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Isabella Castiglioni

STEM area: Physics

Competences: Applied Physics

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

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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


Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Tiziana Catarci

STEM area: Computer science

Competences: Computer Engineering

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

Lucia Cattani

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Air Treatment, Alternative Energies, Civil Engineering, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Acoustics, Heat Transmission, Technical Physics, Thermodynamic Cycles

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

Region: ABROAD


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lilia Cavallari

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Fiscal Policy, International Economics, Macroeconomics, Monetary Policy

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Adriana Cavarero

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Ethic, Femminism, Philosophy, Political Theory

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

Region: Veneto


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alessandra Celletti

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: Celestial Mechanics, Dynamic Systems

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

In 2023, she won the most important prize in the field of Celestial Mechanics, the Brouwer Award.


Denita Cepiku

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Business Administration, Collaborative Governance, Public Management

Keywords: co-production of public services, equity, network management, performance, strategy

Region: Lazio


Associate professor in Public Management and member of the Technical Commission on Performance at the Italian Department of Public Administration.

Professional career

After graduating with honors in Economics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2002, Denita Cepiku achieves a PhD degree in Public Management & Governance in 2006. Tenure track researcher in 2008 and associate professor in 2017, she teaches Business administration and Public management, and coordinates the PhD track in Public management and governance at the same university. She has been visiting professor at the University of Konstanz (2019) and at the York University of Toronto (2011).

She is editor-in-chief of Azienda Pubblica (the Italian public management journal since 1987), member of the editorial committees of Public Management Review, of Revista de Administração Pública, and of International Journal on Public Sector Performance Management. Since 2002, she has coordinated or taken part in research projects funded by the United Nations, European Commission, OECD, EBRD, International Institute of Administrative Sciences, European Institute of Public Administration, Swedish Research Council, Swiss Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of health, Department of Public Administration, among others. She is member of the Technical Commission on Performance at the Department of Public Administration, Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are in the areas of collaborative governance (network management and co-production), strategic performance management, crisis management, and equity.

Denita has contributed to the scientific research on networks by developing a multilevel performance model on public networks. Her empirical research has focused on UNESCO’s Heritage Sites, investigating configurational conditions that impact community-level performance; on the fight of malaria through community health workers in Ethiopia; on the leadership of local government networks.

Her works on strategic performance management have focused on public administrations and international institutions.

More recently, her research interests have addressed the issue of equity and the tools that public managers can employ to improve inclusion and social justice.

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Cepiku, D., & Mastrodascio, M. Equity in public services. Public Administration Review. Volume 81, Issue 6, November/December, pp. 1019-1032.

[2021] Cepiku D., Giordano F., Bovaird T., Loeffler E. Managing the Covid-19 pandemic—from a hospital-centred model of care to a community co-production approach. Public Money and Management, Vol. 41, No. 1.

[2021] Cepiku, D., Giordano, F., Mastrodascio, M., & Wang, W. What drives network effectiveness? A configurational approach. Public Management Review, 1-25. 

[2021] Cepiku D., Mastrodascio M. Leadership behaviours in local government networks: an empirical replication study, Public Management Review, 23:3, 354-375.

[2020] Cepiku D., Marsilio M., Sicilia M.F., Vainieri M. Co-production: management and evaluation. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-60710-4

[2020] Amici M., Cepiku D. (2020), Performance management in international organizations. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-39471-4.

[2018] Cepiku D., Giordano F., Bonomi Savignon A. (2018), Does strategy rhyme with austerity?. Public Management Review. 20:3.

[2018] Cepiku D. Strategia e performance nelle amministrazioni pubbliche. Egea. Biblioteca dell’economia d’azienda. Milano, ISBN 9788823845909.

[2017] Thomas R. Klassen, Denita Cepiku and T. J. Lah,, a cura di, (2017). Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138845220.

[2016] Cepiku D., Mussari R., Giordano F. (2016), Local Governments Managing Austerity: Approaches, Determinants and Impact. Public Administration. 94:1.

[2014] Cepiku D., Giordano F. (2014). Co-production in developing countries. Insights from the Community Health Workers experiences. Public Management Review, 16:3.

[2005] Cepiku D., Governance: riferimento concettuale o ambiguità terminologica nei processi di innovazione della PA?, Azienda Pubblica, N. 1.

Awards and prizes

Best paper Workshop Azienda Pubblica, 2010, Roma.

Best research Award 2011, Faculty of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Best paper award International Journal of Public Sector Management, EURAM 2019.

EURAM 2020 Grant Scheme awarded to the research project: “Co-production of public services: an impact evaluation model”.

Best PMR article Kooiman Award published in Public Management Review (PMR) in 2021 (2).

Anna Cereseto

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: Biology, Biotechnologies, Cellular Biology, Molecular Biology, Virology

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

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Anna Ceresole

STEM area: Physics

Competences: Innovative Methods for Popularizing and Teaching Physics, Quantum Theories of Gravity and Fundamental Interactions, Theoretical Physics

Keywords: Black Holes, mathematical models, Quantum Gravity, String Theory

Region: Piedmont


Research Director of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) at the Turin Division.

Professional career

After graduating in Theoretical Physics in Turin in 1984, she obtained a PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989 and worked at CALTECH in California, before returning in 1993 as a researcher and lecturer at the Politecnico di Torino. She is a research manager at the Turin Section of the INFN, where she coordinated the Theoretical Physics Group from 2015 to 2022. Her research explores quantum field theories of fundamental interactions including gravity, with applications to black holes and cosmology. Since 2017 she leads a national research project on String and Field Theory. She has been a team member of the ERC "Superfields" and a working group leader in the COST project "The String Theory Universe." She is active in promoting gender in Theoretical Physics and among the founders of the GenHET group at CERN. She is involved in science outreach through various means, including Theatre,  she is one of the creators of La forza nascosta: scienziate nella fisica e nella storiata: scienziate nella fisica e nella storia and president of the Teatro&Scienza association in Turin and president of the Science&Theatre association in Turin.

Scientific results

Her research activity has been in high-energy theoretical physics. She has devoted herself to the construction of new quantum theories that, extending Einstein's General Relativity and the Standard Model for elementary particles, can describe the unification of gravity with the other fundamental interactions of elementary particles. Her focus has been on mathematical structures and symmetries governing the interaction of space, time and matter. She is an expert in models in which space-time possesses more than 4 dimensions, in field theories with conformal invariance and with supersymmetry: supergravity, string theories, holographic theories. She has also contributed their applications to the study of black holes and cosmology. 

Her most relevant results concern the construction of general models of supergravity in 4 and 5 space-time dimensions suitable for describing the interaction between (super)gravity and matter, the analysis of their electromagnetic duality symmetries, the work on consistency proofs of the holographic principle and the description of black holes in supergravity by means of flow equations.

Editorial work and publications

Her publications include more than 60 research papers published in international journals and one specialized volume in the field of high energy theoretical physics and mathematical physics. Below is a selection.

[2019]  Castellani L., Ceresole A., D'Auria R., Fré P. Tullio Regge: An Eclectic Genius: From Quantum Gravity to Computer Play. World Scientific, ISBN 978-981-12-1343-4, doi 10.1142/11643.

[2014] Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G., Ferrara S., Trigiante M., Van Proeyen A. A search for an N=2 inflaton potentialFortsch. Phys. 62 (2014) 584 [arXiv:1404.1745 [hep-th]]. 

[2007]  Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G. Flow equations for non-BPS extremal black holes, JHEP 0703 (2007) 110 [arXiv:hep-th/0702088].

[2006] Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G., Giryavets A., Kallosh R., Linde A. Domain walls, near-BPS bubbles, and probabilities in the landscape, Phys. Rev. D 74 (2006) 086010 [arXiv:hep-th/0605266].

[2000] Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G. General Matter Coupled N=2, D = 5 Gauged Supergravity, Nucl. Phys. 585 (2000)143{170, [hep-th/0004111].

[2001] Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G., Kallosh R., Van Proeyen A. Hypermultiplets, Domain Walls and Supersymmetric Attractors, Phys. Rev. D 64 (2001) 104006 (23 pages) [arXiv:hep-th/0104056].

[2000] Ceresole A., Dall'Agata G., D'Auria R., Ferrara S. Spectrum of type IIB supergravity on AdS(5)xT11: Predictions on N = 1 SCFT's" , Phys. Rev. D61 066001-19, [hep-th/9905226].

[1997] Andrianopoli L., Bertolini M., Ceresole A., D'Auria R., Ferrara S., Fre P., Magri T. N=2 Supergravity and N=2 Super Yang-Mills Theory on General Scalar Manifolds: Symplectic Covariance, Gaugings and the Momentum Map, J. Geom. Phys. 23, 111 (1997), [hep-th/9605032].

[1995] Cadavid A. C., Ceresole A., D'Auria R., Ferrara S. 11-Dimensional Supergravity Compactified on Calabi Yau Threefolds, Phys. Lett B357 (1995) 76-80, [hep-th/9506144].

[1995] Ceresole A., D'Auria R., Ferrara S., Van Proeyen A. Duality Transformations in N=2 Supersymmetric Yang Mills Theories coupled to Supergravity, Nucl. Phys. B444 (1995) 92-124, [hep-th/9502072].

[1992] Ceresole A., D'Auria R., S. Ferrara S., Lerche W., Louis J. Picard-Fuchs equations and special geometry, Int. J. Mod. Phys. A, 8 (1993) 79-114 [hep-th/9204035 [hep-th]].

[1985] Ceresole A., Frè P., Nicolai H. Multiplet Structure and Spectra of N=2 Supersymmetric Compactifications, Class.Quant.Grav. 2 (1985) 133.

Virna Cerne

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: Food Sciences and Technologies

Keywords: feeding, innovation

Region: ABROAD


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Awards and prizes

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

Emanuela Ceva

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Political Theory, Public Ethics

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

Region: ABROAD


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[2016] Ceva E, Interactive Justice. Routledge.

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

2012 Jemolo Fellowship, Nuffield College, Oxford

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

 Visiting Fellowship, CEPPA, University of St Andrews

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

2018 Fulbright Research Scholarship in Filosofia

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


Enrica Chiappero

International politics area

Competences: Development Economy, Political Economy

Keywords: development, human development, poverty

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Below the most recent ten scientific publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Carla Fabiana Chiasserini

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Telecomunications Engineering, Telematic Engineering

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

Region: Piedmont


Full Professor at TNG Group, Politecnico of Turin

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awards and prizes

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

Luisa Chiodi

International politics area

Competences: European Affairs, International Politics, International Relations, Social and Political Sciences

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

Region: Trentino-Alto Adige


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Publications with other Italian and European think tanks:

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

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

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

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

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

Publications on academic books and reviews:

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

Premio Fabbricatore di idee 2012, Città dell'Impresa.

Simona Chiodo

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Aesthetics, Espistemology, Philosophy

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

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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


Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Authored Books: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Journal Articles:

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

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

Edited Books:

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

Awards and prizes

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

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


Maria Luisa Chiofalo

STEM area: Physics

Competences: Physics Education, Quantum Physics, Responsible Research and Innovation, Science and Society

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

Region: Tuscany


Associate Professor of Physics at University of Pisa

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Awards and prizes

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

Annalisa Ciampi

International politics area

Competences: European Union, Human Rights, International Law

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

Region: Veneto


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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications


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

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

Book chapters

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

Daria Ciriaci

Economy and Finance area

Competences: European Affairs, Governance, Industrial Economics, Regional Economics

Keywords: brain drain, european economic governance, innovation economy

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Manuela Claysset


Competences: Gender Discrimination in Sport, Grassroots Sport Activities

Keywords: countering gender-based violence in sport, countering gender discrimination in sport, rights and diversity in sport, sport and integration, sports for all, value of differences in sport, women in sport

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Head of Gender Policies and Rights and Coordinator of Associative policies at UISP (Italian Union Sport for All) Aps (Social Promotion Association). 

Head of Policies UISP Aps Regional Committee Emilia-Romagna.

Professional career

Committed to grassroots associations from a very young age, Manuela Claysset began her career in the UISP of Ferrara in the late 1980s. In 1990, she collaborated in the organisation of the UISP National Women's Assembly and began to deal with gender and rights issues, until becoming responsible for UISP Gender Policies. In this role, she initiates collaborations with several Associations, for projects on combating violence against women and for LGBT+ rights.
Over the years, she is responsible for and coordinates numerous social, environmental and sports projects at national and regional level, including: Differences, a national project to combat violence against women aimed at high school students, in collaboration with the Dire Network (Women in Network against Violence), Differences in Play. Sport Libera Tutt*, a regional project (Emilia Romagna) for a sport increasingly attentive to body language and respect.

Editorial work and publications

(2018) Claysset, Manuela. "Sport e contrasto alle discriminazioni di Genere: l'esperienza della UISP", in Università degli Studi di Ferrara. Bilancio di genere 2017.

(2018) Claysset, Manuela. " I Diritti nello Sport per le persone LGBTI: l'esperienza della UISP", in Francesca Muzzi. Giochiamo anche noi. L'Italia del calcio gay. Roma: Ultra, pp. 125-129

(2017) (con Giuliana e Paolo Valerio) (a cura di). Terzo tempo. Fair play. I valori dello sport per il contrasto all'omofobia e transfobia. Milano: Mimesis.

Simona Colarizi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary History, History, History of Media, History of Political Parties

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[2000] Storia del Novecento italianoRizzoli, Milano . 

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Basilicata Literary Prize for historical non-fiction 1996

City of Civitavecchia Culture Prize 2013

Acqui Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2016

Cristina Anna Colombo

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science


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

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bianca Maria Colosimo

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Additive Manufacturing, 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


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.

Maria Colurcio

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Management, Marketing

Keywords: agrifood, circular economy, innovation, service ecosystem, social innovation, sustainability, UN Agenda 2030, value co-creation

Region: Calabria


Full professor of Management and Dean of the Bachelor's Degree Program in Business Administration at Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce from Federico University II in Naples in 1995, she continued her education with a PhD in Business Administration from the same university. Since 2000, she has received postdoctoral fellowships on innovation. From 2008 to 2015 she was a researcher at the University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro; during this time she built a dense research network and spent training periods abroad (University of Karlstad, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Universidad de Almerìa). She has been a visiting professor at Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Brazil and at the research centre CTF at Karlstad University in Sweden. Since 2020, she has been a full professor at the University of Magna Graecia in Catanzaro.

Scientific results

Since the beginning of her career, she has focused on innovation issues, particularly in the agri-food and cultural sectors. In this context, she coordinated the international project "Network innovation in the small and medium agrifood enterprises (SMEs) POR Calabria FSE 2007/2013 and participated as local coordinator in the" Smart Service Ecosystem: Designing a Sustainable Innovation Practice" funded by the Seventh Framework Program for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration of the European Union. Currently, she is the scientific leader of the projects "Sustainable Business Models: Theoretical Framework and Practices Design ForAgrifood SME's" and "Harmonic Innovation", funded by PON Research 2014-2020. Recently, her research has focused on the circular economy and the application of the service ecosystem framework to villages for the purpose of social and cultural regeneration of territories. She is scientific coordinator of the Innovation and Technology Management thematic group within SIMA - Italian Management Society.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2000, she has been a reviewer for recognised international journals and conferences. She is a member of the editorial board and advisory board of national and international series on management and marketing topics.

She is co-editor of the management journal SIJM - Sinergie Italian Journal of Management and member of the editorial board of IJM - Italian Journal of Management.

[2022] Caridà A., Colurcio M., Melia M. -Digital Platform for Social Innovation: Insights from volunteering Creativity and Innovation Management

[2022] Caridà A., Colurcio M., Edvardsson B., Pastore A. -Creating harmony through a plethora of interests, resources and actors: the challenging task of orchestrating the service ecosystem.- Journal of Service Theory and Practice

[2022] Colurcio, M., Caridà A., Melia M., The transformative role of resource integration in shaping anew service ecosystem. In The Palgrave Handbook of Service Management, edited by Edvardsson B., Tronvoll B., Palgrave. ISBN-13:9783030918279

[2021] Colurcio, M., Caridà A., Melia M. (2021), Valore e Territorio: un’ipotesi mediterranea. In Agricoltura, Società e Sviluppo Sostenibile dell’area del Mediterraneo, edited by Francesco Foglia, Rubbettino Editore

[2019] Colurcio, M., & Caridà, A. .Integrazione delle Risorse. Da concetto generico a costrutto di marketing. Pacini:Pisa.

[2019] Caridà, A., Edvardsson, B., & Colurcio, M.. Conceptualizing resource integration as an embedded process: Matching, resourcing and valuing. Marketing Theory, 19(1), 65-84.

[2019] Candi, M., Melia, M., & Colurcio, M.. Two birds with one stone: The quest for addressing both business goals and social needs with innovation. Journal of Business Ethics, 160(4), 1019-1033

[2019] Caridà, A., Colurcio, M., Russo Spena, T. R., & Kandampully, J.. Service innovation in emerging economies: an inclusive perspective. Sinergie Italian Journal of Management, 37(3), 11-38.

[2017] Colurcio, M., Caridà, A., & Edvardsson, B.. Conceptualizing Resource Integration to Advance Service Innovation. In Innovating in Practice,Springer, Cham, 237-259.

[2016] Kristensson, P., Parasuraman, A., McColl-Kennedy, J. R., Edvardsson, B., & Colurcio, M.. Linking service design to value creation and service research. Journal of Service Management, 27(1), 21-29.

[2015] Witell, L., Anderson, L., Brodie, R. J., Colurcio, M., Edvardsson, B., Kristensson, P., ... & Andreassen, T. W.. Exploring dualities of service innovation: implications for service research. Journal of Services Marketing.

[2012] Colurcio, M., Wolf, P., Kocher, P. Y., & Spena, T. R.. Asymmetric relationships in networked food innovation processes. British Food Journal, 702-727.

Awards and prizes

2008 Best Paper for Service Logic in Innovation, Section Innovative Service Thinking Case Study - 22nd Service Conference and Workshop, Academy of Marketing & Westminister Service Sector Research Center College of Westminister, London UK.

2013 Publication Award 2013, Lucerne College of Applied Sciences and Arts for the paper "Asymmetric relations in networked food innovation process", British Food Journal (2012), Vol 114, Issue 5, 702-727.

2013 Winner of the Outstanding Print Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013, "Store experience and co-creation: the case of temporary shop", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 40 Number 1, 21-40

2014 Best Selected paper "Designing a collaborative business model for SMEs", XXVI Annual Sinergie Conference, Cassino, November 2014.

2018 Highly Commended Paper Award of the Journal of Service Management "Technology as Operating Resources for the Reconstruction Experience of Cultural Heritage", 9th IRSSM conference. Ljubljana, July 2018.

2017 Smart Excellence Recognition for the international research project: "Smart Service Ecosystem: designing a practice of sustainable innovation". Project identified "Excellent Realities", special objective Smart, Il Sole 24 Ore (11/10/2017).

2020 Selected Document Virtual Special Issue on Responsible Innovation in Times of Crisis, Journal of Business Ethics (edited by Montiel I., Gutierrez-Gutierrez L., Castillo A.): "Two birds with one stone: the research to meet both business objectives and social needs with innovation". Journal of Business Ethics (2019), vol. 160, n. 4m 1019-1033.

2020 Best Selected Paper "Ethics and artificial intelligence: new and old challenges. Focus on self-driving cars" Section "Technology & Innovation Marketing", SIM Conference, Milan, 2020.

Elisabetta Comini

STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: Experimental Physics

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

Region: Lombardy


Full professor and Head of the SENSOR laboratory at University of Brescia

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

Elisabetta Comini specialises in studying the growth of metal oxides, in particular nanowires, and in measuring their electronic, functional and structural properties. She is responsible for the research line on "Metal oxide nanocrystalline quasi-1D structures" at the SENSOR laboratory (University of Brescia and National Institute of Optics). The aim of the SENSOR lab is to design and develop new materials and manufacturing processes to realise devices and systems for functional applications. The laboratory is dedicated to research in the fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), nanomedicine, food and safety. One of the laboratory's most advanced research areas is the one directed by Elisabetta Comini, which deals with quasi-one-dimensional oxide nanostructures: 1-D crystalline nanostructures are now emerging as the basis for next-generation electronics and nanoscale optoelectronic devices with superior performance. 

Editorial work and publications

Elisabetta Comini has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed papers.

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.

Daniela Conti


Competences: Grassroots Sport Activities, international and national project management in sports, Sports Event Management

Keywords: fight against homobitransphobia, international sport events, LGBT+ people's rights, rights and diversity in sport, sexism, sport against discrimination, sport and integration, sports for all, value of differences in sport

Region: Lazio


Head of National Policy for Interculturality and Cooperation at the UISP (Italian Union Sport for All).

Head of Training department for UISP Roma e UISP Lazio.

Professional career

After graduating in Sociology from Rome's La Sapienza University, from 1996 to 2000 she collaborated with the Department of Sociology in various research projects on the social value of sport.
Since 1995 at UISP  (Italian Unione Sport for All) APS Association for Social Promotion), where she became national councillor in 2009, continuing in this role to this day.

From 2021 to today she sits on the international board of ISCA (International Sport and Culture Association).

From 1999 to 2015 she sat on the international board of the FARE network (Footbal Against Racism in Europe).

Since 2011 she has been a member of the European Union Expert Group and from 2020 to 2022 she is an evaluator for projects in the Erasmus+ sport programme.

Editorial work and publications

(2022) Toolkit Sentry Sport – Sentry Sport Project.

(2021) Toolkit Riconoscere le discriminazioni, educare all’uguaglianza – Pinocchio Project.

(2018)  Implementation Guide for Integration of Refugees through Sport  IRTS Project.

(2018)Methodological Guide  SportAntenne – SportAntenne Project.

(2012) Methodological Guide Social Inclusion through sport: a possible model  Mimosa Project.

(2015) Methodological Guide Il Calciastorie. Storie di Integrazione dal profondo del calcio – Il Calciastorie Project.

(2011) European Chart of Womens 'Right in Sport'  – Olympia EU Project.

(2004) (with Gianluca Verde) Calcio contro il Razzismo in “Calciopolitiche”, Quaderni di Sociologia Vol. XLVIII, 2004, 34, Rosemberg & Sellier, Torino

(1999) (with Nicola Porro e Giulio Bizzaglia) The sports system and sports organizations in Italy, in Klaus Heinemann (ed.) "Sport Clubs in Various European Countries" Schattauer, Colonia.

(1997) A paradigm in evolution: ‘multiple identities’ of tennis. A research concerning the clubs of Rome and its surroundings” in P. De Nardis, A. Mussino, N. Porro (eds)  “Sport: Social Problems, Social Movements”, SEAM, Roma.

(1997) Un paradigma in evoluzione, in “Sport & Loisir”, n° 2-3, SEAM, Roma.

Teresa Coratella

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


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

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


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

STEM area: Physics

Competences: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Telecomunications

Keywords: Cloud Computing, environment, management, smart city, startup, women

Region: Lombardy


President and co-founder of Talent4Rise, Milan

Professional career

In 1986 she graduated in Electronic and System Physics from the University of Milan with a thesis on the effects of acid rain carried out at CRTN (ENEL's Centre for Thermal and Nuclear Research). In 1987 she joined the Italtel Telesis Consortium in the role of Proposal Manager for the development of environmental monitoring networks and the first mathematical models for air quality forecasting (DISIA Ministry of the Environment project). From 1988 to 1997 she was Head of the Environmental Subsystem in the 5T Consortium. In 1997 she joined Italtel S.p.A. as Proposal Manager and took part in the ministerial tender for the assignment of the third mobile operator (Wind). Later, from 2000 to 2013, she was International Bid and Contract Manager and contributed to the implementation of important intranets (EINET-Italian Army), the IP backbone of the Italian Research and University Network (GARR Consortium) and VoIP for international operators (SNCF, Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) and Italian operators (CGIL Piemonte, Acciaieria Cogne di Aosta and for the Barilla factory). In 2013 he founded the association Talent4Rise.

Scientific results

Paola Corradi has been working for almost thirty years on the development of ICT networks for businesses and public administration, on cloud solutions, on the start-up of new services and new markets. Her current interests include innovative ICT applications for smart cities and international relations as a lever for development in a globalised world. Advocating the importance of shared value between public administration, profit and non-profit companies, to activate cooperative circuits and positive feedback, and the development of new digital technologies as a tool for economic growth, Paola Corradi participates in Expo 2015 with a series of workshops at Cascina Triulza and cultural exhibitions on Expo themes (Epic Exhibition of Expo in the City - Shepherds of the Alps: 100 stories, 100 faces to feed the Planet). She brings to Expo 2015 the original Rise2Up project, whose primary objective is to give visibility to the good practices of Italian companies, in Italy and abroad, that stand out for Quality and Safety, Food Education, Originality and Biodiversity, Eco-sustainability, Health, WEB2.0, Internationality, Tradition and Conservation and Innovation. In April 2016, she organised a business mission to Dubai on the themes of innovation. Today she promotes, with the support of Talent4Rise Management, scientific workshops within the Human Factory Day programme of Fondazione Triulza.

Awards and prizes

The Rise2Up project was awarded by the Milan Chamber of Commerce as one of the best projects presented at the Thematic Tables of Expo2015. Paola Corradi is a member of the General Council of Fondazione Triulza as co-founder.

Francesca Maria Corrao

International politics area

Competences: Arabic Culture, Arabic Language, Cultural Anthropology, History of Middle East, History of North Africa, Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, Mediterranean studies, Multiculturalism, Political Discourse Analysis, Political Thought in Arab World

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

Region: Lazio


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,

[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

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Gender Economy, History of Economic Ideas, Human Development, Labour Economics, Microfinance

Keywords: evaluation, gender, microfinance, poverty, work

Region: Lazio


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 ( and of the online magazine ( 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 ( e come collaboratrice di

Irene Costantini

International politics area

Competences: Africa, Analysis of Conflits, Humanitarian Interventions, International Relations, Middle East

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

Region: Campania


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

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: Neurology, Pharmacology

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

Region: Apulia


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

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Bioeconomy, Circular Economy, Renewable Energy, Waste Management

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

Region: Abruzzo


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

STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: Physical Chemistry of Materials

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

Region: Apulia


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

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry from the University of Bari in 1993, she continued her education with a PhD in Chemistry in 1996 and, between 1995 and 1996, she was a Research Assistant in the Department of Chemistry at University College London. From 1996 to 1998, back in Italy, she carried out a post-doctorate at the Centro Studi Chimico Fisici sull'Interazione Luce-Materia of the CNR, in Bari. Since 1999 she has been a researcher at the Centre for Chemical and Physical Studies on Light-Matter Interaction, the following year she became a permanent researcher and since 2010 she has been First Researcher at the Institute for Chemical and Physical Processes (IPCF) of the CNR in Bari. Since 2018 she is Full Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari.

Scientific results

Maria Lucia Curri is currently responsible for materials chemistry activities, aimed at designing, manufacturing and processing inorganic solids at the nanoscale, within the Institute for Physical Chemistry Processes in Bari. The institute carries out interdisciplinary research activities oriented towards exploitation, technology transfer and training in research fields such as soft matter, complex materials and systems, nanostructured composites, biomimetic systems, innovative methodologies and multidisciplinary applications. Maria Lucia Curri's main activities, carried out within the framework of national and international research projects, concern the synthesis of nanoparticles (i.e. particles formed by atomic or molecular aggregates with a diameter between 2 and 200 nanometres) with control over their shape, size and crystalline phase, in order to precisely regulate their chemical-physical properties and their functionalisation. In this sense, the study of the properties of manufactured colloidal nanoparticles is important in order to assess their potential use of nanostructured materials in the biomedical field, such as theragnostic systems for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, in energy conversion and in the environmental technology sector, for the abatement of pollutants and the creation of sensors. Of particular note are the results obtained in the field of environmental applications of nanostructured semiconductors by the European LIMPID project on "Nanocomposite materials for the photocatalytic degradation of pollutants", of which she was coordinator.

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.

Here below a selection:

(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 water Applied Catalysis B, 243, 604-613.

(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.

(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-TiO2 Nanocrystals. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7:15494-15505. 

(2014) Corricelli M, Depalo N, Di Carlo E, Fanizza E, Laquintana V, Denora N, Agostiano A, Striccoli M, Curri ML. Biotin-decorated silica coated PbS nanocrystals emitting in the second biological near infrared window for bioimaging. Nanoscale, 6: 7924-7933. 

(2013) Fanizza E, Depalo N, Clary L, Agostiano A, Striccoli M, Curri ML. A combined size sorting strategy for monodisperse plasmonic nanostructures. Nanoscale, 5(8):3272-82. 

(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. 

(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. 

(2009) Placido T, Comparelli R, Giannici F, Cozzoli PD, Capitani G, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Curri MLPhotochemical Synthesis of Water-Soluble Gold Nanorods: the Role of Silver in Assisting Anisotropic Growth. Chemistry of Materials, 18:4192-4202. 

(2009) Kim JY, Ingrosso C, Fakhfouri V, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Curri ML, Brugger J. Multi-color inkjet printing of highly luminescent nanocrystal based nanocomposites. Small, 5:1051-1057. 

(2007) Ingrosso C, Fakhfouri V, Striccoli M, Agostiano A, Voigt A, Gruetzner G, Curri ML, Brugger J. Luminescent nanocrystal modified epoxy photoresist for the fabrication of 3-D high aspect-ratio microstructures. Advanced Functional Materials, 17:2009-2017.

(2005) Comparelli R, Curri ML, Fanizza E, Cozzoli PD, Mascolo G, Agostiano A. UV-induced Photocatalytic Degradation of Azo Dyes by Organic-Capped ZnO Nanocrystals Immobilized onto Substrate. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 60:1-11.

Awards and prizes

Maria Lucia Curri has received numerous awards for her scientific posters.

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

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

In 2003, best poster at E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg E-MRS Spring Meeting Strasbourg 2003: "TiO2 nanocrystals -conjugated -polymer thin film for photovoltaic application"

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

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

In 2017, 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

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Development Economy, Econometrics, Education Systems, Public Economics

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

Region: ABROAD


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

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: Oncological Biology

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

Region: Lombardy


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

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


Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and Consultant for Office V of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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 Dall'Arche 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 at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), in Rome, and, as a free-lance collaborator for the online magazine 

Currently, she is a Senior Researcher at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and Consultant for Office V of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Scientific results

Federica Dall'Arche's research topics are non-proliferation and disarmament, and gender dimensions 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 -

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

International politics area

Competences: European Security, International Relations, Terrorism and Counterterrorism

Keywords: Europe, West Africa

Region: Tuscany


Assistant Professor at Leiden University.

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. She has been Max Weber research fellow at the European University Institute and Adjunct Professor for James Madison University and the University of Bologna and she is currently Assistant Professor for the Terrorism and Political Violence (TPV) group at Leiden University. 

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

Latest publications

[2021] D'Amato S. and Sachoulidou A. "European transnationalism between successes and shortcomings: threats, strategies and actors under the microscope", Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 1-8.

[2021] D'Amato S. "Patchwork of counterterrorism: analyzing European types of cooperation in Sahel", International Studies Review, 0: 1-23.

[2020] D'Amato S. & Baldaro E. "Jihadi paranoia: why we (still) need to rethink the debate on terrorism and political violence", Open Democracy.

[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. "Talking Migration: Narratives of Migration and Justice Claims in the European Migration System of Governance", The International Spectator, 54(3): 1-17. 

[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.

[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. 

[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.

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

[2018] D’Amato, S., Terlizzi, A., Federico, V. Comparative Database on Migration, RESPOND.

[2018] D’Amato, S., Pannia, P. & Federico, V. National Country Report: Italy. Working Paper, RESPOND.

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Conchita D'Ambrosio

Economy and Finance area


Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, individual welfare

Region: ABROAD


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:

(2018) Bossert W, Can B, D’Ambrosio C. A Head-count Measure of Rank Mobility and Its Directional Decomposition. Economica, 85(340): 793-805.

(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.

Cecilia D'Angelo


Competences: Sport and People with Fragility, Sport and School, Sport and Youth, Sport Management, Sport Politics, Sports Event Management, Sports Policy

Keywords: sport, sports federations

Region: Lazio


Director of the Local Organization of Italy NOC (National Olympic Committee).

Professional career

Cecilia D'Angelo began her career at CONI in 1991, first as head of the school sector and then as head of the technical sector. From 1993 to 1997 she was in charge of the didactics, research and teaching sector of CONI's School of Sport, also taking care of the organisation and teaching of courses for physical trainers at the Rebibbia prison. In 1997, she was appointed by MURST (Ministry of Education, Universities, Scientific and Technological Research) as an expert in the Commission for the Transformation of Higher Institutes of Physical Education (ISEF) into Degree Courses and Faculties of Motor Sciences, pursuant to Law no. 127/97. From 1998 to 2001 she was seconded by CONI to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Cabinet of the Minister for Equal Opportunities as a consultant for Sport. From 2001 to 2008 she was seconded by CONI to the Municipality of Rome as an expert consultant for the municipality's sports policies and for relations with CONI and the National Sports Federations, in the position of chief of staff to the Mayor's sports delegate. From 2009 to 2010 she was director at the Lazio Region as head of the Agensport structure, the regional sports agency. From 2010 to 2014 she is general secretary of the Italian Badminton Federation. In 2014 she became Head of the Territory and Promotion area at CONI, a role she still holds today.

Editorial work and publications

(2022) "Città in movimento per riavvicinarsi", in Tiziana Ferrante e Fabrizio Tucci (a cura di) BASES. Benessere ambiente sostenibilità energia salute. Programmare e progettare nella transizione. Milano: Franco Angeli, pp. 137-142.

Awards and prizes

2010 Women's Sport Award.

Chiara D'Angelo


Competences: Higher Education, Sport Psychology, talent development in sport

Keywords: career transitions in sport, dual career in sport, evaluation of sport for development programs, inclusion

Region: Lombardy


Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Sport. Psyhologist

Professional career

Chiara D'Angelo obtained her PhD in 2010, discussing a thesis entitled 'Exploring and accompanying adult identity at work within organisational contexts. The youth sector coach'. In the same year she began her academic career at the Faculty of Psychology of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, where she currently teaches Psychology of Work and Organisations and Methods and Techniques of Working with Groups and Organisations. Since 2010, she has been teaching coordinator of the Master's Degree Course 'Sport and Psychosocial Intervention' at the same University.

Scientific results

Since 2007, he has been coordinating projects in the field of sport on various topics: training of sport professionals (coaches, sport managers, sport psychologists, former elite athletes), quality of Youth Sector (with a particular focus on the theme of Talent Development and career transitions in youth sport), evaluation and monitoring of national and international development projects that uses sport as tool of social inclusion.

Editorial work and publications

Corvino, C., Martinez-Damia, S., Belluzzi, M., Marzana, D., D’Angelo, C. (2023). “Even Though We Have Different Colors, We Are All Equal Here”: Immigrants building a sense of community and wellbeing through sport participation. Journal of Community Psychology, 1-18, 

Signorini, G., Scurati, R., D'Angelo, C., Rigon, M., & Invernizzi, P. L. (2022). Enhancing motivation and psychological wellbeing in the workplace through conscious physical activity: Suggestions from a qualitative study examining workers' experience. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 7330.

Gorli, M.; D’Angelo, C.; Corvino, C. (2022). Innovation, Participation and Tutoring as Key-Leverages to Sustain Well-Being at School. Sustainability, 14, 5622. https:// 

D’Angelo, C.; Gazzaroli, D.; Corvino, C.; Gozzoli, C. (2022). Changes and Challenges in Human Resources Management: An Analysis of Human Resources Roles in a Bank Context (after COVID-19). Sustainability, 14,4847. su14084847 

Corvino, C., Gazzaroli, D., D’Angelo, C. (2022). Dialogic evaluation and inter-organizational learning: insights from two multi-stakeholder initiatives in sport for development and peace, Learning Organization, DOI 10.1108/TLO-07-2021-0078

Alfieri, S., Marzana, D., D’Angelo, C., Corvino, C. Gozzoli, C. & Marta, E. (2021): Engagement of young immigrants: The impact of prosocial and recreational activities, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2021.1935199 

D’Angelo, C., Corvino,C., Gozzoli, C. (2021). The Challenges of Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport: The Experience of a Sport- Based Initiative in Italy. Societies, 11,44. soc11020044 

Reverberi E, Gozzoli C, D’Angelo C, Lanz M and Sorgente A (2021) The Self-Regulation of Learning – Self-Report Scale for Sport Practice: Validation of an Italian Version for Football. Front. Psychol. 12:604852. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.604852 

Gazzaroli D, D’Angelo C & Corvino C (2020) Home-Care Workers’ Representations of Their Role and Competences: A Diaphanous Profession. Front. Psychol. 11:581399. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.581399 

D’Angelo, C., Gazzaroli, D., Gozzoli, C. (2020), Organisational Welfare in Italian SMEs: The Process of Valorising Human Resources. Sustainability, 12, 9318; doi:10.3390/su12229318

Reverberi E, D’Angelo C, Littlewood MA and Gozzoli C. (2020), Youth Football Players’ Psychological Well-Being: The Key Role of Relationships. Front. Psychol. 11:567776. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.567776

D’Angelo C., Corvino C., Cianci, E., Gozzoli, C. (2020), Sport for Vulnerable Youth: The Role of Multi-Professional Groups in Sustaining Intersectoral Collaboration, Social Inclusion, 8(3), p. 129–138, DOI: 10.17645/si.v8i3.2745

D’Angelo, C., Corvino, C., De Leo, A., & Sanchez Martín, R. (2019). How can performing arts and urban sport enhance social inclusion and interculturalism in the public space?, Comunicazioni sociali, (1), 142-155.

Thomas, W. E., Brown, R., Easterbrook, M. J., Vignoles, V. L., Manzi, C., D'Angelo, C., & Holt, J. J. (2019). Teamlevel identification predicts perceived and actual team performance: Longitudinal multilevel analyses with sports teams. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58(2), 473-492.

D'Angelo, C., Gozzoli, C., Gazzaroli ,D. & Mezzanotte, D. (2018): New custodial cultures. Experiences and consequences on prison police's well-being, World Futures, 74(6), 360-378. DOI: 10.1080/02604027.2018.1445908

Gozzoli, C., D’Angelo, C., & Tamanza, G. (2018). Training And Resistance to Change: Work with a Group of Prison Guards. World Futures74(6), 426-449. DOI: 10.1080/02604027.2018.1485420

Thomas, W.E, Brown, R., Gozzoli, C., Easterbrook, M.J., Vignoles,  V.L., Manzi, C., D’Angelo, C. & Holt, J.J. (2018). Team-level identification predicts perceived and actual team performance: Longitudinal multilevel analyses with sports teams. British Journal of Social Psychology, 

Gazzaroli, D., D’AngeloC. (2018). Who Cares for Those Who Take Care? Risks and Resources of Work in Care Homes. Front. Psychol.9:314. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00314. 

Marta Dassù

International politics area

Competences: Foreign Policy, International Politics, Security

Keywords: energy, Europe, United States, women

Region: Lazio


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.

Editorial work and publications

Marta Dassù is autrice di numerose pubblicazioni, fra le quali:

[2019] Dassù M. (con Edoardo Campanella), Anglo Nostalgia. The politics of emotion in a fractured West, Hurst and Oxford University Press. 

[2009] Dassù M, Mondo Privato e altre storie, Bollati Boringhieri.

Awards and prizes

She was awarded the Légion d'Honneur. She is Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Repubblica italiana.

Valeria De Antonellis

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: Computer Engineering, Computer Science

Keywords: big data, informative systems, web

Region: Lombardy


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.

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.


Stefania De Curtis

STEM area: Physics

Competences: Fundamental Interactions, Theoretical Physics, Training in Field Theory, Training in Foundations and Didactics of Physics

Keywords: collider physics, elementary particles, physics beyond the standard model

Region: Tuscany


Research Director of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Director of the “Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics” Arcetri, Florence (Italy

Professional career

Physics Degree at the University of Florence, PhD at the School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) for the  Elementary Particles’ Sector,  Visiting Scientist at the University of Geneva and Cern, Professor on Contract at the Faculty of Science of Education and the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the  Florence University,  Research Director of the Florence Unit of the INFN,  Member of the Plenary European Committee for Future Accelerators (ECFA), Director of the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics, Arcetri Firenze (Italy).

Scientific results

Her research is in the field of particle physics. She has been interested on the phenomenological manifestations of New Physics phenomena in the high energy particle physics experiments by proposing beyond Standard Model scenarios that may solve the open problems of the Standard Model and study their experimental manifestations at present and future particle accelerators.  Having long worked on the construction of effective models she was able to give substantial contributions to the formulation of composite Higgs scenarios but also to the analysis of their phenomenological implications.  After the discovery of the Higgs particle in 2012, several questions are still to be answered: is it a fundamental scalar? Is it the only one responsible for the electroweak and the mass generation?  Is it unique, or a part of an extended Higgs sector? Is it the portal of an “hidden” dynamics? If the answer to this last question is affirmative, then one can explore the possibility of a composite Higgs particle, possibly a pseudo-Nambu Goldstone boson associated to the breaking of a global symmetry; a “new pion” which could offer a solution to the hierarchy problem. Recently the study of the composite dynamics in the early universe has captured her attention, in particular the occurrence of a strong first-order electro-weak phase transition, which can trigger baryogenesis in composite Higgs models. Another interesting aspect of this scenario is the generation of gravitational wave signatures that could be observed at future space-based interferometers.

Editorial work and publications

[2022] De Curtis S., Delle Rose L., Guiggiani A., Muyor A.G., Panico G., Bubble wall dynamics at the electroweak phase transition, Journal of High Energy Physics  03, 163.

[2019] De Curtis S., Delle Rose L., Panico G., Composite dynamics in the early Universe, Journal of High Energy Physics 12, 149.

[2013] Barducci D, Belyaev A, De Curtis S, Moretti S, Pruna G M. Exploring Drell-Yan signals from the 4D Composite Higgs Model at the LHC,  Journal of High Energy Physics 04, 152.

[2012] De Curtis S, Redi M, Tesi A. The 4D composite Higgs, Journal of High Energy Physics 04, 042

[2009] Cacciapaglia G, Deandrea A, De Curtis S.  Nearby resonances beyond the Breit-Wigner approximation, Physics Letters B 682: 43-49.

[2004] Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dominici D. Moose models with vanishing S parameter, Physical  Review D, PARTICLES, FIELDS, GRAVITATION, AND COSMOLOGY, 70: 055010.

[1999] Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dominici D, Gatto R. SM Kaluza-Klein excitations and electroweak precision testsPhysics  Letters B462: 48-54.

[1996] Casalbuoni R, Dominici D, Deandrea A, Gatto R, De Curtis S, Grazzini M. Low energy strong electroweak sector with decoupling, Physical Review D 53: 5201-5221.

[1993] Altarelli G, Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dibartolomeo N, Gatto R, Feruglio F. Extended Gauge-Modrels  and Precision  Electroweak  Data, Physics Letters B 318: 139-147.

[1989] Barducci A, Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Gatto R, Pettini G. Chiral-Symmetry Breaking in QCD at Finite Temperature and  Density, Physics Letters B 231: 463-470.

[1989] Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dominici D, Feruglio F, Gatto R. Non-Linear Realization of  Supersymmetry Algebra from  Supersymmetric  Constraint, Physics Letters B220: 569-575.

[1988] Barducci A, Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dominici D, Gatto R. Dynamical Chiral-Symmetry  Breaking and Determination of the Quark Masses, Physical Review D 38: 238-278.

[1985] Casalbuoni R, De Curtis S, Dominici D, Gatto R. Effective Weak Interaction Theory with a Possible New Vector Resonance From a Strong Higgs Sector, Physics Letters, B 155: 95-99.

Daria De Donno

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary History, History, History of Southern Italy, Political History, Social History, Women’s and Gender History

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

Region: Apulia


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 De Giorgi

International politics area

Competences: Comparative Politics, Political Science

Keywords: parliamentary opposition, parliaments, political parties, Southern Europe

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Trieste.

Professional career

Graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna (2003), she obtained the title of Master in European Parliamentary Institutions and Constitutional History at the University of Rome La Sapienza (2004) and the PhD in Comparative and European Politics at the University of Siena (2008). She then worked as a research fellow at the University of Siena until 2011, to then move to Lisbon in 2012, with a post-doc fellowship and, starting from 2016, as a fixed-term researcher at the Universidade NOVA of Lisbon. At the end of 2018 she returned to Italy, as a fixed-term senior researcher at the University of Trieste, where she still works as an Associate Professor of Political Science. She has been assistant editor of the journal South European Society and Politics since 2016 and managing editor of the Italian Political Science Review since 2019. Since 2022 she has been co-chair of the Standing Group Government, Parliament, Representation of the Italian Political Science Association.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are the comparative analysis of representative institutions in contemporary political systems and the study of the behaviour of the various institutional actors in the parliamentary arena, with particular attention to the role and characteristics of parliamentary opposition. Over the years, her research has focused on Italy and, starting from the economic crisis of the Eurozone, also on Southern Europe more broadly, with a special focus on the Portuguese case. She has participated in and coordinated national and international research projects on these issues, based both in Italy and in Portugal and is currently head of the Trieste research unit within the PRIN Democracy under Pressure project and member of the research teams of several international projects, based in Portugal and Spain.

Editorial work and publications

De Giorgi, E., Dias, A. e Dolny, B. (2021) New Challenger Parties in Opposition: Isolation or Cooperation?, Parliamentary Affairs, Vo.74, no.3.

De Giorgi, E. e Santana-Pereira, J. (2020) The Exceptional Case of Post-Bailout Portugal: A Comparative Outlook, South European Society and Politics, Vol.15, no.2.

Moury, C., De Giorgi, E. e Pita Barros, P. (2020) How to Combine Public Spending with Fiscal Rigour? ‘Austerity by Stealth’ in Post-Bailout Portugal (2015-2019), South European Society and Politics, Vol.15, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Dias, A. (2020) Divided, but not by much: the parties of the centre right between government and opposition, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol.12, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Cancela, J. (2019) The Portuguese Radical Left Parties Supporting Government: From Policy-Takers to Policymakers?, Government and Opposition, Vol.56, no.2.

De Giorgi, E. e Ilonszki, G. (a cura di) (2018) Opposition parties in European legislatures. Conflict or consensus?, Abingdon, Routledge.

De Giorgi, E. (2016) L’opposizione parlamentare in Italia. Dall’antiberlusconismo all’antipolitica, Roma, Carocci.

De Giorgi, E. e Santana-Pereira, J. (2016) The 2015 Portuguese Legislative Election: Widening the Coalitional Space and Bringing the Extreme Left in, South European Society & Politics, Vol. 21, no. 4. 

Moury, C. e De Giorgi, E. (2015) Introduction: Conflict and consensus in Parliament during the economic crisis, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 21, no. 1.

De Giorgi, E., Moury, C., Ruivo, J.P. (2015) Incumbents, opposition and international lenders: governing Portugal in times of crisis, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Vol. 21, no. 1.

De Giorgi, E. (2015) The evolution of the Italian opposition in the last twenty years: has anything changed?, Contemporary Italian Politics, Vol. 7, no.1.

De Giorgi, E. e Marangoni, F. (2015) Government laws and the opposition parties’ behaviour in parliament, Acta Politica, 50.

Daniela Del Boca

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Family Economy, Labour Economics

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

Region: Piedmont


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. ( 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  where she is responsabile dei geneder and family policies  ( 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. 

On 25 November 2021, she was awarded the Tarantelli Research Prize for her contribution to the Economics of 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 a Member of the General Council of Compagnia di San Paolo.

Since 2016, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee of the E.L.E.NA Project on labour flexibility policies of men and women of the Equal Opportunities Commission funded by the European Community. She was Keynote Speaker at the Society of Family Economists in San Diego in June 2017.

Valentina Della Corte

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Destination Management, Management, Strategic Management, Tourism Marketing

Keywords: agrifood, artificial intelligence, business models, hospitality management, industry 4.0, innovation through innovation, productions of excellence, tourism

Region: Campania


Full professor of Management at the University of Naples Federico II, where she coordinates the Degree Course in Hospitality Management and the Master in Hospitality and Destination Management established in collaboration with M3 Center University of South Florida. She is the Rector's Delegate for Unina 2024.

Professional career

After graduating in Business and Economics at University of Naples Federico II in 1992, she continues her academic carrier receiving the PhD in Economics and Finance in 1997 at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. In 2003 she is nominated Assistant Professor in Management at University of Naples Federico II. At the same University, in 2007 she has become Associate Professor and in 2018 Full Professor in Management. During her academic carriers, she has attended several research periods abroad, namely University of Cooperative Education (University of Ravensburg), University of Utah and Ceram Business School (Skema). Nowadays, she is member of scientific associations and academies, such as: Italian Society of Tourism Science (since 2007), Strategic Management Society (since 2010), European Academy of Management (since 2013), Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (since 2015). Moreover, she serves as reviewer for scientific journals and conferences, both national and international, and she is member of editorial board of scientific journals and editorial books. Since 2016 she is member of the Commission of Evaluation Expert (CEV) appointed by ANVUR for the periodic accreditation and for the new accreditation for degree programs (assessed to date Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, University of Pavia, University of the Studies of Cassino, University of Lecce); coordination of the commission for the evaluation of new courses in the tourism and related sectors for ANVUR. Since 2021 she is member of the steering Committee of the “Polo Agri-tech for Research and Venture Capital”, Ministry of University and Research; Commissioner for the National Scientific Qualification (ASN-Sector 13/B2, Directorial Decree No. 251 of 2021, article 6, paragraph 3); Auditor of the “S. Pietro A Majella ”of Naples, Ministry of University and Research; Vice President & Executive President of Society of Open Innovation: Technology market and Complexity.

Scientific results

Her main research interests concern both the topic of digitalization and artificial intelligence in the context of the tourism and hospitality sector and sustainability considered in environmental, social, economic and technological terms.

She has participated and/or coordinated many projects as principal investigator/academic coordinator on the basis of competitive calls. She is member of the research group and operational coordinator of the national research, funded by MUR PRIN on "Puzzling out smart ruralities, sound knowledge and rural (agricultural/agrifood) entrepreneurial ecosystem". In 2013/2014 she was scientific responsible of the Project "I Circuiti dell'enogastronomia in Provincia di Napoli: le Eccellenze del Made in Naples". In 2011 she was scientific responsible of the following research projects: "Ospitalità nei Borghi", commissioned to the Department of Business Administration by the Campania Region; "Le produzioni d'eccellenza nel percorso: Reale-Virtuale-Reale. The case of made in Naples", funded by the Chamber of Commerce (CCIAA) of Naples to the Department of Business Administration, on the basis of competitive bidding that included peer review; "The Citadel of Arts and Crafts: project developments", commissioned to the Department of Business Administration by the City of Benevento. In 2010 she was the scientific responsible for the research project entitled: "The circuits of luxury made in Campania: the made in Naples", funded by the CCIAA of Naples to the Department of Business Administration, on the basis of competitive bidding that provided for peer review.

Editorial work and publications

[2022] Arica R, Cobanoglu C, Cakir O, Corbaci A, Hsu MJ Della Corte, V. Travel experience sharing on social media: effects of the importance attached to content sharing and what factors inhibit and facilitate it. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 34 (4): 1566-1586.

[2021] Della Corte V, Aria M, Del Gaudio G, Barney J.B, Cobanoglu C, Sepe, F. The relevance of relational capabilities in collaborative decisions. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 33 (12): 4391-4417. 

[2021] Della Corte V, Del Gaudio G, Sepe F, Nevola G. Kosher meat and production issues: A bibliometric analysis. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 116: 749-754.

[2021] Pagliara F, Aria M, Russo L, Della Corte V. A theoretical model linking the development of the transportation system with citizens' trust in government actors. Papers in Regional Science, 100 (1): 273-285.

[2021] Pagliara F, Aria M, Russo L, Della Corte V, Nunkoo R. Validating a theoretical model of citizens’ trust in tourism development. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 73: 100922.

[2020] Della Corte V, Management of Hospitality Firms, CEDAM, Padova.

[2020] Della Corte V, Imprese e Sistemi Turistici: il management, Egea, Milano, III Edizione

[2019] Dermody J, Yun J. J, Della Corte V. Innovations to advance sustainability behaviours. The Service Industries Journal, 39 (15-16): 1029-1033.

[2018] Della Corte V, Del Gaudio G, Sepe F. Ethical food and the kosher certification: a literature review. British Food Journal, 120 (10): 2270-2288. 

[2018] Della Corte V, Aria M, Del Gaudio G. Strategic governance in tourist destinations. International Journal of Tourism Research, 20 (4): 411-423.

[2018] Della Corte V, Del Gaudio G, Sepe F. Innovation and tradition-based firms: a multiple case study in the agro-food sector. British Food Journal, 120 (6): 1295-1314.

[2016] Della Corte V, Aria M. Coopetition and sustainable competitive advantage. The case of tourist destinations. Tourism Management, 54: 524-540. 

Awards and prizes

Valentina Della Corte has received international awards and recognitions for her research activities, among which: in 2016 the best papers' award: “The role of ecosystem in cultural firms. The interplay between Smart and open innovation”, Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity & Society Annual Conference, San Joseph State University and, in the same year, the nomination as Member of the Organizing Committee and Conference Program Chair of the Strategic Management Society Special Conference: Strategy Challenges in the 21st Century: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Coopetition, LUISS Guido Carli University; in 2018 Certificate of Appreciation as Hosting Chair and Conference Chair at the Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity & Society Annual Conference, Naples; in 2019 Certificate of Appreciation as Keynote Speaker at the Global Conference on Business and Economics, organized by the Association for Higher Education International, University of South Florida and Bau University, Istanbul; in 2020 the nomination as Co-chair of the Global Conference on Services and Retail Management (GLOSERV 2021) and the Best Reviewer Award of the Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity; in 2021 the award “talented women” 2nd edition. 

Donatella Della Ratta

International politics area

Competences: International Politics, Media

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

Region: Lazio


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 Copenaghen 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 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, 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 Un Mondo a Colori.


Silvia Dello Russo

Economy and Finance area

Competences: Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Psychology

Keywords: feedback, generations, leadership, motivation, performance appraisal

Region: Lazio


Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Luiss University of Rome.

Professional career

Graduated in Psychology, with a specialization in Occupational and Organizational Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome (2004), she becomes a chartered psychologist in 2005. She obtains a PhD in Organizational Psychology (2008) at the same University in Rome. During her doctoral studies (2006) she spends a period at the Rotman School of Management (Toronto, Canada) as visiting student. Subsequently, she works in Italy as a consultant in the field of human resources management and is a research fellow at the Department of Psychology of the Sapienza University of Rome (2010). In 2011, with a scholarship from Sapienza University, she is a post-doc at Aston Business School (Birmingham, UK). She holds academic roles in Portugal (from 2012 to 2018 she is Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at ISCTE in Lisbon) and in France (from 2019 to 2021 she is Associate Professor of Human Resources Management at TBS Education in Toulouse). At the same time, he spends visiting periods in other Italian and foreign universities for research and teaching activities (Luiss University in 2020 and 2021; University of Bologna in 2019; University of Padua in 2018; WU, Vienna, Austria in 2014 and 2013; Università Cattolica del Sacro Heart in 2012). In 2022 she returns permanently to Italy as Associate Professor at Luiss University, and she maintains an affiliation with the Business Research Unit of ISCTE (Lisbon, Portugal).

She is a member of the leadership directory of the Careers division of the Academy of Management (the world's leading association of management researchers) for the period 2020-2023 and from 2022 she is Co-Director of the track on Human Resources Management of the European Academy of Management (one of the major European management associations).

Since 2014 she is a member of the international research group 5C (Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers), an international network of scholars studying careers and human resource development with over 30 countries involved.

Scientific results

Her research interests include human resource development practices; the aging process with its implications for work and the management of older workers (but also, more broadly, for the simultaneous management of different generational groups); interpersonal dynamics between manager and employee in the application of developmental practices (such as feedback) and in the presence of significant age differences.

In relation to the first point, she has studied the implementation of bundles of developmental practices with strategic intent (e.g. in the health sector) but also the effectiveness of single practices such as coaching. Together with a PhD student (Andrea Fontes), she conducted one of the few randomized control studies on coaching and verified the effectiveness of a program inspired by the principles of positive psychology and psychological capital.

In relation to the second point, she has examined how workers of different ages experience everyday life at work - in particular in relation to the emotional sphere - through a project financed by the FCT (Fundação para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Portugal) whose main results are available at the website: Through the collaborative network 5C she also examined the positive role of human resource management practices in increasing the employability of older workers, which was found to be universally effective (

In relation to the third point, recent years have seen her involved in directing two feedback research projects funded by the SIOP Foundation (USA) and the FCT (Portugal). Alongside strictly scientific objectives related to the study of informal feedback and not only associated with performance evaluation, she has also set herself the objective of disseminating good feedback communication practices through which to improve interpersonal relations at work. To this purpose, she has for some years been engaged in the dissemination of scientific research in the field of human resources through the research website

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Fontes A, Dello Russo S. What changes with coaching? Investigating within-person changes in reflection, the predicting role of implicit person theory and the effects on perceived utility of coaching. International Journal of Training and Development, 25(3): 316-340. 

[2021] Fontes A, Dello Russo S. An experimental field study on the effects of coaching: The mediating role of psychological capital. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 70(2): 459-488. 

[2021] Dello Russo S, Antino M, Zaniboni S, Caetano A. Truxillo D. The effect of age on daily positive emotions and work behaviors. Work, Aging and Retirement, 7(1): 9-19. 

[2020] Dello Russo S, Parry E, Bosak J, ... Reichel, A. Still feeling employable with growing age? Exploring the moderating effects of HR developmental practices and country-level unemployment rates in the age – employability relationship. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 31(9): 1180-1206. 

[2019] Smale A, Bagdadli S, Cotton R, Dello Russo S, Dickmann M, Dysvik A, Gianecchini M, Kaše R, Lazarova M, Reichel A, Rozo P, Verbruggen M. et al. Proactive career behaviors and subjective career success: The moderating role of national culture. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 40(1): 105-122. 

[2018] Bouville* G, Dello Russo* S, Truxillo D. (2018). The moderating role of age in the job characteristics-absenteeism relationship: A matter of occupational context? Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 91(1): 57–83.

*Shared first authorship

[2018] Martin R. Thomas G, Legood A, Dello Russo S. Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Differentiation and Work Outcomes: Conceptual Clarification and Critical Review. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39(2): 151–168.

[2018] Dello Russo S, Mascia D, Morandi F. Individual perceptions of HR practices, HRM strength and appropriateness of care: A meso, multi-level approach. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 29(2): 286-310. 

[2017] Dello Russo S, Miraglia M, Borgogni L. Reducing organizational politics in performance appraisal: The role of coaching leaders in appraising age-diverse employees. Human Resource Management, 56(5): 769–783. 

[2015] Dello Russo S, Stoykova P. Psychological capital intervention: A replication and extension. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 26(3): 329–347. 

[2015] Mascia D, Dello Russo S, Morandi F. Exploring professionals' motivation to lead: A cross-level study in the healthcare sector. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(12): 1622-1644. 

[2013] Dello Russo S, Miraglia M, Borgogni L, Johns G. How time and perceptions of social context shape employee absenteeism trajectories. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83(2); 209-217.  

Awards and prizes

2010   Award for best PhD dissertations in Organizational Psychology granted by the Italian Psychological Association – Division of Organizational Psychology

2015   Outstanding Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Annual Conference, OB Division

2018   Award for Best reviewer, Journal of Managerial Psychology

2018   Runner-up for the 2018 HR Awards, category Research, RH Magazine, Portugal  

2021   Runner-up best as best paper at HRM track, EURAM Conference, with the paper “What practical implications on feedback do researchers offer? A systematic review” (with A. Mirfakhar e M. Miraglia).