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Floriana Filomena Ferrara
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: CRS (Corporate Social Responsability), digital innovation

Keywords: artificial intelligence, coronavirus, Covid-19, girls in STEM, social responsibility

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Director of IBM Italy Foundation, Corporate Citizenship Manager Italia, Master Inventor

Professional career

 

After graduating in Information Sciences at the University of Bari, she won a scholarship at the CNR of Genoa for the IT section. She spent two years of research at CORINTO (National Research Consortium for Object Technology) in Bari. Immediately afterwards she started working for IBM, where she held different roles in different sectors, but always in the field of innovative digital projects. She serves as the Manager of Watson Squad Team in the artificial intelligence sector.

In 2016, she was selected by the Commissioner for implementation of the digital agenda of Italian Government, Diego Piacentini, and she has joined the Digital Transformation Team for the Prime Minister's Office. From February 2019 she is the new Director of IBM Foundation and also Corporate Citizenship manager for Italy. Floriana Filomena Ferrara has been awarded the title of Master Inventor since 2008, in her curriculum 17 patents in the digital field. Leader for the projects: NERD? & P-Tech.

Scientific results

Floriana Filomena Ferrara is author of over 17 patents in the field of digital innovation.

She shares her enthusiasm about the digital world especially with her students. Floriana encourages teenager women students to undertake a career in computer science, thanks also to the project “NERD? - Is It Not For Women?”. This IBM project was born with Paola Velardi of Sapienza University. This Project is done in collaboration with several Italian Universities (Bari, Genova, Napoli, Padova, Alessandria, Milano, Roma). 100 IBM Volunteer Women support this Project #goodtechIBM.

 

Editorial work and publications

[2000-2018] #61 Publication in IBM Tech Disclosure Bulletin 

[1997] Ferrara, Corinto & Aphrodite a new Object Oriented methodology. SEDBT, CNR.

[1996] Ferrara, Clematis, Cassano, Spagnulo. Peucher&Douglass for the Processing Terrain with characterisation on "Triangolazione", “Rapporto Tecnico”, IMA 14/95.

[1996] Cassano, Clematis, Ferrara, Spagnulo, Network based parallel processing for terrain characterisation on irregular simple data. “High-Performance Computing and Networking”, HPCN Europe 1996: 940-941.

Awards and prizes

2008-2019 Master inventor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Master_Inventor

2015: One of 100 digital Woman in Itly http://www.chefuturo.it/2015/08/100-donne-digitali-italia/

2016: One of the 100 woman in the Digital in Italy  http://startupitalia.eu/67126-20161229-le-100-donne-nel-digitale-del-2016

2017 one of 15 influential Italian women in the world of digital technology, technology and innovation of  https://www.digitalic.it/economia-digitale/donne-influenti-digitale-italia-digiwomen-2017

2017 When the innovation is woman:  150 women in Italy  http://startupitalia.eu/76729-20170815-150-profili-al-femminile-da-seguire-su-innovazione-startup-e-digitale

2018 Joniche Award 2018 http://www.eccellenzejoniche.it/

2018 One of the 150 woman in the Digital in Italy  https://startupitalia.eu/95739-20180815-le-150-donne-da-seguire-in-italia-su-startup-innovazione-e-digitale

2019 Role model for System Company-School http://www.elis.org/aiutiamo-i-ragazzi-realizzare-i-loro-sogni

Speaker TEDxTorino 2019

2019 one of 20 Woman in the Italy for D for la Repubblica 

2019 Premio donna dell’anno per l’ Innovazione per D di la Repubblica 

Elena Ferrari
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: big data, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: attack on data security and privacy, 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

CEO CBI S.c.p.a.

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 received various nominations both at the domestic and international levels: holds various national and international appointments: she is currently the UN/CEFACT Vice Chair for the International Supply Chain (Pay) Programme Development Area (PDA); since 2013 she performs the role of UNECE – UN/CEFACT liaison rapporteur to ISO TC 68 (technical committee on financial services); she is also board member of ISO 20022 Registration Management Group (RMG); for UN/CEFACT, since 2015 to 2020 she held the position of Finance and Payment Domain coordinator within the International Supply Chain PDA; after being nominated in 2017 by the decree law of the Ministry of Economic Development, she performed  the role of President of the Financial Services Working Group of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation for the 2018-2019 years period; in 2008, she took part in the European Commission E-Invocing Expert Group, helping to draw up the first final report on e-Invoicing. Starting from April 2019, she is Board Member of UNINFO.

She is a member of EURISPES the Scientific Committee; Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Study of Credit Problems (A.N.S.P.C.), Member of the Advisory Board of the Banking Magazine, Minerva Bancaria, Member of the Program Committee - CeTIF Banks division for the period 2021 – 2023,  and is a member of the Board of the Civita Association. 

Liliana Fratini Passi is an expert on all matters related to open finance, 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:

2019- ongoing: development of an open finance ecosystem through CBI Globe, to facilitate the interconnection between payment service providers and the development of value-added services through APIs

 2017- 2019: as regards the PSD2 Directive, CBI S.c.p.a.  has been tasked with – on behalf of the Italian banking industry – all standardisation activities and with setting up a collaborative gateway, called CBI Globe (www.cbiglobe.com), aimed at interconnecting Third Parties and account-servicing payment-service providers (otherwise known as ASPSPs)

 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:

(2020) Fratini Passi L. CBI Globe: the platform enabling the transition from open banking to the data sharing economy. MK, Bancaria Editrice, 1.

(2019) The paradigm shift in the payments market: Italy in pole position, Rivista Bancaria. Minerva Bancaria, n. 5-6.

(2019) Fratini Passi L. CBI Globe: the collaborative Open Banking platform to create the bank of the future. MK, Bancaria Editrice, 2.

(2019) Fratini Passi L.Electronic invoicing and integration opportunities in the financial value chain. Administration and Finance. IPSOA, 3.

(2019) Fratini Passi L. CBI Globe: a collaborative platform to manage the challenge of open banking and Psd2, Bancaria, Bancaria Editrice.

(2018) Fratini Passi L. The creation of an open banking ecosystem to get ready for the PSD2. The CBI Globe testimony.Tempo Finanziario, Number 3-4, Year VIII.

(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

On June 2019, the Margutta Prize was awarded to Liliana Fratini Passi for the "Entrepreneurship" category.

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)

Elena Gagliasso
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: citizen science, Espistemology, philosophy of biology, science policy

Keywords: environment and environmentalisms, philosophies of evolutionism, women and research

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Professor of Philosophy of Science at La Sapienza University of Rome

Professional career

Elena Gagliasso graduated in 1971 and began her career in 1976 at La Sapienza University of Rome, first as a researcher and then as an associate (qualified full professor in 2013). Since 2019 she has been an adjunct professor 'for high qualification' in Philosophy of Science. 

She has taught Philosophy and the Sciences of the Living in Rome and at the Oriental University of Naples, and was until 2018 a member of the Doctoral College in Philosophy at Sapienza. She is currently its external consultant. Together with philosophers and biologists she founded, and directed for several mandates, the Interuniversity Centre for Epistemology and History of Living Research (ResVIVA) www.resviva.com; she has been part of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Methodology of Science Research, Cerms; she was president of the Metaphor Club; she is currently in the Scientific Committee of AIEMS (Association for the Study of Systemic Theories) www.aiems.com, she was among the co-founders of the Women&Science Association www.donnescienza.com and of the New Academy Association www.nuovaccademia.com .

She has participated in national PRINs and in two University projects, one of which as Chief Investigator, and organised about 30 national and international conferences and doctoral permanent seminars. Visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, at Sissa in Trieste, at the Universities of Pisa, Florence, Cosenza, Venice and Eastern Piedmont. Present in Third Sector missions, from cultural events to radio broadcasts, to lectures in high schools. 

Scientific results

Elena Gagliasso is an internationally renowned expert in methodology and history of modern biology, eco-evolutionism and environmental science and policy, science-society relations (from issues of non-neutrality of science to Citizen Science). She has worked on the link between philosophy, history and ideologies of scientific concepts, on the theme of laws, processes and contingent randomness in bioevolutionary theories, on the relationships between reductionism, holism and narrative methodologies in post-normal science, also considering the theme of gender. 

Editorial work and publications

Elena Gagliasso was on the board of the Rivista di Storia della Scienza, founded and was on the scientific committee of Sofia. Materials of women's philosophy and culture. She is currently on the scientific board of Scienza&Filosofia, Testo e Senso, HumanaMente, Riflessioni Sistemiche and on the scientific committee of Paradigmi. Magazine of Philosophical Criticism.

He has published about 200 specialist and cultural articles, two monographic volumes, and edited about 25 volumes and journals in the philosophical-scientific field. Below is a selection.

[2020] Gagliasso E. Stili di ricerca mutanti. Le donne lavorano l’evoluzionismo, in (a cura di) Gagliasso E., Severini E., Pollo S. Che genere di darwinismo? Scienza, evoluzionismo e questioni di genere, Notizie di Politeia, anno XXXVI, n.139: 28-34.

[2020] Gagliasso E. Agenda (e subenda) covidaria in quattro movimenti: tra epistemologia e coevoluzione, in (a cura di) Monti M., Redi C. A., La vita dopo (il)/ la Covid-19, Ibis: 153-164.

[2020] Gagliasso E. L’uso fecondo del limite. Epistemologia, ecologia, filosofia, in (a cura di) Bucci P., Galletti M. Il futuro della mente, Edizioni ETS: 295-308.

[2020] Gagliasso E. Il paradigma ecologico come stile di ragionamento e il negazionismo, in (a cura di) Mangia C., Rubbia G., Ravaioli M., Ambiente e clima. Il presente per il futuro, IRPP e-publishing: 26-33.

[2019] Gagliasso E. Il concetto di campo in biologia. Tra filosofie tacite e sperimentazioni, in (ed. by) Marina De Palo, Monografic number- Field theories. Psychology, linguistics, biology, Paradigmi, XXXVII, 2-: 275-291.

[2019] Gagliasso E. Condividui in evoluzione: quale filosofia? in (a cura di) Monti M., Redi C.A. CON-dividuo, Cellule e Genomi – XVII corso, Ibis: 81-96.

[2016] Gagliasso E. Morganti F. Passariello A. (a cura di), Percorsi Evolutivi. Lezioni di Filosofia della biologia, Franco Angeli: pp. 196.

[2015] Gagliasso E. Individuals as Ecosystems: An Essential Tension, (eds.) Gagliasso E., Sterpetti F.Natura e conoscenza. Paradigmi, n.2 anno XXXIII, maggio agosto: 87-104.

[2015] Gagliasso E. Per un’epistemologia critica ed autocritica, in (a cura di) Gagliasso E., Della Rocca M., Memoli R., Per una scienza critica, ETS: 111-129.

[2014] Gagliasso E. Contesti di vita: ragionare con Darwin ecologo, in (a cura di) Bucchi S., Gensini S., Darwiniana. Evoluzione e comunicazione, Edizioni ETS: 9-24.

[2013] Gagliasso E. Ambiente, in (a cura di) Michelini F., Davies J., Frontiere della biologia, Mimesis: 117-142.

[2008] Gagliasso E. Dividual Systems & Ultraneoteny, in (eds. by) Molfino F., Zucco F., Women in Biotechnology. Creating Interfaces, Springer: 143-160.

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, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 in paediatric age, melanoma, meta analysis, microbiota, vitamin d

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Group leader of the "Molecular and Pharmaco-Epidemiology" unit at the Experimental Oncology department of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (IEO).Faculty member of System Medicine PhD (European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan)

Adjunct professor in medical statistics at University “Statale di Milano”

Professional career

Adjunct professor in medical statisticsSara Gandini graduated in Statistics at the University of Bologna in 1993, continuing his education through a specialization in Biometrics in 1995 (MSc) at the University of Reading (UK). She joined the IEO in Milan since 1996, when the Institute had just 2 years of activity behind it. In 2004 she obtained a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham (in Public Health). Since 2009 she is Senior staff scientist of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics division of IEO in Milan and in 2014 she became a Statistician consultant for the Ethics Committee of Multimedia in Milan. In 2016, she became adjunct professor in medical statistics at University “Statale di Milano” and in 2017, she obtained national scientific qualification as university professor in medical statistics. Since 2018 she is Faculty member of System Medicine PhD (European School of Molecular Medicine, Milan) and Group leader of the "Molecular and Pharmaco-Epidemiology" unit at the Experimental Oncology department of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (IEO).

 

Scientific results

Sara Gandini provides constant consultancy in a wide range of sectors, including statistical analysis of experiments and clinical studies, study designs and development of the protocols. She collaborates with researchers around the world and has conducted extensive research on the cancer epidemiology, including meta-analyses and pooled analyses, with the aim of better understanding cancer aetiology. In recent years her main interest has focused on the study of melanoma and related risk factors which has led to a change in the classification of the Lyon International Cancer Research Agency, defining exposure to the entire spectrum of ultraviolet carcinogens, including sunbed use. Sara Gandini thus came to analyse the role of vitamin D within the complex system of the human body. She is the 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 and on the interaction between diet and intestinal microbiota.

In general, she believes in independent research and in her career she has been involved in primary prevention and study of biomarkers and also in Drug repositioning, the reuse in the oncological field of the active principle of commercially available 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 more than 200 articles in national and international hight impact journals, including:

(2019) Thomas AM, Manghi P, Asnicar F, Pasolli E, Armanini F, Zolfo M, Beghini F, Manara S, Karcher N, Pozzi C, Gandini S, Serrano D, Tarallo S, Francavilla A, Gallo G, Trompetto M, Ferrero G, Mizutani S, Shiroma H, Shiba S, Shibata T, Yachida S, Yamada T, Wirbel J, Schrotz-King P, Ulrich CM, Brenner H, Arumugam M,  Bork P, Zeller G, Cordero F, Dias-Neto E, Setubal JC, Tett A, Pardini B, Rescigno M, Waldron L, Naccarati A, Segata N. Metagenomic analysis of colorectal cancer datasets identifies cross-cohort microbial diagnostic signatures and a link with  choline degradation.Nat Med. 25(4):667-678. 

(2019) Wirbel J, Pyl PT, Kartal E, Zych K, Kashani A, Milanese A, Fleck JS, Voigt AY, Palleja A, Ponnudurai R, Sunagawa S, Coelho LP, Schrotz-King P, Vogtmann E, Habermann N, Niméus E, Thomas AM, Manghi P, Gandini S, Serrano D, Mizutani S, Shiroma H, Shiba S, Shibata T, Yachida S, Yamada T, Waldron L, Naccarati A, Segata N, Sinha R, Ulrich CM, Brenner H, Arumugam M, Bork P, Zeller G. Meta-analysis of fecal metagenomes reveals global microbial signatures that are specific for colorectal cancer. Nat Med. 25(4):679-689.

(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.

Since 2019 she is member of the Top Italian Women Scientist Club of  Onda, Osservatorio nazionale sulla salute delle donne e di genere

Cecilia Garlanda
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: immunology

Keywords: cancer cure, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: associated inflammatory response, 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, coronavirus, Covid-19, metabolism, microenvironment, ovarian cancer, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, 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, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 and Italian companies, Covid-19 an Mediterranean, Covid-19: impact on global value chains, Covid-19: manufacturing and services, Covid-19: socio-economics impact, economic development, emerging countries, Europe, Financial crisis and Covid-19 crisis: differences, 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: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: geopolitics of vaccines, 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.

Giulia Grancini
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: energy, nano-materials, photovoltaics, physical-chemistry

Keywords: advanced materials, nanotechnologies, solar cells, sustainability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professoressa Associata di Chimica Fisica presso l’Università di Pavia e Direttrice del gruppo di ricerca PVsquared2 presso il Dipartimento di Chimica dell'Università di Pavia

Professional career

Giulia received an MS in Physical Engineering in 2008 and obtained her PhD in Physics cum laude in 2012 at the Politecnico of Milan. Her experimental thesis focused on the realisation of a new femtosecond-microscope for mapping the ultrafast phenomena at organic interfaces. During her PhD, she worked for one year at the Physics Department of Oxford University where she pioneered new concepts within polymer/oxide solar cell technology. From 2012-2015, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Milan. In 2015, she joined the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with a Co-Funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. From 2016 to 2019, she has been awarded by the Swiss Ambizione Energy Grant providing a platform to lead her independent research group at EPFL. Since July 2019, Giulia is Associate Professor at Physical Chemistry Unit at University of Pavia, leading the PVsquared2 team, and PI of the ERCStG Project “HYNANO”aiming at the development of advanced hybrid perovskites materials and innovative functional interfaces for efficient, cheap and stable photovoltaics. 

Scientific results

Her research interest is focused on exploring the fundamental photophysical properties and dynamical processes behind advanced materials and devices, with a special attention to nanostructured semiconductors for the development of new generation solar cells.  Within this field, Giulia contributed to reveal the fundamental light-induced dynamical processes underlying the charge generation mechanisms happening on ultrafast time scale whose understanding is paramount for a smart device optimization. In particular, she made seminal contributions in ultrafast science applied to investigate the interface physics in polymer blends, and hybrid polymer/oxide systems. With the ERC “HY-NANO” project, her recent research is focused on the design and the study of HYbrid NANOstructured multi-functional interfaces for the development of advanced photovoltaic devices based on low dimensional hybrid perovskite semiconductors. More in details, her multidisciplinary team aims at expanding the family of hybrid perovskite materials and interfaces as lego-bricks for a new generation of efficient, stable, environmentally friendly solar technology. 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 90 publications (h index= 44, with more than 14000 citations).

[2020] Sutanto A, Szostak R, Drigo N, Queloz V, Marchezi P, Germino J, Tolentino H, Nazeeruddin M, Nogueira A, Grancini G* In Situ Analysis Reveals the Role of 2D Perovskite in Preventing Thermal-Induced Degradation in 2D/3D Perovskite Interfaces Nano Lett. 20, 5, 3992-3998.

[2020] Queloz V. et al. Spatial Charge Separation as the Origin of Anomalous Stark Effect in Fluorous 2D Hybrid Perovskites Adv. Funct. Mater. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202000228

[2019] Grancini G*, Nazeeruddin M Dimensional tailoring of hybrid perovskites for photovoltaics Nature Rev. Materials, 4, 4-22.

[2018] Pantaler M, Cho K, Queloz V, García Benito I., Fettkenhauer C, Anusca I, Nazeeruddin M, Lupascu D, Grancini G* Hysteresis-Free Lead-Free Double-Perovskite Solar Cells by Interface Engineering ACS Energy Lett. 3, 1781-1786.

[2017] Grancini G. et al. One-Year stable perovskite solar cells by 2D/3D interface engineering. Nature Comm., 8(1) 1-8, 15684.

[2017] A. D. Jodlowski, C. Roldán-Carmona, G. Grancini, et al. Large guanidinium cation mixed with methylammonium in lead iodide perovskites for 19% efficient solar cells Nature Energy 2, 972.

[2016] Gratia, P., Grancini G.* et al. Intrinsic Halide Segregation at Nanometer Scale Determines the High-Efficiency of mixed cation/mixed halide Perovskite Solar Cells J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (49), 15821.

[2015] Grancini G. et al. Role of microstructure in the electron-hole interaction of hybrid lead halide perovskitesNature Photonics 9, 695-701.

[2014] D’Innocenzo V., Grancini G. et al. Excitons versus Free Charges: a Photophysical Picture of Organo-lead Tri- Halide Perovskites Nat. Commun. 5, 3586.

[2013] Grancini G. et al. Hot exciton dissociation in polymer solar cells Nature Mater. 12, 29.

[2013] Stranks S. D., Eperon G. E., Grancini G. et al. Electron-Hole Diffusion Lengths Exceeding 1 Micron in an Organometal Trihalide Perovskite Absorber Science 342 (6156), 341. 

[2012] G. Grancini, et al. Boosting Infrared Light Harvesting by Molecular Functionalization of Metal Oxide/Polymer Interfaces in Efficient Hybrid Solar Cells Adv. Funct. Mater. 22, 2160.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2015 she received the prestigious National Award for Physics 2015 from EDISON, “in memoria di Francesco Somaini”. 

In 2017 she has been awarded by the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics from the International Commission of Optics for her ““deep knowledge on photophysical properties and ultrafast light-induced dynamical processes”c.

In 2018 she received the “Swiss Physical Society Award” from the Swiss Physical Society.

In 2018 she has been granted by the ERC Starting Grant HYNANO (1.5 M€) for the developement of “HYbrid NANOstructured multi-functional interfaces for stable, efficient and eco-friendly photovoltaic devices”.

In 2019 she has been nominated USERN Laureate in Physical Science. In addition, from January 2020 she is the Italian Ambassador for USERN.

In 2019 she appears among the “Highly Cited Researchers” (ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and year), Web of Science.

From 2020 she joined the “Gruppo 2003” and she is part of the Top Italian Scientist list.

 

 

Olivia Guaraldo
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: feminist theory, history of feminism, international politics, political Philosophy

Keywords: female leadership, gender, Hannah Arendt, Shoah, women

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Political Philosophy (Department of Human Sciences) and Director of the Hannah Arendt Centre for Political Studies at the University of Verona; Rector's Delegate for Public Engagement.

Professional career

Olivia Guaraldo graduated in Philosophy at the University of Bologna (1995) and then continued her studies in Finland, where she obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Jyvaskyla (2001). Since 2005 she has been a researcher in Political Philosophy at the University of Verona, where, since 2014, she has also held the position of Associate Professor.

Scientific results

She has mainly worked on (1) the political thought of Hannah Arendt, a thinker of Jewish origin who later emigrated to the United States who is one of the major figures in the political debate of the second half of the 20th century. She has published several academic books, among which two monographs (2003 and 2014) and articles on Arendt while also contributing to the knowledge of her thought in larger publics (Newspapers, social media, radio, schools) and in various academic occasions (Italian and international conferences). Since 2016 she has directed the Hannah Arendt Centre for Political Studies at the University of Verona.

Other topics Olivia Guaraldo has been working on are (2) the feminist political theory, the (3) political and (4) social history of women and (5) the thought of sexual difference. 

 

Editorial work and publications

[2019] “Illusione e realtà nell'epoca della post-verità”, in Bistagnino, G. Fumagalli, C., Fake news, post-verità e politica(ebook), Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, Milano, pp. 33-52.

[2018] “Postcritica: una genealogia”, Politica & Società, 7:2, pp. 163-190.

[2018] “Public happiness. Revisiting an Arendtian hypothesis”, Philosophy Today, 62:2, pp. 395-416.

[2018] ‘La libertà di essere liberi’: circolarità della politica e autonomia della rivoluzione in Hannah Arendt”, Filosofia politica, 35:2, pp. 285-302.

[2018] Introduzione, in A. Cavarero, Platone, Raffaello Cortina editore, Milano, pp. 9-17.

[2018], La vulnerabilità come paradigma fondativo, in O. Giolo, B. Pastore (a cura di), Vulnerabilità. Analisi multidisciplinare di un concetto, Carocci, Roma, pp. 57-71.

[2018] “Violenza, vulnerabilità, invarianza antropologica: alcuni spunti di riflessione”, Iride, 31, n. 85, pp. 643-648.

[2017] “Una fondamentale gratitudine per ciò che è dato”. Hannah Arendt e l’identità ebraica, in O. Ombrosi, (a cura di) Ebraismo “al femminile”. Percorsi diversi di intellettuali ebree del Novecento, Firenze, Giuntina, pp. 217-234.

[2016] with A. Voela, ‘If not now, when?’: feminism, activism and social movements in the European South and beyond, “Gender and Education”, Vol. 28, n. 3, pp. 315-329 (DOI:10.1080/09540253.2016.1175170)

[2016] Safe for Life: Neoliberalism and Mothers’ Milk, in Garret, Jensen, Voela (eds.), We Need to Talk about Family.: Essays on Neoliberalism, the Family and Popular Culture, Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.118-136.

[2012] “Il populismo, la democrazia e il femminile addomesticato”, in Italianieuropei, 1/2012, pp. 60-66.

[2012] Comunità e vulnerabilità: per una critica politica della violenza, ETS, Pisa (book).

Laura Guazzoni
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: business economics, business valuations, corporate finance, corporate governance

Keywords: competitive strategies, internal control, value creation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Member of the Board of Directors in listed and not listed companies; President or Member of several Committees within the Board of Directors; President and Member of the Board of Statutory Auditors in listed and not listed companies and public interest entities; corporate economist; academic fellow.     

Professional career

Graduated at “Bocconi University” of Milan with a degree in Management and afterwards was involved in research activities at the Research Institute about stock exchange markets “Andrea Lorenzetti” of “Bocconi University”, as well as in the professional activity consisting mainly in business valuations, corporate governance and corporate growth strategies.

Gained meaningful expertise in business and finance area with reference to business valuation, corporate governance and internal control system. Since 1991 has been cooperating with the “Bocconi University” and since 1994 has been in charge as an Academic Professor on contract of “Corporate management and business” at the said university.

During her career she has been in charge as Independent Director, President or Member of several Committees within the Board of Directors, President and Member of the Board of Statutory Auditors. She has undertaken these roles in leading renowned companies in the financial and industrial sector, both listed and not listed and public interest entities such as: Gas Plus SpA, Reno de Medici SpA, Sace BT SpA, Simest SpA, AgustaWestland SpA, CDI Centro Diagnostico Italiano SpA, Bracco Imaging Italia Srl, Campus Bio Medico SpA, Generfid SpA, Il Sole 24Ore SpA, Retelit SpA, Digital Bros SpA and ENI Group companies: Edison, Snam, Alerion.    

She has been also lecturer in several conferences upon topics such as business valuation, corporate finance and M&A deals.

Scientific results

In addition to academic and professional activity, she has been constantly committed to ongoing research activities concerning finance and business economics, with main focus on business valuation criteria, value creation leverages and corporate growth strategies.

Due to her experience gained in these years, she has also carried out in-depth studies and research about corporate governance matters with specific reference to internal control system, remuneration and incentives reports of listed companies,

In addition to business and finance advisory activities she has cooperated in relevant managing projects mainly in control and audit aiming to improve the internal control corporate processes and transparency.

Editorial work and publications

She has written and been published on business and financial newspapers and books, regarding business valuation, intangible assets appraisal, fair value, financial reports as listed below:

·         “Il fair value” in “Bilancio e reddito d’impresa” – Conti, Costanzo, Novati, Priori – Egea 2005;

·         “La valutazione dei beni immateriali legati alla tecnologia: i progetti di ricerca e sviluppo nel settore farmaceutico” – L. Guazzoni and A. Grando in “La valutazione delle aziende” n. 4/97;

·         “Cenni sulla stima dei beni immateriali nella valutazione delle aziende” on “Newsletter Lorenzetti” n. 2/97;

·         “I mercati finanziari internazionali” – M. Dallocchio and A. Dessy – IPSOA 1995;

·         “I mercati mobiliari locali” (concerning US markets) – Working paper 1993;

·         “L’informativa economic-finanziaria e il mercato mobiliare: le modalità di propagazione delle informazioni” – Working paper 1992.

 

 

Emanuela Guidoboni
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: historical seismology

Keywords: anti-seismic systems, archeology, climate, earthquakes, eedis, extreme events, history, seismic disasters, tsunamis, volcanoes

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Coordinator of the multidisciplinary activities of the Euro-Mediterranean Documentation Center for Extreme Events and Disasters

Professional career

After graduating in History at the University of Bologna, she has been developing research on earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions concerning Italy and the Mediterranean area for thirty years, with a specific focus on Earth Sciences and Engineering . Emanuela Guidoboni carries out her research activity as a manager of national projects and as a scholar. From 1983 to 2007 she was President and scientific director of the research company SGA, History of Geophysics Environment of Bologna. From 2007 to 2011, she has been a senior research director at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). Since 2012 she has coordinated the multidisciplinary activities of EEDIS, the "Euro-Mediterranean documentation center for extreme events and disasters", aimed at both scientific dissemination and new research.

Scientific results

From 1983 to 1987, as part of the studies for the National Energy Plan, she directed SGA's historical research aimed at studying over 1,700 earthquakes from the ancient world to the 20th century, preparing research programs and final elaborations, managed by a bank specific data (the first in Italy). From 1987 to 1990 she directed the national GIANO project for ENEA, with the aim of studying extreme climatic events (rainfall, drought, floods and landslides) to outline a history of climate in Italy from the 11th to the 19th century. The historical sources relating to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were used for the AVI project (Italian Vulnerated Areas) of the IRPI-CNR, available online, together with the data entered in the ISPRA database on historic landslides. From 1987 to 2005 she directed national projects for historical research aimed at the database of the Strong Earthquake Catalog in Italy from the ancient world to the twentieth century for INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology). In this context she has developed numerous specific researches on the evaluation of parameters connected to clusters of highly destructive earthquakes, on the characteristics of historical buildings, on pre-modern anti-seismic systems and on reconstructions from the point of view of social, economic and urban history.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

 

(2016) Guidoboni E. Erdbeben und Seebeben im antiken Mittelmeerraum. Gründe für einen Dialog zwischen Seismologie und Geschichte. Erdbeben in der Antike, Deutungen – Folgen – Repräsentationen, herausgegeben von Borsch J & Carrara L, Mohr Siebec, Tubingen Univ,15- 26. (2016) Guidoboni E. Effetti, rimedi e propagazione dei terremoti: Nota su un trattato (1571) e una dissertazione (1669). Storia dell’Ingegneria, a cura di S. D’Agostino, Sesto convegno Nazionale di Storia dell’Ingegneria, Napoli, 321-337.

(2015) Guidoboni E, Valensise G. On the complexity of earthquake sequences: a historical seismology perspective based on the L'Aquila seismicity (Abruzzo, Central Italy). 1315-1915. Earthquakes and Structures, 8(1):153-184. (2015) Dalai M, Guidoboni E (a cura di). La tutela alla prova dei terremoti. Il patrimonio storico e artistico fra restauri, ricostruzioni e perdite. Numero monografico di “Economia della cultura”, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, 3, 4. (2015) Guidoboni E. Terremoti e Città in una prospettiva di lungo periodo. Economia della cultura, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, n.3-4, 284-294. (2015) Guidoboni E. Che cosa è il Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia. Economia della cultura, Il Mulino, Bologna, anno XXIV, 3,4: 421-428.

(2015) Guidoboni E. When Towns Collapse: Images of Earthquakes, Floods, and Eruptions in Italy in the Fifteenth to Nineteenth Centuries. Wounded Cities: The Representation of Urban Disasters in European Art (XIV–XX Centuries), edited by M.Folin and M.Preti, Chap.2, Koninklijke Brill, NY– Leiden: 33-56. (2015) Guidoboni E, Terremoti e Storia trenta anni dopo. Quaderni Storici, numero monografico “Storia Applicata”, (a cura di) Torre A, 3, 753-784. (2015) Guidoboni E, Comastri A. The earthquakes of Aleppo and the region of “deadcities” (Syria) 7th–15th century. The Dead Cities of Northen Syria and their Demise , T. Riis editor, Publications of the Danish Institute of Damascus, X: 61-110.

 

She is also the author of books and monographs including:

 

Guidoboni E, Mulargia F, Teti V, (a cura di), Prevedibile / Imprevedibile. Eventi estremi nel prossimo futuro, editore Rubbettino, 2015, pp. 358.

Guidoboni E, Ciuccarelli C, Mariotti D, Comastri A, Bianchi MG, L’Etna nella Storia. Catalogo delle eruzioni dall’antichità alla fine del XVII secolo, INGV, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2014, pp. 1152.

Guidoboni E e Valensise G (a cura di), L’Italia dei disastri. Dati e riflessioni sugli impatti degli eventi naturali (1861-2013). Centro EEDIS-INGV, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2014, pp. 432.

 

 

 

Awards and prizes

In 2004 she was appointed member of the Academia Europaea for the multidisciplinary approach to seismic and volcanic hazards and in 2009 she published the first historical seismology manual with John Ebel: Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Past. A Guide to Techniques in Historical Seismology (Cambridge). In 2016 she won the first Maiella Prize for Essays.

 

Giovanna Iannantuoni
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: experimental research on game theory, microeconomics, political economy, political economy and microeconomics decisions

Keywords: game theory, voting theory

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Professional career

Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca since October 2019, Giovanna Iannantuoni is Full Professor of Economics. After graduating in Economics and Social Disciplines (DES) at Bocconi University, she obtained her PhD in Economics at the Louvain-la-Neuve University (2001).

She spent several years abroad in the most prestigious Departments of Economics, such as the University of Rochester (NY, USA), the Carlos III University of Madrid, the University of Cambridge (UK), Trinity Hall College (University of Cambridge).

At the University of Milano-Bicocca she was Coordinator of the PhD in Economics, then, in 2015, she was nominated President of the Doctoral School.

Scientific results

Her research interests are focused on game theory, political economy decisions and

microeconomics, solution concepts of game theory models and their applications to different electoral systems.

She has won several international and national projects (Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, Trinity Hall Fellowship, PRIN, Cariplo) and she has published in the most important international economics journals.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] De Sinopoli, F., Iannantuoni, G., Manzoni, E., & Pimienta, C., Proportional. Representation with Uncertainty. MATHEMATICAL SOCIAL SCIENCES, 99, 18-23. 

[2018] Baghdasaryan, V., Iannantuoni, G., & Maggian, V. Electoral fraud and voter turnout: An experimental study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 1-17.

[2017] Cella, M., Iannantuoni, G., & Manzoni, E. Do the Right Thing: Incentives for Policy Selection in Presidential and Parliamentary Systems. ECONOMICA, 84(335), 430-453. 

[2017] Bettarelli, L., Iannantuoni, G., Manzoni, E., & Rossi, F. Voters’ preferences and electoral systems: the EuroVotePlus experiment in Italy. ECONOMIA POLITICA, 34(1), 159-177. 

[2015] De Sinopoli, F., Iannantuoni, G., & Pimienta, G. On stable outcomes of approval, plurality, and negative plurality games. SOCIAL CHOICE AND WELFARE, 44(4), 889-909. 

 

Awards and prizes

Staff Fellowship, Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (2004-2005).

Premio alla Ricerca del Dipartimento di Economia, University Carlos III de Madrid (2006, 2004, 2003).

Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, Spagna. Grant del Ministero dell’Educazione per il progetto “Markets, organizations and institutions: new approaches” (2006-2009).

MIUR (PRIN), Coordinatore Scientifico del Progetto “Political Economics: Theory and Empirical Evidence”, (2007-2010). 

Università di Milano-Bicocca (FAR), Coordinatore Scientifico del Progetto “The role of institutions and of information in the analysis of the strategic behaviour of individual agents”, (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015).

Fondazione Cariplo, Coordinatore Scientifico del Progetto “Internazionalizzazione e Formazione di Eccellenza: la Graduate School in Public Economics”, (2010-2015). 

MIUR (PRIN), Coordinatore Scientifico del Progetto “New Approaches to Political Economics: Positive Political Theories, Empirical Evidence and Experiments in Laboratory”, 2012-2015. 

Paola Inverardi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: computer technology, rector, software architecture, software engineering

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Computer Science Professor, Computer Science, University of L'Aquila, Rector University of L’Aquila 2013-2019

Professional career

In 1981 she graduated in Information Science at the University of Pisa. In the same year she entered the Olivetti with the role of Researcher that she also maintained during the decade 1984-1994 at the CRN of Pisa. In 1994 she became full professor of computer science at the University of L'Aquila, where she later held various prestigious roles in university governance: from 1994 to 2000 she was Chairman of the Computer Science Degree Course and later Director of the Computer Science Department. In 2008 she became Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the same university. From July 2012 to September 2013 she directed the Department of Engineering and Information Sciences and Mathematics (DISIM). Paola Inverardi was elected Director of the University of L'Aquila in the 2013/2014 academic year, a position she would hold until 31 October 2019.

Scientific results

Her main interests concern software engineering, with particular attention to the area of software architectures, which include, in addition to the structure organization of the system itself, the ways in which the different parts integrate and interact to form a single unit. In this context, she was involved in the analysis and check of both behavioral and quantitative architectural properties for distributed and mobile systems based on components. She is also actively involved in collaborating with important information technology and telecommunications industries.She regularly works as reviewer for international research agencies, foreign universities and the European Commission.

 

Editorial work and publications

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

(2011) Cortellessa V, Di Marco A, Inverardi P. Model-Based Software Performance Analysis. Springer 2011, isbn 978-3-642-13620-7. 

(2009) Pelliccione P, Inverardi P, Muccini H. CHARMY: A Framework for Designing and Verifying Architectural Specifications. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 35(3):325-346. 

(2004) Balsamo S, Di Marco A, Inverardi P, Simeoni M, Model-Based Performance Prediction in Software Development: A Survey. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(5):295-310. 

(2004) Muccini H, Bertolino A, Inverardi P, Using Software Architecture for Code Testing. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 30(3):160-171. 

(2003) Inverardi P, Tivoli M, Deadlock-free software architectures for COM/DCOM Applications. Journal of Systems and Software, 65(3):173-183. 

(2001) F Aquilani, S Balsamo, P Inverardi: Performance analysis at the software architectural design level. Performance Evaluation, 45(2):147-178. 

(2000) Inverardi P, Wolf AL, Yankelevich D, Static checking of system behaviors using derived component assumptions. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 9 (3), 239-272. 

(1995) Inverardi P, Nesi M, Deciding observational congruence of finite-state CCS expressions by rewriting Theoretical Computer. Science, 139(1):315-354. 

(1995) Inverardi P, Wolf AL, Formal specification and analysis of software architectures using the chemical abstract machine model. IEEE transactions on Software Engineering, 21(4):373-386. 

(1993) Inverardi P, Mazzanti F, Experimenting with Dynamic Linking with Ada. Software: Practice and Experience, 23(1):1-14.

Awards and prizes

In May 2011 she  gained an honorary PhD from Mälardalen University in Sweden and, in 2013, the IEEE TCSE Distinguished Service Award "for outstanding and sustained contributions to software engineering community". Moreover she is also a member of the ACM Europe Council and of the European Academy.

 

 

Elisabetta Iossa
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: economy of public services, economy of regulation

Keywords: innovation, procurement, public-private partnership

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Economics and Coordinator of the Research Center in Procurement and Supply Chain, Proxenter, of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (proxenter, www.proxenter.it).

Professional career

Elisabetta Iossa is Full Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Research Fellow of the Center   for Economic Policy Research in London (CEPR) and of GREEN-Bocconi. She is also Director of the Research Center in Procurement and Supply Chain, Proxenter (www.proxenter.it) and Coordinator of the Master of Science in European Economy and Business Law of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Prior to returning to Italy, she worked for more than 10 years at Brunel University in West London and for two years at ECARES, Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. She has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard, Toulouse School of Eonomics and Università Cattolica of Milan, among others.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are in applied economic theory, with particular focus on public procurement, procurement of innovation and public-private partnerships, and on regulation of public services. On these topics, she has advised international institutions such as UK Competition Commission, European Commission, UK Financial Service Authority, OECD, Office of Fair Trading, IFAD-United Nations and World Bank. She has published in numerous international journals, including Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behaviour, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, among others. Further details are available on https://sites.google.com/site/profelisabettaiossa/

As of December 2017, she appears among the top 5-7% Italian economists according to the REPEC ranking. She has more than 2000 citations on google scholar.

Editorial work and publications

She has published extensively in numerous international journals. For a full list see her personal website https://sites.google.com/site/profelisabettaiossa/

1.      Iossa, Elisabetta and Stephane Saussier (2018), Public Private Partnerships in Europe for Building and Managing Public Infrastructures: An Economic Perspective. Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. (Invited paper). Vol. 89, 1.

2.      Iossa, Elisabetta, Biagi, Federico and Valbonesi Paola (Forthcoming) Pre-commercial Procurement, Procurement of Innovative Solutions and Innovation Partnerships in the EU: Rationale and Strategy. Economics of Innovation and New Technology

3.      Iossa, Elisabetta and Mike Waterson (Forthcoming) “Maintaining Dynamic Competition in Procurement: The Case of London Bus Tendering”. Transport Policy.

4.      Iossa, Elisabetta and David Martimort (2016), “Corruption in PPPs, Incentives and Contract Incompleteness,”. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 44: 85–100.

5.      Iossa, Elisabetta and David Martimort (2015), “Pessimistic Information Gathering,”. Games and Economic Behavior 91, 2015, 75 – 96.

6.      Iossa, Elisabetta and David Martimort (2015), “The Simple Micro-Economics of Public Private Partnerships, with David Martimort, 2015.Journal of Public Economic Theory, 17, (1), 4–48.

7.      Iossa, Elisabetta and Patrick Rey (2014), ‘Building Reputation for Contract Renewal: Implications for Performance Dynamic and Contract Duration, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2014, 12(3), 549–574.

8.      Iossa, Elisabetta and Bruno Jullien (2012), ‘The Market for Lawyers and the Quality of Legal Services’, RAND Journal of Economics, 43(4), 677-704.

9.      Iossa, Elisabetta and David Martimort (2012), "Risk Allocation and the Costs and Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships," RAND Journal of Economics, 43(3), pp: 442-474.

10.   ‘Crowding Out Public Sector Motivation, with Yannis Georgellis, and Vurain Tabvuma, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2011, 21(3): pp: 473-493.

11.   “Building and Managing Facilities for Public Services”, with John Bennett. Journal of Public Economics, 2006, vol.  90 (10-11), pp. 2143-2160.

12.   “Auditing and Property Rights”, with Patrick Legros. RAND Journal of Economics, 2004, vol. 35, pp. 356-372.

13.   “Price Cap Regulation and Information Acquisition”, with Francesca. Stroffolini. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 20(7), 2002, pp.1013-1036.

14.  “Informative Externalities and Pricing in Regulated Multiproduct Industries”, Journal of Industrial Economics, 1999, vol. 47(2), pp.195-219.

15.  “Price Caps and Output Floors: a Comparison of Simple Regulatory Rules”, with Gianni De Fraja. Economic Journal, 1998, vol. 108, n.450, pp.1404-1421.

 

Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: bank economy, political economy

Keywords: economy, equal pay, university, women, work

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Economist, Full Professor emeritus of Economics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Currently Professor of Economics of the Public Sector in the Master Course of the Department of Political Science.

Professional career

After studying at the Department of Economics of the University of Trieste for two years under the direction of Prof. Renato Zangheri, she got her Bachelor Degree (Laurea) in Economics (magna cum laude plus dignità di stampa) in Milan at the Department of Economics of the Bocconi University in 1968. In that same year she entered the MIT Graduate School of Economics, that she left in 1970 for family reasons, after obtaining a top-score Master of Science in Economics (passed with honour). She started teaching when she was 25. In 1980, after becoming Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Statistics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Prof. Paolo Sylos Labini and Prof. Luigi Spaventa) and Associate Professor of Economics of Banking in the same Department, she became Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Trieste (1980-1983), then at the Rome Postgraduate School for Public Administration and at the Rome Private University LUISS (Department of Economics, 1983-1984, and Department of Law, 1984-1992). In 1989, she became Full Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, where she remained until 2011, though she was on leave in the last 7 years as member of CIVR (Committee assessing the quality of universities and research bodies in Italy). In 2011 she was appointed  as member of the Board of Directors of ANVUR (the Italian Agency for the evaluation of universities and research institutes).

In 2014 she was co-founder and first President of the Progressive Jewish Community of Rome, Beth Hillel, within the European Union of Progressive Judaism. In 2017 she obtained a Master in Jewish Studies and Communication at UCEI – Union of the Italian Jewish Communities in Rome, “magna cum laude + auspicio di stampa”. She has been volunteer in the clown therapy Banda Faclò at the Rome Paediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù since 2016.

She worked in many foreign Universities, ranging from MIT to the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Oxford, Columbia University of New York, Harvard, Washington DC. She tought at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, at the Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques in Paris, at the Columbia University, at the College of Europe in Bruges From 2010 to 2014 she was one of the 7 Members of the Economic Expert Group created by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton.

Since 2016 she has been member of the Steering Committee of Santa Chiara Lab Centre of the University of Siena, as well as member of the Steering Committee  of the University-Business Observatory of CRUI Foundation - Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane, Rome.Since 2017 she is member of the Advisory Board for the monitoring of the Economics Department Activity of the University of Catania.

She headed economic research institutes and was consultant of private and public bodies and institutions. She also dedicated herself to popularizing the economic theory, namely she directed the Economics Book Series for the Italian Publisher Ulrico Hoepli and  was also author and speaker of the weekly Radio Broadcast Lessico dell’economia for Radio Radicale  in 5 semesters from 2003 to 2008.  then publishing the texts in 5 volumes for Luiss University Press and each week on the Italian newspaper Il Riformista. She has been director of the Dictionary of Economics and Finance for the Enciclopedia Treccani.She has been member of the Steering Committee  of the University-Business Observatory of CRUI Foundation - Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane, Rome since 2016.He is editorialist of the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

With reference to research, she was President of ISPE - Istituto di Studi per la Programmazione Economica -  from 1993 to 1998, and President of ISAE - Istituto di Studi e Analisi Economica – from 1999 to 2003 with the double role of CEO and Director of Research. In those same years she was member of the Coordination Committee of the Presidents of the Italian Research Institutes. She played many roles as scientific coordinator for the Italian National Research Council, CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche -,  in particular she was Vice-Coordinator  for  Prof. Franco Modigliani in the Strategic Project  Il risanamento della finanza pubblica in Italia from 1992 to 1997. Fiorella Kostoris was member of the Technical Secretary of the Italian Minister for Education, University and Research, Letizia Moratti, in 2003-06; Economic Advisor  to Riccardo Illy,  President of the Italian Administrative Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia in 2005; member of the Commission set up by the Italian Minister  for Public Administration and Innovation, Renato Brunetta, to harmonize the retirement age of male and female civil servants in 2009. Since 2016 she is member of the Comitato di Riflessione e Indirizzo strategico – i.e. Strategic Planning Committee - of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. She was Member of CAE - Conseil d’Analyse Économique of the French Prime Minister -, appointed by Mr. Jospin, confirmed by Mr. Raffarin, Paris from 1999 to 2004.

She was member of many Steering Committees, among which those of Aspen Institute Italia (since 1994), the Scientific Committees of Confindustria (1998-2000) and Italia Lavoro Spa (1999-2010). She was member of the Board of Directors of the Fondo etico BNLin theBanca Nazionale del Lavorofor Telethon in 2002-07; Advisor to Unicredit Banca Impresa in 2005; President of Sella Gestioni SGR Spain 2007-09, after being member of its Board of Directors in 2005-2006 and then Advisor to the Banca Sella Holding Group in 2009. Since 2015 she has been member of the Board of Directors of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena. Within the Monte dei Paschi, she has been  member of the Supervisory Board (2015-2017), member of the Related-Party Transactions Committee since 2015 and from 2015 to 2018 also President of that Committee. She has also been member of the Compensation Committee since 2017 and in 2018 became President of the Remuneration Committee of Monte dei Paschi di Siena.

Scientific results

Fiorella Kostoris’ research has been focusing on policy-oriented economic analysis. Her major interest lies in the analysis of the Italian economic policy and public finance, as well as in the pension system reforms and in the General Government debt at national, regional and municipal level, also in view of possible privatizations. Her job hinged on the labour market analysis by comparing Italy and other European and world countries, with reference to the public and private sectors and to the weak population groups, namely young people, women, developing regions, migration flows. She studied European macroeconomic topics: from the principle of the mutual recognition in the 4-freedom European system, to the Stability and Growth Pact and to Fiscal Compact. She has been examining the research and teaching quality outcomes, soft skills, generalist competences, learning outcomes in a strategic sector such as University. She has always carried out her research activity alongside with her commitment against segregation, lack of opportunities and poor meritocracy for female workers in Italy.

Her commitment in favour of female workers is underlined by her studies on solutions to improve the life and job quality of women and in her participation to national initiatives and projects.

Editorial work and publications

Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa has published many books and articles, among which a whole series on gender economics, namely:

(2009) Kostoris F. L’età pensionabile femminile e i problemi strutturali della donna italiana nel mercato del lavoro, in Bonino E. (ed.), Pensionata sarà lei, Catanzaro, Rubettino Editore, 2009, pp. 31-36.

(2009) Kostoris F. A proposito di donne e di pensioni. Formiche, VI, 35, p. 53.

(2008) Kostoris F. Occupazione femminile: una leva per la competitività, Fondazione Universitaria Marco Biagi, Adapt, 2, 3 March 2008, www.fmb.unimore.it/on-line/Home/NewsletterBollettinoAdapt/ IDossierdiAdapt.html.

(2008) Kostoris F. Le politiche per la donna nel mercato del lavoro italiano. Diritto delle Relazioni Industriali, 2, XVIII, pp. 479-490.

(2007) Kostoris F. La donna lavoratrice a 60 anni dalla Costituzione Italiana. Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-VIII, pp. 135-225.

(2007) Kostoris F. Le pensioni delle donne, le pensioni degli uomini: privilegi, parità, giusti sostegni e compensazioni. TFR, Pensioni, Fondi Pensione, Annex to n. 23 of Panorama Economy.

(1995) Kostoris F. Is There Female Parity in the Italian Labour Market?ISPE Documenti di Lavoro, 20.

(1994) Kostoris F. Retribuzione femminile: parità formale, disparità sostanziale nel pubblico e nel privato fra lavoratori e lavoratrici oggi in Italia. Commissione Nazionale per la Parità e le Pari Opportunità tra Uomo e Donna (ed.), Atti del Convegno Nazionale Ruolo e Prospettive delle Donne nell'Economia, Rome, Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, 1994, pp. 9-59.

(1979) Kostoris F. Assenteismo e turnover nell'occupazione femminile. Un confronto fra l'Italia e gli Stati Uniti. Queste Istituzioni, 29, pp. 23-45.

(1974) Kostoris F. La forza lavoro femminile, Bologna, il Mulino.

 

 

Awards and prizes

Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa was nominated Grande Ufficiale al Meritoof the Italian Republic  by the President of the Republic of Italy in 2000; she was also nominated Officier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneurby the French President Chirac in 2001; she received the “Premio Capalbio” Award for Economic Policy for her book Lessico dell’Economiain 2004.

For her civil and scientific committment, Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa was granted the “Donna Ande - Giuliana Florio” Award, Section of Trieste, Udine and Gorizia in 1998, the Award for “Donne Dirigenti d’Azienda Italiane” in 2000, and the “Marisa Bellisario” Award for Finance and Economics in 2001.

 

 

 

Marina Lalatta Costerbosa
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: bioehics, ethic, human rights, political violence, social violence

Keywords: autonomy, children's rights, dignity, equality, torture

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Professor of Philosophy of Law, Department of Philosophy and Communication, and Member of the Bioethics Committee of the University of Bologna. 

Professional career

Degree Course in Philosophy with a practical-philosophical focus. During her PhD in "History of political thought and political institutions" at the University of Turin, she attended seminars on the Philosophy of Law held by Prof. Massimo La Torre at the European University Institute of Fiesole (Florence) and those of Prof. Otfried Höffe at the Philosophisches Seminar at the University of Tübingen, in Germany.  In 2001 she became a Researcher of Moral Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bologna. After teaching History of Moral Philosophy and History of Political Doctrines for ten years also at the University of Catanzaro, she now holds the chair of Philosophy of Law and Bioethics at the Department of Philosophy and Communication in Bologna.

Scientific results

The beginnings of Lalatta Costerbosa's research concerned contemporary issues of justice and classic authors in particular of the democratic and liberal tradition, above all Immanuel Kant and Wilhelm von Humboldt. Over time, the research has taken on more and more decisive traits in the sense of its normative and conceptual dimension, but also in the application of ethics and philosophy of law. Recently, part of the research activity has turned to two forms of violence among others: the question of torture and violence against children. Finally, the theme of violence, evil, consent to evil and moral responsibility has been a constant theme of research over the years, especially against the background of the tragic events of Nazism. At present, the theoretical justification of children's rights and their primacy is the focus of study.

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Lalatta Costerbosa MGustav Radbruch, Diritto e no. Traduzione, saggio introduttivo e cura di Marina Lalatta Costerbosa, Milano, Mimesis.

 [2020] Lalatta Costerbosa MAutonomia diacronica. Rispetto del bambino e antipaternalismo sociale. In L’antipaternalismo giuridico e il problema della vulnerabilità, a cura di Nicola Riva, Roma, Carocci.

[2020] Lalatta Costerbosa M(con Francesco Cerrato) L’Europa allo specchio. Identità, cittadinanza, diritti. Bologna, il Mulino.

[2019] Lalatta Costerbosa M, Il bambino come nemico. L’eccezione humboldtiana. Roma, DeriveApprodi.

[2019] Lalatta Costerbosa M, I diritti dei bambini come priorità. Una vicenda europea. Rivista di filosofia del diritto, VIII (numero speciale): 137-160.

 [2018] Lalatta Costerbosa M, Democracy Is Inclusive. Arendt’s Paradigm. Soft Power, 6 (1): 164-184.

[2016] Lalatta Costerbosa M(con Alberto Burgio), Orgoglio e genocidio. L’etica dello sterminio nella Germania nazista. Roma, DeriveApprodi.

[2015] Lalatta Costerbosa MLo spazio della responsabilità. Approdi e limiti delle neuroscienze. Bologna, il Mulino.

[2014] Lalatta Costerbosa M, La democrazia assediata. Saggio sui principi e sulla loro violazione. Roma, DeriveApprodi.

[2013] Lalatta Costerbosa M(con Massimo La Torre), Legalizzare la tortura? Ascesa e declino dello Stato di diritto. Bologna, il Mulino.

[2012] Lalatta Costerbosa M, Una bioetica degli argomenti. Torino, Giappichelli.

[2012] Lalatta Costerbosa M, Il silenzio della tortura. Contro un crimine estremo, Roma, DeriveApprodi, 2016.

 

Awards and prizes

2009 Gold Award I.G.E.M. (International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition) Cambridge/Massachusetts (Team Unibo).

Elisabetta Lamboglia
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: cost engineering, international relations, programmatic and technology evaluation, space engineering

Keywords: Alitalia SpA, Copernicus, ESA (European Space Agency), ISA (Italian Space Agency), NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Cost Engineer at European Space Agency (ESA).

Professional career

Elisabetta Lamboglia graduates at University of Rome `La Sapienza` in Aerospace Engineering in 2003, including an experience of six months in maintenance engineering at Alitalia SpA technical area. In 2006 Elisabetta graduates (MSc) cum laude in Astronautic Engineering, at the School of Aerospace Engineering of `La Sapienza`, including an experience of four months as intern at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC, European Space Agency).

In 2007 she continues as young graduate at ESTEC, when she works on analytical research and implementation of `the market effects`, modelling for multivariate data analysis, multi-criteria decision making processes, cost models enhancement and risk management assessment. She furthermore participates as systems cost chair to feasibility studies.  

In June 2009 she starts her experience at NASA Ames Research Center (Silicon Valley, California), where she earns the certificate of completion of the Space Studies Program on satellite applications (International Space University, ISU), and where she relates with more than 130 other experts and more than 40 different nationalities. At NASA she also works on the DREAM project (Disaster Risk Evaluation and Management), which customer is the World Bank, and which main objective is to explore the combination of earth observation tools, web-based and mobile data management tools, and how this combination can support and improve Disaster Risk Management.

From September 2009 to March 2010, she moves to the commercial business domain, working for a Dutch leading company in the off-shore and petrochemical sector (Heerema Marine Contractors), where she demonstrates  versatility and capability to work in different environments, such as in finance and during the very challenging years right after the 2008 financial crisis.            

In March of 2010 she returns in ESTEC as Cost Engineer, in the directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality, and where she provides cross cutting support to the main programs of all ESA directorates. 

In 2013 she is appointed as external and independent officer at programmatic decision point for the Italian Space Agency (ISA), on the PRISMA project, which main objectives are the environmental monitoring, resource management, crop classification, pollution control, forest analysis and precision in agriculture.  

In 2015 she completes postgraduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she focuses on the theory and practice of global international organizations, diplomacy, and their role in international politics and related matters of concern to our society.  Selected subject areas of study are international and environmental security.

Since 2017, Elisabetta covers the role of ESA cost engineering team coordinator for the missions aimed to global monitoring and environmental security (Copernicus) and for the all ESA Earth Observation domain. 

In the year 2020 she earns several United Nations certifications, out of which `Entrepreneurship for Migrants and Refugees`, `Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) in Fragile Contexts,`, `Integrated planning for climate change and biodiversity` . 

Scientific results

During the elaboration of her master thesis Elisabetta contributed to the activities of the GAUSS group (School of Aerospace Engineering, University of Rome `La Sapienza`), including personal participation to the university-built microsatellite UniSat 4 launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (26 July 2006). 

As young graduate, she worked on the enhancement of mathematical models for financial and risk management applications, still operational nowadays. She furthermore participated to feasibility studies of several space missions, out of which Copernicus Sentinel 5p, successfully launched in October 2017. 

In the next years, she has been the appointed cost engineer for several independent programmatic and financial evaluations, dialogues, and negotiations for implementations of projects implementation. Moreover, she coordinated and harmonized cost-working groups for the Earth Explorers` mission selection and implementation, in close cooperation with senior managers of the Agency.

She worked as external officer to the programmatic envelope and critical aspects concerning ASI PRISMA; the satellite reached its orbit in March 2019.

From 2017 to 2020 she has been full-time assigned to the Copernicus expansion program (CHIME, LSTM, CO2M, ROSE-L, CRISTAL, CIMR), which she supported in the preparatory activities for ESA Ministerial Council (Space19+) and the successful implementation kick off of each of the six missions. 

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Lamboglia E. Extensive Cost Estimating methodologies for the CDF GaiaNIR study, SECESA.

[2014] Lamboglia E. A tool for rapid and early schedule estimates, Project Control Professional.

[2011] Elisabetta Lamboglia, RACE with ME: modelling the market effects on space projects, Project Control Professional.

[2010] Lamboglia E., Belvedere G., Portelli C. Gaudenzi P., Tota V. The Effect of Technical Inputs upon the Cost Estimating Process in a Concurrent Engineering Environment, SECESA.

[2009]  Lamboglia E.,  Dyke G., Gill S., Davies R., Betorz F., Andalsvik Y., Cackler J.,Dos Santos W., Dunlop K., Ferreira I., Matsubara Y. , Nikolaidis V. , Kebe F., Ostoja-Starzewski S. , Sakita M., Verstappen N. DREAM Project: applications of Earth Observations to Disaster Risk Management, IAC 2009.

[2008] Lamboglia E., Joumier H., Gaudenzi P. Non-linear and multivariate regressions for Space Engineering parametric Cost Models, Cost Engineering International Journal, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering.

[2008] Lamboglia E., Joumier H. van Pelt M., Ponzio P., Galano D., Montrone L., Bieler T. The Adaptation and Benefits of Cost Engineering within a Concurrent Design Environment, SECESA.

[2008] Lamboglia E. Enhanced Normalisation Process of Price References for Developing Cost Models, ISPA/SCEA Joint International Conference, 14 May 2008, Noordwijk. 

Awards and prizes

ESA Teamwork Excellence Award 2019: Copernicus High Priority Candidate Missions Phase A/B1 team  

ESA Teamwork Excellence Award 2019: Concurrent Design Facility team (Future Mission Studies)

Caterina La Porta
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biophysics, cellular biology, computational analysis, molecular biology, systems biology

Keywords: cancer stem cells

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate professor of general pathology at the University of Milan, group leader of the Molecular Oncology Lab, founding member of the Center for Complexity and Biosystems, University of Milan.

Professional career

After graduating in medicine in 1989 at the University of Milan and in 1995 she received a Ph. D. in physiology from the same university. From 1990 and 1991, she worked at the Institute for Pharmacological Research Mario Negri in Milan and spent nine months at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. From 1993 to 1994, she worked at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and then in 1995 she spent five months at the Rockefeller University in New York. From 1994 to 1997 she was a fellow of  the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). She came back to the University of Milan in 1997 and obtained tenure in 2002. 

 

Scientific results

In 2015, she co-founded the Center for Complexity and Biosystems at University of Milan, where she studies the fundamental mechanisms driving an healthy cell to become cancerous. In the specific case of melanoma, a very aggressive tumor that is hard to treat, here research activity lead to the discovery of a cellular subpopulation denoted as cancer stem cells (CSC).  According to her research, all melanoma cells can transform into CSC when the number of CSC falls  below a critical threshold, an effect due to the activation of a complex network on non coding microRNA. The result of this mechanism is that the number of CSC inside a tumore is held constant. This discovery might lead to reconsider the conventional therapeutic approach to cancer by eliminating the CSC that are feeding tumor growth. The current objective of Caterina La Porta’s  research is now to explore if the CSC is the correct model to describe melanoma progression, using an interdisciplinary approach combining cancer biology, theoretical physics and clinical studies, and to investigate if it is a universal model that can be used for other tumors as well. The long term goal of her research is to understand highly complex systems integrated into the human body. An additional research line focuses on the study of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular on the understanding of protein aggregation such as beta amyloid or neuroserpin and on the development of innovative diagnostic techniques.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of many international publications among which:

 

(2018)F. Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, C. A. M La Porta. Topography of epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity, PNAS 115 5902-5907.

 (2018) O. Chepizhko, M. C. Lionetti, C. Malinverno, G. Scita, S. Zapperi , C. A. M. La Porta

From jamming to collective cell migration through a boundary induced transition. Soft

Matter 14 (19), 3774-3782

(2018) F.Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, CAM La Porta Gene expression signature of obesity in

monozygotic twins. Physiol Meas. 39, 044008, 2018. doi: 10.1088/1361-

6579/aab85a.

(2017)F Font-Clos, S. Zapperi, C.A.M. La Porta Integrative analysis of pathway deregulation in obesity. Nature Publishing group: Systems Biology and Applications 3:18.

(2017) Z. Bertalan, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. LaPorta, Modeling mechanical control of spindle orientationof intestinal crypt stem cells Journal of Theoretical Biology 430, 103–108.

(2017)F Font, S. Zapperi, C.A.M. La Porta Integrative analysis of pathway deregulation in

obesity. Nature Publishing Journal Systems Biology and Applications 3:18 ;

doi:10.1038/s41540-017-0018-z.

(2017) C. Giampietro, MC Lionetti, G. Costantini, F. Mutti, S. Zapperi, CAM La Porta

Cholesterol impairment contributes to neuroserpin aggregation. Scientific Reports 7, 43669,

(2016)O. Chepizhko, C. Giampietro, E. Mastrapasqua., M. Nourazar, M. Ascagni, M. Sugni,

U. Fascio, L. Leggio, C. Malinverno, G. Scita, S. Santucci, M. J. Alava., S. Zapperi,

C.A.M. La Porta. Burst of activity in collective cell migration PNAS 113, 11408–11413

(2015)A. L. Sellerio, E. Ciusani, N. Bossel Ben-Moshe, S. Coco, A. Piccinini, C. R. Myers, J.

P. Sethna, C. Giampietro, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. La Porta Overshoot during phenotypic

switching of cancer cell populations Scientific Reports 5, 15464, doi:10.1038/srep15464,

(2015)A. Taloni, E. Kardash, O. U. Salman, L. Truskinovsky, S. Zapperi, C. A. M. La Porta,

Volume changes during active bleb fluctuation in cells Physical Review Letters 114, 208101,

(2014) Z. Budrikis, G. Costantini, C. A. M. La Porta, S. Zapperi, Protein accumulation in the

endoplasmic reticulum as a non-equilibrium phase transition. Nature Communications 5

3620, 2014

(2012) C. A. M. La Porta, S. Zapperi, J. P. Sethna Senescent cells in growing tumors: population dynamics in cancer stem cells. Plos Computational Biology 8, e1002316.

Maria Cristina La Rocca
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: Archaeology, history, women’s and gender history

Keywords: family, high Medieval Period

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Professor of Medieval History and Advisor for Europe in the International Relations proctorate at the University of Padua. 

Professional career

In 1980 Maria Cristina La Rocca graduated in Literature from the University of Turin, with a first-class honours degree. She continued her studies in 1984 with a PhD in History at the University of Birmingham (UK).  In 1987, she obtained a PhD in the History of Medieval Society and became a research fellow at the University of Turin, where she remained until 1989, also serving as head of the organisation of the FISITA'90 Congress (Automobile Technicians Association, Turin).  In 1990 she moved to the University of Padua as a Researcher in Medieval History. Eight years later she became Associate Professor and in 2005 she became Full Professor in Medieval History. 

In 2008 she was President of the History course, and from 2007 to 2014 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Historians. In the same years she directed the doctoral school in Historical, Geographical, and Anthropological Studies at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, the University of Padua, and the University of Verona, a school that she also coordinates in recent years, until 2020.  

She has had numerous experiences abroad: among others, in 2010 he was Visiting Professor at the Dpt. Of History, UCLA, Los Angeles (USA), in 2015 he represents the University of Padua in the Coimbra Group, workingGroup Doctoral Studies, in 2017 he is Professeure invitée Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne.

Scientific results

Maria Cristina La Rocca's research focuses on early medieval society, investigated through written and archaeological sources. Her studies focus in particular on early medieval migrations and on the theme of ethnicity; she investigates the forms of the early medieval family, with particular attention to figures that represent a discrepancy with the normative models: widows, orphans, unmarried daughters, step fathers and the active role of women in society.

In addition to the theme of gender, La Rocca's study also deals with themes of medieval town planning, such as that of cemeteries where tombs with and without grave goods were found between the 6th and 9th centuries; or that of early medieval cities, whose forms, spaces and centrality of places are studied, dwelling on abandoned cities and reflecting on the legacy of the ancient and collective memory. 

Editorial work and publications

The editorial activity is also intense, including collaboration with the journal Archeologia Medievale, participation in the Scientific Committee of the journal Hispania and in the journal Bullettino Storico Italiano per il Medioevo. 

Authored Books:

[2012] Tempi barbarici. L'Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900). pp.7-357. Carocci, Roma (with Stefano Gasparri).

Edited Books:

[2019] Vingt cinq ans aprés. Les femmes au rendez vous de l’histoire, pp. 1-493, Collection de l’Ecole Française de Rome, vol. 561, (con Enrica Asquer, Anna Bellavitis, Giulia Calvi, Isabelle Chabot, Manuela Martini).

[2019] La construction sociale du sujet exclu (Ive-XIe siècle). pp. 1-292 – ISBN 9782503576053, in Collection Haut Moyen Age, vol. 33, Brepols Publishers, (con Sylvie Joye et Stéphane Gioanni). 

[2018] Spazio pubblico e spazio privato tra storia e archeologia (secoli VI-XI), pp.1-383, Brepols, Turnhout  (with Giovanna Bianchi and Tiziana Lazzari) 

[2015] Urban identities in Northern Italy (800-1100 ca.). pp.1-492 (with Piero Majocchi).

[2015] Il genere nella ricerca storica. Atti del VI Congresso della Società Italiana delle Storiche. pp.1-1382 (with Saveria Chemotti).

[2010] Donne in famiglia nell'alto medioevo. pp.5-106. In GENESIS - vol. IX/1 (with Adelisa Malena).

[2007] Agire da donna. Modelli e pratiche di rappresentazione (secoli VI-X). pp.5-326, Turnhout, Brepols. 

[2005] Sauver son âme et se perpétuer. Transmission du patrimoine et mémoire au haut moyen âge. Rome, Collection de l’Ecole Française de Rome, pp.1-529 – (  François Bougard, Régine Le Jan).

[2005] Carte di famiglia. Strategie, rappresentazione e memoria del gruppo familiare di Totone di Campione (721-877), Roma, Viella, pp.1-390 (with Stefano Gasparri).

[2004] Tesori. Forme di accumulazione della ricchezza nell'alto medioevo (secoli V-XI). Roma, Viella, pp.1-328 (with Sauro Gelichi).

[2001] Early Medieval Italy. pp.1-250, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Awards and prizes

In 1981 he won the Giorgio Bretschneider Prize for the best unpublished monograph. 

Cecilia Laschi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: biorobotics

Keywords: i-droid, neuro development bioengineering, octopus project, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Rector’s delegate to Research, Vice-Director of the BioRobotics Institute

Professional career

After a Master Degree in Computer Science at the Unversity of Pisa in 1993, she obtained a PhD in Robotics from the University of Genova in 1998. From the following year she was Post-doc research assistant at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. From 2000 to 2006 she was Assistant Professor of Biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and in 2001-2002 she was visiting researcher at the Humanoid Robotics Institute of Waseda University di Tokyo, Japan. Since 2006 she was Associate Professor and since 2014 Full Professor of Biorobotics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.

Scientific results

Cecilia Laschi’s research interest is Biorobotics. Starting from experiences in basic robotics, she investigated bioinspired solutions for service robotics. Recently, she worked on an ambitious project grown in a tank at the Research Centre on Sea Technologies and Marine Robotics in Livorno, where the model was a common octopus, Octopus vulgaris. Studying this cephalopod’s movement, in the OCTOPUS European project, Cecilia Laschi and her team put the basis for the biomimetics of the future: designing and developing bioinspired robots, built with soft materials. The first prototype of soft robot arm imitates the muscular structure of the octopus arm and is built with siliconic materials, thanks to novel actuators giving a contraction of the muscular structure and a special braided structure inspired to the octopus connective tissue, covered by a an artificial skin with suckers. The robot arm works in water because, similarly to the octopus, it uses the mechanics of the interaction with water, mimicking the octopus arm bending and the elongation. The technologies developed by mimicking the octopus are now finding further development in many projects on several applications, ranging from marine explorations to the biomedical field, in surgery and assistance to the elderly. This research brought to the development of the new research area of soft robotics, at international level.

Cecilia Laschi’s name is also linked to another important project: in 2007 she contributed to the birth, in Tokyo, of the “RoboCasa” joint lab of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and Waseda University, where Italian and Japanese researchers could work together in frontier research. Related to her expertise in humanoid robotics is the birth of iDroid01, produced by a spin-off company of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, RoboTech srl, that she founded. iDroid01 is the first personal robot sold in parts to assemble, in eight countries, able to speak, understand basic commands, see, move its head following sounds, show feelings and especially learn, by storing behaviour schemes.

Laschi is among the inventors of another achievement of robotics in Pisa: DustBot, the dustmen robots. DustClean, which swaps street with brushes and sprays, and DustCart, a “snowman” coloured in green or blue, with two wheels, which comes to the doorstep upon call, open its stomach-drawer, receives the garbage bag and brings it out of the historical city centre. The two Italian Wall-es – on which Laschi has been worked from 2006, also with RoboTech srl – have been already put in service in an experimental session in a small village in Tuscany.

Editorial work and publications

Cecilia Laschi is author of many publications in international scientific journals (see http://www.santannapisa.it/en/personale/cecilia-laschi for the complete list), among which:

(2019) T. George Thuruthel, B. Shih, C. Laschi, M. Tolley, “Soft robot perception using embedded soft sensors and recurrent neural networks”, Science Robotics 4(26).

(2018) M. Cianchetti, C. Laschi, A. Menciassi, P. Dario, “Biomedical applications of soft robotics”, Nature Reviews Materials, 3(6), pp.143-153.

(2018) T. George Thuruthel, Y. Ansari, E. Falotico, C. Laschi, “Control Strategies for Soft Robotic Manipulators: A Survey”, Soft Robotics 5(2), pp.149-163.

(2017) C. Laschi, “Helping robots blend into the background”, Science, 358(6360), p.169.

(2017) E. Falotico, A. Berthoz, P. Dario, C. Laschi, “Sense of movement: Simplifying principles for humanoid robots”, Science Robotics, 2(13).

(2016) Laschi C, Mazzolai B. Lessons from nature: the symbiosis of morphological computation and soft robotics. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 23. 
(2016) Calisti M, Falotico E, Laschi C. Hopping on Uneven Terrains With an Underwater One-Legged Robot. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters,1.1:461-468. 
(2016) Cianchetti M, Laschi C. Pleasant to the Touch: By Emulating Nature, Scientists Hope to Find Innovative New Uses for Soft Robotics in Health-Care Technology. IEEE Pulse, 7(3):34-37. 
(2016) Cauli N, Falotico E, Bernardino A, Santos-Victor J, Laschi C. Correcting for Changes: Expected Perception-Based Control for Reaching a Moving Target. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 23(1):63-70. 
(2015) Cianchetti M, Calisti M, Margheri L, Kuba M, Laschi C. Bioinspired locomotion and grasping in water: the soft eight-arm OCTOPUS robot. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 10, 035003. 
(2015) Renda F, Giorgio-Serchi F, Boyer F, Laschi C, Modelling cephalopod-inspired pulsed-jet locomotion for underwater soft robots. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 10(5). 
(2015) Calisti M, Corucci F, Arienti A, Laschi C. Dynamics of underwater legged locomotion: Modeling and experiments on an octopus-inspired robot. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 10(4). 
(2014) Renda F, Giorelli M, Calisti M, Cianchetti M, Laschi C. Dynamic Model of a Multibending Soft Robot Arm Driven by Cables. IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 30, 1109-1122. 
(2014) Laschi C, Cianchetti M. Soft Robotics: New Perspectives for Robot Bodyware and Control. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 2. 
(2013) Kim S, Laschi C, Trimmer B. Soft robotics: a bioinspired evolution in robotics. Trends in Biotechnology, 31, 287-294.

Awards and prizes

Co-founder in 2004 of the “RoboTech srl” academc spin-off company of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, in the field of edutainment robotics. Co-author of sixteen patents, in Italy, Europe, Japan.

 

Sandra Leone
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental elementary particle physics

Keywords: antiproton, atlas experiment, boson w, CERN, collision, elementary particles, fermilab, higgs boson, proton, top quark

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Senior researcher at National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Pisa (Italy)

Professional career

Sandra Leone obtained a master degree in physics from Pisa University in 1990 and a PhD from the same University in 1994. After a 2 years post-doc position, in 1997 she enters INFN-Pisa as researcher in experimental high energy physics. Since 2009 she is senior researcher in the same institute. She has the full professor qualification  (required to cover full professor positions in Italy). Since 2005 she is responsible for the organization of the Pisa European Particle Physics Masterclass for high school students. She was in the local organizing committee of 6 international congresses and was in charge of the organization of INFN local scientific seminars since 2002 until 2008.

Scientific results

Sandra Leone’s field of research is experimental particle physics. In 1989 she starts studying proton-antiproton collisions in the CDF experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider, in the US. In particular she studied the production mechanism of the W boson. In 1994-1995 she studied the top quark production and was part of the team which observed for the first time the top quark in the CDF experiment. From 1997 to 2001 she works with silicon detectors and studies their application in experiments at hadron colliders. In particular, she is responsible in this period of the construction and test of 161 elementary units of the ISL silicon detector for the CDF experiment. In the following years she commits herself to the study of associated production of WZ intermediate bosons and the search for the Higgs boson.

In 2013 she joins the ATLAS experiment at CERN. She takes part to the construction and test of the new laser calibration system for the ATLAS hadron calorimeter. Since 2015 she studies the robustness and longevity of photomultiplier tubes, in the context of the foreseen upgrades of the ATLAS detector. She was invited to present scientific results on behalf of her collaborations in plenary session in  15 international conferences and in several national conferences, physics schools, seminars and conference parallel sessions, like ‘ichep2016’, one of the most important conferences in the field of high energy physics, which was held in Chicago

Editorial work and publications

She is referee of international journals and co-author of more than 1000 international papers, among which:

(2016) CDF Collaboration. Measurement of the WW and WZ production cross section using final states with a charged lepton and heavy-flavor jets in the full CDF Run II data set. Physical Review D, 94, 032008.

(2012) CDF Collaboration. Evidence for a Particle Produced in Association with Weak Bosons and Decaying to a Bottom-Antibottom Quark Pair in Higgs Boson Searches at the Tevatron. Physical Review Letters, 109, 071804.

(2007) CDF Collaboration. First Measurement of the Ratio of Central-Electron to Forward-Electron W Partial Cross Sections in proton-antiproton collisions at center of mass energy of 1.96 TeV. Physical Review Letters, 98, 251801.

(1995) CDF Collaboration. Observation of Top Quark Production in proton-antiproton collisions with the Collider Detector at Fermilab. Physical Review Letters, 74, 2626.
(1992) Abe F, [...] Leone S, et al. Lepton Asymmetry in W-boson Decays from proton-antiproton Collisions at center of mass energy of 1.8 TeV. Physical Review Letters, 68, 1458.

Awards and prizes

Sandra Leone held several prominent roles in her field and was part of several committees. In 1995 she received an award for young researchers from the Italian Physics Society (SIF). Since 1998 she is referee of Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D journals. Since 2013 she is member of the editorial staff of “Scienza per tutti”, the official outreach web site of INFN. Since 2008 she acted in several occasions as independent expert  evaluator for the European Seventh Framework Program and Horizon2020. From 2006 to 2011 she was part of the INFN Equal Opportunity Committee.

Rosella Levaggi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: drug economy, environmental economy, health economics, public economics

Keywords: corruption, drug price regulation, federalism, hospital competition, pharmaceutical market, tax evasion

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Chair in Public Economics at the University of Brescia

Professional career

BA in Economics at the University of Genova (Italy) followed by a Master in Social Science and a D.Phil in Economics at the University of York (UK). Since 2000 she has a chair in Public Economics at the University of Brescia. From 2009 to 2014 she was in the Board of SIEP (Società Italiana di Economia Pubblica), from 2012 to 2014 she is Vice President. She is Associated Editor of Health Economics, Editor of PLOS ONE and Associate Member of CIRIEC Scientific Committee.

Scientific results

Public economics and regulation are the main themes of my academic production from fiscal federalism (with particular reference to the problems of determining the relationship between spending and grants-in-aid in a context of asymmetry of information) to the design of optimal contract for health care (primary care, hospital care, emergency admissions)

 

More recently, the focus of my research has been on issues related to competition between public and private hospitals, the effects of fiscal federalism in health care, patient mobility at national and European level, soft budget constraint policies. Alongside these more traditional themes, my new area of interest is the study of incentives for innovation in health care, precision medicine, drug price regulation and its effects on innovation. Another important and relevant theme for its policy implications concerns the study of tax evasion, in particular in a dynamic context where the long-term effects of such behaviour may have important consequences on assett allocation and economic growth.          A network of collaborations with economists around the world and colleagues and scholars of other disciplines has made these activities possible.

Editorial work and publications

Author of about 150 scientific publications. The 5 most relevant publications  in the past five years

(2018) Levaggi, L.; Levaggi, R. & Trecroci, C. (2018) Decentralisation and waste flows: A welfare approach, Journal of Environmental Management, Elsevier BV, 2018, 217, 969-979

(2016) Brekke KR, Levaggi R, Siciliani L, Straume OR. Patient mobility and health care quality when regions and patients differ in income. Journal of Health Economics, 50:372-387.

(2016) Levaggi R, Menoncin F. Optimal Dynamic Tax Evasion: A Portfolio Approach. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organisation, 114:115-129.

(2015) Frischut M, Levaggi R. Patient mobility in the context of austerity and an enlarged EU: The European Court of Justice’s ruling in the Petru Case. Health Policy, 119(10):1293-1297.

 (2014) Levaggi R. Pricing schemes for new drugs: A welfare analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 102:69-73.

 

Maria Vittoria Levati
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: microeconomics

Keywords: behavioral economics, bounded rationality, experimental economics, game theory

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Verona

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Banking at the University of Siena in 1993, she continued her education with a master's degree in Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan (1995) and a PhD in Economics at the University of York, UK (2000). From 2001 to 2007 she was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena (Germany) and from 2008 to the 2012 Research Group Leader / W2 Professor at the same research institute. In 2008 she won one of the Minerva positions offered by the Max Planck Society to support the search for excellent women. In 2011 she moved to the Economics Department of the University of Verona where she became a full professor in 2015.

Scientific results

Maria Vittoria Levati's research activity takes place within the experimental and behavioral economy and responds to the need to contribute to the understanding of economic behavior through (controlled) laboratory and field experiments. Particular attention is paid to the use of game theory to elaborate sophisticated models of choice, alternative to the widely used homo oeconomicus model. One of her main interests was understanding and shaping the phenomenon of voluntary contribution, often found both in the laboratory and in real life. The fact that people vote, take part in collective actions, take care of the environment and donate to charitable organizations suggests that the rigid hypothesis of self-interested behavior is not pervasive, although the results of collective action are far from being optimal. The objective of her research was on the one hand to analyze the behavior of individuals in the presence of so-called social dilemmas; on the other, to identify institutional mechanisms that promote the social optimum. Another of her strands of research has focused on the theory of bounded rationality and, in particular, on the fundamental concept of the theory of Herbert Simon, or on the "satisficing", a compound term of satisfy (satisfying) and suffix (to be sufficient). In this context, together with her collaborators, she generalized and applied the concept to contexts with strategic interaction, in particular to finished games with n. players.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(forthcoming) Conte A, Levati MV, Nardi C. Risk preferences and the role of emotions. Economica.

(2017) Levati MV, Napel S, Soraperra I. Collective choices under ambiguity. Group Decision and Negotiation, 26:133-149.

(2015) Güth W, Levati MV, Soraperra I. Common and private signals in public goods games with a point of no return. Resource and Energy Economics, 41:164-184.

(2014) Güth W, Koukoumelis A, Levati MV, Ploner M. Providing revenue-generating projects under a fair mechanism: an experimental analysis. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 108:410-419.

(2014) Levati MV, Nicholas A, Rai B. Testing the single-peakedness of other-regarding preferences. European Economic Review, 67:197-209.

(2014), Güth W, Levati MV, Montinari N. Ranking alternatives by a fair bidding rule: a theoretical and experimental analysis. European Journal of Political Economy, 34:206-221.

(2014) Conte A, Levati MV. Use of data on planned contributions and stated beliefs in the measurement of social preferences. Theory and Decision, 76:201-223.

(2012), Levati MV, Qiu J, Mahagaonkar P, Testing the Modigliani-Miller theorem directly in the lab. Experimental Economics, 15:693-716.

(2012), Güth W, Levati MV,  Ploner M. Satisficing and prior-free optimality in price competition. Economic Inquiry, 50:470-483.

(2012) Koukoumelis A, Levati MV, Weisser J. Leading by words: a voluntary contribution experiment with one-way communication. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 81:379-390.

(2011) Levati MV, Miettinen T, Rai B. Context and interpretation in laboratory experiments: the case of reciprocity. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32:846-856.

(2010) Güth W, Levati MV, Ploner M. Satisficing in strategic environments: A theoretical approach and experimental evidence. Journal of Socio-Economics, 39:554-561.

(2009) Güth W, Levati MV, Ploner M. An experimental analysis of satisficing in saving decisions. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53:265-272.

(2009) Levati MV, Fiore A, Morone A. Voluntary contributions with imperfect information: An experimental study. Public Choice, 138:199-216.

(2008) Brennan G, Gonzalez L, Güth W, Levati MV. Attitudes toward private and collective risks in individual and strategic choice situations. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 67:253-262.

(2008) Güth W, Levati MV, Ploner M. On the social dimension of time and risk preferences: An experimental study. Economic Inquiry, 46:261-272.

Awards and prizes

Maria Vittoria Levati is co-director of the experimental economics laboratory (Verona Experimental Laboratory in Economics, VELE) of the University of Verona. In 2008 she won one of the Minerva positions that are offered by the Max Planck Society to excellent researchers in their field. She was invited to hold seminars at the Liberty Fund Conference (London), the University of Sheffield, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the University of Siena and the Free University of Bolzano.

Sonia Levi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology

Keywords: iron, protein engineering, proteins

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor in Applied Biology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and Head of the "Proteomics of Iron Metabolism" Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute of Milan.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1982, Sonia Levi continued her training in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies of the San Raffaele Hospital. In 1984, she obtained a fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. Two years later, she received a three-year post-doctoral research fellow to continue her research activity and, in 1989, she was hired as a researcher in the "Iron Metabolism" Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute. In 2003, she became the head of the Proteomic of Iron Metabolism Research Unit of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute of Milan. In 2005, she got the position of Associate Professor in Applied Biology, School of Medicine, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

Scientific results

Sonia Levi has been interested for years in the study of iron metabolism and associated diseases. When she was at the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), she learned the pioneering techniques of recombinant DNA applied to protein expression. After returning to Italy, she imported these new methodologies to the "Iron Metabolism" laboratory of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, where she has been successful in obtaining the recombinant human ferritins and their mutants, useful in the study of the assembly of complex protein structures. From 1992 to 2002, she continued her research in the "Protein Engineering" laboratory at the Department of Biotechnological Research (DIBIT) of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute where she developed eucariotic cellular models overexpressing iron proteins to analyze their biological functions. In 2001 she identified and isolated a new human ferritin located in the mitochondrion (small cellular organelle). The biological and functional characterization of this new protein is one of its main topics of interest. Her recent research is focused to clarify the relationship between iron and neurodegeneration. With this aim, she developed and studied cellular and animal models of neurodegenerative disease, like neuroferritinophaty, PKAN and Friedreich's ataxia. More recently, she is applying the technology of cellular reprogramming to obtain human neuronal models for the disorders defined as Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation.

Editorial work and publications

Author of more than one hundred Italian and international publications including:

(2016) Orellana DI, Santambrogio P, Rubio A, Yekhlef L, Cancellieri C, Dusi S, Giannelli SG, Venco P, Mazzara PG, Cozzi A, Ferrari M, Garavaglia B, Taverna S, Tiranti V, Broccoli V, Levi S. Coenzyme A corrects pathological defects in human neurons of PANK2-associated neurodegeneration. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8 (10): 1197-1211.

(2013) Cozzi A, Santambrogio P, Privitera D, Broccoli V, Rotundo LI, Garavaglia B, Benz R, Altamura S, GoedeJS, Muckenthaler MU, Levi S. 2013. Human L-ferritin deficiency is characterized by idiopathic generalized seizures and atipica restless leg syndrome.Journal of Experimental Medicine, 210 (9): 1779-91.

(2001) Levi, S., Corsi, B., Bosisio, M., Invernizzi, R., Volz, A., Sanford, D., Arosio, P., Drysdale, J.A Human Mitochondrial Ferritin Encoded by an Intronless Gene. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 276 (27): 24437-24440.

 (1991) Lawson, D.M., Artymiuk, P.J., Yewdall, S.J., Smith, J.M.A., Livingstone, J.C., Treffry, A., Luzzago, A., Levi, S., Arosio, P., Cesareni, G., Thomas, C.D., Shaw, W.V., Harrison, P.M. Solving the structure of human H ferritin by genetically engineering intermolecular crystal contacts Nature, 349 (6309): 541-544.

(1988) Levi, S., Luzzago, A., Cesareni, G., Cozzi, A., Franceschinelli, F., Albertini, A., Arosio, P. Mechanism of ferritin iron uptake: Activity of the H-chain and deletion mapping of the ferro-oxidase site. A study of iron uptake and ferro-oxidase activity of human liver, recombinant H-chain ferritins, and of two H-chain deletion mutants. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 263 (34): 18086-18092.

 

Awards and prizes

2016-2018 Member of the “Top Italian Women Scientist”

2016 Member of “100 esperte”

 

Francesca Longo
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International politics area

Competences: European Union, EU’s foreign policy, international politics, international relations, international security, migration policies

Keywords: elections, European institutions, European Political Parties, European Union Political System

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Full Professor of Political Science, University of Catania. President of the Italian Political Science Association.

Professional career

Francesca Longo graduated in Political Science at the University of Catania. She got her PhD in International Relations at the University of Padua. She is full Professor of Political Science at the University of Catania, ahere she held the Jean Monne chair in European Union Policy. She has been a member of several international research groups on the topic of the fight against organised crime and immigration policy. She is part of the academic commitee of the PhD programme on Political Science and Sociology at the “Scuola Normale” Pisa /Firenze. She is coordinator of the Standing Group on Organised Crime – European Consortium for Political Research. 

Scientific results

Her research interests are focused on the functioning of the EU political system, with particular focus on the relationship between the executive and the legislative. Moreover she studies EU migration Policy, EU policy  against organised crime and the security policy of the EU.  In the last years, her research has been enriched with the topic of Italian immigration policy and Italian foreign policy. 

Editorial work and publications

Latest Publications:

[2019] Longo F. e Isernia P.,  La Politica Estera Italiana nel Nuovo Millennio, Il Mulino.

[2018] Longo F., Italy and the refugees crisis, in Journal of Political & Military Sociology45.

[2017] Longo F. e Isernia P., The Italian foreign policy: challenges and continuities, in Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica47, p. 107-124.

[2016] Longo F., ‘La politica di immigrazione dell'Unione Europea tra vecchie e nuove sfide’, inPanebianco S. (a cura di),Sulle onde del Mediterraneo: Cambiamenti globali e risposte alla crisi migratoria. EGEA.

[2016] Longo F., ‘A party system without a party government in the European Union?’, in Mascia M. (ed.), Toward a European Transnational Party System, AUSE Ed. 

[2015] Longo F, ‘La Criminalità Organizzata’, in Foradori P, Giacomello G. (a cura di), Sicurezza Globale. Le Nuove Minacce.Il Mulino.

[2013] Longo F., Justice and Home Affairs as a New Dimension of the European Security Concept. in European Foreign Affairs Review, 18, p. 29-46. 

[2013] Longo F., The Relevance of Security Sector Reform in Humanitarian Intervention: The Case of the European Union in the Mediterranean, in Democracy and Security, 9.

[2012] Longo F., ‘Justice and Home Affairs as a new Tool of European Policy: The Case of Mediterranean Countries’, in AA.VV,  The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe's Role in the World, second updated edition. p. 85-96, Brookings Institution Press. 

Awards and prizes

Since 2018 she has been President of the Italian Political Science Association.

Rita Lorenzini
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: plasma physics

Keywords: energy, ITER, thermonuclear fusion

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Lead researcher at Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA)

Professional career

I got the Master ‘s degree in Physics in 1992 from Università degli Studi di Pisa, defending a thesis in particle physics based on studies performed at CERN, in Geneva. I obtained a research fellowship from the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia (INFM) on a research program in thermonuclear fusion physics and I started my collaboration with Consorzio RFX in Padua. The collaboration was maintained also when, in1993, I obtained a permanent position at ENEA.

Between 2000 and 2002 I spent several months at Max Planck Institut für Plasmaphysik in Munich to work on the tokamak experiment ASDEX Upgrade in the framework of Mobility Program funded by EURATOM.

In 2005 I got the PhD in Energetics from Università degli Studi di Padova. From 2006 I am lead researcher, always in ENEA.

Scientific results

My activity research is in the area of thermonuclear plasma physics, which aims at producing clean energy reproducing the physics processes that occur in the stars, like the Sun, in earth laboratories.

I work mainly on the Reversed Field Pinch experiment RFX-mod, located in Padua and operated by Consorzio RFX, a consortium of CNR, ENEA, INFN, Università di Padova and Acciaierie Venete.

I participate in several international collaborations, for example with the research team of the Madison Symmetric Torus experiment (MST) in Madison, Wisconsin (USA) and with the team of Large Helical Device (LHD) located  in Toki, Japan. More recently I started a collaboration with the Joint European Torus (JET) tokamak located in Culham, in UK.

I investigate the problem of particle and energy transport in thermonuclear plasmas through data analysis and development of numerical codes. I also contribute to the organization and realization of the experiments for the collection of data.

In 2008 I partecipated to the first observation of Single Helical Axis states (SHAx), the enhanced confinement states that occur when a toroidal RFP plasma is heated by a high current.

I devoted many efforts to characterize the transport barriers  observed in SHAx states and to clarify the relationship between the transport and the magnetic turbulence.

My recent research aims at exploiting  the results of solar physics, in particular of solar flares, to advance the comprehension of SHAx states.

The other important item of research regards so called ‘isotope effect’, namely the differences between plasmas of different hydrogen isotopes. I studied the isotope effect in RFX-mod and I participate in the isotope effect studies of JET and LHD.

Recently I worked in collaboration with LHD colleagues to the development of a code able to model plasmas with multiple magnetic axes. With the help of such code, named MAxS (Multiple Axis Solver) we will be able to study energy and particle transport in presence of magnetic islands

Editorial work and publications

I act as referee for plasma and general physics journals (Nuclear Fusion, Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion and Physical Review Letters)

I was invited tom give a lecture titled  ‘Improvement of the magnetic configuration in the Reversed Field Pinch through successive bifurcations’ to the  50th Annual Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics, American Physical Society nel Novembre 2008 in Dallas, Texas (USA).

I have been member of the Scientific Committee of 41st European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics held in Belfast in 2017

Author and coauthor of 68 papers published in peer-reviewed journal.

Awards and prizes

F.  Auriemma, D. Lopez-Bruna, R.  Lorenzini, B. Momo, I. Predebon, Y. Suzuki, A. López-Fraguas, Y. Narushima, F. Sattin, D. Terranova ‘A novel approach to studying transport in plasmas with magnetic islands’ Nuclear Fusion 58, 096037 (2018)

C.F. Maggi, H.Weisen, J.C. Hillesheim, A. Chankin, E. Delabie, L. Horvath, F. Auriemma, I.S. Carvalho, G. Corrigan, J. Flanagan, L. Garzotti, D. Keeling, D. King, E. Lerche, R. Lorenzini et al  ‘Isotope effects on L-H threshold and confinement in tokamak plasmas,’ Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 60,125002(2018)

R. Lorenzini, F. Auriemma, A. Fassina, E. Martines, D. Terranova and F. Sattin, ‘Internal Transport Barrier Broadening through Subdominant Mode Stabilization in Reversed Field Pinch Plasmas’, Physical Review Letters  116, 185002 (2016)

R. Lorenzini, E. Martines, P. Piovesan, D. Terranova, P. Zanca, M. Zuin et al.’Self-organized helical equilibria as a new paradigm for ohmically heated fusion plasmas’, Nature Physics, 5, 570 (2009)

R. Lorenzini, D. Terranova, A. Alfier, P. Innocente, E. Martines, R. Pasqualotto, P. Zanca,'Single-Helical-Axis States in Reversed-Field-Pinch Plasmas', Physical Review Letters 101, 025005 (2008)