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Maria Luisa Brandi

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

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

Keywords: bone diseases, coronavirus, Covid-19, endocrinology, osteoporosis, raloxifene

Region: Tuscany


Full professor of Endocrinology at the University of Florence

Professional career

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1977 at the University of Florence, she specialised in endocrinology in 1980 at the same university, and in 1988 she obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Rome. In 2003 she became a full professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases. In addition to her academic career, she has also worked as a clinician: since 1992 she has been in charge of the Reference Centre for Hereditary Endocrine Tumours at the Careggi University Hospital, where since 2007 she has also been Director of the Operative Unit of Mineral and Bone Metabolism Diseases. Since 2016, she has been coordinating two European Reference Networks on rare endocrine diseases and rare bone diseases at the above-mentioned hospital.

Scientific results

For years she has been committed to the prevention and treatment of skeletal diseases, not only as a physician and researcher of international standing, with over 650 publications in peer-reviewed journals, but also as a promoter, through her role as President of F.I.R.M. O (Raffella Becagli Foundation), which provides support for the prevention and treatment of skeletal diseases, she is also the promoter of an active awareness campaign, aimed at spreading knowledge of these pathologies, which are too little known yet widespread, beyond the circle of scientists and patients. It works to draw public attention to the problems of rare bone diseases, rare endocrine diseases and osteoporosis and to support communication and prevention campaigns.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous scientific publications, including: 

(1986) Brandi ML, Fitzpatrick LA, Coon HG, Aurbach GD. Bovine parathyroid cells: cultures maintained for more than l40 population doublings. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 83:1709-1713. 

(1986) Brandi ML, Aurbach GD, Fitzpatrick LA, Quarto R, Spiegel AM, Bliziotes MM, Norton JA, Doppman JL, Marx SJ. Parathyroid mitogenic activity in plasma from patients with multiple endocrine neoplasia type I. The New England Journal of Medicine, 314:1287-1293. 

(1987) Sakaguchi K, Santora A, Zimering M, Curcio F, Aurbach GD, Brandi ML. Functional epithelial cell line cloned from rat parathyroid glands. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 84:3269-3273. 

(1992) Gattei V, Bernabei PA, Pinto A, Bezzini R, Ringressi A, Formigli L, Tanini A, Attadia V, Brandi ML. Phorbol ester induced osteoclast-like differentiation of a novel human leukemic cell line (FLG 29.1). The Journal of Cell Biology, 116:437-447. 

(2001) Brandi ML, Gagel RF, Angeli A, Bilezikian JP, Beck-Peccoz P, Bordi C, Conte-Devolx B, Falchetti A, Gheri RG, Libroia A, Lips CJM, Lombardi G, Mannelli M, Pacini F, Ponder BA, Raue F, Skogseid B, Tamburrano G, Thakker RV, Thompson NW, Tommasetti P, Tonelli F, Wells SA Jr, Marx SJ. Guidelines for Diagnosis and Therapy of MEN Type1 and Type 2. The journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 86:5658-5671. 

(2004) Khosla S, Riggs BL, Atkinson EJ, Oberg AL, Mavilia C, Del Monte F, Melton LJ 3rd, Brandi ML. Relationship of estrogen receptor genotypes to bone mineral density and to rates of bone loss in men. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 89:1808-1816. 

(2004) Falchetti A, Di Stefano M, Marini F, Del Monte F, Mavilia C, Strigoli D, De Feo ML, Isaia G, Masi L, Amedei A, Cioppi F, Ghinoi V, Maddali Bongi S, Di Fede G, Sferrazza C, Rini GB, Melchiorre D, Matucci-Cerinin M, Brandi ML. Two novel mutation at exon 8 of the Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) gene in an Italian series of patients affected by Paget's disease of bone (PDB). The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 19:1013-1017. 

(2008) Luzi E, Marini F, Sala SC, Tognarini I, Galli G, Brandi ML. Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Adipose Tissue-Derived Stem Cells Is Modulated by the miR-26a Targeting of the SMAD1 Transcription Factor. The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 23(2):287-95. 

(2012) Luzi E, Marini F, Tognarini I, Galli G, Falchetti A, Brandi ML, The Regulatory Network Menin-MicroRNA 26a As a Possible Target for RNA-Based Therapy of Bone Diseases. Mulecular Therapy Nucleic Acids, 22(2):103-8. 

(2016) Brandi ML, Bilezikian JP, Shoback D, Bouillon R, Clarke BL, Thakker RV, Khan AA, Potts JT Jr. Management of Hypoparathyroidism: Summary Statement and Guidelines. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Jun101(6):2273-83.

Francesca Brezzi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: female mysticism, modern and contemporary feminist philosophy, moral philosophy, Philosophy of religion

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: effects on personal, community and social life, difference and differences, ethics, feminism, human rights, multiculturalism, women’s political

Region: Lazio


Professor of Moral Philosophy and Philosophy of Differences and Head of the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts at the University Roma Tre. President of the Observatory of Gender Studies, Equality and Equal Opportunities (GIO) (Sapienza, Tor Vergata, RomaTre)

Professional career

After graduating in Moral Philosophy from the Sapienza University of Rome (1967), she worked first as an assistant and then as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education in Rome and as a Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Roma Tre University, Faculty of Humanities, where she was Department Director from 1998 to 2006. In the same years she was Delegate of the Rector for Equal Opportunities - Gender Studies. She is currently a Senior Lecturer. 

She has led many European research projects and developed new didactic paths such as the post-graduate course in History and Themes of Women's Thought, which in 2001 became a second level Master's degree "Trainers and experts in Equal Opportunities" and the post-graduate course in Science of Religions, which then became an international Master's degree.

She has been President of the Roman Section of the Italian Philosophical Society (SFI), and Vice-President of the National SFI Board.

Scientific results

Francesca Brezzi's research in the 1970s-90s focused on philosophical-moral issues, with particular reference to contemporary French philosophy (existentialism, existential phenomenology, reflective philosophy, hermeneutics). Brezzi is one of the greatest scholars of Paul Ricoeur, on whom in 1969 she wrote the first monograph ever written and in 2006 the important volumeIntroduzione a Paul Ricoeur for Laterza. Among the other philosophers that she privileges in her studies emerges E. Lévinas. Lévinas, linked to other thinkers who consider themselves heirs of phenomenology, such as Marcel and Ricoeur. 

In the field of Moral Philosophy, she broadened her field of study to include contemporary thought, focusing on the one hand on the encounter/clash of philosophical enquiry with legal and political themes, and on the other on the theme of diversity (cultural, religious, ethnic, gender), including questions of human rights. To these areas is added the study of the relationship between philosophy and mysticism, which is part of his teaching in the Philosophy of Religion. She writes about the most important contemporary thinkers (Simon de Beauvoir, Luce Irigaray, Simone Weil, Edith Stein, Maria Zambrano, Judith Butler, etc.) but also draws new maps of knowledge, deconstructing and restructuring already codified meanings, resemanticising linguistic fields, reacting to the emptiness of memory, to absence in history, making a submerged continent re-emerge, what according to S. Moeller Oikin is "the prism of sexual belonging". She shows the philosophical value of marginalised figures, including mystical women such as Angela da Foligno, Maddalena de' Pazzi and Jeanne Guyon. 

Starting with Antigone, she explores many current issues on women's citizenship and human rights and focuses on respect for cultural diversity in multi-ethnic societies and especially on the relationship between feminism and multiculturalism, areas of considerable educational fruitfulness, necessary to be able to form citizens of a complex and interrelated world. The latest developments are aimed at the theme of citizenship and European identity to investigate how to found, through the combination of civil and political social rights, the political capacity to act of people (in particular women and feminist movements).  A digression, but not too much, is her reinterpretation of futurism in Quando il futurismo è donna. Barbara dei colori, a text that investigates the presence of women in such a misogynistic movement.

Her more recent interests continue along the lines of "thinking otherwise", exploring the relationship between philosophy and literature as in Nel labirinto del pensiero. Borges e la filosofia (In the Labyrinth of Thought. Borges and Philosophy).

Finally, in the work Gioco senza regole. Homo ludens tra filosofia, letteratura e teologia (Homo ludens between philosophy, literature and theology), he takes up his interest in the philosophical value of the concept of play.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several volumes and editorials in the magazine B@bel. She collaborates with important Italian and foreign magazines.


(2005) (2 ed.), Brezzi F., Antigone e la philia. Le passioni tra etica e politica, Franco Angeli, Milano.

(2006) Brezzi F., Intoduzione a Ricoeur, Laterza, Bari.

(2009) Brezzi F.,Quando il futurismo è donna. Barbara dei colori, Mimesis Milano (ed. francese 2010).

(2009) Brezzi F., Strickland E., Ferrari Occhionero M.,  Introd.e cura di Equal opportunities and Human Rights, Laterza, Roma.

(2010) Brezzi F., Una voce differente: Diotima presente al Simposio, introduzione e cura a A. Heller, Il Simposio di San Silvestro, Mimesis, Milano.

(2011) Brezzi, M.Teresa Russo, Oltre la società degli individui .Teoria ed etica del dono, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino.

 (2012) Brezzi F., Piccolo manuale di Etica, Donzelli editore, Roma.

(2014) Brezzi F., Nel Labirinto del pensiero. Borges e la filosofia, ETS Editori, Pisa.

(2018) Brezzi F., Gioco senza Regole, Castelvecchi editore, Roma.

(2019) Brezzi F., Utopia, come pensare altrimenti, in “Infiniti mondi” 11, pp.85-106.

(2019) Brezzi F., Identità Femminile: differenza, corporeità, vulnerabilitàEdith Stein tra passato e presente, a.c. Angela Ales Bello, Castelvecchi editore, Roma, pp.155-174.

(2020) Brezzi F., Società, democrazia, religione: circolarità vivente, in Esperienza, contingenza valori, Quodlibet, Macerata, pp.41-49.

(2020) Brezzi F., Philia e dono, virtù fragili? dall’identità singolare verso un nuovo legame sociale,in Virtù umane Virtù politiche a cura di G. Cotta, Mimesis, Milano Udine, 2020 pp,197-210.

Awards and prizes

She received the City of Syracuse Philosophy Prize in 2007, and in 2011 Francesca Brezzi was the only Italian woman to be included in the First Women Inspiring Europe Calendar created by the EIGE - European Institute for Gender Equality. In the same year she was awarded the prize "Donne Eccellenti di Roma" (Excellent Women of Rome) and a special recognition by the political institute S. Pio V, under the patronage of the European Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic, for having contributed with her activity to investigate the knowledge of cultural diversities in a multi-ethnic society and for having studied issues related to the relationship between feminism and multiculturalism. 

In 2016 she won the First National Philosophy Prize The Figures of Thought for Academic Research and for the philosophical book Nel labirinto del pensiero. Borges and Philosophy and the following year for the electronic and print magazine "B@bel, Per pensare le differenze", which she conceived and edited.  

She has been a member of the scientific committee of the Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso-Isocco and is currently on the board of the Réseau International des Femmes Philosophes, promoted by UNESCO. She has been an expert judge of Prin projects of MIUR for many years. 

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:

(2019) Brogi M, Lagasio V.Lights in the shadows: exploring the need for regulation in shadow banking,  International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences. 12(2): 205

(2018) Brogi M, Lagasio V. Do bank boards matter? A literature review on the characteristics of banks' Board of Directors. International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics. Available on:

(2018) Amore MD, Brogi M, Calabrò A. e Minichilli A. The Courage to Choose! Primogeniture and Leadership Succession in Family Firms, Strategic Management Journal, pp. 1 – 22.

(2018) Arcuri MC, Brogi M, Gandolgi G. The Effect of Cyber Attacks on Stock Returns, Corporate Ownership and Control, p. 70 – 83.

(2017) Brogi M. Rischio cibernetico e sicurezza nazionale nel sistema finanziario, in AA. VV. “Sicurezza è Libertà”, Gnosis, pp. 145 – 151.

(2017) Arcuri MC, Brogi M. e Gandolfi G. Cyber Risk: A Big Challenge in Developed and Emerging Markets, Identity Theft: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, pp. 292 – 307.

(2017) Brogi M, Lagasio V. SME sources of funding: more capital or more debt to sustain growth? An empirical analysis, in (a cura di) Rossi S., “Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions”, p. 173 – 199.

(2016) Brogi M, Lagasio V. Sliced and diced: European banks’ business models and profitability, in (a cura di) Bracchi G, Filotto U, Masciandaro D., “Report on the Italian Financial System”, Fondazione Rosselli, Edibank, Milano, p. 55 – 82.

(2016) Brogi M. Corporate Governance, Pixel, EGEA, Milano.

(2016) Brogi M, Calabrò A, Minichilli A. Weathering the storm: family ownership, governance and performance through the financial and economic crisis. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 24,6:552 – 568.

(2016) Brogi M, Calabrò A, Torchia M. What does really matter in the internationalization of small and medium-sized family businesses? Journal of Small Business Management, 54(2):679 – 696.

(2014) Brogi M, Shadow banking, banking union and capital markets union. Law and Economic Review, 2:383 – 400.

(2014) Brogi M. Le politiche di remunerazione nel sistema di corporate governance. Analisi Giuridica dell'Economia, 2:275 - 293

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

(2011) Brogi M. Board, governance and firm performance: are financial intermediaries different? Corporate Ownership and Control, 8:60 - 68

Maria Antonia Brovelli

STEM area: Physics

Competences: geomatics

Keywords: cartography, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: mapping spatiotemporal diffusion, digital cartography, geographic information systems, gps, HealthsGIS, OneHealthGIS, remote sensing, territory, territory and health

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, Moreno Sanchez R, Oliveira R. Free anD Open Source Software for Geospatial Applications (FOSS4G) to support Future Earth. International Journal of Digital Earth, 1-19.

(2016) Brovelli MA, Minghini M, Molinari ME, Mooney P. Towards an automated comparison of OpenStreetMap with authoritative road datasets. Transactions in GIS. 

(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. 

(2015) Brovelli MA, Minghini M, Zamboni G. Public Participation GIS: a FOSS architecture enabling field-data collection. International Journal of Digital Earth, 8(5):345-363. 

(2012) Valentini L, Brovelli MA, Zamboni G. Multi-frame and multi-dimensional historical digital cities: The Como example. International Journal of Digital Earth, 7(4):336-350. 

(2011) Brovelli MA, Giori G, Mussin M, M. Negretti M. Improving the Monitoring of the Status of the Environment Through Web Geo-services: The Example of Large Structures Supervision. Transactions in GIS, 15(2), 173-188. 

(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. 

(1993) Knudsen P, Brovelli MA. Collinear and cross-over adjustment of Geosat ERM and Seasat altimeter data in the Mediterranean Sea. Surveys in Geophysics, 14, 4-5:449-459. 

(1993) Rummel R, Van Gelderan M, Koop R, Schrama E, Sansò F, Brovelli MA, Migliaccio F, Sacerdote F. Spherical Harmonic Analysis of Satellite Gradiometry. Publications on Geodesy, new series, number 39, Netherland Geodetic Commission, Delft, The Netherlands.

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.

Maurizia Rossana Brunetto

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: Clinical and Pathophysiological in Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Health Care Management, Translational and Clinic-Pathologic Research

Keywords: hepatitis, Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Hepatitis D Virus, Hepatocarcinoma, liver, Liver and Biliary Diseases, Liver and Biliary Diseases, liver cirrhosis, molecular biology, Steatosis

Region: Tuscany


Adjunct Full Professor of Internal Medicine at the Clinical and Experiment Medicine Department of the University of Pisa.

Professional career

After graduation in Medicine and Surgery and specialization in Digestive Diseases in 1984 and 1988 respectively at the University of Turin, she began her professional career in 1988  as full-time medical assistant and in 1993 medical associate at the Gastroenterology Division,  San Giovanni Battista Hospital of  Turin. In 1989 she obtained the specialization in Ultrasound Diagnostics in Internal Medicine at the University of Bologna. In 1998 she moved to Pisa as Medical Associate at the Gastroenterology Unit of Spedali Riuniti di Santa Chiara Hospital and in 2001 became its Acting Director.  From 1999 she is Director of the Reference Center  for Chronic Liver Disease and Cancer of the Tuscany Region. From 2003 she is Director of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit and Laboratory of Liver Pathophysiology of the University Hospital of Pisa. From 2016 she is Adjunct Full Professor of Internal Medicine, Clinical and Experimental Medicine of the University of Pisa, and from 2020 Chair of the Medical Specialties Integrated Department of the University Hospital of Pisa. 

Scientific results

Maurizia Rossana Brunetto started her biomedical research activity in 1981 with a residency at the General Pathology Institute of the University of Turin and in 1982 with ab internship at the Laboratory of the Department of Biochemistry of Brunel University Uxbridge, GB studying peroxidative liver damage. Subsequently, she gets involved in the study of the pathogenesis and therapy of hepatitis B, and in 1989, Visiting Scientist at the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Max Plank Institut fur Biochemie, Munich, Germany she isolated and characterized the Hepatitis B Virus mutant,  defective for the HBeAg secretion which causes the  HBeAg negative, anti-HBe positive form of chronic hepatitis B clinically defined at the Gastroenterology Division of the  San Giovanni BattistaHospital of Torino. In 1993 and 1994 she continues the study of the pathogenetic implications of viral heterogeneity of hepatitis viruses, HBV e HCV at the Department of  Virology I, National Institute of Health, Tokyo, Japan with a Fellowship of the Human Science Foundation of Japan. She contributed to the definition of the impact of interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C  in relation to the risk of development of hepatocellular-carcinoma, the clinical usefulness of viral biomarkers such as HBsAg and HBcrAg in the management of HBV  carriers, and the national and international guidelines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. She contributed to the experimental design and\or conduction of the registration studies for major drugs used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, D, and C.

Editorial work and publications

(2021)  Brunetto MR, Carey I, Maasoumy B, Marcos-Fosch C, Boonstra A, Caviglia GP, Loglio A, Cavallone D, Scholtes C, Ricco G, Smedile A, Riveiro-Barciela M, van Bömmel F, van der Eijk A, Zoulim F, Berg T, Cornberg M, Lampertico P, Agarwal K, Buti M.  Incremental value of HBcrAg to classify 1582 HBeAg negative individuals in chronic infection without liver disease or hepatitis Aliment Pharmacol Ther.2021, Jan 19 doi:10.111/apt.16258

(2013) Brunetto MR, Marcellin P, Cherubini B, Yurdaydin C, Farci P, Hadziyannis SJ, Rothe V, Regep L, Bonino F. Response to peginterferon alfa-2a (40KD) in HBeAg-negative CHB: on-treatment kinetics of HBsAg serum levels vary by HBV genotype. J Hepatol. 2013 Dec;59(6):1153-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2013.07.017. Epub 2013 Jul 18. PubMed PMID: 23872601.

(2010) Brunetto MR, Oliveri F, Colombatto P, Moriconi F, Ciccorossi P, Coco B, Romagnoli V, Cherubini B, Moscato G, Maina AM, Cavallone D, Bonino F. Hepatitis B surface antigen serum levels help to distinguish active from inactive hepatitis B virus genotype D carriers. Gastroenterology. 2010 Aug;139(2):483-90. doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2010.04.052. Epub 2010 May 5. PubMed PMID: 20451520.

(2009) Brunetto MR, Moriconi F, Bonino F, Lau GK, Farci P, Yurdaydin C, Piratvisuth T, Luo K, Wang Y, Hadziyannis S, Wolf E, McCloud P, Batrla R, Marcellin P. Hepatitis B virus surface antigen levels: a guide to sustained response to peginterferon alfa-2a in HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B. Hepatology. 2009 Apr;49(4):1141-50. doi: 10.1002/hep.22760. PubMed PMID: 19338056.

(2007) Brunetto MR. Tailoring antiviral therapy in chronic hepatitis B patients with lamivudine resistance. J Hepatol. 2007 May;46(5):756-8. Epub 2007 Mar 9. PubMed PMID: 17383043.

(1998) Brunetto MR, Oliveri F, Koehler K, Zahm F, Bonino F and the International Interferon-alpha Study Group Effect of interferon-alpha on progression of cirrhosis to hepatocellular carcinoma: retrospective cohort study.  Lancet 1998;351:1535-9.

(1993) Brunetto MR, Giarin M, Saracco G, Oliveri F, Calvo P, Capra G, Randone A, Abate ML, Manzini P, Capalbo M, et al. Hepatitis B virus unable to secrete e antigen and response to interferon in chronic hepatitis B.Gastroenterology. 1993 Sep;105(3):845-50. PubMed PMID: 7689519.

 (1991) Brunetto MR, Oliveri F, Demartini A, Calvo P, Manzini P, Cerenzia MT, Bonino F. Treatment with interferon of chronic hepatitis B associated with antibody to hepatitis B e antigen. J Hepatol. 1991;13 Suppl 1:S8-11. Review. PubMed PMID:1960379.

(1989) Brunetto MR, Stemler M, Schodel F, Will H, Ottobrelli A, Rizzetto M, Verme G,  Bonino F. Identification of HBV variants which cannot produce precore derived HBeAg and may be responsible for severe hepatitis. Ital. J. Gastroenterol.1989;Jun 21(3):151-154. WOSA1989AK15100003; ISSN: 0392-0623.

(1989) Brunetto MR, Oliveri F, Rocca G, Criscuolo D, Chiaberge E, Capalbo M, David  E, Verme G, Bonino F. Natural course and response to interferon of chronic hepatitis B accompanied by antibody to hepatitis B e antigen.Hepatology. 1989 Aug;10(2):198-202. PubMed PMID: 2663695.

Awards and prizes

Maurizia Rossana Brunetto  achieved in 1989 the  «Young Investigator Award» della European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) in occasion of the  XXIV Annual Meeting of the EASL  in Munich (Germany) per for the discovery of the HBV variant, defective in the  secretion of HBeAg . In 2002 she obtained  the «Young Investigator Award» dell’ Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) in  occasion of the   XVII Annual Meeting APASL in Kyoto (Japan) for the discovery of the HBeAg negative,  anti-HBe positive chronic hepatitis B and its etiologic cause, the HBeAg negative HBV variant. 

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.

[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. 

[2013] Burgay M, Keith MJ, Lorimer DR, Hassall TE, Lyne AG, Camilo F, D'Amico N, Hobbs GB, Kramer M, Manchester RN, McLaughlin MA, Possenti A, Stairs I H, Stappers BW. The Perseus Arm Pulsar Survey, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 429:579. 

[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. 

[2006] McLaughlin MA, Lyne AG, Lorimer DR, Kramer M, Faulkner AJ, Manchester RN, Cordes JM, Camilo F, Possenti A, Stairs IH, Hobbs G, D'Amico N, Burgay M, O'Brien JT. Transient radio bursts from rotating neutron stars, Nature, 439:817. 

[2004] Lyne AG, Burgay M, Kramer M, Possenti A, Manchester RN, Camilo F, McLaughlin MA, Lorimer DR, D'Amico N, Joshi BC, Reynolds J, Freire PCC, A Double-Pulsar System - A rare Laboratory for Relativistic Gravity and Plasma Physics, Science, 303:1153L. 

[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: coronavirus, Covid-19, hepatitis, liver, liver cirrhosis, liver diseases, liver transplant, molecular biology, stamina cells

Region: Veneto


Full Professor of Gastroenterology and Delegate for Postgraduate Schools and Observatory for Postgraduate Specialist Training at the University of Padua. Head of the Multivisceral Transplantation Unit at the Hospital of University of Padua.

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. In 2014, she became associate professor and in 2019 full professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Padua. From 2015 to 2021 she is pro-rector for Postgraduate Training at the University of Padua. From 2021 she will be Delegate to the Schools of Specialisation and to the Observatory for Postgraduate Training, at the same University. 

She is currently Secretary of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE), President of the North Italian Transplant program (NITp), and elected Chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the United European Gastroenterology (UEG). She is also Honorary President of the European Board Transplant Medicine and Coordinator of the Permanent Transplant Commission of the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver (AISF). 

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.

In 2021, she became a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (FAASLD) and received the EASL 2021 Recognition Award. 


Maria Rosaria Cadinu

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: gender, sexual harrassment, stereotypes

Region: Veneto


Full professor of Social Psychology at the University of Padua

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. In 1996, she began her career as a researcher at the University of Padua, where she is currently a full professor.

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

Associate Editor for the European Journal of Social Psychology from 2001 to 2004.
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:

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

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

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

(2016) Guizzo, F., & Cadinu, M. 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

(2016) Pacilli, M.G., Tomasetto, C. & Cadinu, M. 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.

(2015) Hunt, C. J., Fasoli, F., Carnaghi, A., & Cadinu, M. 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..

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

(2013) Cadinu, M., Galdi, S., &Maass, A. 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

(2013) Galdi, S. Cadinu, M., & Tomasetto, C. 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

(2013) Maass, A., Cadinu, M., Galdi, S. 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.

(2013) Cadinu, M., Latrofa, M., &Carnaghi, A. 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.

(2006) Maass, A., & Cadinu, M. 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.  

Marina Caffiero

History and Philosophy area

Competences: history of emotions, history of Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations, history of religious minorities, history of the Inquisition and persecutions: witches, Jews, Muslims, history of witchcraft, social history of the modern age, women’s and gender history

Keywords: anti-Semitic lexicon, discrimination, equality, feminism, Inquisition, multiculturalism, rights, women's writings

Region: Lazio


Honorary Professor of Modern History, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Faculty of Humanities, Department of History, Culture, Religions and Performing Arts (SARAS). 

Professional career

Marina Caffiero graduated in Modern History at the University of Rome La Sapienza and has been a researcher since 1982 in the same discipline. In 1992 she won the competition for Associate Professor and was called as a teacher of Modern History at the University of Camerino and then at the University of Rome La Sapienza. In 2000 she won the competition for Full Professor and since then she has been teaching Modern History at La Sapienza, in the Department of History, Culture and Religion, where over the years she has held various positions. From 2006 to 2012 she is Director of the PhD in "Society, Politics and Cultures from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age" at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History. From 2012 to 2016 Director of the PhD in " Historical Anthropological and Religious Sciences" at the Department of History, Cultures, Religions. In 2016 she is founder of the "Course of Higher Education in Jewish History" that she directs until 2018. In 2017 she is founder of the "Advanced Training Course Women, Rights ,Cultures in time and space", which she directs until 2018.

She is currently honorary professor of Modern History, at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Faculty of Humanities, Department of History, Culture, Religion and Performing Arts (SARAS). 

Scientific results

Her research activity mainly concerns the field of religious and cultural history studies, in particular in relation to the relationship between politics and religion during the secularization processes taking place in Italy and Europe between the XVI and XXI centuries and with specific attention to the history of relations with religious minorities (Jews and Muslims), to gender issues and in particular to women's writings. 

Editorial work and publications

Marina Caffiero is the founder and director, since 2007, of the series "La memoria restituita. Sources for Women's History". published by Viella and now in its 15th volume. The Series publishes unpublished female writings produced by non-literate women from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Since 2009 she is the founder and director of the online magazine "Giornale di storia" (

Below is a choice selection of her publications:


(2000) Caffiero M., Religion and modernity in Italy (centuries XVII-XIX) , Pisa-Rome, IEPI

(2004, 2009) Caffiero M., Baptesimi forzati. Stories of Jews, Christians and converts in the Rome of the popes, Rome Viella.

(2011)- Caffiero M., Forced Baptisms. Histories of Jews, Christians and Converts in papal Rome, translated by Y l. Cochrane, University of California Press, Berkeley-los Angeles-London, 

(2012) Caffiero M., Dangerous ties. Jews and Christians between heresies, forbidden books and witchcraft, Turin, Einaudi,

(2014, 2015) Caffiero M., Storia degli ebrei nell'Italia moderna. From the Renaissance to the Restoration, Rome, Carocci, 

(2017) Caffiero M., Baptêmes forcés. Histoires de juifs, chrétiens et convertis dans la Rome des papes, Paris, Honoré Champion, 2017   

(2019) Caffiero M., The great mediator. Tranquillo Vita Corcos, Un rabbino nella Roma dei papi, Rome, Carocci.

(2020) Caffiero M., Prophetesses on Trial, Women, Religion and Power in the Modern Age, Brescia, Morcelliana.


(2008) Caffiero M., ed. , Stealing Souls. Diary of Anna del Monte Roman Jewess, Rome, Viella

(2009), M. Caffiero M., ed., Le radici storiche dell'antisemitismo. New sources and research, Rome, Viella

(2020) M. Caffiero M., ed., Donne e Inquisizione, Edizioni di storia e letteratura 

(2021) Caffiero M., ed., L'Inquisizione e gli ebrei. New research, Editions of history and literature 

Awards and prizes

2002 La politica della santità. Nascita di un culto nell’età dei Lumi, Laterza, , International prize “Desiderio Pirovano” 2002, Italy;

2005 Battesimi forzati. Storie di ebrei cristiani e convertiti nella Roma dei Papi, Viella 2004: ” Prize of the Presidency of the Council of the Italian Government 2005, Italy 

2008 Vero e falso. L’uso politico della storia, Donzelli, 2008:  Prize “Renato B. Fabrizi” - ANPI delle Marche 2008, Italy;

2010 Award “Sapienza Ricerca 2010” for the programme “Womens writings (XVth-XXth centuries)", University of Rome Sapienza, Italy.

2015 Storia degli ebrei nell’ Italia moderna , Carocci 2014: " Prize “Benedetto Croce” 2015, Italy.

Daniela Luigia (Gia) Caglioti

History and Philosophy area

Competences: global history, history of Europe, History of Italy, migrations, rights

Keywords: citizenship, human rights, migrations, wars

Region: Campania


 Full professor of Contemporary History, Università di Napoli Federico II. 

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Napoli Federico II (1985), she obtains a Ph.D. in History and Civilization of the European University Institute, Fiesole (1992) and a Ph.D. in History of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici, San Marino (1995). 

She is a postdoc at the Università di Napoli Federico II (1994-1995), at the University of Essex in 1996 thanks to a CNR-NATO Fellowship, and at the University College London (1997) thanks to a CNR fellowship.

From 1998 to 2001 she is research fellow of the Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo (CNR). She teachesContemporary History at the Università della Calabria from 1999 to 2001. From 2002 to 2011 she is associate professor in the Department of Political Science of the Università di Napoli Federico II. From 2011 she is full professor in the same University.

From 2018, she is the Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Global History and Governance, Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Università di Napoli Federico II. 

Scientific results

She has published extensively on nineteenth-century Italian history, migration, minorities, social classes, and more recently on human rights citizenship, and the treatment of enemy aliens in interstate nineteenth and twentieth century wars.

Editorial work and publications

Her recent contributions include:

[2021] War and Citizenship. Enemy Aliens and National Belonging from the French Revolution to the First World War, Cambridge University Press.

[2018] ‘Colonial Subjects and Enemy Aliens: Confinement and Internment in Italy 1911-1919’, in S. Manz, P. Panayi, M. Stibbe (eds.), Internment during the First World War, London, Routledge.

[2017] ‘Subjects, Citizens and Aliens in Time of Upheaval. Naturalizing and Denaturalizing in Europe during WWI’, Journal of Modern History, 89/3. 

[2014] 'Property rights in time of war: sequestration and liquidation of enemy aliens' assets in Britain, Germany and France in the First World War', in Journal of Modern European History 12/4.

[2014] The edited special issue Aliens and Internal Enemies: Internment Practices, Economic Exclusion and Property Rights during the First World War of the Journal of Modern European History 12/4. 

[2013] ‘Waging War on Civilians: The Expulsion of Aliens in the Franco-Prussian War’, Past & Present 221. 


Awards and prizes

She was visiting fellow at the University College London, the University of Essex, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Twice member of the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, she was also Visiting fellow at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam and the Remarque Institute, New York University.

She is the President of SISSCo, the Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History.

She is member of the editorial board of Contemporanea. Rivista dell’800 e del ‘900 and of The Yearbook of Transnational History

She is also member of the Scientific Council of the Ecole Française de Rome.

Marina Calculli

International politics area

Competences: international relations, Middle East, security

Keywords: borders, non-state armed groups, political violence, state

Region: ABROAD


Lecturer in Middle East Politics, Faculty of Humanities, University of Leiden; Guest Professor at Bocconi University in Milan. 

Professional career

Marina Calculli holds a BA and an MA in Classics (University of Pisa and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), an MA in International Relations (ASERI School of Economics and International Relations, Milan) and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Saint-Joseph University, Beirut). In 2014, she received a PhD in International Relations (Catholic University in Milan) and thereafter doctorate has held research and teaching positions at various universities, including at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, the University of Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and the George Washington University in Washington DC. She is currently a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Leiden and a guest professor at Bocconi University in Milan.

Scientific results

Marina Calculli’s research focuses on the competition for power and authority between state and non-state actors in the contemporary international system, with a concentration on the Middle East. Her research mainly deals with three aspects: the justification of the state; the rise and role of non-state armed groups; the role of ethics in the justification of political violence. Marina Calculli has extensively studied the relation between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army in the broader regional and global context. She is currently working on a research project on the logic of violence in the Syrian conflict. 

Editorial work and publications

Marina Calculli’s publications include:

 [2019] Calculli M,’ Reconceiving the struggle between non-state armed organizations, the state and ‘the international’ in the Middle East’, in Sadiki L. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics, Routledge. 

[2019] Calculli M, ‘Middle East Security: the politics of violence after the 2003 Iraq war’, in L. Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, 5theditionOxford University Press, pp. 226-244.  

[2018] Calculli M, Come uno stato. Hizbullah e la mimesi strategica, Vita&Pensiero.

[2018] Calculli M, ‘Mirage of Retrenchment: Obama and the Syrian Conflict’, in Clementi M, Dian M. and Pisciotta B. (eds.),US Foreign Policy in a Challenging World - Building Order on Shifting Foundations, Springer, pp. 279-296.

[2017] Calculli M. e Strazzar, F, Terrore Sovrano. Stato e jihad nell’era postliberale, Il Mulino.

[2016] Calculli M, ‘Hezbollah’s Lebanese strategy in Syria’, in Galariotis I. and Ifantis K. (eds.), The Syrian Imbroglio. International and Regional Strategies, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, pp. 36-44.

[2016] Calculli M. e Legrenzi, M., ‘Middle East conflict and securitization of identities’,in Fawcett L. (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East, 4theditionOxford University Press, pp. 218-235.

[2016] Calculli M, Hamadi S. (a cura di), Esilio Siriano.Migrazioni e Responsabilità Politiche, Guerini Editore.

[2015] Calculli M, ‘Sub-regions and security in the Middle East: ‘hierarchical interdependence’, in Gulf-Levant relations, in Elizabeth Iskander Monier, Narratives of Regional Threat: (in)security, (in)stability and the Middle East, Palgrave McMillan, pp. 41-58.

[2014] Calculli M, National prerogatives in International Peacekeeping: Italy in Lebanese perception and Rome’s role within UNIFIL II, in Cahiers de la Méditerranée, 88 (1), pp. 201-214.

Awards and prizes

Marina Calculli has received numerous grants and awards, including a research grant from the American Political Science Association (Middle East and North Africa Forum) in 2014, and a Fulbright scholarship in 2015. Since 2017, she is a member of ‘LUCIS - Leiden Center for the Study of Islam and Society’ and the ‘Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies’.  


Marina Calloni

History and Philosophy area

Competences: critical theory, gender studies, human rights, political and social philosophy, public sphere

Keywords: citizenship, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on domestic violences, Covid-19: impact on neighbourhood care, justice, migrations, multiculturalism, violence

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor and Chair of Political and Social Philosophy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of University of Milan – Bicocca

Professional career

Marina Calloni graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan, and continued her studies with a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pavia and a PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence.

As fellow at the University of Frankfurt, she was a senior researcher for six years and director of the International Network for Research on Gender at the Gender Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science in London. She holds teaching positions at universities in several European cities (Bremen, Vienna, Lugano, Hannover, Lodz, Cort, Bucharest, Skopje) and in Kurume, Japan. In 2011 he was awarded a Distinguished Chair at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. She has lectured all over the world, from Europe to the United States, from Russia to China, from South America to Africa.

Since 2002 she has been full professor of Political and Social Philosophy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research - University of Milan-Bicocca, as winner of the national competition for the return of Italian scholars employed abroad (call for clear fame). 

Since 2016 she is vice-president of the Italian Society of Political Philosophy (SIFP), of which she was co-founder. Since 2018 she has been president of the Commission for the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN) in political philosophy. In 2020 she was appointed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as a member of the "Committee of Experts on Economic and Social Issues", chaired by Vittorio Colao.

Scientific results

Marina Calloni has always sought to bring together inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary research activities with dynamic and interactive teaching methods, according to an international perspective and an interest in local realities, focusing in particular on political theory, the defence of human rights and gender issues. 

She has placed the University at the heart of projects to combat gender-based violence. In 2013 she founded at the University of Milan Bicocca the international project ADV-Against Domestic Violence, the first university centre dedicated to this topic. Since 2018 she has been in charge of the course "Training female social workers for combating gender-based violence", with 101 lecturers. She is currently scientific head of UNIRE (Universities in network against violence), for the establishment of a network of Italian and European universities, in collaboration with the MUR and the Council of Europe. On the role of the university she is constantly invited by institutions, such as in 2019 by the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on Femicide, and in 2018 by Miur. Since 2018, she has been collaborating with the Council of Europe on a project related to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. 

In parallel, she is working on the history of anti-fascism and women intellectuals of Jewish origin, and coordinates (2019-2020) the Ateneo Razza Istruzione project, Le leggi antiebraiche del 1938, editing the website and the e-book ( She has directed research on "Genocide and War Crimes"; "Solidarity, Humanitarianism and Collective Memory" (with "Crimes of War Project"); "Political Imaginaries of the West"; "Political Imagination and the Borders of Otherness". 

Her interest in the field of human rights led her to collaborate with UNHCR for a research on refugees in Italy, supporting university asylum seekers and projects in favour of students from the Yazidi community, victims of Daesh violence. She has also developed studies on the consequences of new wars, sexual humanitarianism and the right to mortal remains, in relation to deaths at sea during migration processes. 

Editorial work and publications

[2020] (ed), Il ruolo dell’Università nella lotta contro la violenza di genere. Ricerca, didattica e sensibilizzazione pubblica per la prevenzione del fenomeno, Milano: Pearson.

[2020] Women, Minorities, Populism. In: V. Kaul and A. Vajpeyi, (eds.), Minorities and Populism. Comparative Perspectives from South Asia and Europe. Cham: Springer, , 243-264.

[2020] Amelia Rosselli: Pragmatic imagination in exile. In: CPL Editions and Italian Cultural Institute, New York (eds.), Exile and Creativity, New York: CPL Editions, pp. 214-241.

[2019] (with L. Corchia), Zwischen kritischer Theorie und kommunikativer Vernunft: Die Habermas - Rezeption in Italien. In: L. Corchia, S. Müller-Doohm, W. Outhwaite (eds.), Habermas global. Wirkungsgeschichte eines Werks, Berlin: Suhrkamp, pp. 553-586.

[2019] Co-responsabilità multi-livello nell’età dei rischi comuni: Diritto al cibo e dell’ambiente. In: S. Petrucciani (eds.), Macropolitica. I nodi della politica globale, Milano: Mimesis, pp. 115-143.

Director of the series "RiGenarAzioni" at Castelvecchi, she is co-founder of the magazine Reset. Among the 240 scientific writings in different languages, we mention: 

[2019] Southern Europe: Gender Studies and Institutions in the Euro-Mediterranean Region. In: B. Kortendiek, B. Riegraf, K. Sabisch (eds.), Handbuch Interdisziplinäre Geschlechterforschung - Compendium of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and Gender Research, Wiesbaden: Springer, vol. 2, pp. 1547-1558.

[2020] La divergente unità della “cosiddetta” Scuola di Francoforte. In: Quaderni di Teoria Sociale, n. 1-2, pp. 197-214.

[2018] Libertà individuale, giustizia sociale e lotta contro ogni oppressione. Il socialismo liberale di Carlo Rosselli. In: Politica & Società, , n. 3, pp. 319-352.

[2018] Diritti umani: sviluppo, responsabilità, sostenibilità, uguaglianza di genere. In: Harvard Business Review Italia, n. 4, pp. 10-13.

[2016] Filosofia sociale, critica pragmatica e discorso pubblico. In: Politica e Società, n. 3, pp. 325-342.

[2016] Nuove guerre trans-nazionali e crisi dei tradizionali costrutti politici. In: Sociologia, n. 1, pp. 24-32.

[2016] Images of fear in political philosophy and fairy tales: Linking private abuse to political violence in human rights discourse. In: Journal of International Political Theory, vol. 12, n. 1, pp. 67–89.

Awards and prizes

In 2020 she was awarded by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the honor of "Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic".

Sonia Calvari

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geology, volcanology

Keywords: eruption, etna, ingv, lava fountains, volcanic hazard, volcanoes, volcanology

Region: Sicily


Research Director of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Section Catania - Osservatorio Etneo

Professional career

She was researcher (1987-1999) at Istituto Internazionale di Vulcanologia in Catania, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), then moved to Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Sezione Catania - Osservatorio Etneo when several CNR institutes dealing with geophysics and volcanology merged together to form INGV. At INGV she was Senior Researcher (2001-2008), then Director of Research (2008-present); head of the Unità Funzionale di Vulcanologia e Geochimica (2002-2009), coordinating the activities of 35 scientists dealing with volcanology and geochemistry; leader of the Tematica Trasversale Coordinata (2004-2013) coordinating the monitoring and research activities on volcanoes of about 150 INGV scientists; leader of the Centro di Pericolosità Vulcanica (Volcanic Hazard Centre, CPV; 2016-present), coordinating within INGV the researches on volcanic hazard assessment, development of tools for hazard evaluation, and acting as a member of the "Unità di Crisi" (Crisis Unit).

Geology degree (full marks with laude) at Università della Calabria (Italy), PhD in Volcanic Hazard at Lancaster University (U.K.).

Scientific results

Monitoring and research on volcanic regions in Italy and abroad and development of tools for prompt hazard assessment, especially during volcanic crisis. Geology of volcanic systems, with development and applications of new methodologies for mapping volcanic terrains, and production of geological maps and data bases. Study on lava flows, lava flow fields and lava tubes, and ideation of routines useful for hazard assessment during effusive volcanic eruptions. Monitoring of explosive eruption using multidisciplinary data, and estimation of erupted volumes and explosion dynamics. Outreach activities, involving also several participations to Italian and foreign TV programs, such as RAI Explora (RAI Educational), Geo & Geo (RAI3), La TV delle Scienze (RAI1), National Geographic, Discovery Channel, plus several contributions and interviews to History Channel, CNN, BBC, Endemol UK, SWR (Germany), and talks to students organized by Zanichelli, where she was presenting the results from the activities and researches carried out by INGV.

Editorial work and publications

Proposer and editor of four geophysical monographs; of these, two were published by the American Geophysical Union: one dedicated to Etna volcano (Bonaccorso A, Calvari S, Coltelli M, Del Negro C, Falsaperla S (eds), Mt. Etna: Volcano Laboratory. Geophysical Monograph Series, v. 143, 2004), and the second to the 2002-03 eruption of Stromboli (Calvari S, Inguaggiato S, Puglisi G, Ripepe M and Rosi M (eds), The Stromboli Volcano: An integrated study of the 2002-2003 Eruption, Geophysical Monograph Series, 182, 2008). The third is a special issue of Frontiers in Earth Science (Calvari S, Bonaccorso A, Oppenheimer C, Spampinato L (eds), Exploring Volcanic Paroxysmal Explosive Activity From Magma Source to Ground and Atmosphere) and is in press in 2019. The fourth is a special issue of Annals of Geophysics (Calvari S, Del Negro C, Harris A (eds) and is in press in 2019. She is also author, together with Professor L.H. Tanner, of a book on Volcanoes for undergraduates published by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science of Albuquerque (New Mexico): Tanner LH and Calvari S, Volcanoes: Windows on the Earth. Albuquerque, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, A Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, 2012. 

She was Associate Editor of Bulletin of Volcanology (2011-2015) and currently she is Associate Editor of Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research (2018-present). She published more than 120 papers, and here below is a small selection of the most recent papers: 

(2018) Calvari S, Cannavò F, Bonaccorso A, Spampinato L, Pellegrino AG Paroxysmal Explosions, Lava Fountains and Ash Plumes at Etna Volcano: Eruptive Processes and Hazard Implications. Frontiers in Earth Science, 6(107) doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00107.

(2018) Calvari S, Ganci G, Silva Victória S, Hernandez PA, Perez NM, Barrancos J, Alfama V, et al. Satellite and Ground Remote Sensing Techniques to Trace the Hidden Growth of a Lava Flow Field: The 2014–2015 Effusive Eruption at Fogo Volcano (Cape Verde). Remote Sensing, 10(1115) doi:10.3390/rs10071115.

(2017) Bonaccorso A, Calvari S. A new approach to investigate an eruptive paroxysmal sequence using camera and strainmeter networks: Lessons from the 3–5 December 2015 activity at Etna volcano.Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 475:231-241,

 (2016) Calvari S, Intrieri E, Di Traglia F, Bonaccorso A, Casagli A, Cristaldi A. Monitoring crater-wall collapse at active volcanoes: a study of the 12 January 2013 event at Stromboli. Bulletin of Volcanology, 78(5):1-16. 
(2015) Bonaccorso A, Calvari S, Boschi E. Hazard mitigation and crisis management during major flank eruptions at Etna volcano: reporting on real experience.Geological Society, London, Special Publications 426, SP426, 4. 

Awards and prizes

2017    "Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing" awarded October 2017 by the Editors of Earth and Planetary Science Letters (Elsevier, Amsterdam The Netherlands).

2007    Most Cited Author 2003-2007 Award by Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

2001    Diploma and Medal from the Italian Department of Civil Defence for the work carried out during the 1991-1993 Etna eruptive crisis.

1989    Diploma from the Minister of the Italian Civil Protection for having actively contributed to the first simulation of a volcanic emergency and evacuation of the island of Vulcano, Italy.


Laura Caponetto

History and Philosophy area

Competences: gender studies, Philosophy of language,, social philosophy

Keywords: gender-inclusive language, hate speech, pragmatics, speech acts

Region: ABROAD


Post-Doc Fellow in Philosophy, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Professional career

After obtaining a BA in History & Philosophy at the University of Catania and a MA in Philosophical Sciences at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (Milan), in 2019 she was awarded a PhD in Philosophy of Mind, Cognition, and Language from San Raffaele University. In 2017 she was a Visiting PhD Student at the University of Sheffield, Philosophy Department. Since 2019 she has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Verbal Communication & Media Language at the University of Pavia and, since 2020, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy of Language at San Raffaele University. In January 2022, she has joined the Newnham College, University of Cambridge, for a three-year research fellowship.

Scientific results

Laura Caponetto’s research is primarily in the field of Social Philosophy of Language. Her work revolves around the role that our words play in creating the social reality and its asymmetries. Her scientific results branch out into two main lines of research.

The first aims at disentangling how social identity (i.e. gender, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, etc.) impacts on what one can do with words. Her focus has been on how gender prejudice and stereotyping can silence women – that is, unfairly narrow down women’s communicative agency, by preventing them from mobilizing standard discursive conventions to perform speech acts such as refusing (e.g. male sexual advances), testifying (e.g. violence and abuse), and asserting (especially, qua experts in male-dominated fields). 

The second line of research aims to unpack the complex ways in which we “undo” things with words. We all sometimes backpedal on what we did in speaking: we retract allegations, adjust statements, and even deny that we have in fact said what we’ve been assigned responsibility for saying. In doing so, we bring about changes in the normative domain: we cancel or otherwise modify those rights, commitments, and duties that we had previously introduced with our utterances. The research project that Laura Caponetto will carry out at the University of Cambridge in 2022-2024 sets out to identify the appropriateness conditions for “undoing” speech things (statements, promises, acts of consent, etc.), and to investigate how retractions and the like impact on the reputation of public figures – especially, politicians.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of numerous scientific publications in national and international journals and volumes.

[2021] A Comprehensive Definition of Illocutionary Silencing. Topoi, 40: 191-202.

[2020] Undoing Things with Words. Synthese, 197: 2399-2414.

[2020] Contestazione illocutoria e riduzione al silenzio. In: C. Bianchi & L. Caponetto (eds.), Linguaggio d’odio e autorità, Milano: Mimesis, 105-124.

[2020] [ed. with C. Bianchi] Linguaggio d’odio e autorità, Milano: Mimesis.

[2020] Langton, Rae. In: M. Sellers & S. Kirste (eds.), Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Dordrecht: Springer.

[2018] Filosofia del linguaggio femminista, atti linguistici e riduzione al silenzio. Phenomenology and Mind, 15: 146-158.

[2017] On Silencing, Authority, and the Act of Refusal. Rivista di estetica, 64(1): 35-52.

[2017] [ed. with B. Cepollaro] New Trends in Philosophy. Phenomenology and Mind, 12.

[2016] Silencing Speech with Pornography. Phenomenology and Mind, 11: 182-191.

Awards and prizes

In 2018 she was among the founders of SWIP Italy (Italian Society for Women in Philosophy), of which she is now Secretary. Along with other SWIPs around the world, SWIP Italy aims to promote philosophy by women, support women in the profession, raise public awareness of and counter gender discrimination in academia. 

Barbara Caputo

STEM area: Computer science

Competences: robotic engineering

Keywords: algorithms, automata, disabled autonomy, home robotics, robot

Region: Piedmont


Computer Engineering Professor Politecnico of Turin and Director Hub AI@polito

Professional career

In 1998 Barbara Caputo graduated in Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome, continuing her education with a specialization course in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing. Her research went on abroad, first at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, then at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco and at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, where she received her PhD of research in Computer Science in 2005. She moved to Switzerland to work at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny and later became the Research Manager of a group on artificial cognitive systems at the Idiap Institute. Back in Italy, since 2013 she is associate professor of the Department of Automatic and Management Computer Engineering at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome. She is now full professor of Computer Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino and senior researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology.

Scientific results

The main research interest of Barbara Caputo, defined by the media as "the woman who talks to robots", is the development of algorithms for learning, recognition and categorization of visual and multimodal models for artificial autonomous systems, just like the robot. Leading the robotic engineering group Visual Learning and Multimodal Perception (VALEM) since 2013, Barbara Caputo, with her colleagues, is developing algorithms to allow robots to learn information directly from the internet. So it will be possible to create robots capable of learning but also of interacting and reacting to the unexpected with a wide range of uses, from home robotics to assistance for the elderly, the disabled and children.

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Caputo is the author of several publications on international newspapers, including:

(2016) Kuzborskij I, Orabona F, Caputo B. Scalable Greedy Algorithms for Transfer Learning. Computer Vision and Image Understanding, arXiv:1408.1292.

(2015) Atzori M, Gijsberts A, Kuzborskij I, Caputo B, et al. Characterization of a Benchmark Database for Myoelectric Movement Classification. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 23(1):73-83. 

(2014) Castellini C, Artemiadis P, Wininger M, Caputo B, et al. Proceedings of the first workshop on Peripheral Machine Interfaces: Going beyond traditional surface electromyography. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 8:22. 

(2014) Gijsberts A, Bohra R, Sierra Gonzalez D, Caputo B, et al. Stable Myoelectric Control of a Hand Prosthesis using Non-Linear Incremental Learning. Frontiers in Neurorobotics, 25:8. 

(2014) Tommasi T, Orabona F, Caputo B. Learning Categories From Few Examples With Multi Model Knowledge Transfer. The IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 36(5):928-41. 

(2013) Gijsberts A, Caputo B. Exploiting accelerometers to improve movement classification for prosthetics. IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitative Robotics, 2013:6650476. 

(2012) Atzori MGijsberts AHeynen SHager AGCastellimi CCaputo BMüller H. Experiences in the creation of an electromyography database to help hand amputated persons. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics,180:828-32.

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she won the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) for the project "RoboExNovo Robots learning about objects from externalized knowledge sources". The Starting Grant is a recognition that rewards the new talents in world research who are committed to building their laboratory in a European country.




Maria Caramelli

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: food safety

Keywords: animal encephalopathies, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: animals, histopathology, mad cow, marine mammals, pets, vaccines in animale, veterinary medicine, wild animals

Region: Piedmont


Director of Complex Neuroscience Structure and National Centre for BSE, Institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta

Professional career

After graduating in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Turin, she specialized in Inspection of food of animal origin at the same university. Later she obtained a PhD in Comparative Veterinary Pathology at the University of Milan. In 1990 she joined the experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta as a veterinarian of the Department of General Diagnostics. Nine years later, she became head of the Histopathology Laboratory of the same zooprophylactic institute. Since 2001 she has been responsible for the National Reference Center for Animal Encephalopathies (based on the decree 3/8/1991) and in 2005 also for the Neuropathological and Genetic area. From 2009 she became medical director of the entire zooprophylactic experimental institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta. In 2012 she obtained the position of General Director f.f. of the experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d'Aosta and since the beginning of 2016 she has been the general director of the Institute.

Scientific results

Maria Caramelli is one of the world's leading experts on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as the "mad cow" disease. The etiological hypothesis according to which the triggering agent is an altered and malevolent protein, the prion, which causes lesions and is infectious has been confirmed by several experiments all over the world: the prion triggers the production of other pathological proteins determining the typical « spongiosi "(i.e. holes in the brain), hence the name" spongiform encephalopathies ". She currently works with her team, on the detection of different strains, that is on forms of the disease never identified before: in Turin it was discovered in particular one, called BASE (from Bovine amyloid spongiform encephalopathy), typical of old cattle, originated from a probably more aggressive and virulent prion than that of BSE. She has recently committed itself to other aspects of food safety, including, for example, the "strange case" of blue mozzarella, the European scandal of racehorse-based lasagna, wild boar contaminated with Cesio137 and the problem of hepatitis A in frozen berries.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of the book To not find out by eating ... Food security in our country(Instar Libri, 2013

She is also the author of more than one hundred publications:n

(2015) Berrone E, Corona C, Mazza M, Vallino Costassa E, Lo Faro M, Properzi F, Guglielmetti C, Maurella C, Caramelli M, Deregibus MC, Camussi G, Casalone C. Detection of cellular prion protein in exosome derived from ovine plasma. Journal of General Virology, 96(12):3698-3702.

(2015) Orrú CD, Favole A, Corona C, Mazza M, Manca M, Groveman BR, Hughson AG, Acutis PL, Caramelli M, Zanusso G, Casalone C, Caughey B. Detection and discrimination of classical and atypical L-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy by real-time quaking-induced conversion. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 53(4):1115-20.

(2014) Guglielmetti C, Mazza M, Pagano M, Carrella S, Sciuto S, Nodari S, Pezzolato M, Richelmi GB, Baioni E, Caramelli M, Acutis PL, Bozzetta E. Identification by a proteomic approach of a plasma protein as a possible biomarker of illicit dexamethasone treatment in veal calves. Food additives & contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment, 31(5): 833-8.

(2014) Chieppa MN, Perota A, Corona C, Grindatto A, Lagutina I, Vallino Costassa E, Lazzari G, Colleoni S, Duchi R, Lucchini F, Caramelli M, Bendotti C, Galli C, Casalone C. Modeling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in hSOD1 transgenic swine. Neurodegenerative Diseases, 13(4):246-54.

(2013) Sciuto S, Martucci F, Desiato R, Mazza M, Guglielmetti C, Dell'Atti L, Ubaldi A, Ru G, Acutis PL, Caramelli M. Evaluation of the DR-CALUX® bioassay as screening method for the detection of contamination by dioxins in milk in Piedmont. Large Animal Review, 19(3):107-114.

(2013) Richelmi GB, Pezzolato M, Gili S, Gallina S, Decastelli L, Tarasco R, Abete MC, Ingravalle F, Serracca L, Pavino D, Vivaldi B, Riina MV, Acutis PL, Prearo M, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Pilot project to set up a control programme on fishery products. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 2(2):25.

(2013) Bianchi DM, Barbaro A, Gallina S, Vitale N, Chiavacci L, Caramelli M, Decastelli L. Monitoring of foodborne pathogenic bacteria in vending machine raw milk in Piedmont, Italy. Food Control, 33(2):435–439.

(2013) Meloni D, Pitardi D, Maurella C, Di Vietro D, Nocilla L, Piscopo A, Pavoletti E, Negro M, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Reducing the contamination of beef carcasses by specified risk materials during slaughter. Italian Journal of Food Safety, 2(1):3.

(2013) Vrentas CE, Greenlee JJ, Baron T, Caramelli M, Czub S, Nicholson EM. Stability properties of PrP(Sc) from cattle with experimental transmissible spongiform encephalopathies: use of a rapid whole homogenate, protease-free assay. BMC Veterinary Research, 9:167.

(2013) Pezzolato M, Richelmi GB, Maurella C, Pitardi D, Varello K, Caramelli M, Bozzetta E. Histopathology as a simple and reliable method to detect 17β-oestradiol illegal treatment in male calves. Food additives & contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, analysis, control, exposure & risk assessment, 30(6): 1096-9. 

Awards and prizes

In 2005 she won the AIDDA Award (Association of Businesswomen and Women Executives), in 2011 she was awarded by the Turin Chamber of Commerce with the Bogianen Prize, two years later she received the Green Environment Award (VAS Onlus) and in the same year also the Tecnovisionary Award (Women and Technologies Association). In 2013, Il Sole 24 ore included her among the 10 scientists who honor Italy. In 2016 she received the Sapio Award for Research and Innovation for her commitment as a scientist.

Patrizia Caraveo

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: astrophysics, cherencov telescope array, coronavirus, Covid-19, geminga, high energy astrophysics, neutron stars, pulsar, radio emissions, space, stars, ultraviolet radiation sanitisation

Region: Lombardy


She has the rank of Research Director  and works at the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (INAF)  in Milano. She is also Professor of “Introduction to Astronomy” at the University of Pavia.

Professional career

PATRIZIA CARAVEO got her degree in physics in 1977 at the Milano University. Since 2002 she has the rank of Research Director  and works atthe Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (INAF)  in Milano. She is also Professor of “Introduction to Astronomy” at the University of Pavia

She took part in several international space missions dedicated to high energy astrophysics, starting from the European mission COS-B. Currently, she is involved in the exploitation of ESA’s Integral, of NASA’s Swift, of the Italian Agile and of the NASA Fermi missions, all fully operational in orbit. She also represents INAF within the CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) Collaboration Board.

Scientific results

She is a recognized leader in the study of neutron stars behavior at different wevelengths. Her work lead to the discovery (and to the understanding) of Geminga, the first radio quiet neutron star. Indeed, her career in astronomy was based in an interdisciplinary approach, using data from space and ground instruments.

Editorial work and publications

Patrizia Caraveo is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications, with a total of almost 50,000 citations. The full list is available online at:

He has also written five popular science books:

Sidereus Nuncius 2.0. I messaggeri celesti della nuova astronomia (Mondadori Università, 2021)

(con Giovanni Bignami) I marziani siam noi. All ricerca di un'altra terra (Zanichelli 2019)

Conquistati dalla Luna. Storia di un'attrazione senza tempo (Raffaello Cortina Editore)

L'universo violento (Lezioni di fisica, Corriere della sera, 2019)

Uomini e Donne: stessi diritti? (Castelvecchi editore, 2017)

Awards and prizes

Patrizia Caraveo is a member of the International Astronomical Union, and shared with colleagues from the Swift, Fermi and AGILE teams, the American Astronomical Society's Bruno Rossi Award in 2007, 2011 and 2012 respectively. 

Owing to the Geminga success story, she won the Premio Nazionale Presidente della Repubblica in 2009 "for contributions to the understanding of high-energy emission from neutron stars". 

In 2014 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Women in Aerospace European Society and was included by Thomson Reuters in the list of Highly Cited Researchers for Space Science

In 2017 she was awarded the title of Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

In 2021, she received the "Enrico Fermi" prize (ex aequo with Prof. Elena Aprile) "for his role as a world leader in the field of high-energy emission from neutron stars and for his contribution to the identification of Geminga." 

Monica Carcò

International politics area

Competences: economic development, industrial development, international organizations, Middle East, North Africa, rural entrepreneurship, women empowerment, youth entrepreneurship

Keywords: Africa, investment Promotion, Jordan, women economic empowerment

Region: ABROAD


Consultant in international projects for the development of women and youth entrepreneurship, former UN official

Professional career

Monica Carcò holds a University degrees in Political Sciences and a Post Graduate Course in Diplomatic Studies. She has started her career as Junior Professional Officer of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)in Tanzania monitoring and evaluating the programs related to Botswana, Tanzania, Seychelles and Zimbabwe and later for the World Food Programme Organization (WFP) in Rome. From 1991 to 1995 she has worked as Investment Promotion Officer at the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) ITPO office in Italy. During this period she was following the development and implementation of strategical investment promotion programs in Eastern Europe and Africa. From 1995 to 2000 she has been Program Officer, Small and Medium Enterprise Expert at the Italian Department of Cooperation for Development of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 to 2008 she was nominated Head of the UNIDO Investment Promotion Office in Jordan responsible of the implementation of an Investment Promotion Unit at the Jordan Investment Board to provide capacity building in the area of investment promotion and SMEs development. The project was link to a 10 M. USD Credit line for SMEs.

In 2008, she has been nominated UNIDO Representative in Tunisia. During her assignment, which lasted until 2013, she was leading the delivery of high-level technical services based on identified needs and priorities of the country, strengthening the dialogue with the Government, private sector, UN organizations, bilateral and multilateral assistance providers, including Development Finance Institutions (AfDB, WB, IDB, AgFund) and coordinating and mobilizing resources for programmes and projects. 

From 2013 to 2015 has been UNIDO Chief of Investment and Technology Unit in Vienna. From 2016 she moved to the Department of Agri-Business and 2019 became Division Chief, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation, Human Security.

In July 2020, she left UNIDO to work as a volunteer and consultant. She is part of the Management Team of Women20, active with the Gender Alliance and Responible Leaders Network of BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation. She is Place programme evaluator and consultant for UNIDO in the preparation of the Eurasia Women's Forum.

Scientific results

Monica Carcò has worked as an international civil servant for UNDP, WFP, UNIDO and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 25 years. Having held representation and management roles, Monica strives to build public and private partnerships and strategic alliances with different stakeholders to promote local development. She has managed several technical assistance projects in the area of private sector development, women's economic empowerment and youth employment through entrepreneurship development. She was responsible for a regional programme in the MENA region with the aim of promoting women's empowerment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development.  Monica strongly believes that through promoting entrepreneurship development for youth and women and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem will contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development.

Editorial work and publications

[2006] Carcò M, “Entrepreneurship Development in Developing Countries: the case of ARCEIT” in Nazioni Unite e Sviluppo Industriale, Franco Angeli.

[1993] Carcò M,  “Unido assistance to SME ”, Euromonitor.

[1990] Carcò M, “ Food Assistance and Child’s right to education”, Cooperazione.

[1988] Carcò M, “Social Aspect of international assistance to developing Countries”, Cooperazione. 

Silvia Carenzi

International politics area

Competences: al-Qa‘ida, foreign fighters, institutionalized Islamist groups, Islamic State, Islamist armed groups, jihadism, political violence

Keywords: armed groups, international security, Islamism, terrorism

Region: Tuscany


PhD candidate in Transnational Governance at Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Professional career

In 2016, she was awarded a Master’s Degree (with honors) in Foreign Languages Applied to International Relations from Milan’s Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. In her dissertation, she analyzed the ideological and operational evolution of global jihadism. She subsequently worked as a researcher at the Center on Terrorism and International Radicalization, based at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Transnational Governance, a doctoral program jointly offered by Scuola Normale Superiore and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. She is part of the Cosmos network (The Centre on Social Movement Studies) at Scuola Normale Superiore.

Scientific results

Her research interests are mainly focused on jihadism and Islamism. In this respect, she examined the following aspects:the foreign fighters phenomenon; radicalization and recruitment in Europe; jihadist ideology; the evolution al-Qa‘ida and the self-styled Islamic State; institutionalized Islamist groups in the MENA region. At present, as part of her PhD research project, she aims to carry out a comparative analysis of jihadist groups’ political preferences, to understand why the opt for local- and/or global-oriented strategies.

Editorial work and publications

She authored and co-authored various analyses and contributions to edited reports or volumes, including the following:

[2018] Varvelli, A.and. Carenzi, S, Islamist-Inspired Groups After the Arab Spring. In A. Varvelli & K. Mezran (ed.), The Arc of Crisis in the MENA Region, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI) e Atlantic Council, settembre 

[2018] Vidino, L. and Carenzi, S., Terrorist Attacks. Youngsters and Jihadism in Europe. In IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2018, European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), 

[2018] Carenzi, S., Il futuro di Daesh e la minaccia jihadista in Italia. In The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and IntelligenceItalia: Security Report 2018, giugno, ISSN 2421-4272

[2018] Carenzi, S., Cosa rimane del califfato in Siria e Iraq?,  Focus Mediterraneo allargato n. 7, ISPI, aprile 2018

[2018] Vidino, L. and Carenzi, S., Jihadist Madrasat in Italy: A Background, ISPI Commentary, ISPI, 27 marzo,

[2018] Carenzi, S., Twenty Years After the World Islamic Front’s Statement: Where Is the Jihadist Galaxy Heading?, European Eye on Radicalization, 14 marzo,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Il ritorno dei foreign fighters europei: rischi e prospettive, ISPI Analysis N. 317,  6 novembre,

[2017] Varvelli, A. and Carenzi, S., Dopo il Califfato: quali scenari per lo Stato Islamico, Focus Mediterraneo allargato n. 5, ISPI, settembre 

[2017] Carenzi, S., L’evoluzione ideologica e operativa del jihadismo globale, Il mondo dell’intelligence, Sistema di informazione per la sicurezza della Repubblica, 5 settembre,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Terror Attack in Spain: What We Know So Far, Osservatorio Mashrek, 28 agosto,

[2017] Carenzi, S., Jihadismo in Europa: la minaccia del single-actor terrorism, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale, 17 febbraio,

Awards and prizes

She is an affiliate member of the International Counter-Terrorism Youth Network (ICTYN), as part of its “Young Professionals” program.

Michela Carlana

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics, public policies evaluation

Keywords: discrimination, education, gender, immigration, stereotypes

Region: ABROAD


Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA).

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the University of Padua in 2012, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from Bocconi University. In 2011-12 she was a visiting student at the University of California in Los Angeles, in 2015-16 visiting scholar at Harvard University and in 2016-17 Marie-Curie PODER Fellow at IIES-Stockholm University in 2016-17. Researcher affiliated with the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics) in Bonn and Bocconi-LEAP (Laboratory for Effective Anti-Poverty Policies) in Milan, will discuss the doctoral thesis in May 2018. Now, she is Assistant Professor at Harvard Kennedy School in Boston.

Scientific results

The research activity of Michela Carlana takes place in the field of labor economics, with attention to choices related to the accumulation of human capital. In particular, she studied the influence of gender stereotypes of teachers on math performance, education choices and female students' self-esteem. Another of her research strands deals with immigration issues. She assessed the impact of the "Equal Opportunities" project, financed by some Italian banking foundations and supported by the Ministry of Education. The intervention aimed to provide support in the orientation to the choice of high school for immigrant students and had a positive impact both on the choice of the school path and on cognitive and soft skills outcomes, such as motivation and perception of social barriers. Michela is also concerned with analyzing how exposure to migratory waves influences family education and employment choices of the natives, using historical data from the US census at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of the following articles:

(2017) Carlana M. Stereotypes and Self-Stereotypes: Evidence from Teachers’ Gender Bias. Mimeo, Bocconi University.

(2017) Carlana M, La Ferrara E, Pinotti P. Goals and Gaps: Educational Careers of Immigrant Children. CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12538. SSRN:

(2017) Carlana M, Tabellini M, Happily Ever After: Immigration, Natives’ Marriage, and Fertility. Working Paper.

Awards and prizes

Michela Carlana won the Best JM Paper Award (UniCredit & Universities - 4th Edition), the 2017 Tarantelli Young Labor Economist Award, the 2017 Best Presentation Award (Unicredit & Universities) and the Bocconi PhD Award 2015 (for productivity in high-quality research). In 2016-17 she won the PODER Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowship.

Elena Carletti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial intermediaries, financial regulation

Keywords: central bank, financial crisis, investments, prudential regulation, risk, supervisory authority

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Finance at the Finance Department of the "Luigi Bocconi" Commercial University. Director of the Banking, Finance and Regulation division at the Baffi Carefin Center for Applied Research center of the same university
Scientific Director and founder of the "Florence School of Banking and Finance" at the European University Institute.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Political Economy in 1993 and a Masters in Economics (obtaining distinction and recognition as the best student) the following year at the Bocconi Commercial University, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics at the London School of Economics (UK). From 2000 to 2004 she was assistant professor at the University of Mannheim (DE), from 2004 to 2008 she was senior researcher and then associate professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt (DE), and from 2008 to 2013 she was professor of economics at the European University Institute in Fiesole. Since 2013 she has been Professor of Finance at Bocconi University. She has been a consultant to numerous institutions such as the World Bank, the Irish and Swedish Central Banks and the OECD. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of Confindustria, from 2014 to 2016, and of the Evaluation Committee for the creation of research centers on financial markets in Sweden. Now she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) at the European Central Bank and a member of the Group of Experts on banking supervision for the European Parliament.

Scientific results

Elena Carletti's research activity is mainly carried out in the field of financial intermediation and financial crises, with attention to the effects on the real economy and the consequences in terms of financial regulation. In this context, she studied in depth the determinants and consequences of systemic risk in the financial system. For example, in a series of recent works she has analyzed how the liquidity risk to which banks are subject generates volatility in the prices of financial assets and how this volatility affects the stability of the intermediaries themselves. She also contributed to the analysis of the interbank market and capital regulation as a means of stabilizing the banking system. Another of her research lines focuses instead on the relationship between accounting rules and prudential regulation.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, among which the most important are:

(2019) Carletti E, Leonello A. Credit Market Competition and Liquidity Crises. Review of Finance, 23(5): 855-892.

(2015) Allen F, Carletti E, Marquez R. Deposits and Bank Capital Structure. Journal of Financial Economics, 118(3):601-619.

(2015) Allen F, Carletti E, Marquez R. Stakeholder Governance, Competition, and Firm Value. Review of Finance, 19 (3):1315-1346.

(2014) Allen F, Carletti E, Gale D. Money, Financial Stability and Efficiency. Journal of Economic Theory, 149:100-127.

(2013) Allen F, Carletti E. What’s Systemic Risk? Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 45(1):121-127.

(2012) Allen F, Babus A, Carletti E. Asset Commonality, Debt Maturity and Systemic Risk. Journal of Financial Economics, 104(3): 519-534.

(2011) Allen F, Carletti E, Marquez R. Competition and Capital Regulation. Review of Financial Studies, 24(4):983–1018.

(2009) Allen F, Babus A, Carletti E. Financial Crises: Theory and Evidence. Annual Review of Financial Economics, 1:97–116.

(2009) Allen F, Carletti E, Gale D. Interbank Market Liquidity and Central Bank Intervention. Journal of Monetary Economics, 56(5):639–652.

(2008) Allen F, Carletti E. Mark-to-Market Accounting and Liquidity Pricing. Journal of Accounting and Economics, 45(2-3):358–378.

Awards and prizes

Elena Carletti is a fellow, among others, of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London), the Wharton Financial Institutions Center (Philadelphia), the Finance Theory Group (USA) and IGIER (Milan). She is also a member of the scientific committee of the Bank of Italy for the "Paolo Baffi Lecture", of the Scientific Committee of Bruegel (Brussels) and a member of the editorial panel of the Economic Policy magazine. She is regularly invited to hold Keynote or Invited Lectures in international institutions such as the European Central Bank, the European Systemic Risk Board, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the Bank of England, and to participate in policy panels at international conferences such as "The ECB and Its Watchers "(Frankfurt) or" First Annual ESRB Conference "(Frankfurt).


Antonia Carparelli

Economy and Finance area

Competences: economic history, European affairs, European Union

Keywords: european economic governance, governance, inclusion, poverty, sustainable development

Region: Lazio


Economic Adviser at the Representation in Italy of the European Commission

Professional career

Antonia Carparelli has an academic background in economics and in economic history. She joined the European Commission Civil Service in Brussels in 1993, where she covered positions of high responsibility, dealing with economic and monetary union, institutional reforms of the European Union, poverty and social inclusion, sustainable development and environmental economics. Before serving in the European institutions, she worked in Rome for several years (1987-93) as an economist and researcher, at the Central Institute of Statistics and at the Institute for the Study and Analysis of the Business Cycle. In 2012-13, she worked in the cabinet of the Minister for European Affairs, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, as a special advisor for economic matters. 

Since 2014 she is Senior Expert for Economic Affairs at the Representation in Italy of the
European Commission and holds a university course on the Governance of the European Unionat the LUMSA University in Rome. She is a member of various scientific committees and working groups on European issues and has authored various scientific and information articles that reflect the variety and extent of her professional commitments and interests.

Scientific results

In the years following her degree in economics, she carried out various research in
contemporary history of the Italian economy, and in particular in the field of industrial history in the first and second post-war period. At the Central Statistical Institute, she contributed to the development of the social protection accounts, within the framework of the National Accounting Department. At the Institute for the Study and Analysis of the Business Cycle, she worked on the role of monetary policy in the economic cycle and integrated monetary and financial variables and in macro-economic forecasting.

At the European Commission, she was mainly involved in the following areas
of activity, with original works that are reflected both in her individual publications and in her contribution to institutional reports and legislative proposals:

  • analysis of the of the Italian economy in view of Italy’s participation to Economic and Monetary Union;
  • development of the European strategy for sustainable development;
  • institutional reforms of the European Union before and after enlargement;
  • development of the social dimension of European social policies,
    particularly in the field of fighting poverty and social exclusion;
  • coordination of social protection systems;
  • coordination of European economic policies and reform of the EMU governance

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Carparelli A, Riforma delle Autorità Europee di Vigilanza: verso una nuova architettura della vigilanza europea? Rivista Bancaria, n. 4 (74):2-12.

[2017] Carparelli A, Prefazioneal volume Italica, l’Unificazione difficile tra ideali e realtà, di Tanzi V, Editore Schena, Fasano: 3-10.

[2017] Carparelli A, Il Semestre europeo per il coordinamento delle politiche economiche: evoluzione, bilanci e prospettive, inLe politiche europee e il ruolo delle Regioni dalla teoria alla pratica, a cura di Ciaffi A, Odone C, CINSEDO, Roma: 31-40,
[2015] Carparelli A, Cessione di sovranità e democrazia nella gestione della crisi dell’eurozona, inPartecipazione politica transnazionale, rappresentanza e sovranità nel progetto europeo, a cura di Marsocci P, Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli: 223-234.

[2014] Carparelli A, Ferri G, “L’euro, l’opinione pubblica e il futuro dell’Europa. La difficile eredità della crisi”, pubblicato in Firstonline

[2010] Carparelli A, Berti K, “Europe 2020. Policies against Poverty and Exclusion in the European Strategy for the Next Decade”, Rivista delle Politiche Sociali, n° 4.

[2005] Carparelli A, “La politica ambientale dell’UE dalle origini al Sesto programma di azione”, in Ambiente Condiviso, di Giovanelli F, Di Bella I, Coizet R, Edizioni Ambiente, Milano: Capitolo 7. 

[1999] Carparelli A, Buti M, Sestito P, Suardi M.Italy’s slow growth in the 1990s: facts explanations and prospects, in Economic Papers, European Commission.

[1998] Carparelli A, Buti M, Sapir A, The Impact of Monetary Policy on the Real Economy, in Economic Policy in EMU, Clarendon Press, Oxford.

[1984] Carparelli A, Ernesto Rossi (1897-1967)in I protagonisti dell'intervento pubblico in Italia, ed. Mortara A, Franco Angeli, Milano: 607-638.

[1983] Carparelli A, Uomini, idee e iniziative per una politica di riconversione industrialein La transizione dall'economia di guerra all'economia di pace in Italia e in Germania, ed. Hertner P. e Mori, Il Mulino, Bologna: 207-247.

[1982] Carparelli A,“I perché di una mezza siderurgia. La società Ilva, l'industria della ghisa e il ciclo integrale negli anni Venti”, inAcciaio per l'industrializzazione, ed. Bonelli F, Einaudi, Torino: 5-158.

Annastella Carrino

History and Philosophy area

Competences: history, teaching history, the forms of narration of the phenomenon of brigandage, with reference also to female figures, the mercantile profiles and the commercial flows in the Mediterranean seven/nineteenth c., the urban policy and the production of memories in the South of the modern age

Keywords: emotions and passions, mercantile identities, narratives, territori and cities

Region: Apulia


Full Professor of Modern History at the Department of Humanistic Research and Innovation of the University of Bari Aldo Moro.

Professional career

She graduated from the University of Bari, where she also obtained a Phd in History. She qualified for secondary school education in first and second grade. In 2001 she was hired by the University of Bari as a researcher in Modern History and in 2013 has served as Associate Professor. In 2022 she became a full professor of Modern History at the same University. She is a Board member of the Department of Humanistic Research and Innovation and coordinator of the degree courses in History and Digital Heritage at the same Department, where she teaches Modern History and Gender History for three-year and master’s courses. 

Scientific results

In recent years his research activity has focused on urban policy and the production of memories in the South of the modern age; on mercantile profiles and trade flows in the Mediterranean seven/nineteenth century; on the forms of the nineteenth-century family-business, with particular reference to the dimension of individual emotions and passions, and female profiles; on the narration of the phenomenon of brigandage with particular attention to the role of brigantesse; on issues related to gender history. She was also interested in teaching history.

Editorial work and publications

Editorial work and publications:

[2020] L’affaire des bleds. La carestia napoletana nel lago borbonico, in La carestia napoletana del 1763-64: sguardi incrociati, «Società e storia», Ead. ed., 166: 233-256

[2020] Les Rocca de Marseille. Passions et intérêts d’une famille-entreprise, Paris, Garnier, 2020

[2020] con Lucia Boschetti, Briganti a scuola, in Briganti: narrazioni e saperi, «Meridiana», Ead., Gian Luca Fruci (eds.), 99: 53-79 

[2019] Il feudatario nelle “quasi-città” della Puglia di età moderna, in «Società e storia», 165: 503-522

[2018] Passioni e interessi di una famiglia-impresa. I Rocca nel Mediterraneo dell’Ottocento, Rome, Viella

[2018] Ai “margini” del Mediterraneo. Mercanti liguri nella tarda età moderna, Bari, Edipuglia

[2017] Nella città aristocratizzata, in Riti, pratiche e immagini della morte in Puglia. La chiesa e la confraternita di S. Maria del Suffragio a Monopoli dall’età barocca a oggi, Ead., M. Fagiolo (eds.), Quaderni dell’Atlante del Barocco in Italia, Rome, De Luca: 27-40 

[2017] Francisco Hombrados. Un console napoletano nel Mediterraneo borbonicoDe l’utilité commerciale des consuls. L’institution consulaire et les marchands dans le monde méditerranéen  (XVIIe-XXe siècle), A. Bartolomei, G. Calafat, M. Grenet, J. Ulbert (eds.), Rome-Madrid, Editions de l’Ecole Française de Rome-Casa de Velázquez: 375-387

[2017] Etre étrangers à Marseille. Les Sollicofre de St-Gall, « Revue Suisse d’Histoire », (2): 139-162

[2017] Quasi sint civitates Società, poteri e rappresentazioni nella Puglia di età moderna, Soggetti e Oggetti, Rome, Aracne 

[2016] Comment être « malhonnête » sans briser le lien social. Acteurs, institutions et pratiques de l’échange dans l’espace tyrrhénien du XVIIIe siècleLes expressions de la a manipulation du Moyen Age à nos jours, L. Faggion, C. Regina (eds.), Paris, Classiques Garnier, Collection Polen: 467-489

[2013] Text  typologies and urban phenomena: Puglia in the early modern period, «Plurimondi»: 22-38.

Awards and prizes

He is a member of the SIS (Società Italiana delle Storiche); of the CISCUG (Interdipartimental Center for Studies on Gender Cultures - Uniba); of the CEDITH (Interdepartmental Research Centre in Digital Heritage - Uniba) and the CRIAT (Centre for Interuniversity Studies in Territorial Analysis).

She is a member of the management board of «Società e Storia»; of the scientific committee of the series «Mediterranea» of the publishing house Edipuglia (Bari) and of the series «Plus Ultra. History studies» of the publishing house Sette città (Viterbo).

Gabriella Carrozza

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer technology, cyber and cloud sicurity, security innovation

Keywords: cloud, computer technology, reliability evaluation, software

Region: Lombardy


Security Managing Director at Accenture Italia

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Engineering at the University Federico II of Naples in 2005, she continued her studies obtaining a PhD in Computer and Automatic Engineering at the same University in 2008. In 2007 she was Visiting Researcher at the CSR (Center for Software Reliability) of London City University where she specialized in algorithms and reliability growth models (reliability growth). At the end of the PhD program she was hired by Selex Sistemi Integrati, a company of the Finmeccanica group (now Leonardo) in which she continued her research activities on highly critical software systems, applying methods and results to systems for the control of air traffic, sea traffic and for coastal control. During her experience in Leonardo, she followed industrial research projects under European and national programs as well as dependability assessment and improvement (reliability assessment and improvement) on industrial solutions. In 2014 she began to specialize in methodologies and approaches based on machine learning, to reduce defects in software systems and increase productivity. She was Visiting Researcher at the University of Coimbra under the Marie Sklodowska Curie program aimed at evaluating the reliability of critical software systems OTS (off-the-shelf). 

Always interested in the issues of resilience, security and reliability of critical infrastructures, she has been Cloud Advisory Manager at Accenture for a year, where she is interested in transformation and migration issues towards cloud systems with particular attention to cybersecurity aspects. In May 2017 she received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bologna Business School. In the meantime, she continues her career at Accenture, in different security management roles, until her current position as Security Managing Director.

Scientific results

During her professional career she coordinated two European projects for SESAR JU, aimed at creating innovative software systems for the supervision of air traffic control systems and airports, and a national project (PON) for the development of methodologies and innovative techniques for testing and validating software systems almost in real time. Since 2013 she has been collaborating with the European Commission as an external expert for the review of research projects under the Horizon 2020 program. Her main areas of interest and research are software fault injection strategies, dependability assessment, reliability testing, defect management and security of cloud infrastructures. In 2014, she created a framework for measuring software defects based on static analysis of the code aimed at predicting (failure prediction) software failures. Gabriella Carrozza is present in the program committees of some of the most important conferences in the community of reliable software systems and reviewer of numerous scientific articles in the sector. Since 2017 she is member of Cloud Security Alliance Italy.



Editorial work and publications

She has published a book on software fault diagnosis strategies and several chapters in European publications on reliable systems. She is the author of over 50 scientific articles in international conferences and journals including:

[2015] Carrozza G. Software Faults Diagnosis in Complex Mission Critical Systems: A novel, recovery oriented, approach. Lambert Academic Publishing, ISBN-13:978-3-659-67232-3 ISBN-10:3659672327. 

[2015] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Defect analysis in mission-critical software systems: a detailed investigation. Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, 27(1):22-49.

[2015] Pecchia A, Cinque M, Carrozza G, Cotroneo D. Industry Practices and Event Logging: Assessment of a Critical Software Development Process. IEEE/ACM 37th IEEE International Conference on Software Engeneering, 2:169-178.

[2014] Carrozza G, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Dynamic test planning: a study in an industrial context. International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer, 16(5):593-607.

[2013] Carrozza G, Faella M, Fucci F, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Engineering Air Traffic Control Systems with a Model-Driven Approach. IEEE Software, 30(3):42-48.

[2013] Carrozza G, Manetti V, Marotta A, Canonico R, Avallone S. Exploiting SDN Approach to Tackle Cloud Computing Security Issues in the ATC Scenario. Dependable Computing: 54-60. 

[2013] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pietrantuono R, Russo S. Analysis and Prediction of Mandelbugs in an Industrial Software System. ICST 2013, IEEE Computer Society: 262-271.

[2011] Carrozza G, Natella R. A Recovery-Oriented Approach for Software Fault Diagnosis in Complex Critical Systems. International Journal of Adaptive, Resilient and Automatic System, 2(1):77-104.

[2011] Bovenzi A, Cinque M, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Carrozza G. OS-level hang detection in complex software systems. International Journal of Critical Computer-Based System, 2(3/4):352-377.

[2010] Carrozza G, Cotroneo D, Natella R, Pecchia A, Russo S. Memory leak analysis of mission-critical middleware. Journal of Systems and Software, 83(9):1556-1567.

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she received the FINMECCANICA Innovation Silver Award for her innovative activities in terms of software quality improvement. In the same year she was Industrial Chair of the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Reliable and Distributed Systems for which she received official IEEE recognition.

Caterina Carta

International politics area

Competences: cultural diplomacy, European Union, EU’s foreign policy, international political discourse analysis, public diplomacy

Keywords: actors, change, ideas and representations, identity, institutions, political discourse, power, practices

Region: ABROAD


Programme Director of MA programmes of Diplomacy and Global Governance (MADAGG) and Global Security and Strategy (MAGSS). She is assistant professor of International Relations at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB)

Professional career

Caterina graduated in Political Science at the University of Catania. She got her PhD in Comparative and European Politics at the University of Siena, where she also held a post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and the Volkswagen Stiftung. Later, she worked as researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). From 2012 to 2017, she worked at Vesalius College (VUB, Brussels), where she also served as associate dean for teaching. In June 2017, she has held a Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy and worked as an associate professor at the Université Laval in Quebec City. Since September 2019 she is Director of MA programmes of Diplomacy and Global Governance (MADAGG) and Global Security and Strategy (MAGSS). She is assistant professor of International Relations at the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) of the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG-VUB).

Scientific results

Caterina followed the process of institution- and identity-building connected to the creation of the European Union External Action Service. Her studies have also highlighted the role of all European executive actors in the foreign and external policy decision-making process in the aftermath of the Lisbon Treaty. As an expert in political discourse, Caterina analyzed the discursive modalities that characterize the European Union’s public diplomacy. She also followed the evolution of the European strategic approach to international cultural relations and conducted a comparative study of the cultural diplomatic systems of France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany. Throughout her career, she has participated in several international research consortia. Lately, she has taken part in a study – led by the Université Laval and by the Université du Québec in Montreal – on the perspectives of the American allies in the matter of power transition.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Carta C. and Higgott R. (eds.), Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: Between the Domestic and the International, Palgrave. 

[2018] Carta C, ‘A rose by any other name’: Three competing ways of approaching Discourse Analysis, in International Studies Review, 20(1): 343-369.

[2017] Carta C, Gramsci and the Prince: Taking Machiavelli outside the Realist Courtyard?, in Review of International Studies, 43(2) 345–366.

[2015] Balfour R, Carta C. and Raik K, (eds.), The European External Action Service and National Diplomacies: From Complementarity to Convergence?, Ashgate.

 [2015] CartaC, The Swinging “We”: Framing the European Union International Discourse, in Journal of Language and Politics,14(1): 65-86. 

[2015] CartaC. andWodak R, Introduction: Discourse Analysis and the Borders of European Identity, inJournal of Language and Politics, 14(1): 1-17. 

[2014] CartaC. and Morin JF. (eds.), Making Sense of Diversity: EU’s Foreign Policy through the Lenses of Discourse Analysis, Ashgate.

[2014] CartaC,Use of Metaphors and International Discourse: the EU as an Idiot Power, a Deceptive Pangloss and a Don Giovanni in His Infancy, in Cooperation and Conflict,49(3): 334-353. 

[2014] CartaC. and Morin J. F, Struggling over Meanings: Discourses on EU’s International Presence, in Cooperation and Conflict, 49(3): 295-314.

[2014] Morin J. F. and CartaC, Overlapping and Evolving European Discourses on Market Liberalization, in British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 16(1): 117-132.

[2012] CartaC, The European Union Diplomatic Service: Ideas, Preferences and Identities, Routledge.

Awards and prizes

In June 2017, Caterina Carta has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in Public Diplomacy by the Canadian Federal Government. 

Francesca Carta

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics, public economics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on inequalities, Covid-19: impact on women, Covid-19: impact on women's work, Covid-19: impact on work, family policies, female employment, pension reforms, poverty

Region: ABROAD


Economist at the Bank of Italy, Department of Economics and Statistics, Economic Structure Service, Economic Structure Division and Labor Market.

Professional career

After obtaining a bachelor's degree (2006) and a specialist degree (2008) in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University, she continued her education with a master's degree in Economic Theory and Econometrics at the Toulouse School of Economics (France). At the same university she obtained a PhD in Economics in 2014. Since 2013 she has been an economist at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the Bank of Italy, in the Division of Economic Structure and Labor Market. She has conducted visiting periods at Bocconi University and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain).

Scientific results

Francesca Carta's research activity takes place in the context of labor economics and the public economy, combining theoretical and empirical approaches. The topics analyzed are different: the determinants of female labor supply, with particular reference to conciliation policies and family interactions that condition the choice to participate in the labor market; the structure of the taxation system for the financing of childcare policies; the theoretical construction of indices for measuring global inequality; the economic implications of introducing an unemployment benefit for the euro area. More recently, she has begun to analyze the consequences of pension reforms on the labor market and the effects of family and income support policies.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of the following publications:

(2018) Carta F, Rizzica L. Early kindergarten, maternal labor supply and children’s outcomes: evidence from Italy. Journal of Public Economics, 158: 79-102.

(2018) Carta F, De Philippis M. You've come a long way, baby. Husbands' commuting time and family labour supply. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 69:25-37.

(2016) Brandolini A, Carta F, D'Amuri F. A Feasible UnemploymentBased Shock Absorber for the Euro Area. Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(5):1123-1141.

(2016) Brandolini A, Carta F. Some reflections on the social welfare bases of the measurement of global income inequality. Journal of Globalization and Development, 7(1):1-15.

(2013) Carta F. Investing in the youngest: the optimal child care policy. Bank of Italy Occasional paper, n. 180.

Awards and prizes

As soon as she finished her studies at Bocconi University, Francesca Carta received a scholarship to start research and teaching at the Department of Institutional Analysis and Public Management of Bocconi University. Thanks to her master's thesis she was selected for an internship at the Bank of Italy, after being particularly worthy of the scholarship named after B. Stringher. During her doctoral studies she obtained a scholarship for excellent students from the Toulouse School of Economics and a three-year research contract funded by the French Ministry of Education.  Since 2015 she has been a fellow of the Dondena Gender Initiative (Bocconi University).  In 2015, with the article Female Employment and Pre-Kindergarten: on the unintended effects of an Italian reform, she won, with Lucia Rizzica, the “Etta Chiuri” award, promoted by the Italian Society of Public Economics (SIEP) and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) Young Economist Award.

Lucia Cartini

International politics area

Competences: Arab Region: Inclusive and Sustainable industrial Development, international relations, Investment and Technology Promotion, Management of Technical Cooperation for Developing and Emerging Countries, North-South Cooperation

Keywords: Arab Region, emerging countries, Emerging countries, Inclusive and Sustainable industrial Development, Partnerships for Development, UN (United Nations)

Region: ABROAD


Senior Coordinator, Regional Division (Arab Region), at the Department of Programmes, Partnerships and Field Integration, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria.

Professional career

Lucia Cartini holds a Master’s Degree from the University “Orientale” in Naples (Italy) in Economy, Politics, History and Development in the Arab Region. 

She also holds a Post-Graduate Executive Specialization in “Management of International Cooperation for Development” from Stoa Business School – Istituto di Studi per la Direzione e Gestione di Impresa, Naples - Italy.   

Lucia Cartini was a visiting Associate Researcher at IPALMO –  Istituto per le Relazioni tra Italia e i Paesi dell’Africa, America Latina, Medio ed Estremo Oriente, Rome – Italy.  

She has served the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the last 24 years under various responsibilities. 

In 1994, she joined the United Nations as Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in the United Nations Developemnt Programe (UNDP) in Egypt and continued to work in the country till the end of 1999 as Investment Promotion Officer in a joint project between UNIDO and the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI). 

After the field experience, in 2000 she was reassigned to UNIDO Headquarters as Field Operation Officer in the Arab Regional Bureau of UNIDO where she was in charge of the technical cooperation portfolio of UNIDO in several Arab countries and in the region.  Furthermore, she was responsible to promote UNIDO’s cooperation with international and regional partners including the League of Arab States, ESCWA, AIDMO, the Islamic Development Bank, the Organization of Islamic Conference etc.  

In September 2006, she was appointed Deputy to the Director of the UNIDO Regional Office in Egypt. Throughout this period, the focus of her work was to mobilize resources and partners to expand UNIDO’s Technical Cooperation Programme, especially to strengthen the interactions with the UN Country team in Egypt and the donor community in general. 

In February 2011, Cartini moved to Vienna Headquarters to serve as he Coordinator of UNIDO’s Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) in the Department of Trade, Technology and Innovation of the organization. In this capacity, Ms. Cartini has managed and monitored the operations of nine UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) both in emerging and industrialized countries:  Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; Bonn, Germany; Rome, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Lagos, Nigeria; Beijing and Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China; Seoul, the Republic of Korea; and Moscow, the Russian Federation. 

During her assignment, she has been instrumental not only to secure, standardize and strengthen the operations of the Network but also to expand it by establishing two new strategic ITPOs i.e. ITPO Nigeria (the first ITPO in Africa) and ITPO Germany..

Since January 2019 to present, Lucia Cartini is acting as Senior Coordinator in the regional division for the Arab countries, which is responsible for the formulation and implementation of UNIDO strategy for the region, including the monitoring of technical cooperation activities and the operations of the organization’s field offices. 

Scientific results

Lucia Cartini has been working for more than 20 years for UN International Organisations dealing with issues of industrial and technological development, with particular reference to the MENA region (North Africa and the Middle East) and to Arab Countries. In particular his activity has been focussing on developing technical assistance projects and incentives to promote investments in the Arab Region.

Editorial work and publications

As a staff member, she has contributed and is contributing to several UNIDO publications related to investment and technology, lessons learned and best practices in international development cooperation.

She authored: “Resoconto di un Dibattito” in Politica Internazionale, Rivista bimestrale dell'IPALMO Istituto per le Relazioni tra Italia e i Paesi dell’Africa, America Latina, Medio ed Estremo Oriente, Rome, Italy, 1994.

Awards and prizes

Ms. Cartini has been awarded as honourable guest and speaker by several partner institutions for contributing to international fora and workshops.

In 2013 she received a merit promotion by the Director General of UNIDO for her dedication, long-service, effort and achievement as a staff member of the organization.

Chiara Casarotti

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: seismic building engineering

Keywords: anti seismic building, earthquake, earthquakes, L'Aquila, reinforced concrete

Region: Lombardy


Head of the Emergency Support Department and Research in Earthquake Engineering at the European Centre for Training  (EUCENTRE, Pavia).

Professional career

She graduated in Building Engineering and Architecture, then she received a Master of Science and a PhD in Earthquake Engineering jointly awarded by the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia and the Università degli Studi di Pavia in 2004.

In 2005 she worked at the University of California San Diego as post-doctoral researcher, and then as a research fellow at the University of Pavia. Since 2006 she has been working at EUCENTRE.

Scientific results

Dr. Casarotti main scientific interests concern applied experimental research the field of earthquake engineering, dynamic response of RC structures, seismic isolation and dissipation devices and emergency technical response.

Since 2007 she is in charge of the scientific supervision of the tests carried out on the Bearing Tester System lab facility of EUCENTRE.

Since 2009 she has been deeply involved in the emergency management and rapid response to earthquake disasters, both within the framework of pilot projects on the European Civil Protection Mechanism modules, national Civil Protection projects and in real disasters (Abruzzi-Aquila 2009, Emilia 2012 and Central Italy 2016), with technical coordination roles.


Editorial work and publications

She is the author of national and international publications, including:

(2017) Pavese, M. Furinghetti & C. Casarotti. Investigation of theConsequences of Mounting Laying Defects for Curved Surface Slider Devices under GeneralSeismic Input, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, DOI: 10.1080/13632469.2017.1323046
(2017) Casarotti, C., A. Pavese, S. Peloso, B. Borzi.  EUCENTRE e l’emergenza sismica: attività preparatorie e supporto in emergenza durante il Sisma in Centro Italia. N° 2 (2017): Progettazione Sismica
(2014) Monteiro R, Marques M, Adhikari G, Casarotti C, Pinho R. Spectral reduction factors evaluation for seismic assessment of frame buildings. Engineering Structures, 77:129-142.
(2013) Pinho R, Marques M, Monteirom Casarotti C, et al. Evaluation of Nonlinear Static Procedures in the Assessment of Building Frames.Earthquake Spectra, 29(4):459-1476.
(2012) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Valutazione delle strutture nella fase post terremoto. Il modulo sviluppato da Eucentre e l'attività sul campo. Progettazione Sismica, 3:37-48.
(2009) Casarotti C, Pavese A, Peloso S. Seismic Response of the San Salvatore Hospital of Coppito (L'Aquila) during the 6th April 2009 earthquake. Progettazione Sismica, 3, Special Abruzzo, Italiano (163-176) e Inglese (159-172).
(2009) Benzoni C, Casarotti C. Effects of Vertical Load, S train Rate and Cycling on the Response of Lead-Rubber Seismic Isolators. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, 13:293-312.
(2009) Casarotti C, Monteiro R & Pinho R. Verification of spectral reduction factors for seismic assessment of bridges. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 42(2).
(2009) Pinho R, Monteiro R, Casarotti C, Delgado R. Assessment of Continuous Span Bridges through Nonlinear Static Procedures. Earthquake Spectra, 25(1):143-159.
(2007) Pinho R, Casarotti C, Antoniou S. A comparison of Single-Run Pushover Analysis Techniques for seismic assessment of bridges. Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 36:1347-1362.
(2007) Casarotti C, Pinho R. An adaptive capacity spectrum method for assessment of bridges subjected to earthquake action. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, 5:377-390.
(2006) Casarotti C, Pinho R. Seismic response of continuous span bridges through fibre-based finite element analysis. Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations 5(1):119-131.

Awards and prizes

Nevada Medal for Distinguished Graduate Student Paper In Bridge Engineering 2005, University of Nevada, Reno

Valeria Caso

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: vascular neurology

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 and cerebrovascular pathology, gender gap, gender-specific medicine, recovery, stroke

Region: Umbria


1st level Medical Director, Neurologist at Neurology and Stroke Unit wards of S. Maria Della Misericordia Hospital in Perugia.

Professional career

Specialization in Neurology obtained in 1999, at University of Perugia. In 1997 she obtained an ERASMUS scholarship from the Neurology Department of the University of Kiel in Germany, to deepen her skills in acute therapy in stroke. In 2000 she obtained a fellowship at the Intensive Care Unit of the Neurology Department of the University of Heidelberg, for the development of innovative therapies for stroke. In 2003 she obtained a PhD in Cerebrovascular Diseases from the University of Perugia. She also participated in the ESO (European Stroke Organisation) working group for the drafting of the first European guidelines for the ‘treatment of stroke in the acute phase’.

Scientific results

Specialization in Neurology obtained in 1999 at the University of Perugia. In 1997 she earned an ERASMUS scholarship from the Neurology Department of the University of Kiel in Germany to deepen her skills in acute therapy in stroke. In 2000 she obtained a fellowship at the Intensive Care Unit of the Neurology Department of the University of Heidelberg for the development of innovative therapies for stroke. In 2003 she earned a Ph.D. in Cerebrovascular Diseases from the University of Perugia. She also participated in the ESO (European Stroke Organisation) working group for the drafting of the first European guidelines for the ‘treatment of stroke in the acute phase.’

In 2014 she founded the WISE (Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe) group. This group produced several publications and scientific projects, including an international and multicenter study on stroke in pregnancy, which today represents one of the most important causes of maternal and infant mortality. This group is currently working on drafting guidelines for stroke in women.

In 2014 she was elected president of ESO (the first woman to fill this role), with the programmatic mission to increase female representation in the key positions of related scientific societies, as speakers and heads of scientific commissions. Also, in 2014 he obtained the national scientific qualification as Associate Professor, and in 2017 the one of Full Professor.

 The most important scientific project in which she is currently participating in the Horizon 2020 PRESTIGE AF Project, with the role of international coordinator of the working group on gender inequalities. The final objective of this research is to encourage the inclusion of women in clinical trials and to identify obstacles related to the diminished socio-economic conditions of women (the so-called ‘pension gap’ between men and women) and the ‘self-exclusion’ of patients from treatment.

Editorial work and publications

Valeria Caso is associate editor of the ‘Neurological Sciences’ publication and member of editorial boards of numerous scientific journals, such as the ‘International Stroke Journal’ and the ‘European Stroke Journal.’ She published books and chapters in three languages: German, Italian, and English producing more than 300 scientific.

(2021) Caso V. Editorial: Coronavirus disease 2019 and stroke: how to avoid a new lockdown for stroke patients. Curr Opin Neurol. 2021 Feb 1;34(1):1-2. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000892. PMID: 33278147.

(2020) Caso V, Federico A. No lockdown for neurological diseases during COVID19 pandemic infection. Neurol Sci. 2020 May;41(5):999-1001. doi: 10.1007/s10072-020-04389-3. PMID: 32270358; PMCID: PMC7138901.

(2020) Aguiar de Sousa D, van der Worp HB, Caso V, Cordonnier C, Strbian D, Ntaios G, Schellinger PD, Sandset EC; European Stroke Organisation. Maintaining stroke care in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results from an international survey of stroke professionals and practice recommendations from the European Stroke Organisation. Eur Stroke J. 2020 Sep;5(3):230-236. doi: 10.1177/2396987320933746. Epub 2020 Jun 10. PMID: 33072876; PMCID: PMC75387.

(2020) Zedde M, Pezzella FR, Paciaroni M, Corea F, Reale N, Toni D, Caso V. Stroke care in Italy: An overview of strategies to manage acute stroke in COVID-19 time. Eur Stroke J. 2020 Sep;5(3):222-229. doi: 10.1177/2396987320942622. Epub 2020 Jul 26. PMID: 33072875; PMCID: PMC7538763.

(2020) Beghi E, Feigin V, Caso V, Santalucia P, Logroscino G. COVID-19 Infection and Neurological Complications: Present Findings and Future Predictions. Neuroepidemiology. 2020;54(5):364-369. doi: 10.1159/000508991. Epub 2020 Jul 1. PMID: 32610334; PMCID: PMC7445369.

(2020) Leira EC, Russman AN, Biller J, Brown DL, Bushnell CD, Caso V, Chamorro A, Creutzfeldt CJ, Cruz-Flores S, Elkind MSV, Fayad P, Froehler MT, Goldstein LB, Gonzales NR, Kaskie B, Khatri P, Livesay S, Liebeskind DS, Majersik JJ, Moheet AM, Romano JG, Sanossian N, Sansing LH, Silver B, Simpkins AN, Smith W, Tirschwell DL, Wang DZ, Yavagal DR, Worrall BB. Preserving stroke care during the COVID-19 pandemic: Potential issues and solutions. Neurology. 2020 Jul 21;95(3):124-133. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000009713. Epub 2020 May 8. PMID: 32385186; PMCID: PMC7455350.

(2019) Sandset E,  de Sousa  Aguiar D,   Christensen H, Cordonnier C, Fischer U,  Katan M Kremer C  Pavlovic A Sprigg N,  van der Worp HB, Zedde M,  Caso V. Women in the European Stroke Organisation: One, two, many. . . – A top Down and Bottom Up approach ESJ, 4, 3, 2019: 247-253.

(2019) Acciarresi M, Altavilla R, Mosconi MG, Caso V. Management of intracranial haemorrhage, unruptured aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations during and after pregnancy. Curr Opin Neurol. 2019 32(1):36-42.

(2018) Baschieri F, Acciarresi M, Caso V. Gender-Based Approaches for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. Stroke , 49 (12), 2810-2811

(2017) Cordonnier C, Sprigg N, Sandset EC, Pavlovic A, Sunnerhagen KS, Caso V, Christensen H, Stroke in women – from evidence to inequalities, Women Initiative for Stroke in Europe (WISE) group. Nat Rev Neurol.;13(9):521-532.

(2017) Tsivgoulis G, Katsanos AH, Caso V, Under-representation of women in stroke randomized controlled trials: inadvertent selection bias leading to suboptimal conclusions, Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 10:241-24.

(2017) Caso V, Falorni A, Bushnell CD, Acciarresi M, Remohí J, Sprigg N, Gerli S. Pregnancy, Hormonal Treatments for Infertility, Contraception, and Menopause in Women After Ischemic Stroke: A Consensus Document. Stroke;48:501-506. 

(2017) Caso V, Paciaroni M. Sex Is Not a Risk Factor in Outcome When a Stroke Unit Treats the Patient. Stroke;48:250-251.

(2016) Arnao V, Acciarresi M, Cittadini E, Caso V. Stroke incidence, prevalence and mortality in women worldwide. Int J Stroke. 2016;11:287-301.

(2014) Acciarresi M, De Luca P, Caso V, Agnelli G, D'Amore C, Alberti A, Venti M, Paciaroni M. Acute stroke symptoms: do differences exist between sexes? J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis.;23:2928-33.

(2014) Pezzella FR, Santalucia P, Vadalà R, Giugni E, Zedde ML, Sessa M, Anticoli S, Caso V; Women Stroke Association. Women Stroke Association Statement on Stroke. Int J Stroke;9:20-27.

(2013) De Rango P, Brown MM, Leys D, Howard VJ, Moore WS, Paciaroni M, Ringleb P, Rockman C, Caso V. Management of carotid stenosis in women: consensus document. Neurology;80:2258-68.

(2013) Santalucia P, Pezzella FR, Sessa M, Monaco S, Torgano G, Anticoli S, Zanoli E, Maimone Baronello M, Paciaroni M, Caso V; Women Stroke Association (WSA). Sex differences in clinical presentation, severity and outcome of stroke: results from a hospital-based registry. Eur J Intern Med;24:167-71.

(2010) Caso V, Paciaroni M, Agnelli G, Corea F, Ageno W, Alberti A, Lanari A, Micheli S, Bertolani L, Venti M, Palmerini F, Billeci AM, Comi G, Previdi P, Silvestrelli G. Gender differences in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Womens Health (Lond). 2010;6:51-7.

Awards and prizes

2015 - Honoray Member of “Société française neuro-vasculaire”

2017 - Critics Award of R.O.S.A., Club Canova Roma

2017 - Award Toshkent Tibbiyot Akademiyasi

2018 - Award Umbria in Rosa 2018


Isabella Castiglioni

STEM area: Physics

Competences: applied physics

Keywords: artificial intelligence, computer technology, diagnostic imaging, image processing, molecular diagnostics

Region: Lombardy


Researcher at the IBFM-CNR (Institute of Molecular Bio-images and Physiology - National Research Council) in Milan.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Milan in 1993, she received a scientific education in the field of physics applied to medicine, (more recently to cultural heritage and the environment), in particular in applications of imaging diagnostics combined with advanced computational techniques. Since 1997 she is Researcher at the Institute of Molecular Bioimaging and Physiology of the National Research Council (IBFM-CNR), where, since 2011, she is also a member of the Council of the Institute. From 2010 to 2016 she was professor on contract at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She gained experience in research responsibility through the creation and management of her own research group at the IBFM-CNR, which was consolidated in 2011 in a research laboratory (Integration & Innovation Laboratory in Molecular Imaging, INLAB, which currently hosts 10 researchers with expertise in the field of bioimaging, computer science, biology and biotechnology.


Scientific results

She obtained important scientific results in: 1) physical characterization of diagnostic imaging systems, in particular positron emission tomography (PET), single photon emission tomography (SPECT), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI), fluorescence imaging/bioluminescence and near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS),                                  2) development of methods of acquisition and processing of diagnostic images for medical and cultural applications, 3) development of methods and models for the correction of physical effects, noise sources in diagnostic imaging studies (eg attenuation, dispersion, partial volume effect), 4) development of methods of quantification and extraction of characteristics from diagnostic images (for example analysis of statistical parametric mapping, radiomics, analysis of main components, machine learning), 5) creation of databases of synthetic medical images for the validation of processing methods and quantification of medical images. Since 2010 she has coordinated 13 scientific research projects financed on competitive tenders or through contracts, for a total non-repayable net grant of 2M €, and 12 research projects in agreement with IRCCS and Hospitals. She showed her research achievements in more than 50 seminars and lectures at national and international conferences, universities and research institutes. She is co-inventor of four softwares for the extraction and quantification of biomarker images and biomedical data in use at national and foreign health facilities. From 2012 to 2015 she was Mentor of two spin offs in the biomedical technology sector.

Editorial work and publications

She is credited with 112 scientific publications in ISI scientific journals, including:

Science, Nucleic Acids Research, Theranostics, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Medicine, Cerebral Cortex; she is in pole position (with the role of first, corresponding or last author) in more than 70% of her publications.

[2005] Berti A, Bottini G, Gandola M, Pia L, Smania N, Stracciari A, Castiglioni I, Vallar G. Shared cortical anatomy for motor awareness and motor control. Science, 309(5733):488-91.

[2014]Picchio M, Kirienko M, Mapelli P, Dell'Oca I, Villa E, Gallivanone F, Gianolli L, Messa C, Castiglioni I. Predictive value of pre-therapy (18)F-FDG PET/CT for the outcome of (18)F-FDG PET-guided radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer.Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, 41(1):21-31.

[2015] Bertoli G, Cava C, Castiglioni I. MicroRNAs: New Biomarkers for Diagnosis, Prognosis, Therapy Prediction and Therapeutic Tools for Breast Cancer. Theranostics, 5(10):1122-43.

[2015] Salvatore C, Cerasa A, Battista P, Gilardi MC, Quattrone A, Castiglioni I; Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Magnetic resonance imaging biomarkers for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease: a machine learning approach. Front Neurosci, 9:307. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00307. eCollection 2015.

[2016] Colaprico A, Silva TC, Olsen C, Garofano L, Cava C, Garolini D, Sabedot TS, Malta TM, Pagnotta SM, Castiglioni I, Ceccarelli M, Bontempi G, Noushmehr H. TCGAbiolinks: an R/Bioconductor package for integrative analysis of TCGA data. Nucleic Acids Res, 44(8):e71. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1507.

[2017] Antunovic L, Gallivanone F, Sollini M, Sagona A, Invento A, Manfrinato G, Kirienko M, Tinterri C, Chiti A, Castiglioni I. [18F]FDG PET/CT features for the molecular characterization of primary breast tumors. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging, 44(12):1945-1954.

[2017] Berti A, Della-Torre E, Gallivanone F, Canevari C, Milani R, Lanzillotta M, Campochiaro C, Ramirez GA, Bozzalla Cassione E, Bozzolo E, Pedica F, Castiglioni I, Arcidiacono PG, Balzano G, Falconi M, Gianolli L, Dagna L. Quantitative measurement of 18F-FDG PET/CT uptake reflects the expansion of circulating plasmablasts in IgG4-related disease. Rheumatology,56(12):2084-2092. 

[2018] Gargano M, Galli A, Bonizzoni L, Alberti R, Aresi N, Caccia M, Castiglioni I, Interlenghi M, Salvatore C, Ludwig N, Martini M. The Giotto's workshop in the XXI century: looking inside the “God the Father with Angels” gable. Journal of cultural heritage:

[2019] Cantini L, Bertoli G, Cava C, Dubois T, Zinovyev A, Caselle M, Castiglioni I, Barillot E, Martignetti L. Identification of microRNA clusters cooperatively acting on Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Triple Negative Breast Cancer. NAR, in press (Published on-line).

[2019] Musazzi L, Sala N, Tornese P, Gallivanone F, Belloli S, Conte A, Di Grigoli G, Fenghua C, Treccani G, Bazzini C, Castiglioni I, Nyengaard JR, Wegener G, Moresco RM, Popoli P. Acute inescapable stress rapidly increases synaptic energy metabolism in prefrontal cortex and alters working memory performance. Cerebral Cortex, in press.

Awards and prizes

From 2007 to 2009 she was Foreign Scientific Visitors Tutor for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She is a scientific evaluator of research projects for International Institutions (Engineering in the Medical and Biology Society, Fundacao para a Cienca and in Technology FCT – Portugal, French Institute National du Cancer, Poland National Science Center, Horizon2020). She is a scientific reviewer in international scientific journals in the field of bioimaging and molecular diagnostics and carries out publishing activities, as Associate Editor and Guest Editor. In particular she was Lead Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Frontiers in Biomarkers for Theranostics" in Frontiers in Bioscience - Landmark, of the Special Issue "Frontiers from Radiomics in Molecular Imaging" in Contrast Media and Molecular Imaging, and of the Special Issue "Imaging biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of neurodegenerative diseases” in Frontiers in Neuroscience.

In September 2021 she is  named among the 50 most inspiring Italian women in the world of technology with the award InspiringFifty for Italy.

Tiziana Catarci

STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer engineering

Keywords: artificial intelligence, big data, computer, computer technology, digital technologies, ethics, internet

Region: Lazio


Full rofessor of Computer Engineering and Director of the Department of Computer, Automatic and Management Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome. 

Professional career

After graduating in Electronic Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome in 1987, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Science at the same university. Since November 2000 she has been a full professor of Information Processing Systems at the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Informatics and Statistics at La Sapienza University of Rome. From 2009 to October 2014 she is president of the InfoSapienza Centre. From November 2010 to April 2014 she is pro-rector for Infrastructure and Technology and coordinator of the Organismo di Indirizzo e Raccordo (OIR) of the same university. Since 2014 she is director of the Interuniversity Centre on Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems (ECONA). Since May 2015 she is director of the interdepartmental research centre "Sapienza Design Research". Since July 2015 she is President of KION S.p.A., a company belonging to the CINECA group. Since 2018, she has been Director of the Department of Computer, Automatic and Management Engineering at La Sapienza University of Rome.

Professor Catarci is very active in combating gender disparities and promoting the STEM disciplines among female students by promoting dedicated projects at both school and university level and acting as role-model for “Inspiring Girls” and other initiatives.

Scientific results

Tiziana Catarci’s main research interests are in theoretical and application oriented aspects of visual formalisms for databases, human-computer interaction, user interfaces, usability, smart environments, information visualization, data management, data quality and digital libraries. On these topics she has published over 200 papers in international journals, conferences and workshop proceedings, and 20 books. In particular, her contribution can be regarded as one of the first and most significant examples of deep analysis and formalization of the interaction between the user and the database, which takes in consideration both usability issues and various database related aspects.

Editorial work and publications

Tiziana Catarci serves on the scientific committee and as a reviewer for many leading scientific journals and international conferences in the relevant fields, including ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM Transactions on Information Systems, VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, WWW Journal, Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, ACM Interact, Computing Surveys, VLDB, ACM Sigmod, IEEE Multimedia, ACM CHI. 

She is the author of more than 200 scientific articles in international journals, including: 

(2019) Marco Angelini, Graziano Blasilli, Tiziana Catarci, Simone Lenti, Giuseppe Santucci. Vulnus: Visual Vulnerability Analysis for Network Security. IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graph. 25(1): 183-192.

(2018) Paolo Ceravolo, Tiziana Catarci,et al.:Big Data Semantics. J. Data Semantics7(2): 65-85.

(2014) Bauleo E, Carnevale S, Catarci T, Kimani S, Leva M, Mecella M. Design, realization and user evaluation of the SmartVortex Visual Query System for accessing data streams in industrial engineering applications. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 25(5):577-601.

(2010) Catarci T, Dix AJ, Kimani S, Santucci G. User-Centered Data Management. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.

(2000) Catarci T. What Happened When Database Researchers Met Usability. Information Systems, 25(3):177-212. 

Awards and prizes

In 2003 she won the IBM Eclipse Innovation Award for the SEAWER project, SEmantic Annotation of WEb Resources. 

In 2014 she was the first female candidate for Rector in the secular history of La Sapienza University. 

In 2015 she received the honour of "Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana".

In 2016, she was invited to join the prestigious European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

In 2021, she received the international prize "Le Tecnovisionarie".

Lucia Cattani

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: air treatment, alternative energies, civil engineering, energy efficiency, environmental acoustics, heat transmission, technical physics, thermodynamic cycles

Keywords: awa modula, energy saving, environment, heat transmission, renewable sources, seas-sa, sustainable building, thermodynamic cycles, water extraction from the air, water shortage

Region: ABROAD


R&D consultant in SEAS-SA. External researcher and lecturer at the University of Pavia.

Professional career

In the academic year 2001 she obtained a master degree in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic, in the University of Pavia (Italy). In the same university in 2002 she obtained a first level master regarding surface waters defence. Four years later, 2006, she obtained the title of environmental acoustic expert, after a post lauream course organised by F.A.S.T. (Milan- Italy). In 2008 she obtained the energy certificatory qualification. In academic year 2008 she became Philosophy Doctor in technologies for energy and environment (Applied Physics) with a thesis about energetic sustainable buildings (University of Bergamo - Italy). From 2001 to 2014 she worked as external researcher and lecturer in Pavia University, Engineering Faculty, in Applied Physics. She also taught in several professional courses. In 2012 Lucia Cattani worked in the research team of the University of Pavia devoted to design a new machine which can extract water from air. The research ended with the prototype construction. In 2014 she became R&D manager for SEAS-SA, a Swiss start up, which bought rights about the said research and started to build and sell integrated machines which extract water from air and permit to increase energy efficiency in building heating and cooling. In 2017 she shifted to a part time occupation in SEAS, as R&D scientific consultant, in order to return to research and teaching activities in Pavia University. Nowadays she continues her work in SEAS and at the same time carries out research in the field of water from air extraction as external researcher in Pavia University.

Scientific results

Thanks to her studies and previous research work, Lucia Cattani obtained an interdisciplinary attitude, which permits her to work in the branch of Applied Physics which regards advanced integrated plants devoted to increase energy saving and drinking water generation. Having knowledge about: thermodynamics, heat transmission, renewable energies, hydraulics, water sanification and purification treatments, waste treatment and recycling, she was able to become R&D manager of an innovative start up, SEAS SA in the field of AWG (atmospheric water generator). Integrated systems AWA modula, produced by SEAS SA, are not simple water from air extractors, but are particular machines, which can provide not only high quality drinking water, but also two thermal contributes, a fresh and dry airflow and an heating flux. All the said functionalities are obtained at the same time with the same energy consumption. AWA is an evolution of the research prototype and is designed to employ all the useful effects of a reverse cycle applied to environmental air. Her research field regarded also applied acoustics, heat transmission, energy saving, building sustainability.

Editorial work and publications

Lucia Cattani participates in national and international conferences and is the author of numerous scientific articles, including:

(2018) Cattani L. Magrini A., Cattani P. Water Extraction from Air by Refrigeration¡ªExperimental Results from an Integrated System Application, Applied Sciences. 2018; 8(11):2262.

(2017) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L.Water Production from Air Conditioning Systems: Some Evaluations about a Sustainable Use of Resources,  Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1309; doi:10.3390/su9081309. 

(2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartesegna M, Magnani L. Production of water from the air: the environmental sustainability of air-conditioning systems through a more intelligent use of resources. The advantages of an integrated system. Energy Procedia, 78:1153-1158.

(2015) Magrini A, Cattani L, Cartasegna M, Magnani L. Integrated systems for air conditioning and production of drinking water - Preliminary considerations. Energy Procedia, 75:1659-1665.

(2010) Magrini A, Cattani L, Magnani L. A global index to evaluate the acoustical and thermal behavior of buildings: first evaluations and applications to common building walls. ISRA Melbourne, Victoria, Australian Acoustical Society. 

Lilia Cavallari

Economy and Finance area

Competences: fiscal policy, international economics, macroeconomics, monetary policy

Keywords: business cycle, exchange rate regimes, firm dynamics, international trade, macroeconomic models, policy games

Region: Lazio


Chair of Italy’s Parliamentary Budget Office; Professor in Economics at the University of Roma Tre (on leave).

Professional career

Lilia Cavallari graduated summa cum laude in Economics at the University of Rome La Sapienza and obtained the PhD in Economics from the same university in 1993. She was Post-Doc fellow at the Center for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and scholar at the CIDE School of Econometrics.  She was assistant professor of Public policy at the University of Rome La Sapienza since 1996, associate professor in Economics at the University of Roma Tre since 2002 and professor at the same university since 2011 (on leave since January 2022). She is Chair of Italy’s Parliamentary Budget Office.  She is scientific advisor for the DG Research of the European Commission and member of the editorial board of Economic Modelling, Elsevier. She was visiting professor at several institutions, including the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Cambridge, the Institute for International Studies at the University of Stockholm, the Center for European Integration Studies at the University of Bonn, and the London School of Economics. 

Scientific results

Her research activity develops primarily in the field of international economics. It comprises theoretical and empirical studies of interdependence in the global economy, international policy coordination and the transmission of monetary and fiscal policy worldwide. Her most recent studies focus on the creation of new businesses and new products and their role for the aggregate economy; the impact of the exchange rate regime for foreign market access and multinational production; fiscal policy evaluation; fluctuations of consumption and markups over the business cycle. 

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Cavallari L., Romano S., Naticchioni P. The original sin. Firms’ dynamics and the life-cycle consequences of economic conditions at birth, European Economic Review vol.138, Article 103844.

[2020] Cavallari L., Etro F. Demand, markups and the business cycle, European Economic Review, 127:1-12.

[2020] Cavallari L. Monetary policy and consumers’ demand, Economic Modelling 92: 23-36.

[2020] Cavallari L., D’Addona S. Export margins and world shocks: an empirical investigation in fixed and floating regimes, Applied Economics 52 (20): 2191-2207.

[2017] Cavallari L., D’Addona S. Output stabilization and export margins in fixed and floating exchange rate regimes: does trade of new products matter?, Economic Modelling 64: 365-383.

[2017] Cavallari L., Romano S. Fiscal policy in Europe: the importance of making it predictable”, Economic Modelling 60: 81-97.

[2015] Cavallari L. Entry costs and the dynamics of business formation, Journal of Macroeconomics 44: 312-326.

[2013] Cavallari L. Firms’ entry, monetary policy and the international business cycle, Journal of International Economics 91: 263-274.

[2013] Cavallari L., D’Addona S. Output and interest rate volatility as determinants of FDI, Applied Economics 45: 2603–2610. 

[2012] Cavallari L.  Optimal contracts and the role of the government in wage bargaining, Economics Letters 115: 160–163.

[2010] Cavallari L.  Exports and FDI in an endogenous-entry model with nominal and real uncertainty, Journal of Macroeconomics 32: 300-313.

[2008] Cavallari L.  Macroeconomic interdependence with trade and multinational activities, Review of International Economics 16 (3): 537-558.

[2007] Cavallari L.  A macroeconomic model of entry with exporters and multinationals, The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, vol.7, issue 1(Contributions), Article 32.

Awards and prizes

Lilia Cavallari is fellow of the EABCN (Euro Area Business Cycle Network), fellow of CREI (Center of Research in Economics and Institutions, Roma Tre) and VisitINPS scholar. She was in the scientific board of the European Economics and Finance Society. She received several grants financed by the Ministry of Education, University and Research of Italy.

Adriana Cavarero

History and Philosophy area

Competences: ethic, femminism, Philosophy, political theory

Keywords: altruism, caring, democracy, Hannah Arendt, sexism, violence

Region: Veneto


Former Full Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona, now Honorary Professor at the Department of Human Sciences at the University of Verona.

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Padua, Adriana Cavarero embarked on an academic career and was appointed Full Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Verona. During these years she was also Visiting Professor at the universities of Warwick and Berkeley, and at New York University and Harvard.

Scientific results

Adriana Cavarero's interests range from ancient to modern and contemporary thought. Distinguished as an Arendtian scholar, she is widely recognized for her studies in (1) feminism, (2) political philosophy, art and literature.  Her most innovative research has led her to analyze (3) the role of place of birth in our culture, (4) narrative and (5) voice. She has also worked on (6) contemporary violence, (7) ethics and (8) politics, as well as topics related to (9) embodiment and (10) sexual difference.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several national and international books that have been translated into English and other foreign languages.

 (1990) Cavarero, A., Nonostante Platone. Editori Riuniti; 

(1995) Cavarero, A., In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy. Polity.

(1997) Cavarero, A., Tu che mi guardi, tu che mi racconti. Filosofia della narrazione. Feltrinelli.

(2000) Cavarero, A., Corpo in figure. Feltrinelli.

(2000) Cavarero, A., Relating Narratives: Storytelling And Selfhood. Routledge.

(2002) Cavarero, A., Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy And The Question of Gender. Michigan U.P..

(2003) Cavarero, A., A più voci. Filosofia dell’espressione vocale. Feltrinelli; 

(2005) Cavarero, A., For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy Of Vocal Expression. Stanford U.P.

(2007) Cavarero, A., Orrorismo. Ovvero della violenza sull’inerme. Feltrinelli.

(2009) Cavarero, A., Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence. Columbia U.P.

(2013) Cavarero, A., Inclinazioni. Critica della rettitudine. Raffaello Cortina;

(2016) Cavarero, A., Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude. Stanford U.P.

(2018) Cavarero, A., Platone. Raffaello Cortina.

(2019) Cavarero, A., Democrazia sorgiva. Note sul pensiero politico di Hannah Arendt. Raffaello Cortina. 

(2021) Cavarero, A., Surging Democracy. Notes on Hannah Arendt’s Political Thought. Stanford U.P.

Alessandra Celletti

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: celestial mechanics, dynamic systems

Keywords: analytical mechanics, astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, interplanetary trajectories, mathematical physics, orbit, planet, solar system, space debris

Region: Lazio


Full professor of Mathematics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata and Member of the ANVUR Governing Board

Professional career

After the Master degree in Mathematics as the University of Rome La Sapienza, she continued her studies through a PhD in Mathematics at the Swiss Polytechnic Institute (ETH) in Zuerich, awarded in 1989. Afterwards, she becomes Researcher in Mathematical Physics at the Department of Mathematics of the University of L’Aquila until 1999. Since then, she is associate professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Since 2013 she is full professor at the same university; from 2015 to 2018 she has been chair of the Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she coordinates since 2010 the post-graduate course in “Space Science and Technology”. In 2019 she was appointed Board Member of the Italian Space Agency, a role she held until February 2020. Since April 2020 she is a member of the Board of Directors of ANVUR.

Scientific results

The research interests of Alessandra Celletti include celestial mechanics, dynamical systems theory, interplanetary trajectories and the study of the dynamics of space debris. Celestial Mechanics is a discipline which dates back to primordial times and studies the dynamics of objects in the solar system, form the Moon to the planets, from spacecraft to artificial satellites. There are several open questions that celestial mechanics tries to answer: for example, whether the solar system will undergo collisions among the planets, how it is possible to design interplanetary low-cost trajectories, which is the fate of the space debris orbiting around the Earth or which is the probability of the threat induced ny the collision of an asteroid with the Earth.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several books at university and popular level:

Celletti A, Esercizi di Meccanica Razionale, Aracne editrice, 1999. 

Celletti A, Stability and Chaos in Celestial Mechanics, Springer-Praxis, 2010. 

Celletti A, Perozzi E, Celestial Mechanics: The Waltz of the Planets, Springer-Praxis, 2007.

Celletti A, Perozzi E, Pianeti per caso, UTET, 2012. 

Celletti A., Meccanica Celeste, Lezioni di Fisica, Corriere della Sera, 2019.

Alessandra Celletti is also author of several scientific publications on national and international journals, among which:

(2018) Celletti A., Gales C., "Dynamics of resonances and equilibria of Low Earth Objects", SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst., vol. 17:203-235

(2016) Celletti A, Gales C, Pucacco G. Bifurcation of lunisolar secular resonances for space debris orbits. SIAM, Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, 15(3):1352-1383. 
(2016) Lhotka C, Celletti A, Gales C. Poynting-Robertson drag and solar wind in the space debris problem. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 460(1):802-815. 
(2015) Celletti A, Gales C. Dynamical investigation of minor resonances for space debris.Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 123(2):203-222. 
(2015) Celletti A, Pucacco G, Stella D. Lissajous and Halo orbits in the restricted three-body problem. Journal of Nonlinear Science, 25(2):343-370. 
(2014) Celletti A, Gales C. On the dynamics of space debris: 1:1 and 2:1 resonances. Journal of Nonlinear Science, 24(6):1231-1262. 
(2014) Calleja R, Celletti A, Falcolini C, de la Llave R. An extension of Greene's criterion for conformally symplectic systems and a partial justification. SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, 46(4):2350-2384. 
(2013) Calleja R, Celletti A, de la Llave R. A KAM theory for conformally symplectic systems: efficient algorithms and their validation. Journal of Differential Equations, 255(5):978-1049. 
(2011) Celletti A, Stefanelli L, Lega E, Froeschle' C. Global dynamics of the regularized restricted three-body problem with dissipation. Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 109:265-284. 
(2009) Celletti A, Chierchia L. Quasi-periodic attractors in Celestial Mechanics. Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 191(2):311-345.

Awards and prizes

From 2011 to 2013 Alessandra Celletti is chair of the Italian Society of Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics; the asteroid 2005 DJ1, n. 117539 bears the name Alessandra Celletti. In 2010 she is elected member of the Celestial Mechanics Institute, an international organization composed by about 20 experts in Celestial Mechanics. In 2012 she is invited speaker at the sixth congress of the European Mathematical Society. She received from the Europen Community grants for the projects "Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks" called Astronet-II (2011), Stardust (2013), Stardust-R (2019). In 2018 she becomes president of the Scientific Committee in Celestial Mechanics of the International Astronomical Union. During the period 2015-2018 she is member of the scientific committee of the Italian Mathematical Union and since 2014 of the scientific committee of the Italian National Group of Mathematical Physics. In 2016 she is elected Editor in Chief of the international journal "Celestial Mechanics & Dynamical Astronomy" (edited by Springer), a reference publication in the field of Celestial Mechanics and Flight Dynamics. She is e member  of the Committee Women in Mathematics of the European Mathematical Society. In September 2018 she was elected Presidente of the Celestial Mechanic and Astrodynamics Committee of the International Astronomical Union.


Anna Cereseto

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biology, biotechnologies, cellular biology, molecular biology, virology

Keywords: attention, CRISPR-Cas, designer nucleases, editing of the genome, gene therapies, gene therapy, Genome editing, human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), image analysis, learning, prostate cancer, viral vectors, virus

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige


Full Professor of Molecular Biology at University of Trento, Group Leader Laboratory of Molecular Virology

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Genoa in 1990 she moves to the United States, Bethesda MD, at the National Institute of Health (NIH) where she studies the molecular biology of retroviruses. In 1998 she moves to New York where she first works as postdoc at the Cornell University and then as Instructor at the Institute of Gene Therapy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She moves back to Italy to work at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and then to the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, ICGEB, in Trieste. She became Assistant Professor and Group Leader in the at Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in Pisa. Currently she is Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Trento where she teaches Gene Therapy and Molecular Virology. In the Department CIBIO, at the University of Trento, she leads a research groups developing strategies for genome editing to repair genetic diseases including one of the most frequent disease, Cystic Fibrosis.  She is co-inventor of three patents, she is co-founder and scientific advisor of an academic start-up, Alia Therapeutics, working for the development of genome editing strategies for genetic diseases.

Scientific results

Her scientific career took off as post-doctoral fellow in Robert Gallo’s lab at the NIH where she studied the cellular transformation mechanisms of a human retrovirus, HTLV-1, causing a specific type of T-cell leukemia. Her studies gave important contribution to the cancer field by shedding light onto the basic mechanisms responsible for cancer formation viruses. Three main publications on these topics are: i) Science, 1995. 269(5220): p. 79-81. 31.8, ii) Blood, 1996. 88(5): p. 1551-60.10.1 and iii) Oncogene, 1999. 18(15): p. 2441-50.

Her studies continued in the field of retrovirology investigating the molecular biology of HIV-1, the causative agent of AIDS. She focused on the central events of HIV-1 replication occurring at the nuclear level of the infected cells. She used innovative experimental approaches by integrating molecular biology and advanced fluorescence microscopy to study the nuclear dynamics of the virus and fusion of the HIV-1 cDNA into the cellular genome. Three main publications in the field are: i) Cell Host Microbe. 2011 Jun 16;9(6):484-95, ii) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 2;110(14):5636-41 and Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1087:47-54.

More recently she gave important contribution to the field of gene therapy by advancing concepts and tools in genome editing. With her group she developed viral and non-viral delivery tools for genome editing delivery and identified one of the most precise CRISPR nuclease (evoCas). Her work aimed also at proving the power of CRISPR based technology for the treatment of genetic diseases with a specific focus in Cystic Fibrosis, one of the most frequent genetic disease.  The objects of her work have been filed for patenting and she is founder of an academic spin-off, Alia Therapeutics, developing genome editing approaches for genetic diseases. Three main publications in the field are: Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 7;10(1):3556, Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2018; 12:453-462, Nat Biotechnol. 2018; 36(3):265-271).

Editorial work and publications

(2020)  Leslie W, Frati G, Felix T, Hardouin G, Casini A, Wollenschlaeger C, Meneghini V, Masson C, De Cian A, Chalumeau A, Mavilio F, Amendola M, Andre-Schmutz I, Cereseto A, El Nemer W, Concordet JP, Giovannangeli C, Cavazzana M, Miccio. Editing a γ-Globin Repressor Binding Site Restores Fetal Hemoglobin Synthesis and Corrects the Sickle Cell Disease Phenotype. Science Advances 2020 6 (7): eaay9392. 

(2019)  Maule G, Casini A, Montagna C, Ramalho AS, De Boeck K, Debyser Z, Carlon MS, Petris G, Cereseto A. Allele specific repair of splicing mutations in cystic fibrosis through AsCas12a genome editing. Nat Commun. 2019 Aug 7;10(1):3556. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11454-9.

(2018) Montagna C, Petris G, Casini A, Maule G, Franceschini GM, Zanella I, Conti L, Arnoldi F, Burrone OR, Zentilin L, Zacchigna S, Giacca M, Cereseto A. VSV-G Enveloped Vesicles for Traceless Delivery of CRIAPR-Cas9. Mol Ther Nucleic Acids. 2018; 12:453-462. 

(2018) Casini A, Olivieri M, Petris G, Montagna C, Reginato R, Maule G, Lorenzin F, Prandi D, Romanel A, Demichelis F, Inga A, Cereseto A. In vivo screening of highly specific SpCas9 variants. Nat Biotechnol. 2018; 36(3):265-271

(2017) Romanel A, Garritano S, Stringa B, Blattner M, Dalfovo D, Chakravarty D, Soong D, Cotter KA, Petris G, Dhingra P, Gasperini P, Cereseto A, Elemento O, Sboner A, Khurana E, Inga A, Rubin MA, Demichelis F. Inherited determinants of early recurrent somatic mutations in prostate cancer. Nat Commun 2017;8:48. 

(2017) Petris G, Casini A, Montagna C, Lorenzin F, Prandi D, Romanel A, Zasso J, Conti L, Demichelis F, Cereseto A. Hit and go CAS9 delivered through a lentiviral based self-limiting circuit. Nat Commun 2017;8:15334. 

(2016) Quercioli V, Di Primio C, Casini A, Mulder LCF, Vranckx LS, Borrenberghs D, Gijsbers R, Debyser Z, Cereseto A. Comparative Analysis of HIV-1 and Murine Leukemia Virus Three-Dimensional Nuclear Distributions. J Virol 2016;90:5205–5209. 

(2015)  Casini A, Olivieri M, Vecchi L, Burrone OR, Cereseto A. Reduction of HIV-1 infectivity through endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation-mediated Env depletion. J Virol 2015;89:2966–2971. 

(2014) Cereseto A, Giacca M. Imaging HIV-1 nuclear pre-integration complexes. Methods Mol Biol Clifton NJ 2014;1087:47–54. 

(2013) Di Primio C, Quercioli V, Allouch A, Gijsbers R, Christ F, Debyser Z, Arosio D, Cereseto A. Single-cell imaging of HIV-1 provirus (SCIP). Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2013;110:5636–5641. 

(2011) Allouch A, Di Primio C, Alpi E, Lusic M, Arosio D, Giacca M, Cereseto A. The TRIM family protein KAP1 inhibits HIV-1 integration. Cell Host Microbe 2011;9:484–495. 

(2010) Manganaro L, Lusic M, Gutierrez MI, Cereseto A, Del Sal G, Giacca M. Concerted action of cellular JNK and Pin1 restricts HIV-1 genome integration to activated CD4+ T lymphocytes. Nat Med 2010;16:329–333. 

Awards and prizes

Anna Cereseto received financial support for her research from the European community in the context of the Framework Programme 7 and 8 (Horizon 20202), from the Italian Ministry of Health (Bandi AIDS) and from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  She is reviewer for internationl research foundations (Flanders Research Fundation, Austrian Science Fund, MRC-University of Cambridge and Czech Science Fundation) and for international journals including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Nature Methods and  and Cell RTeports Medicine. She’s been awarded of an AIRC and Fogarty International Center Research fellowships.

Virna Cerne
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: food sciences and technologies

Keywords: feeding, innovation

Region: ABROAD


Research & Development Director and Member of the Executive Board of Dr. Schär group

Professional career

After graduating in Food Science and Technologies in 1994 at the University of Udine, Virna Cerne moved to Germany where she was Project leader of Research and Development at Zuegg Frucht in Berlin. In 1996 she came back to Italy and became Responsible for Quality Assurance and Research & Development department of Dr. Schär, leading company in Europe for gluten free nutrition. Since 2003 she has been Director of Dr. Schär R&D Centre, the Reserach & Development Centre of the entire Dr. Schär group.

Scientific results

Virna Cerne and Ombretta Polenghi developed the innovative patent which allows to extract from corn proteins similar to gluten which can be added to gluten free food products. Through this process it is possible to add the isolated proteins into food products for coeliac people obtaining the taste and texture of traditional food containing wheat flour.

Awards and prizes

In 2016 Virna Cerne and the Research team of Dr. Schär were nominated finalists at the European Inventor Award, in the Industry category, the only ones in the food sector. This is one of the most important European prizes concerning Innovation.

Emanuela Ceva

History and Philosophy area

Competences: political Philosophy, political theory, Public Ethics

Keywords: anti-corruption, corruption, Covid-19: individual responsibility, Covid-19: restrictive policies, democracy, justice, philanthropy, solidarity, toleration, transnational justice

Region: ABROAD


Professor of Professor of Political Theory, Université de Genève, Switzerland.

Professional career

Emanuela Ceva graduated in Philosophy from the University of Pavia and then went on to study in the UK, where she obtained a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester. Since 2005 she has held teaching and research positions at several universities in Europe (Oxford, St Andrews, Leuven, Hamburg, Bristol, Kent, Trento), North America (Harvard, Montréal, Princeton), Asia (Tokyo), Russia (Yekaterinburg) and the Middle East (Amman). After 14 years of teaching (as a researcher and, then, as an associate professor) at the University of Pavia, since 2019 she has held the chair in Political Theory at the Université de Genève

Scientific results

Emanuela Ceva's research develops in the field of political theory and public ethics, with particular reference to issues of (1) justice and value conflicts, (2) respect and toleration for minorities, (3) democracy and political corruption. The first line of research led to the publication of the book Interactive Justice (Routledge 2016), which develops a new theory of the processes for managing value conflicts in politics. The second line of research was developed during three collaborative research projects, funded by the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The research resulted in a study of the bases of justification for public policies aimed at integrating minorities by improving their conditions of participation in the political life of their community of residence. Finally, the third line of research led to a study of political corruption as a pathology of the forms of interaction involving the use of public power within institutions. The main results of this research were presented in the book Political Corruption: The Internal Enemy of Public Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Ceva E, Ferretti MP, Political Corruption. The internal enemy of public institutions. Oxford University Press. 

[2020] Ceva E, Mokrosinska D, Failing Institutions, Whistle-Blowing, and the Role of the News Media. Journal of Applied Philosophy, online first 2020, DOI: 10.1111/japp.12476

[2019] Ceva E, Bocchiola M, Personal Trust, Public Accountability, and the Justification of Whistleblowing. Journal of Political Philosophy, 27(2):187-206.

[2019] Ceva E, Political Corruption as a Relational Injustice. Social Philosophy & Policy, 35(2): 118-37.

[2018] Ceva, E, Radoilska, L, Responsibility for Reason-Giving: The Case of Individual Tainted Reasoning in Systemic Corruption. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 21(4): 789-809.

[2018] Ceva E, Bocchiola M, Is Whistleblowing a Duty? Polity

[2018] Ceva, E, Ferretti MP, Political Corruption, Individual Behaviour, and the Quality of Institutions. Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 17(2): 216–31

[2016] Ceva E, Interactive Justice. Routledge.

[2015] Ceva E,  Political Justification through Democratic Participation: The Case for Conscientious Objection. Social Theory and Practice, 41(1): 26-50.

[2015] Ceva E, Why Toleration is not the Appropriate Response to Dissenting Minorities’ Claims. European Journal of Philosophy, 23(3): 633-51.

[2013] Ceva E,  Zuolo, F, A Matter of Respect. On majority-minority relations in a liberal democracy. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 30(3): 239-53.

Awards and prizes

2012 Jemolo Fellowship, Nuffield College, Oxford

2015 Bourse de séjour pour chercheur invité, CRÉ, Université de Montréal

 Visiting Fellowship, CEPPA, University of St Andrews

2016 “Meet Italian Scientists”, Italian Embassy in London – vincitrice all’unanimità per le Scienze Umane e Sociali

2018 Fulbright Research Scholarship in Filosofia

2019 Senior Visiting Fellowship, RIPPLE—Research in Political Philosophy, KU Leuven


Enrica Chiappero

International politics area

Competences: development economy, political economy

Keywords: development, human development, poverty

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Pavia.

Professional career

She got a degree in Political Sciences, with Major in Economics and a PhD in Public Economics. She teaches Economics, Human progress and Sustainable Development, Development Economics and Cooperation at undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Pavia and Human Development in Master programs abroad.

She is the head of the Department of Political and Social Sciences and President of the Santa Caterina University College. She is among the founders of the Human Development and Capability Association and Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, the academic journal of the Association. She is member of the Scientific Committee of the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan. She has been Extraordinary Professor alt the Department of Economics, University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. She also teaches at the Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are on poverty and human development measurement, inequalities (of income and in other dimensions as well) including gender inequalities, vulnerability and marginalization, social innovation.

She has been principal investigator of numerous European and International research projects on the above-mentioned topics.

Editorial work and publications

She is co-editor with Mozaffar Qizilbash and Siddiq Osmani of the forthcoming Handbook of the Capability Approach published by Cambridge University Press. 

Below the most recent ten scientific publications:

[2019] Chiappero E. Estimating conversion rates: a new empirical strategy with an application to healthcare in Italy (co-authors Paola Salardi, Francesco Scervini), Health Economics (2019, forthcoming)  

[2019] Chiappero E. Eliciting, Applying and Exploring Multidimensional Welfare Weights: Evidence from the Field(co-author Lucio Esposito), Review of Income and Wealth (2019, forthcoming)

[2018] Chiappero E. From resources to functioning: Rethinking and measuring conversion rates (co-authors: Paola Salardi and Francesco Scervini), in Comim F., Shailaja Fennell and P.B. Anand, New frontiers of the Capability Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2018, 232-245, 

[2018] Chiappero E. Third sector and capability-oriented policies(co-authors: G. Acconcia and P. Graziano), in H.U. Otto, M. Walker and H. Ziegler (eds.), Capability-promoting policies enhancing individual and social development, Policy Press, 2018, pp.147-163,

[2017] Chiappero E. Chronic and late poverty as the main concerns in a twofold survey on inter-temporal welfare preferences (co-author: Lucio Esposito), in Journal of International Development, oct 2017

[2017] Chiappero E. Improving the quality of life of disavantaged young people in Europe (co-authored), in Atzmüller, Bonvin, Edgell and Otto (eds), Empowering young people in disempowering times. Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented Policies, Edward Elgar Publisher 2017, pp. 251-261.

[2017] Chiappero E. The participation of the young in the European Union (co-authors: Goffette, Vero, Graham, Raeside, Spreafico and Peruzzi), in Atzmüller, Bonvin, Edgell and Otto (eds), Empowering young people in disempowering times. Fighting Inequality Through Capability Oriented, Edward Elgar Publisher 2017, pp. 39-53.

[2017] Chiappero E. Social Innovation, Individuals and Societies: An Empirical Investigation of Multi-layered Effects(co-author: N. von Jacobi) in Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, vol. 8, n. 2, 2017, pp.271-301.

[2017] Chiappero E. Creating (economic) space for social innovation(co-authors: Molnár György, Nadia von Jacobi, Rafael Ziegler), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, vol. 18, n. 2, 2017, pp. 293-298.

[2017] Chiappero E. Corrosive Disadvantages and Intersectionality: empirical evidence on multidimensional inequality amongst young people in Europe( co-authors: A.M.C. Spreafico and A. D. Peruzzi), in H. U. Otto,S. Pantazis, H. Ziegler and A. Pots (eds.), Human Development in Times of Crisis: renegotiating social justice, Palgrave McMillan,  2017, pp. 39-62.


[2011] Chiappero E, S. Moroni, G. Nuvolati (a cura di) Gli spazi della povertà. Strumenti di indagine e politiche di intervento,  Bruno Mondadori, 2011.

[2011] Chiappero E. Politiche per uno sviluppo umano sostenibile, Carocci Editore, 2011.

[2010] Chiappero E. Sviluppo umano sostenibile, capability approach e cooperazione internazionale (co-autore Mario Biggeri), in “Temi avanzati di economia e politica della cooperazione internazionale allo sviluppo”, a cura di M.Biggeri e G. Canitano, 2010, Franco Angeli, Milano, pp. 37-54.

[2009] Chiappero E. Sviluppo umano sostenibile e qualità della vita. Modelli economici e politiche pubbliche, (co- editor: Stefano Pareglio), Carocci Editore, 2009.


Carla Fabiana Chiasserini

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: telecomunications engineering, telematic engineering

Keywords: 4g, 5g, data transmission, innovation, mobile networks, mobile phone, wifi, wireless networks

Region: Piedmont


Full Professor at TNG Group, Politecnico of Turin

Professional career

Carla received her Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications from Politecnico di Torino in 2000. Since 2000, she has been with the Electronics and Telecommunications Department at Politecnico di Torino, where she is currently Full Professor. Before her current appointment, she worked at the Politecnico di Torino under as an Assistant Professor (2000-2006), and as an Associate Professor (2006-2018). From 1998 till 2003, she did research work at the Center for Wireless Communications and at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, University of California at San Diego. In 2012 and 2016, she was a visiting professor at Monash University (Australia). From 2012 till 2018, she has been the Coordinator of the Master Program in Communications and Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. Since march 2018 she is Rector's Delegate for Alumni and Career Orientation.

Scientific results

Chiasserini participated in several National and European projects on wireless network systems, such as the RAMON, VICOM, PATTERN, NEWCOM++, NEWCOM#, MEADOW, VICSUM, FIGARO projects, and she has been the Principal Investigator for the MASP, TA_SL, IoT_|_ToI, and LIMPID national projects, as well as for the H2020 5G-Crosshaul, H2020 5G-TRANSFORMER, and H2020 I-REACT projects. She was the coordinator of the international QNRF GAD project on next-generation wireless access networks (2012-2015), of the international FLAG project on full-duplex radio, and of the MIMOSE project on local mobile connectivity. She has been the Principal Investigator also for the contracts between Politecnico di Torino and ALCATEL, Telecom Italia, Magneti Marelli, INLAB, FCA, and TIM.
Her research interests are mainly in the field of wireless and mobile networks. Her papers have been published in highly prestigious refereed journals, and she has received several Best Paper Awards. Carla is also co-author of six patents.

Editorial work and publications

Carla is Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Communications journal and is an Associate Editor of the ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking. She has served for several years in the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal, and in the Executive Editorial Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.  
She has co-authored more than 300 papers, among which: 

(2019) Agarwal, S.; Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; De, S., VNF Placement and Resource Allocation for the Support of Vertical Services in 5G Networks. IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking

(2018) Malandrino, F.; Chiasserini, C. F.; Kirkpatrick, S., Cellular Network Traces Towards 5G: Usage, Analysis and Generation, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 

(2015) Malandrino F, Limani Z, Casetti C, Chiasserini CF. Interference-aware downlink and uplink resource allocation in HetNets with D2D support.IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

(2006) Chiasserini, C. F.; Garetto, M., An Analytical Model for Wireless Sensor Networks with Sleeping Nodes, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

(2005) Srinivasan, V.; Nuggehalli, P.; Chiasserini, C.F.; Rao, R.R., An Analytical Approach to the Study of Cooperation in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.


Awards and prizes

In 2010 Carla Fabiani Chiasserini received the Best Editor award from the Ad Hoc Networks Journal. Co-author of three patents, she is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Bruno Kessler Foundation and a senior affiliate of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and a member of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). 

Luisa Chiodi

International politics area

Competences: European affairs, international politics, international relations, social and political sciences

Keywords: Balkan route, Balkans, civil society, democracy, Eastern Europe, European decision-making process, european integration, human rights, media freedom and European public sphere, migrations, participation of civil society, politics of memory, post-comunism, public history, Saouth-East Europe, transnational dynamics

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige


Director of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT), operative unit of the Centre for International Cooperation

Professional career

PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute of Fiesole (FI), degree in Political science at the University of Milan. She has been the scientific director of OBCT since 2006.From 2003 to 2008, she was a lecturer in History and Institutions of Eastern Europe at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna. She has taught European affairs in several university courses in Italy and abroad (universities of Florence, Siena, Trento, Bergamo, Turin, University of Salento, Sarajevo). She has served as referee for various scientific journals including: Croatian International Relation Review; Albanian Journal of Politics; the series of university publications of the Carocci publishing house and the Italian magazine Diacronie. Between 2003 and 2005, she was a researcher for the Institute for Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB/ CECOB) and coordinated, among other things, the European research project funded by the V Framework Programme: Functional Borders and Sustainable Security. Integrating the Balkans in the European Union. From 1995 to 1999, she held various temporary positions with international governmental organisations (OSCE; World Bank) and non-governmental organisations (ICS).

Scientific results

She has coordinated several research projects as director of the OBCT and for the Institute for Eastern and Balkan Europe (IECOB), focusing on civil society and transnational social dynamics. She has led OBCT's national and European affirmation for over a decade, developing an original think-tank model on European affairs that combines information, research, training, dissemination, and advocacy and acts as a link between scientific knowledge and European public opinions, between academia and journalism; between civil and political society; and between Eastern and Western European countries. Today, showing a strong propensity to animate European networks, OBCT fosters the participation of civil society in international politics, offers its own contribution to the growth of the European public sphere, and raises public awareness on areas at the heart of many European challenges.

Editorial work and publications

She contributes to the publications of her organization with articles, policy papers, and volumes:

[2017] Chiodi L. La società civile europea contro il reato di solidarietà, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa

[2015] Chiodi L. Un'iniziativa dal basso per la libertà di informazione in Europa, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2014] Chiodi L. Nuova commissione: più vicinato, meno allargamento?, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2014] Chiodi L.Macroregione Adriatico-ionica: potenzialità e limiti, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

[2011] Chiodi L. L'89 senza l'Europa: il contagio democratico nel mondo arabo, Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso Transeuropa,

Full list here:

Publications with other Italian and European think tanks:

[2018] Chiodi L. Western Balkans-EU Integration: Why Italy Should Take the Lead, ISPI on-line, Milano.

[2017] Chiodi L., Bona M. Balcani: democrazia e movimenti sociali, Istituto Affari Internazionali.

[2016] Chiodi L., Martino F. La rotta balcanicaRapporto sulla protezione internazionale in Italia 2016, edito da Caritas Italiana, pp. 24-27.

[2015] Chiodi L., Simili B. Non c’è più tempo. Barriere, cemento, filo spinato Il Mulino online,

[2014] Chiodi L. The Ongoing EU Enlargement and the Public Spheres in the Western Balkans, ISPI Studies.

Publications on academic books and reviews:

[2019] Chiodi L. Youth as social actor in the Albanian Transition to democracy, in A. Rama (edited by), The End of the Communist Rule in Albania: Political Change and the role of the Student Movement,  London: Routledge.

[2015] Chiodi L. L'allargamento inevitabile? Un processo da compiere tra fatiche e novità politiche, Quaderni del Circolo Rosselli, 1/2015.

[2012] Chiodi L. Mass Migration, Student Protests and the Intelligentsia Popullore in the Albanian Transition to Democracy, COSMOS WP 2012/2, Department of political and social sciences, European University Institute.

Awards and prizes

Premio Fabbricatore di idee 2012, Città dell'Impresa.

Simona Chiodo

History and Philosophy area

Competences: aesthetics, Espistemology, Philosophy

Keywords: anarchism, beauty, Europe, ideal, identity, technology, West

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Philosophy at the Politecnico di Milano, in charge of the courses “Philosophy of knowledge”, “Fundamentals of aesthetics” and “Aesthetics of architecture” and of the doctoral courses “Epistemology of scientific and technological research”, “European culture” and “Empowering imagination”.

Professional career

During her PhD in Philosophy at the Università degli Studi di Milano, which she obtained in 2006, Simona Chiodo spent research periods at Harvard University. Visiting Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh (2014) and Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (2016) and at the University of Cambridge (2019), since 2008, she has been Full Professor of Philosophy at the Politecnico di Milano, where she is also a member of the Research Ethical Committee. 


Scientific results

Simona Chiodo begins her philosophical research from the study of modern and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy, with a focus on analytic philosophy. Her areas of expertise are aesthetics (specifically representation, beauty and aesthetics of architecture) and epistemology (specifically the relationship between aisthesis and episteme, epistemological dualism, the relationship between reality and ideality and the meaning of technology).

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several national and international volumes and articles.

Authored Books: 

[2020] Chiodo S., Technology and anarchy. A reading of our era, Lexington Books-The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Lanham-Bou­lder-New York-London, pp. 166.

[2018] Chiodo S., Come pensa un europeo. Epistemologia di un agire comune, Carocci, Roma, pp. 120.

[2016] Chiodo S., Che cos’è un ideale. Da Platone alla filosofia contemporanea, Carocci, Roma, pp. 176.

[2015] Chiodo S., La bellezza. Un’introduzione al suo passato e una proposta per il suo futuro, Bruno Mondadori, Milano-To­­­rino, pp. 192.

[2013, reprint 2014] Chiodo S., Apologia del dualismo. Un’indagine sul pensiero occidentale, Carocci, Roma, pp. 176.

[2011] Chiodo S., Io non cerco, trovo. Un empirismo contemporaneo, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, pp. 254.

[2011] Chiodo S., Estetica dell’architettura, Carocci, Roma, pp. 168.

[2008] Chiodo S., La rappresentazione. Una risposta filosofica sulla verità dell’esperienza sensibile, Bruno Mondadori, Mila­no, pp. 240.

[2006] Chiodo S., Visione o costruzione. Nelson Goodman e la filosofia analitica contemporanea, Led, Milano, pp. 215.

Journal Articles:

[2021] Chiodo S., Human autonomy, technological automation (and reverse). AI & society. Journal of knowledge, culture and communication, forthcoming.

[2020] Chiodo S., The greatest epistemological externalisation. Reflecting on the puzzling direction we are heading to through algorithmic automatisation. AI & society. Journal of knowledge, culture and communication, 35(2): 431-440.

Edited Books:

[2020] Chiodo S., Schiaffonati V., eds., Italian philosophy of technology. Socio-cultural, legal, scientific and aesthetic perspectives on technology, Springer, Cham, pp. 261.

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she was awarded the Philosophical Prize Castiglioncello, section “A. Musu”, with the monograph Estetica del­l'archi­tet­tu­ra (Ca­roc­­ci, Roma 2011).

Since 2020, she is the supervisor of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie research project “SCRAPS (Writing the sleep crisis: 24/7 capitalism and neoliberal subjectivity)”, PI Di­letta De Cristofaro, funded by the European Commission (Horizon 2020).


Maria Luisa Chiofalo

STEM area: Physics

Competences: physics education, quantum physics, responsible research and innovation, science and society

Keywords: gender equality, high-temperature superconductivity, quantum technologies, women and science

Region: Tuscany


Associate Professor of Physics at University of Pisa

Professional career

After obtaining the MD in Physics at the University of Pisa in1992 and the PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) in 1996, both cum laude, at the SNS she has been postdoc and then researcher (1998-2002, 2004-2007), working in 2002-2004 with Professor Anna Nobili. Since 2007 she is associate Professor at the University of Pisa (habilitated as full professor). She teaches two elementary-physics courses for BSD and MD in Pharmacy, one specialized course for MD and PhD in Physics, and Physics of everyday life to teach physics teaching. She contributes to the Interdisciplinary Center Sciences for Peace, Interdepartmental Center for Education Research, and the Responsible Research&Innovation group of the University of Pisa.
She has coordinated disciplinary or physics education research projects funded by CINECA, SNS, ASI, INFN, MIT-UNIPI, KITP, Erasmus+, and CISIA.
Part of her research activity has been carried out at international scientific Institutions, such as: IRC Cambridge, TU-Eindhoven, Institut Poincaré (Paris), CNRS (Grenoble), University of Auckland, Strathclyde University (UK), ICTP, ECT e CRS-BEC (Trento), and Los Alamos National Labs, Aspen Center for Physics, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stanford, Harvard e MIT (US). Long and strong ties are with JILA (Boulder, US), where she has investigated quantum fluids for 1-2 months almost every year since 1995 in the groups of Murray Holland or Debbie Jin, around the pioneering experiments of the Nobel laureates Carl Wiemann and Eric Cornell.

Scientific results

She has developed the bipolaronic theory for high-temperature superconductivity, published in a monography, while contributing to the study of strongly correlated charged bosons. Since the observation in 1995 at JILA and MIT of Bose-Einstein condensation in ultracold (i.e. at billionths Kelvin above absolute zero) atoms, she has focused on the study of these systems as a platform to engineer quantum technologies under the accurate control of temperature, interactions, and spatial dimensions.  To this aim, she has also developed simulational and theoretical methods, among the latter the time-dependent density functional theory for superfluids. The most relevant and recognized work has been conceiving with Murray Holland the theory of resonant fermionic superfluidity, later observed by Debbie Jin at JILA.  
During the happy research parenthesis in the group of Anna Nobili, she has developed the simulational environment for the Galileo Galilei on the Ground test of the equivalence principle, with macroscopic bodies. Such cross-disciplinary approach keeps characterizing the research activity, nowadays along two directions: quantum technologies for fundamental physics with atomic interferometry (she is coauthor of a number of proposals, among which Atomic Experiments for Dark Matter and Gravity Exploration in Space submitted to the ESA call Voyage2050); developing a “quantum black box” to solve quantum problems which, by means of on-purpose conceived videogames, modelling human behavior, and using machine learning, integrates the power of human-mind creativity and intuition with the power of machines (classical or quantum). In fact, she coordinates with Sabrina Maniscalco (Turku University) the cross-disciplinary proposal Integrating Human&Machine Minds for Quantum Technologies (IQHuMinds) crossing quantum physics, neuroscience, computer science, gamification, with European and US partners from Universities (Pisa and Turku, ICFO, JILA) and sectoral companies (VIS, MiTale, QuSide, IBM-Zurich, Unity).

She parallels the disciplinary research with physics education research and outreach. She has created a number of formats and events for radio (e.g. Hallo, Science! with Sara Maggi), videos, and art&science shows. She has collaborated on science&society with Rai-Radio3, Repubblica, Focus Junior, Scienzainrete, Ingenere, Corriere della Sera, DireDonne.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Lucchesi L and Chiofalo ML, Many-body Entanglement of Fermi Gases with Short-Range Interactions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 123: 60406.
[2018] Colella E, Citro R, Barsanti M, Rossini D, and Chiofalo ML, Quantum Phases of Spinful Fermi Gases in Optical Cavities. Phys. Rev. B 97: 134502.
[2014] Iadonisi G, Cantele G, Chiofalo ML, Introduction to Solid State Physics and Crystalline Nanostructures, SPRINGER VERLAG- Italia (2014) 685 pp.
[2008] Ivanov V, Alberti A, Schioppo M, Ferrari G, Artoni M, Chiofalo ML and Tino G, Coherent delocalization of atomic wavepackets in driven lattice potentials. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100: 43601.
[2007] Citro R, Orignac E, de Palo S, and Chiofalo ML, Evidence of Luttinger liquid behavior in one-dimensional dipolar quantum gases, Phys. Rev. A Rapid Comm. 75: 51602.
[2006] Chiofalo ML, Giorgini S, and Holland MJ, Released Momentum Distribution of a Fermi Gas in the BCS-BEC Crossover. Phys. Rev. Lett. 97: 070404.
[2003] Nobili AM, Bramanti D, Comandi GL, Toncelli R, Polacco E, and Chiofalo ML, GALILEO GALILEI-GG: design, requirements, error budget and significance of the ground prototype. Phys. Lett. A.318: 172.
[2001] Holland MJ, Kokkelmans SJJMF, Chiofalo ML and Walser R, Resonance superfluidity in a quantum degenerate Fermi gas. Phys. Rev. Lett. 87: 120406.
[2001] Chiofalo ML and Tosi MP, Time-dependent density-functional theory for superfluids. Europhys. Lett. 53:162.
[2001] Burger S, Cataliotti FS, Fort C, Minardi F, Inguscio M, Chiofalo ML and Tosi MP, Superfluid and Dissipative Dynamics of a Bose-Einstein Condensate in a Periodic Optical Potential. Phys. Rev. Lett. 86: 4447.
[1998] Iadonisi G, Schrieffer RJ and Chiofalo ML Eds., Models and Phenomenology for conventional and high-Tcsuperconductivity, Proceedings del CXXXVI Corso della Scuola Internazionale di Fisica "Enrico Fermi", IOS.
[1997] Holland M, Jin J, Chiofalo ML and Cooper J, Emergence of interaction effects in Bose--Einstein condensation. Phys. Rev. Lett. 78: 3801.

Awards and prizes

She has been awarded the Prize for MD students by the Italian Physical Society (1997). The work on Time-dependent density functional theory for superfluids has been selected among the INFM Highlights (1998). She has been awarded the Prizes Culture of Solidarity (Pistoia, 2014) and Successful Women (Sportello Donna, Pavia, and Fondazione Gaia, Milan, 2016, event Beijin+20). According to Ladynomics, she is among the 150 most influential feminists 2019.
She has organized a number of events as component of scientific board, among which the CXXXVI International School of Physics Enrico Fermi (Varenna 1997, on high-temperature superconductivity) with the directors R. J. Schrieffer (Nobel laureate) and G. Iadonisi.  She has created and directed the Festival MusicalMente for the Arts Campus in Sangemini, and chairs the Conferences series Quantum gases, Fundamental interactions, and Cosmology (2017-). She is part of the scientific boards of the CISP Magazine, the series Culture and training (D. Pardini and M. Agujari eds.), and the Cosmos Award for popular science, chaired by Gianfranco Bertone. She has served as peer reviewer for VQR 2011-2014, ERC Starting Grant 2019, and academic Institutions (Stanford, Harvard, LKB Paris). She is in the board of Photonics.  She is reviewer for Physical Review (Letters, A, B, E, X), Nature, NJP, EPJ, Europhysics Letters.

Annalisa Ciampi

International politics area

Competences: European Union, human rights, International Law

Keywords: fundamental rights, International arbitration, International Criminal Court, international trade networks, investments, migration, UN (United Nations)

Region: Veneto


Full professor of International Law, Verona University and Visiting Professor of European Human Rights Law, Monash University

Professional career

She graduated magna cum laudefrom the University of Florence (Juris Doctor, 1993), has a Masters’ Degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar,and a PhD in International Law from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ (1998).  She is currently a Professor of International Law at the University of Verona in Italy (2012- ) and a Visiting Professor of European Human Rights Law at Monash University (Prato Centre, 2015- ). She is also an Attorney at Law and a member of the Italian Bars of Florence and of the Court of Cassation.

In Italy, she taught at the Universities of Florence, Trento, Macerata and Catanzaro. Prior to Monash, she was a visiting professor of international law at the Academy of European Law, European University Institute (2008) and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Paris II (2009).

She served as a legal adviser to the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs on issues of international and EU law. She also served as an expert to the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law of the Council of Europe (CAHDI) and acted as co-agent for the Government of Italy to the European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber), in the case Markovic vs Italy (judgment of 14 December 2005).

She served in various capacities in international organizations, including as amicus curie before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court, as visiting professional with the Legal and Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as as ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights, member of the European Committee of Social Rights and, most recently, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

She is a member of the leading professional associations of international lawyers worldwide, including ACUNS (where she also serves to Board of Directors for the term 2017-2020) and ASIL.

Scientific results

She is an international and EU law expert. Her current areas of research include human rights, international criminal and humanitarian law, the UN, international trade and arbitration as well as the interface between international law, history, art and literature.  

Editorial work and publications


[2007] Ciampi A., Sanzioni del Consiglio di sicurezza e diritti umani(Milano: Giuffrè), pp. IV-500, ISBN: 88-14-13598-3

[2003] Ciampi A.,L’assunzione di prove all’estero in materia penale(with a summary in English)(Padova: Cedam), pp. XII-669, ISBN: 88-13-24704-4

Book chapters

[2019] Ciampi A., "La Cour pénale internationale et les Nations Unies", in J. Fernandez, X. Pacreau (eds.), Statut de Rome de la Cour pénale internationale. Commentaire article par article, 2nded., Paris: Editions A. Pedone

[2019] Ciampi A., "Kafka’s Trial and the EU Dublin Asylum System", in D. Carpi (ed.), Monsters and Monstrosity, Berlin: Degruyter, 221-234

[2016] Ciampi A., "L’effetto diretto «invertito» dell’art. 325 del Trattato sul funzionamento dell’Unione europea", in C. Paonessa, l. Zilletti (eds.), Dal giudice garante al giudice disapplicatore delle garanzie. I nuovi scenari della soggezione al diritto dell'Unione europea: a proposito della sentenza della Corte di giustizia Taricco, Pisa: Pacini Giuridica, 17-32, ISBN: 978-88-6995-051-3

[2011] Ciampi A., "Invalidity and Termination of Treaties and Rules of Procedure", in E. Cannizzaro (ed.), The Law of Treaties Beyond the Vienna Convention, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 360-377, ISBN: 978-0-19-958891-6 

[2011] Ciampi A., "Security Council Targeted Sanctions and Human Rights", in B. Fassbender (ed.), Securing Human Rights? Achievements and Challenges of the UN Security Council, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 98-140, ISBN: 978-0-19-964149-9


[2018] Ciampi A., "The Divide between Human Rights, International Trade, Investment and Development Law",German Yearbook of International Law, 61, 1-43, ISSN: 0344-3094 

[2018] Ciampi A., "Can the EU Ensure Respect for the Rule of Law by Its Member States? The Case of Poland", Osservatorio sulle fonti, 11, 3, 1-14, ISSN 2038-5633

[2017] Ciampi A., (Vision) "Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association” to the General Assembly (72ndsession), UN Doc. A/72/135, July 14, 2017,

[2016] Ciampi A., "Il referendum per la Brexit: esiti e possibili scenari", Osservatorio sulle fonti, 9, 2, 1-6, ISSN 2038-5633

[2011] Ciampi A., "Problemi relativi all'attuale regime giuridico del Trattato di amicizia Italia-Libia",Osservatorio sulle fonti, 4, 2, 1-14,ISSN 2038-5633

[2011] Ciampi A., "L'ipotesi dell'estradizione condizionata di Battisti dal Brasile all'Italia", Rivista di diritto internazionale, 94, 183-187, ISSN: 0035-6158

[2001] Ciampi A.,"BaraldiniItalian Constitutional Court decision regarding release of prisoner convicted in the United states and transferred following agreement that the full sentence would be served", American Journal of International Law, 95, 919-927, ISSN: 0002-9300

[1999] Ciampi A., "Public Prosecutorv. AshbyItalian decision on jurisdiction under NATO Status of Forces Agreement to try U.S. military officers for deaths caused when aircraft severed ski lift cable", American Journal of International Law, 93, 219-224, ISSN: 0002-9300

Awards and prizes

Fulbright Scholar to Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA) (1995-1996)

Seminario Associazione di Studi e Ricerche Parlamentari “Silvano Tosi”, University of Florence, Grant (1994)

Soroptimist Award for the Best Dissertation Thesis, Law School, Florence (1993)

“Stucchi Prinetti” Award for the Best Graduate, Law School, Florence (1993)

Daria Ciriaci

Economy and Finance area

Competences: European affairs, governance, industrial economics, regional economics

Keywords: brain drain, european economic governance, innovation economy

Region: Lazio


Vicepresident for European Affairs at Cassa depositi e prestiti and Vicepresident of the European Long-Term Investors Association (ELTIa).

Professional career

Daria graduated in Political Science at University La Sapienza University of Rome and holds a Ph.D in Economics, from the same University. After being awarded a degree prize for statistical studies on the industrial development of Southern Italy, she started her career as a researcher at the Association for the industrial development of Southern Italy (SVIMEZ) where she continued working as a consultant until 2010. From 2006 to 2010 she has been research fellow in industrial economics and teaching assistant at Luiss Guido Carli University. She worked as an Adjunt professor of Microeconomics, Industrial economics and of International economics at the John Cabot University in Rome. In 2010 she moved to Seville to work as a post-doc at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), a Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and in 2012 she moved to Madrid to join the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as senior consultant. In 2013 she was appointed EU official and started working as an economist at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN), which she left in 2016 to work in Rome as the economic counsellor of the Representation of the European Commission to Italy. Since 2019 she is Vicepresident for European Affairs at Cassa depositi e prestiti, in charge of both the European institutional relations of the financial institution and of the support to CDP business activities related to EU guarantee and EU financing programs. Since 2019 she is also Vice-president of the European Long-Term Investors Association (ELTI), which gathers 31 European long-term financial institutions from 20 European countries.

Scientific results

She has +20 years of experience as an applied economist with a consistent focus on European public policies and European economic governance. She has a specialization in the economics and policy of innovation, , regional economics and industrial economics (e.g. the vertical integration of knowledge-based business services into manufacturing sector, the impact of structural reforms on firms’ productivity and territories’ attractiveness). She also conducted studies on socio-economic affairs, on the role of university quality and the impact of brain-drain on the potential growth of the Italian regions.

Editorial work and publications

[2016] Ciriaci, Grassano, Vezzani, Top R&D investor decision: how to succeed in the global regulatory contest?, European Commission, JRC Science for Policy Brief.

[2016] Ciriaci, Grassano, Vezzani, Regulation, red tape and location choices of top R&D investors, European Commission, European Economy Discussion papers, n. 31.

[2016] Ciriaci, Palma, To what extent are knowledge intensive business services contributing to manufacturing?. Economic Systems Research.

[2016] Ciriaci, The role of well-designed framework conditions for business investment in R&I, in European Commission, Science, Research and Innovation performance in the EU.

[2015] Ciriaci, La desertificazione industriale del Mezzogiorno. Italiani Europei.

[2015] Ciriaci, Montresor, Palma, Do KIBS make manufacturing more innovative? An empirical investigation for 4 European countries. Technological forecasting and Social Change.

[2015] Ciriaci, Moncada, Voigt, Innovation and job creation: A sustainable relation?. Eurasian Business Review. 

[2015] Ciriaci et al., The economic impact of rescue and recovery frameworks in the EU. European Commission, European Economy Discussion papers, n. 4.

[2014] Ciriaci, Business dynamics and red tape barriers. European Commission, European Economy Economic papers, n. 532. 

[2014] Canton, Ciriaci, Solera, The economic impact of professional services’ liberalization. European Commission, European Economy Economic papers, n. 533.

[2014] Ciriaci, Muscio, University choice, research quality and graduates’ employability: Evidence from Italian national survey data. European Educational Research Journal.

[2013] Ciriaci, University quality, interregional brain drain and spatial inequality. The case of Italy. Regional Studies.

 [2012] Ciriaci, Il ruolo della qualità dell’Università nelle scelte di mobilità dei laureati italiani. Rivista economica del Mezzogiorno. 

[2005] Ciriaci, The Brain Drain from Southern Italy: a difficult catching-up. Rivista Economica del Mezzogiorno.

[2001] Ciriaci, Convergenza e dualismo: Nord e Sud Italia tra il 1970 e il 1999. Rivista Economica del Mezzogiorno.

Awards and prizes

In 2001, she received “The Saraceno award for economical and statistical studies on Southern Italy”, SVIMEZ and in 2007 the ERSA-Prepare Scholarship (Marie Curie Program).

Simona Colarizi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, history of media, history of political parties

Keywords: Europe, media, political parties, trade union history

Region: Lazio


Professor emerita of Contemporary History at 'La Sapienza' University of Rome. She has been dean of faculties and director of departments.

Professional career

Born in Modena on 25 December 1944, Simona Colarizi graduated in 1967 with a degree in Modern History, with 110/110 cum laude, discussing a thesis on "The origins of Fascism in Puglia". In the following two years, with a scholarship from the CNR, she took part in research directed by Prof. Renzo De Felice on "Parties, State and Civil Society in Fascist Italy". In 1970, she was appointed professor of the History of Trade Unionism and the Workers' Movement at the Faculty of Law - Degree Course in Political Science - of the University of Camerino and began her long academic career. In the same faculty, in 1973 she was awarded a second teaching post in the History of Political Parties and Movements. Also at Camerino, in 1976 she won a competitive examination for a chair in the History of Political Parties and Movements and became a special lecturer at the Faculty of Law - Degree Course in Political Science. Two years later she was appointed dean of the Faculty of Law, and in 1979 she became a full professor. 

In 1983 she moved to Naples, where she first taught History of political parties and movements, and from 1987 onwards, Contemporary History at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Naples "Federico II", where she also taught History of political parties and movements.

In 1992 he moved to his final destination, Rome. At the Faculty of Sociology at 'La Sapienza' University, he was appointed to the chair of Contemporary History. In 2000 she made her second important appointment: she became director of the Department of Innovation and Society (DIeS). A year later she moved to the Faculty of Communication Sciences. Third prestigious appointment: in 2005 she was elected President of the Interdisciplinary Degree Course in Social Sciences of Cooperation, Development and Relations between Peoples. She was later vice-president of the Society for the Study of Contemporary History (SISSCO), and from 2010 to 2015 she directed the doctorate in "Political Languages" . Since 2016 she has been professor emerita. 

Her non-university activities include the scientific director of the Giacomo Mancini Foundation Archives, a member of the Filippo Turati Foundation, the Francesco Saverio Nitti Foundation and the Renzo De Felice Foundation - Ugo Spirito Institute. She is co-editor of the journal "Nova Storica", and is on the scientific committees of the journals (A) "Mondo contemporaneo" and "XXI Secolo". Since 2012 she has been on the Board of the School of Government of LUISS and since 2018 on the Board of Trustees of the Antonio Gramsci Foundation. Since 2019 he is in the Scientific Committee of the M9 Museum for the History of Italy. 

Scientific results

The historical research to which she has dedicated herself has focused on the theme of the origins of Fascism, particularly in the regional context - at the end of the 1960s little investigated - through the local and national archives of the Ministry of the Interior. The same historical method of analysing archival, printed and bibliographic sources was applied to other research. He also studied the position of the southern liberal democrats - Giorgio Amendola - on fascism, and then in general the history of anti-fascist exiles. Finally, archival sources have been invaluable for research into the opinion of Italians during Fascism. Archival, bibliographic and printed sources have also been indispensable for reconstructing the history of political parties after World War II, and an indispensable source - the historical archive of the "Corriere della sera" - for the history of the Corriere in the liberal era. The history of the European twentieth century is mainly bibliographical, with English and French literature as the point of reference for this synthesis. The originality of the results achieved in all the fields of research pursued by Simona Colarizi have been recognised by the scientific community and by the University, which has awarded her its emeritus status.

Editorial work and publications

Among his latest publications: "Storia del Novecento italiano" Rizzoli, Milan 2000; "Storia politica della Repubblica 1943-2006, Laterza, Bari-Rome 2007; "Novecento d'Europa", Laterza, Bari-Rome 2015, "Luigi Barzini. Una storia italiana", Marsilio, Venice 2017; "Un paese in movimento. L'Italia negli anni Sessanta e Settanta", Laterza, 2019. 

[2019] Un paese in movimento. L’Italia negli anni Sessanta e SettantaLaterza, Bari Roma, pp. 162 ISBN 978-88-581-3867-0 

[2017] Luigi Barzini. Una storia italianaMarsilio, Venezia, pp. 220, ISBN 978-88-317-2663-4 

[2015] Novecento d’Europa. L’illusione, l’odio, la speranza, l’incertezza, Laterza, Roma-Bari, pp.482, ISBN 978-88-581-1895-5 

[2012] (con Marco Gervasoni), La tela di Penelope. Storia della seconda RepubblicaLaterza, Bari-Roma (ISBN 978-88-420-5432-0), p.276. 

[2011] Il “Corriere” nell’età liberaleRizzoli, Fondazione Corriere della sera, Milano (ISBN 978-88-96820-24-7), pp. 590.  

[2007] Storia politica della Repubblica 1943-2006Laterza, Roma-Bari  

[2005] (con Marco Gervasoni), La cruna dell’ago. Craxi, il partito socialista e la crisi della RepubblicaLaterza, Bari-Roma 

[2000] Storia del Novecento italianoRizzoli, Milano . 

[1996] Biografia della Prima Repubblica, Laterza, Bari-Roma  

[1994] Storia dei partiti nell'Italia repubblicana, Laterza, Bari-Roma   

[1991] L'opinione degli italiani sotto il regime (1929-1943), Laterza, Bari-Roma 

Awards and prizes

Simona Colarizi has received numerous prizes and awards. These include, in order of time: 

Walter Tobagi Prize for non-fiction 1991 (the prize-winning book is 'L'opinione degli italiani sotto il regime')

Basilicata Literary Prize for historical non-fiction 1996

City of Civitavecchia Culture Prize 2013

Acqui Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2016

Cristina Anna Colombo

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science


Keywords: clinical criminology, cure of mental illness, depression, mental illness, psychiatry

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Psychiatry at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan and Head of the Complex Operative Unit of Rehabilitation of Mood Disorders at San Raffaele Hospital, Milan 

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan and qualifying as a doctor in 1985, Cristina Colombo continued her training as a volunteer at the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology of the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Milan. At the same time she worked as a medical assistant at the Division of Psychiatry 3 of the Department of Neuropsychiatric Sciences, IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital. The following year he completed his specialisation in Psychiatry at the University of Milan. In 1991 he completed a postgraduate course in bioethics at the Department of Biomedical Science and Technology, IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital. In 2001 she obtained a second specialisation in Clinical Criminology, also at the University of Milan. Today she is Professor of Psychiatry at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Head of the Complex Operative Unit of Rehabilitation of Mood Disorders at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan and Director of the Master of II level Forensic Psychopathology and Criminology at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele.

Scientific results

Cristina Colombo's research activity extends from computerised electroencephalography, brain mapping and brain imaging techniques (CT, MRI, PET) to her current position as coordinator of the research group of the Chronobiology Unit of the Centre for Mood Disorders at San Raffaele Hospital. Within the centre, she and her colleagues carry out specific scientific research on mood disorders, the main research aims being not only to expand knowledge about this pathology, but also to design and develop diagnostic and measurement tools. The main lines of scientific research at the Centre coordinated by Cristina Colombo are functional neuroimaging, the psychopathology of mood disorders, chronobiology and chronotherapy and somatotherapy (TMS, a non-invasive technique for stimulating areas of the brain related to depressive disorders).

Editorial work and publications

Cristina Colombo is on the scientific committees of several international journals and has authored more than 100 articles in international journals, including:

(1993) Colombo C, Bonfanti A, Livian S, Abbruzzese M, Scarone S. Size of the corpus callosum and auditory comprehension in schizophrenics and normal controls. Schizophrenia Research, 11:63-70.

(1999) Smeraldi E, Benedetti F, Barbini B, Campori C, Colombo C. Sustained antidepressant effect of sleep deprivation combined with pindolol in bipolar depression: a placebo-controlled trial. Neuropsychopharmacology, 20(4):380-385.

(2000) Moresco RM, Colombo C, Fazio F, Bonfanti A, Lucignani G, Messa C, Gobbo C, Galli L, Del Sole A, Lucca A, Smeraldi E. Effects of fluvoxamine treatment on the in vivo binding of [F-18]FESP in drug naive depressed patients: a PET study. Neuroimage, 12(4):452-465.

(2002) Benedetti F, Colombo C, Barbini B, Smeraldi E. Sleep deprivation and biological rhytms in bipolar disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, (68):88-89.

(2007) Benedetti F, Barbini B, Colombo C, Smeraldi E. Chronoterapeutics in a psychiatric ward. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 11:509-522.

(2011) Benedetti F, Colombo C. Sleep deprivation in mood disorders. Neuropsychobiology, 64:141-151.

(2014) Benedetti F, Bollettini I, Radaelli D, Poletti S, Locatelli C, Falini A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C. Adverse childhood experiences influence white-matter microstructure in patients with bipolar disorder. Psychological Medicine, 44:3069-3082.

(2014) Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Lorenzi C, Pirovano A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C. The serotonin transporter genotype modulates the relationship between early stress and adult suicidality in bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorders, 16: 857-866.

(2015) Benedetti F, Poletti S, Radaelli D, Locatelli C, Pirovano A, Lorenzi C, Vai B, Bollettini I, Falini A, Smeraldi E, Colombo C. Lithium and GSK-3beta promoter gene variants influence cortical gray matter volumes in bipolar disorder. Psychopharmacology. 

(2015) Benedetti F, Riccaboni R, Dallaspezia S, Locatelli C, Smeraldi E, Colombo C. Effects of CLOCK gene variants and early stress on hopelessness and suicide in bipolar depression. Chronobiology International, Posted online on July 23, 2015.