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Anna Di Ciaccio
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: elementary particle physics, particles detectors, subnuclear physics

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 800 pubblication among which :

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Alessia Di Pascale
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International politics area

Competences: EU policies on migration and asylum

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Rosita Di Peri
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International politics area

Competences: democratization processes, Middle East Politics

Keywords: Lebanon, mashreq, Middle East, political islam

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

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

 

NON PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

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

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

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

 

 

BOOKS CHAPTERS 

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

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

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

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

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

 

EDITED VOLUMES AND SPECIAL ISSUES

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Simonetta Di Pippo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Books:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awards and prizes

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

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

 

Francesca Dominici
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biostatistics

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

Maria Benedetta Donati
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: ematology, physiopathology, thrombosis

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

Region: Molise


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

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

 

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Eleonora Dondossola
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, intravital microscopy

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Junior Faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Professional career

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

Dondossola joined the American Association for Cancer Research in 2009.

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Elena Dundovich
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International politics area

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

Keywords: post-Soviet States, Russian Federation, URSS

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Scientific results

Participation and Coordination of National and International Research Projects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Selection of volumes

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

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

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

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

Selection of published articles

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

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

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

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

Selection of book’s contibutions, chapters

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

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

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

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

Selection of edited books

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Barbara Ensoli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: clinical research, immunology

Keywords: AIDS, aids vaccine, cancer therapy, hiv, hiv vaccine, immunology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Elisabetta Erba
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geology

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor in Paleontology e Paleoecology at the University of Milano

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

 

Editorial work and publications

E.Erba has published  some 160 papers, including: 


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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Susanna Esposito
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: allergology, infectious diseases, pediatrics, pneumology

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

Region: Umbria


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Cristina Facchini
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: atmospheric science

Keywords: aerosol, atmosphere, climate, clouds

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

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

 

(2011) Decesari S, Finessi E, Rinaldi M, Paglione M, […] Facchini MC. Primary and secondary marine organic aerosols over the north atlantic ocean during the map experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D22).

(2011) Rinaldi M, Decesari S, Carbone C, […] Facchini MC. Evidence of a natural marine source of oxalic acid and a possible link to glyoxal. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116(D16).

(2008) Facchini MC, Decesari S, Rinaldi M, et al. An important source of marine secondary organic aerosol from biogenic amines. Environmental Science & Technology, 42:9116-9121.

(2008) Facchini MC, Rinaldi M, Decesari S, et al. Primary submicron marine aerosol dominated by insoluble organic colloids and aggregates. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L17814.

(2005) Kanakidou M, Seinfeld JH, Pandis SN, Barnes I, Dentener FJ, Facchini MC, et al. Organic aerosol and global climate modelling: a review. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 5:1053-1123.

(2004) O’Dowd CD, Facchini MC, et al. Biogenicallydriven organic contribution to marine aerosol. Nature, 431:676-680.

(2001) Charlson RJ, Seinfeld JH, Nenes A, Kulmala M, Laaksonen M, Facchini MC. Reshaping theory of cloud formation. Science, 292:2025-2026.

(2000) Decesari S, Facchini MC, Fuzzi S & Tagliavini E. Characterization of water soluble organic compounds in atmospheric aerosol: a new approach. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105:1481-1489.

(1999) Facchini MC, Fuzzi S, Zappoli S, et al. Partitioning of the organic aerosol component between fog droplets and interstitial air. Journal of Geophysical Research, 104, 26821-26832.

(1999) Facchini MC, Mircea M, Fuzzi S & Charlson RJ. Cloud albedo enhancement by surface-active organic solutes in growing droplets. Nature, 401:257-259.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 she was a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers Rank, ranking of the most influential researchers and researchers in the world. In the same year she received the Haagen-Smit Prize Award. She is a member of several scientific societies, such as the European Association for Geochemistry, the European Geophysical Union, the American Aerosol Society and is one of the founders of the Italian Aerosol Association.

 

Alessandra Faggian
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: applied economics, economic geography, regional economics

Keywords: human capital, local economic development, migration, resilience

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Full Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Social Sciences area at the Gran Sasso Science Institute, where she is also Pro-rector with research authority.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan in 1997, she continued her education with a Master's degree in Regional Sciences and a PhD in Economics at the University of Reading (UK). From 2002 to 2007 she was a permanent researcher at the University of Reading (UK). From 2007 to 2011 she was associate professor at the University of Southampton (UK). In 2012 she moved to Ohio State University (USA) where in 2014 she became a full professor. In 2017 she returned to Italy to the Gran Sasso Science Institute, a new doctoral school based in L'Aquila, where she is also director of the social sciences area and pro-eect at research.

Scientific results

Alessandra Faggian's research activity takes place in the field of regional economy and economic geography, with a focus on issues such as migration (both forced and voluntary) and the role of human capital and creativity in economic development and territorial resilience. She participated in various projects funded in various ways by international bodies / institutions such as the National Science Foundation (USA), the Economic and Social Science Research Council (UK), the Australian Research Council (Australia), the OECD and the Commission European.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2013 she is co-director of Papers in Regional Science. She is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Studies, Regional Science and Review of Regional Research. She has also edited numerous special issues in international journals. She has more than 90 scientific publications, some of which have appeared in prestigious international journals such as the Journal of Economic Geography, the Oxford Economic Papers, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Journal of Regional Science, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Urban Studies and the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.
Below are 10 relevant publications from the most recent ones:

 

(2018)Biagi B, Faggian A, Rajbhandari I e Venhorst V. (eds.) New Frontiers in Interregional Migration Research.Springer, Berlin Heidelberg.

(2018) Crescenzi R. Di Cataldo M. e Faggian A. Internationalised at work and localistic at home: the split Europeanisation of Brexit. Papers in Regional Science, doi: 10.1111/pirs.12350.

(2018), Faggian A, Partridge M e Malecki E. Creating an environment for economic growth: human capital, creativity or entrepreneurship? International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12555.

(2017) Corcoran J. e Faggian, A. (eds.) Graduate migration and regional development: an international perspective. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham UK, ISBN 9781784712150

(2017) Faggian A, Gemmiti R, Jaquet T e Santini I. Regional resilience: lessons learned from the Italian local labor markets. Annals of Regional Science,doi:10.1007/s00168-017-0822-9.

(2017) Faggian A, Rajbhandari I e Dotzel K. The interregional migration of human capital and its regional consequences: a review. Regional Studies,51(1):128-143.

(2016) Faggian A, Corcoran J e Rowe F. Evaluating the effects of federal policy changes on human capital: The role of a graduate visa scheme. Environment and Planning C, 34(1): 151-170.

(2015) Abreu M, Faggian A e McCann P. Migration and inter-industry mobility of UK graduates. Journal of Economic Geography,15 (2): 353-385.

(2014) Faggian A e Franklin. Human Capital Redistribution in the USA: The Migration of the College-bound. Spatial Economic Analysis, 9,4: 376-395, DOI: 10.1080/ 17421772.2014.961536.

(2014) Faggian A, Comunian C e Li QC. Interregional migration of human creative capital: the strange case of "Bohemian graduates". Geoforum, 55:33-42.

Awards and prizes

In 2006 Alessandra Faggian won (together with Philip McCann) the Moss Madden Medal of the British and Irish regional science association (RSAI-BIS) for the best article published by a member of the association. In 2015 she won the Geoff Hewings Award as the best young regional scientist in North America and in 2016 was mentioned in a ranking of the 100 most influential regional scientists in the world as 19th. She was President of the North American Association of Regional Sciences (NARSC) and is a member of several directorates of regional science associations in the world.

Ester Faia
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, labor economics, macroeconomics

Keywords: banking crisis, expectations, financial frictions, fiscal policy, information economy, labor institutions, macro-prudential policies, monetary policy, monetary regimes, sovereign debt crisis, unemployment

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt (chair in Monetary and Fiscal Policy).

Professional career

Ester Faia has a degree in Political Economics from Bocconi University where she also earned a Master's degree. She held a Ph.D.at the New York University and a joint Catholic-Bocconi doctorate. She was assistant professor at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and a visiting professor at the European University Institute. Currently she is a fellow of the CEPR (Financial Economics and International Finance programs) and a fellow or scientific advisory board member of several other research centers in Europe and the United States. She was program director for the macro-finance area of the SAFE center of excellence at the University of Frankfurt and consultant for various central banks, including the ECB, and the European Commission. She has received numerous awards for research excellence and research grants (Marie Curie, EU grant FP7, Deutsch Forschung Gemeinshaft (German Research Foundation) and fellowships for studies abroad (Marco Fanno).

Scientific results

Ester Faia has published numerous works for the analysis of monetary and fiscal policies with

expanded macroeconomic models to take into account frictions in the financial, labor or product

market. Some of these analyzes included applications in international contexts for the study of

optimal monetary areas in the presence of asymmetries in the financial or labor markets. Some

jobs focused on the labor market investigated the role of institutions such as collective bargaining

or unemployment insurance for inflation developments with implications for monetary policy. In

another area of ​​research he has developed macroeconomic models with banking crises (in

particular bank liquidity crises) for the study of macro-prudential policies. More recent research

projects include the study of the role of expectations formation or other behavioral elements for

price trends in financial markets, the role of the digital economy for financial markets and the labor

market.

 

Editorial work and publications

Ester Faia has published extensively in top refereed international journals.

A complete list can be found in his CV on her webpage.

Awards and prizes

Ester Faia is top 5% for several IDEAS ranking criteria. It was ranked fourth in the Handelsblatt ranking for economists under 40 in 2013 (eighth in 2011). She was associate editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and Macroeconomic Dynamics. She was part of the Economic Policy panel. She was invited to give keynote lectures and presented in numerous international conferences and seminars.

 

Isabella Falautano
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: communication & digital PR

Keywords: business angels, diversity and inclusion, global governance, innovation, social innovation, start up, sustainability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Member of the Management Team: Chief Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Officer

illimity Bank

Professional career

Italian and Austrian, European by heart. An International mindset and bridging different worlds are the red threads of Falautano’s professional and personal career. An honor graduate in International Affairs from La Sapienza University of Rome and with a Postgraduate Degree in International Development, she started in 1996 as a research fellow in international trade and global governance at the International Affairs Institute. Here she was detached in 1998 as Summer Assistant in DECVP at the World Bank, led by Joseph Stiglitz, in Washington DC. Further opportunities to strengthen her analytical and strategic skills arose from an assignment as Expert for International Economic Relations at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

In 2001, Falautano entered the private sector as head of Research & International Affairs at a national banking group, followed by another managerial role at a in the multinational insurance group AXA – a position she held for over a decade. During this time Falautano applied a “startup approach” to developing the activities of the communications team, including strengthening institutional relationships and increasing sustainability initiatives, as well as providing consistently thoughtful leadership. As a result she was appointed  Executive Director and member of the management team. At the end of 2018, she joined the Executive Committee of the banking startup, illimity, taking on the challenge of communicating and positioning a completely new reality in the Italian financial sector She reports directly to illimity CEO Corrado Passera, whose innovative values underpin the business.

 

Alongside her primary work, she Falautano contributes to part several international dialogue networks, including: World Responsible Leader of the BMW-Quandt Foundation; Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund; Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France; and Intheboardroom. She has been on several training and educational institutions and associations’ boards of directors, from the Partnership Foundation for Bocconi to Junior Achievement. Falautano is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Scuola di Politiche where she has also lectured on economic global governance. In 2018 she was awarded a position among the top 100 digital women of Startupitalia and, now, features in the 100esperte.it list.

Scientific results

Isabella Falautano has developed four specific areas of expertise. The first, focus is on economic global governance and multilevel policies issues, in a world of increasing complexity. Her accomplishments in this field began at the International Affairs Institute, where she designed and launched the Global Economic Outlook and published several articles on the WTO and the internationalization of the Italian system. Subsequent activities include: a collaboration with the World Bank, in which contributed to several global regionalism studies; an elaboration of studies and dossier on bilateral economic interests at the Prime Minister's Office; and most recently, lecturing and role playing on G-20 at Scuola di Politiche.  Falauntano’s second area of expertise is thought leadership in relation to risk and sustainability, which she began to develop on entering the private sector. At the multinational company AXA her contributions include:, she  launching  partnerships between AXA Research Fund and leading academic and research centers in Italy (Bocconi, EIEF, Collegio Carlo Alberto) resulting in  over 18 million of euro; designing  and coordinating 16 editions of the Italian AXA Forum, one of the main Italian events on the topic of risk; working on various policy briefs on risk issues with the Italian AXA Papers.; and instigating green corporate responsibility projects and, thus, the reporting of sustainability profiles on non-financial statements.  Her third are of expertise is innovation in the startup sector. She has been instrumental to the success of Milan’s first innovation hub and business network that supports female entrepreneurship, Angel 4 Women. And now she is leading crucial communications activities at the banking startup illimity, working to strengthen its position in the innovative fintech and ecosystem. She is among the top 100 digital women of Startupitalia.

Throughout her career, Falautano has cultivated and implemented the values of inclusion and diversity, from the ideation of formats like women in insurance a research projects on women and risk, to participating in the first edition of Intheboardroom and creation of Angels 4 Women. 

Awards and prizes

[2018] Top 100 digital WomendiStartupitalia.eu

[2018] Best Storytelling Award– rilasciato da: Lundquist

[2017] CSR Award– rilasciato da: Aifin

[2017] Best Communication Team Award– rilasciato da: Le Fonti

[2016] Leone d’Oro migliore Campagna Istituzionale– rilasciato da: Milano Finanza Awards

[2008] Young Leader e World Responsible Leader– rilasciato da: BMW/Quandt Stiftung

[2001] Marshall Memorial Fellow of German Marshall Fund of the United States

[1999] Young Leader Council for Italy and United States

 

Caterina Falleni
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: design, technological innovation

Keywords: breathalyser, design, dna, floome, freeijiis, innovation, intelligent systems, inventions, new technologies, no profit, refrigerator without electricity, robot, social innovation

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Design Strategist at Awake, San Francisco.

 

Professional career

She graduated in Product & Communication Design at the ISIA of Florence, where she later obtained a Master's degree in Product Design. In 2010 she spent three months in the WAACS Design & Consultancy in Rotterdam, working on various projects, from modeling to the development of innovative products.The following year she became Designer & Consultant for Cristina Fedi Interior Design in Africa, dealing with interior design for the Zalu Resort. In 2012 she won the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis, a refrigeration system that does not require electricity and thanks to this award she moved to Singularity University, in the Nasa Ames research center in California. The following year she worked as executive director for the same Axelera, a non-profit association created by former students of Singularity University and by young professionals settled in Milan. The aim is to spread the understanding of technologies and to foster the development of Italian potential through collaboration, learning and practical application. Still in Milan, she collaborated with Design Group Italia and, in 2014, she became Product & Experience Design Manager of Makr Shark in Turin, where she took care of the design of the robotic bar, now installed all over the world. Since 2015 Caterina Falleni has been working as Design Strategist for Awake, a digital design agency in San Francisco.

 

Scientific results

For her numerous inventions she has been compared to Joy Mangano, the New Yorker who has patented the Miracle Mop self-wringing rotating broom. The Freeijis project, or zero emission fridge, was born in 2010 following a period of work in Africa, where Caterina Falleni studied some structures made with porous materials such as mud or terracotta. Structures that use the process called evaporative cooling, a refrigeration principle used in Africa and India, and recently applied in the West in the construction sector. A natural example of evaporative cooling is skin sweating which allows the lowering of internal body temperature. This process has been associated with materials called PCM (Phase Change Materials), microcapsules inserted in the water contained in the interspace of the refrigerator, which transform the thermal energy into kinetic energy and trigger a partial evaporation of the liquid. The internal aluminum part, aimed at preserving food, gives up energy in the form of heat to restore the balance of the system, activating the self-cooling of the core in which the food is contained. Among the other inventions that Caterina Falleni is working on, there are Floome, a breathalyzer for smartphones, and X&Y Genomics, a platform to display human DNA, so that everyone can access their genetic information.

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the Axelera Singularity Contest for the creation of Freeijis and, in the same year, she obtained the first place in the "What’s up Young Talents" under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic. In 2014 she won first place at the Wired Hack EXPO in Milan for Floome, a blood alcohol meter that can be interfaced with smartphones. In 2015 she obtained the "CoolIdea" award at the San Francisco SolidCon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roberta Fantoni
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy

Keywords: laser diagnostics, laser induced processes, laser remote sensing

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Head, Technology Application for Security and Heath Division (FSN-TECFIS) at ENEA since July 2015.

 

Professional career

Degree in Chemistry at Roma University “La Sapienza” in 1978 discussing a thesis on electron spectroscopy in the gas phase. After a period of fellowships, permanent position at ENEA in 1982 initially addressed to the participation to laser assisted uranium isotope enrichment project. At the end of the project she spent some periods of specialization abroad (Catholic University of Nijmegen - NL, ETH Ecole Polytechnique Zurich - CH). Due to her professional expertise on laser diagnostics and photochemistry,  in 1998 she became the head of the Molecular Spectroscopy Laboratory of ENEA at Frascati (FIS-SPET), keeping the charge until  2010. In 2010 she was appointed as director of the large Technical Unit “Applications of radiations” (UTAPRAD) of ENEA at Frascati. Following the last structural changes in ENEA, since 2015 to now, she became head of  Technology Application for Security and Heath Division (FSN-TECFIS) of ENEA at Frascati.

Scientific results

Scientific  activity. From the beginning of her career Dr. R. Fantoni was involved in multidisciplinary research activities and projects implying knowledge relevant to both chemistry and physics (spectroscopy and material processing). Successively, within the field of radiation-matter interactions, she carried out researches on processes with a broader applicative range,  from biology and medicine to cultural heritage. Her well consolidated scientific and technological background was time to time utilized and reshaped for  specific tasks, such as: laser applications in physical chemistry, starting from researches relevant to the laser isotope enrichment project  basically dealing with multi-photon and high resolution IR spectroscopy; laser spectroscopies and diagnostics, including infrared diode laser spectroscopy, laser Raman spectroscopy, emission spectroscopy in visible7ultriaviolet range, multiphoton-ionization spectrometry, Laser Induced  Fluorescence (LIF), Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Coherent AntiStokes Raman Scattering (CARS), Degenerate Four Wave Mixing (DFWM) e Laser Induced Grating Spectroscopy (LIGS); different multidisciplinary laser application relevant to microelectronics  (thin film deposition), to material science (nano-structures synthesis), to the environment (laser decomposition of liquid and gaseous pollutants) and in situ and remote characterization of cultural heritage surfaces; Organization and participation to monitoring campaigns on sea waters and cultural heritage surfaces.

Along her career Dr R. Fantoni personally established and kept contacts with scientist in European laboratory of excellence (in the Netherlands, Suisse, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) and in other countries (Russia, Egypt).

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the co-author of about 165 peer reviewed scientific publications, we report only 5 significant recent titles:

 (2013)  R. Fantoni, S. Almaviva, L. Caneve, F.. Colao, A. M. Popov, G. Maddaluno “Development of Calibration-Free Laser-Induced-Breakdown-Spectroscopy based techniques for deposited layers diagnostics on ITER-like tiles” Spectrochim. Acta B87, 153-160.

(2013 )L. Caneve, F. Colao, R. Fantoni, L. Fiorani "Scanning lidar fluorosensor for remote diagnostic of surfaces" Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 720, 164–167.      

(2014)   S. Almaviva, S. Botti, L. Cantarini,R. Fantoni, S. Lecci, A. Palucci, A. Puiu and A. Rufoloni "Ultrasensitive RDX detection with commercial SERS substrates” J. Raman Spectrosc, 45, 41–46.

(2014) V. Spizzichino, R. Fantoni “Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy in Archeometry: a review of its application and future perspectives” Spectrochim. Acta B 99, 201-209.

(2018) V. Lazic, M. Vadrucci, R. Fantoni, M. Chiari, A. Mazzinghi, A. Gorghinian, Applications of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy for cultural heritage: A comparison with XRF and PIXE techniques, Spectrochim. Acta Part B 149, 1–14.

 

 

Awards and prizes

Co-winner (together with R. Barbini, F. Colao, A. Palucci, S. Ribezzo) of the Prize “Carnia Alpe Verde” for the best project aimed at protection of green areas in 1992, issued by region Friuli Venezia-Giulia.

Winner of the prize “G. Stampacchia” fort he best first work in chemistry in 1980, issued by University of Rome “La Sapienza”.

 

Ilaria Ferlenghi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: microbiology, structural biology, virology

Keywords: EMBL, iNext, meningococcus, structural biology, vaccines

Region: Tuscany


Professional career

After graduating in Biophysics at the University of Tor Vergata in 1993, she continued her studies through a specialization in Plant Biology at the C.R.I.B.I. (Interdepartmental Research Center for Innovative Sciences), at the University of Padua. She then began her research activities for her doctorate at the EMBL laboratories. In 1998 she obtained a PhD in Structural Biology at Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat in Heidelberg, Germany. During her studies she spent several periods of training abroad: in 1996 she performed a stage of 6 months in the Department of Virology of the Medical University of Vienna, in 1998 she did part of her PostDoctoral Fellow at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Children's Hospital, Howard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA. In 1999 she was PostDoctoral fellow in the Department of Structural Virology at the C.N.R.S. of Gif-sur-Yvette, France. At the same time (from 2000 to 2003) she collaborated with the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Ecole Normale Superiore in Paris, France. Her training then continued in Italy in 2004 at the GSK Vaccines Research Center (formerly Novartis, in Siena, Italy) firstly as a researcher, then as a Senior Research Investigator and finally in 2009 as Head of Structural Vaccinology. 

Scientific results

Her scientific interests are currently focused on the correlation between bacterial and viral surface protein structures and their functionality. She contributed to the development of the "Structural Vaccinology", a new approach that allows, starting from the knowledg of the three-dimensional structure of the surface proteins, to determine the most effective epitopes of a protein and to engineer them in order to make them more immunogenic and to use them as vaccines. This approach has been instrumental in the development of Bexsero ™, a recently approved FDA vaccine to protect against Meningococcus B infection. The same approach is currently in use in the identification of new vaccine candidates against additional human viral and bacterial pathogens. Since recent years she bacome member of the board of European Networks dedicated to the structural biology (iNext).

Editorial work and publications

Her scientific interests are currently focused on the correlation between bacterial and viral surface protein structures and their functionality. She contributed to the development of the "Structural Vaccinology", a new approach that allows, starting from the knowledg of the three-dimensional structure of the surface proteins, to determine the most effective epitopes of a protein and to engineer them in order to make them more immunogenic and to use them as vaccines. This approach has been instrumental in the development of Bexsero ™, a recently approved FDA vaccine to protect against Meningococcus B infection. The same approach is currently in use in the identification of new vaccine candidates against additional human viral and bacterial pathogens. Since recent years she bacome member of the board of European Networks dedicated to the structural biology (iNext).

Paola Fermo
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry

Keywords: air pollution, cultural heritage, emissions, environment, pollution, water

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

ASSOCIATIONS

Member of SCI (Divisione di Chimica Analitica e Divisione di Chimica dell’Ambiente e dei Beni Culturali)

AIAR (Italian Association of Archaeometry), ACE (Association of Chemistry and the Environment)

Secretary of the SCI Interdivisional Group of Aerosol Science and Technologies  (2009-2012)

Member of consortium INSTM (consorzio internazionale per la scienza e la tecnologia dei materiali)

Member of CRC (centro di ricerca coordinato) Beni Culturali, University of Milan (http://www.crc-beniculturali.unimi.it)

 

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES

Member of the scientific committee of the Workshop “Sustainable knowledge and preservation of Cultural Heritage for future generations”; 2-4/05/2016, E-MRS (Materials Research Society) Spring Meeting, Lille (France)

 

Organizer of the section entitled: Measurements for ceramics and glasses

International congress: Metrology for Archaeology, 19-21/10/2016, Torino

 

Member of the scientific committee of YOCOCU congress (Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage), Matera, 23-25/05/2018

 

Member of the scientific committee of SIMA (Società Italiana di Medicina Ambientale) (http://www.simaonlus.it)

Professional career

1993    Degree in Chemistry, University of Milan (110/110)

1997    PhD in Chemistry, University of Milan

1997– 1999 Technical collaborator in the Department of Inorganic, Metallorganic and   Analytical Chemistry,  University of Milan

1999 – 2014 Researcher in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Inorganic, Metallorganic and  Analytical Chemistry, University of Milan

since 2015 - Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Milan

National Scientific qualification (ASN) as PO:  sector 03/A1 – SSD CHIM01 (call 2016-2018, primo quadrimestre)

Scientific results

Atmospheric and environmental chemistry:

Characterization of aerosol particulate matter (PM) carried out by different analytical techniques for the quantification and speciation of main species (carbonaceous fraction and ions); analysis of specific markers for the identification of aerosol PM sources.

Effect of environmental pollution on cultural heritage: study of black crust present on historical monuments in polluted environments; indoor air quality assessment  in museums and art galleries.

Chemical characterization of biomarkers of environmental pollution (honey or plant leaves); food analysis and food safety control.

 

Analytical chemistry applied to cultural heritage:

provenance and technological study of archaeological and Renaissance ceramics, paintings, mortars, etc.; new coatings based on nano-materials for the protection of materials of artistic-historical-interest (marbles, mortars).

 

Editorial work and publications

110 scientific publications on international peer-review journals (Scopus and Web of Science) in the field of environmental and analytical chemistry as well as archaeometry; 20 conference proceeding; 16 book chapters; more than 200 communications in national and international congresses; invited speakers in national and international congresses.

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More then Citations= 2384

applicate ai settori ambientale, beni culturali e alimentare”, 21/06/2005, Milan

 

TEACHING ACTIVITY

Adjoint Professor 2001-2013;

since 2015 Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry (CHIM01).  Scince 1999 teaching activity for undergraduate and graduate courses leading to Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry

Member of the board of professors of PhD in Chemistry, University of Milan; supervisor of students (more than 60 Master’s theses in Chemistry; supervisor of 4 PhD students)

Teaching activity for PhD: 2003-2016

 

Recent Publications (2017-2018)

 

(2019) Ielpo, P., Mangia, C., Marra, G.P., Comite, V., Rizza, U., Uricchio, V.F., Fermo, P.

Outdoor spatial distribution and indoor levels of NO2 and SO2 in a high environmental risk site of the South Italy

Science of the Total Environment, 648, pp. 787-797.

 

(2018) Paola Fermo, Sara Goidanich, Valeria Comite, Lucia Toniolo, Davide Gulotta, Study and characterization of environmental deposition on marble and surrogate substrates at a monumental heritage site;Geosciences; in press

(2018) Maria Letizia Amadori, Valentina Raspugli, Valeria Comite, Paola Fermo, Francesco Maria Mini, Mauro La Russa, Yoshifumi Maekawa,

Integrated Scientific Investigations On Constitutive Materials From Me-taw-ya Temple, Pagán Valley, Burma (Myanmar),Measurement,ISSN 0263-2241,https://doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2018.09.004; in press

 

(2018) Amadori, M.L., Pallante, P., Fermo, P., Emami, M.A., Chaverdi, A.A., Callieri, P., Matin, E.

Advances in Achaemenid brick manufacturing technology: Evidence from the monumental gate at Tol-e Ajori (Fars, Iran)

Applied Clay Science, 152, pp. 131-142.

 

(2018) Vecchi, R., Bernardoni, V., Valentini, S., Piazzalunga, A., Fermo, P., Valli, G.

Assessment of light extinction at a European polluted urban area during wintertime: Impact of PM1 composition and sources

Environmental Pollution, 233, pp. 679-689.

 

(2018) Daellenbach, K.R., El-Haddad, I., Karvonen, L., Vlachou, A., Corbin, J.C., Slowik, J.G., Heringa, M.F., Bruns, E.A., Luedin, S.M., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Szidat, S., Piazzalunga, A., Gonzalez, R., Fermo, P., Pflueger, V., Vogel, G., Baltensperger, U., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Insights into organic-Aerosol sources via a novel laser-desorption/ionization mass spectrometry technique applied to one year of PM10 samples from nine sites in central Europe

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (3), pp. 2155-2174.

 

(2017) Bernardoni, V., Elser, M., Valli, G., Valentini, S., Bigi, A., Fermo, P., Piazzalunga, A., Vecchi, R.

Size-segregated aerosol in a hot-spot pollution urban area: Chemical composition and three-way source apportionment

Environmental Pollution, 231, pp. 601-611. Cited 1 time.

 

(2017) Daellenbach, K.R., Stefenelli, G., Bozzetti, C., Vlachou, A., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Piazzalunga, A., Colombi, C., Canonaco, F., Hueglin, C., Kasper-Giebl, A., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Bianchi, F., Slowik, J.G., Baltensperger, U., El-Haddad, I., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Long-term chemical analysis and organic aerosol source apportionment at nine sites in central Europe: Source identification and uncertainty assessment

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (21), pp. 13265-13282.

 

(2017) La Russa, M.F., Fermo, P., Comite, V., Belfiore, C.M., Barca, D., Cerioni, A., De Santis, M., Barbagallo, L.F., Ricca, M., Ruffolo, S.A.

The Oceanus statue of the Fontana di Trevi (Rome): The analysis of black crust as a tool to investigate the urban air pollution and its impact on the stone degradation

Science of the Total Environment, 593-594, pp. 297-309.

 

(2017) Marabini, L., Ozgen, S., Turacchi, S., Aminti, S., Arnaboldi , F., Lonati , G., Fermo , P., Corbella , L., Valli , G., Bernardoni , V., Dell'Acqua , M., Vecchi , R., Becagli , S., Caruso, D., Corrado , L.G., Marinovich , M.

Ultrafine particles (UFPs) from domestic wood stoves: genotoxicity in human lung carcinoma A549 cells

Mutation Research - Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, 820, pp. 39-46.

 

(2017) Bozzetti, C., El Haddad, I., Salameh, D., Daellenbach, K.R., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Minguillón, M.C., Iinuma, Y., Poulain, L., Elser, M., Müller, E., Slowik, J.G., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Baltensperger, U., Marchand, N., Prévôt, A.S.H.

Organic aerosol source apportionment by offline-AMS over a full year in Marseille

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17 (13), pp. 8247-8268.

 

(2017) Amadori, M.L., Del Vais, C., Fermo, P., Pallante, P.

Archaeometric researches on the provenance of Mediterranean Archaic Phoenician and Punic pottery

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (16), pp. 13921-13949.

 

(2017) Corsini, E., Vecchi, R., Marabini, L., Fermo, P., Becagli, S., Bernardoni, V., Caruso, D., Corbella, L., Dell'Acqua, M., Galli, C.L., Lonati, G., Ozgen, S., Papale, A., Signorini, S., Tardivo, R., Valli, G., Marinovich, M.

The chemical composition of ultrafine particles and associated biological effects at an alpine town impacted by wood burning

Science of the Total Environment, 587-588, pp. 223-231.

 

(2017) Pino, F., Fermo, P., La Russa, M., Ruffolo, S., Comite, V., Baghdachi, J., Pecchioni, E., Fratini, F., Cappelletti, G.

Advanced mortar coatings for cultural heritage protection. Durability towards prolonged UV and outdoor exposure

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (14), pp. 12608-12617.

 

(2017) Bigi, A., Bianchi, F., De Gennaro, G., Di Gilio, A., Fermo, P., Ghermandi, G., Prévôt, A.S.H., Urbani, M., Valli, G., Vecchi, R., Piazzalunga, A.

Hourly composition of gas and particle phase pollutants at a central urban background site in Milan, Italy

Atmospheric Research, 186, pp. 83-94.

 

(2017) Ozgen, S., Becagli, S., Bernardoni, V., Caserini, S., Caruso, D., Corbella, L., Dell'Acqua, M., Fermo, P., Gonzalez, R., Lonati, G., Signorini, S., Tardivo, R., Tosi, E., Valli, G., Vecchi, R., Marinovich, M.

Analysis of the chemical composition of ultrafine particles from two domestic solid biomass fired room heaters under simulated real-world use

Atmospheric Environment, 150, pp. 87-97. Cited 7 times.

 

(2017) Benetello, F., Squizzato, S., Hofer, A., Masiol, M., Khan, M.B., Piazzalunga, A., Fermo, P., Formenton, G.M., Rampazzo, G., Pavoni, B.

Estimation of local and external contributions of biomass burning to PM2.5 in an industrial zone included in a large urban settlement

Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 24 (2), pp. 2100-2115. 

(2017) Chiara Pietrogrande, M., Barbaro, E., Bove, M.C., Clauser, G., Colombi, C., Corbella, L., Cuccia, E., Dalla Torre, S., Decesari, S., Fermo, P., Gambaro, A., Gianelle, V., Ielpo, P., Larcher, R., Lazzeri, P., Massabò, D., Melchionna, G., Nardin, T., Paglione, M., Perrino, C., Prati, P., Visentin, M., Zanca, N., Zangrando, R.

Results of an interlaboratory comparison of analytical methods for quantification of anhydrosugars and biosugars in atmospheric aerosol

Chemosphere, 184, pp. 269-277. 

(2017) Corsini E, Ozgen S, Papale A, Galbiati V, Lonati G, Fermo P, Corbella L, Valli G, Bernardoni V, Dell'Acqua M, Becagli S, Caruso D, Vecchi R, Galli CL, Marinovich M. Insights on wood combustion generated proinflammatory ultrafine particles (UFP). Toxicology Letters, 266, 74-84.

Anna Maria Ferragina
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International politics area

Competences: international trade, research in economics, statistical and econometric analysis

Keywords: international economic integration, international investments, international trade

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Associate professor of Economic Policy, University of Salerno

Professional career

Since October 2016, she has served as associate professor in Economic Policy at DISES (Department of Economics and Statistics, UNISA). In December 2013, she obtained the status of associate professor in Economic Policy (SECS-P / 02). In 2013 she also got the professorship in Applied Economics (SECS-P / 06) and in Economic Statistics (SECS-S / 03). Since 2006, she has been a permanent researcher and an aggregate professor at the University of Salerno (Department of Economics and Statistics). From 2002 to 2006, she is a permanent researcher at ISSM-CNR; from 2002 to 2005 she was consultant for the Studies and Statistics Area of the ICE of Rome; from 1999 to 2002 research assistant at the CEIS, University of Rome "Tor Vergata".

2000 PhD, "La Sapienza" University of Rome; 1996 Master, International Economics, University of Sussex (UK); 1995 Master's Degree, Business Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Naples "Federico II"; 1994 Degree 110/110 cum laude in Economics and Commerce at the University of Naples "Federico II".

Scientific results

Ferragina’s reaserch focus in on empirical and theoretical research in international trade; analysis of the impact of trade liberalisation between the EU and Eastern European countries; quality upgrading and integration of national and regional labour markets, with a special emphasis on Italy; implications of trade liberalisation on firm delocalisation and on fragmentation of production; empirical testing for underlying determinants of fragmentation such as differentials in comparative advantages and in factor and skill content between firms and between national specialization models. Current applied research is also focusing on the impact of FDI on domestic firms looking at firm dynamics and spillover effects; trade liberalisation within the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the determinants of foreign direct investment (FDI) from the European Union into the Mediterranean partners; economic discovery, innovation and export diversification as driving factors of trade and growth; patterns of firm demography and growth; firm localization and local knowledge spillovers.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of several scientific publications on journals and international book among them:

Edited books

[2014] Ferragina A.M.,Taymaz E. & Yilmaz K. (eds.), Innovation, Globalisation and Firm Dynamics. Lessons for Enterprise Policy, New York, London: Routledge, ISBN: 9780415836777.

[2011] Ferragina A.M., Bridging the gap: the role of trade and FDI in the Mediterranean, (co-edited with A. Amendola), Rubbettino, ISBN: 9788849832303.

Refereed international journals

[2018] Ferragina A.M., Are Italian firms performances influenced by innovation of domestic and foreign firms nearby in space and sectors?(With Nunziante G.),  EPI - Economia e Politica Industriale, in Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. DOI:  10.1007/s40812-018-0090-4.

[2018] Iandolo S. and Ferragina A.M., Iandolo S., “Does different persistence in internationalization and innovation influence firms’ performance?Under review.

[2016] Ferragina A.M., Financial constraints and productivity growth across the size spectrum: microeconomic evidence from Morocco, in Eurasian Business Review, pp. 1-21, with Mazzotta, F.; Sekkat, K. ISSN: 1309-4297.DOI: 10.1007/s40821-016-0055-3.

[2015] Ferragina A.M., Italian FDI and Exports at sectoral level: substitutes or complements?, in Global Economy Journal, 15, 2, 277–310, ISSN (Online) 1553-5304, ISSN (Print) 2194-5659, DOI: 10.1515/gej-2015-0005, July.

[2015] Ferragina A.M., Agglomeration economies in Italy: impact on heterogeneous firms’ exit in a multilevel framework, in Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, DOI: 10.1007/s40812-015-0016-3.

[2014] Ferragina A.M., Does multinational ownership affect firm survival?(with Pittiglio R. and Reganati F.), in Journal of Business Economics and Management, 15(1), DOI 10.3846/16111699.2012.707622.

[2013] Ferragina A.M., Mazzotta F., FDI spillovers on firms' survival in Italy: absorptive capacity matters!, in  The Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN: 0892-9912, DOI: 10.1007/s10961-013-9321.

[2012] Ferragina A.M., Are exporters and multinational firms more resilient over a crisis? First evidence for manufacturing enterprises in Italy, (with A. Amendola, R. Pittiglio and F. Reganati), in Economics Bulletin, 32, 3 pp. 1914-1926, ISSN: 1545-2921.

[2011] Ferragina A.M., The impact of FDI on firm survival, (with Pittiglio R. and Reganati F.), in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, special issue Productivity, Profitability and Growth: the Empirics of Firm Dynamics. ISSN: 0954-349X, DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2011.10.002.

[2009] Ferragina A.M., A Tale of Parallel Integration Processes. A Gravity Analysis of EU Trade with Mediterranean and Central and Eastern European Countries, (with Pastore F. and Giovannetti G.), in Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 5, 2, June, already published in IZA Discussion Paper, No. 1829. ISSN: 1475-3693, DOI: 10.2202/1475-3693.1228.7

Awards and prizes

She has won several research grants and has participated in projects funded by various national and international institutions (World Bank, Femise, European Commission, CNR, Higher School of Public Administration, MAE, CeSPI, ICE, Lazio Region, CEIS- University of Rome "Tor Vergata", University of Parma, University of Naples" Federico II "). He is an elected member of the Steering Committee of the FEMISE (Euromediterranean Network of Economics Institutes).

She is member elected in the Board of the Steering Committee of FEMISE (Euromediterranean Network of the Institutes of economics).

Antonella Ferrara
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: advanced automatic control, control engineering, robotics

Keywords: autonomous driving, control of microgrids and power networks, human-robot interaction, process control, robotics, smart mobility, vehicle control, vehicle traffic control

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Automatic Control at University of Pavia

Professional career

She got her M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1987 and her PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 1992. She became Assistant Professor at the University of Genova (April 1992), Associate Professor at the University of Pavia (November 1998) and Full Professor of Automatic Control always at the University of Pavia (January 2005).

Scientific results

She has been dealing with the control of complex systems (robotic systems, vehicle networks, vehicular traffic, power networks also based on renewable energy resources). She proposed new algorithms for the control of plants and processes the mathematical model of which is affected by uncertainties. She proposed new approaches to control vehicle traffic in transportation networks with the aim of reducing congestion and environmental impact. She has been working in advanced vehicle control, collaborating with major car manufacturers and coordinating the Italian research group in two European projects (PROTECTOR, ITEAM). In particular, she proposed solutions for driving assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. She has been studying human-robot interaction proposing an approach based on the joint use of conventional control methodologies and artificial intelligence (deep reinforcement learning). She published more than 380 scientific works, including 118 articles in international journals and 3 scientific books. She also contributed with chapters to 23 edited books.

Editorial work and publications

[2019]Ferrara A, Incremona G.P, Cucuzzella M. Advanced andOptimization Based Sliding Mode Control. SIAM.

 

[2018]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Freeway Traffic Modelling and Control. Springer.

 

[2017]Ferrara A, (Ed.).Sliding Mode Control of Vehicle Dynamics. IET Digital Library.

 

[2019] Regolin E, Alatorre A, Zambelli M, Victorino A, Charara A, Ferrara A. A Sliding Mode Virtual Sensor for Wheel Forces Estimation with Accuracy Enhancement via EKF. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 68(4): 3457-3471.

 

[2018]  Sangiovanni B, Rendiniello A, Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Piastra M. Deep Reinforcement Learning for Collision Avoidance of Robotic Manipulators, Proceedings of the European Control Conference ECC 2018, Limassol, Cyprus.

 

[2018]Canudas de Wit C., Ferrara A. A Variable-Length Cell Transmission Model for Road Traffic Systems. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 97: 428-455.

 

[2018]Cucuzzella M, Lazzari R, Trip S, Rosti S, Sandroni C, Ferrara A. Sliding mode voltage control of boost converters in DC microgrids, Control Engineering Practice, 73:161-170.

 

[2017]Cucuzzella M, IncremonaG.P, Ferrara A. Decentralized Sliding Mode Control of Islanded AC Microgrids with Arbitrary Topology. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 64(8): 6706-6713.

 

[2017]Incremona G.P, Ferrara A, Magni L. MPC for Robot Manipulators with Integral Sliding Modes Generation. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 22(3):1299-1307.

 

[2015]Ferrara A, Simona S, Siri S. Event-triggered model predictive schemes for freeway traffic control.Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 58(Part C):554–567.

 

[2015]Goggia T, Sorniotti A, De Novellis L, Ferrara A, Gruber P, Theunissen J, Steenbeke D, Knauder B, Zehetner J. Integral Sliding Mode for the Torque-Vectoring Control of Fully Electric Vehicles: Theoretical Design and Experimental Assessment. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology64(5):1701-1715.

 

[2012]Capisani L, Ferrara A, Trajectory Planning and Second Order Sliding Mode Motion/Interaction Control for Robot Manipulators in Unknown Environments.IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 59(8):3189 – 3198. 

Awards and prizes

IEEE North Italy Section Electrical Engineering Student Award, 1986

Senior Member of theIEEE, 2003

Outstanding Reviewer for Automatica Award, 2006

Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society (2013-2016)

Member of the Board of Governors IEEE Control Systems Society (2012; 2016-2018)

Member of the European Control Association (EUCA) Council (Since 2015)

EPSON EMEA WIN-A-ROBOT Contest Award, 2019

 

Elena Ferrari
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: big data, data management systems, iot, privacy, safety, social networks, social web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria in Varese.

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Science at the University of Milan in 1992, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Science at the same university in 1998. During the summer of 1996 she carried out a period of research as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In the following two years is a visiting researcher at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. In 1998 he returned to Italy and worked as assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Milan. Later she became full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria in Varese.

Scientific results

Her research activities are linked to various aspects of data management systems, including web security, access control and privacy. Recently she has been involved in several research projects such as "ISocial" which develops advanced systems for the protection of privacy in social networks. She worked on the EU Euphorbia project, which provided for a series of experiments on filtering documents on the Internet according to an impartial approach. The aim was to produce a new, more powerful and flexible information review system, able to adapt to the cultural needs of each user. This system is capable of making a selection based on the semantic content of the information, and adapts to the description of the topics on a given website. She is currently involved in security and privacy issues in the IoT (Internet of Things) and Big Data areas.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of numerous publications, including:

 

(soon to be published) N. Laleh, B. Carminati, E. Ferrari. Risk Assessment in Social Networks based on User Anomalous Behaviour. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing.

(2015) P. Colombo, E. Ferrari. Privacy aware access control for Big Data: a research roadmap. Big Data Research, 2(4).

 

(2014) Akcora C, Carminati B, Ferrari E, Kantarcioglu M. Detecting Anomalies in Social Network Data Consumption. Social Network Analysis Mining, 4(1):231.

 

(2014) Parra-Arnau J, Perego A, Ferrari E, Fornè J & Rebollo-Monedero D. Privacy-Preserving Enhanced Collaborative Tagging. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, 26(1):180-193.

 

(2013) Carminati B, Ferrari E, Viviani M. Security and Trust in Online Social Networks, Synthesis Lectures on Information Security, Privacy and Trust. Morgan & Claypool.

(2011) Cao J, Carminati B, Ferrari E, Tan KL. CASTLE: Continuously Anonymizing Data Streams. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 8(3): 337-352.

 

(2010) Bonchi F, Ferrari E. Privacy-Aware Knowledge Discovery: Novel Applications and New Techniques. Chapman & Hall/CRC Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery Series.

 

Articles from international conferences:

 

(2016) Carminati B, Colombo P, Ferrari E & Sagirlar G. Enhancing User Control on Personal Data Usage in Internet of Things Ecosystems. Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Services Computing, San Francisco, USA.

 

(2016) Colombo P & Ferrari E. Towards Virtual Private NoSQL Datastores. Proceedings of the32nd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, Helsinki, Finlandia.

 

(2014) Bahri L, Carminati B, Ferrari E. Community-based Identity Validation on Online Social Networks. Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Madrid, Spagna.

 

Awards and prizes

 

In 2009 Elena Ferrari was awarded for her research in the field of privacy and security by one of the two most important international associations of reference (IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) with the Technical Achievement Award. In 2011 she obtained the Google Research Award for her work in the field of privacy in social networks, while in 2014 she received the IBM Faculty Award for her investigation on big data privacy. She is IEEE fellow and ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Distinguished Scientist.

 

Florinda Ferreri
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical neurophysiology, neurology

Keywords: brain aging, brain plasticity, dementia, neuromodulation, neuroscience

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Professional career

Dr. Florinda Ferreri received honors in Medicine in 2001 and certification in Neurology in 2006 from the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome-Italy, and PhD in Clinical Neurophysiology in 2012 from the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio-Finland. In 2006 she was Research Assistant at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. From 2007 to 2016 Dr. Ferreri was Neurologist Consultant with expertise in Neurophysiology, teaching and research duties at the University Hospital Campus Bio-Medico of Rome and in 2016 she was appointed Assistant Professor. As of April 2018, Dr. Ferreri is Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Padua, Italy.

Scientific results

Dr. Florinda Ferreri research activities focus on the study of the physiology of human motor cortex and its pathophysiology in neurodegenerative disorders by using highly innovative neurophysiological techniques and multimodal data collection. In 2008 Dr. Ferreri worked in an international research group that obtained the first direct control of a biomechatronic prosthetic hand via neural interfaces implanted in the peripheral nerves of an amputated patient. In recent years, Dr Ferreri’s commitment has been focused on the technological transfer towards the early diagnosis of neurological diseases and towards rehabilitation procedures with non-invasive electromagnetic stimulations of the brain.

Editorial work and publications

[2016) Ferreri F, Vecchio F, Vollero L, Guerra A, Petrichella S, Ponzo D, Määtta S, Mervaala E, Könönen M, Ursini F, Pasqualetti P, Iannello G, Rossini PM, Di Lazzaro V. Sensorimotor cortex excitability and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease: A TMS-EEG Co-registration study. Human Brain Mapping, 37[6):2083-96.

[2015) Rossini PM, Burke D, Chen R, Cohen LG, Daskalakis Z, Di Iorio R, Di Lazzaro V, Ferreri F, Fitzgerald PB, George MS, Hallett M, Lefaucheur JP, Langguth B, Matsumoto H, Miniussi C, Nitsche MA, Pascual-Leone A, Paulus W, Rossi S, Rothwell JC, Siebner HR, Ugawa Y, Walsh V, Ziemann U. Non-invasive electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, spinal cord, roots and peripheral nerves: Basic principles and procedures for routine clinical and research application.An updated report from an I.F.C.N. Committee. Clinical Neurophysiology Journal,. Feb 10. Review.

[2014) Di Pino G, Pellegrino G, Assenza G, Capone F, Ferreri F, Formica D, Ranieri F, Tombini M, Ziemann U, Rothwell JC, Di Lazzaro V. Modulation of brain plasticity in stroke: a novel model for neurorehabilitation. Nature Reviews Neurology, 10(10):597-608.

[2006) Ferreri F. Curcio G. Patrizio P. De Gennaro L. Fini R. and Rossini PM. Mobile phone emission and human brain excitability. Annals of Neurology, 60(2):188-96.

[2003) Ferreri F, Pauri F, Pasqualetti P, Fini R, Dal Forno G, PM Rossini. Motor cortex excitability in Alzheimer Disease. Annals of Neurology, 53(1):102-8.

 

Debora Fino
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biotechnologies, chemical plants, energy, environment

Keywords: biofuels, carbon dioxide conversion, catalysis, chemical reactors, circular economy, pollutants elimination, waste reduction

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Professor of Chemical Plants at the Polytechnic of Turin; Waste, Water and Food Manager of the Politecnico di Torino (Green Team).

Professional career

After graduating in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, she continued her studies through a PhD program in Chemical Engineering, where she obtained the title at the same University.

She won a workplace as University Researcher in Chemical Engineering, in the scientific sector for Chemical Plants in November 2002, obtaining confirmation. From July 2010 to March 2016 she worked as Associate Professor in the same SSD. In March 2016 she became full professor of Chemical Plants, where she is currently responsible for a research group consisting of 15 young researchers and PhD students at the Department of Applied Science and Technology of the Politechnic University of Turin. She is a member of the College of Chemical and Materials Engineering a the College of Energy, her teaching activity is focused on the courses of Plants for the Chemical and Food Industry and Re-use Processes and Energy Enhancement.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests focus mainly on the catalytic treatment of Diesel emissions (eg: filtration and combustion of particulates, the removal of nanoparticles, reduction and adsorption of NOx, development of catalytic traps), on the catalytic combustion of methane (eg: development of catalytic converters for methane-fueled cars), on catalytic filters for the treatment of fumes (eg.: multi-functional systems for the removal of fly ash, NOx and dioxins from incinerators) where she obtained several industrial loans (General Motors, Officine Metallurgiche Cornaglia, Petronas, Pirelli, ....), she won national and community projects (PRIN, TOP-Expert, ADDnano, FlameSOFC, ...) and she has 2 patents. Among her environmental research projects, the systems of advanced oxidation of pollutants (eg reactors and electrocatalysts for the electrochemical oxidation of biorefractory organic pollutants, such as phenol, antibiotics and other drugs, dyes, ...; remediation of polluted soil and self-cleaning surfaces) are of particular importance. Among the research undertaken in recent years of particular importance are the results obtained regarding the analysis of waste treatment platforms, the life cycle analysis of industrial processes from a circular economy perspective, where also in the agri-food sector has collaborated with industries of reference in the sector (eg Waste Italia, Ferrero, Ago Renewables, ENI, Lavazza, AUSTEP, etc.) also obtaining important structured financing as in the case of the Innovative Agro-Food-ECOFOOD platform project coordinated by Ferrero, Research & Innovation for The Improvement of the Sustainability of the Agro-Food Chain, of which Debora Fino was responsible for all the research actions of her University. She currently coordinates the research of 2 Horizon 2020 projects funded by the European Community CELBICON (Cost-effective CO2 conversion into chemicals via combination of Capture, Electrochemical and Biochemical Conversion technologies) and BIOROBURPLUS (Advanced direct biogas fuel processor for robust and cost-effective decentralized Hydrogen production ).

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of over 200 scientific publications, including:

 

(2018) Malavè A C L, Fino D, Gómez Camacho C E, Ruggeri B.  Experimental tests on commercial Sweet Product Residue (SPR) as a suitable feed for anaerobic bioenergy (H2+ CH4) production, Waste Management, 71: 626-635.

(2017) Massa A, Hernandez Ribullen S P, Lamberti A, Galletti C, Russo N, Fino D. Electro-oxidation of phenol over electrodeposited MnOx nanostructures and the role of a TiO2 nanotubes interlayer. Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental, 203: 270-281.

(2016) Negro V, Mancini G, Ruggeri B, Fino D. Citrus waste as feedstock for bio-based products recovery: Review on limonene case study and energy valorization. Bioresource Technology, 214: 806-815.

(2015) Hussain M, Deorsola F A, Russo N, Fino D, Pirone R. Abatement of CH4 emitted by CNG vehicles using Pd-SBA-15 and Pd-KIT-6 catalysts, Fuel, 149: 2-7.

(2014) Mancini G, Viotti P, Luciano A, Fino D. On the ASR and ASR thermal residues characterization of full scale treatment plant, Waste Management, 34: 448-457.

(2013) Ruggeri B, Luongo Malavè A C, Bernardi M, Fino D. Energy efficacy used to score organic refuse pretreatment process for hydrogen anaerobic production, Waste Management, 33: 2225-2233.

(2012) Bensaid S, Deorsola F A, Fino D, Russo N. After-treatment of household wood-fired stove emissions: from catalyst formulation to full-scale system, Catalysis Today, 197: 76-89.

(2011) Palmisano P, Hernandez S P, Hussain M, Fino D, Russo N. A new concept for a self cleaning household oven, Chemical Engineering Journal, 176-177: 253-259.

(2010) Bensaid S, Russo N; Fino D. Power and Hydrogen Co-generation from Biogas, Energy & Fuels, 24: 4743-4747.

(2009) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P, Grizzaffi L. Electrochemical Oxidation process for water condensates recycling in a shuttle orbiter, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 39 (11): 2239-2249.

(2008) Rutigliano L, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Electrokinetic remediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 38: 1035-1041.

(2007) Fino D. Diesel Emission Control:Catalytic Filters for Particulate Removal, Science And Technology Of Advanced Materials, 8 (1-2): 93-100.

(2006) Cauda E, Hernandez S, Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. PM0.1 Emissions during Diesel Trap Regeneration, Environmental Science And Technology, 40: 5532-5537.

(2005) Fino D, Carlesi J C, Saracco G, Specchia V, Spinelli P. Deactivation and regeneration of Pt anodes for the electro-oxidation of phenol, Journal Of Applied Electrochemistry, 35(4): 405-411.

(2004) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  A multifunctional filter for the simultaneous removal of fly-ash and NOx from incinerator flue gases, Chemical Engineering Science, 59 (22-23): 5329-5336.

(2003) Fino D, Russo N, Saracco G, Specchia V.  The role of suprafacial oxygen in some perovskites for the catalytic combustion of soot, Journal Of Catalysis, 217: 367-375.

(2002) Fino D, Saracco G, Specchia V. Filtration and catalytic abatement of diesel particulate from stationary sources, Chemical Engineering Science, 57(22-23): 4955-4966.

 

Awards and prizes

In November 2004 she was winner of the "ITALGAS AWARD - DEBUT IN THE RESEARCH" (XVII edition) for her doctoral thesis (Catalytic combustion of Diesel particulate matter). In February 2007 her article "Innovative means for the catalytic regeneration of particulate traps for diesel exhaust cleaning", Chem. Eng. Sci., 58 (3-6) (2003) 951-958, was awarded by Elsevier Science Publisher as one of the most cited articles of the journal Chemical Engineering Science during the four-year period 2003 - 2006. In December 2007 she was winner of the "SAPIO JUNIOR AWARD for ITALIAN RESEARCH" (IX Edition) for the results obtained in the research "Secondary nanoparticles from filters for the removal of Diesel particulate matter and in other application contexts". October 2009 - the article "Biogas Purification for MCFCs Applications" was awarded among the top 5 by the Scientific Organizing Committee of "HYSYDAYS 2009 - 3rd World Congress of Young Scientists on Hydrogen Energy Systems". The article was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
June 2010 - ITWIIN Award for Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators, she also won of the DISTI (Science and Technology Information Innovation Innovation Center based in Bari) special prize, given the effectiveness of the presentation of potential social and economic impacts of scientific projects.
In September 2011, the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Awards awarded her a special mention in view of the effectiveness in presenting potential social and economic effects of her scientific research by the jury of international experts, Reykjavik (Iceland). In February 2013 the article "M. Hussain, R. Ceccarelli, D.L. Marchisio, D. Fino, N. Russo, F. Geobaldo, Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Application of Novel TiO2 Nanoparticles "in Chemical Engineering Journal 157, 45-51 of 2010 was awarded as the eighth most cited article of the journal Chemical Engineering Journal in the during the period 10/2009 - 9/2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristina Finocchi Mahne
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: ethic, finance, governance, quoted companies, sustainability

Keywords: finance, governance, quoted companies, sustainable economy

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Board Member and Chairwoman of Board Committees (Audit, Risks and Sustainability; Nomination and Remuneration) of companies listed in Italy and abroad; Business Economist; former Senior Executive of blue-chips with market capitalization up to €10 bn; University Professor.

Co-Chairwoman Italy and Member of the Steering Committee of WCD Foundation, international think tank on best practices in corporate governance.

Professional career

Degree in Economics and Business at La Sapienza University of Rome, MBA at Luiss Business School and further qualifications in finance, financial communication and management skills in London and Los Angeles. She began her career in Euromobiliare,  merchant bank controlled by HSBC, in the corporate finance area, and gained significant experience in finance in Tamburi & Associati, JP Morgan and Hill & Knowlton, before being appointed Senior Executive and Member of the Executive Committee, as Director of Group Investor Relations and Strategic Communication, of financial blue-chips - such as Fineco Group - with market capitalization up to 10 billion. Later she became Partner and, since its IPO, Board Member, of a leading Italian company in strategic advisory in corporate governance and financial communication. From 2004 to 2012 she was also Author and Anchorwoman of Watchdog, television talk show on corporate governance, on air on Class CNBC, Sky 507 economic and financial channel: among her guests, the most influential representatives of the economic, academic and institutional world.

She is a Lecturer on Corporate Governance and Sustainability at Luiss University; Professor in Advanced Business Administration and then in Economics of Banking and Industrial Groups, master's degree courses at La Sapienza University of Rome until 2017 and Lecturer in Corporate Governance at Luiss Business School. She was an ABI lecturer at courses reserved to Board members of banking groups, on risks and corporate governance. She was a government-appointed Member of Commission at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, as a highly recognised expert on corporate governance from 2011 to 2013.

 

Since 2010 she is Board Member and Chairwoman of Board Committees (risks, audit and sustainability; nomination and remuneration) of companies listed in Italy and abroad, up to € 4bn market cap (sectors: consumer discretionary, healthcare services, banking, IT / communication, industrial, telecom services)

Since 2012 she is also Co-Chairwoman Italy, Member of the Steering Committee of WCD Foundation, international think tank on best practices in corporate governance that brings together, from all over the world, board members of listed companies whose total market capitalization is over $ 8 trillion. She was also member of its global cyber insurance steering committee.

Scientific results

Cristina Finocchi Mahne's research activity is carried out in the field of finance, with focus on listed companies and financial markets, and in particular corporate governance and sustainability issues. Among her most recent research commitments, an international perspective on the sustainability strategy in listed companies; a research on top management incentivation plans including ESG (environmental, social, governance) targets; a cooperation in a large international research project on cyber risk and its implication on corporate governance.

Lecturer at prestigious universities, guest speaker in television talk shows and keynote speaker on corporate governance, financial markets and family business matters at national and international conferences, business and academic, in Tokio, New York, Paris, Milan, Rome, Bologna.

Editorial work and publications

Among her publications: articles on corporate governance matters published by main economic newspapers and influential news sites; international papers as ‘Boards and role models for supporting the climb upwards’ part II of ‘Women on to corporate boards: a snow ball starting in Norway’, (2013) Edward Elgar Publishing

Awards and prizes

In 2003, Luiss awarded her the Distinguished Executive Award, and in 2007 she received the Best in Class award from the University La Sapienza, Faculty of Economics, both for professional achievements.

 

Serena Fonda Umani
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine ecology

Keywords: biodiversity, carbon flows, food chain, marine biology, marine ecosystem, plankton, sea

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Professional career

Serena FONDA, was born in Trieste on 3.2.1950, she is married with a daughter. She was full Professor of Marine Ecology (University of Trieste) since 2005. Serena Fonda had a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Trieste in 1973. In 1974 she was granted by a fellowship from the Ministry of Instruction, which lasted until 1981 when she became Researcher. Then in 1992 she became Associate Professor in Ecology at the University of Trieste. She spent several months at the SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego, USA) in the laboratory of prof. Farooq Azam. She had been visiting scientist at Horn Point Laboratory (University of Maryland, USA) at the College of Fishery (University of Tromso, Norway), at the Department of Zoology of the University of Athens (Greece). She has taken active part in many field researches, also as chief scientist (Mediterranean Sea, Ross Sea (Antarctica), Magellan Straights, Chesapeake Bay). She was the Director of Marine Biology Laboratory (now part of the Department of Oceanography of OGS) from 1992 until 2005. She was the President of the PhD course in Environmental Life Sciences. She acted as supervisor for 40 PhD students and > 200 undergraduate students.

Scientific results

 Her professional interest concerns marine plankton ecology (from virus to mesozooplankton), and more in general marine bio-geo-chemical fluxes. She has been acting as team leader for >20 regional, national and international research projects. PI in the Eurocean net. Member of the editorial board for 4 international scientific journals. Reviewer for >30 scientific journals, several international projects, and ANVUR. External advisor for NIB (Slovenia). One of the promoters of the Italian LTER. President of SItE (Italian Society of Ecology) in 2015 -2016. Member of the administrative board of the “Stazione Zoologica – Anton Dohrn” of Naples.

 

Editorial work and publications

Invited speaker at several international and national meetings. She published >330 scientific papers, >200 in peer-reviewed journals, > 100 ISI for a total of >4600 citations. Her personal H = 36.

Bibliography

1.      ChustG, VillarinoE, ChenuilA, IrigoienX, BizselN, BodeA, BromsC, ClausS, Fernández de Puelles1ML, Fonda-UmaniS, HoarauG, MazzocchiMG, MozetičP, VandepitteL, VeríssimoH, ZervoudakiS, BorjaA (2016) Dispersal similarly shapes both population genetics and community patterns in the marine realm. Scientific Rep. 6 (28730) DOI: 10.1038/srep28730     

2.      ZoccaratoL, CelussiM, PallaviciniA, Fonda UmaniS (2016) Aurelia auritaephyrae reshape a coastal microbial community. Front. Microbiol,7:749 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00749

3.      Di Poi E, Blason C, Corinaldesi , Danovaro R, Malisana E, Fonda Umani S(2013) Structure and interactions within the pelagic microbial food web (from viruses to microplankton) across environmental gradients in the Mediterranean Sea. Global Biogeoc. Cycles, 27: 1034 – 1045  DOI: 10.1002/2013GB004589

4.      GianiM., DjakovacT., DegobbisD., CozziS., SolidoroC., Fonda UmaniS (2012) Recent changes in the marine ecosystems of the northern Adriatic Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf S, 115: 1 – 13. doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2012.08.023

5.      Fonda Umani S, Malfatti F, Del Negro P (2012) Carbon fluxes in the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea). Estuar Coast Shelf S, 115: 170 – 186. doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2012.04.006empty

Marta Foresti
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International politics area

Competences: evaluation and applied social research methods, fragile states, political economy of development, rights, justice and rule of law, social inclusion, migration and human mobility, natural resource management, conflict, transparency and accountability of aid

Keywords: Europe-Africa relations, gender, global governance, inclusion, inequality, international migration, multilateral cooperation

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Human Mobility Initiative at ODI - Overseas Development Institute.

Professional career

PROFESSIONAL PATH

Marta Foresti holds a master degree in logic and philosophy of science from the London School of Economics and from Milan State University. From 1997 to 2000 she worked as researcher in the Evaluation, Development and Research Unit (EDRU) at Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London. From 2000 to 2003 she has worked as Head of Evaluation and Impact Assessment team at Save the Children UK.  Before joining ODI, she also worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Italian Ministry of Finance where she advised the ministerial team on local development policies and programmes (2003-2006).

Until April 2018, Marta was Managing Director at ODI and as a member of the ODI Senior leadership team she contributed to setting the institute's strategic agenda, priorities and goals. Marta also led ODI’s portfolio on governance, climate and natural resources. Her interests include the political economy of development and reform, migration and human mobility, natural resource management, conflict and fragility.

Today, Marta Foresti is the Director of ODI’s Human Mobility Initiative, leading the institute engagement on migration at global, regional and local level. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs and the London School of Economics and she is acting as senior policy advisor for the consultation of the Global Compact For Migration and to the IOM’s Research Syndicate. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Refugeesdeeply.com, of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Migration Policy and Practice as well as of the Board of PorCausa.org. She is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies – Ispi, Milan.

Marta Foresti has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation. She has an excellent track record of business development and a significant capacity to influence decision-making at the highest level. Marta has in depth knowledge and practice of institutional leadership, policy advisory work, applied research, strategy development and public affairs. With networks in a range of public and private organisations, her career spans from research and analysis to working at the heart of government, in management and leadership positions in think tanks and international NGOs.

Scientific results

The scientific and professional activity of Marta Foresti has developed around some main thematic areas. 

A first area of interest is the Rule of Law and Justice.Marta Foresti worked on the theme on many occasions. Since, 2003, she has been Lecturer in the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Actionat the University of Siena. She was also member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Human Rights, Oxford University Press. Lastly, thanks to her long-running professional collaboration with ODI, she has often carried our research on the subject as team leader of important projects: Human Rights and Pro-poor growth, funded by OECD – DAC (2008-2009), Scoping Study of DFID policy and practice on Human Rights, funded by Funded by DFID- Policy Division (2007), Why are Economic and Social Rights so difficult?, Funded by ODI Innovation Fund and Centre for Economic and Social Rights (2007), Aid effectiveness and human rights: strengthening the implementation of the Paris Declaration, Funded by OECD DAC-Govnet (2006).

 

A second area of interest is that of Evaluation. Since 2000, Marta Foresti has been working on the topic as Advisor to the International Development Evaluation Association and Board member of the European Evaluation Society from 2000 to 2005. In the following years, during her professional experience in Save the Children, she deepened the theme in many researches, among which Rights-based Monitoring and Evaluation: a discussion paper, Save the Children Sweden(2003) and Evaluation of ENACT project on child trafficking in Europe, Save the Children Italy(2004). She was also Head of Learning and Impact Assessment Team and responsible for the development and implementation of the evaluation and impact assessment framework ‘Global Impact Monitoring’ for Save the Children UK.In recent years,as Research fellow and Programme Leaderat ODI,she contributed tomany Institute’s projects and researches, such as Team member Women’s Leadership and Participation in Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response, funded by UnWomen (2012-2013), Towards a realistic results agenda (2010),Evaluation of Norwegian Support to Democratic Development through the United Nations, funded by NORAD (2010), Concept Note for Child Rights Impact Assessment, funded by UNICEF (2009), and others.

 

A third area of interest is that of Governanceand political economy. During her career in ODI as Head of the Politics and Governance Programme, she was team leader of many research projects on the topic, among which Achieving sustainable transitions: the politics of public goods and services in developing countries(2011-2015), Politics into practice: a dialogue on governance strategies and action in international development, Funded by AusAid, DAI, German Marshall Fund of the United States and BBC World Service Trust (2010), Literature Review of Donors Support for Democratic Development Funded by NORAD (2010)

Editorial work and publications

Marta Foresti published many research reports and studies, framing papers, evaluation reports and articles. Among them, we highlight the following publications and reports:

 

Research Reports and studies

[2015] Booth D, Foresti M, Wild L, et al., Adapting Development-Improving services to the poor, ODI

[2014] Foresti M, Norton A, Wild L, Governance targets and indicators for post 2015: an initial assessment, ODI

[2013] Foresti M, O’Neil T, Wild T, Making sense of the politics of delivery: our findings so far, ODI

[2012] Bergh G, Foresti M, R Menocal A, Wild L, Building governance into a post-2015 framework: exploring transparency and accountability as an entry point, ODI

[2012] Foresti M, Harris D, et. al., Political Economy of West Africa RegionalismODI

[2011] Foresti M, Wild L,Politics into practice: a dialogue on performance strategies and action in international development, ODI 

 

Briefing and Framing Papers

[2014] Domingo P, Foresti M, O’Neil T, Women’s participation in peace and security Normative ends, political means, ODI

[2013] Foresti M, Wild L, Working with the politics: how to improve public services for the poor, ODI

[2012] Domingo P, Foresti M, et al., Development, fragility and human rights, World Bank

[2012] Booth D, Foresti M, R Menocal A, Wild L, Achieving sustainable Governance transitions: the role of public goods and services, DFID

 

Development Progress Stories

[2011] Foresti M, Harris D, El Salvador's progress on governance: Negotiation, political inclusion and post-war transition, ODI

[2011] Foresti M, Harris D, Indonesia's progress on governance: State cohesion and strategic institutional reform, ODI

Elsa Fornero
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial education, labor economics, pension economy, public policies, saving economy

Keywords: aging, pension funds, public systems, redistribution, saving, work

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Professor of Economics, University of Torino

Professional career

Elsa Fornero is Professor of Economics at the University of Turin (retired since Nov. 2018). She is also Scientific Coordinator at CeRP (the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, which she founded in 1999), Vice-President of Share-Eric (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe), Research Fellow at Netspar, and Policy Fellow at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labour. She is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Observatoire de l'Epargne Européenne, of the Advisory Group of the New Pact for Europe and of the Research Committee of the OECD International Network on Financial Education.

From November 2011 to April 2013 she served as Minister of Labour, Social Policies and Equal Opportunities in Italy’s “technocratic” government, in which capacity she conceived and drafted the pension and labour market reforms. 

Other past positions include:

-        Vice-President of Compagnia di San Paolo, one of the largest Italian foundations (2008-2010);

-        Member of the Evaluation Unit of Welfare Expenditure, established at the Welfare Ministry (2005-11)

-        Member of the Steering Board of the Italian Associations of Economists (2005-7);

-        Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of Intesa Sanpaolo Bank (2010-2011)

-        Member of the scientific board of Confindustria (National Association of Enterprises, 2005-2006)

On behalf of the World Bank, in the early 2000s, she assessed the pension systems of Russia, Latvia, Macedonia and Albania and was invited, later, to WB conferences and events.

Fornero is also the author of many publications on public and private pension systems, pension reforms, population ageing, household saving, retirement choices and life insurance.

Scientific results

Fornero’s research activity focuses on the determinants of household’s saving behaviour, analysed through optimization and behavioural models. She has also been addressing saving for old age, the reasons why pension systems are public and the characteristics of a ‘good’ pension system. From an applied point of view, she analysed European pension systems and reforms. Her recent research focuses on financial education, seen as a way to improve individual’s life-cycle decisions and achieve a more active citizenship; and on the analysis of linguistic bias to explain gender differences in financial decisions.

Editorial work and publications

Recent publications:

a) Books

Chi ha paura delle riforme. Illusioni, luoghi comuni e verità sulle pensioni. Università Bocconi Editore, 2018.

L’economia dei fondi pensione. Potenzialità e limiti della previdenza privata in Italia, Il Mulino; Studi e Ricerche; Bologna 1999

(with Onorato Castellino), Economia del risparmio e della ricchezza. Comportamenti privati e indebitamento pubblico, Il Mulino, Ricerca, Bologna, 1990.

b) Edited Books

(with Paolo Sestito, ed.), Pension Systems: Beyond Mandatory Retirement, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005.

(with Elisa Luciano, ed.), Developing an Annuity Market in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004.

(with Onorato Castellino, ed.), Pension Policy in an Integrating Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.

(with Onorato Castellino, ed.), La riforma del sistema previdenziale italiano, Il Mulino, Studi e Ricerche, Bologna, 2001.

c) Articles and book chapters    

(with A. Lo Prete) Voting in the Aftermath of a Pension Reform: The Role of Financial Literacy, Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2019, pp. 1-30.

(with F. Coda Moscarola, M.C. Rossi), The family as an informal market and the (low) mobility of the Italian young Politica Economica, Journal of Economic Policy, vol. XXXIV(1), 2018, April, 45-78

(with M.C. Rossi, D. Sansone) ‘Four Bright Coins Shining at Me’ Financial Education in Childhood, Financial Confidence in Adulthood, Journal of Consumers Affairs, 2018, doi.org/10.1111/joca.12207

(with Cecilia Boggio - Henriette Prast - José Sanders), Seven ways to knit your portfolio: Is the language of investor communication gender neutral? in Giuliana Garzone, Paola Catenaccio, Kim Grego, Roxanne Doerr (eds), Specialised and professional discourse across media and genres, Milano: Ledizioni, 2017.

Awards and prizes

Tarantelli prize for AspI, (the Social Insurance for Employment scheme, one of the pillars of the labour market reform), selected as best economic idea of the year by “Il Club dell’Economia” 2013

The “Liberal Award” by the Swiss “Young Liberals”, 2013

“La Mela d’Oro / Women: innovation and human capital” prize by the Marisa Bellisario Foundation, in 2011;

(with Olivia Mitchell), INA International Prize for the Economics, Finance and Statistics of Private Insurance by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, 2003;

(jointly with Ignazio Musu), Saint Vincent Price for Economics, 2001.

Silvia Francescon
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International politics area

Competences: environment, Geopolitics, global governance, sustainability

Keywords: biodiversity, European Union, female leadership, G7, gender equality, international relations, leadership, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior advisor for sustainability, European Movement 

Professional career

Silvia Francescon’s mission in life is working for the Planet. Silvia has been the Director of the Rome Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations for 9 years. She also worked for 4 years at the Prime Minister Office, G7 Sherpa Unit. In 2016-2017 in preparation of and during the Italian Presidency of the G7 focusing on the gender equality dossier and on the drafting of the Leaders’ Declaration. In 2007-2009 Silvia worked at the Prime Minister Office as Deputy head of the G8-G20 Sherpa Office, where she was in charge of coordinating the Prime Minister and Sherpa’s G8 and G20 policy dossiers and bilaterals. Silvia also served the United Nations as Coordinator of the Millennium Campaign in Italy and is a former negotiator of international and European agreements for the Italian Ministry for the Environment, where she worked for 4 years. Previously, Silvia worked at the OECD (Environment Directorate, Paris), the WTO (Legal Affairs Division, Geneva) and the European Commission (DG Agriculture, Brussels) and was Research Fellow at the International Law Departments of the Universities of Leiden (NL) and Ferrara (Italy). Silvia Francescon did her Erasmus at the University of Leiden, Faculty of Law. 

Silvia holds a Masters in International Environmental Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, London) and graduated cum laude in International Law at the University of Ferrara.

She is a member of the IAI Committee of Directors, the CESPI’s Scientific Committee, the Strategic Committee of the BA on Global Governance at the University of Tor Vergata and a founding member of Women in International Security - Italy

Scientific results

Current projects: working on crafting a new generation of leaders (personal and professional mastery); make Europe the world leader for sustainable development.

Previous highlights: two Italian Presidencies of the G7/G8 (in 2009 and 2017, Prime minister’s Office), one Italian Presidency of the European Union (in 2003 Ministry for the Environment); lead a UN Campaign on the Development Goals; lead a foreign affairs think tank.

Editorial work and publications

From 2010 to 2019 multiple articles published on ECFR.EU website on geopolitics and Italian politics.

In English

[2006] Francescon, S., The impact of GMOs on Poor Countries: A Threat to the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals?, in Rivista di Biologia, Biology Forum, 3, 381-394.

[2005] Francescon, S., Ministry of Internal Affairs v. Patmos Shipping Corporation (1989), jurisprudence case in International Environmental Law Reports, International Environmental Law in National Courts, 4; Cambridge University Press, 288-297.

[2004] Francescon, S., The political momentum on access to genetic resources and equitable sharing of the benefits deriving from their utilization, in the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare’s web site.

[2003] Francescon, S., Recent developments of the international processes on access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, and on traditional knowledge of the indigenous and local communities, in the Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare’s web site.

[2001] Francescon, S., The New Directive 2001/18/EC on the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Organisms into the Environment: Changes and Perspectives, in RECIEL, Review of European Community and International Environmental Law, 10, 3, 309-320.

[2001] Francescon, S., The Precautionary Principle in the European Union, in International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Center Newsletter, 1, 15-19.

[2000] Francescon, S., The Precautionary Principle: Its Status under WTO Law, in The Economist Conferences - “Colloque sur le Principe de Précaution” (co-authored with Jan Kuijper P., former Director, Legal Affairs Division, WTO).

[2000] Francescon, S., The Regulation of GM Foods in the EU: An Overview, in New York University Environmental Law Journal, 8, 3, 530-555 (co-authored with Mackenzie R., former Biodiversity Programme Director, FIELD).

In Italian

[2006] Francescon, S., La cancellazione del debito quale contributo alle politiche di lotta alla povertà, in Output N.3.

[2003] Francescon, S., Quale futuro per “commercio e ambiente” dopo Hong Kong?, in Rivista Giuridica dell’Ambiente, 2, 359-366.

[2003] Francescon, S., Quali agricoltori? Il dibattito in seno al WTO, in Il Ponte, Volume speciale su “Il cibo”, 121-135.

[2002] Francescon, S.; “Biosafety”: Europa e USA su vie diverse, in Etica per le Professioni, Giornale della Fondazione Lanza, 3, 39-47.

Awards and prizes

Teaching assistant in International Law, University of Ferrara.

Alessandra Franzosi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: institutional investors, sustainability

Keywords: asset allocation, demographics, institutional investors, pension funds, sovereign funds, sustainability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of Pension Funds and Asset Owners for Capital Markets of Borsa Italiana and London Stock Exchange Group. Lecturer of International Capital Markets at Bocconi University

Professional career

At the London Stock Exchange Group Alessandra is responsible for the relationship with the Asset Owners, such as pension funds, insurances, sovereign wealth funds. She promotes Capital Markets and LSEG brand globally and develops strategic intelligence to identify new trends and opportunities.  She is focal point for issues related to Responsible Investment and ESG. She has been working  for the Italian Stock Exchange since 2000, where she coordinated for ten years the Economic Research Team.  From 1995 to 2000 she was economist at Ref.  an independent economic research provider.  She graduated in Economics at the Bocconi University in 1995, she got a Master degree in Econometrics at the University of Southampton in 1998.  Since 2007 she has been teaching International Financial Markets at Bocconi University. 

She is regularly invited as a speaker at national and international conferences,  she is author of numerous publications, she is Judge in various Awards dedicated Institutional Investors.    

Scientific results

Alessandra had the opportunity to lead relevant projects. She contributed to the Italian National Pension Funds Day hosting international pension funds and facilitating sharing of outstanding experiences.  She participated in drafting the "ESG Guide for issuers" by LSEG and she is among the organizers of the Italian Sustainability Day. She supported to the preparatory work for “Consob SMES Table” and for  the introduction of tax reliefs for investment in SMEs.  She coordinates the working group on “Italian Institutional Investors investing in the domestic real economy”.

Her professional activity has always been strictly connected with scientific research in the field of finance and economics, with a focus on determinants of international capital flows, asset allocation of institutional investors, regulation and capital allocation connections. Recently her interest has turned to issues such as comparative analysis of pension funds, PEPP, ESG investment and active ownership, impacts of regulation on insurances capital allocation.  

Alessandra is Mentor at the London Stock Exchange Group  Mentorship Program.

Editorial work and publications

Alessandra Franzosi is author of numerous publications, including:

(2019) “Investire in Italia: attivare le potenzialità del Paese”, Quaderno di approfondimento 2019, Itinerari Previdenziali, January

(2017) “Your Guide to ESG Reporting. Guidance for issuers on the integration of ESG into investor reporting and communication”, edited by LSEG, February

 (2014) “Investitori Istituzionali, mercato azionario italiano e flussi finanziari” in ‘L'evoluzione dell'asset management durante la crisi: lesson learnt' ed. G. Giudici and F. Marchetto, McGraw-Hill, December

 (2006) “Portoflio and psychology of high frequency online traders. Second report on the Italian market”, with Alemanni B., BItNotes n. 16, July

 (2004) “Capital heterogeneity: does it matter? Fundamental Q and investment on a panel of Italian firms”, con Bontempi E., Del Boca A., Galeotti M. and Rota, L., Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 35, n. 4, Winter

Awards and prizes

Alessandra Franzosi participated as a speaker at numerous conferences. Among the most recent:

(2018) “World Pension Summit”, The Hague, April

(2018) “EPFSF lunch debate in the European Parliament  on The Pan-European Personal Product (PEPP) Chapter”, European Parliament, Brussels, March

(2018) “SMART BOARDS for SMART COMPANIES. Si può misurare la buona governance?”, Valore D, Milan, February

(2017) “L’adozione dei criteri ESG: da approccio di nicchia a mainstream”, Mefop, Rome, October

(2017) “Pension Funds Risks & Asset Allocation”, IPE360, London, 23-24 June

(2018, 2017) “Annual Meeting Compagnie di Assicurazione”, Itinerari Previdenziali, Venice, June

 

Liliana Fratini Passi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial economy

Keywords: big data, digitization, electronic payments, innovation, institutions

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

General Director of the CBI Consortium

Professional career

After graduating in Business and Economics at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 1995, she continued her education by taking a Master's Degree in Economy and Management of Financial and Insurance intermediaries at the LUISS Business School of Rome.

She began working with ABI in the Finance Sector for the Euro Project (‘96-’98), after which she joined the start-up team at Wind Telecommunications in the Finance Department.

In 2001, she returned to ABI to see to its start-up process for the Interbank Corporate Banking project (ACBI) and took on the role of Manager of the Technical Secretariat. Then, when ACBI turned into Consorzio CBI in 2008, she became its General Secretary. Due to the large number of innovative contributions made, she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

She also holds various national and international appointments: she is the Chairwoman of the Working Group entitled “Financial Services” of the National Strategic Table on International Trade Facilitation and was appointed with a Decree issued by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on 11 December 2017; she is a UN delegate at UNECE-UN/CEFACT acting as Domain Coordinator Finance in the PDA (Program Development Area) Supply Chain and for the same body UN/CEFACT, “Liaison UN/CEFACT at ISO TC68 Financial Services”; she is a member of the Board of ISO20022 RMG (Registration Management Group). In 2008, she was also a member of the European Commission and belonged to the Expert Group on E-Invoicing, helping to draw up the first final report on e-Invoicing.

She also belongs to the Scientific Committee EURISPES and is a member of the Board of the Civita Association. 

Liliana Fratini Passi is an expert on all matters related to e-payments, the financial-value chain and Big-Data analytics, but also on matters regarding the gender gap in the financial sector.

Scientific results

Here follows a list of some of the innovation projects carried out under her responsibility over the past few years:

·         2017- ongoing: as regards the PSD2 Directive, the Consorzio CBI has been tasked with – on behalf of the Italian banking industry – all standardisation activities and with setting up a cooperative gateway, called CBI Globe (www.cbiglobe.com), aimed at interconnecting Third Parties and account-servicing payment-service providers (otherwise known as ASPSPs)

·         2017: development of a CBI Big-Data cooperative service aimed at boosting the predictive capabilities of banks, and development of a Mutuitel service together with Notartel

·         2016: upgrading and extension of the CBILL Service interconnected with pagoPA. CBILL (www.cbill.it) allows online payments as well as the consultation of bills and notices to pay

·         2013: launch of “PA Invoice” function

Editorial work and publications

She has authored numerous articles offering insights into these topics which have been published on financial journals and dailies both on an Italian national and international level:

(2018) Fratini Passi L. An open banking ecosystem to survive the revised Payment Services Directive: Connecting international banks and FinTechs with the CBI Globe platform.Journal of Payments Strategy and Systems Volume 12 Number 4

 (2017) Fratini Passi L. The Italian finance industry sustains the digitalisation of the Public Administration-business-citizen relationship: electronic invoicing and CBILL service. Journal of Payments Strategy and Systems, 9, 1

(2017) Fratini Passi L. The CBILL service: e-payments for the digitalisation of the Nation. MK n. 5

As from March 2015: running a feature blog on subjects relating to digitalisation, e-payments and the modernisation process of the Public Administration. For the magazine entitled www.leurispes.it - the online Eurispes journal (Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies)

Contribution to two in-depth articles by Sole 24 Ore on the subject of Electronic Invoicing (11 March 2015 and 28 May 2014)

(2012) Fratini Passi L. Banks and new trends on the issue of the dematerialisation of the order-payment cycle Bancaria Editrice

(2012) Fratini Passi L. La Fattura elettronica in Italia e nel mondo: mercato e principali trend in corso, Bancaria Editrice

Awards and prizes

She was honoured with the “La colomba della Cività” [The Dove of Civilization] Award in December 2013 from the “Alba del Terzo Millennio” [Dawn of the Third Millennium] Association “In recognition of professional activities promoted in recent years in favour of the Italian banking system with special regard for those undertaken for the development of Consorzio CBI in the promotion of services for the dematerialisation of documents at Italian and international institutions contributing, in particular, to the innovation and modernisation of the financial-administrative-accounting processes in the Public Administration, by way of the banking system infrastructure with particular regard given to CBI, designed by the Italian Banking Association and under whose aegis Consorzio CBI expresses its mission”.

Paola Gaeta
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International politics area

Competences: international criminal law, international humanitarian law, International Law

Keywords: aggression, armed conflicts, crimes against humanity, genocide, international crimes, international criminal courts, use of force, war crimes

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of International Law at University of Geneva (Suisse)

Professional career

Paola Gaeta (PhD in Law, European University Institute, 1997) is Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).  Before she joined the Institute, she was Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Geneva and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Previously, from 1998 to 2007, Paola Gaeta was consecutively Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of International Law at the University of Florence. 

She was the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (with Andrew Clapham) from 2010 to 2014, and was the Director of its LLM programmes from 2007 to 2014. She was also Long-Term Visiting Professor (1.09.2014-31.08.2015) and then Adjunct Professor at the Law Department of Bocconi University, Milan (1.09.2015 -31.08.2018).

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Institute for International Affairs (as from January 2017) and a promoter and founder of the Antonio Cassese Intiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity.

Scientific results

Professor’s Gaeta research interests focus on International criminal law, particularly with regard to topics more closely related to general issues of public international law and/or exposed to cross-fertilization by international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

The most relevant publications in this field include The 1949 Geneva Conventions, A commentary(co-editor with A. Clapham and M. Sassòli) (OUP, 2015); The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict(co-edited with Andrew Clapham) (OUP, 2014), the third and updated edition of Cassese’s International Criminal Law(with Antonio Cassese and others, OUP 2013); The UN Genocide Convention: A Commentary(editor, OUP, 2009); and The Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Commentary(co-editor with A. Cassese and J.R.W.D. Jones, OUP 2001). 

She is currently leading a research project, funded by the Swiss National Foundation for Research, on Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Responsibility for War Crimes.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications in leading international journals and volumes, covering a variety of issues concerning her area of interests and expertise.  She is also the co-author, with Antonio Cassese, of Cassese’s International Criminal Law, 3rd ed, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013 and Le sfide del diritto internazionale (‘Current Challenges of International Law’), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 [315 pp]. 

The full list of publications is available at the following address: https://www.graduateinstitute.ch/academic-departments/faculty/paola-gaeta.

She is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Criminal Justiceand previously of the European Journal of International Law. She was also editor (with S. Zappalà), of the Oxford Monographs in International Humanitarian and Criminal Law (Oxford University Press) (2012-16).

Awards and prizes

Winner (together with A. Clapham and M. Sassoli) of the 2017 ASIL Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars for the following volume: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, and Marco Sassóli (eds), The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Simonetta Gallerini
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: industrial chemistry, total quality management

Keywords: business model canvas, Kaizen Monozukuri WG, Lean, risk assessment, Six Sigma, Toyota Way

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Quality Assurance in SAGEA Centro di Saggio Srl, International Contract Research Organisation and International Consultant for TQM and Lean Six Sigma projects at COMATCH GmbH Berlin.

Professional career

After the Master Degree in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry sector) at the University of Florence Industrial Organic Chemistry Dep. (1999) and one fellowship at the ConsorzioC.I.R.M.M.P.Consorzio Interuniversitario per la ricerca sulle Metallo-ProteineUniversity of Florence, she has many working expertise in topics related to the study and improvement of company processes and analytical methods: Pharma at the Eli Lilly Italy Medical Area, Environment at the ARPAT Dep. Waste and Soil Remediation, C.T.A. Srl Environmental Consulting.

From 2000 to 2017 Technical Consultant of the Law Court of Florence.

From 2003 to May 2008, she worked at the ALPHA ECOLOGIA Srl to reach the Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, company processes and lab activities continuous improvement.

From 2006 she was a Certified Internal Auditor for the Quality Management System (ISO19011), skills certificated by CSQA. 

From May 2008 to February 2016 she worked in Biochemielab Srl: first as Head Lab Manager, to implement the Quality Management System with process approach, to implement the QA/QC EPA Standard Quality System, continuous improvement of the Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, digitization lab activities; afterwards as Lead Quality Assurance Manager working to quality-environment-safety integrated system, ISO9001 and ISO14001 certification, Accreditation ISO17025 by ACCREDIA, continuous improvement of company processes.

Since March 2016, she works in SAGEA Centro di Saggio Srl, an International Contract Research Organisation in Agrifood, as Quality Assurance Manager; dealing with GLP and GEP certification as internal auditor; she has implemented the Quality Management System ISO9001, process approach of Japanese model of Total Quality Management and now she’s working to improve the company processes with the help of Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

Since 2016 she is Italian President of Food sector of AICQ (Associazione Italiana Cultura Qualità) for the Quality diffusion in the Agri-food sector and Italian vice-president of AICQ Calibration and Testing Laboratory Committee for the Quality diffusion in the laboratories.

Since 2019 she is Green Belt Six Sigma and she is an International Consultant for TQM and Lean Six Sigma Projects at the COMATCH GmbH located in Berlin.

Scientific results

Since 2000 expertise in company implementation of Japanese model of Total Quality Management(Toyota Way), continuous improvement Kaizen, company processes analyse and Lean Six Sigma Projects, company organization of MonozukuriWG. 

On 2013 she partecipated as speaker at following Conferences:

  • Quality-Day “Fare qualità oggi nel laboratorio analisi delle acque, Accreditamento delle metodiche test in cuvetta per le analisi delle acque” with title “L’esperienza per la misura del COD”, HACHLANGE-ACCREDIA, Florence
  • Plenaria Congiunta “Idrocarburi in matrici ambientali”, IDRO 2012, with title “ISO 16703:2004 e EPA 8015D 2003 due metodi a confronto per la determinazione del parametro C12-C40”, UNICHIM, Milan
  • “Validazione di un metodo interno per un laboratorio privato”, with title “Metodo interno MP015: determinazione di istamina nel pesce fresco e conservato”, ALA/ACCREDIA/ARPA Marche, Pesaro

 

Since 2016 her AICQ activity allowed to participate at many Conferences with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ACCREDIA, AICQ-SICEV:

  • 2016-2017 Working Group AICQ/ACCREDIA to revise ISO17025 Standard, Padua 
  • 2017, Speaker and Scientific Responsible “I PRINCIPI DI BUONA PRATICA DI LABORATORIO E LA CERTIFICAZIONE DEI CENTRI DI SAGGIO” in collaboration with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Bologna
  • 2017, Conference AICQ-ACCREDIA “LA NUOVA NORMA ISO 17025:2017 PER I LABORATORI DI PROVA E DI TARATURA”, Padua
  • 2017 Speaker and Responsible for the Seminar “FSSC22000 v.4.1: REQUISITI E COME SODDISFARLI”, AICQ-CN Milan
  • 2018 creation and validation of the Training Course AICQ-SICEV for Auditor/Lead Auditor Quality Management System (40 hours) AgriFood sector – Bio products, ISO9001, D.Lgs. n.20 23/02/2018
  • 2018, Working Group for the Training Course AICQ-SICEV “Le innovazioni della nuova ISO 19011:2018” (16 hours)
  • Since 2018 she is Member UNI/CT 003 "Agrifood commission” with the right to vote, member UNI/CT003/GL21 "Biostimulants" with the right to vote, member UNI/CT406 “Fertilizers” with the right to vote, member UNI/CT003/GL23 “Food Authenticity” with the right to vote.

Since 2019 she is one of theResponsible of the Training European Project ENVIRECA-ERASMUS+ with partnership of European Commission, AICQ, DU, FLA, HRC, CSM and EXELIA “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training” in the HORECA sector.

Maria Cristina Gambi
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine biology

Keywords: biodiversity, ecology, environmental factors, evolutionary biology, oceans, polychaetes, sea

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Senior investigator at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn di Napoli.

Professional career

M.C. Gambi got her Master's degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Siena in 1977 with the maximum score. From 1980 to 1982 she was a member of the Cooperative of Marine Biology, Hydrobiology and Aquaculture, "Coipa" (Rome). In 1983 she started her research activity as a scientist staff member of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, at the Benthic Ecology Laboratory, located in Villa Dohrn, Ischia. In 1986 he held a year post-doc Fullbright fellowship at the School of Oceanography of the University of Washington (WA, USA) and at the Friday Harbor Laboratories. Since 1992 she is senior researcher (equivalent to Associate Professor) of the Stazione Zoologica. She leaded the Antarctic benthic ecology programme of the Stazione Zoologica from 1990 to 2006, and she and her collaborators participated in twelve Antarctic expeditions and two sub-Antarctic cruises with Italian, German and Spanish organizations and research ships. From 2015 to 2018 she coordinated the Villa Dohrn-Benthic Ecology Center at Ischia. In 2014 she obtained the national scientific habilitation for Ecology (full professor) and Zoology (associate professor).

Scientific results

The research of Maria Cristina Gambi aims to study the diversity and evolutionary biology and ecology of marine benthic invertebrates with special focus on polychaetes (one of the most abundant and diverse groups of benthic assemblages) and their role as bioindicators and in the functioning of coastal benthic habitats. As part of her main results, Maria Cristina Gambi described 16 species of polychaetes new to science and a new and peculiar group of detritivores (debris consumers) in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica system of the Mediterranean and the Thalassia testudinum system in the Caribbean. She identified key species of polychaetes and other invertebrates resistant to various stress factors related to climate change, in particular to ocean acidification, that can be used as models to study acclimatization and adaptation to local conditions of this stressor and other forcing environmental factors. Actually, experimental research on climate change effects on polychaetes and zoobenthic communities are carried out both in the laboratory and in situ, utilizing submerged systems characterized by of emissions of CO2 of volcanic origin from the bottom (gas vents) which cause a natural acidification of the marine water and represent natural laboratories to study future scenario of climate change and ocean acidification. The studies conducted in these systems by M.C. Gambi pionereed the world international research on the effects of ocean acidification in the benthic biota.  

 

Editorial work and publications

From2005 to 2013 Editor, and from 2014 to present Associate Editor of the International Journal Marine Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell). 

She is author of over 270 scientific publications, including some books, and has edited various special issues of Marine Ecology (Wiley-Blackwell); the most recent and relevant publications are listed below: 

(2018) Teixido N, Gambi MC, Parravicini V, Kroeker K, Micheli F, Villeger S, Ballesteros E. Functional biodiversity loss along natural CO2 gradients. Nature Communications, 9(1). DOI.10.1038/s41467-018-07592-1.

(2018) Foo SA, ByrneM, RicevutoE, Gambi MC. The carbon dioxide vents of Ischia, Italy, a natural laboratory to assess impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems: an overview of research and comparisons with other vent systems. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 56, 237-310

(2017) Vizzini S, Martínez-Crego B, Andolina C, Massa-Gallucci A, Connell SD, Gambi MC. Ocean acidification as a driver of community simplification via the collapse of higher-order and rise of lower-order consumers. Scientific Report 7, 4018.DOI: http://10.0.4.14/s41598-017-03802-w

(2013) Kroeker K, Micheli F, Gambi MC. Ocean acidification causes ecosystem shifts via altered competitive interactions. Nature Climate Change, 3, 156-159. 
(2013) Kroeker KJ, Gambi MC, Micheli F. Altered recovery dynamics result in homogenous assemblages in an acidified ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS), 110 (31): 12721-12726. 
(2011) Kroeker KJ, Micheli F, Gambi MC, Martz TR. Divergent ecosystem responses within a benthic marine community to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), 108 (35), 14515-14520. 

Awards and prizes

She is member of the Italian Society of Marine Biology (S.I.B.M.) since 1977, where she participated in the Steering Committee of the Society from 2009 to 2012 and was for various times coordinator of the Benthos Committee. She also member of the Italian Zoological Association (U.Z.I.), and the Italian Association of Oceanology and Limnology (A.I.O.L.). She has been also a member of the GOSSOE group (Group of Specialists of Southern Ocean Ecology) of the S.C.A.R.-S.C.O.R.

From 1992 to 2001 she was the national representative of the Steering Committee of the International Polychaete Association (I.P.A.) (1992-2001) and from 2001 to 2004 she has been its President.

Sara Gandini
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: biostatistics, epidemiology

Keywords: colon cancer, melanoma, meta analysis, vitamin d

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Deputy Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the IEO (European Institute of Oncology) in Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Statistics at the University of Bologna in 1993, continuing her education through a specialization in Biometrics in 1995 at the University of Reading (UK). In 1996 she joined the IEO of Milan, when the Institute had just 2 years of activity behind it; there she constantly carried out research activities. In 2004 she obtained a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham (Public Health). Since 2009 she has been Deputy Director of the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Division of the IEO in Milan and in 2014 she became a Statistic consultant for the Multimedica Ethics Committee in Milan.

 

Scientific results

Sara Gandini, within the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the IEO, provides constant advice in a wide range of sectors, including statistical analysis of experiments and clinical studies, protocol development, interpretation and discussion of results. She collaborates with researchers around the world and has conducted extensive research on cancer epidemiology, including systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis, with the aim of better understanding the aetiology of cancer. In recent years her main interest has focused on the study of melanoma and the related risk factors that led to changing the classification of the International Agency for Cancer Research in Lyon, defining exposure to the full spectrum of ultraviolet as carcinogenic. Sara Gandini has thus come to analyze the role of vitamin D within the complex system of the human body, discovering a consistent association between low presence of vitamin D and propensity to the development of colon cancer. One of the most important results is certainly the meta-analysis study which demonstrates the lowering of the mortality rate due to each cause thanks to vitamin D. She is the scientific Principal Investigator of two randomized studies that she designed and promoted to evaluate the effect of vitamin D on the prognosis of patients with melanoma and colon cancer. In general, she believes in independent research and in her career she has dealt not only with primary prevention and the study of biomarkers, including Drug repositioning, with the re-use in oncology of the active ingredient of commercial drugs (Vitamin D, Metformin, Beta-blockers ...), on which there are no economic interests and investments by pharmaceutical companies.

Editorial work and publications

Sara Gandini is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals, including:

 

(2016) Le CP, Nowell CJ, Kim-Fuchs C, Botteri E, Hiller JG, Ismail H, Pimentel MA, Chai MG, Karnezis T, Rotmensz N, Renne G, Gandini S, et al. Chronic stress in mice remodels lymph vasculature to promote tumour cell dissemination. Nature Communications, 7:10634.

(2014) Gandini S, Puntoni M, Heckman-Stoddard BM, Dunn BK, Ford L, DeCensi A, Szabo E. Metformin and cancer risk and mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis taking into account biases and confounders. Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia), 7(9):867-85.

(2012) Boniol M, Autier P, Boyle P, Gandini S. Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal, 345:e4757.

(2012) Zittermann A, Iodice S, Pilz S, Grant WB, Bagnardi V, Gandini S. Vitamin D deficiency and mortality risk in the general population: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95(1):91-100.

(2011) Gandini S, Boniol M, Haukka J, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and colorectal, breast and prostate cancer and colorectal adenoma. International Journal of Cancer, 128(6):1414-24.

(2010) DeCensi A, Puntoni M, Goodwin P, Cazzaniga M, Gennari A, Bonanni B, Gandini S. Metformin and Cancer Risk in Diabetic Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cancer Prevention Research (Philadelphia), 3(11):1451-61.

(2007) Autier P, Gandini S. Vitamin D suppl. and total mortality - A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Archives of Internal Medicine, 167(16):1730-7.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: II. Sun exposure. European Journal of Cancer, 41(1):45-60.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: I. Common and atypical naevi. European Journal of Cancer, 41(1):28-44.

(2005) Gandini S, et al. Meta-analysis of risk factors for cutaneous melanoma: III. Family history, actinic damage and phenotypic factors. European Journal of Cancer, 41(14):2040-59.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2008 she won the Bruno Martinetto award for research on cancer prevention. In 2014 she was unanimously elected President of the independent scientific society EuroSkin that deals with primary prevention.

Cecilia Garlanda
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: immunology

Keywords: cancer cure, immunology, immunopathology, infections, inflammation, preclinical studies

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the Experimental Immunopathology Laboratory of the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan in 1990, she specialized in immunopathology working in Italian and foreign laboratories, such as the Immunology Laboratory of the "Mario Negri" Institute of Pharmacological Research from 1990 to 2005, and the Department of Molecular Biology of the Grenoble Nuclear Studies Center for the two-year period 1994-1995. She is currently in charge of the Laboratory of Experimental Immunopathology at the Humanitas Clinical Institute. Her interests concern the cells of the immune system and the characterization of their biological activity, innate immunity to pathogens and regulation of inflammatory processes.

 

Scientific results

The research group in charge of Cecilia Garlanda is focused on the study of the PTX3 molecule, the innate immunity molecule involved in resistance to fungal, bacterial and viral infections, and in the regulation of inflammation. Recently the group pointed out that PTX3 creates an environment hostile to tumor growth, regulating the inflammation that is generated in the tumor microenvironment. Cecilia Garlanda also engages in pre-clinical studies and in studies aimed at the possibility of transferring the information obtained to clinical activity.

 

Editorial work and publications

Author of over 165 scientific publications, including:

 

(2015) Doni A, Musso T, Morone D, Bastone A, Zambelli V, Sironi M, Castagnoli C, Cambieri I, Stravalaci M, Pasqualini F, Laface I, Valentino S, Tartari S, Ponzetta A, Maina V, Barbieri SS, Tremoli E, Catapano AL, Norata GD, Bottazzi B, Garlanda C, Mantovani A. An acidic microenvironment sets the humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 in a tissue repair mode. J Exp Med, 1;212(6):905-25.

(2015) Bonavita E, Gentile S, Rubino M, Maina V, Papait R, Kunderfranco P, Greco C, Feruglio F, Molgora M, Laface I, Tartari S, Doni A, Pasqualini F, Barbati E, Basso G, Galdiero MR, Nebuloni M, Roncalli M, Colombo P, Laghi L, Lambris JD, Jaillon S, Garlanda C, Mantovani A. PTX3 is an extrinsic oncosuppressor regulating complement-dependent inflammation in cancer. Cell, 12;160(4):700-14.

(2014) Jaillon S, Moalli F,  Ragnarsdottir B, Bonavita E, Riva F,  Barbati E, Nebuloni M, Cvetko Krajinovic L, Markotic A, Valentino S,  Doni A, Tartari S, Graziani G, Montanelli A, Delneste Y, Svanborg C, Garlanda C,  Mantovani A. The humoral pattern recognition molecule PTX3 is a key component of innate immunity against urinary tract infection. Immunity, 17;40(4):621-32.

(2013) Garlanda C, Dinarello CA, Mantovani A, The interleukin-1 family: back to the future. Immunity, 12;39(6):1003-18.

(2010) Moalli F, Doni A, Deban L, Zelante T, Zagarella S, Bottazzi B, Romani L, Mantovani A, and Garlanda C. Role of complement and Fcg receptors in the protective activity of the long pentraxin PTX3 against Aspergillus fumigatus. Blood, 9;116(24):5170-80.

(2007) Garlanda C, Riva F, Veliz T, Polentarutti N, Pasqualini F, Radaelli E, Sironi M, Nebuloni M, Zorini EO, Scanziani E, Mantovani A. Increased susceptibility to colitis-associated cancer of mice lacking TIR8, an inhibitory member of the interleukin-1 receptor family. Cancer Research, 1;67(13):6017-21.

(2005) Garlanda C, Bottazzi B, Bastone A, Mantovani A. Pentraxins at the crossroads between innate immunity, inflammation, matrix deposition, and female fertility. Annual Review of Immunology, 23: 337-366.

(2004) Garlanda C, Riva F, Polentarutti N, Buracchi C, Sironi M, De Bortoli M, Muzio M, Bergottini R, Scanziani E, Vecchi A, Hirsch A, Mantovani A. Intestinal inflammation in mice deficient in Tir8, an inhibitory member of the IL-1 receptor family. Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences of the United States of America, 101: 3522-3526.

(2002) Garlanda C, Hirsch E, Bozza S, Salustri A, De Acetis M, Nota R, Maccagno A, Riva F, Bottazzi B, Peri G, Doni A, Vago L, Botto M, De Santis R, Carminati P, Siracusa G, Altruda F, Vecchi A, Romani L, Mantovani A. Non-redundant role of the long pentraxin PTX3 in anti-fungal innate immune response. Nature, 420: 182-186.

(2000) Hirsch E, Katanaev V L, Garlanda C, Azzolino O, Pirola L, Silengo L, Sozzani S, Mantovani A, Altruda F, Wymann MP. Central role for G protein-coupled phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma in inflammation. Science, 287: 1049-1053.

 

Amalia Gastaldelli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biomedical engineering, physiopathology, translational medicine

Keywords: diabetes, liver, metabolic diseases, metabolism, obesity, pollutant endocrine disruptors, preventive medicine

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

She is director of the Cardiometabolic Risk Laboratory and Coordinator of human metabolic research at the Clinical Physiology Institute of the CNR of Pisa, she is also Adjunct associate professor at the Division of Diabetes, University of Texas Health at San Antonio, USA.

Professional career

After graduating in 1990 in Electronic Engineering with a specialization in Bioengineering at the University of Padua, she continued her education with a PhD in Bioengineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan and a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health, specialized in Human Physiology , at the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, where she was a fellow from 1991 to 1995. In that period her research focused on the physiological mechanisms that regulate the metabolism of sugars, lipids and proteins using innovative techniques based on the infusion of tracers marked with stable isotopes measured in mass spectrometry, and on their kinetics’ analysis by mathematical models. In 1995 she returned to Italy to found the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the CNR, in the Unit of Metabolism and Nutrition of Pisa. From 2008 to 2009 she was Director of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory of the G. Monasterio Foundation of Pisa and then in 2009 she returned as a researcher to the CNR Clinical Physiology Institute of Pisa to the CNR, where she founded the Cardiometabolic Risk Laboratory and coordinated research metabolic in humans. In addition to research, she has also been involved in the academic career since 2011: she was first Assistant, then Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Diabetes Division, in San Antonio; from 2006 to 2011 she was a contract professor at the Faculty of Engineering (a degree course in Biomedical Engineering) of the University of Pisa.
Since 2010 she has been a member of the board of directors of the American College of Nutrition (ACN) and she has been directing its European Chapter. In 2012 she founded the study group on non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis (NAFLD) of the European Society for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and since then she has been leading it.

 

Scientific results

Amalia Gastaldelli is a PhD specialized in human physiology, an expert in the study of human metabolism, cardio-metabolic risk and glucose and lipid metabolism pathologies, such as insulin resistance, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis. Her multidisciplinary training allowed her to carry out translational research to study human metabolism. Using tracers marked with stable isotopes and mathematical models she showed that the liver is central to proper metabolic functioning. She was among the first to show how fasting hyperglycemia in diabetic patients is mainly due to excessive hepatic glucose production by gluconeogenesis and how patients with fatty liver (NAFLD) have an altered metabolism not only in the liver, but also in the muscle and adipose tissue. She holds several European grants that study the physiopathological mechanisms of NAFLD. At the same time she was a co-investigator in many clinical trials that studied the mechanism of action of antidiabetic drugs such as: PPAR + receptor agonists (TZD), able to increase insulin sensitivity in various organs and to decrease liver fat; the agonists of the GLP-1 hormone produced by the intestine which act as incretins stimulating the production of insulin; and DPP4 enzyme inhibitors responsible for its degradation. A new line of research investigates the impact of pollutants that act as endocrine disruptors on the health of adults and children.

Editorial work and publications

Amalia Gastaldelli is an Associate Editor and a member of the Commitee for the publication of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, she is on the Editorial Board of the World Journal of Hepatology and World Journal of Diabetes, and is a reviewer for over twenty international peer review journals. She is the author of over 200 scientific articles and book chapters including:

 

(2016) Gastaldelli A, Gaggini M, Daniele G, Ciociaro D, Cersosimo E, Tripathy D, Triplitt C, Fox P, Musi N, DeFronzo R, Iozzo P. Exenatide improves both hepatic and adipose tissue insulin resistance: A dynamic positron emission tomography study. Hepatology, 64(6), 2028-2037.

 

(2016) EASL, Marchesini G, Day CP, Dufour JF, Canbay A, Nobili V, Ratziu V, Tilg H, EASD, Roden M, Gastaldelli A, Yki-Järvinen H, Schick F, EASO, Vettor R, Frühbeck G, Mathus-Vliegen L. EASL-EASD-EASO Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Journal of Hepatology, 64(6), 1388-1402.

 

(2014) Salehi M, Gastaldelli A, D'Alessio DA. Blockade of glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor corrects postprandial hypoglycemia after gastric bypass. Gastroenterology, 146(3), 669-680 e662.

 

(2013) DeFronzo RA, Tripathy D, Schwenke DC, Banerji M, Bray GA, Buchanan TA, Clement SC, Henry RR, Kitabchi AE, Mudaliar S, Ratner RE, Stentz FB, Musi N, Reaven PD, Gastaldelli A, Study AN. Prediction of diabetes based on baseline metabolic characteristics in individuals at high risk. Diabetes Care 36(11):3607-3612.

(2012) Bradley D, Conte C, Mittendorfer B, Eagon JC, Varela JE, Fabbrini E, Gastaldelli A, Chambers KT, Su X, Okunade A, Patterson BW, Klein S. Gastric bypass and banding equally improve insulin sensitivity and beta cell function. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 122(12), 4667-4674.

 

(2009) Gastaldelli A, Kozakova M, Hojlund K, Flyvbjerg A, Favuzzi A, Mitrakou A, Balkau B, Risc Investigators. Fatty liver is associated with insulin resistance, risk of coronary heart disease, and early atherosclerosis in a large European population. Hepatology, 49(5), 1537-1544.

 

(2007) Gastaldelli A, Cusi K, Pettiti M, Hardies J, Miyazaki Y, Berria R, Buzzigoli E, Sironi AM, Cersosimo E, Ferrannini E, DeFronzo RA. Relationship between hepatic/visceral fat and hepatic insulin resistance in nondiabetic and type 2 diabetic subjects. Gastroenterology, 133(2), 496-506.

 

(2006) Belfort R, Harrison SA, Brown K, Darland C, Finch J, Hardies J, Balas B, Gastaldelli A, Tio F, Pulcini J, Berria R, Ma JZ, Dwivedi S, Havranek R, Fincke C, DeFronzo R, Bannayan GA, Schenker S, Cusi K. A placebo-controlled trial of pioglitazone in subjects with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. The New England Journal of Medicine, 355(22), 2297-2307.

 

(2004) Gastaldelli A, Ferrannini E, Miyazaki Y, Matsuda M, DeFronzo RA, San Antonio Metabolism study. Beta-cell dysfunction and glucose intolerance: results from the San Antonio metabolism (SAM) study. Diabetologia, 47(1), 31-39.  

(2000) Gastaldelli A, Baldi S, Pettiti M, Toschi E, Camastra S, Natali A, Landau BR, Ferrannini E. Influence of obesity and type 2 diabetes on gluconeogenesis and glucose output in humans: a quantitative study. Diabetes, 49(8), 1367-1373.

 

Awards and prizes

During her university career, Amalia Gastaldelli received numerous awards, including over 80 readings by invitation in national and international congresses. In 1998, she was awarded the Glaxo Wellcome / EASD Burden of Diabetes prize for the study of gluconeogenesis and in 2016 she joined the Top Italian Scientist for Biomedical Sciences. She participated in many scientific commissions for the organization of national and international congresses and for the selection of international research projects (grant), and is a member of several international scientific societies.
She is also the scientific director of the European Chapter of the American College of Nutrition (ACN), a professional organization created to promote scientific research in the field of nutritional sciences; she is president of the European study group for non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis NAFLD-EASD and member of the Steering Committee of the EGIR group (European Group for the Study of Insulin Resistance).

 

Simonetta Gentile
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: atlas project, CERN, higgs boson, neutrinos, nucleons, particle physics

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the La SapienzaUniversity of Rome

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Physics at the University La Sapienza of Rome in 1974, she received a training grant at the same University from 1975 to 1981. In 1978 she graduated from the School of Specialization in Physics (Nuclear Physics)(corresponding to a nowadays PhD). From 1980 to 1982 she was a two-year research  fellow at the Division of Experimental Physics of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). In 1981 she worked as researcher at the La SapienzaUniversity of Rome until 1988 when she became an associate professor at the University of Calabria. In 1992  and 1993 and in1999 and 2000 she returned to CERN as Visiting Scientist. In 1992 she moved as associate professor at University La Sapienza. Since 2011 she is  Full Professor of Experimental Physics at La Sapienza in Rome.

Scientific results

The research sector, in which Simonetta Gentile is dedicated, concerns the Experimental Physics of Elementary Particles. Her lines of investigation follow the Standard Model (the theory that describes three of the four known fundamental forces: the strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions, and all the elementary particles connected to them) or the Neutrino Physics, the structure functions of the nucleons, the properties of the intermediate bosons Z and W and the search for the Higgs bosons. It is currently part of the ATLAS project (A Toroidal LHC ApparatuS), one of six particle detectors built for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the particle accelerator at CERN, in Switzerland. Simonetta Gentile is also involved in research and development for particle detectors for future accelerators. During her career, she participates in experiments aimed at identifying triggers and detectors of mu-mesons (muons, sort of heavy electrons). She collaborated with the Fermi Laboratory of Batavia (Chicago) in the search for particles with charm and with NASA working  at AMS, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a detector used in particle physics installed since 19 May 2011 on the International Space Station. It is designed for the research of new types of particles (antimatter, dark matter, strange matter) through the high-precision measurement of the composition of cosmic rays. Its measures will help scientists understand the laws behind the formation of the universe.

Editorial work and publications

Publishing activities and publications she is the author of numerous international publications, including:

 

(2018) Gentile S. , ATLAS [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2856], Observation of Higgs boson production in association with a top quark pair at the LHC with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Lett. B 784 (2018) 173.

(2018) Gentile S. , ATLAS [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2856],  Evidence for the associated production of the Higgs boson and a top quark pair with the ATLAS detector,Phys.Rev. D97 (2018) no.7, 072003.

(2017) Gentile S. , ATLAS Search for the dimuon decay of the Higgs boson in pp collisions at √s = 13 TeV with the ATLAS detectorPhys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 051802

(2016) Gentile S.,ATLAS & CMS Collaboration, Measurements of the Higgs boson production and decay rates and constraints on its couplings from a combined ATLAS and CMS analysis of the LHCppcollision data ats=7 and 8 TeV, JHEP 08 (2016) 045

(2015) Gentile S.,ATLAS Search for the associated production of the Higgs boson with a top quark pair in multilepton final states with the ATLAS detector, Physics Letters B 749 (2015) 519-541

(2013) Corcella G, Gentile S. Heavy Neutral Gauge Bosons at LHC in an Extended MSSM.Nuclear Physics B, 866:293-366.
(2012) Gentile S. Z 'production at LHC in an extended MSSM.Proceedings of Science, 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Melbourne, Australia.
(2012) Gentile S. Phenomenology of new heavy neutral gauge bosons in an extended MSSM. Nuovo Cimento C, 035:349-360.
(2012) Aad et al. [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2932]. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC"G. Physics Letters B 716, 1.
(2010) Gentile S. Systematics in charged Higgs search in ATLAS. Proceedings of Science, Third International Workshop on Prospects for charged Higgs Discovery at colliders-CHARGED2010, Uppsala, Sweden.
(2009) Gentile S. ATLAS search for MSSM Higgs bosons decaying into SUSY cascades. ATLAS Collaboration, ATL-PHYS-PUB-2009-079.
(2009) Gentile S. The ATLAS discovery potential for MSSM neutral Higgs bosons decaying into muon, tau. supersymmetric particle pairs. Balkan Physics Letters 16:109-113. Proceedings International Conference on Particle Physics in Memoriam Ergin Arik and Her collegues, Istanbul,Turkey.
(2008) Gentile S. ATLAS MSSM Higgs search in SUSY cascade. Proceedings of Science, Prospects for Charged Higgs Discovery at Collider, Uppsala, Sweden.
(2008) Fidecaro M, Gentile S. Il tassello mancante - la particella di Higgs. Giornale di Fisica, 49(2).
(2008) Gentile S. Detect MSSM neutral Higgs bosons at LHC. Proceedings Les Rencontres de physique de La Valle d'Aoste, La Thuile, 497-518.
(2007) Gentile S, Bilokon H, Chiarella V, Nicoletti G. The ATLAS discovery potential for MSSM neutral Higgs bosons decaying to a mu+mu- pair in the mass range up to 130 GeV. The European Physical Journal C, 229-245.

 

Anna Gervasoni
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital

Keywords: private banking, private equity, startup, venture capital

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Business Economics and Management at LIUC Cattaneo University. General Manager of AIFI, Italian Private Equity, Venture Capital and Private Debt Association.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at Bocconi University in Milan, she has been a Board Member for more than a decade in the company Idea SpA (Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering), a medium-sized family business specialized in the design for the automotive industry. She has served as statutory auditor and board member in listed and non-listed companies including: Saipem SpA, Same Deutz-Fahr SpA, Mittel SpA. She has actively collaborated with Confindustria as a member of the “Innovation” Committee and the “Infrastructures, Logistics and Mobility” Technical Committee. She has actively worked with the Milan Chamber of Commerce on issues related to the financing and development of small and medium-sized enterprises and with reference to the Observatory on Transport, Environment and Infrastructures. From 1985 to 2001, she collaborated with Bocconi University, where since 1989 she has been Adjunct Professor of Business Economics and Management, specialized in the issue of finance for small and medium-sized businesses. She has actively cooperated with the “Institute of Studies and Research A. Lorenzetti” in the same University. First Researcher at the Faculty of Economics of LIUC Cattaneo University, then Associate Professor of Business Economics and Management (SECS-P / 08), from January 2011 she won the competition for a place as Full Professor of Business Economics and Management (SECS- P / 08). She holds many business finance courses. As regards the post-graduate training proposal, she is Director of Master Degree in Merchant Banking and Private Capital. She is Director of Center for Development and Innovation of LIUC Business School. She chairs the Scientific Committee of the Private Equity Monitor - PEM Observatory and the Venture Capital Monitor - VEM Observatory, active in the same University.

 

Scientific results

Her research activity mainly concerns the field of corporate finance, with particular reference to alternative financing instruments for companies, such as private equity, venture capital and private debt. In particular, even through some active observatories at the LIUC Cattaneo University, she is involved in analyzing the Italian private capital market and its main characteristics. Within this sphere, great attention is devolved to the start-up chain and to the related financing tools. Another field of research is focused on private banking, with a constant monitoring of the whole industry and of some of its peculiar characteristics, as well as with the analysis of some relevant and meaningful issues.

Editorial work and publications

Anna Gervasoni is the author of over 50 publications, including:

·         Manuale internazionale: Private equity and venture capital, edited by Anna Gervasoni, London, Risk Books, June 2014.

·         Dieci lezioni di finanza d’impresa. Business e impresa, by Anna Gervasoni, Milano. Guerini Next, ottobre 2014.

·         Come finanziare l’impresa. Oltre la banca: minibond, private equity, venture capital, crowfunding e altri strumenti, byAnna Gervasoni, Milano, Guerini Next, dicembre 2014.

·         Private equity e venture capital. Manuale di investimento nel capitale di rischio, by Anna Gervasoni and Fabio L. Sattin, Milano, Guerini Next, marzo 2015).

Awards and prizes

In June 2002 she was given the Honorary title of “Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana” by the president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Mariassunta Giannetti
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance, financial market, international finance

Keywords: finance, growth law, institutions

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics
Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research, London, UK, Financial Economics Program

Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels, Belgium

Professional career

Mariassunta Giannetti is an internationally renowned researcher, winner of numerous awards, currently professor of finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. Giannetti holds or has held a vast number of positions in the editorial boards of international newspapers and other academic organizations. She has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California Los Angeles and she has a degree in Economic and Social Disciplines and a Masters degree from Bocconi University. She is the author of over 30 scientific articles in corporate finance published in prestigious international newspapers.

 

Scientific results

Mariassunata deals with the financing of companies for the stability of financial systems.

Editorial work and publications

(2018) Giannetti M, Kahraman B. Open-end Organizational Structures and Limits to Arbitrage.Review of Financial Studies, 31-2, 773-810; Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality Best Paper Award, Runner Up.

(2017) Giannetti M, Favara G. Forced Asset Sales and the Concentration of Outstanding Debt: Evidence from the Mortgage Market. Journal of Finance, 72,3:1081-1118-

(2017) Giannetti M, Liberti J, Sturgess J. Information Sharing and Rating Manipulation. Review of Financial Studies, 30,9:3269–3304. 

(2016) Giannetti M, Wang T. Corporate Scandals and Household Stock Market Participation. Journal of Finance, 71, 6:2591-2636.

(2015) Giannetti M, Liao G, Yu X. The Brain Gain of Corporate Boards: Evidence from China. Journal of Finance, 70,4:1629-1682, 2015; Winner of the Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award, 2016

(2013) Cella C, Ellul A, Giannetti M. Investors' Horizons and the Amplification of Market Shocks. Review of Financial Studies, 26,7:1607-1648 (Lead Article).

(2013) Giannetti M, Simonov A. On the real effects of bank bailouts: Micro-Evidence from Japan. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 5,1:135-167.

(2012) Giannetti M, Laeven L. The Flight Home Effect: Evidence from the Syndicated Loan Market During Banking Crises. Journal of Financial Economics, 104,1:23-43.

(2012) Giannetti M, Laeven L. Flight Home, Flight Abroad, and International Credit Cycles. American Economic Review, 102, 3:219-224.

(2012) Giannetti M, YafehY.Do Cultural Differences Between Contracting Parties Matter?  Evidence from Syndicated Bank Loans. Management Science, 58,2:365-383.

(2011) Burkart M, Ellingsen T, Giannetti M. What you sell is what you lend? Explaining trade credit contracts. Review of Financial Studies, 24,4: 1261-1298.

(2009) Giannetti M, Laeven L. Pension reform, ownership structure and corporate governance: Evidence from a natural experiment. Review of Financial Studies, 22,10:4091-4127.

(2006) Giannetti M, Simonov A. Which investors fear expropriation? Evidence from investors’ portfolio choices. Journal of Finance, 61,3: 1507-1547.

Awards and prizes

Standard Life Investments Finance Prize ECGI Finance Series, 2017

Bank of England and EBRD: 6th MoFiR Workshop on Banking, keynote speaker, 2017

Rising Star in Finance (NYU-Fordham-Imperial College), 2016

Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award, China’s highest award for economists, Beijing, 2016

European Central Bank Duisenberg Fellow, 2016-2017

European Financial Management Conference, “Merton H. Miller” keynote lecture, 2015

Best Paper Award, Journal of Financial Intermediation, 2014

18th International Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance, Crete, Greece, keynote speaker, 2014

Swedish Economic Association Conference, Umea, keynote speaker, 2014

Assar Lindbeck Medal, awarded biennially to an outstanding young economist in Sweden, 2013

 

Stefania Giannini
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International politics area

Competences: artificial intelligence, cultural diplomacy, education for peace and development, Education in Emergencies, post-crisis and conflict environments, Education Policy and Planning, Gender Equality for Development, linguistics, PVE (Prevention violence and extremism through education, culture and science), Science Diplomacy, sociolinguistics, sustainable development

Keywords: education, gender equality, hate speech and violent extremism conducive terrorism, higher education and research infrastructures, inclusion, quality and inclusive education, refugees, Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO.

Professional career

Stefania Giannini was appointed Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top United Nations official in the field of education. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO’s Education Sector in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4.

With an academic background is in the Humanities (PhD in Linguistics), Giannini became Professor of Linguistics in 1992 and served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first female Rectors and the youngest at that time in Italy.

She was member of the Selection Committee of the Erasmus Mundus programme in Brussels (2005 – 2009), the person responsible for international relations in the Committee of The Conference of Italian University Rectors (2006 – 2010) and a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Italian Culture Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006 – 2011). 

Later on, Giannini was Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016).

Giannini also chaired the Education and Competitiveness Council of the European Union during the Italian Presidency (July – December 2014), working to promote the importance of creativity, cultural heritage and innovation as tools for dialogue between diverse populations, with a view to preventing radicalization and extremism.

Scientific results

Ms Giannini has devoted her career to promoting education as a fundamental human right, through the importance of language, lifelong learning, culture, freedom of expression and identity, in an effort to ensure more inclusive and equal societies.

Ms Giannini coordinated a number of relevant international projects in the field of higher education and research, contributing to the improvement of university cooperation between Europe and several other countries, from the United States to countries in Asia as well as the Middle East and North Africa region.

In her role as Senator of the Italian Republic and Minister of Education, Universities and Research, Ms Giannini developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and targeting cultural awareness.

Editorial work and publications

Selection of recent publications:

[2019] Giannini S., Editing and preface of Human Learning in the Digital EraUNESCO;

[2019] Giannini S., Right to education handbookUNESCO;

[2019] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for TeachersUNESCO;

[2018] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to Behind the numbers: ending school violence and bullyingUNESCO;

[2018] Giannini S., Editing and foreword to Guidebook on education for sustainable development for educators: effective teaching and learning in teacher education institutions in AfricaUNESCO.

Over 50 publications, including monographs and articles in specialized national and international sector magazines.

Awards and prizes

Grand’Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana;

Honorary Professor at Bejing Beiwei University.

Valeria Giannotta
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International politics area

Competences: international relations, UE-Turkey relations

Keywords: Middle East, Turkey

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of International Relations at the University of the Turkish Aereonautical Association in Ankara

Professional career

She studied in Milan at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, where she graduated in Political Science and International Relations with the highest grades (110/110) and where she received a summa cum laude degree in International Relations and European Integration. At the Catholic University of Milan she also got a PhD in Institutions and Policies with a thesis on "AKP (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) and its Conservative Democracy program". She has been active in Turkey since March 2009 as a researcher and lecturer. In addition to her current position, she worked at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Sabahattin Zaim University in Istanbul and as a visiting scholar at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara, chairing the course on the democratization process in Muslim countries, and at Gazikent University in Gaziantep. Previously she was a visiting researcher at the Department of International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and in Ankara she collaborated with the Center for European Studies at the University of Ankara (ATAUM) and at the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES). As a Turkey expert, she collaborates with Think Tanks and participates in high-level strategic meetings. She is the author of numerous analyzes and articles that she has presented internationally as well. Among other things, she is the scientific coordinator of EİEAD (European Institute of Eurasian Dialogue), amember of the editorial committee of Mondo Operaio, a journal of politics and society and member of the scientific committee of ReaCT (National Observatory on Radicalism and for the Contrast to Terrorism).  From 2018 she has been regularly collaborated on issues of international importance as op-ed for the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah and as an analyst for the digital platform The New Turkey. From 2019 shi is director of Dal 2019 è Direttrice scientifica dell'Osservatorio Turchia- CeSPI. For her analytical objectivity and her commitment to supporting Italian diplomacy in Turkey, in 2017 she was awarded by the title Cavaliere della Stella di Italia by the Presidency of the Italian Republic.

Scientific results

Since 2009 she has been focusing on Turkey and Turkish politics. She studied from within the AKP phenomenon and the normalization and transformation processes of Turkish politics, culminating in the executive presidentialism in June 2018. Specifically, her research interests concern the Turkish democratic transition within contemporary Turkish politics, the Turkey-EU relations, Turkish foreign policy and relations between religion and politics. She regularly lectures and gives seminars on international relations and Turkey at universities and Thin Tanks. She takes part in panels and conferences and she is called to give her contribution to radio and television programs, newspapers and journals

 

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Giannotta V., Trump, il Mediorente e la Turchia, inQuarenghi A. (ed.),Trump e l'ordine internazionale. Continuità e discontinuità nella politica estera statunitense del XXI secolo, Egea, 2018.

[2018] Giannotta V., Erdoğan e il suo Partito. AKP tra riformismo e conservatorismo, Castelvecchi, 2018. 

[2016] Giannotta V., Narratives of the Past and Cultural Heritage in Turkish Party Politics: from Republican Political Myth to Conservative Counter- revolution, in Raudvere, C. (ed.), Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past: History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World,Routledge, London, 2016. 

[2015] Giannotta V., Il partito della Nazione,in Mondoperaio, ottobre 2015. 

[2014] Giannotta V., La Turchia e l’Azerbaijan(Turkey and Azerbaijan), in Locatelli, A. e Carati, A. Le Relazioni İnternazionali Dell’Azerbaijan,Sandro Teti ed., Roma.  

[2013] Giannotta V., La Turchia dopo la primavera Araba (Turkey after the Arab Spring), in Locatelli A., e Parsi, V. E. (ed.),L’onda lunga delle Primavere arabe,Vita e Pensiero, Milano.

[2013] Giannotta V., European Paradox, Cypriot anathema, in Rivista della Cooperazione Giuridica Internazionale (İnternational Cooperation Law Review), XXV, 43.

[2013] Giannotta V., AKP as Social and Political Center, in ISZU, journal of Social Sciences, spring issue, 2013.

Awards and prizes

"Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia", awarded by the Presidency of the Republic of Italy for the objectivity of analysis and activity in support of Italian diplomacy and efforts in building cultural bridge between Italy and Turkey.

The book Erdoğan e il suo partito. AKP tra Riformismo e conservatorismo got awarded with the Italian special Prize Cerruglio 2019 on contemporary essays. 

Raffaella Giavazzi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncological biology, pharmacology, translational research

Keywords: angiogenesis, anticancer drugs, cancer, ovarian cancer, tumor metastases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Research Coordinator, Mario Negri Institute, Milan

Professional career

She obtained a Biological Sciences degree at the University of Milan, Italy, and then the qualification to practice as a biologist. She continued her studies with a PhD in Biology and Pharmacology at the Post-graduate School of Professional Education at the Mario Negri Institute and achieved her residency in Pharmacology at the University of Milan.

She spent several years abroad, in the US, where she worked as a post-doc Fellow in the Cancer Metastasis and Treatment Laboratory, NCI-FCRDC, Frederick (MD) and as Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Cell Biology of M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumour Institute, University of Texas in Houston.

She is Head of the Laboratory of Cancer Metastasis Therapeutics at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research since 1986, and starting from October 2018 she is the Research Coordinator of the Mario Negri Institute in Milan.

She was President of the Italian Cancer Society (2005-2007), in the board of the European Association for Cancer Research (2008-2012) and in the Board of Directors at the University of Trento (2012-2018).

Scientific results

Raffaella Giavazzi’s research interests are in the field of tumor biology and pharmacology with a specific interest in the metastatic process and tumor angiogenesis. She is involved in the pre-clinical and clinical development of new therapeutics against cancer, with particular involvement in ovarian and pancreatic cancer.

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Giavazzi has published approximately 200 articles in the field of Cancer Research, including:
(2018) Resovi A, Bani MR, Porcu L, Anastasia A, Minoli L, Allavena P, Cappello P, Novelli F, Scarpa A, Morandi E, Falanga A, Torri V, Taraboletti G, Belotti D, Giavazzi R. Soluble stroma-related biomarkers of pancreatic cancer.Embo Molecular Medicine, 10(8), pii: e8741, doi: 10.15252/emmm.201708741.

 (2016) Cesca M, Morosi L, Berndt A, Fuso Nerini I, Frapolli R, Richter P, Decio A, Dirsch O, Micotti E, Giordano S, D’Incalci M, Davoli E, Zucchetti M, Giavazzi R. Bevacizumab-induced inhibition of angiogenesis promotes a more homogeneous intratumoral distribution of paclitaxel, improving the antitumor response. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics,15(1):125-35.
(2014) Ricci R, Bizzaro F, Cesca M, Guffanti F, Ganzinelli M, Decio A, Ghilardi C, Perego P, Fruscio R, Buda A, Milani R, Ostano P, Chiorino G, Bani MR, Damia G, Giavazzi R. A platform of patient-derived tumor xenografts (EOC-xenografts) to recapitulate the clinicopathology and genetic alterations of ovarian cancer. Cancer Research, 74(23):6980-90.
(2013) Rovida A, Castiglioni V, Decio A, Scarlato V, Scanziani E, Giavazzi R, Cesca M. Chemotherapy counteracts metastatic dissemination induced by antiangiogenic treatment in mice.Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 12(10):2237-47.
(2012) Moschetta M, Pretto F, Berndt A, Galler K, Richter P, Bassi A, Oliva P, Micotti E, Valbusa G, Schwager K, Kaspar M, Trachsel E, Kosmehl H, Bani MR, Neri D, Giavazzi R. Paclitaxel enhances the therapeutic efficacy of the F8-IL2 immunocytokine to EDA-fibronectin positive metastatic human melanoma xenografts. Cancer Research, 72(7):1814-24.

Awards and prizes

Researcher Career Award “Lega Italiana per la lotta contro i tumori” (2003); “Giorgio Prodi” Lecturship, Italian Cancer Society (2012); Top Italian Women Scientists 2016; Researcher Career Award “5th Simon Karpatkin Memorial Lecture” (2018).

Rosa Maria Gili
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International politics area

Competences: diplomacy, international politics, international relations

Keywords: Arabic League, Bahrein, European institutions, European Union, Gulf countries, Iraq, Kuwait, Middle East, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Union for the Mediterranean, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

European Union Official: Head of Division at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

Professional career

Graduated in Law at the Federico II University of Naples in 1990, she immediately turned to international studies following a path at the Diplomatic School of the Italian Foreign Ministry followed by a post-graduate in European Community Law. After a brief period as an Attorney at a Neapolitan Law Firm, he began his career at the European institutions entering the Commission as an official in 1994. From the beginning she was responsible for international affairs, alternating positions in Brussels (legal and institutional matters concerning the EU's international relations, relations with the United Nations, responsible for the negotiation of the first Association Agreement with Croatia and the first stages of negotiation for accession) and positions within Embassies/Delegation of the European Commission (Morocco, Indonesia, Lebanon). She returned in Brussels in 2012 when the new European External Action Service (the European "Foreign Ministry") was formed to become responsible for the Middle East (Gulf Countries, Iraq , Yemen and regional organizations of the Arab world), firstly as an additional Head of Division and later as Head of Division. 

Scientific results

With 25 years of experience in institutions, particularly in European diplomatic relations she has acquired not only a thorough knowledge of the European reality and of the different countries she worked on, but that right mix of analytical and operational skills, theoretical knowledge and contacts on the ground, which allow to bring a critical, realistic and pragmatic look to the world of diplomacy.

Giorgia Giovannetti
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International politics area

Competences: development policy, European economy, international economics and policy

Keywords: belt and road, Brexit, China, economic development, emerging countries, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, productivity, social protection, Sub Saharan Africa

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Full professor of Political Economics and pro rector at University of Florence

Professional career

Giorgia Giovannetti is vice president for international relations and full professor of economics at the University of Florence, visiting professor at the European University Institute (EUI) and New York University - Florence, and member of the "Consiglio di reggenza" of the Bank of Italy-Florence. She was the scientific director of the first and second European Development Report (ERD 2009 and 2010); she directed the research unit of the Italian trade Agency-ICE (2005-2007). She has a PhD in economics from Cambridge-UK and a degree with honors in Statistics from Rome-Sapienza. She was a fellow of Trinity College in Cambridge (1990-1995) and a visiting professor at several universities (Pompeu Fabra University -UPF, Hoover Institution- Stanford, Universitat Torcuato de Tella). She is (or has been) member of the editorial boards of IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook (since 2010); Rapporto Commercio estero, ICE (since 2004); Italian Economy, Journal of Unicredit (2011-2014); Manlio Masi Foundation (since 2007), Italian Economic Journal, from 2017. She has published in important academic journals and presented at major international conferences. She has been a consultant to MAECI, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Trade, European Commission, World Bank, Global Development Center. She is a fellow of the Luca D’Agliano study center and of the Ferdi Foundation (Clermont Ferrand).

 

Scientific results

Giorgia Giovannetti's research activity is mainly on international economics and development economics. Giovannetti has dedicated itself to studying firms’ productivity and competitiveness both in industrial countries (with particular attention to Italy) and in developing countries. More specifically, she studied how participation in global value chains affects firms’ productivity, as well as the possibility of a country to exploit development opportunities. She also studied the Chinese economy both to understand if and to what extent Chinese exports "crowd out" the Italian and German ones and those of African countries, and to identify the reasons behind Chinese investments along the Belt and Road Initiative. Over time, she has studied European economy and Brexit, the problems of African countries in situation of fragility and conflict, as well as the role of social protection in developing countries.

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Giovannetti, G., The Dynamics of Foreign Direct Investments in Land and Pollution Accumulation, Environmental and Resource Economics with Borghesi, S., Iannucci GL and Russo. 

[2018] Giovannetti, G., The Role of Trade and Offshoring in the Determination of Relative Wages and Child Labour, in The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development RJTE Global, with S. Cigno and L. Sabani, volume 27, number 3.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Del Prete, D., Marvasi, E., Global Value Chains: new evidence for North Africa, International Economics, November 2017, Volume 153, Issue 4, pp 675–701.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., MArvasi, E., Governance, value chain positioning and firms' heterogeneous performance: The case of Tuscany, International Economics, 2017.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Del Prete, D., Marvasi, E., Value Chains Participation and Productivity Gains for North African Firms, Review of World Economy.

[2017] Giovannetti, G., Ricchiuti, G., Velucchi, M., Size and technology: The Odd Couple for affiliates survival, in Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Volume 40, March 2017, Pages 64-71. 

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Ticci, E., Determinants of biofuel-oriented land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Marvasi, E., Food Exporters in Global Value Chains, in Food Policy, 2016. 

[2016] Giovannetti, G., Sanfilippo, M., China’s competition and the export price strategies of developed countries, in International Review of Applied Economics, 2016, volume 30, number 2.

[2015] Giovannetti, G., Sanfilippo, M., Marvasi, E., Supply chains and the internationalization of small firms, in Small Business Economics.

[2013] Giovannetti, G., Ricchiuti, G., Velucchi, M., Location, Internationalization and Performance of Firms in Italy: a Multilevel Approach, in Applied Economics, 2013, volume 45, issue 18.

[2013] Giovannetti, G., Cuffaro, N., Monni, S., Foreign Acquisitions of Land in Developing Countries. Risks, Opportunities and New Actors , in QA – Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria, n. 2, 2013.

Maria Rita Gismondo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: microbiology

Keywords: anthrax, bioemergencies, bioterrorism, ebola, infections, microbiology, migrants, pandemics, virology

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Medical School, University of Milan, Italy and Director of the Depart. of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergency. Expert of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International  Cooperation – BWC/ISU partner coordination and engagement strategy

 

Professional career

Degree in Biology, University of Catania (Italy) Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Catania 

(Italy) 

Specialization in Microbiology and Virology

Intern and Junior Resident in Clinical Microbiology, London   Hospital, London, UK

Intern and Junior Resident in Oral Microbiology, London   Hospital Medical School for Dentistry

Intern in Microbiology, Tennessee University, USA

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology University of Catania  

Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology University of Milan

Expert of Bioemergency at Geneve UN - BWC Implementation

 

Editorial work and publications

 270 Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Awards and prizes

Angelo dell'anno

Ambrogino d'Oro - Comune di Milano

 

Elisa Giunchi
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International politics area

Competences: History and Politics of the Middle East, islam

Keywords: Afghanistan, Islam and gender, Islamism, Middle East, Pakistan, shari’a

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate professor of History and institutions of Muslim Countries at Università degli Studi di Milano

Professional career

She obtained an M.Phil. in Islamic Studies and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. Between 1994 and 2001 she worked in the humanitarian field in Jordan and Italy and in that context she travelled extensively in Asia. In 2002 she became a researcher at the Università degli studi di Milano and started to teach various courses on the history and institutions of the Middle East. Since then she has also taught at other Universities and acted as a referee for several academic journals. In 2013 she visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. She has recently set up with some colleagues a new on-line journal; she has been for many years part of editorial committees and board of directors of academic journals such as Rivista italiana di storia internazionale; Afriche & Orienti; Quaderni Asiatici; Storia delle Donne.

Scientific results

Elisa Giunchi follows four main research fields: the first is the evolution and interpretation of shari’a in the courts of law of Pakistan; the second is the territorial disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan; the third is religious authority in Islam and its relationship with political power; the fourth is the transfer of military technology to Afghanistan since the end of the 19th century. On each of these subjects she has written extensively and held seminars and lectures.

Editorial work and publications

[2017] Giunchi E., Nel nome di Allah: l’autorità religiosa nell’Islam. Jouvence.

[2009] Giunchi E., Pakistan: islam, potere e democratizzazione. Carocci.

[2007] Giunchi E., Afghanistan: Storia e società nel cuore dell’Asia. Carocci.

Recent academic articles and essays

[2019] Giunchi E., Democratization and the relevance of history: the case of Pakistan, in Nuovi autoritarismi e democrazie: diritto, istituzioni, società (NAD), 1, 1.

[2019] Giunchi E., La proliferazione di armi in Afghanistan: una prospettiva di lungo periodo, in Giunchi E. - Ponti C. (eds.),  Le armi nel mondo contemporaneo: proliferazione, regimi di controllo e prospettive di disarmoGiappichelli.

[2018] Giunchi E., Il concetto di sovranità divina nella Costituzione pakistana: uno strumento per espandere o limitare i diritti fondamentali?, in Afriche e Orienti, XX, 1-2.

[2015] Giunchi E., Jihadists, the web and the issue of religious authority, in L. Tomè (ed.), Islamic state. The new global jihadist phenomenon.

[2014] Giunchi E.,Muslim Family Law and Legal Practice in the West: An Introduction, in Giunchi E., (ed.), Muslim family law in Western courts, Routledge.

[2013] Giunchi E.,Islamization and judicial activism in Pakistan: what šarīʻah?, Oriente Moderno, 93, 1.

[2013] Giunchi E., The Durand Line: an historical perspective, Internationales Asienform, 44, 1-2. 

[2011] Giunchi E, Democratic Transition and Social Spending: the case of Pakistan in the 1990s, Democratization, 18, 6.

[2010] Giunchi E., The reinvention of the sharī‘a under the British Raj: In search for authenticity and certainty,Journal of Asian Studies, 68, 4. 

Awards and prizes

In 2018 she received from the Università degli Studi di Milano a special fund as a reward for her scientific production.

Serena Giusti
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International politics area

Competences: art and politics, Central and Eastern Europe, cultural diplomacy, EU’s foreign policy, foreign policy analysis, international relations, Russian foreign policy, security, United Kingdom foreign policy

Keywords: European Union, United Kingdom

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Senior Lecturer International Relations, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa and Senior Associate Research Fellow, ISPI, Milan  

Professional career

Serena Giusti graduated in Political Scienceat University of Florence and holds a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, as well as a Master’s degree from the College of Europe (Natolin). She has worked for the European Commission, Unicef-icdc and OSCE. She has been a visiting Researcher in the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Westminster London. She has offered courses in several universities, among them: Catholic University (Milan), Luiss (Rome), New York University (Florence), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Kazakh Humanitarian Law University, Novosibirsk State University. Since 2014, she teaches International Relations at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. 

Scientific results

Serena Giusti is an expert on Central-Eastern European countries and on Russia, especially in the field of their relationship with the European Union. Moreover, she has studied the dynamics of foreign policy and security both for the EU and for other actors. In 2017 she was awarded a Jean Monnet Activities project "EU-Russia, Connecting People and Ideas Revolution, Post-Soviet Space”- 587038-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPJMO-PROJECT and in 2014 a Jean Monnet module: “The EU’s responses to the challenges of its Neighbourhood”, Grant Decision n.2014 2539/553495. Since 2018, she is a partner of the project The use of Art in the Public Domain and the Politics of Heritage (Politage)headed by the University of BolzanoIn 2018, her project on the Protection of cultural heritage was financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Editorial work and publications

Among her latest publications: 

[2019] Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (Eds.) The EU in a Trans-European Space, External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave.  

[2019]Giusti, S., “Russia’s Fluctuating Foreign Policyin F. Bindi (Ed.), Europe and America- The End of the Transatlantic Relationship, The Brookings Institute, Washington, March.

[2019] Giusti,  S.,From a regional hegemony to a global power in potency: the EU’s Global Strategy”  in Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (Eds.), The EU in a Trans-European Space, External Relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave. 

[2018] Giusti, S., Talani, L.S., (Eds) Women in the Mediterranean,London and New York, Routledge, ISBN 978-1-1384-8043-8, pp.135. 

[2018] Giusti, S., Russo, A. The Securitisation of Cultural Heritage, in International Journal of Cultural Policy, October, pp.1-16.

[2018]Giusti, S., Lamonica, A., Foradori, P. “Reshaping Cultural Heritage Protection Policies at a Time of Securitisation: The Case of France, Italy, and the United Kingdom”, in International Spectator, 5, 3, pp. 86-101.

[2017] Giusti, S., Gender Mainstreaming towards the Mediterranean: The Case of the ENP, in Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies,19, 5, October, pp. 524-540

[2017]Giusti, S., Franco, C., The Europeanization of Turkey’s Foreign Policy: from Alignment to Misalignment?, in Baracani, E., Calimli, M. (eds.), European Perspectives on Turkey's Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy, Foundation Bruno Kessler Press, pp. 73-94. 

[2017]Giusti, S., Russia Federation’s posture towards the European Neighbourhood Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Explanationin Gstohl, S. and Schunz J. (Eds.), Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, London and New York, Routledge,pp. 61-82. 

[2016] Giusti, S., The EU’s transformative power challenged in Ukraine, in European Foreign Affairs Review, 2, 2, pp. 165-183. 

[2014]Giusti, S., Fassi, E., The European Endowment for Democracy and Democracy Promotion in the EU Neighbourhood, The International Spectator, 49, 4. December, pp. 112-129.

[2012] Giusti, S., La Proiezione sterna della Federazione Russa, Pisa, ETS. 

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the OSCE Reflection Group on European Security and sits in the Advisory board of Women International Security (WIIS) – Italy. She is also vice-President of the Forum per i problemi della Pace e della Guerra, Florence. 

Monica Gori
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: experimental psychology

Keywords: bracelet, learning, low vision, motor system, perception, rihabilitation, sensory system, visual disabilities, visually impaired children, visual perception

Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Tenure Track Researcher U-Vip Unit dell'Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (ITT) di Genova, coordinator of the european projects ABBI and WeDraw

Professional career

Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the within the VisionLab of the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. Currently Monica Gori is Tenure Track Researcher, leading the Unit for people with visual disabilities (U-Vip Unit) at the Italian Institute of Technology of Genoa.

Scientific results

Monica Gori is expert of development, multisensory integration, sensorial-motor perception and visual disability. Through her research, she studies how the sensory and multi-sensorial perception skills interact during development in children with and without disabilities. The aim of her study is to exploit this knowledge to better understand brain functions, create new rehabilitation programs and to develop new technological solutions to improve the perceptual, motor and social skills of children with sensory disabilities. From 2014 to 2017 she coordinated the European ABBI project (www.abbi.eu), whose aim is precisely the development of a new technology based on sensory-motor rehabilitation for blind and low vision children. The project involves the study and creation of a wearable sound device, similar to a bracelet, also useful for creating sound networks to be placed in environments where the blind are living, thus allowing the hearing, and not the sight, to create a spatial map in which the person can move. From 2017 to 2018 she coordinated the weDRAW European project (www.wedraw.eu) in which she proposed to develop a multisensory approach and technology for learning mathematical skills at the elementary school. weDRAW involved children and teachers in Italy, UK and Ireland. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary,  involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.

Editorial work and publications

Monica Gori is the author of book chapters and numerous scientific articles in international journals, including:

 

(2018) Gori, Amadeo, Campus Temporal cues influence space estimations in visually impaired individuals. iScience, vol. 6, pp. 319-326
(2018)Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Baud-Bovy, & Finocchietti. Shape Perception and Navigation in Blind Adults.Frontiers  in Psychology
(2017)Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017
(2016)  Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani, and Gori. From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neurosci and Biobe. Reviews 2016,impact factor 10.5 citations 2 (2016) Cappagli G, Gori M. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53-54:391-8.
(2016) Tonelli A, Brayda L, Gori M. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people. PLoS ONE, 11(6):e0156654.
(2016) Vercillo T, Burr D, Gori M. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children. Developmental Psychology, 52(6):847-53.
(2015) Finocchietti S, Cappagli G, Porquis LB, [...], Cocchi E, Gori M. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS.
(2015) Magnusson C, Rydeman B, Finocchietti S, [...], Baud-Bovy G, Gori M. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments. MobileHCI 2015, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct.
(2015) Tinelli F, Anobile G, Gori M, [...], Cioni G, Concetta Morrone M. Time, number and attention in very low birth weight children. Neuropsychologia, 73:60-9.
(2015) Vercillo T, Gori M. Attention to sound improves auditory reliability in audio-tactile spatial optimal integration. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 9:34.
(2015) Gori M. Multisensory integration and calibration in children and adults with and without sensory and motor disabilities. Multisensory Research, 28(1-2):71-99.
(2015) Gori M, Hanganu-Opatz IL. Introduction to the special issue on multisensory development and plasticity. Multisensory Research, 28, 1-2, 31-32.
(2015) Vercillo T, Burr D, Sandini G, Gori M. Children do not recalibrate motor-sensory temporal order after exposure to delayed sensory feedback. Developmental Science, 18(5):703-712.

Awards and prizes

(2008) F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18(9)"
(2012) TR35 Giovani Innovatori
(2015) Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

 

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: behavioural neurology

Keywords: Alzheimer, aphasia, dyslexia, language, learning disabilities, neuro degenerative diseases, neuroscience, reading, syntax

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of neurology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco with a specialty in behavioral neurology and a PhD in neuroscience

Professional career

She specializes in understanding the neural basis of higher cognitive function with a specific interest in speech and language across the lifespan. She directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Gorno Tempini also co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center in 2015 and is a co-director of the center.

Scientific results

At the Dyslexia Center, she leads a large multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists with expertise in behavioral neurology, cognitive neuroscience, speech-language pathology and advanced neuroimaging techniques. Her work in neurodevelopmental disorders aims at discovering the distinct clinical and biological phenotypes of dyslexia and the best approach to diagnose and remediate them.

Editorial work and publications

Dr. Gorno Tempini has authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers on the neurobiology of language disorders in scientific journals and has been invited to speak at conferences across the globe, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Italian Senate.

Awards and prizes

She is the current recipient of multiple National Institute of Health projects grants and has received a prestigious career award for mentoring scientists and clinicians on the neurobiology of language at UCSF. In 2017, she received a Weill Institute for Neurosciences Trailblazer award to study language development in children, and in 2018, she was distinguished as the Charles Schwab Endowed Professor in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment.