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Bianca Maria Colosimo
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: additive maufacturing, advanced manufacturing processes, mechanic engineering, production engineering, quality control

Keywords: 3D printing, advanced manufacturing processes, coronavirus, Covid-19, face shields, industrial statistics, personal protective equipment, PPE, quality, statistical process control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems, Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 1996, prof. Colosimo got a PhD in Manufacturing and Production Systems in 2001; in the same year she was visiting postdoc at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). In 1999 she became researcher (assistant professor) and in 2003 associate professor; from 2014 she is full professor of Manufacturing and Production Systems at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2012 she has been the Coordinator of the PhD Programme in Mechanical Engineering in the same university, and member of the Department Board since 2014. In January 2017 she has been nominated Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

The main research interest of prof. Colosimo concerns the development of innovative solutions for data mining, monitoring and control in advanced manufacturing processes (e.g., additive manufacturing or 3D printing). She is carrying out research activities in several international projects, such as SAMM (Smart Additive Manufacturing for Metal) in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); some European projects (e.g., CleanSky2 AMATHO for the production of large aeronautical components in additive manufacturing); several national and regional  projects on Intelligent Manufacturing (Cluster- High Performance Machining and Sustainable Manufacturing; Made4Lo). She currently has active collaborations with several international research groups: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Pennsylvania State University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), among the others.

 

Editorial work and publications

Bianca Maria Colosimo is Editor-in-chief of  the Journal of Quality Technology (Taylor & Francis). She is in the Editorial Board of Polimi Springerbriefs since 2013 and of IISE Transactions since 2017. She has been acting as refereefor many international journals, such as International Journal of Production Research, Technometrics, IISE Transactions (former IIE Transactions) and The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. She is co-author of more than 130 publications, including: 

(2018) Colosimo B.M., Grasso M. Spatially Weighted PCA for Monitoring Video Image Data with Application to Additive Manufacturing, Journal of Quality Technology, vol. 4, 2018.

(2018) Repossini G., Laguzza V., Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., On the use of spatter signature for in-situ monitoring of Laser Powder Bed Fusion, Additive Manufacturing, 16, 35-48

(2017)   Grasso M., Colosimo B.M., Process Defects and In-situ Monitoring Methods in Metal Powder Bed Fusion: a Review, Measurement Science and Technology, 28(4), 1-25.

(2017) Wang J, Pagani L, Leach RK, Zeng W, Colosimo BM, Zhou L. Study of weighted fusion methods for the measurement of surface geometry. Precision Engineering, 47, 111-121. 
(2017) Grasso M, Laguzza V, Semeraro Q, Colosimo BM. In-Process Monitoring of Selective Laser Melting: Spatial Detection of Defects Via Image Data Analysis. ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 139(5), 016. 
(2016) Grasso M, Colosimo BM, Tsung F. A phase I multi-modelling approach for profile monitoring of signal data. International Journal of Production Research, 1-24. 
(2015) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Senin N. Multisensor data fusion via Gaussian process models for dimensional and geometric verification. Precision Engineering, 40:199-213. 
(2015) Del Castillo E, Colosimo BM, Tajbakhsh S. Geodesic Gaussian Processes for the Reconstruction of a Free-Form Surface. Technometrics, 57, 1, 87-98. 
(2014) Colosimo BM, Cicorella P, Pacella M, Blaco M. From profile to surface monitoring: SPC for cylindrical surfaces via Gaussian Processes. Journal of Quality Technology, 46(2):95-113. 
(2013) Colombo D, Colosimo BM, Previtali B. Comparison of methods for data analysis in the remote monitoring of remote laser welding. Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 51, 34-46. 
(2008) Colosimo BM, Pacella M, Semeraro Q. Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications: On the Monitoring of Roundness Profiles. Journal of Quality Technology, 40(1):1-18. 

Awards and prizes

In 1996 prof. Colosimo won the UCIMU Degree Award (Union of Italian Machine Tool Manufacturers) and in 2003 was awarded the Young Researcher Award of the Italian Association of Mechanical Technologies (AITeM). In 2008 the article Statistical Process Control for Geometric Specifications of theJournal of Quality Technology, that she co-authored, was recognized as the "Top downloaded paper of the year ".  In 2017 she was invited speaker at the Stu-Hunter conference.

Elisabetta Comini
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: electronics, innovation, materials, metal oxides, nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanotechnologies, optics, sensors

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

She is full professor at University of Brescia and now head of the SENSOR laboratory (University of Brescia) http://sensor.unibs.it

The laboratory focuses on the research in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), nanomedicine, nutrition and safety. One of the most advanced research areas of the laboratory is precisely the one dealing with almost mono-dimensional oxide nanostructures: 1-D crystalline nanostructures are emerging today as the basis for a new generation of electronics and nanometer-scale optoelectronic devices with superior performance.

Professional career

After achieving her degree in Experimental Physics in 1996 at the University of Pisa, she has been a Ph.D. student in Materials for Engineering at the University of Brescia. She was awarded with her Ph.D. degree in 2000. From 1999 to 2001 she was employed as a technologist at INFM (National Institute of Physics of Matter). Since 2001 she has been a researcher in Physics of Matter at the University of Brescia, where she later became associate professor and then full professor of Experimental Physics of Matter.

Scientific results

EC is a researcher specialist in the growth of metal oxides, particularly nanowires, thin films and the measurement of their electronic, functional and structural properties. EC original work made an impact on the research community. She was the first to report gas sensing properties of conductometric devices based on semiconducting metal oxide nanowires. That paper, cited more than 1100 times, opened up a completely new field which is still one of the most dynamic research area.

EC is a very active member of the research community serving in various Editorial Boards of international journals. She serves as a reviewer for various international journals and she is part of the technical program committee of conferences in chemical sensing.

She was organizer of symposia within the MRS society, within E-MRS society meetings. She was communication chair of the 11th International Meeting on Chemical Sensors (Brescia in July 2006). She is Member of the Technical Program Committee of several conferences such as 6th IEEE SENSORS 2007, 7th IEEE SENSORS 2008, Eurosensors 2009 to 2019.

She was one of the five co-Chair of the 2013 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society

She is a voting member of the steering committee of EUROSENSORS conference.           

She was promoter of 15 Ph.D., and supervisor of 30 undergraduate students.

Editorial work and publications

She has more than 500 communications, 130 invited communications at conferences and she has given more than 65 invited communications including 6 plenary talk. EC has more than 350 peer reviewed paper, h-index 51 (Web of Science), 53 (scopus), 61 (goggle scholar).

 

Selected publications:

(2019) Nunez-Carmona E,  Bertuna A, Abbatangelo M, Sberveglieri V, Comini E, Sberveglieri G. BC-MOS: The novel bacterial cellulose based MOS gas sensors MATERIALS LETTERS, 237 10.1016/j.matlet.2018.11.011

(2018) Zappa D, Galstyan V, Kaur N, Arachchige  HMMM, Sisman O, Comini E. "Metal oxide -based heterostructures for gas sensors" - A review ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA 1039, 10.1016/j.aca.2018.09.020
(2016) Kaur N, Comini E, Zappa D, Poli N, Sberveglieri G. Nickel oxide nanowires: vapor liquid solid synthesis and integration into a gas sensing device. Nanotechnology, 27(20). 
(2015) Comini E, Galstyan V, Faglia G, Bontempi E, Sberveglieri G. Highly conductive titanium oxide nanotubes chemical sensors. Microporous and Mesoporus Materials, 208:165-170. 
(2013) Comini E. Integration of Metal Oxide Nanowires in Flexible Gas Sensing Devices. Sensors-Basel, 13(8):10659-10673. 
(2009) Comini E, Baratto C, Faglia G, Ferroni M, Vomiero A, Sberveglieri G. Quasi-one dimensional metal oxide semiconductors: Preparation, characterization and application as chemical sensors. Progress in Materials Sciences, 54(1):1-67. 
(2007) Vomiero A, Ferroni M, Comini E, Faglia G, Sberveglieri G. Preparation of radial and longitudinal nanosized heterostructures of In2O3 and SnO2. Nano Letters, 7(12):3553-3558. 
(2006) Ponzoni A, Comini E, Sberveglieri G, Zhou J, Deng SZ, Xu NS, Ding Y, Wang ZL. Ultrasensitive and highly selective gas sensors using three-dimensional tungsten oxide nanowire networks. Applied Physics Letters, 88(20). 
(2004) Comini E, Guidi V, Malagu C, Martinelli G, Pan Z, Sberveglieri G, Wang ZL, Electrical properties of tin dioxide two-dimensional nanostructures. Journal of Physical Chemestry B, 108 (6):1882-1887. 
(2002) Comini E, Faglia G, Sberveglieri G, Pan ZW, Wang ZL. Stable and highly sensitive gas sensors based on semiconducting oxide nanobelts. Applied Physics Letters, 81(10):1869-1871.

Awards and prizes

In September 2005 she won the prize for the best presentation at the EUROSENSORS XIX conference in Barcelona. The following year, she won the same prize at the EUROSENSORS XX conference in Gothenburg. In 2010 she won the first place in Science as Art as part of the MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Two years later she won the Eurosensors fellow 2012, a leading conference for the sensor community.

Chiara Conti
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: aeronautical engineer, System Engineer

Keywords: System Engineering

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Engineering Manager in Thales

Professional career

Chiara Conti obtains the bachelor in Aerospace Engineering in 2006 and the Master in Aeronautical Engineer in 2009 at the University La Sapienza of Rome including six months of Erasmus experience at the university TU Delft in the Netherlands.

From 2009 to 2010 she continues to focus ont the research initiated with her thesis developing a growing interest in aerodynamics and aero acoustic associated to drones (UAV).

In 2010 Chiara starts her professional career joining the Business Unit for the design and development of Air Traffic Management System in Selex SI (Leonardo).

During the first years in Leonardo, she focuses on Human Machine Interface, Radar Tracks, flight plan trajectory optimization, and detection of conflicts between aircrafts.

In 2013 she obtains the role of Automation Specialist for the project related to the development of the new Hammad airport in Doha, Qatar. She will then grow up in responsibility roles regarding design, requirements definition, verification, and validation of multiple projects related to Air Traffic management today operative in Vietnam, Ukraine, Turkey, Luxemburg, Bulgaria. Chiara will also be product reference for european projects related to the unification of rules for air traffic control (Sesar).

From 2015 Chiara moves to Melbourne, Australia to join Thales for the development of OneSKY project, the biggest and most complex air traffic management system ever developed in the world, the first one merging civil and military control and stakeholders. The system will be characterized by strict safety and security constraints and will allow the simultaneous control of about 11% of the whole world wide air traffic.

In OneSKY she initially has the responsibility of developing the military control tower, when succeeding in this role, she evolves in the role of System Engineering leader managing the entire functional baseline of the project and a team of Senior System Engineers. 

Chiara has today full responsibility of the engineering process starting from customer needs analysis to requirements derivation, modelling of the solution taking into account safety, security, human factor constraints.

In this role Chiara leads meetings with customer counterparts and plan the activities of the team she leads.

Parallel to the leadership role, Chiara continues her research for the development and integration of drones in the existing air traffic management systems (UTM) and for the application of Artificial Intelligence concepts within Air Traffic Management environment. 

Scientific results

During her university thesis and research experience, Chiara obtained numerical and experimental results regarding the aerodynamics associated with end flaps and winglets, identifying the wing configurations that guarantee the highest performance in terms of safety for a UAV seaplane.

During her work experience in Italy, Chiara managed, as reference for the System Engineering area, numerous projects related to air traffic control that are successfully completed and now operational.

She also collaborated in the study and implementation of a new verification and validation process for integrated software, with evident gains in terms of testing time and early detection of problems during the product maturation phase.

She is repeatedly selected as a Leonardo representative and speaker at global conference, and she is responsible for presenting the company's product portfolio at the Air Traffic Management World congress from 2011 to 2015.

During her work experience in Australia, Chiara is a reference for the analysis and functional definition of the "cutting-edge technologies" regarding flight coordination, use of airspace, and optimization of traffic flows from the approach to the runway. This translates into actual results regarding fewer delayed flights and optimization of trajectories with consequent reduction of fuels and CO2 emissions.

As a System Engineering manager, collaborating with Lean management and agile experts, Chiara studies and implements improvements to the production process, obtaining a 30% reduction on the time required for the functional analysis 

Editorial work and publications

[2012] Chini S, Conti C, Bianco F, . The Innovative Working Position. Polaris Innovation Journal.

Awards and prizes

In 2012, winner of Finmeccanica Innovation Award Silver medal 2012 with the project ‘IWP – the Innovative Working Position’,

In 2013, winner together with her team the ATC global award for the project Strela System commissioned by Ukraine Uksatse and defined as  “outstanding contribution to the next generation of Air Traffic Management Systems”,  

  In 2018, wins the Thales Australia Air Traffic Management Collaboration Award.

Teresa Coratella
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International politics area

Competences: European neighborhood policy, Europe as a global player, foreign policy of Poland, Italian foreign policy

Keywords: advocacy, communication, Europe, European Union, foreign policy, Italy-Russia relations, Poland

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Program manager ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations), Rome

Professional career

Teresa Coratella is the programme manager at ECFR’s Rome office. She joined ECFR in 2011, and previously worked for the Warsaw-based Institute for Eastern Studies as partnership manager and analyst for southern Europe. She holds an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin Campus, with a focus on the EU as a regional actor. A graduate in political science and international relations and native Polish-Italian, her main areas of interest are Polish and Italian foreign policy and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood.

Scientific results

Teresa Coratella follows for ECFR the developments and dynamics of Italian foreign policy and the role of Italy in Europe. Thanks to her specialization in EU as a global actor and policy and her mother tongue knowledge of Polish, she follows closely the developments in the eastern neighborhood of Europe and the related European political processes.  

 

Editorial work and publications

Her recent contributions include:

 

[July 2019] Coratella T., Salvini goes global, ECFR

 

[June 2019] Dennison S., Leonard M., and Zerka P., with contributions from Coratella T., Janning J., 

Mendel-Nykorowycz A., Ignacio Torreblanca J., How to govern a fragmented EU: What Europeans said at the ballot box, ECFR

 

[May 2019] Coratella T.,Poland and Italy: Best of frenemies, ECFR

 

[April 2019] Coratella T.,Italy’s distracted political elite, ECFR

 

[March 2019] Coratella T., Italy's Chinese dilemma, ECFR

 

[July 2018] Coratella T., The League of Leagues: Pan-European cooperation against the EU, ECFR

 

Awards and prizes

Teresa Coratella is a member of WIIS Italy, of the think tank Trinità dei Monti e and she is an Ancienne of the College of Europe. 

Tiziana Corda
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International politics area

Competences: foreign policy analysis, international relations, political regimes, political science, political violence, sanctions

Keywords: Africa, East Africa, Horn of Africa, Iran, Persian Gulf

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Phd Candidate in Political Studies at University of Milan.

Professional career

Tiziana Corda is pursuing a PhD in Political Studies at the Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Studies (NASP) of the University of Milan, Italy. Currently, she is also collaborating on a project of the University of Sussex and funded by the European Research Council (ERC) on Violence, Elites, and Resilience in States Under Stress (VERSUS), focusing mostly on Ethiopia. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Africa Programme of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, at a local NGO in Cape Town, South Africa, and at the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, Belgium.

Scientific results

Within the framework of her doctoral thesis, her research activity focuses on the analysis of international sanctions, specifically the institutional factors and decision-making processes inside the regimes targeted by sanctions which affect their overall effectiveness. Empirical analysis is drawn mostly from cases of sanctions imposed on African countries as well as Iran. Within the framework of her collaboration on the ERC-funded research project VERSUS, instead, she focuses on the analysis of political crises and conflicts in Ethiopia. Overall, her research and teaching activities include international politics; geopolitics; foreign policy analysis, geopolitics, the African agenda of extra-continental powers, especially those of the Gulf; conflicts and political transitions in the Horn of Africa, with a focus on Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan.

Editorial work and publications

Her recent contributions include:

[2021] Corda, T. Not All Plain Sailing: The Highs and Lows of Iran's Scramble for the Horn of Africa, in C. Branco and F. Leandro, Geopolitics of Iran, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2021] Corda, T. Ankara's Africa Policy: An Overview, The International Spectator, 56(3), ahead of print.

[2018] Corsa al Corno d’Africa: interessi globali e competizione regionale, Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale del Parlamento Italiano, n.141, (con G. Dentice e M. Procopio). 

[2016] Recovering Regional Power: The Islamic Republic under Rouhani’s Presidency, Il Politico - Rivista Italiana di Scienze Politiche (Ed. Rubbettino).

Other policy briefs and articles appeared in the al-Sharq Strategic Research, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), the Italian Institute of Political Studies (ISPI), Treccani, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). 

Paola Corradi
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: ICT (Informazioni and Communications Techology), telecomunications

Keywords: cloud, environment, management, smart city, startup, women

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of pharmacology at the University of Bari

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1979, she specialized in Neurology at the same university. She then obtained a scholarship from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan and, in 1984, moved as a researcher to Duke University Medical Center, Durham in the United States, in the group of Dr. R.J. Lefkowitz, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012. Her academic career continued as Research Assistant Professor at the same Duke University and, since 1992, as professor of Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2007 she returned to Italy definitively and became professor of Pharmacology at the University of Bari.

Scientific results

Susanna Cotecchia has always been committed to basic research as an indispensable tool for understanding the mechanisms of disease and drug action. Her research focuses on the study of membrane receptors and site-directed mutagenesis, a particular technique used in molecular biology to study the structure-function relationship of proteins. This line of research aims to address the fundamental questions of molecular pharmacology, providing rapid screening methods and useful information to understand the mechanism of action of medicines. The goal is to build new molecules with selective and targeted pharmacological properties, the so-called drug design, which avoids side effects in the treatment of numerous diseases.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more than 100 national and international scientific papers, including:

 

(2006) Stanasila L, Abuin L, Diviani D, Cotecchia S. Direct interaction of ezrin with the alpha1b-adrenergic receptor regulates recycling of the internalized receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281:4354-63.

(2005) Hosoda C, Koshimizu TA, Tanoue A, Nasa Y, Oikawa R, Tomabechi T, Fukuda S, Shinoura H, Oshikawa S, Takeo S, Kitamura T, Cotecchia S, Tsujimoto G. Two alpha1-adrenergic receptor subtypes regulating the vasopressor response have differential roles in blood pressure regulation. Molecular Pharmacology, 67:912-22.

(2005) Novi F, Stanasila L, Giorgi F, Corsini GU, Cotecchia S, Maggio R. Paired activation of two components within muscarinic M3 receptor dimers is required for recruitment of beta-arrestin-1 to the plasma membrane. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280:19768-76.

(2005) Costa T and Cotecchia S. Historical Perspective: The discovery of inverse efficacy and the constitutive activity of GPCRs. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.

(2005) Hosoda C, Tanoue A, Shibano M, Tanaka Y, Hiroyama M, Koshimizu TA, Cotecchia S, Kitamura T, Tsujimoto G, Koike K. Correlation between vasoconstrictor roles and mRNA expression of alpha(1) adrenoceptor subtypes in blood vessels of genetically engineered mice. British Journal of Pharmacology 146:456-66.

(2005) Sarang Z, Molnar P, Nemeth T, Gomba S, Kardon T, Melino G, Cotecchia S, Fesus L, Szondy Z. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) acting as G protein protects hepatocytes against Fas-mediated cell death in mice. Hepatology 42:578-87.

(2004) Diviani D, Abuin L, Cotecchia S and Pansier L. Anchoring of both PKA and 14-3-3 inhibits the Rho-GEF activity of the AKAP-Lbc signaling complex, EMBO Journal 23:2811-20.

(2004) Cotecchia S, Stanasila L, Diviani D, Bjorklof K, Rossier O and Fanelli F. Structural determinants involved in the activation and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors: lessons from the alpha1-adrenegic receptor subtypes. Biology of the Cell, 96:327-33.

(2005) Zhang H, Cotecchia S, Thomas SA, Tanoue A, Tsujimoto G and Faber JE. Gene deletion of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and alpha1-adrenoceptors demonstrates involvement of catecholamines in vascular remodeling. American Physiological Society Journals, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 287:H2106-H2114.

(2004) Townsend SA, Jung AS, Gillian Hoe YS, Lefkowitz RY, Khan SA, Lemmon CA, Harrison RW, Lee K, Barouch LA, Cotecchia S, Shoukas AA, Nyhan D, Hare JM and Berkowitz DE. Critical role for the alpha-1B adrenergic receptor at the sympathetic neuroeffector junction. Hypertension, 44:776-82.

 

Awards and prizes

Susanna Cotecchia received the award of the European Federation of Biochemical Societies (FEBS) in 1995. In 2001 she obtained the "Receptor Research Prize" of Perk.

 

 

Francesca Maria Corrao
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International politics area

Competences: Arabic language and cuture, cultural anthropology, History of Middle East, history of North Africa, Intercultural and interreligious dialogue, Mediterranean studies, multiculturalism, political discourse analysis, politila thought in arab world

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, identity, pandemics, political thought, resilience

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full professor of Arabic language and culture ane Director of the Master Mislam. Institutions and Economy of the Middle East and North Africa at LUISS Carlo Guidi University, Rome

Professional career

Ph.D. at Rome University “La Sapienza”, and Master in Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo. Former professor at the Napoli “L’Orientale”. Her studies are focused on literature, hystory and culture of Arab countries. 

Scientific results

She coordinated the publication of the secret correspondence between the leaders of the Young Turks and Muhammad Farid, the leader of the Egyptian National party (1912-14). She did the first translation in a European language of a manuscript of the Mamluke age.

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Corrao F.M. Oltre il Mediterraneo: il covid-19 nel mondo arabo. Luiss Open, https://open.luiss.it/2020/04/21/oltre-il-mediterraneo-il-covid-19-nel-mondo-arabo/

[2020] Corrao F.M. "Uno sguardo al di là del nostro giardino", in Pandemia e resilienza. PErsona, comunità e modelli di sviluppo dopo la Covid-19. Consulta Scientifica dei Cortili Gentili, a cura di C. Caporale e A. Pirni.

[2020] Corrao F.M. Emergency and solidarity : an Islamic perspective” in The Bulletin of The Institute of Oriental Philosophy n. 36, 2020 TOKIO JAPAN ISSN 0912-0610 

[2018] Corrao F.M. e Violante L. L’Islam non è terrorismo, ed. Il Mulino

[2017] Eyadat Z, Corrao F.M. Hashas M,Islam, State and ModernityMohammed Abed Al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, Editors: Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M.Hashas, Palgrave Macmillan US

[2017] Corrao F.M. Islam Religion and Politics, LUISS University Press (Islam Religione e politica, LUP 2015);

[2017] Corrao F.M. Reflections on Education and Culture in al-Jabri’s Thought in Islam, State and Modernity. Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World, Editors: Z. Eyadat, F.M. Corrao, M.Hashas, Palgrave Macmillan US 9781-1-137-59760-1

[2015] Corrao F.M. Diaspora araba ed emancipazione culturale, in Gli Studi Interculturali: teorie e pratiche nel contesto degli scambi culturali con la sponda Sud del Mediterraneo, a cura di Franca Sinopoli e Isabella Camera d’Afflitto, Roma Libreria Editrice Orientalia

[2014] Corrao F.M. Médias et conflicts: l’Europe vue par les Arabes, in D. Bendo-Soupou, Le Monde arabe et l’Europe. Entre conflicts et paix, ed. l’Harmattan, pp. 101-110

[2014] Corrao F.M. The Relevance of a Humanistic Education to Intercultural Dialogue, in TŌYŌ TETSUGAKU KENKYŪJO KIYŌ, ed. THE INSTITUTE OF ORIENTAL PHILOSOPHY, vol. 30, Tokyo, pp. 51-62 

[2014] Corrao F.M., Maffettone S. Arab Minorities, Liberalism, and Multiculturalismin Multiculturalism and Minority Rights in the Arab World, ed. E. Poefstl W. Kymlicka, Oxford University Press, pp. 138-172

[2014] Corrao F.M. L’Evoluzione Culturale all’Origine delle Rivoluzioni Arabe, in Economia e Istituzioni dei Paesi del Mediterraneo, a cura di Eugenia Ferragina – Adalgiso Amendola, ed. Il Mulino

[2014] Corrao F.M. Donne Islamiche in Italia: ieri e oggi, in Musulmane d’Italia, a cura di E. Poefstl, ed. Bordeaux, pp.19-56

[2011] Corrao F.M. Le rivoluzioni arabe. La transizione mediterranea, Mondadori Università

[2003] Corrao F.M. Le opinioni e l’informazione nei Paesi arabo-islamici dopo l’11 settembre, a cura di F. M. Corrao, volumetto allegato a “Giano”, n. 40

Awards and prizes

International Career Arward for translation Gherardo da Cremona, Toledo University and Anna Lindh Foundation 2016; Minerva National Awards for Culture, XXII edition 2016.

President of the cultural committee of the Fondazione Orestiadi di Gibellina. Member of the UEAI (Union of European Arabist and Islamist), and the EMTAR (European professor of Modern Arabic Literature), and Researcher at the IOP (Institute of Oriental Philosophy) at the Soka University in Tokyo. Visiting professor in different Universities: Cairo, Beirut, Tunis, Rabat, Paris Inalco and Sciencepò, Cambridge and Harvard.

Marcella Corsi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: gender economy, history of economic ideas, human development, labor economics, microfinance

Keywords: evaluation, gender, microfinance, poverty, work

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Political Economy at the La Sapienza University of Rome. President of "Minerva. Laboratory on diversity and gender inequalities" at the same University

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Statistical Sciences (economics) from the University of Rome La Sapienza, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester (UK). From 1990 to 1992 she was a researcher at the Istituto Studi Congiuntura (ISCO) and, from 1992 to 2005, she worked as an associate professor at the LUISS "G. Carli ". From 2009 to 2013 she is a visiting professor at the Université Libre del Bruxelles. She is a member of CERMi (Center of European Research on Microfinance) at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. She has been collaborating for several years with Fondazione Risorsa Donna with reference to studies on the impact of microfinance and with the Giacomo Brodolini Foundation, on topics related to the gender economy. She is one of the founders of the Economia Civile association (http://www.economiacivile.it) and of the online magazine inGenere.it (www.ingenere.it). She has worked as a consultant for various international institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, OECD): in particular she coordinated the EGGSI network (Expert Group on Gender, Social Inclusion, Health and Long-Term Care) on behalf of the European Commission - DG Employment and social affairs. From 2013 to 2016 she coordinated the Gender Commission of the Italian Society of Economists (SIE). From March 2017 she directs the International Review of Sociology.

Scientific results

As part of her research activity, she has dealt with conjunctural analysis in the real world (labor market, consumption and investments, etc.), technical progress, innovations in the public sector, and, in more recent years, related topics to human development (gender inequalities, poverty, social investments, etc.) and to the evaluation of economic research. In recent years she has published in journals of international prestige such as the Journal of development studies and Feminist economics. She contributed to several collective books published by major international publishers (Routledge and Anthem Press) and edited a textbook for the publisher Laterza (in collaboration with Alessandro Roncaglia).

Editorial work and publications

Marcella Corsi is the author of numerous scientific publications, including (in more recent years):

(2018) (a cura di) Corsi M, Kregel J, D’Ippoliti C. Classical Economics Today, Anthem Press.

(2017) Corsi M, Roncaglia A.Nuovi lineamenti di economia politica, Laterza.

(2017) Corsi M, Gurubu G. Inequality and Poverty, in Jo T, Chester L, D’Ippoliti C (a cura di). Handbook of Heterodox Economics, Routledge.

(2017) Corsi M, De Angelis M. Gender Discrimination in Microfinance? Some Evidence from Uganda. Journal of Development Studies, vol. 53.

 (2016) Cirillo V, Corsi M, D’Ippoliti C. Gender, Class and the Crisis,  in Fadda S, Tridico P (a cura di), Varieties of Economic Inequality, Routledge.

(2016) Botti F, Corsi M, D’Ippoliti C. Gendered Nature of Poverty in the EU: Individualized versus Collective Poverty Measure. Feminist economics, vol. 22.

(2016) Botti F, Corsi M, Guarini G.Lo Stato come ‘fornitore’ d’investimenti sociali (F), Moneta e Credito, vol. 69.

(2013) Corsi M, D’Ippoliti C. The Productivity of the Public Sector: A ClassicalView PSL Quarterly Review, vol. 66.

(2011) Cipollone A, Corsi M, D’Ippoliti C. Building a Knowledge Economy: Education and Job Opportunities in Gender Perspective. PanOeconomicus, vol. LVIII.

 

(2011)  Corsi M, D’Ippoliti C, Lucidi F. On the Evaluation of Economic Research: The Case of Italy. Economia Politica, vol. 28.

E’ anche attiva in campo giornalistico, come redattrice del web-magazine inGenere.it (http://www.ingenere.it/persone/corsi) e come collaboratrice di lavoce.info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irene Costantini
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International politics area

Competences: Africa, conflict, humanitarian interventions, international relations, Middle East

Keywords: conflict, humanitarian interventions, Iraq, Libya, peace building, state building

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in International Relations at Università di Napoli, L’Orientale.

Professional career

Irene Costantini graduates cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Rome, LA Sapienza in 2010 and gains a MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London in 2011. In April 2015, she completes her Ph.D in International Studies at the School of International Studies, University of Trento with a dissertation entitled: “Statebuilding versus State Formation: the political economy of transition in Iraq e Libya”. After her doctorate, she works as a Research Fellow at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York and at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI), Erbil, Iraq. Since Dicember 2017, she is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples L’Orientale. 

Scientific results

She has been researching and teaching on conflict dynamics, the politics of international interventions in conflict-affected areas and the post-conflict transitions in the Middle East and North Africa with a focus on Iraq and Libya. She collaborated in different research projects, including “Drivers for Onward migration: the case of Iraqi IDPs in the Kurdistan Region leaving the country (2016-2017, NWO funding). 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of various publications, including: 

[2019] Costantini I. & Palani K., “Unpacking the displacement-migration nexus: evidence from northern Iraq”, International Migration, first published September 6, 2019. 

[2019] Belloni R. & Costantini I., “From Liberal Statebuilding to Counterinsurgency and Stabilization: the International Intervention in Iraq”, Ethnopolitics, 18 (5): 509–525. 

[2019] Costantini I. & O’Driscoll, D. “Practices of exclusion, narratives of inclusion: violence, population movements and identity politics in post-2014 northern Iraq”, Ethnicities, first published June, 27, 2019. 

[2019] Costantini I. & Hanau Santini R., “Saudi Arabia’s Regional Space-shaping: making or unmaking a region? (with Ruth Hanau Santini). In: Giusti Serana & Mirkina Irina (eds). The EU in a trans-European Space. External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan: 113–131. 

[2019] Costantini I. “State building”. In: Il trono di sabbia. Stato, nazioni e potere in Medio Oriente. A cura di: Giacomo Bottos, Francesco Rustichelli, Francesco Salesio Schiavi, Jacopo Scita e Gabriele Sirtori. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier, in collaborazione con Pandora Rivista: 67–81. 

[2018] Costantini, I. Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: the aftermath of regime change. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding series. Abingdon: Routledge.

[2017] Costantini I. “Conflict and Peace in the Mediterranean Space: Europe’s response to the Libyan crisis.” In: Muriam Haleh Davis and Thomas Serres (eds), North Africa and the Making of Europe: governance, institutions, and culture, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing: 223–242.

[2017] Costantini, I. “La partita degli sfollati di Iraq”. Limes, Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica, 7: 69–74. 

[2017] Costantini I. “A neoliberal rentier system: new challenges and past economic trajectories in Iraq”. The International Spectator, 52 (1): 61–75. 

[2016] Costantini I. “Conflict Dynamics in post-2011 Libya: a political economy perspective, Conflict, Security & Development16 (5): 405–422. 

[2013] Costantini I. “Statebuilding and foreign direct investment. The case of post-2003 Iraq”. International Peacekeeping, 20 (3): 263–279. 

[2012] Costantini I. “Economic issues in war-to-peace transitions: old and new challenges”, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 6 (4): 427–435. 

 

 

Susanna Cotecchia
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: neurology, pharmacology

Keywords: g protein coupled receptors, neurology, pharmacology, signal trasduction

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Full professor of pharmacology at the University of Bari

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1979, she specialized in Neurology at the same university. She then obtained a scholarship from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan and, in 1984, moved as a researcher to Duke University Medical Center, Durham in the United States, in the group of Dr. R.J. Lefkowitz, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012. Her academic career continued as Research Assistant Professor at the same Duke University and, since 1992, as professor of Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2007 she returned to Italy definitively and became professor of Pharmacology at the University of Bari.

Scientific results

Susanna Cotecchia has always been committed to basic research as an indispensable tool for understanding the mechanisms of disease and drug action. Her research focuses on the study of membrane receptors and site-directed mutagenesis, a particular technique used in molecular biology to study the structure-function relationship of proteins. This line of research aims to address the fundamental questions of molecular pharmacology, providing rapid screening methods and useful information to understand the mechanism of action of medicines. The goal is to build new molecules with selective and targeted pharmacological properties, the so-called drug design, which avoids side effects in the treatment of numerous diseases.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more than 100 national and international scientific papers, including:

 

(2006) Stanasila L, Abuin L, Diviani D, Cotecchia S. Direct interaction of ezrin with the alpha1b-adrenergic receptor regulates recycling of the internalized receptors. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 281:4354-63.

(2005) Hosoda C, Koshimizu TA, Tanoue A, Nasa Y, Oikawa R, Tomabechi T, Fukuda S, Shinoura H, Oshikawa S, Takeo S, Kitamura T, Cotecchia S, Tsujimoto G. Two alpha1-adrenergic receptor subtypes regulating the vasopressor response have differential roles in blood pressure regulation. Molecular Pharmacology, 67:912-22.

(2005) Novi F, Stanasila L, Giorgi F, Corsini GU, Cotecchia S, Maggio R. Paired activation of two components within muscarinic M3 receptor dimers is required for recruitment of beta-arrestin-1 to the plasma membrane. The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280:19768-76.

(2005) Costa T and Cotecchia S. Historical Perspective: The discovery of inverse efficacy and the constitutive activity of GPCRs. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences.

(2005) Hosoda C, Tanoue A, Shibano M, Tanaka Y, Hiroyama M, Koshimizu TA, Cotecchia S, Kitamura T, Tsujimoto G, Koike K. Correlation between vasoconstrictor roles and mRNA expression of alpha(1) adrenoceptor subtypes in blood vessels of genetically engineered mice. British Journal of Pharmacology 146:456-66.

(2005) Sarang Z, Molnar P, Nemeth T, Gomba S, Kardon T, Melino G, Cotecchia S, Fesus L, Szondy Z. Tissue transglutaminase (TG2) acting as G protein protects hepatocytes against Fas-mediated cell death in mice. Hepatology 42:578-87.

(2004) Diviani D, Abuin L, Cotecchia S and Pansier L. Anchoring of both PKA and 14-3-3 inhibits the Rho-GEF activity of the AKAP-Lbc signaling complex, EMBO Journal 23:2811-20.

(2004) Cotecchia S, Stanasila L, Diviani D, Bjorklof K, Rossier O and Fanelli F. Structural determinants involved in the activation and regulation of G protein-coupled receptors: lessons from the alpha1-adrenegic receptor subtypes. Biology of the Cell, 96:327-33.

(2005) Zhang H, Cotecchia S, Thomas SA, Tanoue A, Tsujimoto G and Faber JE. Gene deletion of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and alpha1-adrenoceptors demonstrates involvement of catecholamines in vascular remodeling. American Physiological Society Journals, Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 287:H2106-H2114.

(2004) Townsend SA, Jung AS, Gillian Hoe YS, Lefkowitz RY, Khan SA, Lemmon CA, Harrison RW, Lee K, Barouch LA, Cotecchia S, Shoukas AA, Nyhan D, Hare JM and Berkowitz DE. Critical role for the alpha-1B adrenergic receptor at the sympathetic neuroeffector junction. Hypertension, 44:776-82.

 

Awards and prizes

Susanna Cotecchia received the award of the European Federation of Biochemical Societies (FEBS) in 1995. In 2001 she obtained the "Receptor Research Prize" of Perk.

 

 

Federica Cucchiella
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: bioeconomy, circular economy, renewable energy, waste management

Keywords: efficient buildings, photovoltaic systems, sustainability, sustainable cities

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Full Professor of Egineering at the University of L'Aquila.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the University of L'Aquila, from 2000 to 2005 she served, first as a tutor then as a research and teaching collaborator, at the University of L'Aquila, Faculty of Engineering, for courses of Economics Applied to Engineering, Industrial Economics and Economics of Public Utility Services. At the same time, she continues her educational path with a PhD in Management and Economic Engineering at the University of San Marino which she obtained in 2004.

In 2007 she is a researcher, in 2015 she is an associate professor and since 2020 she is a full professor in management and economic engineering at the University of L'Aquila.

She is member of the Department of Industrial and Information Engineering and Economics, her teaching activity is focused on the courses of Economics and Business Organization and Management of Health Systems and Medical Diagnostic Instrumentation.

Scientific results

The research activity of Prof. Federica Cucchiella began in 2000 with a PhD in Management and Economic Engineering.

She began her scientific activity by taking an interest in the problems of optimizing supply chain performance and technology transfer.

Her research then focused on environmental issues related to waste management, the eco-sustainable exploitation of solar energy, renewable energy and the circular economy.

As part of her scientific research, particular attention was paid, with reference to the economic and managerial aspects, to the management of investments aimed at promoting energy from renewable sources with specific concentration on photovoltaic energy, biomethane and incinerators with energy recovery. Research was also developed to promote the adoption by the market of innovative technologies to support renewable energy, analyzing how to simplify the interconnection to the energy transmission and distribution system and how to support policies that allow the generation, integration, safety and sustainable use of renewable energy.

In order to promote and encourage sustainable development, she become involved in the study of new business models based on the principles of the Circular Economy with reference, among others, to waste from electrical and electronic equipment.

In recent years, the scientific research activities of Prof. Federica Cucchiella have focused on the definition of multidisciplinary frameworks to support decisions that favor the retrofit of existing buildings in order to make cities more efficient, intelligent, resilient and generally sustainable. 

Her research is generally characterized by a high interdisciplinarity in a wide range of engineering and science areas applied to renewable energy.

She is the author of four industrial invention patents that can contribute to the promotion of sustainable development and is a founding member of the Spin-off SENSing. The company, where she chaired the Board of Directors, operates in the field of the production of engineering materials and innovative bio-materials, scientific research and technological innovation applied to process or product innovation and the provision of services in the of scientific research

Editorial work and publications

She is co-author of approximately 100 scientific publications, including:

[2020] Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I, Gastaldi M, Koh L, Santibanez-Gonzalez EDR. Assessment of ghg emissions in Europe: Future estimates and policy implications. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 19(1):131-42.

[2020] Annibaldi V, Cucchiella F, De Berardinis P, Gastaldi M, Rotilio M. An integrated sustainable and profitable approach of energy efficiency in heritage buildings. Journal of Cleaner Production, 251.

[2019] Ferella F, Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I, Gallucci K. A techno-economic assessment of biogas upgrading in a developed market. Journal of Cleaner Production, 210:945-57.

[2019] Annibaldi V, Cucchiella F, De Berardinis P, Rotilio M, Stornelli V. Environmental and economic benefits of optimal insulation thickness: A life-cycle cost analysis. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 116.

[2018] Cucchiella F, Gastaldi M, Miliacca M. The management of greenhouse gas emissions and its effects on firm performance. Journal of Cleaner Production, 167:1387-400.

[2018] Awasthi AK, Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I, Li J, Rosa P, Terzi S, et al. Modelling the correlations of e-waste quantity with economic increase. Science of The Total Environment, 613-614:46-53.

[2017] Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I, Gastaldi M. Sustainable waste management: Waste to energy plant as an alternative to landfill. Energy Conversion and Management, 131:18-31.

[2016] Cucchiella F, D’Adamo I, Rosa P. Urban waste to energy (WTE) plants: A social analysis. JP Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 13(3):421-44.

[2016] Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I, Gastaldi M. A profitability assessment of small-scale photovoltaic systems in an electricity market without subsidies. Energy Conversion and Management, 129:62-74.

[2016] Cucchiella F, D'Adamo I. Technical and economic analysis of biomethane: A focus on the role of subsidies. Energy Conversion and Management, 119:338-51.

[2015] Cucchiella F, D’Adamo I, Lenny Koh SC, Rosa P. Recycling of WEEEs: An economic assessment of present and future e-waste streams. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 51:263-72.

[2015] Cucchiella F, D’Adamo I, Gastaldi M. Financial analysis for investment and policy decisions in the renewable energy sector. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 17(4):887-904

Awards and prizes

2020 She appears among the 100,000 international scientists (in the Energy and Environmental Sciences research sectors) identified in the PLOS databases (PLOS - 100,000 Top Scientists) and created by the international journal Plos Biology to classify professors from universities all over the world.

 

2017 VQR 2011/2014 - 1st place at national level of the Univaq Group. Prof. Cucchiella's products all receive a maximum rating of 1 (excellent).

 

2017 She receives the prize of the Fund for Funding for Basic Research Activities (FFABR) intended to contribute to the basic research of researchers and assistant professors.

 

2017 The paper “Recycling of WEEEs: An economic assessment of present and future e-waste streams” (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2015, 51:263-72) is classified by Web of Science as Highly Cited Paper 

 

2015 The paper "Cleaner Energy Production and Sustainable Investment: A Portfolio Analysis in the Italian Electricity Market" presentato al 5th International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production (San Paulo, Brazil, 20-22 May 2015) receives "Special mention" in the 5th International Workshop.

 

2015 she receives by Elsevier the Atlas Award for the paper "Recycling of WEEEs: An economic assessment of present and future e-waste streams" Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (Volume 51, November 2015).

 

2010 Her paper "Risk management in supply chain: a real option approach" is classified among the Top 20 articles of Journal of Manufacturing Technology management.

 

2010 She receives by Supply Chain Management: an International Journal (Emerald Group Publishing Limited) the Higly Commended Award for the paper "A photovoltaic system in a residential building: environmental and economic optimization analysis" presented at 8th International Conference on Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, Hong Kong, China, 6-8 october 2010.

 

2007 Highly Commended Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007 for the paper "Risk management in supply chain: a real option approach" Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management - special issue, 17(6), 700-720.

Maria Lucia Curri
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: physical chemistry of materials

Keywords: environment, inorganic nanocrystals, nanomaterials for biomedicine, nanotechnologies, photocatalytic nanomaterials

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Full Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”

Professional career

PhD in Chemistry at University of Bari in 1996, between 1995 and 1996 is Research Assistant at Chemistry Department of University College London (UK). From 1996 to 1998, is post-doctoral fellow at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) at the Centro Studi Chimico Fisici sull'Interazione Luce-Materia, in Bari.

Since 1999 is staff scientist at CNR, in Bari, and since 2010 is senior scientist at Istitute for Physical and Chemical Processes (IPCF) of CNR, still in Bari.

Since October 2018 is Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at University of Bari “Aldo Moro”.

 

Scientific results

She is active in the field of material chemistry, aiming to design, fabricate and process inorganic solids at the nanoscale for obtaining nanostructured and multifunctional materials both for fundamental and application studies.

The main research work is carried out within the frame of National and International projects on the synthesis of nanoparticles and nanocrystals - namely structures formed of atomic and/or molecular assemblies with a diameter between 2 and 200 nanometers) with a precise control on size, shape and crystalline phase, in order to carefully tune their physical and chemical size dependent properties and to engineer their surface chemistry.

She is involved in development of synthetic strategies for preparation of colloidal nanocrystal based inorganic materials to investigate their potential applications in biomedical field, as theranostic systems for diagnosis and therapy of different diseases, in energy conversion and in the environmental technologies, for detection and degradation of pollutants.

She has been and is Research Unit PI in several European and National research projects, coordinating the European Project 7th FP LIMPID "Nanocomposite Materials for Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutants" (G.A. 310177).

Editorial work and publications

She has been co-authoring more than 200 publications and over 180 papers on international peer-reviewed journals and a number of other publications, including 10 book chapters.

Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/C-5360-2009

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=IuKtR_sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

 

1. (2019) Truppi A., Petronella F., Margiotta V., Lasorella G., Giotta G., Giannini C., Sibillano T., Murgolo S., Mascolo G., Agostiano A., Curri M. L. , Comparelli R. Gram-scale synthesis of UV–vis light active plasmonic photocatalytic nanocomposite based on TiO2/Au nanorods for degradation of pollutants in waterApplied Catalysis B, 243, 604-613.

2. (2016) Valente G, Depalo N, de Paola I, Iacobazzi RM, Denora N, Laquintana V, Comparelli R, Altamura E, Latronico T, Altomare M, Fanizza E, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Saviano M, Del Gatto A, Zaccaro L, Curri ML. Integrin Targeting with Peptide Bioconjugated to Semiconductor-Magnetic Nanocrystalline Heterostructures. Nano Research, 9:644-662.

3. (2015) Ingrosso C, Esposito Corcione C, Striani R, Comparelli R, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Curri ML, Frigione M. UV-curable Nanocomposite based on Methacrylic-Siloxane Resin and Surface modified-TiO2Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7:15494-15505.

4. (2013) Placido T, Aragay G, Pons J, Comparelli R, Curri ML, Merkoçi A. Ion-Directed Assembly of Gold Nanorods: a Strategy for Mercury Detection. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5 (3):1084-1092.

5. (2010) Ingrosso C, Sardella E, Keller D, Dohn S, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Boisen A, Curri ML. Surface functionalization of epoxy resist based microcantilevers with iron oxide nanocrystals. Advanced Material, 22:3288-3292.

Awards and prizes

- More than 30 invited lectures at National and International conferences and workshops

- "L. Senatore" (Italian Chemical Society) award in 2000 for the poster ”Chemical and physical characterization of hybrid structures based on in organic nanocrystalline semiconductors and semiconducting polymer for opto-electronic applications”

- Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg June 2002 “Colloidal oxide nanoparticles for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes”

- Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg 2003 "TiO2 nanocrystals -conjugated -polymer thin film for photovoltaic application"

-  Best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg May 2004. “Hybrid organic nanocomposites based on semiconducting colloidal quantum dots in polymers”.

- "L. Senatore" award Italian Chemical Society in 2006 for the poster “Optical and morphological properties of hybrid nanocomposite based on colloidal TiO2nanocrystals in polymer”.

- Best Poster Nomination at IEEE NEMS 2017 Los Angeles (CA, USA) “Drug Delivery Nanovectors Based on SPIONS for Targeted Therapy of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Anna Cristina D'Addio
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: development economy, econometrics, education systems, public economics

Keywords: aging of the population, gender, inequality, poverty

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Senior Policy Analyst (Thematic lead) at UNESCO.

Professional career

Anna Cristina D'Addio is an economist by background. After graduating in Economics with a thesis in Public Economics magna cum laude at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of the University of Genoa, and a Master's degree in Quantitative Economics from CORE (Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve University, Belgium) she obtained a PhD in Public Economics at the University of Pavia with a thesis in Finance Science in June 1997 and a PhD in Quantitative Economics at the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in 2000.

As part of her research, she spent a year at CREST (Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique) in Paris where she worked on issues related to youth unemployment and micro-econometrics applied to the labour market. Returning to Belgium she worked at IRES (Institut des Recherches Economiques et Sociales) and CORE (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve)  conducting research on youth labour marketspreparing various empirical and theoretical articles collaborating with academics worldwide. In August 2000 she obtained a PhD in Quantitative Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve within the frame of the European Doctoral Program with a thesis on the transition from school to work of young people in France and on unemployment. From 2000 to 2004 she continued to conduct research on these issues participating in international research projects and working as an associate research professor as part of a European research project at the Department of Economics of Aarhus University and the Research Centre on Integration, Education, Qualifications and Marginalisation at Aarhus Business School (Denmark). She conducted research and also taught at the Center of Applied Microeconometrics of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and at HIVA of the Catholique University of Leuven (Belgium). In 2001 she taught the course of evaluation of public policies as Maître de Conférence Invité of the Université  catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve.

From 2004 to 2017 she worked at the OECD in several areas with a socio-economic focus and with a particular emphasis on policies. Since 2017 she has been working as Senior Policy Analyst (Thematic Lead) in the team of  the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO, where she leads the thematic part of the report.

Scientific results

Before starting her career in international organizations, she has worked in numerous university research centers starting from the Department of Scienza delle Finanze of the University of Genoa where she conducted research on (parametric and non-parametric) methodologies to measure efficiency  by applying them  to public transport in Italy. After obtaining her PhD on this topic, she began to work on micro-econometrics applied to issues related to the labour market and in particular to school to work transitions  and the unemployment of young people at theoreticak (the treatment of censorship on the left in models of duration and transition) and  empirical levels. She has published various articles in  journals and  books.

She has developed during her career a great knowledge of longitudinal, transition and duration dataand models. In the 13 years at the OECD she has worked on a wide range of issues such as income inequality, poverty, intergenerational transmission of education and income, financial education, an ageing population, social protection systems, pensions, gender inequalities and the decline in fertility, with particular emphasis on the role of policies. In this role, she has contributed to leading publications such as "Growing Unequal" and the various editions of "Pensions at a Glance" and "OECD Pensions Outlook", among others.  This research also contributed to the preparation of the European Commission's Pensions Adequacy Report. She also participated as an expert in the Survey on the gender impact of social security legislation and on the disparities in pension treatments between men and women carried out by the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

Since 2017 as a Senior Policy Analyst of the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO, she leads the preparation of the thematic part of the report of which she is also co-author. She also participates in the preparation of the team's other thematic outputs, such as the Gender Report  and  Regional reports. Anna D'Addio is responsible for the preparation of country profiles  (PEER) that deal with key aspects to achieve sustainable development goal 4 on education such as inclusion.

Editorial work and publications

[2020]: “Global Education Monitoring Report 2020: Education and Inclusion”, Collective publication with the GEM Report team, UNESCO;

[2019]. “Premessa: I rapporti scuola-famiglia e l’integrazione dei minori stranieri” (Foreword: The relation between schools and the family and the integration of minors with a migrant background) (2019), Guida ISMU 2019, ed.  Elisabetta Cicciarelli  Scuola e famiglie immigrate: un incontro possibile.

[2018): “Global Education Monitoring Report 2019: Migration, Displacement and Education Building Bridges not Walls”, Collective publication with the GEM Report team, UNESCO;

[2015]: “Filling the contribution gap: the effect of incomplete careers on pension entitlements”, chapter 3 in “OECD Pensions at a Glance 2015”, OECD Pensions at a Glance, OECD Publishing Paris.

[2015]: “Reverse mortgage: a tool to reduce old age poverty without sacrificing social inclusion” with E. Fornero, F. coda Moscarola and MC Rossi, Chapter 21 in Ageing in Europe - Supporting Policies for an Inclusive Society, Publisher: De Gruyter, Editors: Axel Borsch-Supan, Guglielmo Weber, et al, pp.235-244 

[2015]:“Dynamics of Social expenditure over the cycle: is there a ratchet effect?” (2015), OECD Journal: Economic Studies.

[2014]:“Labour mobility and the portability of social security rights” (2014), Cesifo Economic Studies with M.C. Cavalleri. Published on line April 2014.

[2013]:« Using a quasi-natural experiment to identify the effects of birth-related leave policies on subjective well-being in Europe”, OECD Journal: Economic Studies, issue 1, vol. 2013

[2013]: “Pension Reforms and Risks: Challenges for Pension Systems in Advanced European Countries”, Chapter 9 in Designing Equitable and Sustainable Pension Systems in the Post-Crisis World, IMF publishing, 2013

[2012]: “Pension entitlements of women with children: The Role of Childcare credits in pension systems in OECD and EU countries”, Chapter 12 in Nonfinancial Defined Contribution Pension Schemes in a Changing Pension World, Volume 2: Gender, Politics, and Financial Stability, eds. R. Holzmann, E. Palmer and D. Robalino,  The World Bank.

[2010]:« Population ageing and Labour markets » (2010), Oxford review of Economic Policy, volume 26,  number 4,  winter 2010 ,  with  M. Keese and E. Whitehouse.

[2010]:“Duration dependence and time varying variables in discrete time duration models” (2010), Brazilian Review of Econometrics, vol. 30 (2)  with B. Honoré.

Awards and prizes

Anna attends numerous national and international conferences and conferences on inequality, gender, pensions, fertility and education. These include the International Forum of the Americas with a speech on pension systems. 

Maria Grazia Daidone
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncological biology

Keywords: biobanks, breast cancer, liquid biopsies, molecular characterization, prognostic and treatment response biomarkers

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the Department of Experimental Oncology and Molecular Medicine of the Cancer Institute of Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1976, she continued her education at the oncology laboratory of the Health Science Center of Tucson, in the United States. She then obtained a specialization in Medical and Biomedical Statistics at the University of Milan in 1997. In 1985 she became a professor of the Italian School of Breast Cancer and in 2001 professor for the Master in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Senology of the University of Siena, roles she still holds. She is also head of the Department of Experimental Oncology and Molecular Medicine of the Milan Cancer Institute.

Scientific results

The main interests of Maria Grazia Daidone are the study and characterization of tumor cells with high potential. This also occurs through translational studies in solid human tumors for the identification of biomolecular markers / profiles that lead to a diagnosis, prognosis and response to specific treatments, and through the study of resistance mechanisms to antitumor agents (drugs and / or hormones). Preclinical research on biomarkers and interactions between cancer cells and the immune system is an important support for the treatment and treatment of tumors: specifically, Maria Grazia Daidone is engaged in research on cancer cells of breast, ovarian and cervical cancer. She also coordinates quality control programs for the formulation and proposition of guidelines for the clinical use of biomarkers and for the collection and storage of biological material (BioBanche).

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several book chapters and also more than 200 scientific publications in national and international journals including:

 

(2016) Callari M, Guffanti A, Soldà G, Merlino G, Fina E, Brini E, Moles A, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. In-depth characterization of breast cancer tumor-promoting cell transcriptome by RNA sequencing and microarrays. Oncotarget, 7(1):976-94.

(2016) Callari M, Cappelletti V, D'Aiuto F, Musella V, Lembo A, Petel F, Karn T, Iwamoto T, Provero P, Daidone MG, Gianni L, Bianchini G. Subtype-Specific Metagene-Based Prediction of Outcome after Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Treatment in Breast Cancer. Clinical Cancer Research, 22(2):337-45.

(2015) Cappelletti V, Appierto V, Tiberio P, Fina E, Callari M, Daidone MG. Circulating Biomarkers for Prediction of Treatment Response. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, (51):60-3.

(2015) D'Aiuto F, Callari M, Dugo M, Merlino G, Musella V, Miodini P, Paolini B, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. miR-30e is an independent subtype-specific prognostic marker in breast cancer. British Journal of Cancer, 113(2):290-8.

(2015) Musella V, Pietrantonio F, Di Buduo E, Iacovelli R, Martinetti A, Sottotetti E, Bossi I, Maggi C, Di Bartolomeo M, de Braud F, Daidone MG, Cappelletti V. Circulating tumor cells as a longitudinal biomarker in patients with advanced chemorefractory, RAS-BRAF wild-type colorectal cancer receiving cetuximab or panitumumab. International Journal of Cancer, 137(6):1467-74.

(2015) Fina E, Callari M, Reduzzi C, D'Aiuto F, Mariani G, Generali D, Pierotti MA, Daidone MG, Cappelletti V. Gene expression profiling of circulating tumor cells in breast cancer. Clinical Chemistry, 61(1):278-89.

(2014) Callari M, Musella V, Di Buduo E, Sensi M, Miodini P, Dugo M, Orlandi R, Agresti R, Paolini B, Carcangiu ML, Cappelletti V, Daidone MG. Subtype-dependent prognostic relevance of an interferon-induced pathway metagene in node-negative breast cancer. Molecular Oncology, 8(7):1278-89.

(2011) Cordenonsi M, Zanconato F, Azzolin L, Forcato M, Rosato A, Frasson C, Inui M, Montagner M, Parenti AR, Poletti A, Daidone MG, Dupont S, Basso G, Bicciato S, Piccolo S. The Hippo transducer TAZ confers cancer stem cell-related traits on breast cancer cells. Cell, 147(4):759-72.

(2011) Callari M, Cappelletti V, De Cecco L, Musella V, Miodini P, Veneroni S, Gariboldi M, Pierotti MA, Daidone MG. Gene expression analysis reveals a different transcriptomic landscape in female and male breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 127(3):601-10.

(2010) Martello G, Rosato A, Ferrari F, Manfrin A, Cordenonsi M, Dupont S, Enzo E, Guzzardo V, Rondina M, Spruce T, Parenti AR, Daidone MG, Bicciato S, Piccolo S. A MicroRNA targeting dicer for metastasis control. Cell, 141(7):1195-207.

Awards and prizes

In May 2014, Maria Grazia Daidone received the R.O.S.A. (Results obtained without aid) from the Canova Club of Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

Federica Dall'Arche
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International politics area

Competences: disarmament, international security, nuclear international diplomacy, WMD diplomacy

Keywords: arms control, gender dimension in peace processes, Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction WMD (biological, chemical, nuclear)

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Research Fellow at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome

Professional career

After graduating summa cum laude in Political Science at the University of Roma Tre, and winning a full merit scholarship for an exchange programme at the Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, Federica obtained her Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California. In 2014, she won the Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize for best MIIS paper on Human Trafficking and concluded an internship at the Asian-Pacific Center for Security Studies, a US Department of Defense academic institute. She was the recipient of the United Nations Security Council Monitor Fellowship at the Women International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), as well as the Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Fellowship at Pacific Forum – Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She also worked at Deloitte UK, and as Graduate Research Assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), at the William Tell Coleman Library, and as a free-lance collaborator for the online magazine Geopolitica.info.

Scientific results

Federica Dall’Archejoins IAI and its "Multilateralism and Global Governance" programme, focusing on nonproliferation and disarmament, and on gender in international security. 

Editorial work and publications

She is the main editor of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium monthly newsletterand the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network Newsletter.

[2017] Dall’Arche F.,Countering Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Adherence to WMD-Related Regimes in the Asia Pacific, 29 Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2017] Dall’Arche F.,CSCAP Study Group on Nonproliferation and Disarmament in the Asia-Pacific, 25 Maggio, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,Nuclear Governance in Asia after the Nuclear Security Summit Process, 6 Dicembre, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F., Toward A US-China Strategic Partnership on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security, 12 Settembre, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,US - China Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Dialogue, Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2016] Dall’Arche F.,Dialogue on Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia,  Agosto, Center for Strategic and International Studies

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Arms trade, Small Arms and Gender Based Violence, 12 Novembre, Women International League for Peace and Freedom

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,From Space Debris to Space Governance: Space Security Index 2015,  26 Ottobre, First Committee Monitor, Reaching Critical Will

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Harnessing Tools and Technologies for Nuclear Disarmament, 19 Ottobre, First Committee Monitor, Reaching Critical Will

[2015] Dall’Arche F.,Overview of the Security Council Open Debate on Women and Peace and Security, 14 Ottobre, Women International League for Peace and Freedom

[2015] Dall’Arche F., ISIS and its hostages: an Overview, 11 February, Centro Studi di Geopolitica e Relazioni Internazionali - Geopolitica.info

Awards and prizes

Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation Fellowship 2016 - 2017

United Nation Security Council Monitor Fellow 2015

Michiel Brandt Memorial Prize Fund Apr - 2014

Monterey Institute Merit Scholarship 2013 - 2015

Betty and David Jones Language (Full) Scholarship Jun 2013

Full merit extra-European scholarship - University of Roma Tre 2010 – 2011

Silvia D'Amato
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International politics area

Competences: European security, international relations, terrorism and counterterrorism

Keywords: Europe, West Africa

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Fiesole

Professional career

Silvia D’Amato holds a bachelor degree in International Studies from the University of Florence and a master degree in International and Diplomatic Science from the University of Bologna (Forli Campus). She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore recognised worth of publication and granted cum laude. As postdoctoral research she has been involved within the H202 RESPOND project at the University of Florence, while she is currently Max Weber research fellow at the European University Institute and Adjunct Professor for James Madison University and the University of Bologna. 

Scientific results

During her Master studies, Silvia D’Amato worked on forms of political violence with specific attention on civil wars in West Africa. During her doctoral studies, she specifically focused on dynamics of terrorism and responses of counterterrorism in Europe from a comparative perspective. Her research interests include international politics and security, terrorism & counterterrorism foreign policy, military interventions. 

Editorial work and publications

 (2019) D’Amato, S. Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian approaches to terrorism in the post 9/11. Routledge. 

 

(2019) D’Amato, S., Lucarelli S. Introduction‘Talking Migration: Narratives of Migration and Justice Claims in the European Migration System of Governance’, TheInternational Spectator, 54:3, 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2019.1643181.

 

(2019) D’Amato, S., Lavizzari, A. The Migration Triangle: Narratives, Justice and the Politics of Migration in France, The International Spectator, 54:3, 37-53, DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2019.1643638.

 

(2019) Baldaro, E.,D’Amato, S. & Giurati, T., The CorsAfrique: The Corsican milieu in Africa, between business and raison d’Etat. European Review of Organized Crime,5:1, 36-59.

 

(2019) D’Amato, S., Islamisation of criminal behaviour: the path to terrorism? Terrorist threat and crime in French counterterrorism policy-formulation’. Special Issue ‘Jihadism and Crime in Europe’, European Journal of Criminology, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1477370819828955.

 

(2018) Coticchia, F., D’Amato, S. Can you hear me Major Tom? News, narratives and contemporary military operations: the case of the Italian mission in Afghanistan, European Security, 27:2, 224-244, DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2018.1484729

 

(2018) D’Amato, S.,  From BR to ISIS. The Italian domestic and international response to terrorism, European Politics and Society, 19:4, 416-434, DOI: 10.1080/23745118.2018.1447763

 

(2018) D’Amato, S., Terlizzi, A., Federico, V. Comparative Database on Migration (RESPOND), http://www.divaportal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1274674&dswid=2927

 

(2018) D’Amato, S., Pannia, P. & Federico, V. National Country Report: Italy. Working Paper, RESPOND: http://www.crs.uu.se/respond/working-paper-series/

 

(2017) D’Amato, S., Terrorists going transnational: rethinking the role of states in the case of AQIM and Boko Haram.Critical Studies on Terrorism.11:1, 151-172, DOI: 10.1080/17539153.2017.134723.

 

(2017) D’Amato, S., G. Del Panta , Does Rentierism Have a Conditional Effect on Violence? Regime Oil Dependency and Civil War in Algeria. The Extractive Industries and Society, 4 (2): 361-370, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2017.01.00

(2015) D’Amato, S. and Baldaro, E.  The Islamization of (in)security in France. Limes, 11: 207-17 [in Italian], available at http://www.limesonline.com/cartaceo/lislamizzazione-dellinsicurezza-nazionale-in-francia?prv=true

 

 

Conchita D'Ambrosio
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Economy and Finance area

Competences:

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, individual welfare

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Political Economy at the University of Luxembourg

Professional career

Conchita D'Ambrosio graduated with honors in Political Economy from Bocconi University in 1993. She continued her studies with a Master of Arts in Economics at the University of New York in 1997, a PhD in Public Finance at the University of Pavia in 1009, a Master of Philosophy or then a Phd in Economics at the University of New York in 1999 and 2000. In 2001 she was a researcher in Finance at the Bocconi University. In 2004 she became an associate professor at the University of Milan-Bicocca. In 2012 she received the prestigious PEARL Grant (about 2 MEUR) from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxemburgese for the analysis of socio-economic inequalities and since 2013 she has been a full professor of Political Economy at the University of Luxembourg.

Scientific results

The research activity of Conchita D’Ambrosio is aimed at examining individual well-being, its measurement and its consequences, with particular attention to individual and social dynamics. On the one hand it proposed indicators of poverty, social exclusion, mobility, polarization, relative deprivation, economic insecurity, on the other it analyzed the association between the proposed indicators and individual behaviors in longitudinal data and cohorts of births in different countries, especially in Europe.  Her works underline the importance of inclusion in the measurement of individual well-being of confrontational elements and expectations that depend both on the individual's path being examined and on that of the others that make up the same reference group. Her recent studies are aimed at analyzing the effect of parents' economic insecurities on their children's cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes, both during adolescence, - outcomes such as academic performance, mental health, behavior, the index of body mass, - both in pregnancy on characteristics such as the weight and the circumference of the head of the newborn at birth.

Editorial work and publications

Conchita D’Ambrosio has been editor of the Review of Income and Wealth since 2008 and a member of the editorial board of the International Review of Economics and of the Journal of Economic Inequality. She edited the Handbook of Research on Individual and Social Well-Being, currently being printed with Edward Elgar. She is also the author of numerous scientific articles published in national and international journals, including:

 

(In press) Bossert W, Can B, D’Ambrosio C. A Head-count Measure of Rank Mobility

and Its Directional Decomposition. Economica.

(2016) Chakravarty SR, Chattopadhyay N, D’Ambrosio C. On a Family of Achievement and Shortfall Inequality Indices. Health Economics, 25:1503-1513.

(2016) Rohde N, D’Ambrosio C, Tang KK, Rao P. Estimating the Mental Health Effects of Social Isolation. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11:853-869.

(2016) Clark A, D’Ambrosio C, Ghislandi S. Adaptation to Poverty in Long-Run Panel Data. Review of Economics and Statistics, 98:591-600.

(2016) Bossert W, Can B, D’Ambrosio C. Measuring Rank Mobility with Variable Population

Size. Social Choice and Welfare, 46:917-931.

(2015) D’Ambrosio C, Rohde. The Distribution of Economic Insecurity: Italy and the USA over the Great Recession. Review of Income and Wealth, 60:S33-S52.

(2014) Bose A, Chakravarty SR, D’Ambrosio C. Richness Orderings. Journal of Economic Inequality, 12:5-22.

(2013) Bossert W, D’Ambrosio C. Measuring Economic Insecurity. International Economic Review, 54:1017-1030.

(2012) Bossert W A, Chakravarty SR, D’Ambrosio C. Poverty and Time. Journal of Economic Inequality, 10:145-162.

(2012) D’Ambrosio C, Frick J. Individual Well-Being in a Dynamic Perspective. Economica, 79:284-302.

 

Awards and prizes

Conchita D’Ambrosio is among the twelve WISE WOMEN 2017, Women in Science and Engineering in Luxembourg. She is a member of the Scientific Commission for the Measurement of Wellbeing, ISTAT since 2011, a member of the Eurostat Task Force for the Development of the 2013 EU-SILC ad hoc module on well-being, 2010, member of the board of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality since 2015. In 2017 she received the “Principessa Sichelgaita” international award, which won the High Patronage of the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and the Presidency of the Republic - is awarded every year by the Salerno Lions Club Princess Sichelgaita, to women from Salerno who have distinguished themselves for their merits in art, entrepreneurship, entertainment or otherwise.

Marta Dassù
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International politics area

Competences: foreign policy, international politics, security

Keywords: energy, Europe, United States, women

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior Advisor of European Affairs at The Aspen Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Aspen Institute Italia’s journal, Aspenia

Professional career

She was Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from November 2011 to February 2014. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Leonardo, Trevi Finanziaria and Fondazione eni Enrico Mattei. Executive President of Women for Expo and Vice President of The Center for American Studies in Rome. She sits on the Board of Directors of IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), as well as on the Board of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. She is member of the Advisory Council of the European Policy Centre in Brussels and a member of the scientific committee of the LUISS School of Government in Rome.

Scientific results

Marta Dassù is a renowned author and scholar of international politics. Her experience in the foreign policy sector has led her to cover important institutional and governmental positions. A great expert of European and American politics, she is a specialist on Security issues.
 
Marta Dassù is also an international expert on gender issues and in particular related to "women empowermentins She chairs WE - Women Empower the World Executive Committee, born from the positive experience of WE-Women for Expo to support the visibility of the "gender dimension" in international relations and global challenges

Awards and prizes

[2009] Dassù M., Mondo Privato e altre storie, Bollati Boringhieri
 
[2019] Dassù M. (con Edoardo Campanella), Anglo Nostalgia. The politics of emotion in a fractured West, Hurst and Oxford University Press

Valeria De Antonellis
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, computer technology

Keywords: big data, informative systems, web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia.

Professional career

Graduated cum laude in Physics from University of Milano, she has been CNR research fellow (1977-1980), assistant professor at University of Milano (1980-1989), associate professor at University of Milano (1989-1991) and at Politecnico di Milano (1991-1994), full professor and Director of the Informatics Institute at the University of Ancona (1994-1996). Since 1996, she has been full professor of Information Systems at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, where she has carried out intensive teaching, research and institutional service activities promoting the development of the area of ​​Computer Engineering. From November 2010 to October 2016, she was Rector’s Delegate for the Innovation of Information Systems of the University, and successfully led a radical and complex process of renewal of the ICT infrastructure and information systems, aimed at improving the processing of information, the communication with users and the provision of online services. In this role, she represented the University of Brescia in the Board of Directors and in the Executive Board of the CINECA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for automatic computing) and of the CILEA consortium (Interuniversity Consortium for communication and information technology). From 2011 to 2016, she held numerous positions, including those of President of the University Library System and Chair of the ICT Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Interuniversity Consortium for Computer Science (CINI), and University’s delegate for CINI Laboratories on Big Data, Smart Cities, Assistive Technologies.  She is member of Scientific Committees for the organization of specialization courses on Industry 4.0 promoted by the University of Brescia with the Industrial Association of Brescia.

Scientific results

The research activity of Valeria De Antonellis is in the area of ​​databases, information systems and Web with focus on design methodologies, conceptual modeling, representation and semantic integration of data, processes, services. She has been working within several national and international research projects and collaborations, coordinating parts of or whole projects. At international level, she is known for leading the national research project DATAID (Progetto Finalizzato CNR) originating the DATAID-1 methodology for the analysis, design and implementation of database systems (cited in “People Behind Informatics: The history of Conceptual Modeling”). In particular, at the beginning of the eighties, she promoted the "conceptual modeling of both data and processes" in the DATAID methodology anticipating issues of the object-oriented methodologies. To respond to the growing need to share and process data from heterogeneous sources, she proposed original techniques of semantic integration and schema matching. She faced problems in the area of ​​the Semantic Web and semantic interoperability, proposing innovative techniques of search, analysis and ranking of data and services available on the web. Her current research topics are aimed at the development of innovative models, methods and tools for the management and exploration of Big Data, with application in strategic areas such as Smart Cities and Industry 4.0.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is co-author of the books: Relational Database Theory (Benjamin/Cummings 1993, ISBN 0-8053-0249-2) and La Teoria Relazionale dei Dati (Bollati Boringhieri , ISBN: 88-339-5031-X, 1985). Co-editor of the book: Computer-Aided Database Design: the DATAID approach (North-Holland 1985, ISBN 0-444-87735-5).

She published over 200 scientific papers in relevant international journals and conference proceedings of the field, including:

(2018) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Service Discovery and Recommendation for Multi-datasource Access: Exploiting Semantic and Social Technologies. A Comprehensive Guide through the Italian Database Research over the Last 25 Years. Studies in Big Data vol. 31, 375-390, Springer Int. Publ. 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-61892-0.

(2017) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Wiser: A multi-dimensional framework for searching and ranking Web APIs. ACM Transactions on the Web, 11(3):1-32, ISSN: 1559-1131.

(2014) Bianchini D, Cappiello C, De Antonellis V, Pernici B. Service identification in inter-organizational process design. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 7(2): 265-278, ISSN: 1939-1374.

(2010) Bianchini D, Montanelli S, Aiello C, Baldoni R, Bolchini C, Bonomi S, Castano S, Catarci T, De Antonellis V, Ferrara A, Melchiori M, Quintarelli E, Scannapieco M, Schreiber FA, Tanca L. Emergent Semantics and Cooperation in Multi-knowledge Communities: the ESTEEM Approach. World Wide Web, 13(1-2): 3-31, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2008) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Melchiori M. Flexible Semantic-based Service Matchmaking and Discovery. World Wide Web, 11(2):227-251, ISSN: 1386-145X.

(2006) Bianchini D, De Antonellis V, Pernici B, Plebani P. Ontology based Methodology for e-Service Discovery. Information Systems, 31(4):361-380, ISSN: 0306-4379.

(2001) Castano S, De Antonellis V, De Capitani D, Vimercati S. Global Viewing of Heterogeneous Data Sources. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 13(2): 277-297, ISSN: 1041-4347.

(1998) Castano S, De Antonellis V, Fugini MG, Pernici B. Conceptual Schema Analysis: techniques and applications. ACM Transactions on Database Systems, 23(3): 286-332, ISSN: 0362-5915.

(1995) Castano S, De Antonellis V. Reference Conceptual Architectures for Re-engineering Information Systems. International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, 4(2-3): 213-236, ISSN: 0218-8430.

(1990) De Antonellis V, Zonta B. A Disciplined Approach to Office Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 16(8): 822-828, ISSN: 0098-5589.

(1985) De Antonellis V, Di Leva A. DATAID-1: a Database Design Methodology. Information Systems, 10(2):181-195, ISSN: 0306-4379.

 

Awards and prizes

She has been Chair of the AICA Working Group on Databases (1990-1997). Co-founder of the Italian Pole of Scientific and technological Research on Interoperability "Interop-Vlab.IT" (2008-2014). Co-founder and member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Conference SEBD (Advanced Systems for Databases).  Member of the "ER International Conference on Conceptual Modeling" Steering Committee. Associate member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Data&Knowledge Engineering, Elsevier. Member of the Scientific Committee of "Collana di Informatica", ed. Franco Angeli.

Recent awards: Outstanding contribution as Conference Co-Chair at International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, 2012; Best paper award at International Conference ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities, 2017; Best paper award at International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 2013.

 

Daria De Donno
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, history of Southern Italy, political history, social history, women’s and gender history

Keywords: classes of notables and ruling elites, political dissent, women, young people

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Lecture of Contemporary History at the University of Salento.

Professional career

After graduating in Cultural Heritage, Daria De Donno obtained a PhD in The Italian ‘Mezzogiorno’ between Europe and the Mediterranean: Territory, Institutions and Civilisation from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age at the University of Salento. In 2004 she carried out period of research at the University of Coimbra (Departamento de História moderna e de História das Ideiais); between 2004 and 2007 she was a research fellow at the University of Salento; since October 2007 she has been a researcher in Contemporary History. Daria De Donno is a member of the teaching staff of the doctorate in “Human and Social Sciences, in remembrance of Giulio Regeni” at the University of Salento. Since 2017, she is scientific director of Research Centre «Archive of female Salento writing» (active at the Department of History, Society and Human Studies at the University of Salento) and since 2020 she is scientific referent of the “Study group of writings of Don Tonino Bello”. She is also a member of Scientific Committee of the “Institute for the History of the Italian Risorgimento” (Provincial Committee of Cosenza). From several years, she is been a member of the Italian Society of Contemporary History (Sissco) and also of the Italian Association of Public History (AIPH).

Scientific results

Daria De Donno’s research focuses mainly on social and political history from the XIX to the XX century. In light of renewed interest in the international historiographic debate, she has approached the categories of élites, middle class, classes of notables (both men and women), with a particular focus on the careers, experiences and roles played by a few protagonists (more or less well-known), especially through the monitoring of private sources. At the same time, her research interest is oriented to the Women’s history, especially towards the study of the women’s writings, with a particular attention on the usage of the feminine literature as a source for the historical research. From some years, she has focused her activity also on the teaching of Gender history, working with some educational institutions with the project Female traces in school archives. More recently, she has deepened the political dissent of the Italian socialist youth movement between the First World War and post-War period. She is currently investigating also the relationship between Coldiretti and the Christian Democratic Party in the 1980s.

Editorial work and publications

[2021] De Donno D., Un partito senza leader. La difficile rappresentanza del Ppi in PugliaAlla scuola di Don Sturzo. Il popolarismo nel Mezzogiorno a cento anni dall’Appello ai liberi e forti, a cura di L. Coscarella, P. Palma, Luigi Pellegrini editore: 123-138.

[2021] De Donno D., Maddalena Santoro tra posizioni emancipazionistiche e adesione al “modello muliebre” del regimeL’officina del sentimento. Gesti voci segni di donne in Terra d’Otranto tra Grande Guerra e fascismo, a cura di G. Caramuscio, Giorgiani: 215-235.

[2020] De Donno D., Les jeunes socialistes italiens, le premier conflit mondial, la révolution1917/2017. Qu’est-ce que réussir une révolution?, Marie Cuillerai, Fabrice Flipo (dir.), Presses des Mines: 89-100

[2020] De Donno D., Storia di un’impresa familiare. Le «Officine meccaniche Massari» tra Salento, Nord-Africa ed Europa mediterranea (1943-1988). «Giornale di Storia Contemporanea», XXVI (2): pp. 59-72.

[2019] De Donno D., Tracce femminili negli archivi scolastici (con M. Calogiuri). «Ricerche Storiche», XLIX (2): 67-76.

[2019] De Donno D., Tabacchine, condizioni di lavoro e disoccupazione nel Salento negli anni Trenta del Novecento. “Non solo pane ma diritti”. Il contrastato movimento delle tabacchine salentine nel Novecento, a cura di M. Spedicato, Giorgiani: 173-198.

[2018] De Donno D., Una «union sacrée» per la pace e per la rivoluzione. Il movimento dei giovani sovversivi meridionali contro la guerraLe Monnier.

[2018] De Donno D., «La Santa Russia». La guerre, les révolutions de 1917 et le mouvement des jeunes socialistes italiens. «Ricerche Storiche» XLVIII (2): 65-75.

[2018] De Donno D., 1916. I giovani socialisti rivoluzionari per «l’unione dei reietti e dei bastardi» contro la guerra. «Itinerari di ricerca storica», XXXII (2): 109-128.

[2015] De Donno D., Una “triste e solenne” terra di galantuomini. Per un profilo del notabilato in Basilicata in età liberale. «Itinerari di ricerca storica», XXIX (2): 11-40.

[2013] De Donno D., Con l’Italia nel cuore. L’esperienza di un patriota mazziniano (Nicola Valletta, 1829-1915). “L'Italia è”. Mezzogiorno, Risorgimento e post-Risorgimento, a cura di M.M. Rizzo, Viella: 101-115.

[2010] De Donno D., Notabilato e carriere politiche tra Otto e Novecento. Un esempio di ascesa (Giuseppe Pellegrino, 1856-1931), Pubblicazione del Dipartimento di Studi Storici dal Medioevo all’Età contemporanea (Congedo).

Awards and prizes

She won the CNR competition “Research Promotion 2005: Identity as a factor of integration” with the book Memorie familiari e storie di comunità. Il «Libro di casa» dei Pellegrino di Melpignano (secc. XVIII-XIX), 2006.

She was awarded the Prize of Study “Maria Marangelli” (22nd edition, 2009-2010) with the book Notabilato e carriere politiche tra Otto e Novecento. Un esempio di ascesa (Giuseppe Pellegrino, 1856-1931), 2010. The same book has been selected as one of the top five “most significant” published works in the seventh edition of the “Premio Ettore Gallo”.

Elisabetta Dejana
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology

Keywords: blood vessels, cancer, cancer therapy, molecular cancer, tumor angiogenesis

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Director of the Vascular System of Cancer Research Unit at the IFOM Research Institute

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Bologna, she moved to Milan to work at the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, where she studied the pathological mechanisms underlying thrombosis and cardiovascular disease.From 1978 to 1980 she worked in Canada, in one of the leading research groups in the cardiovascular sector; during that period she developed techniques for the isolation and culture of endothelial cells that make up the wall of blood vessels, in order to be able to study their normal and pathological characteristics in in vitro models. Back to Italy, she organized the Laboratory of Vascular Biology at the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, which she directed until 1993, with periods of work abroad at Harvard Medical School in Boston, at the Hôpital Bicêtre in Paris and at the Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. From 1993 to 1996 she directed the Laboratoire d'Hematologie of the Nuclear Energy Center in Grenoble. Again in Italy, in Milan, she took part in the implementation of the FIRC project to create a new institute entirely dedicated to cancer research. Elisabetta Dejana is also a professor of General Pathology at the Department of Oncology and Emato-oncology of the University of Milan and at the Department of Genetic Immunology and Pathology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Scientific results

The study of vascular cell biology has continued in recent years with a new goal: to understand the process of formation of new blood vessels, angiogenesis, in the embryo and during the growth of a tumor. At the birth of IFOM, in 2000, she was among the first scientists to animate its laboratories. Thus, an IFOM research program aimed at studying the process of blood vessel formation and the development of therapeutic strategies that, by acting on it, could inhibit tumor growth, was launched under her direction.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 400 scientific studies published in the most prestigious specialist journals, including:

(2015) Bravi L, Rudini N, Cuttano R, Giampietro C, Maddaluno L, Ferrarini L, Adams RH, Corada M, Boulday G, Tournier-Lasserve E, Dejana E, Lampugnani MG. Sulindac metabolites decrease cerebrovascular malformations in CCM3-Knockout mice. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 112:8421.

(2015) Cuttano R, Rudini N, Bravi L, Corada M, Giampietro C, Papa E, Morini MF, Maddaluno L, Ralf H. Adams RH, Mukesh KJ, Owens GK, Lampugnani MG and Dejana E. KLF4 is a key determinant of development and progression of Cerebral Cavernous Malformations. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8:6.

(2013) Maddaluno L, Rudini N, Cuttano R, Bravi L, Giampietro C, Corada M, Ferrarini L, Orsenigo F, Papa E, Boulday G, Tournier-Lasserve E, Chapon F, Richichi C, Retta SF, Lampugnani MG, Dejana E. EndMT contributes to the onset and progression of cerebral cavernous malformations. Nature, 498: 492.

(2013) Corada M, Orsenigo M, Bhat G, Nyqvist D, Breviario F, Morini MF, Briot A, Pitulescu,M. Iruela-Arispe L., Adams R. and Dejana E. Sox17 is indispensable for acquisition and maintenance of arterial identity. Nature Communications, 4:2609.

(2012) Orsenigo F, Giampietro C, Ferrari A, Corada M, Galaup A, Sigismund S, Ristagno G, Maddaluno L, Koh GY, Franco D, Kurtcuoglu V, Poulikakos D, Baluk P, McDonald D, Grazia Lampugnani M, Dejana E. Phosphorylation of VE-cadherin is modulated by haemodynamic forces and contributes to the regulation of vascular permeability in vivo. Nature Communications, 3:1208.

(2010) Corada M, Nyqvist D, Orsenigo F, Caprini A, Giampietro C, Taketo MM, Iruela-Arispe ML, Adams RH, Dejana E. The Wnt/beta-catenin pathway modulates vascular remodeling and specification by upregulating Dll4/Notch signaling. Developmental Cell, 18:938.

(2009) Dejana E, Tournier-Lasserve E, Weinstein BM. The control of vascular integrity by endothelial cell junctions: molecular basis and pathological implications. Developmental Cell, 16(2):209-21.

(2008) Taddei A, Giampietro C, Conti A, Orsenigo F, Breviario F, Pirazzoli V, Potente M, Daly C., Dimmeler S, Dejana E. Endothelial adherens junctions control tight junctions by VE-cadherin-mediated upregulation of claudin-5. Nature Cell Biology, 10:923.

(2008) Liebner S, Corada M, Bangsow T, Babbage J, Taddei A, Czupalla CJ, Reis M, Felici A, Wolburg H, Fruttiger M, Taketo MM, von Melchner H, Plate KH, Gerardt H, Dejana E. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling controls development of the blood-brain barrier. The Journal of Cell Biology, 183:409.

(1999) Carmeliet P, Lampugnani MG, Moons L, Breviario F, Compernolle V, Bono F, Balconi G, Spagnuolo R, Oosthuyse B, Dewerchin M, Zanetti A, Angelillo A, Mattot V, Nuyens D, Lutgens E, Gittenberger-de Groot A, Poelmann R, Lupu F, Herbert JM, Collen D, and Dejana E. Targeted deficiency or cytosolic truncation of the VE-cadherin gene in mice impairs VEGF-mediated endothelial survival and angiogenesis. Cell, 98:147.

 

 

Awards and prizes

During her career she has received many awards and recognitions from various Italian and foreign scientific associations: the prize of the International Society for Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Paris; the Wennegren Foundation Award, Stockholm; the John Hopkins Award in the Lung Vascular Biology, Baltimore; the Official Award of the Italian Republic, Rome; the William Harvey Outstanding Contribution to Science, Award, 2007 London. She is also a member of the Accademia dei Lincei and of the Academy of Europe and received the honorary degree at the University of Helsinki and that of Frankfurt, Faculty of Medicine.

Daniela Del Boca
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: family economy, labor economics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19: impact on women's work

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Daniela Del Boca, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Professor of Economics at the University of Turin, Fellow of Collegio Carlo Alberto and Director of CHILD.

                                                

Professional career

After her bachelor degree at the University of Turin she continued her academic training in Labor Economics at the University of  Wisconsin-Madison where she was awarded her PhD in 1988.

Nel 1990 she has been Associate Professor at the Politecnico of Milan and later full Professor at the University of Turin. She has visited several Universities including New York University, Johns Hopkins, Munich

Scientific results

Her main interests are on gender gaps in the labor market and family investment in human capital and child development.

She has participated and coordinated several European Projects. Among the most recent ones: Families and Societies (FP7 2013-2017), Family and the Economic Crisis (Leibniz Association, 2015-2018), Child Care and Child Outcomes (Collegio Carlo Alberto and Jacobs Foundation), Economic Benefits of Gender Equality in the European Union. (http://www.carloalberto.org/child-collegiocarloalberto) and Closing the gender pension gap by increasing women’s awareness(2018-2010)

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Del Boca ha written several articles and books. Among the books: Women in the Labor Force: An Economic Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2005), Social Policies, Labour Markets and Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Famiglie Sole (Il Mulino, 2009) e Valorizzare le Donne Conviene (Il Mulino, 2012).

Among the most recent articles:

(2020) Del Boca D, Oggero N, Profeta P, Rossi M. Women’s and men’s work, housework and childcare, before and during COVID-19. Review of Economics of the Household 18 (4), 1001-1017

(2018) Del Boca D, Heckman J, Biroli P et al. Evaluating the Reggio Approach on Early. Research in Economics, 71

(2017) Del Boca D, Monfardini C, Nicoletti C. Parental and child time and cognitive development of adolescents. Journal of Labor Economics 35(2):565-608

(2016) Del Boca D, Flinn C, Wiswall M. Transfers to families with children and child outcomes. Economic Journal 526: F138-F183

 (2014) Del Boca D, Flinn C. Household Behavior and Marriage Market. Journal of Economic Theory, 150: 37-155

(2014) Del Boca D, Flinn C, Wiswall M. Household Choices and Child Development. Review of Economic Studies, 81:137-185

Daniela Del Boca is also in the Editorial Board of two journals Labour (Review of Labour Economics) e Review of Economics of the Household and Member of the Editorial Committee of lavoce.info  where she is responsabile dei geneder and family policies  (www.lavoce.info). Collaborates also to 27esima ora of Corriere della Sera, the online journal inGenere and her results have cited by Repubblica, Il Sole 24 ore, International New York Times, Financial Times. She partecipates to several international conferences and workshops on women’s work, family and child outcomes.

Awards and prizes

In 2007 she was awarded by the President of the Italian Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano of the Order of Merit for her contribution to the study of conciliation work and the family. She is presently Research Associate to the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at NYU, the Becker-Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago, CEPR, Ifo at the University of Munich, and  IZA (Bonn). Since 2012 is Member of General Council of Compagniadi San Paolo.

 

Donatella Della Ratta
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International politics area

Competences: international politics, media

Keywords: internet, Middle East, social media, Syria, technology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Assistant professor of communications and media studies at John Cabot University, Rome.

 

Professional career

Background in Media Studies with a specialization in Arabic-speaking media. From 2007 until 2011 she lived in Damascus and carried out an extensive media ethnography of Syrian TV series which became the topic of her Ph.D. research, obtained from the University of Copenhagen in 2013. She is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Copenhagen and at the Annenberg School for Communication, Pennsylvania University and an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

She has authored three monographs on Arab media, and curated chapters on Syrian media and politics in several collective books. She is a contributor to Italian and international media outlets such as Al Jazeera English, Hyperallergic, Internazionale, and Il Manifesto. She has professional experience as a journalist, TV author and producer and managed the Arabic speaking community of the international NGO Creative Commons www.creativecommons.org for five years (2008-2013).

Scientific results

Her research develops in two main strands. The first one relates to the geopolitics of the media in the Middle East, with a particular focus on pan-Arab networks (Al Jazeera, etc.), on specific television genres (TV serials, etc.), on the network (meme, etc.) and on specific areas (Syria). The second strand concerns the critical analysis of digital media and the relationship between new "social" formats, politics and the representation of violence. Her latest book "Shooting a Revolution: Visual Media and Warfare in Syria" (Pluto Press, 2018) is an expression of these two lines of research.

 

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Della Ratta D, Shooting a Revolution. Visual Media and Warfare in Syria, Pluto Press.

[2015] Della Ratta D, (together with Sakr N. and Skovgaard Petersen J.), Arab Media Moguls, I.B. Tauri.

[2014] Della Ratta D, La Fiction Siriana. Mercato e Politica della Televisione nell`Era degli Asad, Arab Media Report. 

[2009] Della Ratta D, (together with Valerani A.), Un Hussein alla Casa Bianca. Cosa pensa il mondo arabo di Barack Obama, Odoya. 

[2005] Della Ratta D, Al Jazeera. Media e Società Arabe nel Nuovo Millennio, Bruno Mondadori Editore.

[2000] Della Ratta D,Media Oriente. Modelli, Strategie e Tecnologie nelle Nuove Televisioni Arabe, Seam.

Awards and prizes

She co-founded SyriaUntold.com, a portal on Syria that was awarded the ‘best digital community’ prize at the Linz Ars Electronica Festival in 2014. 

In 2000, she also received the Ilaria Alpi Award for best TV author under 30 for her work in the Rai 2 TV show "A World in Colors".

 

Liliana Dell'Osso
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: psychiatry

Keywords: anxiety, complicated bereavement, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on domestic violences, Covid-19: post-traumatic demoralization syndrome, depression, mood, post traumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorders, spectrum, suicide, traumatic bereavement, violence against women

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Psychiatry - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - University of Pisa (Italy), Director of the Psychiatry Care Unit of the University Hospital of Pisa, President of the Italian College of University Professors of Psychiatry

Professional career

1979: Degree School of Medicine, University of Pisa

1984: Fellowship in Psychiatry, University of Pisa

1983-1987: Researcher at the Institute of Pharmacology of University of Pisa

1987-1992: Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry of University of Pisa

1992-2001: Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Biotechnologies of University of Pisa

From 2001: Professor of Psychiatry - Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - University of Pisa

From 2001: Director of the Psychiatry Care Unit of the University Hospital of Pisa

From 2010: Director of the Residency Program in Psychiatry at University of Pisa

From 2010: Director of the Degree Program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Pisa

From 2011: Director of the Master Program in Clinics and Therapy of Mood Disorders at the University of Pisa

From 2011: Director of the Master Program in Addiction Medicine at the University of Pisa

From 2012-2015: Education and Research Coordinator of Neuroscience Department, University Hospital of Pisa

From 2015-2018: Vice-President of the Italian Society of Psychiatry (SIP)

From 2018: President of the Italian College of Full Professors of Psychiatry

Scientific results

Her researches focused on psychopathology, neurobiology, genetic and clinical neuropharmacology. She is also involved in the “Spectrum Project”, an international collaboration (University of Pisa, University of Pittsburgh, University of New York, University of San Diego), which has developed and validated  several instrument for a dimensional assessment of psychiatric conditions, such as mood (SCI-MOODS), anxiety (SCI-PAS, SCI-SHY, SCI-OBS), stress-related (SCI-TALS) and psychotic (SCI-PSY)  disorders. Moreover, Liliana Dell’Osso lead several researches about pharmacotherapy of psychosis and bipolar disorders, with a specific focus on the use of clozapina. More recently, her studies addressed the Autism, with the development of a questionnaire for the assessment of autism subtreshold symptoms in adults (AdAS Spectrum).

Editorial work and publications

She is author of a wide number of studies published on International journals, such as:

Dell'Osso L, Carpita B, Cremone IM, Muti D, Diadema E, Barberi FM, Massimetti  G, Brondino N, Petrosino B, Politi P, Aguglia E, Lorenzi P, Carmassi C, Gesi C. The mediating effect of trauma and stressor related symptoms and ruminations on the relationship between autistic traits and mood spectrum. Psychiatry Research. 2018; pii: S0165-1781(18)30826-6

 

Galderisi S, Rossi A, Rocca P, Bertolino A, Mucci A, Bucci P, Rucci P, Gibertoni D, Aguglia E, Amore M, Bellomo A, Biondi M, Brugnoli R, Dell'Osso L, De Ronchi D, Di Emidio G, Di Giannantonio M, Fagiolini A, Marchesi C, Monteleone P, Oldani L, Pinna F, Roncone R, Sacchetti E, Santonastaso P, Siracusano A, Vita A, Zeppegno P, Maj M; Italian Network For Research on Psychoses. The influence of illness-related variables, personal resources and context-related factors on real-life functioning of people with schizophrenia

World Psychiatry. 2014;13(3):275-87

 

 

Dell'Osso L, Gesi C, Massimetti E, Cremone IM, Barbuti M, Maccariello G, Moroni I, Barlati S, Castellini G, Luciano M, Bossini L, Rocchetti M, Signorelli M, Aguglia E, Fagiolini A, Politi P, Ricca V, Vita A, Carmassi C, Maj M. Adult Autism Subthreshold Spectrum (AdAS Spectrum): validation of a questionnaire investigating subthreshold autism spectrum. Comprehensive Psychiatry. 2016;73:61-83


Dell'Osso L, Carmassi C, Massimetti G, Stratta P, Riccardi I, Capanna C, Akiskal KK, Akiskal HS, Rossi A. Age, gender and epicenter proximity effects on post-traumatic stress symptoms in L'Aquila 2009 earthquake survivors. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2013;146 (2):174-180

Bevilacqua L, Doly S, Kaprio J, Yuan Q, Tikkanen R, Paunio T, Zhou Z, Wedenoja J, Maroteaux L, Diaz S, Belmer A, Hodgkinson CA, Dell'osso L, Suvisaari J, Coccaro E, Rose RJ, Peltonen L, Virkkunen M, Goldman D. A population-specific HTR2B stop codon predisposes to severe impulsivity. Nature. 2010;468(7327):1061-6

She is also co-author of several books, such as: L'altra Marilyn. Psichiatria e psicoanalisi di un cold case (2016), L'Abisso negli occhi. Spettro Autistico e violenza di genere nel mito e nell’arte (2016), La verità sulla menzogna: dalle origini alla post-verità(ETS, 2017),Il caso Coco Chanel. L’insopportabile Genio (2018), L’ombra dell’autismo. Declinazioni cliniche e psicopatologiche dello spettro autistico sottosoglia. (FrancoAngeli, 2018). Genio e follia 2.0. Il complesso rapporto tra spettro autistico e competenze eccezionali (2019).

Raffaella A. Del Sarto
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International politics area

Competences: European-Israeli-Palestinian relations, Europe- Midle East relations, International relations of the Middle East, Israeli domestic and foreign policies, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Relations between Europe and the Middle East and North Africa

Keywords: Israel, borders and regional order, Maghreb, Mashreq, Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa, security and identity politics

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe (Bologna campus)

Professional career

After completing her MA studies in Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany, she began her career as an external collaborator and consultant at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Jerusalem (1997-1998) and the Israel Democracy Institute in Jerusalem. From 1998 to 2000 she was the Manager of the project ‘The German Fund for Palestinian NGOs’ for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Jerusalem. In 2003 she obtains a PhD in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude). From 2004 to 2005 she is a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute and from 2005 to 2007 a Marie Curie Fellow there. From 2007 to 2011 she is the Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oxford, St Antony's College, the Middle East Center. Between 2011 and the spring of 2019 she is part-time Professor at the European University Institute. From 2010 to 2015 she is Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe, in Bologna. In 2015, she obtains the Italian national scientific qualification for associate professor, and in 2019 for full professor. She has been Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe (Bologna), since 2015.

Scientific results

Raffaella A. Del Sarto obtained a research grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project BORDERLANDS: Boundaries, Governance, and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East(2011-2018). She published two monographs, over 15 academic articles, over 10 book chapters, and numerous policy reports, working papers and grey publications. She has also edited or co-edited 5 volumes.

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Del Sarto is member of the Editorial Board of The International Spectator and member of the Advisory Board of the journals Mediterranean Politics and International Affairs.

[2019] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Stuck in the Logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’, The Middle East Journal73(3): 376-396. 

[2019] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Insecurity, Identity Politics, and the Restructuring of the Middle East’, in Shifting Global Politics and the Middle East, POMEPS Studies 34, March, Project on Middle East Political Science.
 
[2019] Del Sarto, R. A., Malmvig, H. and Soler i Lecha, E., Interregnum: The Regional Order in the Middle East and North Africa after the Arab Uprisings, MENARA Final Report no. 1, February. 

[2018] Del Sarto, R A. and Jean-Pierre Cassarino, ‘The Governance of Migration and Border Controls in the European-North African Context’, MENARA Working Paper no. 13, September. 

[2017] Del Sarto, R. A. Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University.
 
[2017] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts’, in International Affairs 93(4): 767-787.

[2017] Del Sarto, R. A., Fawcett L. and Okyay A., eds., Contentious Borders: Sovereignty and Statehood in the Middle East and North Africa post-2011, special issue of International Affairs, 93(4).
 
[2016] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the “Arab Spring”’, Journal of Common Market Studies 54(2): 215-232.

[2015] Del Sarto, R. A., ed.  Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
 
[2015] Del Sarto, R. A. ‘Defining Borders and People in the Borderlands: EU Policies, Israeli Prerogatives and the Palestinians’, Journal of Common Market Studies 52(2): 200-216.
 
[2011] Del Sarto, R. A. and Schumacher T. ‘From Brussels with Love: Leverage, Benchmarking, and the Action Plans with Jordan and Tunisia in the EU’s Democratization Policy’, Democratization 18(4): 932-955.
 
[2006] Del Sarto, R. A., Adler E., Bicchi F., and Crawford B. eds. The Convergence of Civilizations: Constructing a Mediterranean Region, Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
 
[2006] Del Sarto, R. A. Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
 
[2005] Del Sarto, R. A. and Schumacher T. ‘From EMP to ENP: What’s at Stake with the European Neighbourhood Policy towards the Southern Mediterranean?’, European Foreign Affairs Review 10(1): 17-38.

For a complete list of my publications see here.

Awards and prizes

In 2003 she obtained the "Alex Berger" prize for excellent doctoral dissertation at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From October 2019 to March 2020 she was Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute.

Maria Del Zompo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: neuropsychopharmacology

Keywords: biological bases of mood disorders, clinical psychopharmacology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacogenomics, psychiatric genetics

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Rector of the University of Cagliari

Professional career

Following her degree in Medicine at the University of Cagliari, Maria Del Zompo took a specialty degree in Neurology and started a career at the University of Cagliari as assistant in-charge in 1979. During the various phases of her career she spent more than two years at the “Biological Psychiatry Branch”, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Bethesda (USA), where she collaborated with John Tallman under Robert M. Post’s supervision.

She’s been the Rector of the University of Cagliari since April 2, 2015. Until that date she was Full Professor of Pharmacology at the School of Medicine of the University of Cagliari, Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and of the School of Specialty in Medical Pharmacology. From 2005 to 2007 she was Vice Rector of the University of Cagliari.

Scientific results

Professor Maria Del Zompo is member of numerous scientific societies, including the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, the International Society of Biological Psychiatry and the Italian Society of Pharmacology. She won the Burroughs Wellcome Stipend Award issued by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, NC (USA) at the Biological Psychiatry Branch, NIMH, Bethesda, MD (USA).

Her clinical activity was based at the Unit of Clinical Pharmacology of the “San Giovanni di Dio” Hospital in Cagliari (Italy), a health care facility with clinics and day hospital, dedicated to various pathologies related to the field on clinical neurosciences, such as bipolar disorder and migraine, and to more specific activities in the field of clinical pharmacology, such as the management of adverse reactions to drugs.

Her many clinical and research interests include Clinical Psychopharmacology, Psychiatric Genetics (epidemiology and molecular genetics of bipolar disorder and suicidal behavior), Genetics of complex diseases such as Migraine, Cluster Headache and Alzheimer’s disease, Pharmacogenetics (genetic bases of response to drugs and adverse reactions to drugs).

She has many ongoing international collaborations with Professor Martin Alda (Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada); Professor Gustavo Turecki (Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada); Dr. Ming Ta Michael Lee (Laboratory for International Alliance on Genomic Research Core for Genomic Medicine, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan) and Dr. David Gurwitz (National Institute for Psychobiology, Tel Aviv University, Israel).  

Maria Del Zompo is also a founding member of the International Consortium on Lithium Genetics (ConLiGen) and of the International Group for the Study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLI), whose annual meeting was held in Cagliari in 2010.

In 2006 she chaired, for the first time in Italy, the 14th World Congress of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, of which she’s an honorary member, which was held in Cagliari from October 28 to November 1. 

Editorial work and publications

Her scientific production consists of numerous publications in international books and journals, national books and journals and presentations at national and international meetings. Professor Maria Del Zompo has a total of 152 publications in international books and journals, 57 publications in national books and journals and 248 presentations at national and international meetings (H index: 30, according to Web of Science).

In 2015 she published an article entitled “Renal function during long-term lithium treatment: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study” in BMC Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal with a high impact factor, and this article was followed by an interview published in the “BioMe” website, entitled “Lithium treatment and renal function: do we really need to be concerned?“. 

Maria Del Zompo also works as a referee of scientific publications for numerous relevant international journals, and as a reviewer of scientific projects for Italian and international institutions.

Awards and prizes

In the recent years Maria Del Zompo has been involved in various social and cultural activities, local and regional, which she’s always joined with enthusiasm. In 2000 she won the “Eleonora D’Arborea” Award, a prize issued by Cagliari’s International Inner Wheel Club, that awards every year a Sardinian woman who has contributed to the social and cultural progress of Sardinia through her social, cultural and artistic activity.

She also won the AIDDA (an association of women working as managers or entrepreneurs) Prize as “Woman of the Year 2007”, for having deeply contributed to Sardinia’s luster in the world through the top level of her research and clinical activity.

Her interest in spreading the culture through the organization of scientific and educational meetings has always been consistent in time. In 2014 she joined the Marathon issued by Italian Environmental Fund (FAI), and held her speech in the city center, explaining the link between the old commercial core of the town and the University. In more recent years she hosted the Round Table entitled “Science and Society: Research and Ethics”. The relationship between ethics and science has always been a relevant topic for Maria Del Zompo: in an interview with writer Alessandro Ligas, entitled “Research, Innovation and Ethics: a comparison between scientific and medical progress and people’s rights”, she tells about her thoughts on a topic so relevant for the society.

After her election as the first woman Rector of the University of Cagliari in 60 years she gave a great impulse to the cultural activities of the University and to the involvement of the city

Giovanna De Maio
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International politics area

Competences: EU external action, European Union, European Union's energy security, Italian foreign policy, Italy-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, West-Russia relations

Keywords: European Union, populism

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Visiting fellow at the Center for the US and Europe, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Council for the Italy-US relations (Consiusa) 

Professional career

Prior to joining Brookings, she worked as a trans-Atlantic post-doctoral fellow at the French Institute for International Relations in Paris, where she provided expertise on the impact of the sanctions towards Russia (and Russia’s counter-sanctions) on the Italian economy, and at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed the ties between Russia and Eurosceptic parties in Italy prior to the national elections in 2018.

De Maio holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Naples, L’Orientale; an advanced certificate in diplomatic studies from the Società Italiana per l’Organizzazione Internazionale in Rome; and a master’s and bachelor's degree from the University of Naples, L’Orientale. In her doctoral dissertation, she focused on the 2014 conflict in Ukraine and provided a comprehensive analysis of the crisis from the perspective of Russia, including an assessment of the decision-making mechanisms within the Kremlin and mythmaking processes addressing Russian public opinion. She conducted field research in Moscow and spent five months as a special guest of the Brookings Institution, where she completed research on EU energy security vis-à-vis Russia.

Prior to enrollment in her doctoral program, De Maio was a trainee at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where she worked reviewed NGO projects proposals and country-targeted action plans in the fields of human rights, democracy, and rule of law.

Scientific results

Giovanna De Maio worked in important think tanks between the US and Europe in contact with international organizations and diplomatic delegations; she published her analyses in important think tank and media outlets. She presented her research in universities (Harvard, Tartu), think tanks (Brookings, Ifri) and private sector settings; she was interview by news outlets including BBC, NPR News, CGRN America and RBK Russia among others. Recently, she briefed the Executive Office of the President of the United States on asylum policies in Italy 

Editorial work and publications

[2018] De Maio G., Sartori N.,“Le relazioni Italia-Russia”, Roma, Senato, novembre, 25 p.

[2018] De Maio G.,“Russia, Eurosceptic parties and Italian elections”, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Febbraio.

[2018] De Maio G., “Doubts in Rome”, Contribution in Policy Brief Italy – One year into the Trump Presidency, Gennaio.

[2017] De Maio G., “The EU and the Ukraine crisis: Italy, Germany and the case for convergence, Center on Global Interests, Aprile.

[2016] De Maio G., “A tale of two countries: Italy, Germany and the Russian Gas”, Working Paper for The Brookings Institution, Agosto 18.

[2016] De Maio G., “L’Italia e il conflitto in Ucraina”, (written with Daniele Fattibene) in E. Greco and N. Ronzitti (eds), Rapporto sulla politica estera italiana: il governo Renzi, Quaderni IAI, issue 17, Luglio.

[2016] De Maio G., “Russia’s view of Ukraine after the Crisis”IAI Working papers 16|04 Febbraio.

[2016] De Maio G., Ukraine, how did we get here?Book review of Richard Sakwa: Frontline Ukraine, The International Spectator, Settembre.

Selezione di commentaries

[2019] De Maio G., Nord Stream 2: A failed test for EU unity and trans-Atlantic coordination, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Aprile.

[2019] De Maio G., The broken compass of Italian foreign policy,Order from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, Marzo.

[2019] De Maio G., Italy and Russia, the link is increasingly close, Reset Dialogues on Civilization, Marzo.

[2019] De Maio G., Europe’s Campaign Season Is Just Beginning, with Célia Belin, The American Interest, Febbraio.

[2019] De Maio G., Italy and immigration: Europe’s Achilles’ heel,Order from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, Gennaio.

[2018] De Maio G., The Palermo conference on Libya: A diplomatic test for Italy’s new government, Order from Chaos, The Brookings Institution, Novembre.

[2017] De Maio G., Russia: uncertain revolutions and future question marksReset Dialogues on Civilization, Novembre.

[2017] De Maio G., Anti-corruption Rallies in Russia: The Awakening of Civil Society?,Reset Dialogues on Civilization, Luglio.

Mariacristina De Nardi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: inequality, macroeconomics, public economics, saving, saving economy

Keywords: economy

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor at University College London (London) and Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, research department

 

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the Ca 'Foscari University of Venice, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago (1999). She is currently Professor at University College London (London) and Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, research department, and Faculty Research Fellow of NBER and CEPR.

Scientific results

The research activity of Mariacristina De Nardi takes place in the fields of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Public Finance. Her research focuses on savings, inequality, health and medical expenses, entrepreneurship and taxes.


Here are her plenary presentations:

 

Workshop of the Australasian Macroeconomics Society (WAMS),  Canberra, 2017.

Midwest Macro Meeting, Baton Rouge,  2017.

Italian Congress in Econometrics and Empirical economics (ICEEE), Messina,  2017.

Society for Economic Dynamics (SED), Toulouse,  2016.

GRIPS-Keyo University, Tokyo,  2016.

Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (NETSPAR), Leiden,  2016.

70th International Institute for Public Finance, Lugano 2014.

Joint French Macro Workshop, Paris, 2014.

Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement (NETSPAR), Venice, 2014.

Editorial work and publications

Mariacristina De Nardi is Editor of Review of Economic Dynamics, from 2017 and Board of Editors, Journal of Economic Literature, from 2015.

She has published numerous publications, including:

 

(2017) De Nardi M, Fella G. Saving and Wealth Inequality. Review of Economic Dynamics, vol. 26, pp. 280-300.

 

(2016) De Nardi M, French E, Jones JB. Medicaid Insurance in Old AgeThe American Economic Review, 106, 11:3480-3520.

 

(2016)De Nardi M, Yang F.Wealth Inequality, Family Background, and Estate Taxation. Journal of Monetary Economics, Carnegie Rochester Special Issue on “Inequality, Institutions, and Redistribution, 77:130-145.

 

(2015) Boldrin M, De Nardi M, Jones L. Social Security and Fertility. Journal of Demographic Economics, 3: 261-299.

 

(2015) Bassetto M, Cagetti, De Nardi M. Credit Crunches and Credit Allocation in a Model of Entrepreneurship. Review of Economic Dynamics, 18, 1:53-76, special issue on Money, Credit, and Financial Friction.

 

(2014) De Nardi M, Yang F. Bequests and Heterogeneity in Retirement Wealth. European Economic Review, 72: 182-196.

 

(2010) De Nardi M, French E, Jones JB. Why Do the Elderly Save? The Role of Medical Expenses. Journal of Political Economy, 118:39-75.

 

(2009) Cagetti M, De Nardi M. Estate Taxation, Entrepreneurship, and Wealth. The American Economic Review, 99(1):85-111.


(2008) Cagetti M, De Nardi M. Wealth inequality: data and models. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 12:285-313.


(2006) Cagetti M, De Nardi M. Entrepreneurship, Frictions, and Wealth. Journal of Political Economy, 114, 5: 835-870.

 

(2004) De Nardi M. Wealth Inequality and Intergenerational Links. Review of Economic Studies, 71, 3:743-768.

 

(1999) De Nardi M, Imrohoroglu  S, Sargent  TJ. Projected U.S. Demographics and Social Security. Review of Economic Dynamics, 2,3: 575-615.

 

 

 

 

Maria De Paola
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: economics of education, labor economics, political economy

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact of distance learning on academic performance, Covid-19: impact on the labour market, education, evaluation, experiments, gender, perception of the health and wellbeing trade-off, politics, work

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Calabria

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the University of Calabria in 1992, she continued her education with a PhD in Political Economy at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome. She was a visiting student at the University of Cambridge and at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. From 2001 to 2006 she was a researcher at the University of Calabria, at the same university she held the position of associate professor from 2006 to 2017, from 2017 she has been a full professor of Political Economy. Since 2013 she has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn. From 2011 to 2014 she was a member of GEV 13, National Assessment of Italian Research (VQR 2011-2014). From 2015 to February 2018 she was a member of the de lavoce.info editorial committee.

Scientific results

Maria De Paola's research activity takes place mainly in the field of labor and education economics, public policy evaluation and political economy. In the field of labor and education economics she examined the determinants of students' academic performance, on-the-job training processes and professional careers and work organization. She devoted particular attention to gender differences trying to understand the role played by differences in attitudes and non-cognitive abilities. To this end, she used both observational data and data deriving from field experiments. For example, using data on national scientific certification, she examined the tendency of women to avoid competitive contexts and, for the same purpose, conducted several experiments with students. As part of the evaluation of public policies, she has conducted studies to estimate the impact of some important legislative interventions, such as the points license, the Brunetta law on absenteeism in public administration, gender quotas, the “fruit in schools” program. She also contributed to the analysis of voters' behavior in relation to the characteristics of the electoral system and of candidates for the elections.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) De Paola M. Ponzo M e Scoppa V. Gender Differences in Attitudes Towards Competition: Evidence from the Italian Scientific Qualification.Oxford Economic Papers, 1-24 doi: 10.1093/oep/gpx023

(2016) De Paola M, Gioia F. Who Performs Better under Time Pressure? Results from a Field Experiment.  Journal of Economic Psychology, 53:37-53.

(2016) De Paola, De Benedetto MA. The Impact of Incumbency on Turnout.Evidence from Italian Municipalities. Electoral Studies, 44:98-108.

(2015) De Paola M, Bracco E, Green C. Long Lasting Differences in Civic Capital: Evidence from a Unique Immigration Event in Italy. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 217–236.

 

(2015) De Paola M, Gioia F, Scoppa V. Are Females Scared of Compiting with Males? Results from a Field Experiment. Economics of Education Review, 48:117–128.

(2015) De Paola M, Scoppa V. Gender Discrimination and Evaluators’ Gender: Evidence from the Italian Academia. Economica, 82(325):162-188.

(2014) De Paola M, Scoppa V. The Effectiveness of Remedial Courses in Italy: A Fuzzy Regression Discontinuity Design. Journal of Population Economics, 27, 2:365-386.

(2014) De Paola M, Scoppa V, De Benedetto MA. The Impact of Gender Quotas on Electoral Participation:  Evidence from Italian Municipalities. European Journal of Political Economy, 35:141-157. 

(2014) De Paola M, Scoppa V, Pupo V. Absenteeism In The Italian Public Sector: The Effects Of Changes In Sick Leave Compensation. Journal of Labor Economics, 32, 2:337-360.

(2014) De Paola M, Brunello G, Labartino G. More Apples Fewer Chips? The Effect of School Fruit Schemes on the Consumption of Junk Food. Health Policy, 118(1):114–126.

(2014) De Paola M, Scoppa V. The Impact of Closeness on Electoral Participation Exploiting the Italian Dual Ballot System. Public Choice, 160:467-479.

(2010) De Paola M, Scoppa V, Lombardo R. Can Gender Quotas Break Down Negative Stereotypes? Evidence from Changes in Electoral Rules. Journal of Public Economics, 94(5-6): 344-353.

(2010) De Paola M, Scoppa V, Brunello G. Residential Peer effects in Higher Education: Does the Field of Study Matter? Economic Inquiry, 48(3):621-634.

 

Awards and prizes

Maria De Paola received the Tarantelli Award in 2013 for the best paper in Labor Economics assigned by the Italian Association of Labor Economists. The book "Education and Training in Europe" (to which he contributed) was selected by Princeton University, The Firestone Library, for the best book of the year award in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations. From 2016 to today she is a member of the Scientific Commission of the publishing house Il Mulino (Bologna), of the Gender Commission of the Italian Society of Economists (SIE), of the Editorial Board of the Italian Economic Journal (ItEJ).

 

Marta De Philippis
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: political economy

Keywords: education economy, gender, labor market

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Economist in the labor market division and economic structure of the economics and statistics department of the Bank of Italy

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Social Sciences and a three-year degree in Business Economics from the Bocconi University, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, obtained in 2016. In December 2014 she joined the Bank of Italy as an economist. In the past she worked for short periods at the Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation, the European Commission and the Center of Economic Performance (LSE). Her research interests are related to labor economics, in particular to the economics of education and gender.

Scientific results

The research activity of Marta De Philippis takes place in the field of the labor market and education systems. In this context she studied the consequences on the quality of teaching and research of university professors of incentive systems that are strongly (or exclusively) result-oriented in terms of academic publications. She also studied the determinants of gender differences in obtaining purely scientific degrees (STEM) and, on average, higher paid, leading them in part to preferences regarding future job opportunities. She then contributed to the analysis of female participation and how it also depends on intra-family interactions, showing that pension reforms have greatly increased female participation, and male participation mainly through intra-family interactions, and that a reduction in time displacement would have beneficial effects on female participation, including through the effect on their partners.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of the following publications:

(2017) M. De Philippis.STEM Graduates and High School Curriculum: Does Early Exposure to Science Matter?, Bank of Italy working paper  n. 1107

(2016)Adamopoulou E, Bobbio E, De Philippis M e Giorgi F. Wage Rigidities and Business Cycle Flactuations: A linked employer-employee analysis. IZA Journal of Labour Policy.

(2016) M. De Philippis. Multitask Agents and Incentives: the Case of Teaching and Research for University Professors. CEP Discussion Paper n.138.

(2016) M. De Philippis e F. Rossi. Parents, Schools and Human Capital Differences across Countries. CFM LSE working paper n. 14.

(2015) Carta F e 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

(2015)Boeri T, De Philippis M, Pellizzari M e Patacchini E.Immigration, housing discrimination and employment.The Economic Journal, 125, 586:F82–F114

Awards and prizes

In 2016 Marta De Philippis received the Ezio Tarantelli award for labor economics for the STEM Graduates and High School project. Curriculum: Does Early Exposure to Science Matter? She also received the scholarship in honor of Marco Fanno for the years 2012 and 2013; the ESRC research fellowship (LSE) for the period 2010-2014 and the scholarship as an excellent student at the Bocconi University for the years 2008 and 2009.

 

Valeria Deplano
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, cultural history

Keywords: colonialism, Libya, racism

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Cagliari.

Professional career

After graduating in Modern Literature in 2005, Valeria Deplano obtained a PhD in Contemporary History at the University of Cagliari. During the same period, and until 2010, she worked as an archivist and researcher at the Libyan Studies Center in Tripoli, Libya, where she took part in the project to set up the National Archives. Between 2012 and 2018 she was a research fellow in Cagliari and then at the University of Bologna; in the meantime she teaches History of Mediterranean Countries at the University of Macerata. Since 2018 she has been a researcher in Contemporary History in Cagliari.  

Scientific results

As a PhD student and a post-doc, she studied the way colonialism, usually seen as a separate chapter of Italian history, contributed to shaping national identity, especially during Fascism. The research showed the cultural impact of the expansionist project, and urged a study on the legacies of colonial mentality in Republican Italy. Next researches, carried out also within research group as Intergrace, aimed at investigating continuities in shaping the ideas of “identity” and “otherness” before and after the fall of Fascism and the end of colonialism. Adopting the same perspective, she has studied the historical origins of the Italian multicultural society, focusing on post-colonial migrations and citizenship policies in comparison with the European context

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several publications, including: 

[2015] Deplano V, L'Africa in casa. Propaganda e cultura coloniale nell'Italia fascista, Le Monnier – Mondadori education. 

[2017] Deplano V, La Madrepatria è una terra straniera. Libici, eritrei e somali nell'Italia del dopoguerra, Le Monnier- Mondadori education. 

[2018] Deplano V, Per una nazione coloniale. Il progetto imperiale fascista nei periodici coloniali, Morlacchi. 

[2014] Deplano V,  Pes A, Quel che resta dell'impero. La cultura coloniale degli italiani, Mimesis. 

[2020] Laschi G, Deplano V, Pes A, Europe between Migrations, Decolonization and Integration, Routledge. 

[2018] Deplano V, Within and outside the nation: former colonial subjects in post-war Italy, Modern Italy, 23 (4): 395-410. 

 [2017] Deplano V, Il mondo che cambia. Decolonizzazione e nuova idea d’Europa nella narrazione dei media italiani (1950-1962), L’Unione Europea e il Mediterraneo Interdipendenza politica e rappresentazioni mediatiche (1947-2017), edited by Cruciani S, Ridolfi M, Franco Angeli, 51- 68. 

[2016] Deplano V, Senza distinzione di razza. Razzismo in controluce nel discorso pubblico italiano tra gli anni Cinquanta e Settanta, From the European South. A transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities” 1 (1): 95-102. 

[2015] Deplano V, Come il colonialismo ha fatto gli italiani. Il caso di “Timira” tra storia e letteratura. Memoria storica e postcolonialismo. Il caso italiano”  edited by Bovo Romoeuf M, Manai F, Peter Lang. 

[2013] Aru S, Deplano V, Costruire una nazione. Politiche, rappresentazioni e discorsi che hanno fatto l'Italia, Ombre Corte. 

[2013] Deplano V, Making Italians: Colonial History and the Graduate Education System from the liberal age to Fascism, Journal of Modern Italian Studies” 18: 580-598. 

[2013] Deplano V, Madre Italia, Africa concubina. La femminilizzazione del territorio nel discorso coloniale fascista, Genesis”, XII(2): 55-73. 

Awards and prizes

She was awarded the Christopher Seton-Watson Memorial Prize 2018 

Veronica De Romanis
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: economic policy, European Union, fiscal policy

Keywords: debt, european integration, female employment, governance, growth

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

In 2016 Marta De Philippis received the Ezio Tarantelli award for labor economics for the STEM Graduates and High School project. Curriculum: Does Early Exposure to Science Matter? She also received the scholarship in honor of Marco Fanno for the years 2012 and 2013; the ESRC research fellowship (LSE) for the period 2010-2014 and the scholarship as an excellent student at the Bocconi University for the years 2008 and 2009.

 

Professional career

After graduating with honors in Economics and Business at the Sapienza University of Rome, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics at Columbia University in New York (USA), where she obtained a Master of Philosophy (Major in Economics) and the Master of Art (Major in Economics). For over 10 years she has been a member of the Council of Experts at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, where she mainly dealt with macroeconomics and public finance. She was also responsible for relations with Eurostat, the European Commission, the OECD and the International Monetary Fund. Currently, she teaches European Economic Policy at Stanford University (The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies) in Florence, at the Faculty of Political Sciences and at the Master of Business Administration of the Free University of Social Studies Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome. Since April 2015, she has been an independent director of the Board of Directors, of the Risk Committee and of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee of Cementir Holding Spa (Rome).

Scientific results

The research activity of Veronica De Romanis takes place in the field of European economic policy, the female labor market and fiscal and monetary policy in Europe during the financial crisis. For example, in the book “Il Caso Germania” the various tools put in place to finance aid to countries in difficulty are illustrated, such as the European Stability Mechanism, but also the new rules agreed on the fiscal side (the Fiscal Compact, the Six Pack , the Two Pack, etc.) and the unconventional tools introduced by the European Central Bank (the SMP, the MTO and the QE). European governance is explained from the point of view of Germany, a country that has tried to reconcile "solidarity" with states in difficulty with "responsibility" among the economies that share the single currency. In particular, debtors were asked for austerity measures in exchange for aid. The latter were considered by various analysts to be the cause of the deep recession that countries like Greece had to face. In the book "Austerity makes us grow" he analyzed the impact of fiscal consolidation policies implemented in several European countries, including Spain, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, on economic growth. Particular attention was paid to the Italian case. The book shows that in countries where "good" austerity is implemented, that is the mix of unproductive spending cuts and reforms, the economy starts to grow again. When, on the other hand, governments concentrated the adjustment on the revenue side, the effects were recessive. Moreover, implementing "austerity" measures does not necessarily make the elections lose. In countries where "good" austerity has been implemented, the current premieres have been reconfirmed.

Editorial work and publications

Veronica De Romanis is the author of three monographs for Marsilio publishers: "Austerity makes us grow", 2017, "The German Case", 2013 and "The Merkel Method", 2009.  She collaborates with various newspapers and magazines (including Aspenia, Corriere della Sera, FirstonLine, Il Foglio, Il Messaggero, Panorama, Istituto Affari Internazionali) on issues of public finance, European integration, international economic policy, labor market with particular attention to female occupation.

Awards and prizes

Veronica De Romanis is a Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Public Accounts Observatory at the Catholic University of Milan directed by Prof. Cottarelli. She is also a member of the WE Women Empower the World International Board. She was one of the 50 women invited by Chancellor Merkel to the G7 Dialogue with Women which took place in September 2015 in Berlin. She was a member of the Department of Economics of the Scientific Committee of the Einaudi Foundation. She was selected for the D Value Course for women on the Board. She received the "President's Fellow" scholarship at Columbia University in New York.

Anita De Rossi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular oncology, virological oncology

Keywords: AIDS in children, cell replication potential, coronavirus, Covid-19 in paediatric age, human retroviruses, immunodepression, virus induced tumors

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Pathology, Medical School, University of  Padova

Professional career

She graduated in Biology in 1976 at the University of Padova, where she  continued her research activity as research fellow and, since 1981, as assistant Professor. She specialized in Microbiology in 1986.

She had research work experiences  at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, USA, Laboratory of Viral Carcinogenesis (Prof. P Fischinger Head) in 1980, and Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology (Prof. R Gallo, Head) in 1984,1985,1988.

In 1992 she became Associate Professor and since 2004 she is Full Professor of Pathology, Department of Surgery, Oncology and Gastroenterology, Medical School, University of Padova.

Since March 2005 she is Head of the Viral Oncology Unit, belonging to the Hospital of Padova and since  2006 to the Istituto Oncologico Veneto (IOV)-IRCCS.

Since 2017 she is Vice President of Medical School, University of Padova.

Scientific results

Anita De Rossi has long been involved in oncogenic retroviruses research. Her early efforts were directed towards investigating virus-host interactions in the murine system, including the role of endogenous retroviruses on leukemia development. Since 1983, her research has shifted from murine to human retroviruses (HTLV/HIV) in both experimental models and clinical settings.  

She has been involved in several international  projects concerning pediatric HIV/AIDS (WHO 1989-1990, and Pediatric European Network for treatment of AIDS, PENTA,  since 1991); her studies in this field addressed the virological and immunological correlates of pediatric disease outcome  and are some of the first to indicate that HIV infection from  mother-to-child HIV  mainly  occurs during intrapartum period  (AIDS 1992; J Clin Invest 1996)  and that host factors may restrict HIV infection (AIDS 1995; J Inf Dis 2001).

Her  interest has expanded to studying tumors in immunocompromised patients, with particular regard to EBV-related lymphomagenesis  in HIV-infected or transplant patients, and  more recently to studying cellular replicative potential driven by telomere/telomerase in virus-driven and virus-independent malignancies.  Her studies are some of the first demonstrating that LMP1 of EBV activates at transcriptional level the expression of TERT, the catalytic component of telomerase, which in turn contributes to preserving the expression of EBV latency proteins, a prerequisite for EBV-driven transformation (J Virol 2008). The consequence is that inhibition of TERT triggers the activation of the viral lytic cycle with death of the infected cells (Clin Cancer Res 2013).

Lastly, her studies demonstrated that quantification of TERT in plasma may represent a minimally invasive tool for monitoring malignancies (Clin Cancer Res 2008) and response to therapy (Br J Cancer 2018). In addition, her studies provide the rationale for considering inhibition of TERT a useful approach for setting up new therapeutic strategies for virus-dependent and virus-independent malignancies (Clin Cancer Res 2013; Cell Death Dis 2016).

Editorial work and publications

More than 300 publications:  Hindex 47; citations more than 7000

Key publications:

[2021] Cotugno N, Ruggiero A, Bonfante F, Petrara MR, Zicari S, Pascucci GR, Zangari P, De Ioris MA, Santilli V, Manno EC, Amodio D, Bortolami A, Pagliari M, Concato C, Linardos G, Campana A, Donà D, Giaquinto C; CACTUS Study Team, Brodin P, Rossi P, De Rossi A, Palma P. C. Virological and immunological features of SARS-CoV-2-infected children who develop neutralizing antibodies. Cell Rep. 2021 Mar 16;34(11):108852. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.108852.

[2018] Rampazzo E, Del Bianco P, Bertorelle R, Boso C, Perin A, Spiro G, Bergamo F, Belluco C, Buonadonna A, Palazzari E, Lonardi S, De Paoli S, Pucciarelli S, De Rossi A. The predictive and prognostic potential of plasma Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase (TERT) RNA in Rectal Cancer. British Journal of  Cancer, 118[6]:878-86.

[2015] Klein N, Palma P, Luzuriaga K, Pahwa S, Nastouli E, Gibb DM, Rojo P, Borkowsky W, Bernardi S, Zangari P, Calvez V, Compagnucci A, Wahren B, Foster C, Munoz-Fernández MÁ, De Rossi A, Ananworanich J, Pillay D, Giaquinto C, Rossi P. Early antiretroviral therapy in children perinatally infected with HIV: a unique opportunity to implement immunotherapeutic approaches to prolong viral remission. Lancet Infectious Diseases, 15[9]: 1108-14. 

[2013] Giunco S, Dolcetti R, Keppel S, Celeghin A, Indraccolo S, Dal Col J, Mastorci K, De Rossi A. hTERT inhibition triggers Epstein-Barr virus lytic cycle and apoptosis in immortalized and transformed B cells: a basis for new therapies. Clinical Cancer Research, 19[8]: 2036-47.

[2012] Dolcetti R, De Rossi A. Telomere/telomerase interplay in virus-driven and virus-independent lymphomagenesis:pathogenetic and clinical implications. Medicinal Research Reviews, 32[2]:233-53.

[2008] Terrin L, Rampazzo E, Pucciarelli S, Agostini M, Bertorelle R, Esposito G, Del Bianco P, Nitti D, De Rossi A. Relationship betwen tumor and plasma levels of hTERT mRNA in patients with colorectal cancer: implications for monitoring of neoplastic disease. Clinical Cancer Research, 14[22]:7444-51.

[2001] Ballon G, Ometto L, Righetti E, Cattelan AM, Masiero S, Zanchetta M, Chieco-Bianchi L, De Rossi A. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 modulates telomerase activity in peripheral blood lymphocytes. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 183[3]: 417-24.

[1996] De Rossi A, Masiero S, Giaquinto C, Ruga E, Comar M, Giacca M, Chieco-Bianchi L. Dynamics of viral replication in infants with vertically acquired human immunodeficiency  virus type 1 infection.The Journal of Clinical Investigations, 97[2]: 323-30.

[1995] Ometto L, Zanotto C, Maccabruni A, Caselli D, Truscia D, Giaquinto C, Ruga E, Chieco-Bianchi L, De Rossi A. Viral phenotype and host cell susceptibility to HIV-1 infection as risk factors for mother-to-child HIV-1 transmission.  AIDS  9[5]: 427-34. 

[1992] De Rossi A, Ometto L, Mammano F, Zanotto C, Giaquinto C, Chieco-Bianchi L. Vertical transmission of HIV-1: lack of detectable virus in peripheral blood cells of infected children at birth.AIDS  6[10]:1117-20. 

[1988] De Rossi A, Amadori  A, Chieco-Bianchi  L, Giaquinto C, Zacchello F, Buchbinder A, Wong-Staal F, Gallo RC. Polymerase chain reaction and in vitro antibody production for the early diagnosis of pediatric HIV infection.  Lancet, 2[8605]: 278

[1986] De Rossi A, Franchini G, Aldovini A, Del Mistro A, Chieco-Bianchi  L, Gallo  RC, Wong-Staal  F. Differential response to the cytopathic effects of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III (HTLV-III) superinfection in T4+ (helper) and T8+ (suppressor) T-cell clones transformed by HTLV-I. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 83[12]:4297-301.

[1983] De Rossi A, D'Andrea E, Biasi G, Collavo D, Chieco-Bianchi L. Protection from spontaneous lymphoma development in SJL/J(v+) mice neonatally injected with dualtropic SJL-151 virus.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 80[9]:2775-9.

Maria Cristina De Sanctis
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astronomy, astrophysics

Keywords: asteroids, comets, dawn, ESA (European Space Agency), exomars, ISA (Italian Space Agency), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), planetology, rosette, solar system, space missions

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior researcher of the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) section of Rome

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1992, he continued his education obtaining in 1997 a Ph.D. in Astronomy. In 1996, thanks to a grant from the CNR, he spent a year at their Institute of Space Astrophysics. Since 1998, she is a researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the CNR, now  called  Institute of Astrophysics and Space Planetology of INAF.

Scientific results

The research interests of Maria Cristina De Sanctis mainly include three fields of study: the minor bodies of the solar system and planetary surfaces, the thermal evolution of solar system bodies, the instrumentation for space missions. She analyzed data from telescope, space and laboratory observations to investigate the composition of comets and asteroids, of the surface of the Moon and  Mercury. She has experience in the study of  composition of  asteroids by ground and space observations, as well of cometary gases through high-resolution spectral observations.

She has studied the thermal evolution of icy bodies of the solar system, developing a complex numerical code that allows to simulate the processes of differentiation and evolution of such objects (comets, KBOs, Centauri, asteroids). She has  a laboratory for spectral measurements of metorites and planetary analogues. She has also developed instrumentation for space missions, image spectrometers and multi-spectral cameras, to study of the compositions of planetary surface and minor bodies of the solar system. She has followed the development of entire projects, as a Principal Investigator (PI), dealing with the scientific and technical coordination of the team's activities, and with the ESA or NASA teams. She is the PI of VIR spectrometer onboard of Dawn NASA mission of Ma_MISS on ExoMars ESA mission. She is also involved in several other instruments on Bepi-Colombo, Rosetta, Juice Missions.

 

Editorial work and publications

Author of more than 220 publications in international journals including:

              

De Sanctis et al. Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres, Science,355, 719-722, 2017.

De Sanctis et al.Bright carbonate deposits as evidence of aqueous alteration on Ceres, Nature,536, 54-57,2016

De Sanctis et al.Ammoniated phyllosilicates with a likely outer Solar System origin on Ceres, Nature,528, 241-244, 2015

De Sanctis, et al. The diurnal cycle of water ice on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Nature,525,500-503, 2015

De Sanctis  et al., Spectroscopic Characterization of Mineralogy and Its Diversity Across Vesta. Science, 336(6082), 697, 2012

 

 

Awards and prizes

·         2017- NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

 

·         2008-NASA Achievement  Award  -“ Dawn Science Payload” ce Payload"

·         2009-NASA Achievement  Award  - “DAWN post-lunch payload characterization and calibration activities”.

·         2013- NASA Achievement  Award  -" Dawn science data analysis at Vesta”

·         2012-NASA Achievement  Award “ Exceptional and Succesful execution of the DAWN  at  Vesta”

·         2004-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding contribution to  Rosetta Mission”

·         2016-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding scientific contribution to  Rosetta Mission”

·         2015-ESA Scientific Award - “Outstanding scientific contribution to  VEX Mission”

 

Asteroid  17899 Mariacristina is called in her honor

 

 

 

 

 

Francesca De Vittor
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International politics area

Competences: human rights, International Law, Migration and Refugees Law

Keywords: boundaries, immigration, refugees, search and rescue

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Researcher in Public International Law at the law Faculty of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan

Professional career

Francesca De Vittor is a researcher in Public International Law at the law Faculty of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (Italy), where she teaches Human Rights Law and Immigration and Asylum Law. She is author of papers, and articles on many international law fields, namely on the law of jurisdictional immunities, on state responsibility for human rights violation and on search and rescue operations at sea. She has given lectures at symposia, academic courses and seminars in international public law, European Union law and human rights law. She has been member of the defense board of Italy in the case of Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy: Greece intervening), at the International Court of Justice. She has been Jean Monnet post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and researcher at the University of Macerata (Italy).

Scientific results

Her research interests range from classic issues of public international law to more contemporary issues, as migration and border control. 

Editorial work and publications

Selection of publications:

[2018] De Vittor, F.,Soccorso in mare e favoreggiamento dell’immigrazione irregolare: sequestro e dissequestro della nave Open Arms, in Diritti Umani e Diritto Internazionale, 12, 1, 443-452

[2018] De Vittor, F., Responsabilità degli Stati e dell’Unione europea nella conclusione e nell’esecuzione di ‘accordi’ per il controllo extraterritoriale della migrazione, in Diritti Umani e Diritto Internazionale, 12, 1, 5-27

[2017] De Vittor, F., Migrant Children’s Right to Education, in F. Ippolito (ed.) Migrant Children in the 21st Century, Editoriale scientifica

[2015] De Vittor, F., I risultati del Consiglio europeo straordinario sull’emergenza umanitaria nel Mediterraneo: repressione del traffico di migranti o contrasto all’immigrazione irregolare?, post SidiBlog 27 aprile, http://www.sidi-isil.org/sidiblog/?p=1399

[2014] De Vittor, F., IldirittoditraversareilMediterraneo…oquantomenodiprovarci, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 8, 1, 63-81 

[2013] De Vittor, F., Cannizzaro E.,Proportionality in the European Convention on Human Rights, in Kolb and Gaggioli (ed.), Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, (ISBN 978 1 84980 035 8)

[2013] De Vittor, F.:Nationality and freedom of movement,in Annoni and Forlati (ed. by), The Changing Role of Nationality in International Law, Routledge, London, ISBN: 978-0-415-53545-8, 96-116

[2012] De Vittor, F.,Respingimenti in mare ed 'esternalizzazione' della protezione: il confine territoriale come limite agli obblighi di tutela, in Ius peregrinandi: il fenomeno migratorio tra diritti fondamentali, esercizio della sovranità e dinamiche dell’esclusione, Meccarelli, Sotis, Palchetti (eds), ed. EUM, Macerata, ISBN 88-978-6056-346-0, 183-205

[2010] De Vittor, F.: Institutions européennes et protection des migrants et refugiés, in Millet-Devalle (ed.), L’Union européenne et la protection des migrants et des refugiés, Pédone Paris, ISBN 978-2-233-00611-0, pp. 41-62

[2010] De Vittor, F.:Sviluppo psicofisico del minore e controllo dell’immigrazione clandestina: il bilanciamento operato dalla Corte di cassazione, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 442-447

[2009] De Vittor, F.: Soccorso in mare e rimpatri in Libia: tra diritto del mare e tutela internazionale dei diritti dell’uomo, in Rivista di diritto internazionale, 800 ss.

[2008] De Vittor, F.: Immunità degli Stati dalla giurisdizione e risarcimento del danno per violazione di diritti fondamentali: il caso Mantelli, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale

[2008] De Vittor, F.: “Diritto ad un ricorso effettivo e procedure per il riconoscimento dello status di rifugiato: la sospensione della misura di espulsione, in Diritti umani e diritto internazionale, 427-432

Anna Di Ciaccio
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: elementary particle physics, particles detectors, subnuclear physics

Keywords: accelerators, atlas experiment, boson w, boson z, calorimeters, CERN, higgs boson, high energy physics, infn, lhc, proton-proton collisions, standard model

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

She is full professor at the University of Roma Tor Vergata and Director of the INFN group at Roma Tor Vergata. Her research field is the experimental Particle Physics.  She leads a group of researchers of the University of Roma Tor Vergata working on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN laboratory (Geneva, Switzerland). 

Professional career

She graduated at the University of Roma La Sapienza on the UA1 experiment at CERN. In 1984 she won a position as assistant professor at the University of Roma Tor Vergata and in 1999 she becme aassociate professor.  From 1981-1983 she was research associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA. In 1984 and 1985 she was visitor at the Physics Department of the Harvard University (USA) and at the Oak-Ridge American Laboratory (USA). From 1987-1988 she was fellow at CERN. In 1994 she won an “Alexander von Humboldt” fellowship for a research program in particle physics at the Albert-Ludwig-University in Freiburg, Germany.

Scientific results

 She participated in several high energy experiments at CERN to study proton-proton collisions at 63 GeV (experiment R807 at the ISR), proton-antiproton collisions at 540 and 630 GeV (UA1 experiment at the ppbar Collider, discovery of the W and Z bosons, Nobel Prize to Prof. C. Rubbia), pion-nucleon interactions at 26 GeV in the center of mass (WA92 at the SPS proto-synchrotron) and proton-proton collisions at 7, 8, 13 TeV (ATLAS experiment at LHC, discovery of the Higgs Boson, Nobel Prize to Prof. F. Englert and Prof. P. Higgs). She was contributing to the development of a high time resolution detector,RPC, employed for the barrel muon trigger in the ATLAS spectrometer. From 2013-2015 she led the Italian participation to the ATLAS experiment. She is currently involved in the upgrade project of the ATLAS spectrometer for the high luminosity LHC program.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 800 pubblication among which :

(2017) Atlas Collaboration. Evidence for the𝐻𝑏𝑏decay with the ATLAS detector, JHEP 1712 024

(2013) Atlas Collaboration. Measurements of Higgs boson production and couplings in diboson final states with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 726:1-3, 88-119.
(2012) Atlas Collaboration. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physics Letters B, 716: 1, 1-29.

(1983) Arnison G, Astbury A, Aubert B, et al. Experimental-observation of isolated large transverse energy electrons with associated missing energy at square-root-s=540 GeV. Physics Letters B, 122:1, 103-116.
(1983) Arnison G, Astbury A, Aubert B, et al. Experimental-Observation of Lepton Pairs of Invariant Mass Around 95 GeV/c^2 at the CERN SpS Collider. Physics Letters B, 126:5, 398-410.

Awards and prizes

In 1987 she got a prize from the Italian Society of Physics  (SIF), in 2013 the European Society of Physics (EPS) was assigned to the ATLAS Collaboration a prize for the discovery of the Higgs Boson. In 2016 she got the prize “Cajeta 2016” assigned from the City of Gaeta (my home town) to women that distinguished in Science.

Alessia Di Pascale
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International politics area

Competences: EU policies on migration and asylum

Keywords: boundaries, European courts, European Union, fundamental rights, refugees, third country nationals

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate professor. Lecturer of EU migration and asylum law and EU current policies on migration and development at University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Law at the University of Milan in 1997, she continued her training with the Preparation Course for the diplomatic and international careers at the ISPI in Milan. Qualified as a lawyer, until 2007 she has been an Associate with the International Law Firm Baker Mckenzie. In 2005 she obtained a Phd in public community law, at the Higher Institute for Interdisciplinary Education (ISUFI) - University of Lecce. From 2007 to 2011 she has been a post-doc researcher, since 2011 she was a Senior researcher at the University of Milan and since 2018 she is associate professor. In 2018 he also obtained the national scientific qualification as full professor. She was a visiting researcher at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and at the Center for Migration Law - Radboud University of Nijmegen. On the issues of immigration and asylum policies of the European Union, she has been a lecturer in various international institutions, including the ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration) in Strasbourg and the Academy of European Law, European University Institute (Fiesole). Since 1998 she has taken part to the activities and since 2012 has been appointed as Italian representative (together with Prof. Nascimbene) of the Odysseus Network (academic network for legal studies on immigration and asylum which brings together the major experts on the subject in the EU Member States).

Scientific results

Her research activity has been mainly carried out in the field of immigration and asylum policies of the European Union. She has taken part to numerous research projects funded by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Italian Ministry of University and Research. She was scientific director for the Italian part of the CONTENTION projects (http://contention.eu) and REDIAL http://euredial.eu), funded by the European Commission.

As part of the activities conducted by the Odysseus network, she has carried out numerous analyzes on the implementation of European Union legislation at national level, which were then used by the European Commission for its own political assessments and for the development of new legislation on the subject.

Editorial work and publications

Member of the editorial board of various scientific journals (Diritto, Immigrazione e cittadinanza, eurojus.it, La Comunità internazionale), she collaborates in research activities in the field of European legislation with the ISMU Foundation (Initiatives and Studies on Multi-ethnicity, Milan) and is the author of the chapter on European orientations in the annual report on migration, she is the author of numerous national and international publications. Between these:

[in corso di pubblicazione] Di Pascale A., 'Can a Justice of Peace be a good detention judge?', in Bruycker P., Cornelisse G. Moraru M Law and Judicial Dialogue on the Return of Irregular Migrants from the European Union, Hart Publishing, Oxford, in corso di pubblicazione.

[2018] Di Pascale A., 'El principio de non refoulementy su aplicación judicial en el marco europeo', in Ugartemendia J. I., Labayle Y, El Espacio de Libertad, Seguridad y Justicia y el Derecho del Convenio Europeo de Derechos Humanos, European Inklings(EUi) 15, IVAP, Oñati, 2.

[2018] Di Pascale A., 'As políticas de imigração e asilo da União Europeia: balanço e perspectivas', in Beltrame de Moura A., Dal Ri L., Padinha Dos Santos R. Imigração e cidadania: uma releitura de institutos jurídicos clássicos, Editora PPCJ da Univali.

[2016] Di Pascale A, Nascimbene B., Art. 19, in R. Mastroianni, O.Pollicino, S.Allegrezza, F.Pappalardo, U. Razzolini (a cura di), La Carta dei diritti fondamentali dell’Unione europea.

[2016] Di Pascale A., 'Lo straniero (diritto internazionale)', in Enciclopedia Treccani (online), 10.

[2015] Di Pascale A, Renaudiere G., 'AG’s Opinion in Celaj: Lost in ‘Crimmigration’?', 22 June, Redial Blog, euredial.eu/blog.

[2015] Di Pascale A., 'Le politiche dell’immigrazione e asilo dell’Unione europea: alcune riflessioni sui primi quindici anni', in M. Carta (a cura di), Quale futuro per l’Europa tra crisi, rilancio e utopia, Soveria Mannelli, 241 ss.

[2015] Di Pascale A., 'Exceptional Duties to admit Aliens', in Sir Richard Plender (ed.), International Migration Law, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 15.

[2014] Di Pascale A., 'Commento agli artt. 78, 79 del Trattato sul funzionamento dell'unione europea', in A. Tizzano, Trattati dell’Unione europea, Milano.

[2014] Di Pascale A., 'Italy and unauthorised migration: between state sovereignty and human rights obligations', in R. Rubio Marin (Ed.), Migration and Human Rights, Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Oxford University Press.

[2011] Di Pascale A., Garcia Andrade P., Sarraj A., 'L’importance des relations bilatérales. Une analyse de l’action extérieure de l’Espagne, la France et l’Italie et pays tiers en matière d’immigration', in De Bruycker P.- Foblets M-C. (sous la direction de), La dimension extérieure de la politique européenne d’Immigration, Bruylant, Bruxelles.

[2011] Di Pascale A., Nascimbene B., 'The ‘Arab Spring’ and the Extraordinary Influx of People who arrived in Italy from North Africa', in European Journal of Migration and Law, 13, 3, 341 ss.

[2009] Di Pascale A., 'La participation de l’Italie à la politique d’externalisation de l’Union européenne', in Rossetto J. (sous la direction de), L’externalisation de la Politique d’immigration de l’Union européenne, Paris.

[2001] Di Pascale A., 'Synthesis report', in Nascimbene B. (ed.), Expulsion and detention of aliens in the EU member states, Giuffré, Milano.

[2000] Di Pascale A., 'La régularisation des immigrés clandestins en Italie', in P. De Bruycker (sous la direction de), Regularisations of illegal immigrants in the European Union, Bruylant, Brussels.

Awards and prizes

Member of the board of directors of AISDUE (Italian Association of European Union Law Scholars), member of SIDI (Italian Society of International Law), member of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Chair "Human rights and ethics of international cooperation", University of Bergamo.

Since 2017 she has started the “Promoting Refugees integration” initiative, born from the collaboration between Baker McKenzie Italy, University of Milan, UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency) and the NGO “Farsi Prossimo ", with the aim of helping refugees with international protection to acquire new knowledge and develop the necessary qualifications to increase self-esteem and facilitate stable entry into the labor market. In 2018 the initiative was awarded the prize "Pro Bono Initiative of the year" on the occasion of the XII edition of the TopLegal Awards and in 2019, on the occasion of the second edition of the Welcome - Working for refugee integration award, it received a special award from the High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Rosita Di Peri
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International politics area

Competences: democratization processes, Middle East Politics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: strengthening authoritarianism in the Middle East, Lebanon, mashreq, Middle East, political islam

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations with a specialization in MENA politics

Professional career

After graduating in Political Science, Rosita Di Peri attended the Master in Public Policy Analysis under the direction of Luigi Bobbio, graduating with honours in 2000. She later worked as an expert on Mediterranean field, with particular attention to the issue of civil society, for Paralleli the Euromediterranean Institute of the North West attending, at the same time, the PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Turin. She studied at the Ceri in Paris and at the St. Joseph University in Beirut. In 2007 she received the PhD with a thesis on the democratization process in Lebanon. After the PhD she carried out teaching activities at the universities of Turin and Florence. She was also a visiting professor at the Institut de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporaine (IRMC) in Tunis and at the St. Joseph University in Beirut. She realized fieldwork in Lebanon and Tunisia from 2005. Since 2011 she is Assistant Professor at the Department of Culture, Politics and Society of the University of Turin. In 2017 she obtained the national scientific qualification as Associate Professor.

Scientific results

Rosita Di Peri authored the first political history of contemporary Lebanon published in Italy. Her researches on the Lebanese consociative system has been published in national and international journals. She also worked on Sunni and Shiite Islamist movements in Lebanon, notably Hezbollah. Rosita Di Peri has as well researched on the Tunisian transition in post 2011 focusing, in particular, on the connections between tourism and the system of power developed in the country. She edited several volumes and collaborated with colleagues from several universities.

Rosita Di Peri has carried out several fieldwork activities in Lebanon and the Mediterranean region.

Over the past three years her researches focused mainly on the transformations of the Maronite Christian community in Lebanon and the consequences of this transformation on the political system of this country.

Rosita Di Peri was principal investigator in the project "India and Middle East in the globalization era: paths of internationalization" between 2016 and 2018 and "Globalization and Development Processes in Asia in the Age of Crisis: Continuity and Change" between 2013 and 2015 both funded by the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Torino; she was also part of the Italian team of the European project “Mare Nostrum. A heritage trail along the Phoenician maritime routes and historic port-cities of the Mediterranean Sea” between 2010 and 2012 led by the University of Florence within the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV program.

Editorial work and publications

Rosita Di Peri authored several publications on national and international journals and a monograph on Lebanese politics. Above the most relevant of the last five years:

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES 

(2018), ‘Speaking secular acting sectarian. Lebanese women’s rights beyond the Constitution’, Oriente Moderno, 98, 2, 247-264 

(2018), ‘Syro-Lebanon relations in the Middle Eastern geo-political system before and after the Arab uprisings’, 98, 1, 91-117, Oriente Moderno (In Italian) 

(2016), ‘Beyond Sectarianism: Hegemony, Reproduction and Resilience in Lebanon’, Mediterranean Politics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13629395.2016.1215047

(2016), ‘Narratives and realities from a changing Middle East’, Passato e Presente, 98, 2016, 74-89 (in Italian)

(2015), ‘An enduring ‘touristic miracle’ in Tunisia? Coping with old challenges after the revolution’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42, 1, pp. 104-118 

(2014), ‘Islamist actors from an anti-system perspective: the case of Hizbullah’, Journal of Politics Religion and Ideology, 15, 4, pp. 487-503

(2014) ‘Introduction. Lebanon Facing the Arab Uprisings. A Lost Opportunity?’, Oriente Moderno, 94, 2, 2014, pp. 277-284 

(2014), ‘Re-defining the Balance of Power in Lebanon: Sunni and Shiites Communities Transformations', the Regional Context and the Arab Uprisings’, Oriente Moderno, 94, 2, pp. 335 -356

 

BOOKS

(2017)The contemporary Lebanon. History, politics and society, Carocci, Roma (first edition 2009, in Italian)

 

NON PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

(2015) ‘The Harirism: ascent and decline of a socio-political phenomenon’, Rivista di Politica 3, 2015, pp. 45-53 (In Italian)

(2014), ‘Islamist movements in Middle East: perspectives and dynamics after the Arab uprisings’, Rivista di Politica, 2, pp. 7-9 (In Italian) 

(2014), ‘Islamist movements in Lebanon: not only Hezbollah’, Rivista di Politica, 2, pp. 55-63 (In Italian)

 

 

BOOKS CHAPTERS 

(2017) ‘State and markets: the crisis of the tourism sector in Tunisia before and after the ‘jasmine revolution’, in E. Baroncelli, R. Mulé (eds.)Political Responses to Global Economic Crises’, Egea, Milano 

(2017), ‘Changing Perceptions of the European Union before and after the Arab uprisings’, in B. Curli, M. Ceretta (eds.), Discourses and Counter-discourses on Europe, from the Enlightenment to the EU, Routledge, pp. 249-260

(2016), The Transformation of the Maronite Community in Lebanon in the Post-2005 Era and the Rise of Relative Deprivation, in G. Proglio (ed.), ‘Decolonizing the Mediterranean’, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 19-34.

(2016), Introduction (with Daniel Meier), in ‘Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptations’, R. Di Peri, D. Meier (eds.), Palgrave McMillian, London, pp. 1-11

(2016), The Sunni Community in Lebanon: From “Harirism” to “Sheikhism”? (with Daniel Meier), in ‘Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptations’, R. Di Peri, D. Meier (eds.), Palgrave McMillian, London, pp. 35-53

 

EDITED VOLUMES AND SPECIAL ISSUES

(2016), Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptations, Palgrave McMillian, London (co-edited with D. Meier)

(2015), Continuity and Change in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, Special Issue co-edited with P. Rivetti, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42, 1, pp. 1-145

(2015), Continuity and Change in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, London, Routledge (co-edited with P. Rivetti)

(2014), Le Liban face au printemps arabe, Oriente Moderno (edited Special Issue), 94, 2, pp. 277-427 (English and French)

(2014), After the ‘Arab Spring’: Islam, politics and democracy, Rivista di Politica (edited dossier), 2, pp. 7-73 (In Italian)

Awards and prizes

Vice-president of the Master in International Studies; member of the board of SeSaMO (Italian Society for Middle East Studies); member of the scientific committee of the series ‘Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East’ for Mimesis Publisher; member of the editorial committee of the Journal NAD (New Authoritarianism and Democracies); coordinator of the Erasmus partner countries exchange with Lebanon. From 2014 is scientific coordinator of the Summer School ‘Understanding the Middle East’ http://www.to-asia.it/to-mideast 

Simonetta Di Pippo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: aerospatial physics, international collaboration, space, UN (United Nations), women and science

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Director of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna.

Professional career

After graduating in physics with a specialisation in astrophysics and space physics at the University La Sapienza in Rome in 1984, in 1986 she joined the National Space Plan of the National Research Council, which became the Italian Space Agency (ASI) in 1988. Her responsibilities ranged from Earth observation to automation and robotics, science and human spaceflight. In 2002, she was appointed Director of the ASI's Observation of the Universe, in charge of all the scientific programmes of ASI, including its contribution to ESA programmes, and of the exploration programmes, including the management of the Italian astronauts. From 2008 to 2011, Ms. Di Pippo served as Director of Human Spaceflight at the ESA, first woman appointed Director at ESA since its inception in 1975. After having served as the Head of the European Space Policy Observatory at Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) in Brussels, since 23 March 2014, she is the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna.

In 2009, she co-founded the association Women in Aerospace – Europe, to expand the representation and leadership of women in the aerospace sector. Her leadership as President lasted until 2016, when she was appointed as Honorary President.  

She has been teaching at several universities, including GWU, NYUAD and LUISS.

Scientific results

Simonetta Di Pippo is considered one of the main experts in international cooperation in the aerospace sector globally. As Director of UNOOSA, she elaborates the strategies and supervises all activities of the Office, ensuring they conform to the mandate of the General Assembly and of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). Under her leadership, the Office strives to bring the benefits of space to everyone, everywhere, to leverage the potential of space for sustainable development and to reduce the space divide among nations, helping more countries to access space. She also advises the Secretary General of the United Nations on space-related issues such as the peaceful use of outer space and the use of space science and technology for sustainable development. UNOOSA also helps Member States use satellite technology to prevent and manage natural disasters and emergencies through the UN-SPIDER programme.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of several books and publications, including:

Books:

(2018) Di Pippo S., Davidian K., Public/Private Human Access to Space, Vol. 2, Earth Orbit and beyond, International Academy of Astronautics, ISBN 978-2-917761-52-6

(2017) Preface to the book “Women spacefarers: sixty different paths to space” edited by U. Cavallaro. ISBN: 978-3319340470

(2017) Preface to the study “Global space governance: an international study” edited by J., Ram and J., Pelton, Jakhu, Ram, Pelton, Joseph. ISBN 978-3-319-54364-2

 (2016) Introduction to the book “YES WE_STEM", edited by L. d'Ambrosio Marri, F. Marzano and E. Pietrafesa, e-book version. ISBN: 9788894076936.

 (2015) Di Pippo S, Perozzi E. European Operational Initiative on NEONear Earth Object (NEO) Hazard Monitoring. Handbook of Cosmic Hazards and Planetary Defense, 615-635. ISBN 978-3-319-03951-0

(2009) Flamini E., Ori GG., Di Pippo S & Osinski G., Exploring Mars and its terrestrial analogues, Preface, Planetary and Space Science

(2007) Di Martino, Di Pippo et al. "Dai ghiacci della Terra ai ghiacci dell'Universo", Erga Edizioni. ISBN 978-88-8163-522-1

(2002) Di Pippo S., Astronauti, Mursia, ISBN 978-88-425-3005-3

Other publications:

(2013) Di Pippo S. An outline of the study group "Public/Private Human Access to Space". 8th IAA symposium in the future of space, Turin, Italy. 

(2012) Di Pippo S. Experience with collaborative space projects. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, Italy. 

(2009) Flamini E, Ori GG, Di Pippo S & Osinski G. Exploring Mars and its terrestrial analogues Preface.Planetary and Space Science, 57(5):509-509. 

(2008) Di Pippo S. Celebrating the accomplishment, preparing the future - New challenges in human spaceflight and exploration. ESA bulletin. Bulletin ASE. European Space Agency, (135):10-17. 

(2007) Foing BH, Espinasse S, Wargo M, Di Pippo S. Sorrento Lunar Declaration 2007. Advances in Space Research, 42(2):246-247. 

(2001) Coradini A, Campbell J, De Sanctis MC, [...] Di Pippo S, et al. Italian participation in the Mars exploration program. Advances in Space Research, 28(8):1197-1202. 


Awards and prizes

During her career, she received numerous national and international awards. In 2006, she was knighted by the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. In 2008, the International Astronautical Union named asteroid 21887 "dipippo" as a recognition of her contribution to space exploration. In 2010 she won the international prize Sebetia-Ter Silver Award of the President of the Italian Republic Luigi Napolitano for her contributions to the space sector. In 2012 she received the Women in Aerospace Leadership Award recognising her roles managing complex space projects and inspiring women in the aerospace sector. In 2016 she received the prize for International Cooperation of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for significant contributions to international cooperation in space activities. In 2018, she received the Hubert Curien Award, which recognises outstanding efforts to help society benefit from space.

She received an Honoris Causa Degree in Environmental Studies from St. John University, and an Honoris Causa Degree in International Relations from John Cabot University.

 

Francesca Dominici
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biostatistics

Keywords: big data, environment, medical statistics, medicine, pollution, scientific data analysis, statistics, women

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

Professional career

After graduating in Statistics at La Sapienza University in Rome, she continued her education with a PhD at the University of Padua in 1997. After moving abroad, she became a Visiting Assistant Professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, homonymous university in Baltimore. She continued her academic career at John Hopkins and became Professor of the biostatistics department in 2007. She later moved to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, of the university of the same name, until she fulfilled the role not only of Professor of biostatistics but also of Senior Associate Dean for Research. Francesca Dominici's main interest is focused on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data samples (Big Data), coming from heterogeneous sources, so that they can be combined to obtain important information that can be applied to different disciplines such as climate change, environmental sciences, cancer comparative research and public health policies.

 

Scientific results

Francesca Dominici is engaged in the development of new statistical methods for the analysis of large amounts of data (big data) detected and stored in massive databases (data warehouses) such as those of Medicare and SEER-Medicare. Her challenge is to develop new methods of Bayesian random inference (approach to statistical inference in which the probabilities of a given event happen are considered as levels of trust and no longer as frequencies), to overcome the analytical difficulties inherent in using large databases. This new approach allows Francesca Dominici, in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, to compare the efficacy in medical research in the treatment of glioblastoma (a tumor that develops between the glial cells, components of the nervous system along with neurons) and other tumors. Furthermore, her studies have directly influenced American policy on air quality and pollution, leading to the creation of new air and environmental quality standards.

Editorial work and publications

(2000) Dominici F, Samet JM, Zeger SL. Combining Evidence on Air pollution and Daily Mortality from the Twenty Largest US Cities: A Hierarchical Modelling Strategy with discussion. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 163(3):263-302.

(2000) Samet JM, Dominici F, Curriero F, Coursac I, Zeger SL, Fine Particulate Air Pollution and Mortality in 20 U.S. Cities: 1987-1994. New England Journal of Medicine, 343(24):1742-9.

(2004) Dominici F, McDermott A, Hastie T. Improved Semi-parametric Time Series Models of Air Pollution and Mortality. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 468:938-948.

(2006) Dominici F, Peng D, Bell M, Pham M, McDermott A, Zeger SL, Samet JM. Fine Particulates Air Pollution and Hospital Admission for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Diseases. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 295:1127-1135.

(2006) Peng R, Dominici F, Zeger SL. Reproducible Epidemiological Research. American Journal of Epidemiology, 163:783-789.

(2009) Dominici F, Fried L, Zeger SL. So Few Women Leaders: Look for the Root Causes. Academe, July-August 2009.

(2012) Wang C, Parmigiani G, Dominici F. Bayesian effect estimation accounting for adjustment uncertainty. Biometrics, (68)3:681-689.

(2014) Zigler CM, Dominici F. Uncertainty in propensity score estimation: Bayesian methods for variable selection and model averaged causal effects. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 109(505):95-107.

(2014) Dominici F, Greenstone M, Sunstein CR. Science and Regulation. Particulate matter matters. Science, 344(6181):257-9.

(2014) Bobb F, Obermeyer Z, Wang Y, Dominici F. Cause-specific risk of hospital admission related to extreme heat in older adults. Journal of the American Medical Association, 312(24):2659-2667. (Recognized in January 2016 as one out of 28 NIEHS Papers of the Year).

 

Awards and prizes

Francesca Dominici has always shown commitment to promoting diversity within the academic sphere. She co-chaired the Women's Condition Commission at John Hopkins University. In 2009 she received the Diversity Recognition Award from the Rector of John Hopkins University. In 2015 she was awarded the Florence Nightingale David Award for her contributions as a model for women and for excellence demonstrated in statistical research, in leadership of multidisciplinary groups and in education. She currently chairs the University Committee for the Advancement of Women at the University of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

 

Maria Benedetta Donati
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: ematology, physiopathology, thrombosis

Keywords: blood, cancer, coagulation, eating habits, food, mediterranean diet, moles-healthy project, nutrition, telethon, thrombosis, tumor

Region: Molise


Position/Role

Head of the Laboratory of Translation and Medicine and of the Neuromed Biobanking Center, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli, Isernia.

Professional career

MD Degree with the Highest distinction (1968, Catholic University, Rome) specialisation in Clinical and Laboratory Haemotology (1971 same University), Ph.D. in Haemostasis Physiopathology (1973, University of Leuven, Belgium), Honoris Causa Medical Degree from two foreign Universities (Byalistok, Poland and Debrecen, Hungary), Special Mention “For Women in Science” (UNESCO-L’Oreal, Paris 2002), “100 Women Scientists “ (Fondazione Bracco, Milano 2016); “Top Italian Women Scientists”, ONDA, Milano 2016.

 

She has devoted her scientific research to the investigation of thrombosis, the process which leads to the obstruction of blood vessels and may cause major disorders such as myocardial infarction and stroke;  in particular during the first part of her scientific activity at Mario Negri Institute in Milan and subsequently in Consorzio Mario Negri Sud in the Abruzzo Region, she  has pioneered studies on cancer and thrombosis and on the treatment of some tumor types with anticoagulant drugs; in 1993 she launched the First International Group devoted to “Haemostasis and Malignancy” (within the International Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis). More recently she studied the interaction between genetic and environmental factors as determinants of Cardiovascular Risk, and discovered, together with Licia Iacoviello, the presence of a genetic variant of a clotting factor which protects 20% of the italian population from myocardial infarction.

 

Since 2005 she is one of  the founders and coordinators of the Moli-sani study, an  epidemiological prospective project on nearly 25,000 adults  living in the Molise Region, which evaluates the beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Diet on cardiovascular health and quality of life.

Editorial work and publications

Cultured human endothelial cells generate tissue factor in response to endotoxin.

Colucci M, Balconi G, Lorenzet R, Pietra A, Locati D, Donati MB, Semeraro N.

J Clin Invest1983 Jun;71(6):1893-6. PMID:6345590

 

Polymorphisms in the coagulation factor VII gene and the risk of myocardial infarction.

Iacoviello L1Di Castelnuovo ADe Knijff PD'Orazio AAmore CArboretti RKluft CBenedetta Donati M.

N Engl J Med. 1998 Jan 8;338(2):79-85. doi: 10.1056/NEJM199801083380202

 

Thrombotic complications in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a meta-analysis of 17 prospective studies comprising 1752 pediatric patients.

Caruso V, Iacoviello L, Di Castelnuovo A, Storti S, Mariani G, de Gaetano G, DonatiMB.

Blood2006 Oct 1;108(7):2216-22. Epub 2006 Jun 27. PMID:16804111

 

Circulating Tissue Factor Levels and Risk of Stroke: Findings From the EPICOR Study.

Iacoviello L1Di Castelnuovo A2de Curtis A2Agnoli C2Frasca G2Mattiello A2Matullo G2Ricceri F2Sacerdote C2Grioni S2Tumino R2Napoleone E2Lorenzet R2de Gaetano G2Panico S2DonatiMB2.

Stroke. 2015 Jun;46(6):1501-7. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.008678. Epub 2015 Apr 30

 

Interaction between Mediterranean diet and statins on mortality risk in patients with cardiovascular disease: Findings from the Moli-sani Study.

Bonaccio M1Di Castelnuovo A2Costanzo S2Persichillo M2De Curtis A2Cerletti C2DonatiMB2de Gaetano G2Iacoviello L3Moli-sani Study Investigators.

Int J Cardiol. 2019 Feb 1;276:248-254. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.11.117. Epub 2018 Nov 24

 

 

 

 

Eleonora Dondossola
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, intravital microscopy

Keywords: bones, cancer, molecular therapy, prostate, tissue engineering, tumor metastases

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Junior Faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Professional career

Dondossola got her BSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and her MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biotechnology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, where she further pursued her international PhD studies in Cell and Molecular Biology, in collaboration with the British Open University, followed by a post-doc in Molecular Oncology. She has been teaching Biochemistry and History of Cancer Research at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University since 2008. In 2011 Dondossola moved to UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, USA, where she is currently working. 

Dondossola joined the American Association for Cancer Research in 2009.

Scientific results

Dondossola’s research activity focuses on the study of the tumor microenvironment, the non-malignant component that supports tumor function and progression. Her initial studies explored the role of tumor blood vessels in metastasis development and therapeutic response. She demonstrated that Chromogranin A, a circulating protein, decreases vascular permeability and inhibits the penetration of therapeutic agents, including chemotherapy and molecular drugs. She further showed that this mechanism reduces the ability of cancer cells to generate metastasis to distant organs and to the tumor itself, a process identified as tumor-self seeding (the property of circulating cancer cells to re-infiltrate their tumor of origin). Dondossola tested the provocative hypothesis that circulating tumor cells can be genetically manipulated and used as anti-cancer treatment thanks to their capacity to spontaneously home to tumors (through the self-seeding process). As a result, the application of engineered tumor cells significantly reduces the growth of both primary and metastatic tumors. Furthermore, she identified a novel population of immune cells (myeloid) that express CD13 protein and support the formation of neo-angiogenic vessels and tumor progression. 

Dondossola recently developed an interest in tissue engineering and intravital multiphoton microscopy, an approach that allows monitoring the dynamic evolution of biological processes over time. These strategies have been combined and applied to understand the mechanisms that support the progression of prostate cancer bone metastasis. She further extended these applications to the study of another non-tumor desmoplastic process, defined foreign body response.

Editorial work and publications

Eleonora Dondossola is an author/coauthor in several important scientific papers, including:

 

[2018]Dondossola E,AlexanderS, HolzapfelBM, FilippiniS, StarbuckMW, HoffmanRM, NavoneN, De-Juan-PardoEM, LogothetisCJ, HutmacherDW, Friedl P. Intravital microscopy of osteolytic progression and therapy response of cancer lesions in bone. Sci Transl Med.2018 Aug 1;10(452)

[2016] Dondossola E, Holzapfel BM, Alexander S, Filippini S, Hutmacher DW, Friedl P. Dissecting the foreign body response to biomaterials by non-linear intravital microscopy. Nat Biomed Eng. 2016 Dec 19; 1, 0007

[2016] Dondossola E, Dobroff AJ, Marchiò S, Cardó-Vila M, Hosoya H, Libutti SK, Corti A, Sidman RL, Arap W, Pasqualini R. Self-targeting of TNF-releasing cancer cells in preclinical models of primary and metastatic tumors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Feb 23;113(8):2223-8.

 [2013] Dondossola E, Rangel R, Guzman-Rojas L, Barbu EM, Hosoya H, St John LS, Molldrem JJ, Corti A, Sidman RL, Arap W, Pasqualini R.CD13-positive bone marrow-derived myeloid cells promote angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis.Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2013 Dec 17;110(51):20717-22.

 [2012] Dondossola E, Crippa L, Colombo B, Elisabetta Ferrero and Corti A. Chromogranin A regulates tumor self-seeding and dissemination. Cancer Research, 2012 Jan 15;72(2):449-59

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she received the AMGEN Award in Basic Science Research from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. In the same year she received the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Individual Investigator Award. In 2015 she was awarded the Gerald B. Grindey Memorial Scholar-in-Training Award at the AACR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA. In 2016 she got the Mark Walter, Brent Nicklas, Adrianne and Jerry Cohen–PCF Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. In 2017 she received the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Research Award, The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas, USA.

Elena Dundovich
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International politics area

Competences: history of international relations, history of post-Soviet States, history of Russian Federation, history of URSS

Keywords: post-Soviet States, Russian Federation, URSS

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Full professor at Department of Political Science, University of Pisa.

Scientific results

Participation and Coordination of National and International Research Projects.

Between 1999 and 2001, she participated in several research groups. In particular: “Cinema and its symbols”; the "History of the PCI and its archives" promoted by the Gramsci Foundation Institute; "Italy and the European integration process", promoted by the Luigi Sturzo Institute of Rome in collaboration with the Master of European Studies of the Faculty of Political Sciences of Florence; "The European Parliament and its history" in collaboration with the Archives of the European Parliament and with the Historical Archives of the European Communities.

In 2001 and 2002, she took part in the research project "East-West Economic Relationships in Cold War Europe", promoted and coordinated by Professor Luciano Segreto, Faculty of Political Sciences of Florence, while from 2004 to 2006 she participated in the national research project COFIN "Italy in international relations of the '900", in "The European Community and professional training: history and role of CEDEFOP", a project promoted by the European Union, and in the COFIN project of the University of Milan, focused on " Russian Archives in Italy”.

In 2009, she collaborated to the Prin project of the Faculty of Humanities of La Sapienza University in Rome, on "Empires and Nations in Europe from the 18th to the 20th century". In 2015 she was involved in two Prat projects: the first within the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa and titled "Money and Politics. Public funding, private contributions and political corruption in a comparative perspective", the second, by the Department of Political Science of Padua University, on" A hundred years from red danger. The impact of the Bolshevik revolution on European colonial powers: a global approach ". Lastly, she collaborated with the “University Research Project 2016” of the Department of Political Science of the University of Padua, on “Italy in the International System between 1917 and the early 1920. The Opportunity to become a Great Power, Italy and the New International Order".

Coordinator and Researcher for Scientific Projects entrusted by Qualified Public or Private Institutions.

Between 2001 and 2004, she is Coordinator and researcher of the project "GuLag. Nuovi Orizzonti", directed by Dr. Francesca Gori, director of the "Eastern European Countries Section" of the Feltrinelli Foundation, Milan, in collaboration with the Moscow Memorial Association. The project took place in 2001-2004 following to three different lines of work with three final objectives which have been achieved: 1. The creation of a website on the history of the GULag, whose internet address is www.gulag-italia.it; 2. The creation of a searchable database in which the stories of the Italians repressed in the Soviet Union between 1918 and 1953 are collected and 3. the organization of the exhibition “The Soviet GULag “, including documentation, objects, photographs, drawings of the Italians repressed in the Stalinist concentration camps, inaugurated in 2000 in Milan, it travelled to various Italian cities.

Since 2004, she has been Scientific Responsible for the "Archives Section" of the "Memorial-Italy Association", established in Milan on 20 April 2004 (and of which she is founding member) which aims to: safeguard and protect the memory of historical sources of the '900; to favor the study and comparison on the themes of contemporary memory, divisions and the sharing of collective memories of the 20th century; to collect the memories of the 1900s, in all their forms (diaries, autobiographies, documents, photographs, cinematographic, literary material, etc.), which are useful to enrich the study of the twentieth century above all on the themes of violence, human rights, justice , of totalitarianisms; to study and reflect on the past and present history of human rights in Russia; to disseminate, through exhibitions, seminars, lessons in schools and universities, knowledge of the history of the USSR; to disseminate in Italy the scientific and cultural initiatives of the Memorial di Mosca Association; to promote research on the history of political repression in the USSR and to collect documentary material on the Italian victims of Stalinist repression. 

In 2004, as the Assistant researcher of Professor Ranieri di Sorbello, in the framework of Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello Foundation, she was coordinator of the research project “Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello” and curator of the volume “Anthology of the writings of Uguccione”.

Between 2004 and 2005, she was Coordinator of the Feltrinelli Foundation project and of "Russian archives. For a history of Italian emigration", funded by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Directorate General for Archives, for the creation of an inventory of the whole documentation and the related Russian sources on the history of Italian emigration to the USSR. 

In 2010 she was Coordinator of the "Memorial" Association on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Directorate General for Archives, for the research project on "Emigration and Russian political presence in Italy. She mapped (census) and created a thematic guide to Italian sources for the history of Russian political presence in Italy for the period 1900-1939 ".

From 2011 to 2017 she was “Forum for the problems of peace and war”’s Scientific Director for the sector of research, studies and event organization on the history of Eastern Europe, the USSR and the Russian Federation. Since 2011 she is also a member of the Executive Council and of the Executive Committee. The Forum is a scientific institute whose purpose is the production, exchange and dissemination of knowledge on the themes of peace and war. To this extend, it promotes research, organizes conferences and seminars between national and international experts, as well as lessons. Besides this, it edits publications and specialist highly valued works. 

Editorial work and publications

Selection of volumes

[2017] Dundovich E., Bandierà Rossa trionferà? Franco Angeli, Milano,ISBN: 978-88-917-5328-1.

[2012] Dundovich E., Cernobyl'. L'assenza, pp. 1-217, Firenze, Passigli Editore, ISBN: 9788836813629.

[2006] Dundovich E., Gori F., Italiani nei lager di Stalin, pp. 17-209, Roma-Bari, Laterza, ISBN: 884207926X. 

[2004] Dundovich E., Stalin, pp. 11-191, Collana di biografie di personaggi del ‘900 per la rivista “Panorama”, Milano, Mondadori Libri Illustrati. 

Selection of published articles

[2017] Dundovich E., Bandiera rossa trionferà? L’Italia e la Rivoluzione di Ottobre, 1917-1927, XXI Secolo, n. 39, FrancoAngeli, Milano, ISSN:1594-3755.

[2015] Dundovch E., Andreevna Achmatova A., in Pegaso, Quadrimestrale di Cultura, Arte, Costume, Anno XXXVIII, gennaio-aprile.

[2014] Dundovich E., Da Vilnius a Sebastopoli. Storia di una crisi evitabile, Rivista del Centro interdisciplinare Scienze per la Pace, Università di Pisa, ISSN 20391749.

[2013] Dundovich E., Introduzione. DEP. DEPORTATE, ESULI, PROFUGHE, vol. 22, p. 1-20, ISSN: 1824-4483.

Selection of book’s contibutions, chapters

[2018] Dundovich E., Al di là della cortina di ferro. I paesi dell'Est e l'Urss nella politica estera del governo Craxi. In: (a cura di): R. Chiarini, Il governo del leader. Craxi a Palazzo Chigi. p. 69-96, Padova:Il Torchio, ISBN: 9788898669622.

[2017] Dundovich E., La cucina russa fra tradizioni autoctone e suggestioni esterne, In: (a cura di): G. Motta, Food and Culture. vol. 1, p. 183-192, ROMA:Nuova Cultura, ISBN: 8868128527.

[2016] Dundovich E., La cucina russa, In: (a cura di): Motta G., I tempi e i luoghi del cibo. p. 243-251, Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, ISBN: 9788868126834, doi: 10.4458/6834.

[2016] Dundovich E., “New Values” for a New “Great Russia”, in (a cura di) S. Poli,  The European Neighbourhood Policy Values and Principles, pp. 130-142, London and New York, Routhledge, pp. XXX, ISBN: 9781138943094. 

Selection of edited books

[2013] Dundovich E., Voci femminili dai lager sovietici. In DEP. (Deportate, esuli, profughe) vol. 22, p. 1-128, Venezia, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, ISSN: 1824-4483. 

[2004] Dundovich E., Gulag. Storia e Memoria, a cura di Elena Dundovich, Francesca Gori, Emanuela Guercetti, pp. 1-313, Milano, Feltrinelli, ISBN: 8807818183.

[2004] Dundovich E., Scritti scelti di Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello, 1906- 1969, a cura di Elena Dundovich e Ruggero Ranieri, pp. 1-499, Firenze, Leo S. Olschki, ISBN: 9788822253675.

[2001] Dundovich E., Poljtbiuro i Evropa, 1923-1939. Protokoly «Ocobych Papok», a cura di G. Adibekov, O. Chlevnjuk, A. Di Biagio, E. Dundovich, A. Filitov, S. Pons, ROSSPEN, Moskva.

Awards and prizes

The volume E. Dundovich, F. Gori (2006), Italiani nei lager di Stalin, Bari, Laterza, ISBN: 884207926X, was selected for the 39th ediction of “Acqui Storia” Prize in 2006.

Barbara Ensoli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: clinical research, immunology

Keywords: AIDS, aids vaccine, cancer therapy, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: animals, Covid-19: new therapies, Covid-19: pathogenesis, Covid-19: vaccines, hiv, hiv vaccine, immunology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Director of the National HIV/AIDS Research Center - Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

Professional career

Barbara Ensoli, M.D., Ph.D., graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. She then spent more than 10 years at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, Maryland, USA), working at the National Cancer Institute. During those years she elucidated the role of the HIV-1 Tat protein in HIV pathogenesis and AIDS-associated tumors.

Her current research interests are HIV pathogenesis and the development of HIV/AIDS preventative and therapeutic vaccines, which are currently in advanced clinical phase. She has coordinated several international and national research programs in Europe and Developing countries. Among them, the EU-funded "AIDS Vaccine Integrated Project" (AVIP) and the “Program to support the Ministry of Health of South Africa in the implementation of a national program of global response to HIV & AIDS” (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). She is a member of the WHO-UNAIDS Vaccine Advisory Committee and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). She has been the Vice-President of the National AIDS Committee of the Italian Ministry of Health from 2006 to 2015 and is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Health Status Report, Ministry of Health. She has been member of Member of the Scientific Council of The European Research Council, ERC from 2013 to 2016 and Member of the HIRO (Heads of International Research Organizations) representing ERC from 2015 to 2016.

She has received many national and international scientific awards and she has been appointed as Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2001 by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. A. Ciampi. Her scientific activities have resulted in more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Scientific results

Dr. Ensoli has been involved into two main fields of research:

a)      Studies on the pathogenesis of HIV infection, aimed at developing a vaccine against HIV/AIDS, able to either protect from the disease (in HIV-uninfected individuals; preventative vaccine), or to control disease progression (in HIV-infected individuals; therapeutic immunisation);

b)      Studies on pathogenesis of AIDS-associated tumours, in particular of Kaposi’s sarcoma  and of intra-epithelial neoplasm of uterine cervix and cervical carcinoma.

 

Studies for the development of a vaccine able to prevent from HIV/AIDS disease in uninfected individuals and/or to control disease progression in seropositive patients have been based on new concepts of vaccinology that have lead to identify the Tat protein of HIV-1 as the target for immunisation strategies. This protein has, in fact, a key role in the very early phases of HIV infection since it is essential for virus replication and spreading of infection.

The significant results obtained from the basic research and, later on, the preclinical studies on non-human primates, have confirmed that the Tat-based vaccine is safe, induces humoral and cell-mediated immune responses and is able to block or significantly reduce HIV replication and transmission in vaccinated monkeys. Based on these results, phase I clinical vaccine trials with a vaccine based on the Tat protein on uninfected (ISS P-001) and on HIV-infected volunteers (ISS T-001) have begun in 2003 and completed in 2006. These studies have involved 4 clinical Italian centres and have demonstrated that the Tat vaccine candidate is safe when used in both HIV-negative and –positive individuals. Results from these studies have been published in international scientific journals.

Based on the promising results obtained in phase I clinical trials, a phase 2 clinical trial was started in 2008 in 11 Clinical Centers in Italy with the aim of evaluating immunogenicity induced by vaccination with Tat protein in HIV-positive, HAART-treated, individuals. The study has produced important results of efficacy for the therapeutic immunisation with the Tat protein, also published in international scientific journals.  

 

In parallel with these activities, a bilateral cooperation programme between Italy and South Africa has been conducted, aimed at developing local health programmes to fight HIV/AIDS. The programme has started with preliminary clinical observational studies, then followed by an advanced clinical vaccine trial sponsored by the National HIV/AIDS Research Center of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African Government. The results have been confirmed the data of the phase II trial in Italy and have also been published in scientific international Journals.

Beside the advanced clinical testing of the Tat-based vaccine, second generation vaccines have been developed, in the frame of European research Programmes (An European Programme for the development of a vaccine against HIV/AIDS; AVIP). In particular, a new vaccine candidate, based on the association of the Tat protein with a modified form of the Env protein (an Env protein deleted of its V2 region, ΔV2-Env) has been developed in the frame of the European AVIP programme and of a collaboration with Novartis Vaccines&Diagnostics (one of the most important industries producing vaccines), that is able to elicit a broader immune response. This vaccine candidate , that has produced very promising results in non human primates, has been tested in a phase I clinical trial on healthy volunteers with behaviours at high risk of HIV infection (preventative vaccination).

 

Dr. Ensoli’s research in the field of tumours has lead to the discovery that HIV protease inhibitors (HIV-PI) have anti-tumour effects. Studies started from observation that incidence of HIV-associated tumours, including Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), non-Hodkin lymphoma and the intra-epithelial neoplasm of uterine cervix (CIN) went reducing since the introduction of new combined anti-retroviral therapies (HAART), containing protease inhibitors. Results from these researchs have demonstrated that PI are molecules with strong anti-angiogenic effects, able to block the development of new blood vessels that are essential to tumour growth in numerous experimental neoplastic models, including KS and CIN, thus suggesting a possible use of these drugs in the anti-tumour  therapy, for both HIV infected patients and patients with HIV unrelated tumours.

Based on these results, two phase II clinical trials has been conducted in Italy in order to evaluate anti-tumour effects of Indinavir, one of the most common HIV-PIs, in HIV-uninfected patients with classic KS. Results from these studies have confirmed that the drug is able to control the progression of the tumour, in particular if given in the early stages of the disease. Due to these promising results, a “proof-of-concept” clinical study has been conducted, aimed at evaluating the efficacy of this class of drugs in the therapeutic treatment of patients with advanced, HIV unrelated, KS in association with conventional chemotherapy.   

The development and the conduct of these programmes in both the oncologic and infectious diseases fields, is an important example of “translational” research, from basic research to clinical advanced testing that assures that a product rapidly reaches the community.

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She sits on the editorial boards of Lancet Oncology, PLoS ONE, The Open AIDS Journals, Tumor Viruses, Vaccine, Development and Therapy, Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology, Advances in Tumor Virology, Scientific Report.

She has published more than 300 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Among them:

 

(2016) Ensoli B, Nchabeleng M, Ensoli F, Tripiciano A, Bellino S, Picconi O, Sgadari C, Longo O, Tavoschi L, Joffe D, Cafaro A, Francavilla V, Moretti S, Pavone Cossut MR, Collacchi B, Arancio A, Paniccia G, Casabianca A, Magnani M, Buttò S, Levendal E, Ndimande JV, Asia B, Pillay Y, Garaci E, Monini P. HIV-Tat immunization induces cross-clade neutralizing antibodies and CD4+ T-cell increases in antiretroviral-treated South African volunteers: a randomized phase II clinical trial. Retrovirology, 13(1):34.

(2015) Ensoli F, Cafaro A, Casabianca A, Tripiciano A, Bellino S, Longo O, Francavilla V, Picconi O, Sgadari C, Moretti S, Pavone Cossut MR, Arancio A, Orlandi C, Sernicola L, Maggiorella MT, Paniccia G, Mussini C, Lazzarin A, Sighinolfi L, Palamara G, Gori A, Angarano G, Di Pietro M, Galli M, Mercurio VS, Castelli F, Di Perri G, Monini P, Magnani M, Garaci E, Ensoli B. HIV-1 Tat immunization restores immune homeostasis and attacks the HAART-resistant blood HIV DNA: results of a randomized phase II exploratory clinical trial. Retrovirology, 12:33.

(2012) Monini P, Cafaro A, Srivastava IK, Moretti S, Sharma VA, Andreini C, Chiozzini C, Ferrantelli F, Cossut MR, Tripiciano A, Nappi F, Longo O, Bellino S, Picconi O Fanales-Belasio E, Borsetti A, Toschi E, Schiavoni I, Bacigalupo I, Kan E, Sernicola L, Maggiorella MT, Montin K, Porcu M, Leone P, Leone P, Collacchi B, Palladino C, Ridolfi B, Falchi M, Macchia I, Ulmer JB, Buttò S, Sgadari C, Magnani M, Federico MP, Titti F, Banci L, Dallocchio F, Rappuoli R, Ensoli F, Barnett SW, Garaci E, Ensoli B. HIV-1 Tat promotes integrin-mediated HIV transmission to dendritic cells by binding Env spikes and competes neutralization by anti-HIV antibodies. PLoS One, 7:e48781.

(2003) Sgadari C, Monini P, Barillari G, and Ensoli B. Use of HIV protease inhibitors to block Kaposi's sarcoma and tumour growth. The Lancet Oncology, 4:537-547.

(2002) Sgadari C, Barillari G, Toschi E, Carlei D, Bacigalupo I, Baccarini S, Palladino C, Leone P, Bugarini R, Malavasi L, Cafaro A, Falchi M, Valdembri D, Rezza G, Bussolino F, Monini P & Ensoli B. HIV protease inhibitors are potent anti-angiogenic molecules and promote regression of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Nature Medicine, 8:225-232.

(1999) Cafaro A, Caputo A, Fracasso C, Maggiorella MT, Goletti D, Baroncelli S, Pace M, Sernicola L, Koanga-Mogtomo ML, Betti M, Borsetti A, Belli R, Åkerblom L, Corrias F, Buttò S, Heeney J, Verani P, Titti F & Ensoli B. Control of SHIV89.6P-infection of cynomolgus monkeys by HIV-1 Tat protein vaccine. Nature Medicine, 5:643-650.

(1994) Ensoli B, Gendelman R, Markham P, Fiorelli V, Colombini S, Raffeld M, Cafaro A, Chang HK, Brady JN & Gallo RC. Synergy between basic fibroblast growth factor and HIV-1 Tat protein in induction of Kaposi's sarcoma. Nature, 371:674-680.

(1990) Ensoli B, Barillari G, Salahuddin SZ, Gallo RC & Wong-Staal F. Tat protein of HIV-1 stimulates growth of cells derived from Kaposi's sarcoma lesions of AIDS patients. Nature, 344:84-86.

(1989) Ensoli B, Nakamura S, Salahuddin SZ, Biberfeld P, Larsson L, Beaver B, Wong-Staal F & Gallo RC. AIDS-Kaposi's sarcoma-derived cells express cytokines with autocrine and paracrine growth effects. Science, 243:223-226.

(1989) Ensoli B, Lusso P, Schachter F, Josephs SF, Rappaport J, Negro F, Gallo RC & Wong-Staal F. Human herpes virus-6 increases HIV-1 expression in co-infected T cells via nuclear factors binding to the HIV-1 enhancer. EMBO J. 8:3019-3027.

Awards and prizes

She has received many national and international scientific awards. Among them: “San Valentino d’Oro” International Award for  professional activity against AIDS, “Marisa Bellisario” International Award for professional activities, “Domenico Marotta”  Award for year 2000, conferred for professional merits by the National Academy of Sciences (also known as “National Academy of XL”), “Santa Caterina” Award for year 2002, “Paul Harris Fellow” International Award, conferred by the Rotary Foundation “Eminent Scientist of the year 2005 (International Research Promotion Council – World Scientist Forum International Award Science and Medicine), Melvin Jones (Lion’s Club), “The Abraham White Distinguished Science Award” (The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences - USA and University of Rome Tor Vergata), “Top Italian Women Scientist 2016” award conferred  by Onda, “AcademiaNet-Expert Database for Oustansing Female Scientists and Scholars” (EMBO). She has been appointed as Ufficiale dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2001 by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. A. Ciampi

Elisabetta Erba
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geology

Keywords: biosphere, climate, earth, environment, geosphere, nanofossils, oceans, paleontology, soil

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor in Paleontology e Paleoecology at the University of Milano

Professional career

After a diploma (cum laude) in Geological Sciences in 1982, she finished a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1987. In 1987-1988 she was a post-DOC at the Geologisches Institut -.ETH, Zurich. In1990 E. Erba becomes Researcher and in 2000 Associate Professor at the University of Milan. Since 2005 she is Full Professor at the Dept. of Earth Sciences

Scientific results

Elisabetta Erba is specialist of calcareous nanofossils, the most efficient calcite producers in spite of their very small size. When they die, they fall on the sea floor and over the course of millions of years form marine sediments. Nannofossils are used for dating through biostratigraphy and for paleo-oceanographic reconstructions. Elisabetta Erba studies the interactions between geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and, in particular, major climate changes. Her research focused on the relationships between atmospheric CO2, climate and ocean ecosystems. In order to understand causes and consequences of current and future climate change it is important to introduce a geological perspective via high-resolution investigations of marine sediments.

Calcareous nannofossils  are also used by Elisabetta Erba to study the nature and origin of organic matter-rich sediments accumulated in stagnant waters, that are potential source rocks to produce oil.

 

Editorial work and publications

E.Erba has published  some 160 papers, including: 


(2018) Gambacorta G., Malinverno A. and Erba E,Orbital forcing of carbonate versus siliceous productivity in the late Albian–early Turonian (Umbria-Marche Basin, central Italy).Newsletters on Stratigraphy, Published online October 2018, DOI: 10.1127/nos/2018/0456

(2018) Bottini C. & Erba E., Mid-Cretaceous paleoenvironmental changes in the western Tethys. Climate of the Past, 14,1147–1163.

(2017) Faucher, G., Hoffmann, L., Bach, L. T., Bottini, C., Erba, E., and Riebesell, U., Impact of trace metal concentrations on coccolithophore growth and morphology: laboratory simulations of Cretaceous stress.Biogeosciences , 14: 3603-3613doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3603-2017.
(2015) Erba E, Duncan RA, Bottini C, Tiraboschi D. Weissert H, Jenkyns HC, Malinverno A. Environmental Consequences of Ontong Java Plateau and Kerguelen Plateau Volcanism. Geological Society of America, Special Paper 511:271-303. 
(2010) Erba E, Bottini C, Weissert HJ, Keller CE. Calcareous Nannoplankton Response to Surface Water Acidification Around Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a. Science, 329:428-432.   (2006) Erba E. The first 150 million years history of calcareous nannoplankton: biosphere-geosphere interactions. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 232:237-250. 
(2005) Muttoni G, Erba E, Kent DV & Bachtadse V. Mesozoic alpine facies deposition as a result of past latitudinal plate motion. Nature, 434:59-63. 
(2004) Erba E. Calcareous nannofossils and Mesozoic Oceanic Anoxic Events. Marine Micropaleontology, 52:85-106.   (2004) Erba, E, Bartolini A, Larson RL. The Valanginian "Weissert Oceanic Anoxic Event. Geology, 32:149-152.   (2004) Erba E & Tremolada F. Nannofossil carbonate fluxes during the Early Cretaceous: phytoplankton response to nutrification episodes, atmospheric CO2 and anoxia. Paleoceanography, 19. 
(2004) Weissert H & Erba E. Volcanism, CO2 and paleoclimate: a Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous carbon and oxygen isotope record. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 161:695-702.   (1999) Larson RL & Erba E. Onset of the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse in the Barremian-Aptian: Igneous events and the biological, sedimentary and geochemical responses. Paleoceanography, 14:663-678.   (1994) Erba E. Nannofossils and superplumes: the Early Aptian nannoconid crisis. Paleoceanography, 9:483-501.

Awards and prizes

Elisabetta Erba was President of the Italian Geological Society in 2015-2017. Since 2013 she is a Member of theAccademia dei Lincei and of the Academia Europaea (section Earth and Cosmic Sciences). In 2012 she was awarded with the Tartufari Prize for Geosciences  (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei).

 

Susanna Esposito
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: allergology, infectious diseases, pediatrics, pneumology

Keywords: antibiotics, infectious diseases, pediatric diseases, pediatrics, vaccines

Region: Umbria


Position/Role

President of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid), Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Specialty School for Pediatrics and Director of the S.C. Pediatric Clinic at the University of Perugia

 

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan in 1995, she continued her education with a specialization in Pediatrics (1999) and a next one in Infectious Diseases (2006). Two years after graduating, she was already responsible for the research laboratory of the Pediatric Clinic IV, and since 2000 for the research laboratory of the Clinical Pediatric Clinical Unit of the University of Milan, later called the High Intensity Care Unit of Pediatrics. Susanna Esposito combined her academic career with a medical career: in 2002 she is a university researcher in General and Specialized Pediatrics and since 2005 an associate professor. She also carried out research in foreign institutions: in 2007 in Dallas, Texas, at the Southwestern Medical Center of the University Hospital and Clinic, in 2009 in London, at St George's Medical Center and the following year in Burundi, Africa, at the Kiremba Hospital. From the 2009-2010 academic year, she was Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Diploma of the University of Oxford, UK. From 2010 to 2016, she was director of the High Intensity Care Pediatric Unit at the IRCCS Ca 'Granda Foundation, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of the University of Milan and head of the Regional Reference Center, in Lombardy, for HIV infection and for pediatric Lyme disease. She is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the School of Specialization in Pediatrics and Director of the S.C. Pediatric Clinic at the University of Perugia. She is president of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid).

 

Scientific results

Susanna Esposito's scientific activity began during her university studies with research on pediatric infectious diseases, in particular influenza and respiratory viruses, invasive bacteria infections, tuberculosis and HIV. Her field of interest extends progressively to immunology with studies on vaccination, immune response and immunogenetics, pneumology, allergy, rheumatology and rare diseases. She coordinated several research and clinical trials on the role of viruses and bacteria in the main infections in pediatric age and studies on vaccination efficacy, tolerability and safety. She also coordinated the development of guidelines on the diagnostic-therapeutic approach to the main infectious diseases in children and the guidelines on the new vaccination calendar and on the recommended vaccinations for children. In 2012 she identified enterovirus C-117 and enterovirus C-118, two new enteroviruses, a genus of viruses resistant to chemical and physical offenses, which can survive in the environment for a long time, affecting mainly people with low immune defenses, like children and the elderly, with effects in some cases very serious. Since 2013 she has been coordinating the study group on vaccines (EVASG) of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2005 she is a member of the International Board of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, since 2009 she is Associate Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases, since 2011 she is Associate Editor of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, since 2013 she is Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Virology and she is part of Editorial Board Member of PLOS One, since 2014 she is Associate Editor of Medicine and since 2016 she is a member of the Editorial Board Member of AIMS Microbiology and of Npj Vaccines. Since 2016 she has also been editor of the magazine Edit Symposia and referee for numerous scientific journals such as Lancet, the British Medical Journal, Vaccine, the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the American Journal of Physicians.

Susanna Esposito is the author of more than 1000 publications, including over 450 articles on international journals published on PubMed, and more than 1000 reports on invitation to conferences of national and international scientific societies, including:

 

(2016) Esposito S, Bonanni P, Maggi S, Tan L, Ansaldi F, Lopalco PL, Dagan R, Michel JP, van Damme P, Gaillat J, Prymula R, Vesikari T, Mussini C, Frank U, Osterhaus A, Celentano LP, Rossi M, Guercio V, Gavazzi G. Recommended immunization schedules for adults: Clinical practice guidelines by the Escmid Vaccine Study Group (EVASG), European Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid). Human Vaccine Immunotherapeutics, 12:1777-1794.

(2016) Esposito S, Principi N. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Vaccine Study Group (EVASG). Strategies to develop vaccines of pediatric interest. Expert Review of Vaccines, Epub Sep 28.

(2016) Esposito S, Guez S, Orenti A, Tadini G, Scuvera G, Corti L, Scala A, Biganzoli E, Berti E, Principi N. Autoimmunity and cytokine imbalance in inherited epidermolysis bullosa. International Journal of Molecular Science, 17(10):1625.

(2016) Esposito S, Longo MR. Guillain-Barré syndrome. Autoimmunity Review, 16(1):96-101.

(2016) Principi N, Esposito S. Gut microbiota and central nervous system development. Journal of Infection, 73(6):536-546.

(2016) Esposito S, Pietro GD. Respiratory syncytial virus vaccines: an update on those in the immediate pipeline. Future Microbiology, 11:1479-1490.

(2016) Esposito S, Di Gangi M, Cardinale F, Baraldi E, Corsini I, Da Dalt L, Tovo PA, Correra A, Villani A, Sacco O, Tenero L, Dones P, Gambino M, Zampiero A, Principi N, Ita-CAP Study Group. Sensitivity and specificity of soluble triggering receptor Expressed on Myeloid Cells-1, Midregional Proatrial Natriuretic Peptide and Midregional Proadrenomedullin for Distinguishing Etiology and to Assess Severity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia. PLoS One, 11:e0163262.

(2015) Esposito S, Piralla A, Zampiero A, Bianchini S, Di Pietro G, Scala A, Pinzani R, Fossali E, Baldanti F, Principi N. Characteristics and their clinical relevance of respiratory syncytial virus types and genotypes circulating in Northern Italy in five consecutive winter seasons. PLoS One, 10:e0129369.

(2015) Esposito S, Giavoli C, Trombetta C, Bianchini S, Montinaro V, Spada A, Montomoli E, Principi N. Immunogenicity, safety and tolerability of inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine in overweight and obese children. Vaccine, Epub Nov 19.

(2014) Esposito S, Corona F, Barzon L, Cuoco F, Squarzon L, Marcati G, Torcoletti M, Gambino M, Palù G, Principi N. Immunogenicity, safety and tolerability of a bivalent human papillomavirus vaccine in adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Expert Review of Vaccines, 13:1387-1393.

Awards and prizes

Susanna Esposito received the "Carlo Imperato" Award in 2002, as part of the 58th National Congress of the Italian Society of Pediatrics, for the best experimental work on "Respiratory diseases of the child", in the same year she was awarded the Young Investigator Award within the III World Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Santiago, Chile). In 2004 she received the Amici di Milano Award - Gold Medals awarded with the Silver Plate by the President of the Italian Republic and the Silver Plate of the President of the Lombardy Region, as the best medical researcher. In 2008 she was awarded the SIP Member Award as best researcher in general and specialist Pediatrics within the Italian Society of Pediatrics, in 2011 the Ambassador Prize for research abroad in the medical field and in 2014 the Certificate of Merit for the commitment and professionalism over the years dedicated to the health of children by the Amici del Policlinico and Mangiagalli Association. From 2011 to 2014 she was called to chair the Italian Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease (SITIP); from 2012 to 2015 she was president of the Commission of the World Health Organization for the eradication of measles and congenital rubella and continued to participate in the work of the Commission as Past President. Since 2015 she is president of the World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders (WAidid).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Cristina Facchini
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: atmospheric science

Keywords: aerosol, atmosphere, climate, clouds, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: air diffusion, Covid-19: impact on air quality

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Research director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the CNR, Bologna section

Professional career

Graduated in 1985 at the University of Bologna with a thesis in analytical chemistry, she obtained a PhD at the Department of Chemistry of the same university, and in the same department she became a post doc fellow. In 1987 she was a reaserch fellow at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the CNR in Bologna, and held this position until 1992, when she became head of the laboratory of the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection. In 1996 she entered the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the Low and High Atmosphere of the CNR of Bologna. From 2001 to 2006 she was Senior Scientist at the Institute of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of the CNR. Since 2007 she has been research director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the CNR, Bologna section.

 

Scientific results

Maria Cristina Facchini's main research interests are the physical and chemical processes in the atmospheric system such as aerosols and clouds and their effects on changes in atmospheric composition and climate. At the beginning of her scientific career she investigated the chemical properties of fog and clouds, so much so that her first important scientific result regards the organic partition of the aerosol between mist drops and interstitial air. Based on her research, she contributed to the development of a new aerosol investigation technique based on the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance. In 2001 she contributed to a joint paper on Science, where the world's leading experts in the field discussed the need to re-establish the theory of cloud formation on the basis of new discoveries concerning the solubility of aerosols and their surface tension, as well as the effects of soluble gases. Her most recent research concerns the interaction between climate and biota (in ecology, the whole of all living beings, animals and plants, which populate a given region) marine, atmospheric, aerosol.

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 150 scientific publications, including:

 

(2011) Decesari S, Finessi E, Rinaldi M, Paglione M, […] Facchini MC. Primary and secondary marine organic aerosols over the north atlantic ocean during the map experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D22).

(2011) Rinaldi M, Decesari S, Carbone C, […] Facchini MC. Evidence of a natural marine source of oxalic acid and a possible link to glyoxal. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D16).

(2008) Facchini MC, Decesari S, Rinaldi M, et al. An important source of marine secondary organic aerosol from biogenic amines. Environmental Science & Technology, 42:9116-9121.

(2008) Facchini MC, Rinaldi M, Decesari S, et al. Primary submicron marine aerosol dominated by insoluble organic colloids and aggregates. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L17814.

(2005) Kanakidou M, Seinfeld JH, Pandis SN, Barnes I, Dentener FJ, Facchini MC, et al. Organic aerosol and global climate modelling: a review. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 5:1053-1123.

(2004) O’Dowd CD, Facchini MC, et al. Biogenicallydriven organic contribution to marine aerosol. Nature, 431:676-680.

(2001) Charlson RJ, Seinfeld JH, Nenes A, Kulmala M, Laaksonen M, Facchini MC. Reshaping theory of cloud formation. Science, 292:2025-2026.

(2000) Decesari S, Facchini MC, Fuzzi S & Tagliavini E. Characterization of water soluble organic compounds in atmospheric aerosol: a new approach. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105:1481-1489.

(1999) Facchini MC, Fuzzi S, Zappoli S, et al. Partitioning of the organic aerosol component between fog droplets and interstitial air. Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, 26821-26832.

(1999) Facchini MC, Mircea M, Fuzzi S & Charlson RJ. Cloud albedo enhancement by surface-active organic solutes in growing droplets. Nature, 401:257-259.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Rank, ranking of the most influential researchers and researchers in the world. In the same year she received the Haagen-Smit Prize Award. She is a member of several scientific societies, such as the European Association for Geochemistry, the European Geophysical Union, the American Aerosol Society and is one of the founders of the Italian Aerosol Association.

 

Alessandra Faggian
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: applied economics, economic geography, regional economics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19: territorial disparities, Geography of Covid-19, human capital, local economic development, migration, resilience

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Full Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Social Sciences area at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, where she is also Pro-rector with research authority.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan in 1997, she continued her education with a Master's degree in Regional Sciences and a PhD in Economics at the University of Reading (UK). From 2002 to 2007 she was a permanent researcher at the University of Reading (UK). From 2007 to 2011 she was associate professor at the University of Southampton (UK). In 2012 she moved to Ohio State University (USA) where in 2014 she became a full professor. In 2017 she returned to Italy to the Gran Sasso Science Institute, a new doctoral school based in L'Aquila, where she is also director of the social sciences area and pro-eect at research.

Scientific results

Alessandra Faggian's research activity takes place in the field of regional economy and economic geography, with a focus on issues such as migration (both forced and voluntary) and the role of human capital and creativity in economic development and territorial resilience. She participated in various projects funded in various ways by international bodies / institutions such as the National Science Foundation (USA), the Economic and Social Science Research Council (UK), the Australian Research Council (Australia), the OECD and the Commission European.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2013 she is co-director of Papers in Regional Science. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, Regional Science and Review of Regional Research. She has also edited numerous special issues in international journals. She has more than 90 scientific publications, some of which have appeared in prestigious international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, the Oxford Economic Papers, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Journal of Regional Science, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Urban Studies and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.
Below are 10 relevant publications from the most recent ones:

 

(2018)Biagi B, Faggian A, Rajbhandari I e Venhorst V. (eds.) New Frontiers in Interregional Migration Research.Springer, Berlin Heidelberg.

(2018) Crescenzi R. Di Cataldo M. e Faggian A. Internationalised at work and localistic at home: the split Europeanisation of Brexit. Papers in Regional Science, doi: 10.1111/pirs.12350.

(2018), Faggian A, Partridge M e Malecki E. Creating an environment for economic growth: human capital, creativity or entrepreneurship? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12555.

(2017) Corcoran J. e Faggian, A. (eds.) Graduate migration and regional development: an international perspective. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, ISBN 9781784712150

(2017) Faggian A, Gemmiti R, Jaquet T e Santini I. Regional resilience: lessons learned from the Italian local labor markets. Annals of Regional Science,doi:10.1007/s00168-017-0822-9.

(2017) Faggian A, Rajbhandari I e Dotzel K. The interregional migration of human capital and its regional consequences: a review. Regional Studies,51(1):128-143.

(2016) Faggian A, Corcoran J e Rowe F. Evaluating the effects of federal policy changes on human capital: The role of a graduate visa scheme. Environment and Planning C, 34(1): 151-170.

(2015) Abreu M, Faggian A e McCann P. Migration and inter-industry mobility of UK graduates. Journal of Economic Geography,15 (2): 353-385.

(2014) Faggian A e Franklin. Human Capital Redistribution in the USA: The Migration of the College-bound. Spatial Economic Analysis, 9,4: 376-395, DOI: 10.1080/ 17421772.2014.961536.

(2014) Faggian A, Comunian C e Li QC. Interregional migration of human creative capital: the strange case of "Bohemian graduates". Geoforum, 55:33-42.

Awards and prizes

In 2006 Alessandra Faggian won (together with Philip McCann) the Moss Madden Medal of the British and Irish regional science association (RSAI-BIS) for the best article published by a member of the association. In 2015 she won the Geoff Hewings Award as the best young regional scientist in North America and in 2016 was mentioned in a ranking of the 100 most influential regional scientists in the world as 19th. She was President of the North American Association of Regional Sciences (NARSC) and is a member of several directorates of regional science associations in the world.

Ester Faia
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, labor economics, macroeconomics

Keywords: banking crisis, expectations, financial frictions, fiscal policy, information economy, labor institutions, macro-prudential policies, monetary policy, monetary regimes, sovereign debt crisis, unemployment

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt (chair in Monetary and Fiscal Policy).

Professional career

Ester Faia has a degree in Political Economics from Bocconi University where she also earned a Master's degree. She held a Ph.D.at the New York University and a joint Catholic-Bocconi doctorate. She was assistant professor at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and a visiting professor at the European University Institute. Currently she is a fellow of the CEPR (Financial Economics and International Finance programs) and a fellow or scientific advisory board member of several other research centers in Europe and the United States. She was program director for the macro-finance area of the SAFE center of excellence at the University of Frankfurt and consultant for various central banks, including the ECB, and the European Commission. She has received numerous awards for research excellence and research grants (Marie Curie, EU grant FP7, Deutsch Forschung Gemeinshaft (German Research Foundation) and fellowships for studies abroad (Marco Fanno).

Scientific results

Ester Faia has published numerous works for the analysis of monetary and fiscal policies with

expanded macroeconomic models to take into account frictions in the financial, labor or product

market. Some of these analyzes included applications in international contexts for the study of

optimal monetary areas in the presence of asymmetries in the financial or labor markets. Some

jobs focused on the labor market investigated the role of institutions such as collective bargaining

or unemployment insurance for inflation developments with implications for monetary policy. In

another area of ​​research he has developed macroeconomic models with banking crises (in

particular bank liquidity crises) for the study of macro-prudential policies. More recent research

projects include the study of the role of expectations formation or other behavioral elements for

price trends in financial markets, the role of the digital economy for financial markets and the labor

market.

 

Editorial work and publications

Ester Faia has published extensively in top refereed international journals.

A complete list can be found in his CV on her webpage.

Awards and prizes

Ester Faia is top 5% for several IDEAS ranking criteria. It was ranked fourth in the Handelsblatt ranking for economists under 40 in 2013 (eighth in 2011). She was associate editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and Macroeconomic Dynamics. She was part of the Economic Policy panel. She was invited to give keynote lectures and presented in numerous international conferences and seminars.

 

Isabella Falautano
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: communication & digital PR

Keywords: business angels, diversity and inclusion, global governance, innovation, social innovation, start up, sustainability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of Communication & Stakeholder Engagement at illimity

Professional career

Italian and Austrian, European by heart. An International mindset and bridging different worlds are the red threads of Falautano’s professional and personal career. An honor graduate in International Affairs from La Sapienza University of Rome and with a Postgraduate Degree in International Development, she started in 1996 as a research fellow in international trade and global governance at the International Affairs Institute. Here she was detached in 1998 as Summer Assistant in DECVP at the World Bank, led by Joseph Stiglitz, in Washington DC. Further opportunities to strengthen her analytical and strategic skills arose from an assignment as Expert for International Economic Relations at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

In 2001, Falautano entered the private sector as head of Research & International Affairs at a national banking group, followed by another managerial role at a in the multinational insurance group AXA – a position she held for over a decade. During this time Falautano applied a “startup approach” to developing the activities of the communications team, including strengthening institutional relationships and increasing sustainability initiatives, as well as providing consistently thoughtful leadership. As a result she was appointed  Executive Director and member of the management team. At the end of 2018, she joined the Executive Committee of the banking startup, illimity, taking on the challenge of communicating and positioning a completely new reality in the Italian financial sector She reports directly to illimity CEO Corrado Passera, whose innovative values underpin the business.

 

Alongside her primary work, she Falautano contributes to part several international dialogue networks, including: World Responsible Leader of the BMW-Quandt Foundation; Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund; Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France; and Intheboardroom. She has been on several training and educational institutions and associations’ boards of directors, from the Partnership Foundation for Bocconi to Junior Achievement. Falautano is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Scuola di Politiche where she has also lectured on economic global governance. In 2018 she was awarded a position among the top 100 digital women of Startupitalia and, now, features in the 100esperte.it list.

Scientific results

Isabella Falautano has developed four specific areas of expertise. The first, focus is on economic global governance and multilevel policies issues, in a world of increasing complexity. Her accomplishments in this field began at the International Affairs Institute, where she designed and launched the Global Economic Outlook and published several articles on the WTO and the internationalization of the Italian system. Subsequent activities include: a collaboration with the World Bank, in which contributed to several global regionalism studies; an elaboration of studies and dossier on bilateral economic interests at the Prime Minister's Office; and most recently, lecturing and role playing on G-20 at Scuola di Politiche.  Falauntano’s second area of expertise is thought leadership in relation to risk and sustainability, which she began to develop on entering the private sector. At the multinational company AXA her contributions include:, she  launching  partnerships between AXA Research Fund and leading academic and research centers in Italy (Bocconi, EIEF, Collegio Carlo Alberto) resulting in  over 18 million of euro; designing  and coordinating 16 editions of the Italian AXA Forum, one of the main Italian events on the topic of risk; working on various policy briefs on risk issues with the Italian AXA Papers.; and instigating green corporate responsibility projects and, thus, the reporting of sustainability profiles on non-financial statements.  Her third are of expertise is innovation in the startup sector. She has been instrumental to the success of Milan’s first innovation hub and business network that supports female entrepreneurship, Angel 4 Women. And now she is leading crucial communications activities at the banking startup illimity, working to strengthen its position in the innovative fintech and ecosystem. She is among the top 100 digital women of Startupitalia.

Throughout her career, Falautano has cultivated and implemented the values of inclusion and diversity, from the ideation of formats like women in insurance a research projects on women and risk, to participating in the first edition of Intheboardroom and creation of Angels 4 Women. 

Awards and prizes

[2018] Top 100 digital WomendiStartupitalia.eu

[2018] Best Storytelling Award– rilasciato da: Lundquist

[2017] CSR Award– rilasciato da: Aifin

[2017] Best Communication Team Award– rilasciato da: Le Fonti

[2016] Leone d’Oro migliore Campagna Istituzionale– rilasciato da: Milano Finanza Awards

[2008] Young Leader e World Responsible Leader– rilasciato da: BMW/Quandt Stiftung

[2001] Marshall Memorial Fellow of German Marshall Fund of the United States

[1999] Young Leader Council for Italy and United States