to assist the Commission on the topics of female work and gender equality at the Directorate-Generals for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and for Justice and Consumers. During more than 30 years of EC activity, she has expounded at many EC summits, publishing many research monographs in collaboration with Alina Verashchagina and other experts. Nine of them were published in EC or EU journals or volumes. She has also offered consultancy and research for Italian local government, especially on the question of gender budgets. In 2000 she co-founded the website to which she contributes regularly.

Scientific results

In the volume based on her doctoral thesis, she offered the first historical reconstruction of the evolution of female employment and salary gender gaps in Italy from the industrial revolution to the 1980s. In this volume and theoretically, she contributed to debate on the factors influencing pay and earnings disparity between men and women and the sex-typing of jobs (occupational segregation), developing what has come to be called the low value added hypothesis.

In the early 1990s, she and Paola Villa developed a Mediterranean model of female participation in the work force and fertility, which drew the attention of scholars to the paradoxical pattern of low employment/low fertility in Mediterreanean countries in contrast with high employment/high fertility in northern countries. The idea created a ripple in the literature and is still topical. Later, in collaboration with experts, including Janneke Plantenga, Paola Villa and Annamaria Simonazzi, she developed a taxonomy of “care regimes” that continues to have a substantial following in the international literature, and in the specific case of elderly care helped introduce the so-called migrant in the family model.

Finally, stimulus received in EC circles was determinant for two lines of research that are proving fertile. The first rests on evidence that the pension disparity between men and women is still very high in Europe, and that in Italy it is even higher than labour earnings disparities. The second concerns links between violence against women, economic status of women and gender equality in general. An important result emerged in a recent collaboration with colleagues Gianni Betti and Elisa Ticci: a methodological innovation enabling measurement of degrees of violence made it possible to show that countries “more equal” from the gender viewpoint tend to have lower indices of domestic violence.

Editorial work and publications

Francesca Bettio is author or co-author of more than 70 publications, including articles, books and research monographs. Five are listed below.

(2018) Bettio F, Ticci E, Betti G. A fuzzy set approach to measuring violence against women and its severity. GLO Discussion Papers, 171.

(2017) Bettio F, Della Giusta M, Di Tommaso ML. Sex Work and Trafficking. Moving beyond Dichotomies. Feminist Economics, 23 (3).

(2013) Bettio F, Tinios P. The Gender Gap In Pensions. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

(2013) Bettio F, Corsi M, D'Ippoliti C, Lyberaki A, Samek Lodovici M, Verashchagina A. The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Situation of Women and Men and on Gender Equality Policies. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

(2010) Bettio F, Kanti Nandi T. Evidence on Women Trafficked for Sexual Exploitation. A Rights-Based Approach. European Journal of Law and Economics, 29 (1).

(2009) Bettio F, Di Tommaso ML, Shima I, Strom S. As Bad as It Gets. Well-Being Deprivation of Sexually Exploited Trafficked Women. European Journal of Political Economy, 25 (2).

(2009) Bettio F, Verashchagina A. Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Root Causes, Implications and Policy Responses in the EU. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

(2006) Bettio F, Villa P,  Simonazzi A Change in Care Regimes and Female Migration. Journal of European Social Policy, 16 (3).

(2004) Bettio F, Plantenga J. Comparing Care Regimes in Europe. Feminist Economics, 10 (1).

(1998) Bettio F, Villa P. A Mediterranean Perspective on the Break-Down of the Relationship between Participation and Fertility. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 22 (2).

(1988) Bettio F. The Sexual Division of Labour, Clarendon Press, Oxford.




Francesca Biancani

International politics area

Competences: History, Institutions and Societies of the Modern and Contemporary Middle East, History of Middle East, History of the International Relations of the Middle East

Keywords: biopolitics, cosmopolitism, egypt, Empire, gender issues, modernity, Nation

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Researcher at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Bologna University. 

Professional career

Francesca Biancani graduates in Oriental History at Bologna University in 2003. She then continues her studies at SOAS (School of Oriental Studies) in London where she obtains her MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in 2005. In 2012 she gets a PhD in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Studies. She starts teaching ME history and International Relations at Bologna University in 2010. In 2017 she is visiting post-doc researcher at IFAO  (Institut français d’archéologie orientale) and CEDEJ (Centre d'études et de documentation économiques, juridiques et sociales), Cairo, Egypt. From November 2018 she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Bologna University. 

Scientific results

Francesca Biancani is an expert on Middle Eastern modern and contemporary history, institutions and societies. Her main research focus so far is ME colonial history, with a special interest for colonial and semi-colonial Egypt (1882-1952) and the role bio-political concepts such gender, sex, and race played within the making of local governmentality and vernacular modernity/ies. Her main contribution to her field of expertise to date is her book “Sex Work in Colonial Egypt. Women, Modernity and the Global Economy” (IB Tauris 2018), a history of sex work regulation in colonial Cairo as a bio-political project serving a fundamental role, it is argued, in making sense of Egyptian modernity at the junction between imperial and nationalist politics. A further research line partly stemming from the previous one explores the link between gender, mobility and labour and looks at the role of female trans-Mediterranean migration in the making of the Egyptian cosmopolitan order from the last quarter of the 19thcentury until the first half of the 20thcentury. Francesca Biancani is currently working on a European Research Council (ERC) grant proposal submission about everyday cosmopolitanism, normative constructions and from below- practices of citizenship and nationality in interwar Egypt based on the systematic and innovative analysis of previously overlooked consular records. 

Other current topics of research: diachronic analysis of statecraft and sovereignty in the Middle East, politics of memory and nostalgia in the contemporary Middle East.  

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Biancani, F, Sex Work in Colonial Egypt. Women, Modernity and the Global Economy. IB Tauris: London. 

[2017] Biancani, F, and Hammad, H.  ‘Prostitution in Cairo’, in M. Rodriguez Garcia, L. Heerma van Voss, E. van Nederveen Meerkerk (eds),“Selling Sex in the City: a Global History of Prostitution, 1600a-2000s”. Leiden: Brill, 233-260.  

 [2017] Biancani, F, Genere, mobilità e razza nelle migrazioni trans-mediterranee tra la fine del XIX e l’inizio del XX secolo: il caso delle Aleksandrinke in Egitto, in Afriche e Orienti, 2: 104-122. 

[2017] Biancani, F, Politiche della nostalgia, cosmopolitismo neoliberista e la nuova Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in Afriche e Orienti1: pp. 17-34. 

[2015] Biancani, F, ‘International Migration and Sex Work in Early Twentieth Century Cairo’, in L. Kozma, A. Witznisher, C. Schayegh (eds.) A Global Middle East, Mobility, Materiality, and Culture in the Modern Age. London:I.B. Tauris, 109-133. 

[2015] Biancani, F, (2015) ‘Globalization, Gender, and Labour in Cosmopolitan Egypt, 1860-1937’, in M. Milharčič Hladnik (ed.) From Slovenia toEgypt: Aleksandrinke’s Trans-Mediterranean Domestic Workers’ Migration and National Imagination, Gottingen: V & R Unipress,207-229 

[2013] Biancani, F, (2013) Egitto, la transizione impossibile, Afriche e Orienti,1-2: 114-122.

Margherita Bianchi

International politics area

Competences: climate, energy, European Politics and Integration, European Union

Keywords: climate political, energy policy, euro-med relations, European Union policy, transatlantic relations

Region: Lazio


Jr Researcher, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Professional career

She holds a BA obtained cum laude in Political Science and International Relations from the Catholic University, Milan campus, concluded with an exchange in Paris in her last year. In the following three years she specialized in Rome and Brussels, completing two masters in EU studies and EU law. During her studies she engaged in some traineeship experiences, including United Nations (UN Environment), IAI, the European Parliament. At the Parliament she afterwards worked for about two years as a Junior Policy Advisor for an Italian MEP, dealing with the dossiers within the ENVI parliamentary committee (Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety) and the ITRE parliamentary committee (on Industry, Research and Energy), working in the Parliamentary Intergroup "for Long-term Investments and Reindustrialization" and in the EU-China and EU-US Delegations. In 2017 she works at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the task force of the Italian G7 Presidency, in charge of liaising with the Tunisian delegation. From February 2018 she works within the research team of the Italian think tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) on several projects, both financed by Italian and European institutions and by the private sector. She has lectured in various Italian universities, including the Catholic University (Milan), the Sant’Anna University in Pisa, the University of Trento, the University of Florence, the University of Perugia, the University of Cagliari.

Scientific results

Her main fields of research concern the dynamics of European integration, with a focus on energy and the environment; the changing geopolitical context related to the evolution of the energetic sector and the fight against climate change; the regional developments related to energy security, decarbonisation and access to energy resources. She is interested, studies and writes on issues concerning the Italian foreign policy and the European political dynamics, as well as on the relations between Member States and among institutions, and transatlantic relations. At IAI she has recently worked on a number of projects, including: the "Energy Union Watch", a quarterly report on the state of energy integration at European level; "Medreset", a project financed by the European H2020 fund, which analyses the north-south relation between the shores of the Mediterranean by rethinking the traditional approach and focusing on the local dimension. She is charge for IAI of the online platform "Europea, Parlano i fatti" thought to promote an informative debate on the European Union. Among her main activities, she moreover follows the strategic partnership IAI has with Eni, contributing with publications and training activities.  Her most recent research interests and publications concern: the decarbonisation process in Italy, the energy transition in India, the energetic and environmental aspects of Brexit.

Editorial work and publications

She has authored scientific publications and articles in both Italian and international journals and online magazines, including:


"Sicurezza e Giustizia"

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)

Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)

Climate Diplomacy Platform - Adelphi

NATO Defense College

The International Spectator (Routledge)

Awards and prizes

In October 2018 she was chosen by the think tank of the European Commission (EPSC) for one week of debates on the future of Europe, with European Commissioners, senior officials, journalists, influential think tankers. She has participated as Italian representative alongside 27 young professionals from the other EU member countries. The debates ultimately ended up with a detailed list of priorities and policy recommendations for the next Commission (and Parliament).

In April 2019, under the auspices of the European Commission and of Vice-President Sefkovic, she was selected by the Greek Energy Forum as "future leader" of the Energy Union and has thus participated in a three-day discussion on the state of the art and future steps for a stronger energy integration in South Eastern Europe.

In 2019, representative for Italy in Y7, engagement group of the G7.

Cinzia Bianco

International politics area

Competences: Arabian Peninsula, Persian Gulf

Keywords: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oil, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: ABROAD


Senior Analyst at Gulf State Analytics and Researcher at the University of Exeter.

Professional career

Cinzia Bianco is a PhD candidate in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, where she is working on a thesis on the evolution of threat perceptions in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council after the 2011 Arab uprisings. She is also a Senior Analyst on the Arabian Peninsula at the geopolitical risk consultancy Gulf State Analytics, based in Washington D.C. Between 2013 and 2014, she was posted in the GCC region as a research fellow for the European Commission's project on EU-GCC relations 'Sharaka'. Between 2015 and 2017 she has been a Non-Resident Research Fellow at TRENDS Research & Advisory in Abu Dhabi.. She has published academic articles on the politics of security in the Arabian Peninsula in journals such as International Affairs and Middle East Policy, book chapters on relations between Europe and the Gulf, and analytical reports for think tanks located in Europe, the United States and the Gulf on domestic policies of the GCC countries. She has spoken at public events cross Europe and the Gulf, including at a Chaham House (London), l’Al Jazeera Forum (Doha), la Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Paris), il National Defence College (Abu Dhabi). Cinzia holds a Master of Arts in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies from King's College London.

Scientific results

In the early years, Cinzia’s research focused on relations between the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council, with specific reference to economic relations and join projects for socio-economic developments. However, ramifications on political relations were clearly prominent, and her research largely included them. As a research fellow for the European Commission’s project on EU-GCC relations “Sharaka”, her papers were strongly policy-oriented and were provided to the community of policy-makers within the European Union, to inform the establishment of future projects of cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Later, Cinzia’s research turned towards regional politics and security in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, no longer producing policy papers but instead writing analytical papers for stakeholders in both the private and public sector and academic papers to contribute to the debate on the contemporary policies of the monarchies.

Editorial work and publications

A selection of Cinzia’s publications include:


[2018] Bianco, C. and Roberts D. Britain and the Gulf: Ties that Bind?in External Powers in the Gulf, ed. by Fulton, J. and Li-Chen G., Routledge, August. 

[2018] Bianco, C., Gulf Security After 2011: A Threat Analysis, Middle East Policy, 25, 2, , 4 June, Paged 27-41,

[2018] Bianco, C. and Stansfield G., The intra-GCC crises: mapping GCC fragmentation after 2011,  International Affairs, 94, 3, 1 May, Pages 613–635,”

[2017] Bianco, C., “The Intra-GCC Crisis: Domestic, Regional and International Layers”, Istituto Affari Internazionali, June,

[2017] Bianco, C “Il prossimo Re dell’Arabia Saudita” in “Arabia (non solo) Saudita”, Limes 3/17, April, Roma.

[2016] Bianco, C. and Cafiero G. “Regional Turmoil Threatens Kuwait’s Calm”, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C, March,

[2015]Bianco, C., “The European Union in the Gulf.” in "The United Statesand the GulfShiftingPressures, Strategies and Alignments. ed. by Tim Niblock / Steven Hook. Berlin : GerlachPress, 2015. 

[2015] Bianco, C., “(Petro)pecunia non olet” in “La strategia della paura”, Limes 11/15, Dicembre, Roma 

[2015] Bianco, C. “L’Iran normale divide gli arabi del Golfo”, in “Le guerre islamiche”, Limes 9/15, Ottobre, Roma

[2015] Bianco, C. "Dallo Yemen al Golfo i sauditi attaccano perchè sono deboli" in “La radice quadrata del caos”, Limes 5/15, Giugno, Roma.

[2015] Bianco, C. "Qatar contro Emirati Arabi Uniti: una guerra per procura sui fronti caldi della Libia" in "Chi ha paura del Califfo?" Limes 3/2015, Marzo, Roma,

Awards and prizes

In 2014, she became one of the youngest women ever accepted as speakers at the Gulf Research Meeting (University of Cambridge). She represented Italy at the G8 & G20 Youth Summits in 2011 and 2012, in the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Commission respectively.

Magda Bianco

Economy and Finance area

Competences: consumer protection, finance, regulation

Keywords: ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolutions), finance, financial education, gender, governance, institutions, justice, protection

Region: Lazio


Head of the Bank of Italy's Customer Protection and Anti-Money Laundering Service

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the University of Bergamo in 1985, she continued her education with a master's and doctorate in Economics at the London School of Economics. In 1989 she joined the Research Department of the Bank of Italy, where she worked until 1999 in the Sectoral and Territorial Analysis Offices and then Flows and Financial Structures (which she has held since 1997); then, since 1999, in the new unit of Economic Law, which she has managed since 2007. Since 2014 she has been the Head of the Customer Protection and Anti-Money Laundering Service, created that year within the Banking Supervision. During the course she taught at the University of Bergamo and Tor Vergata, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University and Economic Councilor of the Minister of Justice.

Scientific results

The research activity has followed the professional path. In the early years it concerned issues of industrial economics, aimed at analyzing the Italian productive structure. A series of works, started with a joint research group Banca d’Italia - Consob - other researchers, was then dedicated to building original information and analyzing the governance of Italian companies and banks; some reform proposals have emerged. A third area concerned regulation and the role of institutions. The in-depth analyzes and analyzes in particular in the field of civil justice - carried out also with other researchers of the Bank of Italy - were the basis for identifying (and in some cases dealing with) different criticalities of the system. The coordination of an extensive research project on the role of women in the Italian economy (with over 20 contributions by researchers) provided original analysis on the situation in Italy, the causes and possible policy responses. Finally, recently, the analyzes and interventions concern the subjects covered by the institutional role: the protection of banking customers, financial education, anti-money laundering, and have resulted in an increasingly targeted supervisory activity.

Editorial work and publications

Her main publications are:

Le principali pubblicazioni di Magda Bianco sono:

(2017)L’arbitro bancario finanziario a sette anni dalla nascita, in R. Lener, A. Pozzolo (a cura di) I metodi alternativi di risoluzione delle controversie (ADR), I quaderni di Minerva Bancaria, settembre 2017.

(2013) Bianco M, Lotti F, Zizza R. Le donne e l’economia italiana. Questioni di economia e finanza, Banca d’Italia, n. 171.

(2012) Bianco M, Napolitano G.The Italian administrative system. A source of competitive disadvantage, in (a cura di G. Toniolo), Handbook of the Italian Economy since Unification, Oxford University Press.

(2012) Bianco M, Ciavarella A, Signoretti R, Women on boards in Italy. Rivista di politica economica, Apr/June 2012.

(2011) Bianco M, Golinelli R, Parigi G. Family firms’ investments, uncertainty and opacity. Small Business Economics.

(2010) Bianco M, Sestito P. I servizi pubblici locali. Liberalizzazioni, regolazione, sviluppo industriale, Il Mulino, Bologna.

(2007) Bianco M. La durata (eccessiva) dei procedimenti civili in Italia: offerta, domanda o rito? Rivista di politica economica, Sept/Oct 2007.

(2006) Bianco M, Bianchhi M. Italian corporate governance in the last 15 years: from pyramids to coalitions? ECGI WP n. 144.

(2006) Bianco M., Nicodano G. Pyramidal Groups and Debt. European Economic Review.

(2005) Bianco M, Bianchi M, Giacomelli S, Pacces A, Trento S. Proprietà e controllo delle imprese in Italia. Il Mulino, Bologna.

(2005) Bianco M, Pagano M, Jappelli T. Courts and Banks: Effects of Judicial Enforcement on Credit Markets. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

(2003) Bianco M. L’industria italiana Il Mulino, Bologna.

Awards and prizes

Magda Bianco is a member of the Financial Consumer Protection Network (FinCoNet) and its Advisory Board, of the International Network for Financial Education of the OECD, of the Committee for the promotion and coordination of financial education activities. She is a consultant for the economic policies of the President of the Republic. He received the honor of Knight of the Order "To the Merit of the Italian Republic" and the Minerva Anna Maria Mammoliti Award to the economy in 2013. She is president of the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Bank of Italy.

Ginestra Bianconi

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: applied mathematics, statistical mechanics

Keywords: applications to neural networks, cellular molecular networks, complex networks, complex systems, entropy, multilayer networks, network geometry, networks, non-equilibrium models, percolation, social networks

Region: ABROAD


Reader (Associate Professor) in Applied Mathematics and Head of the Complex Systems and Networks group at Queen Mary University of London, UK

Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London UK

Professional career

In 1998 Ginestra Bianconi obtained a Laurea in Physics (equivalent to BSc and MSc) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and in 2002 she obtained a PhD in Physics at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. She has worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Université de Fribourg, Fribourg, CH  (from 2002 to 2003) and at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy (from 2003 to 2009). In 2009 she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at Northeastern University, Boston, USA. In 2013 she joined the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), London, UK where since 2015 she is Reader in Applied Mathematics. In 2018 she has been appointed Alan Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute and Head of the Complex Systems and Networks group at QMUL.

Scientific results

Ginestra Bianconi’s research focuses on Network Theory,Applied Mathematics and Statistical Mechanics applied to Complex Systems. Networks describe the rich underlying structure of Complex Systems and are formed by the set of elements of the system (nodes) and the interactions among them (links). The most prominent examples of complex networks include the brain and social networks.

Ginestra Bianconi’s research activity in Network Theory is motivated by the urgent need to develop theoretical approaches that address the challenges posed by the complexity of real networks using innovative approaches at the frontier between Applied Mathematics and Statistical Mechanics. Among her most relevant results we mention the Bianconi-Barabási model. This model explains how networks such as the Internet or the World-Wide-Web evolve by establishing a map between the network evolution and the Bose-Einstein condensation, a quantum phenomenon occurring in a gas of Bose particles. Another notable research line of Ginestra Bianconi is the formulation of an information theory of networks based on entropy of network ensembles that can be used to solve inference problems. Recently the research activity of Ginestra Bianconi has focused on multilayer networks that describe systems formed by several interacting networks and on network geometry. Additonally, Ginestra Bianconi has several interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists in neuroscience and informatics and with economists.

Editorial work and publications

Ginestra Bianconi is Editor of Nature Scientific Reports, PloSOne and Entropy. She is author of the book

(2018) Bianconi, G, Multilayer Networks: Structure and Function(Oxford University Press)

 and she has published more than 140 scientific articles including

(2014) Bianconi G, Multilayer networks: Dangerous liaisons? Nature Physics 10: 712.

(2014) Boccaletti S, Bianconi G, Criado R, Del Genio CI, Gómez-Gardenes J, Romance M, Sendina-Nadal I, Wang Z, Zanin M, The structure and dynamics of multilayer networks. Physics Reports, 544(1):1-122.


(2009) Bianconi G, Pin P, Marsili M, Assessing the relevance of node features for network structure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(28):11433-11438.

(2001) Bianconi G, Barabási A-L, Competition and multiscaling in evolving networks. Europhysics Letter, 54(4):436.

(2001) Bianconi G, Ginestra, Barabási A-L, Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks. Physical Review Letters, 86(24):5632.

Awards and prizes

Ginestra Bianconi is member of the Network Science Society, the European Complex Systems Society, the London Mathematical Society, the European Physics Society and the European Women in Mathematics Society.

Elena Giovanna Bignami

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: anesthesia, intensive care, peri-operative medicine

Keywords: anesthesia, cardio-protection, halogenated, intensive care, protective ventilation, renal protection

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Ordinary Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Parma


Professional career

Graduated in 2000 in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, in 2004 she achieves the Specialization in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

In the same year she begins her career as a Medical Director at the Department of Anesthesia and Cardiosurgical Intensive Care at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. In addition to the clinical practice she does academic and research activity: she is a professor in the theoretical and practical course "Cardio-Protction" in 2007 and she begins the activity of correlator for the degree and specialization theses. Since 2011 she has been a contract professor at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University for the School of Specialization Anesthesia and Intensive Care and Cardiac Surgery. In January 2014 she obtains the national scientific qualification, as second-level teacher and, in March 2017, the qualification for the first band. In December of the same year she becomes professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Parma.

Scientific results

Elena Bignami's research activity is mainly focused on Cardio-anesthesia, investigating the factors that can influence the outcome of the patient undergoing cardiac surgery, in particular renal, cardiac and respiratory protection. During her career, which has always supported clinical and academic activities, she participates in numerous international projects, including: The effect of isoflurane on myocardial infarction and mortality in cardiac and non-cardiac surgery. A metaanalysis of randomized controlled studies (2008), Role of endogenous Ouabaina as marker of renal damage in cardiac and vascular surgery (2015), CPBVent (Mechanical Ventilation during cardiac surgery) multicenter randomized controlled trial (2015), Expiratory flow limitation and mechanical ventilation during cardiopulmonary bypass in cardiac surgery (2016), Driving Pressure and EFL in Adult Cardiac Surgery (2017).


Editorial work and publications

Elena Bignami has contributed to the realization of the following anesthesia and intensive care therapy manuals:

Kirby, Taylor, Civetta (eds), Manual of Intensive Therapy, Italian edition edited by G. Torri, Delfino Editore, Rome, 2002; Church, Melissano, Zangrillo (eds), Thoraco-Abdominal Aorta Surgical and Anesthetic Management, Springer, 2010; De Gaudio, Romagnoli (eds), Neuromuscolar Blocking Agents, Springer, 2017.

She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications in national and international journals, including:


(2019) Bellini V, Petroni A, Palumbo G, Bignami E. DATA QUALITY AND BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med. 2019 Jan 8.

(2018) Bignami E, Saglietti F, Di Lullo A.Mechanical ventilation management during cardiothoracic surgery: an open challenge. Ann Transl Med. 2018 Oct;6(19):380

(2018) Bignami E, Bellini V.Do We Need Specific Certification to Use Anesthesia Information Management Systems? Anesth Analg. 2018 Oct 30.

(2016) Bignami E, Guarnieri M, Saglietti F, Belletti A, Trumello C, Giambuzzi I, Monaco F, Alfieri O. Mechanical ventilation during cardiopulmonary bypass. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 30(6):1668-1675.

(2013) Bignami E, Casamassima N, Frati E, Lanzani C, Corno L, Alfieri O, Gottlieb S, Simonini M, Shah KB, Mizzi A, Messaggio E, Zangrillo A, Ferrandi M, Ferrari P, Bianchi G, Hamlyn JM, Manunta P. Preoperative endogenous ouabain predicts acute kidney injury in cardiac surgery patients. Critical care medicine, 41(3) 744.

(2010) Bignami E, Landoni G, Biondi-Zoccai, Boroli F, Messina M, Dedola E, Nobile L, Buratti L, Sheiban I, Zangrillo A. Epidural analgesia improves outcome in cardiac surgery: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 24(4): 586-597.

(2009) Bignami E, Biondi-Zoccai G, Landoni G , Fochi O, Testa V, Sheiban Im Giunta F, Zangrillo A. Volatile anesthetics reduce mortality in cardiac surgery. Journal of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia, 23(5): 594-599.


PubMed indexed publications: 129

Scopus publications: 120

H index: 30

Cited times: 2855

Awards and prizes

In December 2017, she was honoured with the "Mimmo Mileto e Salvatore Filocamo" prize for research and scientific innovation. In 2015 she won as Principal Investigator the ESA Research Project Grant in 2016, with the project "VENTilation during Cardio Pulmonary Bypass (CPBVENT 2014) for cardiac surgery: a multicenter randomized controlled trial (N ° clinical trials NCT 02090205)".

The project "The effect of isoflurane on myocardial infarction and mortality in cardiac and non-cardiac surgery. A metanalysis of randomized controlled studies "of which she was Principal Investigator was the winner of the AIFA 2008 Notice for independent research on drugs.

In 2006, she won the prize "Lab Avant Garde How To Do A Research Today: FROM ANESTHESIA TO INTENSIVE THERAPY: WHAT TOMORROW?" with the project: "Effect of moderate hemodilution in Extra-Body Circulation on postoperative outcome in cardiac surgery patients".

Monica Billio

Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial macroeconometrics


Region: Veneto


Full professor of Econometrics and Head of the Department of Economics of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Professional career

She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University Paris Dauphine. She held visiting research positions at Ecole Normale Supérieur de Cachan, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University of Orleans and Bank of France.

Scientific results

Prof. Billio has published more than 100 technical papers in refereed journals, handbooks, and conference proceedings in the areas of econometrics and financial econometrics, with applications to risk measurement, volatility modelling, financial crisis and systemic risk. She is participating to many research projects financed by the European Commission, Eurostat and the Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR). She has been scientific co-coordinator of the SYRTO project, EU-FP7 project devoted to systemic risk measurement ( and she is now local coordinator of two H2020-EE-CSA project on Energy Efficiency (EeMAP and EeDaPP,

Editorial work and publications


The results of these and other research projects have appeared in peer-refereed journals, including:

(2018 forthcoming) Billio M., R. Casarin, L. Rossini, Bayesian nonparametric sparse VAR models. Journal of Econometrics.

(2018 forthcoming) Bianchi D, Billio M, Casarin R e Guidolin M. Modeling Systemic Risk with Markov Switching Graphical SUR Models. Journal of Econometrics.

(2017) Billio M, Donadelli M, Paradiso A e Riedel M. Which Market Integration Measure? Journal of Banking and Finance, 76: 150–174.

(2016) Billio M, Pelizzon L e Savona R. Systemic Risk Tomography: Signals, Measurement and Transmission Channels. ISTE-Elsevier

(2016) Billio M, Casarin R, Ravazzolo F e van Dijk HK, Interconnections between Eurozone and US booms and busts using a Bayesian Panel Markov-Switching VAR model. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31/7:1352-1370.

(2016) Ahelegbey DF, Billio M e Casarin R. Bayesian Graphical Models for Structural Vector Autoregressive Processes. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31:357-386.

(2013) Merton RC, Billio M, Getmansky M, Gray D, Lo AW and Pelizzon L. On a New Approach for Analyzing and Managing Macrofinancial Risks. Financial Analysts Journal, 69/2:22-33.

(2013) Billio M, Casarin R,Ravazzolo F e van Dijk HK. Time-varying Combinations of Predictive Densities using Nonlinear Filtering. Journal of Econometrics, 177/2:213-232.

(2012) Billio M, Getmansky M, Lo AW e Pelizzon L. Econometric Measures of Connectedness and Systemic Risk in the Finance and Insurance Sectors. Journal of Financial Economics, 104:535-559.

Awards and prizes

Prof. Billio is regularly on the program committees of the major international conferences and workshops of her fields (ESEM, ICEEE, CFE, EFMA, EC2, CREDIT) and serves on the editorial board for the journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis and Econometrics and Statistics. She is currently member of the Board of Directors of the European Financial Management Association (EFMA) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Association Financial Industry Risk Managers (AIFIRM). Her joint paper with M. Getmansky, A.W. Lo and L. Pelizzon, Econometric Measures of Connectedness and Systemic Risk in the Finance and Insurance Sectors, Journal of Financial Economics, 104, 2012 (535-559) has been recognised as the “most influential article published in leading journals of the Elsevier’s Finance portfolio” for the period 2010-2015.

Silvia Bodoardo

STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: chemistry, energy, energy efficiency

Keywords: cell, lithium, materials, new battery designs, sustainability

Region: Piedmont


Professor of Chemistry at Politecnico di Torino, where she is the Contact person for the Batteries @ Polito task force

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Turin, she got PhD in Material Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. University researcher in Chemical Foundations for Technology, since 1995 and Associate Professor in the same SSD since 2015. She carries out her activity in the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Polytechnic of Turin where she coordinates a research group made up of 15 young people, researchers, grant holders research and doctoral students.
The teaching activity is mainly carried out within the basic chemistry courses. In addition, she carries out numerous educational activities in the electrification masters and from next year in the new course of electrochemical energy storage systems.
She is also launching of the new European Master on Energy Storage.
Leader of the "education" activities in the European initiatives Battery2030+ ( and in the ETIP Batteries Europe.
Since its starting in 1995, she has been the referent for the chemistry teaching laboratories and since 2018 she has been the referent for the chemistry courses of the Politecnico di Torino.
She is also responsible for the energy storage laboratories at the Energy Center Lab interdepartmental laboratory.

Scientific results

Silvia Bodoardo's main research activity is in the Electrochemistry group of the Politecnico di Torino.
Over the years, her research has focused on various lines of research in the field of physical chemistry and in particular of electrochemistry, studying and designing in particular new materials for different types of electrochemical energy generators.
The main themes studied are:
- structural characteristics and electrochemical properties of manganese dioxide as an active substance in alkaline batteries
- lead-acid accumulator
- Study of electrode materials for lithium ion cells
- study of high-capacity materials as anode for lithium ion cells
- Study of high potential materials as cathode for lithium ion cells
- Study of electrodes and electrolytic materials for lithium-sulfur cells
- Study of electrodes and electrolytic materials for lithium air cells
- Characterization of industrial cells for lithium ion batteries
- Study of hybrid electrochemical systems: high energy / high power
She has participated in numerous projects funded by the European community (coordinator of the STABLE project) and also in national and regional projects. She is currently the only Italian researcher who participates in the Large Research initiative Battery2030 + ( in which he deals with smart batteries. She is also cochair in WG3 on Advanced Materials in the ETIP BatteRIes Europe technology platform. Silvia has organized numerous conferences and seminars on materials with electrochemical application and was chair woman at the launch of the Horizon Award on innovative batteries.
She is also an evaluator for the European community of ERC projects and in the NMP and ICT area, LCBAT.
National evaluator of FIRB and PRIN projects, for Faraday and for the Norwegian research council.
Recently she has started a new research line on new battery designs by publishing a new international patent and for which she won two Proof of Concept projects.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Giai Pron, Vittorio; Versaci, Daniele; Amici, Julia; Francia, Carlotta; Santarelli, Massimo; Bodoardo, Silvia, Electrochemical Characterization and Solid Electrolyte Interface Modeling of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4-Graphite Cells, Journal of Electrochem Soc. 166(10) 2255 doi: 10.1149/2.0941910jes
[2019] Zubair, Usman; Amici, Julia; Crespiera, Sandra Martinez; Francia, Carlotta; Bodoardo, Silvia, Rational design of porous carbon matrices to enable efficient lithiated silicon sulfur full cell, Carbon doi10.1016/j.carbon.2019.01.005
[2019] J. Amici, S. Romanin, M. Alidoost, D. Versaci, C. Francia,F .Smeacetto, S. Bodoardo, UV-cured methacrylate based polymer composite electrolyte for metallic lithium batteries, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 837 (2019) 103–107.  DOI:10.1016/j.jelechem.2019.02.027
[2018] J. Amici, M. Alidoost, F. Caldera, D. Versaci, U. Zubair, F. Trotta, C. Francia, S. Bodoardo,  PEEK-WC / nanosponge membranes for lithium anode protection in rechargeable Li-O2 batteries, ChemElectroChem 5, 1599–1605. DOI: 10.1002/celc.201800241R1
[2018] Bodoardo, S.; Zubair, Usman; Serrapede, M.; Amici, J.; Zaccagnini, P.; Versaci, D.; Francia, C.; Pirri, C.; Lamberti, A. Dispositivo elettrochimico a commutazione automatica per l’accumulo ad alta energia e ad alta potenza P2952PC00  - PCT/IB2019/053525
[2017] U. Zubair, A. Anceschi, F. Caldera, M.  Alidoost, J. Amici, C. Francia, M. Zanetti, F. Trotta, S. Bodoardo, N. Penazzi.  Dual confinement of sulphur with rGO wrapped microporous carbon from ß-cyclodextrin nanosponges as a cathode material for Li-S batteries, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 21(12), 3411. DOI: 10.1007/s10008-017-3664-6
[2017] D. Versaci, R. Nasi, U. Zubair, J. Amici, M. Sgroi, M.A. Dumitrescu, C. Francia, S. Bodoardo, N. Penazzi, New ecofriendly low-cost binders for Li-ion anodes, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 21(12), 3429-3435. DOI: 10.1007/s10008-017-3665-5
[2016]J. Amici, M. Alidoost, C. Francia, S. Bodoardo, S. Martinez Crespiera, D. Amantia, M. Biasizzo, F. Caldera, F. Trotta O2 selective membranes based on a dextrin-nanosponge (NS) in PVDF-HFP polymer matrix for Li-Air Cells, Chem. Commun., 52, 13683—13686. DOI: 10.1039/c6cc06954a
[2001] S. Bodoardo; N. Penazzi; P. Spinelli; M. Arrabito Influence of aluminium doping on the electrochemical behaviour of manganese dioxide J. Power Sources 94(2) 194 doi: 10.1016/S0378-7753(00)00586-3
[1998] Bodoardo S.; R.Chiappetta; B. Onida; F.Figueras; E.Garrone Ammonia interaction and reaction with Al-pillared montmorillonite: an IR study Microporous and Mesoporous Materials20,187
[1997] Fubini B; Mollo L; Bodoardo S.; Onida B; Oberson D; Lafuma C. Evaluation of  the surface acidity of some phillosilicates in relation to their activity toward the enzyme human leucocyte elastase Langmuir 13 919
[1995] Bodoardo S. Maja M., Penazzi N. Processes involving gases in valve-regulated lead/acid batteries. J. Power Sources 55 (2) 183 doi:10.1016/0378-7753(95)02188-M

Awards and prizes

Professor Bodoardo has received numerous invitations from the European Community to present the results of the research: for example, the participation in the consultation day on battery-related issues promoted by DG Connect (10 January 2018), the chair for the launch of the European award on “Innovative batteries” ( info / news / commission-launches-EU10-million-eic-horizon-prize-innovative-batteries-electric-vehicles-2018-Feb-23_en). She presented the activities on the subject of lithium air during the FET day (Brussels, 10 January 2018) and was rapporteur of the mobility table.
She was sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bolivia for a course on lithium systems from 16 to 22 May 2010, as documented in Annex 1, an integral part of this curriculum.
Silvia Bodoardo was invited to present scientific papers at numerous international conferences including: ISE 2013 at Queretaro - Mexico,
Italy-India Electrochemical Days at Nuova Dehli 2012,
ILED 2012 near Rome
ISE meeting in Buenos Aires March 2017
20th International Conference on Advanced Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells at BRNO
Silvia Bodoardo was a member of the organizing committee of some national and international conferences:

AICING 2006 Turin
EUCHEM 2010 Turin
EMRS Fall Meeting 2011 Warsaw (Poland) (Annex A12)
EMRS Fall Meeting 2014 Lille (France)
She was chairman of several international congresses.
She also organized information conferences on the topic of sustainable mobility, such as the days organized for the province of Turin within the European project PROSESC in March 2012.
Workshop Roma launching the Battery2030 project +
Regional workshop automotive platform that has had a notable echo in newspapers and televisions
She is an active member of the scientific committee of the Telios Foundation

Giovanna Boggio Robutti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: civil economics, debt, electronic payments, entrepreneurship, family budget, financial education, planning, saving, social security

Keywords: cultural mediation, simplicity

Region: Lazio


General Director of FEduF (Foundation for financial education and savings)

Professional career

After studying at the Polytechnic School of Design in Milan, at the time of talents of the caliber of Bruno Munari and other great masters of design, she began her professional career at MKT Italia, a company set up by Fiat and Mondadori in 1983 to develop the sponsorship market, still little present in Italy. During the eighties she worked in the communication sector of small and large companies such as CBO, Dow Chemical in Italy, Waste Management Italy, Lepetit, Hoechst Marion Roussel. In 1997 she started her career as head of communications at Zurich in Italy. Five years later, she joined PattiChiari, a consortium of Italian banks that aims to promote a better bank-customer relationship, inspired by the principles of simplicity and clarity of information, mobility of services and customer assistance, where she began her experience in the area of ​​economics, through financial education. In 2010, the PattiChiari Consortium set up an office dedicated only to financial education and, in 2014, the Italian Banking Association decided to set up a Foundation dedicated exclusively to spreading economic culture and savings in Italy: the FEduF (Education Foundation) financial and savings). Giovanna Boggio Robutti was called to direct it.

Scientific results

Giovanna Boggio Robutti started working in economics and finance with PattiChiari, the project born in 2003 following the work, started at the end of 2000 by the ABI Executive Committee, on the subject of the relationship between banks and companies, with the aim of changing banking operations to concretely improve the relationship between banks and society (businesses, families, employees, etc.) in the key aspects of trust, fairness, transparency and efficiency. In particular, since 2006, she has been involved in financial education, first adopting the program dedicated to middle schools of an American-based association also active in Italy, then developing a national program for schools of all grades. She currently deals with financial education issues working between Rome and Milan alongside national institutions (first and foremost the Ministry of Education) and public and private territorial institutions. Thanks to the network of banks, which support FEduF financially and operationally, the Foundation that Giovanna Boggio Robutti directs is able to make its programs and activities available throughout the national territory, free of charge to citizens and institutions.



Cristiana Bolchini

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology, computing system architectures

Keywords: data management systems, ICT

Region: Lombardy


Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano, delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia, Vice-chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program.

Professional career

After graduating in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1993, pursues a PhD in Automation and Computer Science Engineering in 1997. She became Assistant Professor in 1999, Associate Professor in 2003 and since 2015 is Professor in the area of Computing Systems at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2016 she is Vice chair for Computer Science and Engineering in the Information Technology PhD Program, and is a member of the Committee since 2014. Since June 2017 she is a rector's delegate for International Relationship with the Far East Asia.

Scientific results

Cristiana Bolchini's scientific profile is two-fold as she started her research career in the Computer Architecture area, working within the field of Embedded System Design and Design Methodologies, and later extending her interests also to the Data Management area, with a focus on context-awareness.

More precisely, her main research activity has always focused on dependability aspects in computing/embedded systems, by defining methodologies and tools to implement and analyse systems able to autonomously detect the occurrence of hardware

faults and possibly tolerate their effects. While in the past this area of research was mainly attractive for highly (safety) critical environments (e.g., space and health), today dependability has become a major challenge also for traditional contexts, because of the pervasiveness of embedded/computing systems, playing an important role, together with performance and power consumption. As such, cutting edge research seeks solutions to implement systems able to autonomously adapt these aspects based on the working context and the requirements. These issues have been the main focus of an European funded project Cristiana Bolchini co-ordinated and successfully concluded in August 2016.


Sustainability in energy consumption is the other research area, achieved by monitoring and controlling buildings and managing the collected data, to identify how energy is used towards an increased user awareness, a key element for our society.

Editorial work and publications

She co-authored more than 140 scientific publications, among which:

[2017] C. Bolchini, A. Geronazzo, E. Quintarelli, Smart buildings: a monitoring and data analysis methodological framework. Elsevier Building and Environment, 121: 93-105.


[2017] M. H. Haghbayan, A. Miele, A. M. Rahmani, P. Liljeberg, A. Jantsch, C. Bolchini, H. Tenhunen, Can Dark Silicon Be Exploited to Prolong System Lifetime?. IEEE Design & Test, 34(2): 51-59.


[2017] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Fully Automated and Configurable Cost-Aware Framework for Adaptive Functional Diagnosis. IEEE Design & Test 34(2): 79-86.


[2016] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, A Novel Approach to Incremental Functional Diagnosis for Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computers, 65(1): 42-52.


[2015] C. Bolchini, L. Cassano, P. Garza, E. Quintarelli, F. Salice, An Expert CAD Flow for Incremental Functional Diagnosis of Complex Electronic Boards. IEEE Trans. on Computer Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, 34(5): 835-848.


Awards and prizes

Cristiana Bolchini received two gifts from Cisco University Research Program Fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation do finance her research on functional diagnosis of complex circuits. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing and the IEEE Transactions on Computers journals.

Paola Bonfante

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: plant biology

Keywords: agriculture, cultivation, mushrooms, plants, soil, soil biodiversity, symbiosis

Region: Piedmont


Paola Bonfante, Professor Emerita of Plant Biology, University of Torino Italy

Professional career

Paola Bonfante obtained the degree in Biology at the University of Torino in 1970 and followed a three-year formation period at CNR in the Centre of Soil Mycology, where she was enrolled as a researcher from 1973 to 1985. After a research period at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris (1980), she took a position of full Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Torino, Italy covering teaching, research and administration responsibilities (1985). She was head of a CNR research group, which was based in Torino (Centre of Soil Mycology, and later Group belonging to Plant Protection Institute) from 1995 to 2009; Head of the Department of Plant Biology from 2006 to 2011; Coordinator of the Ph.D. course in Biology and Biotechnology till 2013. During the years 1985 to 2018 she has lectured in the teaching courses of Natural Sciences, Biology, and Plant Biology Biotechnology. She has directed the Laboratories of Plant-microbe Interaction; Mycorrhizal Research, and Advanced Microscopy, heading projects and supervising undergraduates, Ph.D. students, and postdocs.  She has been and still is involved in many National and international Committees.

Scientific results

Paola Bonfante has spent a long part of her scientific activity studying the intimate interactions that occur between fungi and plants as well as between bacteria and fungi, using cellular and molecular approaches.  In this context, she has first described how plant cells accommodate mycorrhizal fungi following their penetration process, identifying novel structures (from the interfacial compartment to the so-called prepenetration apparatus), thanks to the use of different cellular approaches including immunocytochemistry.  Applying DNA technologies, early in the nineties, she provided contribution to the knowledge of mycorrhizal diversity in natural as well as in cultivated fields. She has discovered a group of endobacteria, which live inside mycorrhizal fungi and may modulate some of the functional traits of their fungal hosts. This contribution is a relevant part of a novel research field (Fungal-bacterial interactions). She joined many international projects focused to the genome sequencing of mycorrhizal fungi (from truffles to arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi). More recently, she has focused her attention to the role of mycorrhizal fungi as a crucial component of crop microbiota, where they act as biofertilisers and bioprotectors.

Editorial work and publications

Paola Bonfante has been editor of Fungal Biology, currently editor di Environmental Microbiology since 2013, member of the Editorial Board of journals, among which ISME Journal and New Phytologist. She acts as a referee for many journals (Science, Nature Microbiology; Trends in Plant SciencePlant CellPlant JournalPlant PhysiologyPlantaFungal Biology & Genetics,PNAS)as well as for scientific agencies(i.e.: Ministry Instruction and University, MIUR; National Science Foundation (NSF); French, Swiss, German, UK foundations)

She has signed more than 300 papers

1. Scannerini S, Bonfante P. 1979. Ultrastructural cytochemical demonstration of polysaccharides and proteins within host–arbuscule interfacial matrix in an endomycorrhiza. New Phytologist 83: 87–94. The paper offered the first demonstration of the presence of  cell-wall related molecules  occurring at the interface between the host plant and an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus. At the time in situ techniques based on the use of antibodies were not yet  available. Only later, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies as well as gold-bound lectins and enzymes were used to detect specific molecules.

 2. A Genre, M Chabaud, T Timmers, P Bonfante, DG Barker, 2005 Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi elicit a novel intracellular apparatus in Medicago truncatula root epidermal cells before infection. The Plant Cell 17 (12), 3489-3499 The paper which describes a very early response of a plant host to the physical contact of an AM fungus but before its penetration, has been acknowledged as a relevant contribution in the field of plant- fungal interactions

3. P Bonfante, IA Anca, 2009 Plants, mycorrhizal fungi, and bacteria: a network of interactions Annual review of microbiology 63, 363-383. This often quoted review introduces the role of bacteria as relevant third components in mycorrhizal interactions.

4.  S Ghignone, A Salvioli, I Anca, et al., 2012 The genome of the obligate endobacterium of an AM fungus reveals an interphylum network of nutritional interactions The ISME journal 6 (1), 136-145. Starting from the observations of bacteria-like organisms living in the cytoplasm of AM fungi and from their, PB group offered the first genome sequence of an endobacterium living in  a fungus which lives inside a plant. This paper opened the way to many other papers describing the genomes of  fungal endobacteria

5.  M Chialva, A Salvioli, S Daghino, et al. 2018  Native soils with their microbiotas elicit a state of alert in tomato plants New Phytologist. Plants, like animals, have their own microbiota, which can have a powerful effect on their health.. The experiments illustrate how a natural microbiota bacteria raises the level of  the innate plant immunity

Awards and prizes

Fellow of Academy of Sciences of Torino (2000), Academy of Agriculture of Torino (2000)  Academia dei Lincei Rome (November 2011), Académie d'Agriculture de France (2018)

Award for Plant Biology 2010, Roma, June 2010

Award for the Award for the French Food Spirit- Science – Paris, December 16, 2010

She is in the list of:

1. Top Italian Scientists- Ranking 5 for the typology Natural sciences (H Index: 83, 

2. Highly Quoted Researchers, 2018 Clarivate Analytics,

3. One hundred Italian Experts:

4. Member of Group 2003



Annalisa Bonfiglio

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: bioelectronics, bioengineering, biomedical sciences, biotechnologies, materials sciences, nanotechnologies

Keywords: biosensors, sensors, wearable electronic devices, wearable sensors for biomonitoring

Region: Sardinia


Full Professor of Electronic Bioengineering at Cagliari University and President of the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (CRS4)

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Genova in 1991 and a PhD in Bioengineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 1996, she pursues a scientific career in the field of Bioelectronics, with a focus on the realisation of electronic devices for sensor systems by organic semiconductor materials, with applications ranging from biomonitoring with wearable sensors, genomic sensors, cellular sensors for drug testing, brain-machine interfaces, robotics. In 1996 she joins the University of Cagliari, first as a Researcher, then as an Associate Professor of Electronics and finally as a Full Professor in Electronic Bioengineering. From 2015 to 2017, she is appointed as ViceRector for Innovation and Territorial Strategies at the University of Cagliari. Since 2014, she is in the Board of Directors of CRS4 (Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia), becoming President in 2017, first woman since the foundation (1990).

Scientific results

Since 2001, she has worked at the realization of organic electronic devices for biomonitoring systems, aimed at exploring the human body at different dimensional scales (down to the single cell and to the detection of signals produced by biological micromolecules). Her group  of research has been among the very first in the world to work and publish on the development of organic electronic sensors on unconventional substrates as paper, plastics, fabrics. She developed and patented a method for fabricating conductive fibers and fabrics. Starting from this method, her group realized wearable devices and systems, including systems integrated in garments and skin-like devices as electronic tattoes for detecting the biopotentials generated by the human body (as, for instance, cardiac and muscle signals). At the same time, this kind of technology can also be used for realizing advanced sensing systems for environmental monitoring. AB is author of 12 patents focussed on the use of organic semiconductor devices for biomonitoring. She has been the coordinator of several research projects, both at the international and national level. 

Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Bonfiglio is the author of more than 150 scientific papers published on scientific journals and conference proceedings, including:

[2020] Casula G, Lai S, Matino L, Santoro F, Bonfiglio A, Cosseddu P, Printed, LowVoltage, AllOrganic Transistors and Complementary Circuits on Paper Substrate. Advanced Electronic Materials, 6(5): 1901027

[2018] Pani D, Achilli A, Bonfiglio A, Survey on textile electrode technologies for ECG monitoring, from metal wires to polymers. Advanced Material Technology, 1800008:1-14.

[2017] Lai S, Zucca A, Cosseddu P, Greco F, Mattoli V, Bonfiglio A, A38  Ultra-conformable Organic Field-Effect Transistors and circuits for epidermal electronic applications. Organic Electronics 46:60-67

[2017] Sollai G, Melis M, Pani D, Cosseddu P, Usai I, Crnjar R, Bonfiglio A, Tomassini Barbarossa I, First objective evaluation of taste sensitivity to 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP), a paradigm gustatory stimulus in humans. Scientific Reports 7:40353.

[2017] Pani D, Usai I, Cosseddu P, Melis M, Sollai G, Crnjar R, Tomassini Barbarossa I, Raffo L, Bonfiglio A, An automated system for the objective evaluation of human gustatory sensitivity using tongue biopotential recordings. PLoS ONE, 12(8):e0177246.

[2017] Lai S, Cosseddu P, Basiricò L, Fraboni B, Bonfiglio A, A Highly Sensitive, Direct X-Ray Detector Based on a Low-Voltage Organic Field-Effect Transistor. Advanced Electronic Materials, 3(8):1600409. 

[2016] Gualandi I, Marzocchi M, Achilli A, Cavedale D, Bonfiglio A, Fraboni B, Textile Organic Electrochemical transistors as a platform for wearable biosensors. Scientific Reports 6:33637.

[2015] Spanu A, Lai S, Cosseddu P, Tedesco M, Martinoia S, Bonfiglio A, An organic transistor-based system for reference-less electrophysiological monitoring of excitable cells. Scientific Reports, 5: 8807.

[2015] Pani D, Dessì A, Saenz-Cogollo J-F, Barabino G, Fraboni B, Bonfiglio A, Fully textile, PEDOT:PSS based electrodes for wearable ECG monitoring systems. IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering, PP (99), DOI: 10.1109/TBME.2015.24659362015.

[2013] Lai S, Demelas M, Cosseddu P, Casula G, Barbaro M, Bonfiglio A, Ultra-low voltage, OTFT-based sensor for label-free, direct DNA detection. Advanced Materials, 25: 103-107.

[2012] Cosseddu P, Lai S, Barbaro M, Bonfiglio A, Ultra-low voltage, organic thin film transistors fabricated on plastic substrates by a highly reproducible process. Applied Physics Letters, 100: 093305:1-5.

[2011] Mattana G, Fraboni B, Malliaras G, Hinestroza J, Bonfiglio A, Organic electronics on natural cotton fibers. Organic Electronics, 12: 2033-2039. 

Awards and prizes

In 2016, she has been awarded with the Itwiin prize as "Best 2016 Italian Inventor" by Associazione Italiana Donne Inventrici e Innovatrici (Italian Association Women Inventors and Innovators). In 2017, she has been awarded with the “Tecnovisionary woman” prize by the Associazione Donne & Tecnologia (Italian Association Women & Technology).

Paola Bonomo

Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate governance, digital transformation

Keywords: business angels, corporate governance, digital transformation, fintech, innovation, startup, technology

Region: Lombardy


Non Executive Director, advisor, investor

Professional career

Paola earned her undergraduate degree AT Bocconi University and started her career at McKinsey & Company. After earning an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, she returned to McKinsey, where she advised large domestic and international companies on strategic positioning, growth, new markets, alliances and acquisitions, and reached the rank of Partner. She then worked in leadership roles in the digital domain such as Senior Director, European Operations at eBay International; Head of Online Business Unit at Il Sole 24 Ore; Head of Online Services, Commercial Operations at Vodafone Italia; and Regional Director, Southern Europe at Facebook.

Since 2009 she has been a member of the leading business angels group in Italy, Italian Angels for Growth, where she was a member of the Board and she focuses on investments in the digital space.

She serves on the Board of Telecom Italia S.p.A., AXA Assicurazioni S.p.A., Piquadro S.p.A., Sisal Group S.p.A., Stefanel S.p.A. and FAAC S.p.A., and on the Advisory Board of two fintech companies: MoneyFarm Ltd. and Euklid Ltd.. She is the Chair of Stanford Club Italia, the local alumni chapter of the Stanford Alumni Association.

She is an evaluator for Horizon 2020, and serves on the jury of the EU Prize for Women Innovators.

Scientific results

Paola Bonomo is one the pioneers of the digital economy in Italy. In her management roles, she mastered the key themes of digital marketing and ecommerce: the optimization of traffic and customer acquisition costs, of conversion rates and ROI, of customer lifetime value vs. acquisition cost, particularly in multichannel and omnichannel distribution. Recently, she has studied attribution models in programmatic advertising and new trends in video advertising. She has also worked on product innovation and monetization in digital publishing, as well as customer support improvement through digital channels in telecommunications. She leverages her managerial expertise in her angel investing activities; among her most successful early stage investments was AdEspresso, bought by Hootsuite in December 2016.

In her Non Executive Director roles she acts as a “Digital Director”, i.e. a member of the Board who oversees the company’s digital and/or multichannel transformation, and who informs and guides the other Board members in creating a common language and understanding of strategic priorities on such topics as the emergence of Fintech, the opportunities from AI, and the blockchain.

Editorial work and publications

(March 2018) Enough with Gender Stereotypes, LVMH Dare event; Citigroup #PressforProgress

(Nov. 2017) Technologies and Us (keynote), Salone dei Pagamenti.

(Nov. 2017) Technologies and Us, Linklaters EU Partners Meeting.

(Oct. 2017) Enough with Gender Stereotypes, TEDx Verona.

(Oct. 2017) Fintech, disruption and new ecosystems in the payments market, Mastercard Innovation Forum.

(Oct. 2017) Funding Strategies for Your HR Tech Startup, HRTech Amsterdam.

(Dec. 2016) Will one-to-one marketing save marketing?, Ambrosetti Babylon.

(June 2016) Digital Disruption, guest speaker at the course “Media and Internet”, INSEAD.

Awards and prizes

In 2017 Paola was recognized with the Business Angel of the year award in Italy and the Golden Aurora award for the best woman business angel in Europe.

In 2015 and again in 2016, she was recognized as one of the Inspiring Fifty, the fifty most inspiring women in European Technology. In 2018 she organized the first Italian edition of Inspiring Fifty.

In 2015 she was awarded the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award.

In 2013 she received the Stanford Associates Volunteer Service Award for alumni who have demonstrated significant and long-standing volunteer service to Stanford University.

Daniela Bortoletto

STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics, quantum physics

Keywords: atlas, CERN, dark matter, fermilab, higgs boson, particle physics, top quark

Region: ABROAD


Head of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford (September 2018-to present)

Professional career

Daniela Bortoletto graduated in Physics from the University of Pavia, Italy in 1982. She earned her MA (1986) and PhD (1989) from Syracuse University. In 1989 she joined the Faculty of Purdue University as Postdoctoral Research Associate (1989-1992), Assistant Professor (1992-1995), Associate Professor (1995-2001), and Full Professor (2001). She became the Edward M. Purcell Distinguished Professor of Physics in 2010. In 2013 she joined the University of Oxford where she is now the Head of the sub department of particle physics. Daniela is passionate about increasing female participation in Physics and other sciences. She has enabled efforts aimed at giving young women the resources, motivation, and confidence to pursue careers in Physics. This includes the creation of the Purdue Women in Physics Organization, the development of Purdue Sciencescape, and leadership in the APS Conference Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP). She has taken CUWiP in the UK where the conference has been extraordinarily successful.

Scientific results

She has made important contributions to heavy flavour physics at CLEO (Cornell, USA) and CDF (Fermilab USA). She is a co-discoverer of the Higgs boson (CERN, 2012) and the top quark (CDF, Fermilab, 1995). She is currently studying the properties of the Higgs boson and searching for new physics at the LHC with the ATLAS experiment at CERN. She is also searching for new physics in very rare decays of muons with the mu3e experiment at the Paul Sherrer Institut. Daniela played an important role in the construction of the muon system for the CLEO detector, the SVX II silicon system for CDF, and the CMS Forward Pixel detector.  She was the US CMS Upgrade coordinator for over 7 years and led the activities of over 40 US Universities for the phase 1 and phase 2 upgrade of CMS. She is currently participating in the construction of the ATLAS ITK for the High Luminosity LHC, high voltage CMOS sensors, and ultra-radiation hard silicon sensors. She is the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the Advanced European Infrastructures for Detectors at Accelerators (AIDA 2020)

Editorial work and publications

Editor of Nuclear Instrument and Methods. Author of over 1500 publications.


Awards and prizes

She is a fellow of the American Physical Society (2004), American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013) and the Institute of Physics (2015). She has received the Purdue University Ruth and Joel Spira for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2004). She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1994), the Early Career Award of the US National Science Foundation (1997) and the US NSF Career Advancement Award (1994). She has been a member of the UK STFC grants panel (2018), the UK STFC Detectors Strategic Review Panel (2018), US Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5, 2005-2007, 2008, 2010), the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP, 2005-2008) to the US DOE and NSF, and the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee (MPSAC, 2008-2014) to the NSF and the chair of the Fermilab Program Advisory Committee (2014-2017).

Valentina Bosetti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: economics of climate change, environmental economy

Keywords: adaptation, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor

Professional career

She has a degree in environmental sciences, a master's degree in environmental economics (University College London), and a PhD in computational mathematics and operational research (University of Milan). In 2008/2009 she was a visiting scholar at the Princeton Environmental Institute. In 2014/2015 she was a Fellow at CASBS, Stanford. She is Professor of Environmental Economics and Economics of Climate Change, Bocconi University. She is also a researcher at the Enrico Mattei Foundation and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change.

Scientific results

She was Lead Author of the Fifth Report of the IPCC (2014) and she will be lead author of the Sixth IPCC Report.


Editorial work and publications

She is in the editorial board of Nature - Energy newspapers, Energy Policy, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP).


Verdolini, E., L. D. Anadón, E. Baker, V. Bosetti, L. A. Reis, (2018), 'The Future Prospects of Energy Technologies: Insights from Expert Elicitations', REEP Forthcoming

Rao, N., van Ruijven, B., Riahi, K, and Bosetti, V., (2017), Improving poverty and inequality modeling in climate research, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0004-x

Cattaneo, Cristina and Valentina Bosetti (2017) Climate-induced International Migration and Conflicts, CESifo Economic Studies, ifx010, Published:08 September 2017

Diaz Anadon, L., E. Baker, V. Bosetti (2017) Integrating uncertainty into public energy research and development decisions, Nature Energy 2, 17071  | DOI: 10.1038/nenergy.2017.71 |

Adler, M, D Anthoff, V Bosetti, G Garner, K Keller, and N Treich, (2017), Priority For The Worse Off And The Social Cost Of Carbon, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3298

Matthew R. Sisco, Valentina Bosetti, Elke U. Weber (2017), When do extreme weather events generate attention to climate change?, forthcoming Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-1984-2

Bosetti, V., E. Weber, L. Berger, D. Budescu, N. Liu, M. Tavoni (2017) COP21 Climate Negotiators’ Responses to Climate Model Forecasts, Nature Climate Change, 7, 185-189, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3208

Marangoni, G. M. Tavoni, V. Bosetti, E. Borgonovo, et al. (2017) Sensitivity of projected long-term CO2 emissions across the Shared Socio-economic Pathways, Nature Climate Change, 7, 113–117

Awards and prizes

She obtained two scholarships from the European Research Council: RISICO "RISK and uncertainty in developing and implementing climate change pOlicies" and ICARUS "Innovation for climate in mitigation:  a study of energy R&D, its effectiveness and spillovers". She was also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences, (CASBS), Stanford.


Giulia Bossi

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: geotechnical engineering

Keywords: environment, hydrogeological risk, instability, landslides, risk management, territory

Region: Veneto


Research Fellow of the CNR-IRPI, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection, Section of Padua.

Professional career

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2007 and a Master's Degree in Environmental and Land Engineering in 2010 at the University of Padua, in the same year she joined as a fellow the Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection of Padua.. Also at the Research Institute she has been a research fellow since 2013 and at the same time continues her education with a PhD, awarded by the University of Bologna in Civil, Environmental and Materials Engineering in 2015.


Scientific results

Giulia Bossi is an expert in land mechanics and landslides. She is involved, among other things, in statistical analysis of the error associated with simplifications of the stratigraphic profile in the numerical model of landslides; simulations of runout for debris flows and rock avalanches, with reconstruction of the dynamics of past events and risk scenarios; the study of possible mitigation interventions for landslides; finally, analysis of slope stability, landslide monitoring data and risk quantification. During the PhD she developed a research in which she shew a new approach in geotechnical modeling that is based on the stochastic generation of different distributions of soil layers, according to a Boolean logic. This method has been applied to the analysis of stability of landslides in two-dimensional and three-dimensional models. Within the CNR-IRPI of Padua she contributes to the definition of the dynamics of large landslides distributed between Veneto, Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Argentina and manages the monitoring activity for landslides in Italy. As part of European projects, she participated on behalf of the CNR in the training of volunteers for natural risk management. She collaborated with the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice in a project for the modeling of the risk for impacts between birdlife and airplanes near airports, for which it manages the spatial database and participates in the definition of the model.

Editorial work and publications

Giulia Bossi is reviewer for scientific journals. She is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications including:


(2016) Bossi G, Mantovani M, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Marcato G, Pasuto A. A Monitoring Network to Map and Assess Landslide Activity in a Highly Anthropized Area. Geosciences (MDPI), 6, 40.

(2016) Bossi G, Zabuski L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Capabilities of Continuous and Discontinuous Modelling of a Complex, Structurally Controlled Landslide. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, 1-11.


(2016) Bossi G, Borgatti L, Gottardi G, Marcato G. The Boolean Stochastic Generation method - BoSG: A tool for the analysis of the error associated with the simplification of the stratigraphy in geotechnical models. Engineering Geology, 203:99–106.


(2016) Brezzi L, Bossi G, Gabrieli F, Marcato G, Pastor M, Cola S. A new data assimilation procedure to develop a debris flow run-out model. Landslides, 13(5):1083-1096.


(2015) Coccon F, Zucchetta M, Bossi G, Borrotti M, Torricelli P, Franzoi P. A land-use perspective for birdstrike risk assessment: The attraction risk index. Plos One, 10(6), e0128363.


(2015) Bossi G, Cavalli M, Crema S, Frigerio S, Quan Luna B, Mantovani M, Marcato G, Schenato L, Pasuto A. Multi-temporal LiDAR-DTMs as a tool for modelling a complex landslide: a case study in the Rotolon catchment (eastern Italian Alps). Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 15:715-722.


(2014) Cortes Arevalo VJ, Charrière M, Bossi G, Frigerio S, Schenato L, Bogaard T, Bianchizza C, Pasuto A, Sterlacchini S. Evaluating quality of data collected by volunteers for first level inspection of hydraulic structures in mountain catchments. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 14:2681-2698.


(2014) Frigerio S, Schenato L, Mantovani M, Bossi G, Marcato G, Cavalli M, Pasuto A. A Web-based platform for automatic and continuous landslide monitoring: the Rotolon case study. Computers & Geosciences, (63):96-105.


(2013) Bossi G, Frigerio S, Mantovani M, Schenato L, Pasuto A, Marcato G. Hazard assessment of a potential rock avalanche in South Tyrol, Italy: 3D modeling and risk scenarios. Italian Journal of Engineering Geology and Environment, 6: 221–227.


(2012) Marcato G, Bossi G, Rivelli F, Borgatti L. Debris flood hazard documentation and mitigation on the Tilcara alluvial fan (Quebrada de Humahuaca, Jujuy province, North-West Argentina). Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 12(6):1873–1882.


Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was awarded the Ivo Rocchetti Award for the best presentation of a young researcher at the IX National Conference "GIT-Geosciences and Information Technologies" of Montefalco (PG), for the work Addressing ground lithological variability for numerical modeling through a stochastic approach: the Mortisa landslide case study. It is also a member of various scientific societies such as the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the Italian Association of Applied and Environmental Geology (AIGA).


Laura Bottazzi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial economy, political economy

Keywords: crowfunding, innovation, real effects of financial crisis, venture capital

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Full Professor of Economics and Finance and research fellow IGIER, Bocconi. Head of a Master

Program in Economics (EPELM), at the University of Bologna


Professional career

Graduated in Economics and Social Science (DES) at Bocconi University in 1987, she has been

awarded a PhD in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992. Since 2005, Professor of Economics at Bologna University. She has been visiting professor at University College of London, the London School of Economics, the Massachusetts Institute of, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and visiting researcher at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the World Bank (capital markets group).  She is non‐residence fellow at IGIER‐Bocconi. She was part of the Group of Experts for the Evaluation of the Quality of Research of the Italian Universities, year 2004‐2010, conducted by the Italian National Agency for Evaluation of the University System (ANVUR) and she has been evaluator of the Research Projects for the Austrian, the Canadian, the Israeli Ministry of Research and the UK Research Council.


Scientific results

The research activity of Laura Bottazzi takes place in the field of political economy and financial economics, focussing on the economics of innovation and its financing. In this context, she has studied the geographical diffusion of innovation and its determinants. Her research has also focussed on the analysis of Venture Capital and Crowdfunding. She has been promoter with two colleagues of the first Venture Capital survey in Europe and analyzed their investment methods and types of contracts, according to the institutional and legal characteristics of the European countries and the professional and cultural specialization of investors. Recently she has been interested in the determinants of financial literacy and the determinants of gender differences in the acquisition of such knowledge. The global financial crisis has been the object of his research to study the real effects of financial shocks.

Editorial work and publications

(2016) Bottazzi L, Hellmann T, Da Rin M. The Importance of Trust for Investment: Evidence from Venture Capital. Review of Financial Studies and Nasdaq Award for best paper on Capital Formation 2006

(2014) Bottazzi L. Underpricing and Voluntary Disclosure: The Case of Mining IPOs in Australia”.

International Journal of Economics, 1: 65‐77, ISSN: 2331‐5903

(2014) Bottazzi L, Girshina A. The aftermath of the financial crisis. The effect of deleveraging on thereal economy GSTF Journal of Business Review, 3:17‐22, ISSN: 2010‐4804, doi: 10.5176/2251‐ 2012_QQE14.13

(2009) Bottazzi L, Hellmann T, Da Rin M. What Role of Legal Systems in Financial Intermediation? Theory and Evidence. Journal of Financial Intermediation, 18 (3): 559‐598, October

(2008) Bottazzi L, Hellmann T, Da Rin M. Who are the active investors? Evidence from Venture Capital. Journal of Financial Economics, 89, issue 3, September

(2007) Bottazzi L, Peri G.The Dynamics of R&D and Innovation in the Short Run and in the Long Run. Mimeo University of California, Davis, Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, 117(518):486‐511,03.

(2005) Bottazzi L, Da Rin M.Financing European Entrepreneurial Firms: Facts, Issues and Research Agenda. in Venture Capital, Entrepreneurial and Public Policy, MIT Press, (eds. Vesa Kannanien CESIfo)

(2004) Bottazzi L. The Changing Face of the European Venture Capital Industry: Facts and Analysis. Journal of Private Equity, 7(2) Spring 26‐53

(2003) Bottazzi L. Asymmetric Information and Monetary Policy in Common Currency Areas. Journalof Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 37(4), pages 603‐21, August.

(2002) Bottazzi L, Manassi P. Credibility and Seignorage in a Common Currency Area. Journal of Money Credit and Banking,34, 4

(2003) Bottazzi L, Peri G. Innovation and Spillovers in Regions: Evidence from European Patent Data. European Economic Review, 47(4):687‐710

(2002) Bottazzi L, Da Rin M. Venture Capital in Europe: Euro.nm and the Financing of European Innovative Firms. ECONOMIC POLICY, 34:229‐69

(2001) Bottazzi L. Globalization and Local Proximity in Innovation: A Dynamic Process. European Economic Review, 45, 4‐6

(1996) Bottazzi L, Pesenti P., van Wincoop E. Wages, Profits and the International Portfolio Puzzle. European Economic Review, 2, 40

Awards and prizes

Laura Bottazzi is a non‐resident fellow of IGIER, Bocconi and affiliated to the European Economic Association, a Fellow of the Fondation Banque de France, a Member of the American Economic Association, a Member of American Women in Economics, a Member of the American Women in Finance. She has been awarded the Hicks‐Tinbergen medal in Economics and the Nasdaq Prize for the best paper on capital formation.

Angela Bracco

STEM area: Physics

Competences: nuclear physics in the field of experimental physics

Keywords: gamma spectroscopy, nuclear physics, nuclear structure and astrophysics, radiation detectors

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Physics at University of Milan and President of Italian Physical Society

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at University of Milan, she obtains the PhD in 1984 at University of Manitoba (Canada), which is one of the founding universities of TRIUMF of Vancouver (Canada), where she carries out her research in the field of experimental Nuclear Physics, with focus on gamma spectroscopy for nuclear structure. After returning to Italy as a researcher she spends several periods at the ORNL laboratory (USA) and the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Milan she becomes a full professor in 2002. Between 2005 and 2011 she is president of the National Scientific Commission of Nuclear Physics of INFN. In 2011-2015 member of the INFN Board of Directors as MIUR representative and since January 2020 she is president of SIF. She has been member and often chairperson of several international scientific committees and of evaluation panels.

Scientific results

The research which was carried out during the years concerns the study of nuclear structure with experiments using gamma spectroscopy and light and heavy ions from accelerators. This research has focused on the collective excitations of nuclei, in particular that of electric dipole type. This excitation is a probe for nuclear  properties such as shape, coupling to complex excitations that have similarities in other manybody physical systems. More recently attention has been paid to dipole vibrations in unstable nuclei with an unnatural number of protons and neutrons. These nuclei are generated in stellar explosions, and some of them are produced in the laboratory as "radioactive beams".  Knowledge of dipolar oscillations in these nuclei offers the possibility to give relevant information for the nucleosynthesis patterns of heavy nuclei.  This research therefore concerns a chapter of nuclear physics that has implications in the field of nuclear astrophysics. 

In particular,  she is currently performing investigations of nuclear properties dealing with neutron oscillations at the surface of the nucleus;  their understanding is relevant to the description of neutron stars which are themselves sources of gravitational waves. 

Over the years she has also participated in the development and construction of new scintillation and of solid state detectors highly segmented for the measurement of gamma radiation. The new detectors were designed for highly  selective  measurements that made it possible to obtain new data relevant to the understanding of nuclei in uncharted regions which have astrophysical implications.  

Editorial work and publications

Angela Bracco is editor of  the Italian Physical Society journals,  supervisory editor of the Nuclear Physics A (Elsevier) e membro dello Steering Committee di EPJ (Springer and Nature).

She is author of vaste number of publications we quote here some of the most relevant: 

(2019) Bracco, A.; Lanza E. G.; Tamii, A. Isoscalar and isovector dipole excitations: Nuclear properties from low-lying states and from the isovector giant dipole resonance.PROGRESS IN PARTICLE AND NUCLEAR PHYSICS,106: 360-433.

(2018) Morales, A. I.; Benzoni, G.; Watanabe, H.; Bracco A. et al. Is seniority a partial dynamic symmetry in the first vg(9/2) shell? PHYSICS LETTERS B, 781:706.

(2017) Nakatsuka, N.; Baba, H.; Aumann, T.; A. Bracco et al. Observation of isoscalar and isovector dipole excitations in neutron-rich O-20, PHYSICS LETTERS B768: 387.

(2017) Leoni, S.; Fornal, B.; Marginean, N.; Bracco, A. et al. Multifaceted Quadruplet of Low-Lying Spin-Zero States in Ni-66: Emergence of Shape Isomerism in Light Nuclei. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 118 , 162502.

(2015) Ceruti, S.; Camera, F.; Bracco, A.; et al. Isospin Mixing in Zr-80: From Finite to Zero Temperature. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS 115, 222502.

(2016) Bocchi, G.; Leoni, S.; Fornal, B.; Bracco A. et al. The mutable nature of particle-core excitations with spin in the one-valence-proton nucleus Sb-133. PHYSICS LETTERS B 760, 273. 

(2015) Bracco, A.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Lanza, E. G. Gamma decay of pygmy states from inelastic scattering of ions. EPJA 51, 99. 

(2014) Pellegri, L.; Bracco, A.; Crespi, F. C. L.; et al. Pygmy dipole resonance in Sn-124 populated by inelastic scattering of O-17. PHYSICS LETTERS B (2014) Volume: 738, 519.

(2013) Crespi, F. C. L.; Bracco, A.; Nicolini, R.; et al. Isospin Character of Low-Lying Pygmy Dipole States in Pb-208 via Inelastic Scattering of O-17 Ions.  PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 113, 1, 012501.

(2013) Bracco, A. Concluding remarks on the EMIS2012 conference. NIM 317, 810.

(2013) Larsen, A. C.; Blasi, N.; Bracco, A.; et al. Evidence for the Dipole Nature of the Low-Energy gamma Enhancement in Fe-56,  PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 111, 242504.

Awards and prizes

Member of the European Academy 

Member of the Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA) dell'American Physical Society (APS)

In 2011 she received the EnergyLab Foundation Award

In 2018 she received the GENCO membership award from the GSI Exotic Nuclei Community (GSI, Laboratory, Germany)

Alba Brandes

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncology, pharmacologic research

Keywords: anticancer drugs, brain tumor

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Chief of Medical Oncology Department, AUSL / IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences

Professional career

In July 1981 Dr Brandes graduated in Medicine at the University of Padova with the Title "Polychemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer".

She completed the fellowship in Medical Oncology with the dissertation titled "The chemotherapy and surgical combined treatment in small cell lung cancer”

She was visiting physician at the Radiotherapy Department of Royal Marsden, London, at the Oncology Department, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Thereafter she became the Chief of the Neuro-Oncology Unit in the Azienda Ospedale-Università, Padova.

Since 2006 she was the Chief of Medical Oncology Department, AUSL / IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences

She has been the global Principal Investigator in several clinical studies.


Scientific results

Dr Brandes is the Coordinator of the Italian Association of Medical Oncology guidelines for the treatment of brain tumors and provides an active contribution as an EMA Expert

She is Member of the Scientific Committee for the National Institute of the Cancer (INCa), for France, reviewer for oncology guidelines of Oncological Institute of Italian Switzerland (IOSI), Member of Response Assessment in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (RAPNO), member of Immunotherapy Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO), Member of the restricted group of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) for brain tumors.

She has been also National and International coordinator for research projects of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)/National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)

Since 2009 Dr Brandes serves as Referee and national expert for the national CME committee, evaluating scientific events and educations projects

Dr. Brandes was the Principal Investigator of the project "Role of MGMT methylation status at time of diagnosis and recurrence for patients with glioblastoma: exploratory analysis and clinical implications", funded by Fondazione Celeghin

She is a member of the regional group for rare tumors, member of the Oncology Committee of Emilia Romagna Region.

Dr Brandes is the clinical coordinator for the integrated care pathways for brain tumors for AUSL Bologna and is co-chair for the integrated care pathways for breast and lung cancers.

Editorial work and publications

Dr Brandes is the Author of many papers in peer reviewed international journals, including:

(2016) Baumert BG, Hegi ME, van den Bent MJ, von Deimling A, Gorlia T, Hoang-Xuan K, Brandes AA, Kantor G, Taphoorn MJ, Hassel MB, Hartmann C, Ryan G, Capper D, Kros JM, Kurscheid S, Wick W, Enting R, Reni M, Thiessen B, Dhermain F, Bromberg JE, Feuvret L, Reijneveld JC, Chinot O, Gijtenbeek JM, Rossiter JP, Dif N, Balana C, Bravo-Marques J, Clement PM, Marosi C, Tzuk-Shina T, Nordal RA, Rees J, Lacombe D, Mason WP, Stupp R. Temozolomide chemotherapy versus radiotherapy in high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study. The Lancet Oncology. pii: S1470-2045(16)30313-8. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30313-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 27686946

(2016) Reijneveld JC, Taphoorn MJ, Coens C, Bromberg JE, Mason WP, Hoang-Xuan K, Ryan G, Hassel MB, Enting RH, Brandes AA, Wick A, Chinot O, Reni M, Kantor G, Thiessen B, Klein M, Verger E, Borchers C, Hau P, Back M, Smits A, Golfinopoulos V, Gorlia T, Bottomley A, Stupp R, Baumert BG. Health-related quality of life in patients with high-risk low-grade glioma (EORTC 22033-26033): a randomised, open-label, phase 3 intergroup study. The Lancet Oncology. pii: S1470-2045(16)30305-9. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(16)30305-9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27686943

(2016) Schiffgens S, Wilkens L, Brandes AA, Meier T, Franceschi E, Ermani M, Hartmann C, Sandalcioglu IE, Dumitru CA. Sex-specific clinicopathological significance of novel (Frizzled-7) and established (MGMT, IDH1) biomarkers in glioblastoma. Oncotarget. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.10465. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27409829
(2016) Wick W, Gorlia T, Bady P, Platten M, van den Bent MJ, Taphoorn MJ, Steuve J, Brandes AA, Hamou MF, Wick A, Kosch M, Weller M, Stupp R, Roth P, Golfinopoulos V, Frenel JS, Campone M, Ricard D, Marosi C, Villa S, Weyerbrock A, Hopkins K, Homicsko K, Lhermitte B, Pesce G, Hegi ME. Phase II Study of Radiotherapy and Temsirolimus versus Radiochemotherapy with Temozolomide in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma without MGMT Promoter Hypermethylation (EORTC 26082). Clinical Cancer Research. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27143690

(2016) Brandes AA, Finocchiaro G, Zagonel V, Reni M, Caserta C, Fabi A, Clavarezza M, Maiello E, Eoli M, Lombardi G, Monteforte M, Proietti E, Agati R, Eusebi V, Franceschi E. AVAREG: a phase II, randomized, noncomparative study of fotemustine or bevacizumab for patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Neuro Oncology, 18(9):1304-12. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/now035. PMID: 26951379

(2016) Brandes AA, Carpentier AF, Kesari S, Sepulveda-Sanchez JM, Wheeler HR, Chinot O, Cher L, Steinbach JP, Capper D, Specenier P, Rodon J, Cleverly A, Smith C, Gueorguieva I, Miles C, Guba SC, Desaiah D, Lahn MM, Wick W. A Phase II randomized study of galunisertib monotherapy or galunisertib plus lomustine compared with lomustine monotherapy in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Neuro Oncology, 18(8):1146-56. doi: 10.1093/neuonc/now009. PMID: 26902851

(2015) Okada H, Weller M, Huang R, Finocchiaro G, Gilbert MR, Wick W, Ellingson BM, Hashimoto N, Pollack IF, Brandes AA, Franceschi E, Herold-Mende C, Nayak L, Panigrahy A, Pope WB, Prins R, Sampson JH, Wen PY, Reardon DA. Immunotherapy response assessment in neuro-oncology: a report of the RANO working group. The Lancet Oncology, 16(15): e534-42.

(2015) Pignata S, Lorusso D, Scambia G, Sambataro D, Tamberi S, Cinieri S, Mosconi AM, Orditura M, Brandes AA, Arcangeli V, Panici PB, Pisano C, Cecere SC, Di Napoli M, Raspagliesi F, Maltese G, Salutari V, Ricci C, Daniele G, Piccirillo MC, Di Maio M, Gallo C, Perrone F; MITO 11 investigators. Pazopanib plus weekly paclitaxel versus weekly paclitaxel alone for platinum-resistant or platinum-refractory advanced ovarian cancer (MITO 11): a randomised, open-label, phase 2 trial. The Lancet Oncolology,16(5):561-8. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(15)70115-4. Epub 2015 Apr 14. PMID: 25882986

(2015) Brandes AA, Bartolotti M, Marucci G, Ghimenton C, Agati R, Fioravanti A, Mascarin M, Volpin L, Ammannati F, Masotto B, Gardiman MP, De Biase D, Tallini G, Crisi G, Bartolini S, Franceschi E.New perspectives in the treatment of adult medulloblastoma in the era of molecular oncology. Critical Review in Oncology/Hematology, 94(3):348-59. doi: 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2014.12.016. Epub 2014 Dec 31. Review. PMID: 25600839

(2014) Brandes AA et al. Pattern of care and effectiveness of treatment for glioblastoma patients in the real world: Results from a prospective population-based registry. Could survival differ in a high-volume center?. Neuro-Oncology Practice, 1(4):166-171.

Awards and prizes

In 2001 she was Knighted with the title of Cavaliere della Repubblica by the President of the Republic of Italy for her activities in oncology research.

In 2012was named the 2012 Michael Gruson Lecturer in Neuro-Oncology and came to Weill Cornell Medical Center to make the Grand Rounds lecture. Of note it was the first time that an Italian researcher was awarded for the scientific contributes in the field of neuro-oncology




Maria Luisa Brandi

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: bone metabolism diseases, endocrinology, mineral metabolism diseases, rare diseases

Keywords: bone diseases, endocrinology, osteoporosis

Region: Tuscany

Marina Brogi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: banks, capital market, corporate governance, cybersecurity, financial market

Keywords: bank management, capital market, corporate governance, disclosure, financial intermediaries, transparency

Region: Lazio


Full Professor of International Banking and Capital Markets, Sapienza University of Rome

Professional career

She graduated in Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, with supervisor Prof. Tancredi Bianchi. From 2007 she teaches International Banking and Capital Markets at Sapienza Università di Roma. Chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Financial Risk Managers Association (AIFIRM). She serves on the Scientific Committee of the Research Centre of Confindustria (Italy’s Industrial Association). She is invited to present her Expert opinion to public hearings of Commissions of the Italian Senate and of the Italian Camera (Italy’s lower house).

From 2012 she has been appointed by the Bank of Italy in the governance bodies of banks and other intermediaries in liquidation. From 2011 to 2017 she served as Deputy Dean, Faculty of Economics Sapienza Università di Roma. From 2014 to 2016 she was one of the 5 top-ranking independent academics appointed among the 30 members which make up the Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) as provided for in article 37 of the ESMA Regulation (1095/2010/EU). From 2008 she serves on the boards of listed and privately held companies. 

She currently serves on the Boards of Banco Desio e della Brianza, Mediaset and Salini Impregilo. She is member of the MSCI Thought Leadership Council on Corporate Governance Fundamentals and is the only European Advisory Board Member of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation, the International think tank founded in the US that counts over 3,500 women, chairpersons and independent board members, serving on over 8,500 boards across six continents, Global Co-Chair of the WCD Family Business Council, Co-Chair of the Italian Chapter.

Scientific results

She is Program Chair of the ‘2019 New Frontiers in Banking conference: From Corporate Governance to Risk Management’, promoted by Sapienza, Bocconi University and Review of Financial Studies, Key note address Bengt Holmstrom, Nobel Laurete in Economics 2016. Program Chair of ‘2018 New Frontiers in Banking conference: From Corporate Governance to Risk Management’, promoted by Sapienza, Bocconi University and Review of Financial Studies, Key note address Jean Tirole, Nobel Laurete in Economics 2014

Program Chair of ‘2017 Bank Systemic Risk Measurement and Mitigation conference’, promoted by Sapienza, Bocconi University and Review of Financial Studies, Key note address Robert Engle, Nobel Laurete in Economics 2003.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance, banking and capital markets and is often invited as speaker at international academic and business community conferences. Last publications:

-        Do bank boards matter? A literature review on the characteristics of banks' Board of Directors, with Lagasio V., International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics. Forthcoming

-        Lights in the shadows: exploring the need for regulation in shadow banking, with Lagasio V., International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences. Forthcoming.

-        The Courage to Choose! Primogeniture and Leadership Succession in Family Firms, with Calabrò A. e Minichilli A. and Amore M. D., Strategic Management Journal, 2018, p. 1 - 22

-        Environmental, Social and Governance, and profitability: are financial intermediaries different? with Lagasio V., Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management. 2018, p. 1 – 12

-        Is the market swayed by press releases on Corporate Governance? Event study on the Eurostoxx Banks, with Lagasio V., Corporate Ownership and Control. 2018, vol. 15, p. 23 - 31

-        The Effect of Cyber Attacks on Stock Returns, with Arcuri M.C. and Gandolfi G., Corporate Ownership and Control, 2018, p. 70 - 83

-        Rischio cibernetico e sicurezza nazionale nel sistema finanziario, in AA. VV. Sicurezza è Libertà, Gnosis, dicembre 2017, p. 145 - 151

-        Cyber Risk: A Big Challenge in Developed and Emerging Markets, with Arcuri M.C. and Gandolfi G., Identity Theft: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, 2017, p. 292 - 307

-        SME sources of funding: more capital or more debt to sustain growth? An empirical analysis, with Lagasio V. in (edited by) Rossi S., Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions, 2017, p. 173 - 199

-        Sliced and diced: European banks’ business models and profitability, with Lagasio V., in (edited by) Bracchi, G., Filotto, U., Masciandaro, D., 2016 Report on the Italian Financial System, Fondazione Rosselli, Edibank, Milano, 2016, p. 55 - 82

-        Corporate Governance, Pixel, EGEA, Milano, 2016, p. 1 - 200

-        Weathering the storm: family ownership, governance and performance through the financial and economic crisis, with Minichilli A. and Calabrò A., Corporate Governance: An International Review, (Impact Factor: 2.169), 2016, p. 552 - 568

-        What does really matter in the internationalization of small and medium-sized family businesses?, with Calabrò A. and  Torchia M., Journal of Small Business Management, (Impact Factor: 1.937), 2016, p. 679 - 696

-        Shadow banking, banking union and capital markets union, Law and Economic Review, n. 2, 2014, p. 383 - 400

-        Le politiche di remunerazione nel sistema di corporate governance, Analisi Giuridica dell'Economia, n. 2, 2014, p. 275 - 293

-        Le politiche di remunerazione tra regolamentazione e say on pay: un'analisi empirica delle banche e delle maggiori società quotate italiane, with Langone R., Banche e Banchieri, n. 4, 2014, p. 467 - 488

-          Board, governance and firm performance: are financial intermediaries different?, Corporate Ownership and Control, n. 8, 2011, p. 60 - 68

Maria Antonia Brovelli

STEM area: Physics

Competences: geomatics

Keywords: cartography, digital cartography, geographic information systems, gps, remote sensing, territory

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor and former Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano for the Como Campus.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Milan in 1986, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences that she obtained in 1991 at the Interuniversity Consortium of Milan, Turin and Pavia. From 1992 to 1994, she was Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she helped create the International Geoid Service (IGeS) of the International Geodesy Association (IAG) and became part of the IGeS Bulletin committee, becoming its chief editor. In 1994, she became a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, and four years later an associate professor. In 1997, she founded and coordinated the Geomatics Laboratory at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011, she was a lecturer of GIS at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH). Since 2010, she has been Full Professor of Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Politecnico di Milano and from 2011 to 2016 she was Vice Rector of Politecnico for the Como Campus.

Scientific results

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University of Milan in 1986, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences that she obtained in 1991 at the Interuniversity Consortium of Milan, Turin and Pavia. From 1992 to 1994, she was Researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, where she helped create the International Geoid Service (IGeS) of the International Geodesy Association (IAG) and became part of the IGeS Bulletin committee, becoming its chief editor. In 1994, she became a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano, and four years later an associate professor. In 1997, she founded and coordinated the Geomatics Laboratory at the Como Campus of the Politecnico di Milano. From 2006 to 2011, she was a lecturer of GIS at the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (ETH). Since 2010, she has been Full Professor of Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the Politecnico di Milano and from 2011 to 2016 she was Vice Rector of Politecnico for the Como Campus.

Editorial work and publications

Maria Antonia Brovelli is editor of the Applied Geomatics journal published by Springer, co-author of three textbooks on the statistical processing of data, of a volume on orthophotos, i.e. geometrically correct and georeferenced aerial and satellite imagery, and digital terrain models, and author of over 150 scientific publications including:

(2018) Brovelli MA, Zamboni G, A new method for the assessment of spatial accuracy and completeness of OpenStreetMap building footprints, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 7(8),289.


(2016) Brovelli MA, Minghini M, Zamboni G, Public Participation in GIS via Mobile Applications, ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 114, pp. 306-315.


(2015) Brovelli MA, Molinari ME, Hussein E, Chen J, Li R. The First Comprehensive Accuracy Assessment of GlobeLand30 at a National Level: Methodology and Results. Remote Sensing, 7(4):4191-4212. 

(2008) Brovelli MA, Crespi M, Fratarcangeli F, Giannone F, Realini E. Accuracy assessment of high-resolution satellite imagery orientation by leave-one-out method. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 63(4):427-440. 

(2004) Brovelli MA, Cannata M, Longoni UM. LIDAR Data Filtering and DTM Interpolation Within GRASS. Transactions in GIS, 8(2), 155-174. 

Awards and prizes

In September 2015 she was awarded the Sol Katz Award 2015 for her contribution to Free Software and Open Source Geospatial during the FOSS4G 2015 conference in Seoul, South Korea. Maria Antonia Brovelli was one of the Directors of OSGeo (International GIS Open Foundation). She is  Chair of the working group IV / 4 "Collaborative Crowdsourced Cloud Mapping (C³M)" of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), member of UN-GGIM Italy, Chair of the "Capacity Building" working group of the United Nations "UN OpenGIS", Deputy chair and member of the International Task Team (single woman) with the task of supporting the United Nations for the geospatial aspects (UN-GGIM). She was co-organizer of the annual "Europa NASA World Wind Challenge" event, which involved students and professionals in developing applications based on the virtual globe of NASA. Finally, she is a member of ACEO, the Advisory Committee for Earth Observation (ACEO), which is the main interpreter of the views and needs of the European scientific community on access to space experimentation and data exploitation in Earth science programs.

Agar Brugiavini

Economy and Finance area

Competences: insurance markets, pension funds, pension reforms

Keywords: consumption, gender economy, pension, saving, welfare

Region: Veneto


Full Professor of Political Economy at the Ca ’Foscari University of Venice and Director of the Ca’ Foscari International College.

Professional career

After graduating in Statistical and Demographic Sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD (Ph.D.) in Economics from the London School of Economics (UK) under the supervision of Prof. Mervyn King, she began her academic career at the London School of Economics as a Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant. From 1989 to 1991 she was Permanent Lecturer in "Economics and Finance" at the City University Business School in London (UK). In 1991 she returned to Italy, to the Ca ’Foscari University, as a researcher. With a parantesi, in 1997-98, for a year in the United States as a visiting scholar at Northwestern University with a Fulbright scholarship. In 2004 she became Full Professor at the Ca ’Foscari University. In addition to holding the chair in Political Economy, she holds various academic positions in Italy and abroad: she is Research Affiliate of the Institute for Fiscal Studies-IFS of London, she participates in the Scientific Committees of various institutions, in particular she is President of the Scientific Committee of Max Planck Institute that studies Social Security and Insurance Forms in Munich, Germany. She was Director of the Venice International University - San Servolo Island, Venice - from 2011 to 2016. She is also Director of the CINTIA Research Center (Netspar Italy Interuniversity Center dedicated to the study on impact of aging on the economic system both at the level of economic policies and markets. In her work at Ca ’Foscari she was Vice Rector for educational activities.

Scientific results

Her research interests include individual and family behavior for consumer spending and for savings, pensions and labor participation, welfare and the gender economy. She has dealt extensively with pension reforms, pension funds and insurance markets. She plays a key role in the European project SHARE (Survey of Health Aging and Retirement in Europe thanks to her knowledge in the area of the Economy of Aging, which studies the relationship between the different socio-economic dimensions of the aging population in Europe and the impact on the markets (labor market, insurance market and capital market).

Editorial work and publications

Agar Brugiavini was co-editor of the scientific journal Research in Economics and is currently part of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. She has published numerous articles and contributed to the drafting of various volumes, in particular with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER-USA) for the project "Social Security around the World". She has also written several popular articles on public policies.

Some recent publications in the various study areas:

(2015) Brugiavini A, Cavapozzi D, Padula M, Pettinicchi  Y. Financial Education, Literacy and Investment Attitudes, Netspar Discussion paper n. 6/2015.


(2015) Atella V, Brugiavini A, Pace N. The health care system reform in China: Effects on out-of-pocket expenses and saving. China Economic Review, vol. 1 , ISSN: 1043-951X, p. 1-14.


(2013) Brugiavini A, Buia RE, Pasini G, Zantomio F. Long-term care and reciprocity: does helping with grandchildren result in the receipt of more help at older ages?in Börsch-Supan A et al. “Active ageing and solidarity between generations in Europe”, De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany.

(2013) Brugiavini A, Gomel G, Marconi D, Musu D, Quintieri B (eds). Urban and Rural Household Savings in China: Determinants and Policy Implications, in Brugiavini A, Weber F, Wu B,“The Chinese Economy, Recent Trends and Policy Issues”, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp: 137-162, ISBN 9783642286377.


(2012) Brugiavini A, Peracchi F. Health Status, Welfare Programs Participation and Labor Force Activity in Italy, in:  Wise D (ed.), “Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms”, The University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226903095, pp.  175-216.


(2011) Brugiavini A, Pasini G, Trevisan E. Maternity and Labour Market Outcome: Short and Long Term Effects in : Borsch-Supan A,  Brandt M, Hank K e Schroder M(eds.) “The Individual and the Welfare State. Life Histories in Europe”, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany, ISBN 9783642174711, pp.151-159.


(2010) Brugiavini A, Jappelli T.Verso un nuovo sistema di architettura sociale per la famiglia,Il Mulino,Bologna

(2009) Angelini V., Brugiavini A, Weber G.Ageing and Unused Capacity in Europe: Is There an Early Retirement Trap?  Economic Policy 59, p.463-508.


(2009) Brugiavini A, Boeri T. Pension Reforms and Women Retirement Plans (2009),  Journal of Population Ageing, Volume 1, Issue 1, p. 7-30.


(2008) Brugiavini A. Exits from the Labour Force,  in  A. Borsch-Supan A, Brugiavini  A et al.  “Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (2004-2007),  Starting  the Longitudinal Dimension”, pp. 204-212.





Marta Burgay

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: neutron stars, pulsar, relativity, space, stars

Region: Sardinia


Researcher at the Cagliari Astronomical Observatory of the Italian National Intitute for Astrophysics (INAF)

Professional career

After graduating in Astronomy at the University of Bologna in 2000, Marta Burgay continued her studies at the same university where she obtained her PhD in 2004. A few months later she became a researcher at the INAF - Cagliari Astronomical Observatory, where she works on compact objects (studying ultra-dense stars). In particular she is an expert in observations and studies of radio pulsars (one of the manifestations of the compact neutron stars, so called because they are observed through pulses of radiation appearing at short regular intervals). Since 2012 she is part of the scientific  team operating the new 64-m Sardinia Radio Telescope. She is also a member of the European and the International Pulsar Timing Array experiments for the detection of gravitational waves from supermassive black holes, and of the GRAWITA (GRAvitational Wave Inaf TeAm) collaboration to search for the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave events.

Scientific results

The scientific activity of Marta Burgay is focused mainly on neutron star studies and in particular on observations and investigations of pulsars. Her name is linked to the important discovery of the binary system J0737-3039A / B, the first and, to date, the only system formed by two pulsars. Thanks to its many peculiarities, thisdouble pulsar represents a unique laboratory in several fields (nuclear physics, plasma physics, relativistic gravity...): in the field of general relativity, for example, the study of the times of arrival of the pulses of the two stars allowed her team to test the validity of the theory of general relativity with a precision of 99.95%. Continued observations of this system, still underway, will allow to further improve this limit and to test alternative theories of gravity.
Since 2008 Marta Burgay has been part of the High Time Resolution Universe Survey project for pulsars and transients searches, and since 2013 of the SUPERB survey (Survey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts). Thanks to these projects almost 200 new pulsars have been discovered, including more than 30 extremely fast rotating millisecond pulsars, a magnetar (a different type of neutron star with a huge magnetic field) emitting radio waves, a pulsar with a "diamond" planet, and a new class of transient sources, the Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), of yet unknown origin.

Editorial work and publications

Marta Burgay is (co-)author of 140 refereed articles published in international journals (including 4 in Nature and 5 in Science) that have received a total of more than 9000 citations. She is (co-)author of 22 telematic scientific communications (Astronomer's Telegram, GCN Circulars) and (co-)author of 58 conference proceedings. She is editor in chief of a volume of conference proceedings.

[2016] Keane E F, Johnston S, Bhandari S, Barr E, Bhat NDR, Burgay M, Caleb M, Flynn C, Jameson A, Kramer M, Petroff E, Possenti A, van Straten W, Bailes M, Burke-Spolaor S, Eatough RP, Stappers BW, Totani T, Honma M, Furusawa H, Hattori T, Morokuma T, Niino Y, Sugai H, Terai T, Tominaga N, Yamasaki S, Yasuda N, Allen R, Cooke J, Jencson J, Kasliwal MM, Kaplan DL, Tingay SJ, Williams A, Wayth R, Chandra P, Perrodin D, Berezina M, Mickaliger M, Bassa C. The host galaxy of a fast radio burst, Nature, 530:453. [2013] Papitto A, Ferrigno C, Bozzo E, Rea N, Pavan L, Burderi L, Burgay M, Campana S, di Salvo T, Falanga M, Filipovic MD, Freire PCC, Hessels JWT, Possenti A, Ransom SM, Riggio A, Romano P, Sarkissian JM, Stairs I H, Stella L, Torres DF, Wieringa MH, Wong G F. Swings between rotation and accretion power in a binary millisecond pulsar, Nature, 501:517.
[2013] Thornton D, Stappers B, Bailes M, Barsdell B, Bates S, Bhat N D R, Burgay M, Burke-Spolaor S, Champion D J, Coster P, D'Amico N, Jameson A, Johnston S, Keith M, Kramer M, Levin L, Milia S, Ng C, Possenti A, van Straten W. A Population of Fast Radio Bursts at Cosmological Distances, Science, 341:53.
[2011] Bailes M, Bates SD, Bhalerao V, Bhat NDR, Burgay M, Burke-Spolaor S, D'Amico N, Johnston S, Keith MJ, Kramer M, Kulkarni SR, Levin L, Lyne AG, Milia S, Possenti A, Spitler L, Stappers B, van Straten, W. Transformation of a Star into a Planet in a Millisecond Pulsar Binary, Science, 333:1717.
[2006] Kramer M, Stairs IH, Manchester RN, McLaughlin MA, Lyne AG, Ferdman RD, Burgay M, Lorimer DR, Possenti A, D'Amico N, Sarkissian J M, Hobbs G B, Reynolds J E, Freire PCC, Camilo F. Tests of General Relativity from Timing the Double Pulsar, Science, 314:97.
[2003] Burgay M, D'Amico N, Possenti A, Manchester RN, Lyne AG, Joshi BC, McLaughlin MA, Kramer M, Sarkissian JM, Camilo F, Kalogera V, Kim C, Lorimer DR. An increased estimate of the merger rate of double neutron stars from observations of a highly relativistic system, Nature, 426:531.

Awards and prizes

Marta Burgay has received several awards, from the beginning of her career, in addition to covering important scientific and institutional roles. Her PhD thesis "The Parkes High-Latitude Pulsar Survey and the Discovery of the First Double Pulsar" received the 2005 Tacchini Prize of the Italian Astronomical Society (SAIt). In 2005 she also received the Descartes Prize for excellence in scientific collaborative research, as a member of the  group PulSE (Pulsar Science in Europe). In 2006 she was awarded with two important prizes, the Italian Society of General Relativity and Gravity Physics (SIGrav) Award for young researchers, and the International Union  for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Award for young physicists. In 2010 she won the Marsden Prize of the European Astrosky Network and the Vainu Bappu Award of the Astronomical Society of India. In 2011, the XXIII edition of the Marisa Bellisario Award dedicated to Women, Innovation and Human Capital assigned her a prize in the special awards section for young talents in research fields. In 2014 she was named "Chevalier de l'autonomie" of the Valle d'Aosta region and in 2015 she was designated "Sardinian woman of the year" by the Lyones Club of Cagliari. In 2017 the International Astronomical Union attributed to the asteroid n. 198634 the name Burgaymarta.


Patrizia Burra

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: gastroenterology, hepatology

Keywords: hepatitis, liver, liver cirrhosis, liver diseases, liver transplant, molecular biology, stamina cells

Region: Veneto


Patrizia Burra is Associate Professor of Gastroenterology, Head of the Multivisceral Transplantation Unit and ViceRector on Research Training at Padua University.

Professional career

Professor Burra obtained her medical degree at the University of Padua in 1984, followed by specialization in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. Subsequently, she undertook an international research fellowship at the Liver Unit and Liver Research Laboratories at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK, before completing a PhD in Hepatology at the Padua University in 1993. She then joined the faculty at the Padua University as a Senior Registrar and Assistant Professor, Since 2004 Professor Burra is responsible of the “Regional center for cell therapy of metabolic diseases”. In 2010 she was appointed Head of the Multivisceral Transplantation Unit at the Padua University. Patrizia Burra assuming her current position of Associate Professor in 2014. Since 2015 she is ViceRector on Research Training at Padua University.

Scientific results

Patrizia Burra is interested in clinical and translational studies in the setting of liver transplantation, mainly regarding antiviral therapy for HCV recurrence, HBV prophylaxis after transplantation, acute alcoholic hepatitis as indication for liver transplantation, liver transplantation for NASH and NAFLD, adherence to medical treatments and quality of life of transplant recipients.

In the past, she has carried out studies on neurological function and regional cerebral flux by means of SPECT (single photon emission tomography) and has carried out quantitative studies on neurological function by PET (positron emission tomography) in subjects who are candidates for liver transplantation. In addition to clinical research, Patrizia Burra has been involved in basic research, mainly carrying out studies on primary cultures of human hepatocytes, receptors for thyroid hormones and stem cells from the umbilical cord and their differentiation into hepatocytes.

Editorial work and publications

Patrizia Burra is associate editor of Transplant International since 2009, of American Journal of Transplantation from 2010 to 2015 and of Digestive and Liver Disease since 2015. Since 2017 she is Special Section Editor of Journal of Hepatology and from 2018 she is co-chair of The Lancet–EASL Commission on liver diseases in Europe.

She has authored more than 290 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including:

Manns MP, Burra P, Sargent J, Horton R, Karlsen TH. The Lancet-EASL Commission on liver diseases in Europe: overcoming unmet needs, stigma, and inequities. Lancet. 2018 Aug 25;392(10148):621-622

Burra P, Zanetto A, Germani G. Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Cancers (Basel). 2018 Feb 9;10(2):pii: E46

Toniutto P, Zanetto A, Ferrarese A, Burra P. Current challenges and future directions for liver transplantation. Liver Int. 2017;37:317–327

Burra P,Rodríguez-Castro K, Guarino M, Morisco F, Villa E, Mazzella G, Women in Hepatology Group; Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). AISF position paper on liver transplantation and pregnancy: Women in Hepatology Group, Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). Digestive and Liver Disease, 48(8):860-868.

Burra P, Germani G, Adam R, Karam V, Marzano A, Lampertico P, Salizzoni M, Filipponi F, Klempnauer JL, Castaing D, Kilic M, Carlis LD, Neuhaus P, Yilmaz S, Paul A, Pinna AD, Burroughs AK, Russo FP. Liver transplantation for HBV-related cirrhosis in Europe: an ELTR study on evolution and outcomes. J Hepatol. 2013 Feb;58(2):287-96.

Awards and prizes

Patrizia Burra is President of the NGO Marina Minnaja Foundation for the research and study of liver transplantation. She is a member of numerous Italian and international scientific societies, including: AISF (Italian Association of Liver Study) since 1985, SIGE (Italian Society of Gastroenterology) since 1985, ESOT (European Society for Organ Transplantation) since 1994, EASL (European Association Study of the Liver) since 1995 and ILTS (International Liver Transplant) since 2008.

Additionally, Professor Burra has previously served as Vice President of ESOT, Councillor of ILTS and Chair of the ILTS Education Committee, President of ILTS as well as Chair of the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association. Currently, she is Past President of ILTS.




Anna Cadinu

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: gender, sexual harrassment, stereotypes

Region: Veneto


Associate Professor


Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Trieste (1988) she received a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1996. From 1996 to 2003 she was a Researcher at the University of Padua, where she is Associate Professor since 2003.

Scientific results

Research activity on gender issues. Among these, the problem of sexual objectification of women and sexual harassment and the way in which the media, for example the Italian TV, support these phenomena have been investigated. This line of research has shown that viewing Italian TV clips with a representation of sexually objectified women increases adherence to traditional gender norms, which in turn increases the propensity to sexual harassment. Within the construction of a media literacy program, it has also been shown how watching complaint videos of female sexual objectification increases the intention to take collective actions, such as signing a petition against sexist and objectifying media, but only by women participants. Furthermore, the viewing of a complaint video by a group of male participants was effective in reducing their sexual harassment actions, such as sending sexist jokes to an unknown woman, and their intention to engage in more serious sexual harassment such as blackmail and qui pro quo.

Editorial work and publications

She was Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology from 2001 to 2004.
She has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the following journals: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Group processes and Intergroup relations, British Journal of Social Psychology, Social Psychology and Personality Science, European Journal.

International publications:

Fasoli, F., Cadinu, M., Carnaghi, A., Galdi, S., Guizzo, F., & Tassara, L. (2017). How do you self-categorize? Gender and sexual orientation self-categorization in homosexual/heterosexual men and women. Personality and Individual Differences.doi:


Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2017). Defending the Victim of Sexual Harassment: The Influence of Civil Courage and Media Exposure. Psychology of Women Quarterly, doi: 0361684317709770.


Guizzo, F., Cadinu, M. Galdi, S., Maass, A., Latrofa, M. (2017). Objecting to Objectification: Women's Collective Action Against Sexual Objectification on Television. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-016-0725-8


Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. (2016). Effects of Objectifying Gaze on Women’s Cognitive Performance: the Role of Flow Experience and Internalization of Beauty Ideals. British Journal of Social Psychology.doi: 10.1111/bjso.1217


Pacilli, M.G., Tomasetto, C. & Cadinu, M. (2016). Exposure to Sexualized Advertisements Disrupts Children’s Math Performance by Reducing Working Memory. Sex roles: A Journal of Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0581-6.


Hunt, C. J., Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Cadinu, M. (2015). Masculine Self-Presentation and Distancing From Femininity in Gay Men: An Experimental Examination of the Role of Masculinity Threat. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. doi:10.1037/a0039545..


Galdi, S., Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2014). Objectifying media: Their effect on gender role norms and sexual harassment of women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 38,398-413. doi: 10.1177/0361684313515185.


Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., & Maass, A. (2013). Chameleonic social identities: Context induces shifts in homosexuals’ self-categorization and self-stereotyping. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 474-481. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.1957


Galdi, S. Cadinu, M., & Tomasetto, C. (2013). In Search of the Roots of Stereotype Threat: The Activation of Math-gender Stereotypes Disrupts Girls’ Performance in Absence of Stereotype Awareness. Child Development. doi:10.1111/cdev.12128


Maass, A., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S. (2013). Sexual Harassment: Motivations and consequences. In M.K. Ryan & N.R. Branscombe (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology (cap. 21, pp. 341-358). London: Sage.


Cadinu, M., Latrofa, M., & Carnaghi, A. (2013). Comparing Self-Stereotyping with Ingroup- Stereotyping and Outgroup-Stereotyping in Unequal Group Contexts: the case of Gender. Self and Identity, 12, 582-596. Taylor and Francis online.doi:10.1080/15298868.2012.712753.


Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. (2006). Protecting a threatened identity through sexual harassment: A social identity interpretation. In R. Brown & D. Capozza (Eds.). Social Identities: Motivational, emotional, cultural influences (pp. 109-131).Hove, England. Hove, England: Psychology Press/Taylor & Francis (UK).



Awards and prizes

Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Psychology - 6-year term of office (2011-2017).











Laura Cadonati

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics, gravity waves

Keywords: birth of the universe, Einstein, gravity waves, universe

Region: ABROAD


Associate professor at theGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Milan, she continued her studies at the Princeton University, earning first a master's degree in 1998 and then a PhD in Physics in 2001. In the same year she became a post doc member at Princeton University, while, from 2002 to 2004 she held the same position at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

In 2005 she was a research scientist at MIT, a role she held until 2007, when she became assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At the same university she worked as associate professor from 2012 until 2015. In 2014 she has been visiting scholar of Cardiff University for about six months. Since 2015 she is associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Scientific results

Her scientific research concerns gravitational waves, specifically it deals with identifying, characterizing and interpreting those of short duration produced by huge astrophysical events such as the collapse of the supernova core or the collisions of black holes. In February 2016 a press conference was held to present the discovery (which took place in September 2015) which changed the way astrophysics is understood: Laura Cadonati and her international research team showed the existence of gravitational waves theorized by Albert Einsten in the Theory of General Relativity. The discovery was carried out by the LIGO gravitational observatory in the United States, in collaboration with an international team of a thousand scientists, including those responsible for the Italian experiment Virgo, in Cascina. Thanks to this result there will be new applications in the field of theoretical physics and applied physics: indeed the discovery is not limited to providing a better understanding of the theory of relativity, but it offers new possibilities for scientific research in the field of the birth of the universe, and of the understanding of the forces that surround us. Laura Cadonati’s previous research activity included the detection of solar neutrinos with the Borexino experiment and participation in the DarkSide project for the research of Dark Matter, both experiments took place in the Gran Sasso National Laboratories.


Editorial work and publications

Laura Cadonati is the author of numerous presentations of international conferences and workshops, as well as seminars and parts of university books such as:


“Listening to Space with LIGO.” L. Cadonati. State of the Universe 2007 - New Images, Discoveries, and Events, 2006 Springer Praxis Books, Popular Astronomy Series. Ratcliffe Editor.


Moreover, she is author of numerous scientific publications, including:


(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22 Solar-mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence. Physical Review Letters ,116, 241103.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger. Physical Review Letters, 116, 061102.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Characterization of transient noise in Advanced LIGO relevant to gravitational wave signal GW150914. Classical & Quantum Gravity, 33, 134001.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Observing gravitational-wave transient GW150914 with minimal assumptions. Physical Review D, 93, 122004.

(2016) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Prospects for Observing and Localizing Gravitational-Wave Transients with Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo. Living Reviews in Relativity, 19, 1.

(2014) Clark J, Bauswein A, Cadonati L, Janka HT, Pankow C, Stergioulas N. Prospects For High Frequency Burst Searches Following Binary Neutron Star Coalescence With Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors. Physical Review D, 90, 062004.

(2014) LIGO-Virgo Collaboration. Methods and results of a search for gravitational waves associated with gamma-ray bursts using the GEO600, LIGO, and Virgo detectors. Physical Review D, 89,122004.

(2014) LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Virgo Collaboration, NINJA Collaboration. The NINJA-2 project: Detecting and characterizing gravitational waveforms modelled using numerical binary black hole simulations. Classical & Quantum Gravity, 31, 115004.

(2014) Borexino Collaboration. Neutrinos from the primary proton–proton fusion process in the Sun. Nature, 512, 383–386.

(2008) Borexino Collaboration. Direct Measurement of the Be 7 Solar Neutrino Flux with 192 Days of Borexino Data. Physical Review Letters, 101, 091302.


Awards and prizes

She has been working for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2002. In 2010 she received the Career Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), in the same year she was elected to the executive committee of the Topical Group on Gravitation of the American Physical Society. In 2014 she was chosen in the Chair-line of the APS Topical Group on Gravitation (currently called “Division of Gravity”). The following year she joined the Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2016 she became a member of the Advisory Board of the Classical and Quantum Gravity Journal.





Anna Caffarena

International politics area

Competences: international order, international organizations, multilateralism, political discourse analysis

Keywords: change, China, emerging actors, ideas and representations, institutions, power, practices

Region: Piedmont


Full professor of International Relations at University of Turin, President Torino World Affairs Institute – T.wai

Professional career

Graduated in Political Science from the University of Turin, Anna Caffarena got her PhD in International Relations (University of Padua). She started teaching at the Army School in Turin and became Associate professor at the University of Teramo in 2000. Since 2006 is Associate professor at the University of Turin, Department of Cultures, Politics and Society. Presently serves as Academic Coordinator of the Master course in International Relations. Recently has been part of a PRIN (Research project of national relevance) on Italian foreign policy and is presently part of an international research network on China’s role in contemporary international system. 

Scientific results

Anna Caffarena’s research interests include ideas and representations as frames influencing political discourse and policymaking; images of world politics; cooperation through international regimes and international organizations, multilateralism and international order. Recently her research has focused on two main areas: change and continuity in world politics, in particular from the perspective of political ideas and representations; China and other emerging countries’ impact on international order and the future of multilateralism.

Editorial work and publications

Anna Caffarena has authored books and articles. Her recent contributions include:

[2020] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., Europa e Cina nell'ordine in trasformazione: il ruolo del multilateralismo, "OrizzoneCina!, vol. 10, n. 4,

[2019] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., China's Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia: Space-Shaping as Odering, in S. Giusti, I. Mirkina (eds), The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations Across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

[2018] Caffarena, A., La Trappola di Tucidide e altre immagini. Perché la politica internazionale sembra non cambiare mai,il Mulino, Bologna.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Diversity Management in World Politics. Reformist China and the Future of the (Liberal) Order, in The International Spectator, 52, 3.  

[2017] Caffarena, A., Come cambia l’ordine internazionale. Il riformismo di Pechino per un “multilateralismo efficace con caratteristiche cinesi”?, in La Comunità Internazionale, LXXII, 2.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Gabusi, G., Making sense of a changing world: foreign policy ideas and Italy's national role conceptions after 9/11, in Italian Political Science Review, 47, 2.

[2017] Caffarena, A., Conoscenti, M., The Tipping Point. Donald Trump and the Discourse on World (Dis)Order in the Press and Expert Media, in Comunicazione Politica, XVIII, 3.

[2014] ] Caffarena, A., Couples and Trust-building in International Society. A Social Capital Perspective, in B. Vassort-Rousset (ed.), Building Sustainable Couples in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

[2011] Caffarena, A.,Primavera araba e transizioni democratiche. Considerazioni attorno all’immagine della quarta ondata, Biblioteca della libertà, XLVI, 201.

[2011] Caffarena, A., Più democrazia e meno ordine nella politica mondiale del xxisecolo?, in P.P. Portinaro (a cura di), L’interesse dei pochi, Le ragioni dei molti, Einaudi, Torino.

[2010]Caffarena, A., L’ordine internazionale alla prova del power shift, in L’orizzonte del mondo. Politica internazionali, sfide globali, nuove geografie del potere, Guerini, Milano.

[2009] Caffarena, A., Le organizzazioni internazionali, Il Mulino, Bologna.

[2009] Caffarena, A., 1989-2009, ovvero il paradosso della politica globale, in La Comunità Internazionale, LXI, 4.

Awards and prizes

Anna Caffarena is presently member of the board of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. She served on the Steering committee of the Italian Society of Political Science -Società italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP) e on Steering Committee of the Standing Group on International Relations dello European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). She has served on the Expert Technical Review Panel of the United Nations System Staff College.