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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.

 

Ruth Hanau Santini
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International politics area

Competences: EU’s foreign policy, Middle East and North African (MENA) politics and geopolitics, Tunisia

Keywords: crisis of democracy, democracy, European Union, Middle East and North Africa, mobilizations, safety, state, terrorism

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Senior Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Università L’Orientale, Naples

Professional career

She graduated cum laude in 2001 at the University of Bologna in International and Diplomatic Sciences and in 2003 gains a Master's degree in Neighbor and Middle East Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in Analysis and interpretation of European society at the Federico II University, Naples.

She gained several fellowships and collaborations with various research institutes and universities. During her PhD she worked for the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). In 2008, she is desk officer at the European Research Area of University of Bologna, in 2011/12 she collaborated with the Brookings Institution, in 2010 with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies - ISPI and in 2013 she joined the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund (GMF US).

Her experience leads her to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a consultant to the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister on the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In 2015-2016 she worked at the Johns Hopkins University -SAIS Europe- in Bologna as an associate fellow.

Since 2012 she is a researcher, first junior and subsequently senior, at the Oriental University of Naples. She is also associate fellow of the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) of the University of St. Andrews.

Scientific results

From February 2013 until July 2016, she led an international research consortium within the project EUSPRING(budget: EUR 500,000): Democracy and Citizenship rights in North Africa since the Arab Awakening: challenges for EU and US foreign policies, funded by Compagnia di San Paolo. The project revolved around post-revolutionary political trajectories in North Africa. 

Since May 2015 she has been coordinating a research project, STREETPOL: “From Tunisia to Oman: post-revolutionary participatory challenges”, within the Italian Ministry of Higher Education program SIR (Scientific Independence of Young Researchers).

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Santini R.H, Polese A, (eds.), Rethinking statehood in the Middle East and North Africa. Security, sovereignty and new political orders, Routledge, pp. 234.

[2019] Santini R.H, Cimini, G, The politics of security reform in post-2011 Tunisia: assessing the role of exogenous shocks, domestic policy entrepreneurs and external actors, “Middle Eastern Studies”, vol. 55, n.1, pp. 225-241.

[2019] Santini R.H, Cimini G, Intended and unintended consequences of security assistance in post-2011 Tunisia, in Contemporary Arab Affairs, vol. 12, n.1, 2019, pp. 91-106. 

[2019] Santini R.H, Costantini I, ‘Saudi Arabia’s space shaping: making or unmaking a region’, in Giusti S, Mirkova I (eds.), The EU in a Trans-European space. External relations across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Springer pp. 113-131.

[2019] Santini R.H, Pontiggia S, Informality and state-society relations in post-2011 Tunisia, in Polese A, Russo A, Strazzari F, (eds.), Governance beyond the law. The immoral, the illegal, the criminal,Palgrave.

[2018] Santini R.H, Limited statehood in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Citizenship, economy, security,Palgrave.

[2018] Santini R.H, Tholens S, Security Assistance in a Post-Interventionist Era: the impact on hybrid political orders in Tunisia and Lebanon, in Small Wars and Insurgencies.

[2018] Santini R.H, Polese A,Limited statehood and its security implications on the fragmentation of political orders in the Middle East and North Africa, in Small Wars and Insurgencies.

[2018] Santini R.H, The EU and post-Arab Uprisings’ citizenship: a fuzzy model or contrasting ideologies, in

Mejier R, Butenschon N (eds.), The Middle East in transition: the centrality of citizenship, Edward Elgar.

[2018] Santini R.H, Il 2011 e il re-balancing del Golfo arabo: trasformazioni geopolitiche della regione del Medio

Oriente e Nord Africa, in Civiltà del Mediterraneo (numero monografico).

[2017] Santini R.H, A New Regional Cold War in the Middle East and North Africa: Regional Security Complex Theory Revisited, in The International Spectator, November 

[2017] Santini R.H, Moro FN, Between hierarchy and heterarchy: Post Arab uprisings’ civil-military relations and the Arab state, in Mediterranean Politics.

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

Dean of the University of L’Aquila.

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.

 

 

 

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.

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)

 

Fiorella Lo Schiavo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, genetics

Keywords: arabidopsis, plant senecence, plant somatic embryogenesis

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science, Dept. of Biology, Padova.

Professional career

July 1974 Doctorate in Biology cum laude, University of Naples; October 1974 winner of a national competition for a doctorate fellowship at Normale Superiore, Pisa; 1975-1976 one year fellowship c/o Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Prof. A. Garcia-Bellido); 1976 short EMBO fellowship Inst. of Botany, University of Nottingham (Prof. E. Cocking); 1976 Research Fellow Institute of Mutagenesis and Differentiation National Research Council, Pisa (Prof. M. Terzi); 1983-1984 Research Associate, dept. of Genetics and Plant Pathology, University of California at Berkeley (Prof. Z.R. Sung); 1986 Research Fellow, International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics, Naples; 1987-1990 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Basilicata, Faculty of Agriculture at Potenza; 1991-2000 Associate Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Padua, Faculty of Science at Padova.

Scientific results

The research activity of Prof. Lo Schiavo began with her thesis (in the field of bacterial molecular genetics at the International Institute of Genetics and Biophysics) which received special mention at the competition for the best doctoral thesis in Molecular Biology (Scoffone-Cremona prize). Subsequently she worked in Drosophila genetics (Canto Blanco University, Madrid, Spain) and plant somatic cell genetics (Pisa, Italy). In 1982 she entered in a project for the isolation and characterization of temperature-sensitive carrot cell mutants: the study of alterations in plant cell differentiation has been the object of two consecutive 3-year programmes of the European Union, that originated several publications, the core of her scientific production up to the end of the 90's. After that, she studied the action mechanism of auxin, its perception and its effects on signal transduction. Later on, she has been involved in the isolation and physiological characterization of potassium ionic channels and the definition of their functions during various plant developmental stages. Another subject presently investigated concerns the basic mechanisms of organ senescence using cell cultures as model systems and, in particular, the PCD as the final stage of cell senescence. Recently, she is investigating the role of signalling molecules as calcium and ROS induced by abiotic stresses in model plants and in a crop as rice.

 

In all these years she has been responsible of National and International research projects, has acted as scientific referee for the European Union, the National Science Foundation of USA and various journals. She is past general Secretary of the IAPTC (International Association Plant Tissue Culture). She has been a director of the Italian Society of Plant Physiology from 1995 to 2002 and from 2009 to 2014 a director of the Italian Society of Plant Biology. She has been a member of the School of Doctorate in Bioscience and Biotechnology of the University of Padova, acting as coordinator of the curriculum “Biotechnology”. Since the beginning of 2014, she is a member of the new School of Doctorate in Bioscience, acting as a coordinator of the curriculum  “Biochemistry & Biotechnology “. She is the National Representative of the FESPB since September 2012.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than one hundred scientific papers.

Formentin E., Sudiro C., Perin G., Riccadonna S., Barizza E., Baldoni E., Lavezzo E., Stevanato P., Sacchi G.A., Morosinotto T., Zottini M., Lo Schiavo F. (2018)  Transcriptome and cell physiological analyses in different rice cultivars provide novel insights into adaptive and salinity stress responses, Frontiers in Plant Science,  vol. 9,  p.204, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00204.

 

Teardo E, Carraretto L, Wagner S, Formentin E, Behera S, De Bortoli S, Larosa V, Fuchhs P, Lo Schiavo F, Raffaello A, Rizzuto R, Costa A, Schwarzländer M and Ildiko Szabò (2017) Physiological characterization of a plant mitochondrial calcium uniporter in vitro and in in vivo. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY vol. 173 p. 1-16  www.plantphysiol.org/cgi/ DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.01359

Teardo E, Carraretto L, De Bortolis S, Costa A, Behera S, Wagner R, Lo Schiavo F, Formentin E, Szabo I (2015) Alternative splicing-mediated targeting of the Arabidopsis Glutamate Receptor 3.5 to mitochondria organelle morphology. PLANT PHYSIOLOGY vol. n.167 n.1 p. 216-227

 

Cristina Ruberti, Alex Costa, Emanuela Pedrazzini, Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Michela Zottini (2014). FISSION1A, an Arabidopsis tail-anchored protein, is localized to three subcellular compartments. Molecular Plant 7, p. 1393–1396,  doi: 10.1 093/mp/ssu027. doi : 10.1093/mp/ssu027

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Marco Vescovi, Michael Riefler, Micael Gessuti, Ondrej Novak, Thomas Schmulling, Fiorella Lo Schiavo (2012). Programmed cell death induced by high levels of cytokinin in Arabidopsis cultured cells is mediated by the cytokinin receptor CRE1/AHK4 . JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, vol. 63, p. 2825-2832

 

Awards and prizes

Special mention at the competition for the best doctoral thesis in Molecular Biology (Scoffone-Cremona prize) 1974.

Francesca Lotti
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: applied economics, economic policy, industrial economics, labor economics, political economy

Keywords: entrepreneurship, innovation, productivity

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior Advisor at the DG Economics and Statistics of the Bank of Italy, Head of the Production Structure Sector and Enterprises of the Economic Structure and Labor Market Division. Contract Professor of Industrial Dynamics and Labor Economics at the Department of Economics and Management of the Free International University of Social Studies (LUISS).

Professional career

After graduating in Statistical and Economic Sciences at the University of Bologna in 1997, she continued her education with a PhDs in Economics at the Sant'Anna Superiore University School (Pisa), during which she was a visiting student at the Department of economics of Harvard University (US) and visiting fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER, US). Assumed at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy in 2002, she first served the Credit Intermediaries Office, then the Sectoral and Territorial Analysis Office, later merged into the Division of Economic Structure and Labor Market. In 2007-2008 she was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and in 2008-2009 a consultant for the Ministry of Economic Development for industrial policies and related assessment.

Scientific results

Francesca Lotti's research activity is mainly carried out in the field of industrial economics and applied economics, with particular attention to technological change, the choices of companies in terms of growth, investments and innovation, the dynamics of productivity and its determinants. In these areas, she also investigated economic policies and the related ex-post evaluation, a topic on which she also wrote a book published by Il Mulino ("The evaluation of aid to businesses", edited by G. De Blasio, Il Mulino, 2008). Another area of her research concerns the role of women in the economy, with contributions on gender discrimination in the credit market, on gender differences in business management and more generally in the labor market.

Editorial work and publications

Francesca Lotti is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) Lotti F, Marin G. Productivity Effects of Eco-innovations Using Data on Eco-patents. Industrial and Corporate Change, 26(1):125–148.

(2013) Alesina A, Lotti F, Mistrulli PE. Do Women Pay More for Credit? Evidence from Italy, in Journal of the European Economic Association,  11(s1):45-66.

(2013) Hall BH, Lotti F e Mairesse J. Evidence on the Impact of R&D and ICT Investment on Innovation and Productivity in Italian Firms. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 22(3):300-328.

(2009) Hall BH, Lotti F e Mairesse J. Innovation and Productivity in SMEs. Empirical Evidence for Italy. Small Business Economics, 33(1):13-33.

(2008) Hall BH, Lotti F e Mairesse J. Employment, Innovation and Productivity: Evidence from Italian Manufacturing Microdata. Industrial and Corporate Change, 17(4):813-839.

(2007) Lotti F. Firm Dynamics in Manufacturing and Services: a Broken Mirror? Industrial and Corporate Change, 16(3):347-369.

(2007) Lotti F, Marcucci J. Revisiting the Empirical Evidence on Firms' Money Demand, Journal of Economics and Business, 59(1):51-73.

(2006) Bofondi M, Lotti F. Innovation in the Retail Banking Industry: the Diffusion of Credit Scoring Review of Industrial Organization, 28(4):343-358.

(2005)  Lotti F, Santarelli E. The Survival of Family Firms: The Importance of Control and Family Ties, International Journal of the Economics of Business, 12(2), pp. 183-192.

(2004) Gobbi G, Lotti F. Entry Decisions and Adverse Selection: an Empirical Analysis of Local Credit Markets, Journal of Financial Services Research, 26(3):225-244.

(2004) Lotti F, Santarelli E. Industry Dynamics and the Distribution of Firm Sizes: A Non Parametric Approach, Southern Economic Journal, 70(3):443-466.

(2003) Lotti F, Santarelli E, Vivarelli M. Does Gibrat's Law Hold in the Case of Young, Small Firms?, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 13:213-235.

Awards and prizes

Francesca Lotti is top 5% of women economists worldwide According to the Repec ranking. Qualified as first level professor in Economic Policy (SECS-P02), Applied Economics (SECS-P04) and Economic Statistics (SECS-S03), she is external reviewer for the VQR (Evaluation for Research Quality) 2011-2014 (GEV 13) of the ANVUR (the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University and Research System).

 

Chiara Lovotti
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International politics area

Competences: international history, international relations of the Middle East, Russia-Middle East relations

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Syria

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Research Fellow at ISPI and PhD Candidate in Hisory at the University of Bologna

Professional career

Chiara Lovotti is an Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Centre at ISPI. She previously was a Research Assistant at ISPI and a Research Assistant at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve. Chiara is also a PhD candidate at the faculty of History at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. She holds a Bachelor's in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Catholic University of Milan, a Master's in Development Studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium, another Master's in Middle Eastern Studies at the Postgraduate School of Economics and International Relations, Milan, and has been a visiting student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Scientific results

Her research interests include socio-political transformations in the Middle East, with a focus on Iraq and Syria, relations between Russia and Middle-Eastern countries, and Russian foreign policy towards the area. Her academic research focuses on the impact of Soviet influence on state-building processes in the Arab Levant. At ISPI she deals with the organization of “Rome MED – Mediterranean Dialogues”, the annual forum promoted in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation which brings together leaders from both shores of the Mediterranean and provides a hub for debates on issues such as security, economic prosperity, energy and social transformations in the area.

 

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Lovotti C. The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?

https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/role-russia-middle-east-and-north-africa-region-strategy-or-opportunism-22736

[2019] Lovotti C. The "Syraqi" Chessboard: Who Leads the Play?

https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/syraqi-chessboard-who-leads-play-22460

[2018] Lovotti C. Russia in the Middle East: The Biggest Challenge is Yet to Come

https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/russia-middle-east-biggest-challenge-yet-come-22468

[2018] Lovotti C. Iraq's Election: Turning the Page?

https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/iraqs-election-turning-page-20468

[2018] Lovotti C. La Russia in Medio Oriente. Una presenza destinata a durare?

https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/la-russia-medio-oriente-una-presenza-destinata-durare-19808

Daniela Lucangeli
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental psychology, educational psychology

Keywords: brain plasticity, children, development, developmental disorders, dyscalculia, intelectual giftedness, learned helplessness, learning, learning disabilities, mathematics, neuroscience, numbers, psychopatology of learning, special educational needs, teaching strategies, teenagers

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Vice Rector of the Orientation and Tutorship for the University of Padua and Full Professor of Developmental Psychology at the same university

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy in 1988 and in Psychology in 1991 at the University of Padua, in 1997 she continued her education with a PhD on an international project in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. Her career continued within the university: in 1998 she was a researcher in Developmental Psychology, in 2001 an associate professor and in 2005 a full professor of Developmental Psychology still at the University of Padua. Since 2007 she has been the director of the same university with a delegation to the Orientation and Tutorship, a role she still covers today.

 

Scientific results

Daniela Lucangeli’s main research interests concern the development and strengthening of numerical intelligence, the maturational processes in the developmental age (first and second childhood, school age and adolescence) and the learning mechanisms in typical and atypical development. She is also involved in the study of functions (language, memory, attention, emotions, metacognition, self-regulation), learning disabilities (such as dyslexia, dysorthography, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and special educational needs. She also carries out research and studies on enhancing learning, behavioral and cognitive deficits, giftedness and high potential profiles, learning emotions and learned impotence. She has been promoting for years, with the group of researchers and scientists of the World Academy of Sciences for Learning Difficulties, a strong movement of actions for the decline of scientific research in the practices of prevention, strengthening and rehabilitation of development disharmonies. In fact, scientific research has shown that through early intervention in the different "labors" of development, it is possible to obtain the optimization of processes even in situations of possible disability (language, learning, cognitive development, etc.). The focus of her work is not only that related to the analysis of cognitive profiles and to the possible diagnosis but above all to use the best aid strategies for maximum brain plasticity. In recent times she has devoted herself to the study of circuit networks related to warm cognition and emotional learning circuits. In particular, studies aimed at highlighting the contribution of hereditary factors and cultural factors in the development of psychological processes and education. She deepens the study of cognitive functions and processes with the aim of highlighting the important implications of neuroscience in educational processes. As Director, with responsibility for tutoring, "in itinere" and "incoming" guidance from the University of Padua, she coordinates the implementation of regional and European projects aimed at guiding young people in the choice of university and professional.

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Lucangeli is editor of the journal “Difficoltà In Matematica” (Erickson) and referee for several specialized magazines. She is the author of numerous national and international publications and scientific and educational essays, including (in the last five years):

(2017) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Pre-school children use space, rather then counting, to infer the numerical magnitude of digits: evidence for a spatial mapping principle. Cognition, 158, 56-67. 

(2016) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Spontaneous non‐verbal counting in toddlers. Developmental Science, 19(2), 329-337. 

(2016) Benavides-Varela S, Butterworth B, Burgio F, Arcara G, Lucangeli D, Semenza C. Numerical Activities and Information Learned at Home Link to the Exact Numeracy Skills in 5–6 Years-Old Children. Frontiers in psychology, 7. 

(2015) Sella F, Berteletti I, Lucangeli D, Zorzi M. Varieties of quantity estimation in children. Developmental Psychology, 51(6), 758. 

(2014) Caviola S, Mammarella IC, Lucangeli D, Cornoldi C. Working memory and domain-specific precursors predicting the success in learning written subtraction problems. Learning and Individual Differences, 36, 92-100. 

(2014) Re AM, Pedron M, Tressoldi PE, Lucangeli D. Response to Specific Training for Students With Different Levels of Mathematical Difficulties. Exceptional Children, 80(3), 337-352. 

(2013) Al-Yagon M, Cavendish W, Cornoldi C, Fawcett AJ, Grunke M, Hung, LY, Jimenez JE, Karande S, van Kraayenoord CE, Lucangeli D, Margalit M, Montague M, Sholapurwala R. The Proposed Changes For DSM-5 for SLD and ADHD: International Perspectives-Australia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46, 58-72.

(2013) Colomer C, Miranda A, Re AM, Lucangeli D. Numerical and Calculation Abilities in Children with ADHD. Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 11(2), 1-15.  

(2013) Mammarella IC, Bomba M, Caviola S, Broggi F, Neri F. Lucangeli D, Nacinovich R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia. Developmental neuropsychology, 38(6), 418-432. 

(2013) Mammarella IC, Caviola S, Cornoldi C, Lucangeli D. Mental additions and verbal-domain interference in children with Developmental Dyscalculia (DD). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9), 2845-2855.

 

Awards and prizes

 

Daniela Lucangeli is President of the Association for the National Coordination of Specialized Teachers (CNIS) and member of the Scientific Committees of numerous national and international research associations such as the Italian Association for Research and Intervention in Learning Psychopathology (AIRIPA) and the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP Development Section). Vice President for the International Development of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities (IARLD). Technical member of the National Observatory for Childhood and Adolescence. Scientific component of the Technical Commission appointed by the Ministry of Education for guidelines on specific learning disorders (DSA), Bes (Special Educational Needs). And he is a member of the National Commission of the CNOP (National Council of Psychologists) "Wellness at School". Vice President of the Research Foundation HPNR (Human Potential Network Research). Scientific Director of the Learning Center (28 Centers in Italy). Scientific Director of the Gate Italy Association (Gifted and Talent Education). Scientific Manager of the Regional Research Center and Educational Services for Learning Difficulties.

Tina Magazzini
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International politics area

Competences: human rights, international relations, minority rights, social inclusion

Keywords: cultural and religious diversity, identity politics, minorities

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Research Associate at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute

Professional career

Tina Magazzini holds a BA in Political Science (University of Florence, Italy), a MA in International Relations (CCNY, New York, United States) and a PhD in Human Rights (University of Deusto, Bilbao, Basque Country). She is a Research Associate at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute working primarily on a project dealing with religious diversity governance. Her research interests are in the fields of comparative politics, migration and integration policies, diversity management, identity and the relationship between majorities, minorities and states. She is interested in both applied and theoretical research in these areas, which led her to follow a non-linear path where she alternated and attempted to merge academic research and policy work for international bodies. Previously to joining the EUI she worked with a number of NGOs, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO in the areas of social inclusion, Roma integration policy-making and minority rights in the United States, Guatemala, Belgium, Hungary, Spain and Zimbabwe.                      

She carried out her PhD research within the Marie Sklodowska Curie project INTEGRIM– Integration and International Migration: pathways and integration policies and was awarded the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship in 2016 by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and the Social Impact Award in 2018 by the Marie Curie Alumni Association. 

Scientific results

Her expertise lays in comparative politics, with a focus on minority rights and social inclusion. In 2012 she worked in the Directorate for Policy Coordination (DG REGIO) of the European Commission on issues related to social inclusion and marginalized communities. This experience strongly contributed to the choice of pursuing a doctorate on this topic, which turned into a research project that investigates the strengths and weaknesses of policies aimed at Roma and migrant minorities in Italy and Spain.

What may seem to be a niche area (policies aimed at ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities) provide useful insights into understanding the wider dynamics of racism and of structural discrimination that inform much of the political agendas of contemporary European democracies. What may be labeled as academic research on "minorities" is therefore functional to understanding the mechanisms of social, economic and political inclusion and exclusion for society as a whole.

Spending one year working in the Social and Human Sciences unit of the UNESCO office for Southern Africa enabled her to broaden her perspective both in analytical and methodological terms. The project she currently works in seeks to overcome the Eurocentric perspective that is generally adopted in academic research on religious diversity, by look at models of religious governance in the Middle East, Asia and Oceania.

Since 2015 she collaborates with WOTS, a grassroots platform whose purpose is to disseminate social research by combining journalistic style and scientific rigor. 

Also related to dissemination activities, a short movie she directed has been used in an anti-xenophobia campaign by the MADE – Migration and Development Civil Society Network, as part of the Global Forum for Migration and Development’s debate on migration and stereotypes.

She is a reviewer for the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Social Inclusion, East European Journal of Society and Politics and Configurações.

Editorial work and publications

Recent publications include articles for the peer-reviewed journals Migration LettersPolicy & PoliticsInternational Migration,among others.

 [2019] Magazzini, T., Piemontese, S., Constructing Roma Migrants: European Narratives and Local Governance, IMISCOE Book series, Springer. Proposta di libro vincitore del premio IMISCOE Springer 2017 e pubblicato gratuitamente in Open Access.

[2018] Magazzini, T., What’s in a name? Causes and consequences of labeling minorities as ‘national’ or ‘migrant’: Roma in Italy and SpainInternational Migration, Vol. 56, Special Issue The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies.

[2017] Magazzini, T.,Making the most of super-diversity. Notes on the potential of a new approach, inPolicy & Politics, Vol.45, No. 4, ISSN: 1744-2648, pp. 527-545

[2016] Magazzini, T.,  Cultural institutions as a combat sport. Reflections on the European Roma Institute, in The Age of Human Rights Journal,No. 7, Special Issue, Identity and Cultural Integration, ISSN: 2340-9592, pp. 50-76. 

[2016] Magazzini, T., Piemontese, S.,  Roma’ migration in the EU: the case of Spain between ‘new’ and ‘old’ minorities, in Migration Letters, Vol.13, No.2, Special Issue Protecting and including “new” and “old” minorities: opportunities, challenges, synergies, ISSN: 1741-8984, pp. 228-241.

Awards and prizes

2018: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence and  Marie Curie Alumni Association Social Impact Award

Adriana Maggi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology, pharmacological biotechnologies

Keywords: aging, drugs, estrogen receptors, gender pharmacology, hepatic metabolim, menopause, metabolic diseases, neuroinflammation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Coordinator of the Center of Excellence for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Milan

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1973, she continued her scientific interests with a scholarship at the Institute of Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy directed by Professor Rodolfo Paoletti. Winner of the Salk Institute - University of Texas Award, she continued her education initially at the Department of Pharmacology and Neurobiology of the University of Texas, in Houston, in the United States and then at the Department of Cell Biology of the Baylor College of Medicine under the guidance of Professor Bert O'Malley. Back to Italy in 1982 as a researcher, she founded and directed a University-Industry model collaboration center, the result of an initiative by the University of Milan and the Hoffman-LaRoche Pharmaceutical Company: the Milan Molecular Pharmacology Lab (MPL). At the end of the 1980s, as an associate professor, she continued her research at the Department of Pharmacological Sciences of the University of Milan. Since 2002 she has directed the Center of Excellence on Neurodegenerative Diseases of the University of Milan, an experimental center financed by a fund organized by the Ministry of University and Research in which she is directly responsible for a research group made up of 20 researchers and young graduates. From 2006 to 2014 she founded and presided over the TOP srl, a spin-off of the University of Milan. As an expert in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology she holds various ministerial positions: she is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Italian Prime Minister in the field of Biotechnology, Biosafety and Life Sciences, of the Scientific Committee "Innovative Medicine Initiative" of the European Union, of the European ESFRI Working Group for Health and Food, of the Council of the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI) and delegate of the MIUR for the European Pilot Initiative on Joint Programming on Neurodegenerative Diseases of which she is Vice-President since 2010. She is currently nominated by the American Society of Endocrinology member of the Endocrine Society EU Task force for Endocrine Disrupters and collaborates with the Innovative Medicine Initiative2 as a member of the SSG Panel on Neurodegeneration.

Scientific results

The research carried out by Adriana Maggi has always focused on the study of the physiological activity performed by estrogens, with particular reference to non-reproductive organs. Initial studies are associated with the discovery that the estrogen receptor is present in all brain cells (oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, microglia and neurons), even in brain areas not associated with reproductive functions, but linked to the control of emotional activities (frontal cortex, hippocampus). More recently, the study of the anti-inflammatory activity of estrogens active in microglia has led to new hypotheses about the higher incidence of neurodegenerative diseases in female subjects and the role of sex in the response to different stimuli and ischemic insults. In order to better understand the action of estrogens, Adriana Maggi designed and created a unique model for the study of the action of these hormones in living organisms and for the identification of new drugs active through these receptors: the ERE reporter mouse Luc. This reporter system was subsequently used to generate other model systems for the study of other receptors (for example the PPAR receptor) and complex processes such as oxidative stress, inflammation, calcium transport, apoptosis and others. The availability of the ERE-Luc model for the study of estrogen receptor activity has shown for the first time that estrogen is very active in the liver in mammals. Recent studies show that in female organisms estrogens control hepatic metabolism and lipid synthesis in close relationship with reproductive activity. This action is fundamental in differentiating energy metabolism in mammals of the two sexes and the discovery made has significant significance not only for a better understanding of sex-dependent hepatic metabolism, but also for understanding the etiopathogenetic mechanisms of a series of diseases associated with aging and, in women, closely related to post-menopause.
The results of the research carried out have opened up a new way of understanding the metabolic differences between males and females, allowing the understanding of gender / gender differences in the prevalence of a very wide range of diseases that include most of the diseases associated with aging (from diabetes to neurodegenerative diseases) and in the hepatic metabolism of drugs and xenobiotics in general. Furthermore, the discovery of the relevance of estrogen activity in the liver suggests a new way to generate more effective postmenopausal hormone replacement formulas with fewer side effects.
The research activity of Adriana Maggi has been recognized and supported by numerous national and international funding bodies. On funding from the European Commission, the professor coordinated 4 European research consortia for the study of the physiology and aging of women and endocrine disruptors, and more recently her research was funded by the Nationals Institutes of Health with a RO1 grant for the study of the aging of women and ERC for the study of gender physiology.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of more thab 200 scientific publications, 6 patents and 3 monographs- Among the most recent publications:

 

(2017) Della Torre S, Maggi A.Sex Differences: A Resultant of an Evolutionary Pressure? Cell Metabolism, 25:499-505.

(2017) Rizzi N, Rebecchi M, Levandis G, Ciana P and Maggi A. Identification of novel loci for the generation of reporter mice. Nucleic Acids Reserach, 45:e37.

(2016) Della Torre S, Mitro N, Fontana R, Gomaraschi M, Favari E, Recordati C, Lolli F, Quagliarini F, Meda C, Ohlsson C, Crestani M, Uhlenhaut NH, Calabresi L, Maggi A. An Essential Role for Liver ERα in Coupling Hepatic Metabolism to the Reproductive Cycle. Cell Reports, 15:360-71.

(2016) Villa A, Vegeto E, Poletti A, Maggi A.Estrogens, Neuroinflammation, and Neurodegeneration. Endocrine Reviews. 37:372-402.

Benedusi V, Martini E, Kallikourdis M, Villa A, Meda C and Maggi A. Ovariectomy shortens the life span of female mice. Oncotarget  (2015) 6:10801-11.

(2014) Della Torre S, Benedusi V, Fontana R, Maggi A, Energy Metabolism and reproduction, an ancestral balance to be preserved for women health. Nature Review Endocrinology, 10:13-23.

(2012) Villa A, Della Torre S, Stell A, Cook J, Brown M, Maggi A. Tetradian oscillation of estrogen receptor α is necessary to prevent liver lipid deposition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 109:11806-11.

(2011) Della Torre S, Rando G, Meda C, Stell A, Chambon P, Krust A, Ibarra C, Magni P, Ciana P. and Maggi A. Amino Acid-dependent activation of liver Estrogen Receptor alpha integrates metabolic and reproductive functions via IGF-1. Cell Metabolism, 13: 205-214.

(2010) Rando G, Horner D, Biserni A, Ramachandran B, Caruso D, Ciana P, Komm B. and Maggi A. An innovative method to classify SERMs based on the dynamics of estrogen receptor transcriptional activity in living animals. Molecular Endocrinology, 24: 735-744.

(2009) Brufani M, Ceccacci F, Filocamo L, Garofalo B, Joudioux R, La Bella A, Leonelli F, Migneco LM, Bettolo RM, Farina PM, Ashcroft GS, Routley C, Hardman M, Meda C, Rando G, Maggi A. Novel locally active estrogens accelerate cutaneous wound healing. A preliminary study. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 6: 543-56.

(2003) Ciana P, Raviscioni M, Mussi P, Vegeto E, Que I, Parker MG, Lowik C and Maggi A. In vivo imaging of transcriptionally active estrogen receptors. Nature Medicine, 9: 82-6.

 

Awards and prizes

Adriana Maggi won many awards and recognitions during her professional career, including the Salk-Institute-University of Texas Award; the NATO Award for exchange studies, the Lecture Award of the British Endocrine Society, the Farmindustria-Telethon Research Award, the PFIZER Investigator-Initiated Research Award, the ERC Advanced Grant Award.

 

 

 

Natalia Malara
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cancer research, molecular medicine, oncology, translational medicine

Keywords: biosensors, cancer stem cells, circulating endothelial cells, circulating molecular biomarkers, circulating tumour cells, liquid biopsies, tissue regeneration

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Senior researcher Bionem (Bio- and Nano-Engineering for Medicine) nanotechnology laboratories Experimental and Clinical Medicine Department, Magna Graecia, University of Catanzaro.

Professional career

Graduated from the University of Messina in Medicine and Surgery, she continued her studies at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, where she specialized in Medical Oncology. After getting her PhD in Cell and Human Biology at the University of Messina, as winner of the two-year AIRC scholarship, she has carried out her research as contract professor at the Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro. She has collaborated with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa in the post-doc position, for the development of devices aimed at characterizingprognostic biomarkers in cancer patients. NM in 2005 worked as consultant for the Consulate of the Italian Embassy in Nosy-Be, Madagascar, for evaluating oncological risks linked to territorial problems, especially in paediatric age. In the project "Monitoring and early diagnosis of tumours linked to exposure to environmental toxic substances in the Calabrian population", in 2009, she worked as consultor for ARPACAL - Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Calabria. In 2011 she was a scientific consultant for the project "Centro del Farmaco" IRCS San Raffaele Pisana in Rome. 

Since 2013 she has been appointed Scientific Director of the CHARACTEX research project (Characterization of circulating tumour cells from peripheral, medullary and cord blood, and tissue tumour cells by cytometric flow evaluation and in vitro expansion). She takes part into the national project as scientific coordinator and coordinator of the Germaneto section, Magna Graecia University, for the SCENIC project (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating endothelial cells from peripheral, medullary and cord blood by cytometric flow evaluation in standardized instrumental, reagents and protocol conditions) commissioned by Becton Dickinson (BD). In 2015 she was the scientific director of the ENDOFIRE research project, (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating endothelial cells and peripheral blood exosomes by cytometric flow evaluation in patients with atrial fibrillation) and of the observational study ENXOCORE, (immunophenotypic characterization of circulating differentiated (CEC) and progenitor endothelial cells (EPC) and peripheral blood exosomes, by cytofluorimetric evaluation, in patients with acute myocardial infarction without ST segment elevation (NSTEMI). Since 1999 she has been member of the Italian Association of Medical Oncologists (AIOM) and from 2017 she has been Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

In 2017 she qualified as associate professor in the scientific disciplinary sectors MED06 (Medical Oncology) and MED46 (Translational Medicine) For the academic year 2017-18 she has been director and didactic coordinator of the Post-graduate Course inScreening, diagnosis,  prognosis and efficacy assessment of in vitro drugs using liquid biopsy" at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University Magna Graecia. For the academic year 2018-19 she is director and didactic coordinator of the 1st level Master in "Liquid Biopsy in Tumours and other Complex Diseases". At BionemL@b laboratory, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Graecia University, she works on designing and creating devices or lab-on-chips aimed at isolating and characterizing circulating tumour cells.

Scientific results

Natalia Malara has helped to develop a neoadjuvant protocol for membrane immunomodulation in patients with lung cancer to increase the anti-tumor immune reaction (degree thesis awarded with "Fondazione Bonino-Pulejo Award") and to characterize the impact of paraphysiological mechanisms linked to aging in breast cancer biology (with particular interest on alterations of cell cycle control proteins) (2004). Furthermore, she has developed innovative protocols to isolate and characterize the subset of non-haematological cells found in the blood, aimed at defining the identity of biological marker and establishing the degree of biological conformity to the pathology. In particular, she has developed a standardized protocol for the isolation and culture of circulating tumour cells for their cytofluorimetric, morpho-immunocytochemical and genetic-mutational characterization (2018). NM has helped standardizing the normal values range ​​of different biomarkers such as circulating endothelial cells, and assessing their prognostic impact in tumour and cardiovascular pathology (2018). Author of books on  oncology (2009, 2019) and holder of national and international patents (2018), NM has developed, in the field of personalized medicine, a test that investigates the in vitro sensitivity of cancer stem cells, isolated from tissue biopsies (removal of tumour tissue) and from liquid biopsies (peripheral blood sampling), to chemotherapeutic agents (2007, 2014, 2016). She developed a protocol to isolate and expand in vitro human stem cells from different sources (adult tissues and embryonic appendages) to be used in tissue regeneration (2015). She participates and collaborates in the creation of devices with nanoscale architectures (2014) for the separation and detection of biological species for applicative purposes in clinical field, with particular interest in their use in the field of personalized preventive medicine (2018).

Editorial work and publications

Natalia Malara is author of more than 80 scientific publications, including:

[2004] Malara N, A Leotta, A Sidoti, S Lio, R D'Angelo, B Caparello, F Munao, F Pino, A Amato. Ageing, hormonal behaviour and cyclin D1 in ductal breast carcinomas. The Breast; 15(1):81-9.

[2018] Malara N, Gentile F, Coppedè N, Coluccio ML, Candeloro P, Perozziello G, Ferrara L, Giannetto M, Careri M… et al.  Superhydrophobic Lab-on-chip exploring protonation state in secretome assess personalized onset-risk of sporadic tumour. Nature Precision Oncology 2:26/2018.

[2018] Lanuti P, Simeone P, Rotta G, Almici C, Avvisati G, Azzaro R, Bologna G, Budillon A, Di Cerbo M, …Malara N …et al. Standardized flow cytometry network study for the assessment of circulating endothelial cell physiological ranges. Sci Rep. Apr 11;8(1):5823. 

[2009] Malara N. “Il Tessuto Tumorale”, editore Eurolink, distributore Feltrinelli 

[2019] Gandolfo G, Temperilli F, Amoroso A. “La Medicina di Laboratorio nell’emergenza”, seconda edizione, Malara N. capitolo “Emergenze in Oncologia” e capitolo “Recenti applicazioni cliniche della citofluorimetria a flusso, in rapido sviluppo: le cellule tumorali circolanti, le cellule endoteliali circolanti, le cellule staminali circolanti” Delfino editore, Roma.

[2018]Malara N.  Method and kit for diagnosis and/or prognosis of non-haematological tumours. PCT/IB2018/051438 Brevetto Internazionale

[2007]Malara N. Test di valutazione di efficacia dei chemioterapici effettuato su tre distinte e complementari popolazioni cellulari derivate dalla massa tumorale solida.CZ2007A000004Brevetto Nazionale

[2014]Malara N, Givigliano F, Trunzo V, Macrina L, Raso C, Amodio N, Aprigliano S, Minniti A M, Russo… et al.  In vitro expansion of tumour cells derived from blood and tumour tissue is useful toredefine personalized treatment in non-small cell lung cancer patients.Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents 28(4):717-31.

[2016]Malara N, Trunzo V, Foresta U, Amodio N, De Vitis S, Roveda L, Fava M, Coluccio ML, Macrì R…et al. Ex-vivo characterization of circulating colon cancer cells distinguished in stem and differentiated subset provides useful biomarker for personalized metastatic risk assessment. Journal of Translational Medicine 14(1) 12/2016.

[2016]Malara N, Guzzi G, Mignogna, C, Trunzo V, Camastra C, Della Torre A, Di Vito A, Lavecchia A M… et al.  Non-invasive real-time biopsy of intracranial lesions using short time expanded circulating tumor cells on glass slide: Report of two cases.BMC Neurology 16(1) 12/2016

[2015]Malara N, Musolino G, Trunzo V, Minniti AM, Cristodoro L, Polistina M, Renzulli A, Mollace V. Novel application of mesenchymal stem cells from mammary artery. International Journal of Cardiology 182C:466-468 01/2015. 

[2014] Malara N,Coluccio ML, Limongi T, Asande M,  Trunzo V, Cojoc G, Raso C, Candeloro P, Perozziello  G….et al. Folic Acid Functionalized Surface Highlights 5-Methylcytosine-Genomic Content within Circulating Tumor Cells.Small 07/2014; 10(21). 

Awards and prizes

Of the 84 publications produced by NM only some have been chosen amonng national and international patents, books and chapters of books and scientific articles that allow to briefly review the results achieved in itinere.

[2004] Malara N, A Leotta, A Sidoti, S Lio, R D'Angelo, B Caparello, F Munao, F Pino, A Amato. Ageing, hormonal behaviour and cyclin D1 in ductal breast carcinomas. The Breast; 15(1):81-9.

[2018] Malara N, Gentile F, Coppedè N, Coluccio ML, Candeloro P, Perozziello G, Ferrara L, Giannetto M, Careri M… et al.  Superhydrophobic Lab-on-chip exploring protonation state in secretome assess personalized onset-risk of sporadic tumour. Nature Precision Oncology 2:26/2018 

[2018] Lanuti P, Simeone P, Rotta G, Almici C, Avvisati G, Azzaro R, Bologna G, Budillon A, Di Cerbo M, …Malara N …et al. Standardized flow cytometry network study for the assessment of circulating endothelial cell physiological ranges. Sci Rep. Apr 11;8(1):5823. 

[2009] Malara N. “Il Tessuto Tumorale”, editore Eurolink, distributore Feltrinelli 

[2019] Gandolfo G, Temperilli F, Amoroso A. “La Medicina di Laboratorio nell’emergenza”, seconda edizione, Malara N. capitolo “Emergenze in Oncologia” e capitolo “Recenti applicazioni cliniche della citofluorimetria a flusso, in rapido sviluppo: le cellule tumorali circolanti, le cellule endoteliali circolanti, le cellule staminali circolanti” Delfino editore, Roma. 

[2018] Malara N. Method and kit for diagnosis and / or prognosis of non-haematological tumors. PCT / IB2018 / 051438 International patent

[2007] Malara N. Test of evaluation of efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs performed on three distinct and complementary cell populations derived from the solid tumor mass. CZ2007A000004 National patent

[2014] Malara N, Givigliano F, Trunzo V, Macrina L, Raso C, Amodio N, Aprigliano S, Minniti A M, Russo… et al.  In vitro expansion of tumour cells derived from blood and tumour tissue is useful to redefine personalized treatment in non-small cell lung cancer patients. Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents 28(4):717-31.

[2016] Malara N, Trunzo V, Foresta U, Amodio N, De Vitis S, Roveda L, Fava M, Coluccio ML, Macrì R…et al.  Ex-vivo characterization of circulating colon cancer cells distinguished in stem and differentiated subset provides useful biomarker for personalized metastatic risk assessment. Journal of Translational Medicine 14(1) 12/2016.

[2016] Malara N, Guzzi G, Mignogna, C, Trunzo V, Camastra C, Della Torre A, Di Vito A, Lavecchia A M… et al.  Non-invasive real-time biopsy of intracranial lesions using short time expanded circulating tumor cells on glass slide: Report of two cases. BMC Neurology 16(1) 12/2016

[2015] Malara N, Musolino G, Trunzo V, Minniti AM, Cristodoro L, Polistina M, Renzulli A, Mollace V. Novel application of mesenchymal stem cells from mammary artery. International Journal of Cardiology 182C:466-468 01/2015. 

[2014] Malara N, Coluccio ML, Limongi T, Asande M,  Trunzo V, Cojoc G, Raso C, Candeloro P, Perozziello G….et al. Folic Acid Functionalized Surface Highlights 5-Methylcytosine-Genomic Content within Circulating Tumor Cells. Small 07/2014; 10(21). 

Francesca Mallamaci
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: nephrology

Keywords: arterial hypertension, cardiovascular complications of renal failure, dyalisis, epidemiology of kidney diseases, kidney transplant, molecular genetics of arterial hypertension, molecular genetics of kidney diseases, progressive kidney diseases, renal failure

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

Chief of the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation Department of the "Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli" Hospital in Reggio Calabria

Professional career

She graduated in Medicine at the University of Messina in 1978 and she became a Nephrology Specialist in 1983 at the same University.  She spent 2 years (1981-1982) as a Clinical Scientist at the Renal and Transplantation Unit of the Western Infirmary in  Glasgow (Scotland).

She has attended several Courses in Hypertension, Clinical Epidemiology and Molecular Genetics at the  Erasmus University in  Rotterdam (The Netherland).  In addition, she has attended many other international and High Quality Nephrology Courses. Since 2001, she is recognised by the European Society of Hypertension as a Hypertension Specialist.

Scientific results

Her fields of interest are Hypertension, CV complications in renal patients including dialysis patients, renal disease progression, Epidemiology of Renal disease and molecular genetics of renal diseases and Hypertension.  

She is involved in many national and international research studies such as "Lung Water by Ultra-Sound (US) guided treatment to prevent death and cardiovascular complications in high-risk end stage renal disease patients with cardiomyopathy (LUST STUDY)". The aim of this study is to create a database with clinical tests performed in very high-risk dialysis patients in order to investigate the impact of volume expansion  which is a well-known CV and renal risk factor.

The LUST Study is a randomized clinical trial aimed at testing whether the application of chest US may reduce mortality, heart failure,  myocardial  infarction,  progression  of  cardiac  disease  and  hospitalizations  in  dialysis  patients  with myocardial ischemia (a history of myocardial infarction with or without ST elevation or unstable angina, acute coronary  syndrome  documented  by  ECG  recordings  and cardiac  troponins  or  stable  angina  pectoris  with documented coronary artery disease by prior coronary angiography or ECG) and/or stage III-IV NYHA heart failure over a 2 years follow-up.

Francesca Mallamaci is Chairwoman of the ERA-EDTA working Group EURECA-m. She has contributed to building up a large registry of European dialysis patients in order to identify and validate traditional and non-traditional CV risk factors.

Editorial work and publications

Associate Editor/Team Editor of NDT since January 2013.

Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nephrology (December 2006 to January 2013).

She is author of a vast number of scientific papers published in national, and mainly international, high impact journals. Among them the most recent are:

(2019) Mallamaci F, Tripepi G, D'Arrigo G, Borrelli S, Garofalo C, Stanzione G, Provenzano M, De Nicola L, Conte G, Minutolo R, Zoccali C. Blood Pressure Variability, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Jan 2. [Epub ahead of print]

(2018) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, D'Arrigo G, Porto G, Versace MC, Marino C, Sanguedolce MC, Testa A, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Long-term blood pressure monitoring by office and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure in renal transplant patients: a longitudinal study. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2018 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print]

(2018) Mallamaci F, D'Arrigo G, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Porto G, Testa A, Abd ElHafeez S, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano PF, Tripepi G, Mancini P, Zoccali C. Office, standardized and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure and renal function loss in renal transplant patients. J Hypertens. 2018 Jan;36(1):119-125.

(2017) Mallamaci F, Tripepi G. [Pulmonary congestion and hypertension in hemodialysis patients]. G Ital Nefrol. 2017 Mar;34(Suppl 69):36-40.

(2016) Mallamaci F. Highlights of the 2015 ERA-EDTA congress: chronic kidney disease, hypertension. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Jul;31(7):1044-6.

(2016) Mallamaci F, Torino C, Tripepi G. Physical exercise in haemodialysis patients: time to start. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2016 Aug;31(8):1196-8.

(2016) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano F, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Nocturnal Hypertension and Altered Night-Day BP Profile and Atherosclerosis in Renal Transplant Patients. Transplantation. 2016 Oct;100(10):2211-8.

(2015) Mallamaci F, Testa A, Leonardis D, Tripepi R, Pisano A, Spoto B, Sanguedolce MC, Parlongo RM, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. A genetic marker of uric acid level, carotid atherosclerosis, and arterial stiffness: a family-based study.American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 65(2):294-302.

(2015) Mallamaci F, Tripepi R, Leonardis D, Mafrica A, Versace MC, Provenzano F, Tripepi G, Zoccali C. Nocturnal Hypertension and Altered Night-Day BP Profile and Atherosclerosis in Renal Transplant Patients. Transplantation, 100(10):2211-8.

Awards and prizes

At least 15 abstracts written by Prof. Mallamaci were awarded at national and international conferences such as the European Renal Association (ERA-EDTA) and the Congress of the American Society of Nephrology.

Prof. Mallamaci, in her main fields of interest such as chronic renal failure, is at the 19th position in an international ranking created and periodically updated by the University of Baltimore (EXPERTSCAPE- http://expertscape.com/ex/chronic+kidney+disease). Furthermore, in this ranking, prof Mallamaci is second in a gender based analysis.

Irene Mammarella
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical developmental psychology, developmental neuropsychology

Keywords: autism, learning disabilities, math anxiety, non-verbal disorder

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova

Professional career

She graduated in Psychology in 2002 at the University of Padova and obtained the PhD in 2006. During her PhD she spent periods as visiting scholar at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada), and at the University of Gent (Belgium). In 2008 she became a Lecturer (assistant professor) in developmental psychology at the University of Padova. She has been a visiting researcher at the Universitè Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) in 2013, at Liverpool John Moores University (UK) in 2017, and at the Goldsmith University of London (UK) in 2018. In 2013 she co-founded a university clinical centre specialized in diagnosis and intervention of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (Lab.D.A). Since 2017 she is the clinical supervisor of a new centre (Lab.D.A. Nord). She established and directed since 2014 a post-graduate course in Developmental disorders and psychopathologies to train specialized practitioners (University of Padova).

Scientific results

Since the beginning of her research career, she has examined the Nonverbal learning disability, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by low visuospatial skills and good verbal abilities. She became a leading researcher on this topic, publishing several research on peer review journals. Due to these, in 2017, she has been invited from the Columbia University, (Institute of Psychiatry, New York, USA) to be part of the international committee, aimed to include the Nonverbal learning disability in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5). Her current research projects focus on studying differences and similarities of the Nonverbal learning disability and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder.

Other research interests also involve the analysis of cognitive processes (such as visuospatial working memory) in relation to academic achievement, specifically mathematics. Recently, she collaborated with the University of Cambridge (UK) in studying the development of mathematics anxiety and its relation with maths performance.

Overall, her applied scientific results, other than have been published on international peer review journals have been developed in standardized tests and intervention materials with specialized publishers.

 

Editorial work and publications

Irene C. Mammarella is Academic Editor of PlosOne and is in the Editorial board of international scientific journals, such as Educational Psychology, Learning and Individual Differences e Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

She is author of many international publications, here are listed some of them:

[2018] Cardillo, R., Menazza, C. & Mammarella, I. C. Visuoconstructive Abilities and Visuospatial Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorder Without Intellectual Disability: Is the Role of Local Bias Specific to the Cognitive Domain Tested? Neuropsychology, 32, 822-834. doi: 10.1037/neu0000472

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Donolato, E., Caviola, S., & Giofrè, D. Anxiety profiles and protective factors: A latent profile analysis.Personality & Individual Differences, 124, 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.12.017

 

[2018] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D. & Szücs, D. The underlying structure of visuospatial working memory in children with mathematical learning disability.British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36, 220-235 doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12202

 

[2017] Mammarella, I. C., Caviola, S., Giofrè, D., & Borella, E. Separating math from anxiety: The role of inhibitory mechanisms.Applied Neuropsychology: Child, doi: 10.1080/21622965.2017.1341836

 

[2016] Hill, F., Mammarella, I. C., Devine, A., Caviola, S., Passolunghi, M. C. & Szücs, D. Maths anxiety in primary and secondary school students: Gender differences, developmental changes and anxiety specificity.Learning and Individual Differences, 48, 45-53.

 

[2016] Mammarella, I. C., Ghisi, M., Bomba, M., Bottesi, G., Caviola, S., Broggi, F. & Nacinovich, R. Anxiety and depression in children with Nonverbal learning disabilities, reading disabilities, or typical development.Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49, 130-139.

 

[2015] Mammarella, I. C., Hill, F., Devine, A., Caviola, S., & Szücs, D. Math anxiety and developmental dyscalculia: A study on working memory processes.Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37, 878-887.

 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., & Cornoldi, C. An analysis of the criteria used to diagnose children with Non-verbal learning disabilities (NLD).Child Neuropsychology, 20, 255-280. 

[2014] Mammarella, I. C., Giofrè, D., Caviola, S., Cornoldi, C., & Hamilton, C. Visuospatial working memory in children with Autism: The effect of semantic global organization. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1349-1356.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Bomba, M., Caviola, S., Broggi, F., Neri, F., Lucangeli, D., & Nacinovich, R. Mathematical difficulties in nonverbal learning disability or co-morbid dyscalculia and dyslexia.Developmental Neuropsychology, 38, 418-432.

[2013] Mammarella, I. C., Borella, E., Pastore, M., & Pazzaglia, F. The structure of visuospatial memory in adulthood.Learning and Individual Differences, 25, 99-110.

 

Awards and prizes

Irene C. Mammarella is member of several international associations: APS (Association for Psychological Science), MCLS (Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society), EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), IARLD (International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities).

She is member of the Directive board of the Italian association for learning disorders (Airipa) and member of the Italian psychological association (AIP), developmental and education.

Since 2017 is member of the panel for updating the national guidelines of Specific learning disorders, organized by the Italian Association of Dyslexia (AID).

Recently, in 2018, she co-founded the Italian association of the Nonverbal learning disability (AIDNV) and the international Society for research on learning disorders (SRLD).

Giulia Manca
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: nuclear physics, particle physics

Keywords: high energy physics, particle physics, quarkonia

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Associate professor at the University of Cagliari and at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Cagliari in 1999, she completed her training with a PhD in Physics at Oxford University which she obtained in 2003. In the same year she continued her studies with a post-doc in England again, first at Oxford and then at the University of Liverpool. From 2000 to 2006, she worked as a Scientific Associate with the Fermilab laboratory in Chicago, in the United States. In 2007, she returned to Italy, to Cagliari, as a researcher at the INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics) and, the following year, at the University. From 2012 to 2013 she collaborated with the CERN laboratory in Geneva. In 2015 she won an ERC Consolidator Grant with the CNRS (Center National de la Recherche Scientifique) and moved to Orsay, Paris, until the end of 2016. In 2016 she was also visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2017 she became associate professor at the University of Cagliari. She is currently involved in the study of heavy ion physics with the LHCb experiment at CERN and leads a research team of six post-docs, two students and two researchers divided between Orsay and Cagliari.

Scientific results

In 2002, together with her colleagues from the CDF experiment (Collider Detector at Fermilab) she observed the decay of the W and Z bosons (fundamental particles of the Standard Model) into electrons and measured the production cross section and the ratio for the first time to that energy, publishing the work in her PhD thesis. In 2003 she worked with a group of 14 people dedicated to the research of chargino and neutralino supersymmetric particles in their leptonic decay, coming to coordinate them and publishing the best world limit at that time on their mass and production cross section. In 2007 she became a member of the LHCb (Large Hadron Collider beauty) collaboration – the LHC accelerator experiment of the CERN, that aims to measure the parameters of the CP-violation and decays and rare phenomena related to hadrons in which the beauty quark can (b quark) can be found - at CERN in Geneva. She participated in several studies on the production of associated states of quark-antiquark (quarkonia) by publishing several works on the subject and collaborating with expert theorists of the field. From 2009 to 2013 she became the person responsible for that physics in the experiment. In 2015 she founded a new research group within LHCb opening the way to precision measurements of Quark Gluon Plasma at high speed, her current field of research.

Editorial work and publications

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

2017) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Study of prompt D0 meson production in pPb collisions at=5 TeV, Journal of High Energy Physics, 1710, 090.

(2014) Manca G. Review on quarkonia production at LHC, International Journal of Modern Physics A, 29, 1430014.

(2013) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Production of J/ and¡mesons inpp collisions at=8 TeV, Journal of High Energy Physics, 1306, 064.

(2013)A.A. Alves Jr., G. Manca et al. [LHCb Muon Collaboration]. Performance of the LHCb muon system, Journal of Instrumentation, 8, P02022.

(2012) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration]. Measurement of¡production inpp collisions at=7 TeV, European Physical Journal C, 72, 2025.

(2011) Aaij R, Manca G et al. [LHCb Collaboration] Measurement of J/ production inpp collisions at=7 TeV. European Physical Journal C, 71, 1645.

(2010) Anelli M, Manca G et al. [LHCb Muon Collaboration]. Performance of the LHCb muon system with cosmic rays, Journal of Instrumentation ,5, P10003.

(2007) Aaltonen T, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Search for chargino-neutralino production in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 191806.

(2008) Aaltonen T, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Search for supersymmetry in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV Using the tri-lepton signature of Chargino-Neutralino production, Physical Review Letters, 101, 251801.

(2005) D. Acosta, G. Manca et al. [CDF Collaboration]. First measurements of inclusive W and Z cross-sections from Run II of the Tevatron collider, Physical Review Letters, 94, 091803.

(2007) Abulencia A, Manca G et al. [CDF Collaboration]. Measurements of inclusive W and Z cross-sections in pp collisions at=1.96 TeV,Journal of Physicc G, 34,2457.

She is a reviewer of the journals Journal of High Energy Physics and European Physical Journal.

Awards and prizes

In 2005 she won the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council fellowship for two years. In 2015 she gained a 5 years ERC Consolidator Grant for a total of 1.9 million euros. Since 2016 she is part of the AcademyNet network.
She is on the list of Top Italian Scientists since 2012.

 

Patrizia Manduchi
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International politics area

Competences: contemporary history of Arab World, islam, politila thought in arab world

Keywords: arab countries, egypt, political islam, tunisia

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

Professor in History of Islamic Countries. Director of GramsciLab, Center of Gramscian International Studies, University of Cagliari.

Professional career

Graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences (African and Oriental Studies), she obtained a PhD from the same University, in "History and Institutions of modern and contemporary Africa and Asia", a post-doctoral scholarship at the Faculty of Political Sciences Federico II of Naples (1991) and at the University of Cagliari (1992-94) for a research on Fundamentalism in North Africa countries.

Researcher at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Cagliari (1997), since June 2006 she is Associate Professor in History of Islamic Countries (LOR10) at the Faculty of Economics, Law and Politics of Cagliari, Department of Political and Social Sciences.

 

Scientific results

Expert on Contemporary Arab world’s issues, in particular political and youth dissent, political Islam and Islamic radicalism, Muslim immigration in Italy and Europe.

The Arab world’s areas of specific competence are Tunisia and Egypt.

Among the most recent research projects, she works on the spread of Gramsci's thought in the political and cultural debate in the post-2011 Arab world.

Recently she has been Principal investigator of a project entitled "The democratization processes in the Mediterranean Arab countries. The role of universities and research centers " (2010-2012) and of a project caccled “Gramsci’s lesson. State, democratic participation and civil society in the two shores of the Mediterranean", in partnership with Sapienza University of Rome and University of Jendouba (Tunisia).

Expert on issues of religious and cultural inclusion in various public institutions (Region, Province, Municipalities, Prefecture, Police Headquarters, Schools and Institutes) and private associations (Third Age University, Solidarity and Rights Foundations, Cultural Associations).

She is currently principal investigator of a research project entitled "For a mapping of Antonio Gramsci's thought in the world. Reception, translatability, theoretical applications and Gramscian praxis”.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Manduchi P, Marchi A (a cura di), A lezione da Gramsci. Democrazia, partecipazione politica, società civile in Tunisia, Roma, Carocci, ISBN: 9788843095766

[2018] Manduchi P (a cura di), Nelle aule e per le strade: studenti e lotte politiche. Casi di studio dall'Africa e dall'Asia, Bologna, libri di Emil, ISBN: 9788866802754

[2018] Manduchi P, “Nasser e il nazionalismo arabo” in STORIA DEL PENSIERO POLITICO (DOI:10.4479/89713. pp.5-22) Nasser 100 anni dopo. La sfida del nazionalismo e del socialismo arabi, a cura di M. Campanini, Il Mulino editore. 

[2017] Manduchi P, Marchi A, Vacca G (a cura di) Gramsci nel mondo arabo, Il Mulino editore. 

[2017] Manduchi P,  “The warm sand of the desert: Italian colonial cinema and the image of Islam”, in Images of Colonialism and Decolonisation in the Italian Media, a cura di Paolo Bertella Farnetti e Cecilia Dau Novelli, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 22-39.

[2017] Manduchi P,  “Arab Nationalism(s), Rise and Decline of an Ideology”. DOI:10.1163/22138617-12340137. In ORIENTE MODERNO - vol. 97, pp.4-35.

[2017] Manduchi P, “Intellettuali, società civile, egemonia nel mondo arabo: la lezione di Gramsci”. In Gramsci nel mondo arabo, Il Mulino, pp. 23-47.

[2016] Manduchi P,  Università e movimenti studenteschi nell'Egitto contemporaneo (1908-1981). Carocci editore, pp.1-182.

[2015] Manduchi P, “Student and Dissent in Egypt. From the Khedival Period to the Protests of 1968”. DOI:10.1163/22138617-12340078. In ORIENTE MODERNO - vol. 95 (1-2), pp. 125-144

[2014] Manduchi P, “Studenti e dissenso nel trentennio di Mubarak (1981-2011). La componente islamica dentro le università”. In P. Manduchi (a cura di) I movimenti giovanili nei paesi arabi mediterranei. Dalle indipendenze nazionali a oggi, Carocci editore, pp.15-43.

[2010] Manduchi P, Baldussi A (a cura di), Gramsci in Asia e in Africa e in Africa, Aipsa edizioni 

[2006] Manduchi P, Dalla penna al mouse. Gli strumenti di diffusione del concetto di gihad, (a cura di), Franco Angeli editore

Awards and prizes

Referent of the University of Cagliari in the Scientific Committee for the Gramscian’s Year 2017.

Member of the Casa Museo Gramsci Foundation Scientific Committee.

Director of GramsciLab, Interdepartmental Center of Gramscian International Studies, Cagliari University.

Francesca Manenti
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International politics area

Competences: de-radicalization in Asia, Geopolitics in Asia, security in Asia

Keywords: Afghanistan, ASEAN, BRI (Belt and Road Initiative), China, Indian Subcontinent, Iran, ISIS, JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ), Pacific Ocean, Pakistan

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior Analyst Ce.S.I. (Centro Studi Internazionali), Rome

Professional career

Graduated in International and European Politics at Cattolica University of Milan in 2012, she had a Master in Economic Security, Geopolitics and Intelligence issued by SIOI (Società Italiana per le Organizzazioni Internazionali) in Rome.

She entered Ce.S.I. in 2013 as intern and then she gained experience through the fellowship program. In 2014 she was appointed Ananlyst in charge of Asia & Pacific Desk. She has been Senior Analyst the since the beginning 2019.

Scientific results

She has been lecturer in International conferences on topics related to her expertise. She teaches in Ce.S.I.’s Course Analysis of Geopolitics, Security and Defence as well as in Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environment (SSAFE) Training course, organized in collaboration with FAO and Carabinieri

She travels in Asia countries for joint project with partner Institutes.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Manenti F, Oltre la BRI: gli investimenti cinesi nell’Unione Europea, Ce.S.I.  

[2018] Manenti F, Il Pakistan alla prova della Deradicalizzazione, Chillemi Editore. 

[2018] Manenti F,  Il futuro dell’Iran Deal senza gli Stati Uniti (The Future of Iran Deal without the United States), Ce.S.I. May 2018[1]

[2018] Ungari A. – Anghelone F. (eds.), Atlante geopolitico del Mediterraneo 2018(Geopolitical Atlas of the Mediterranean 2018), capitolo sulla Giordania (chapter on Jordan).

[2018] Manenti F, The Evolution of Jihadist Radicalization in Asia, Ce.S.I. – EFD (eds.), with the contribution from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

[2018] Manenti F, La competizione tra al-Qaeda e Daesh per la destabilizzazione dell’Afghanistan(The competition between al-Qaeda and Daesh for destabilizing Afghanistan), Ce.S.I.[2]

[2016] Manenti F, Manenti F. - La morte del Mullah Mansour e la nuova leadership talebana(Mullah Mansour’s death and the new Taliban leadership), Ce.S.I.

[2015] Manenti F, I riflessi dell’accordo sul nucleare sulla politica interna di Teheran(The effects of the Nuclear Deal on Iranian national politics), Rapporto per l’Osservatorio di politica internazionale del Parlamento italiano.

[2015] Manenti F, Le incognite per l’Afghanistan da ISAF a Resolute Support(Afghanistan’s unknown factors from ISAF to Resolute Support), Rapporto per l’Osservatorio di politica internazionale del Parlamento italiano.

[2015] Manenti F, Il negoziato sul programma nucleare iraniano e gli equilibri politici a Teheran(Iran’s Nuclear Deal and the the political balance in Teheran), Rapporto per l’Osservatorio di politica internazionale del Parlamento italiano.

Claudia Manzi
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: ethnicity, family, identity, prejudice, religion, transition, violence

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Università Cattolica in Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy with a specialization in Human Sciences at the Università Cattolica of Milan in 1999, she continued her education at the same university with a PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology, during which she collaborated in research and training activities of the University Center for Studies and Research on the Family. From 2003 to 2005 she was a research fellow in Social Psychology at the Department of Psychology of the Università Cattolica of Milan. From the following year until 2016 she was a researcher in Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica. In 2008 she was a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee, in the Child and Family Studies department and in 2016 she held the same position in the department of Psychology at the University of Sussex. In 2009 she was selected as a consultant at the Research Methods and Data Analysis office of the United Nations (UN), Office of Internal Oversight Services (New York). Since 2016 she is associate professor of Social Psychology at the Faculty of Education of the Università Cattolica of Milan.

Scientific results

Claudia Manzi studies identity construction and development processes, in particular identity motivations, adult identity, identity related to transition, ethnic prejudice, family differentiation, cross-cultural psychology. She collaborated on these issues with the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, in Colombia, in 2007, for a study on identity changes in transition periods, and in the same year with the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence, 'University of Tennessee, where she participated in the final phase of data analysis and publication of the results of a project coordinated by the World Health Organization's Program for Child and Adolescent Health and Development. Since 2008 she has participated in the international research team for the cross-cultural research project "Motivated identity construction in cultural context" funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Finally, since 2014 she is a member of the international research team "World Relationship Study", funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

 

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 Claudia Manzi is a member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research (Ed. A. Michalos), Springer of New York and referee of international journals of excellence as Journal of Personality, Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Adolescence, Journal of Early Adolescence, Self and Identity, Psychology of Individual Differences, Social Psychology.

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

 

(2017) Manzi C, Roccato M, Paderi F, Vitrotti S, Russo S. The social development of right-wing authoritarianism: The interaction between parental autonomy support and societal threat to safety. Personality and Individual Differences, 109: 1-4.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Roccato M, Russo S. What buffers right-wing authoritarian responses to threat? An experimental study to test the moderation of meaning. Personality and Individual Differences, 83:117-121.

 

(2015) Manzi C, Parise M, Iafrate R, Sedikides C, Vignoles VL. In so far as you can be part of me: The influence of intrusive parenting on young adult couple identity. Self & Identity, 14: 5, 570-582.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Brambilla M. Identity change. In A. Michalos (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Springer, 2167-2168.

 

(2014) Manzi C, Ferrari L, Rosnati R, Benet-Martinez V. Bicultural Identity Integration of Transracial Adolescent Adoptees: Antecedents and Outcomes. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, 45(6):888-904.

 

(2013) Brambilla M, Manzi C, Regalia C, Verkuyten M. Religiosity and Prejudice: Different Patterns for Two Types of Religious Internalization. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153:486-498.

 

(2011) Scabini E, Manzi C. Family Processes and Identity. In S. J. Schwartz, K. Luyckx, and V. L. Vignoles (Eds), Handbook of Identity Theory and Research, New York: Springer, 565-584.

 

(2010) Manzi C. Identità adulta nella letteratura psicosociale. In E. Marta, C. Regalia (Eds.), Identità in relazione. Le sfide odierne dell'essere adulto. Milano: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 17-31.

 

(2010) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C. Accommodating a new identity: Possible selves, identity change, and well-being across two life-transitions. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40:970-984. 

(2006) Manzi C, Vignoles V, Regalia C, Scabini E. Cohesion and enmeshment revisited: Family differentiation, identity, and psychological well-being in two European cultures. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 68: 673-689.

 

Awards and prizes

Since 2007 Claudia Manzi has been a member of the European Association of Social Psychology, since 2009 of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and since 2014 of the Italian Association of Psychology, section of Social Psychology.

 

Lucia Margheriti
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: seismology, structure of the interior of the Earth

Keywords: earthquakes, local amplification effects, magnitude, seismic anisotropy, seismic series

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV), National Earthquake Centre; Responsible for data analysis for seismic surveillance and monitoring

Professional career

After graduating in Geology at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1991, she continued her studies through a specialization scholarship (1992-1993) in Seismology at the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, USA. In 1994 she continued her specialization at the University of L'Aquila, Department of Physics and then at the National Institute of Geophysics (ING) of Rome, which in 2000 became the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). She developed her skill as researcher at INGV first on a temporary position, and then on a permanent position. In 2003 she became senior researcher and started coordinating projects and researchers’ groups.

Since 1998 she participated to the seismic surveillance, first as a seismologist in charge of the ipocentral locations, with the target of alerting the Civil Protection, a service interrupted during the maternity periods in 2000 and 2002; then, in 2015, she qualified also as a tsunami alert operator and finally, today, she works in the shifts as responsible of the communication to the Civil Protection Department (DPC).

From 2007 to 2014 she coordinated a research group consisting of 25 researchers studying geodynamics and the structure of the interior of the Earth. Between 2009 and 2013 she was the coordinator of the mobile seismic network of the National Earthquake Center and she was involved in the organization of earthquake emergency response activities. Since 2014 she is responsible for a group (about 25 persons) of technicians and researchers working on data analysis for surveillance and seismic monitoring.

She coordinated important national and international projects involving Italian, European and US institutions and universities such as the RETREAT project (2002-2007), the Messina 1908-2008 project (2007-2009), the INGV-DPC Test project sites for detailed multidisciplinary monitoring (2007-2009), the AlpArray project (2015-2018). She is responsible for some of the activities that INGV carries out for the DPC and of the agreement between INGV and the Civil Protection Agency of the Lazio Region. She always participated in the INGV outreach activities with the schools, the public and the media.

Scientific results

Her scientific interests have focused in recent years, on the analysis of seismic sequences for the characterization of active fault systems and for understanding the possible variation of the earth's Crust physical parameters during the occurrence of the sequences themselves. For 15 years, she has been dealing with the analysis of shear wave splitting to define the seismic anisotropy and the state of deformation of the Crust and of the Earth's Mantle. This analysis allows to characterize the crustal fracture field and to define its relations with the active stress field and with the presence of fluids. The characterization of the seismic anisotropy, when done on waves that travel in the Earth's Mantle, allows us instead to formulate geodynamic models on a regional scale: the subduction zone of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea, where the Ionic plate deeps below the Calabrian arc, was the first region of the Earth's mantle where was observed a toroidal flow of the mantle at the edges of the subducting plate (Civello and Margheriti 2004).

During the years of her training she studied site effects: how the seismic waves are amplified and modified by the surface geology especially when there are incoherent deposits, irregular topographical conformation of the area interested by seismic shaking. In 1993, she was among the pioneers in using the recordings of environmental vibrations (seismic noise) to characterize the response of sites that had recorded the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of about 70 international scientific publications, including:

 

(2016) Baccheschi P, Pastori M, Margheriti L, Piccinini D. Shear wave splitting of the 2009 L'Aquila seismic sequence: fluid saturated microcracks and crustal fractures in the Abruzzi region (Central Apennines, Italy). Geophysical Journal International, 204 (3): 1531-1549.doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv536

(2014) Margheriti L, Lucente FP, Park J, Pondrelli S, Levin V, Steckler MS, Baccheschi P, Salimbeni S. Large-scale coherent anisotropy of upper mantle beneath the Italian peninsula comparing quasi-Love waves and SKS splitting. Journal of Geodynamics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jog.2014.07.007

(2014) Govoni A, Marchetti A, De Gori P, Di Bona M, Pio Lucente F, Improta L, Chiarabba C, Nardi A, Margheriti L, Piana Agostinetti N, Di Giovambattista R, Latorre D, Anselmi M, Ciaccio MG, Moretti M, Castellano C, Piccinini D. The 2012 Emilia seismic sequence (Northern Italy): Imaging the thrust fault system by accurate aftershocks location Tectonophysics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2014.02.013

(2013) Salimbeni S, Pondrelli S, Margheriti L. (2013). Hints on the deformation penetration induced by subductions and collision processes: Seismic anisotropy beneath the Adria region (Central Mediterranean).Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, DOI: 10.1002/2013JB010253

(2011) Baccheschi P, Margheriti L, Steckler M S & Boschi E. Anisotropy patterns in the subducting lithosphere and in the mantle wedge: A case study—The southern Italy subduction system. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B08306.

(2010) Lucente FP, Gori PD, Margheriti L, Piccinini D, Bona MD, Chiarabba C, Agostinetti NP. Temporal variation of seismic velocity and anisotropy before the 2009 MW 6.3 L'Aquila earthquake. Italy: Geology, 38:1015–1018, doi: 10.1130/G31463.1.

(2004) Civello S and Margheriti L. Toroidal mantle flow around the Calabrian slab (Italy) from SKS splitting, Geophysical Reserach Letters, 31, L10601, doi:10.1029/2004GL019607.

(2000) Margheriti L, Azzara MR, Cocco M, Delladio A and Nardi A. Analysis of borehole broad-band recordings: Test sute in the Po basin, Northern Italy. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 90, 6:1454-1463.

(1996) Margheriti L, Nostro C, Cocco M and Amato A. Seismic anisotropy beneath the northern Apennines (Italy) and its tectonic implications. Geophysical Reserach Letters, 23; 20:2721-2724.

(1994) Margheriti L, Boatwright J, Wennerberg L. A comparison of Coda and S-wave spectral ratios as estimates of site response in the Southern San Francisco Bay area. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 84, 6:1815-1830.

 

Daniela Mari
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: geriatrics

Keywords: cardiovascular risk, centenarians, degenerative diseases, dna, elders, genes, longevity, longevity genetic bases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of U.O.C. of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Maggiore Hospital of the Policlinico of Milan

 

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Medicine and Surgery, at the University of Milan, from 1976 she continued her training as a researcher in Internal Medicine until 1991. From 2007 to 2010 she directed the experimental research laboratory on aging of the IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italian and University of Milan and of the Department of Medical and Rehabilitative Sciences with Geriatric-Cardio-Vascular specialization of the IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano. Until 2014 she was responsible for the School of Specialization in Geriatrics, and for the Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences of the Health Professions. Since 2010 she has directed the U.O.C. (complex operative unit) of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico of Milan in agreement with the University of Milan. Daniela Mari is also an associate professor of Geriatrics at the University of Milan, at the Department of Clinical and Community Sciences. Responsible U.O.C. of Geriatrics of the IRCCS Foundation Ca ’Granda Maggiore Hospital of the Policlinico of Milan.

Scientific results

Daniela Mari has been leading the Milan research group that studies cardiovascular risk factors and their genetic variants in longevity and centenarians, and neurodegenerative diseases in the elderly for many years. During the period spent as head of the experimental research laboratory on aging of the Italian Auxological Institute of Milan, Daniela Mari and colleagues focus on the study of the genetic bases of longevity, investigating the characteristics of a large number of seventy-year-old children of centenarians. To this end they also resort to DNA methylation analysis, or to an epigenetic modification of DNA, a process which consists in the binding of a methyl group (a carbon atom bound to three hydrogen atoms) to a nitrogenous base. They also investigate the dose-effectiveness relationship of oral anticoagulant therapy (TAO) in the elderly, genetic and non-genetic risk factors in cerebrovascular diseases and the influence of obesity and metabolic status on aging and age-related diseases.

 

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Mari is Associate Editor in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics (JGG).

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

 

(2016) Esposito S, Mari D, Bergamaschini L, et al. Pneumococcal colonization in older adults. Immunity & Ageing, 13(1).

(2016) Abbate C, Trimarchi PD, Rotondo E, Mari D, et al. Spontaneous confabulations in amnestic-mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease: a new (yet old) atypical variant?. Neurocase.

(2016) Muscogiuri D, Mari D, et al. 25 Hydroxyvitamin D Deficiency and Its Relationship to Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in the Elderly. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9):850.

(2016) Abbate C, Caputo L, Damanti S, Mari D, et al. Reversible Parkinson's Dementia Associated with Withdrawal of Androgen-Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

(2016) Arosio B, Casati M, Gussago C, Mari D, et al. Adenosine Type A2A Receptor in Peripheral Cell from Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, and Idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: A New/Old Potential Target. Journal of Alzheimer's disease, 54(2):1-9.

(2016) Ogliari G, Smit RAJ, van der Spoel E, Mari D, et al. Thyroid Status and Mortality Risk in Older Adults With Normal Thyrotropin: Sex Differences in the Milan Geriatrics 75+ Cohort Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.

(2016) Dionigi Rossi P, Bilotta C, Consonni D, Mari D, et al. Predictors of clinical events occurring during hospital stay among elderly patients admitted to medical wards in Italy. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 32.

(2016) Gussago C, Arosio B, Guerini F, Mari D, et al. Impact of vitamin D receptor polymorphisms in centenarians. Endocrine.

(2016) Oldoni E, Fumagalli GG, Serpente M, Mari D, et al. PRNP P39L Variant is a Rare Cause of Frontotemporal Dementia in Italian Population. Journal of Alzheimer's disease: JAD, 50(2).

(2015) Hovath S, Pirazzini C, Bacalini MG, Mari D, et al. Decreased epigenetic age of PBMCs from Italian semi-supercentenarians and their offspring. Aging, 7(12).

 

Awards and prizes

Daniela Mari obtained a grant from the MIUR, the Ministry of Health and the Lombardy Region for studies on haemostasis, the genetics of aging and longevity. Since 2010  she has been a member of the Regional table for the appropriateness in Medicine and of the "Fundamental Group" Regional Technical Table of the Directorate General for Health of the Lombardy Region. In 2012 she received the position of "Scientific Expert" of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche for the review of research projects. Since 2013 she has been member of the register of auditors for the evaluation of ministerial programs and research products (ANVUR), since the same year she is part of the European Commission's Action-Group A3 “European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging: Action For Prevention Of Functional Decline And Frailty ”. Daniela Mari is also a partner in the European study: MID- FRAIL Study FP7-Health 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luisa Donatella Marini
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: mathematics for scientific computing

Keywords: elasticity, electromagnetism, finite elements, fluid dynamics, numerical methods for partial differential equations, plate bending, semiconductor devices, virtual elements

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Pavia

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics at the University of Pavia in 1970 she has been fellow first, and then Researcher of C.N.R. at the Istituto di Analisi Numerica in Pavia (now IMATI-CNR) from 1973 to 1990.  Since 1990 she is Full Professor of Numerical Analysis, at the Faculty of Science of the University of Genova until 1993, and then at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Pavia.

Scientific results

The field of interest of Luisa Donatella Marini is, generally speaking, the analysis of numerical schemes for the solution of elliptic partial differential equations (of second and fourth order) by means of different kinds of finite element methods: conforming, non-conforming, hybrid, mixed, and equilibrium. More specifically, she applied finite element techniques for the treatment of problems coming from various applications: semiconductor device simulation, electromagnetism, fluid-dynamics, structural mechanics. Particular emphasis was given to the approximation of non-coercive problems, which lead to develop various techniques for stabilizing Galerkin formulations, for applications to domain decomposition methods with non-matching grids, and to advection dominated problems. In the last decade she was particularly interested in developing and analyzing schemes based on Discontinuous Galerkin methods, for the discretization of various applied problems, such as Darcy flows, advection-diffusion problems, and Reissner-Mindlin model for plate problems. The more recent production is devoted to a new technique, the Virtual Element Method, for the discretization of Pde's  with applications.

 

Editorial work and publications

L. Donatella Marini serves or has served as Associate Editor of various journals:  SISC (SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing) from 1988 to 1993,  CMAME (Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering) since 2001,  IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, since 2017, the Italian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics since 2008, and is member of the Advisory Board of CAMES (Computer Assisted Methods in Engineering and Sciences) since 2014.  She is also reviewer for other numerous important international journals, and evaluator for national and international proposals.

She authored over 100 publications on international journals. Several of her journal articles are among the most cited in mathematics. Below five selected publications. For a complete list I refer to my webpage: http://arturo.imati.cnr.it/marini

[2002] Unified analysis of Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Elliptic Problems. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, 39(5):1749-1779 (with Arnold DN, Brezzi F, Cockburn B). 

[1985] Marini LD. Two families of mixed finite elements for second order elliptic problems. Journal of Numerical Mathematics, 47:217-235 (with Brezzi F, Douglas J jr.,).

[2013] Basic principles of Virtual Element Methods. Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 23(1):199-214 (with Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F, Cangiani A, Manzini G, Russo A.). 

[2013]Virtual Elements for linear elasticity problems, SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 51(2):794-812 (with  Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F).

[2014] The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Virtual Element Method, Math. Models Methods. Appl. Sci. 24(8):1541-1573 (with Beirão da Veiga L, Brezzi F, Russo A).

Awards and prizes

She was awarded the Turner-Kirk Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for the GCS programme at the Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK), July-December 2019, is Member of the scientific committee of the 20th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems (FEF 2019, Chicago), is representative of SIMAI (The Italian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics) in the General Assembly and Managing Board of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) since 2014,  has been Chair of the committee for the ICIAM (The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics)  Collatz prize in 2015. In 2010 she was elected a member of the European Academy of Science (EURASC), where she also serves as a member of the scientific committee of the Division of Mathematics (March 2018-March 2021). She has been member of the Committee for PhD programs at the University of Pavia from 1999 to 2009, and then Director of the Doctoral School of  “Scienze e Tecnologie A. Volta” of the University of Pavia from 2009 to 2013. In 2012 she delivered the inaugural lecture for the opening of the academic year at the University of Pavia.

Roberta Marracino
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: banking business, business economics, finance, insurance business, macroeconomics

Keywords: banking strategy, gender policies, youth unemployment

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Executive Director, Studies, Communication, CSV and Education to Export Area - SACE Spa (Cdp Group) Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Control and Risk Committee - BPER Banca

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the University of Trieste in 1991, she obtained an MBA in International Business at the MIB School of Management. She spent about sixteen years at McKinsey & Company, first as an analyst in the banking and financial sector, then as head of the Research Department for Italy and coordinator of the European team of banking sector analysts, later as Director of Research and Communication for the Mediterranean area (Italy, Turkey, Greece, Iberia). She was also Head of Strategic Analysis of Gemini Consulting (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group) and of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Since 2014 she has been Director of SACE Studies, Communication, Corporate Social Value and Education to Export (Cdp Group). In this role she dealt with the assessment of country risk and business opportunities in advanced and emerging markets and provides binding opinions on financing requests and guarantees that require coverage from political and sovereign risk. She also develops export education and internationalization formats for Italian SMEs and oversees internal, external and social responsibility activities. Since 2017 she has been a Director and a member of the BPER Banca Control and Risk Committee. She was the founder of the Valore D association, which today brings together about 170 companies with the common goal of eliminating the barriers to the growth of female talent, and promoted the launch of "Push to Open", a program dedicated to training and work orientation of 17-18 year olds (4,500 students involved from 2015 to present).

Scientific results

Roberta Marracino's research activity has focused on four areas. The first area of ​​study concerns the exploration of the growth vectors of the European and Italian economy, in the absence of fiscal stimuli, limited by high debt and a high public deficit. Starting from the analysis of the determinants of the wealth gap between Europe and the United States both on the demand and supply side and drawing on the best practices of other European countries, an agenda of reforms is proposed to be put in place to improve the prospects for long-term growth of the old continent. The second area concerns the enhancement of subsidiary welfare solutions, in terms of economic benefit for companies and employees. In the presence of unfavorable demographic dynamics, increase in female employment, public assistance system and social protection limited by budget constraints, the analysis shows that it is possible for companies to make a positive contribution to the demand for welfare, making the intervention beneficial. also from an economic point of view. The third strand delves into the causes of youth unemployment in Italy, which for 40% has a structural nature attributable to three factors: the quantitative imbalance between business demand and youth choices; the lack of skills adapted to the needs of the economic system; the inadequacy of job search channels. Finally, the analysis of risks and opportunities for Italian companies dealing with foreign markets, which led to the development of the Risk & Export Map, with details of specific credit risk indices, political risk, export opportunity and investment opportunity for 198 countries and for the production of the annual Italian export forecast report.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017)            Baldassarre G, Ciabattoni P, Gorissen S, Marracino R, Moneta L, Terzulli A.Export Unchained. Dove la crescita attende il Made in Italy. Rapporto Export 2017/2020, SACE Spa-

(2016)            Baldassarre G,  Gorissen S, Lucano C, Marracino R, Moneta L, Terzulli A.Re-Action. Export Calling. Rapporto Export 2016/2019, SACE Spa.

(2015) Gorissen S, Iadanza A, Marracino R, Moneta L, Padoan E, Terzulli A. Re-Start. Rapporto Export 2015/2018, SACE Spa.

(2014) Marracino R. Alla ricerca della crescita perduta. Opportunità e ritorni di un'Italia più internazionale, SACE Spa.

(2014) Castellano A, Kastorinis X, Lancellotti R, Marracino R, Villani L. Studio Ergo Lavoro. Come facilitare la transizione scuola-lavoro per ridurre in modo strutturale la disoccupazione giovanile in Italia, McKinsey & Company.

(2014) Occupazione-Istruzione-Educazione: le trappole nascoste nel percorso delle ragazze verso il lavoro
R. Marracino, McKinsey & Company

(2013) Marracino R, Rizzi F, Toia L. Il welfare sussidiario: un vantaggio per aziende e dipendenti, McKinsey & Company, Valore D.

(2013) Marracino R, Spreafico C, Terzi V, Turconi A. Investire nella crescita: Idee per rilanciare l'Italia, McKinsey & Company.

(2011) Marracino R, Santorsola G, Terzi V,  Coniugare austerità e crescita economica in Europa: uno sguardo all'Italia, McKinsey & Company.

Awards and prizes

In 2004 she was awarded the "Alumnus of the Year" award by the MIB School of Management, the first woman to receive this award for professional and career results. In 2012 she was included in the "Ready for Board Women" list of the Professional Women Association and among the 1,000 excellent resumes of the Bellisario Foundation. In 2013 she received the 2013 Merit and Talent Award from Aldai-Federmanager.

 

Maria Marsella
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geodesy, geology, geomatics, volcanology

Keywords: hydrogeological risk, natural risks, territory, volcanology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Geodesy and Geomatics in the degree courses in Civil Engineering, Safety and Civil Protection and Aerospace at the University of Rome La Sapienza. CEO of SurveyLAb srl.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics in 1987 with a thesis on the LAGEOS satellite mission for the study of Earth’s crust movements in the Mediterranean Area, she continued her education with a PhD in Geodetic and Topographical Sciences at the University of Bologna, discussing a thesis on Spatial Geodesy Techniques (SLR and GPS) applied to the Study of Deformations. In 1992 she became a researcher at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. From 2003 to 2005 she was Visiting Scientist at the USGS in Reston (Virginia), where she worked on projects for the integration of GPS/INS data for the georeferencing of data acquired through aerial surveys. Since 2001 she is associate professor at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (qualified as Ordinary since 2012). During her academic career she taught Higher Education courses on Image Analysis Remote Sensing Techniques and GIS and on Aerial survey techniques for natural disasters and was a member of the Teaching Board of the PhD in Geoinformation of the University of Tor Vergata. She currently participates in the PhD in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering of Sapienza University.

In 2008 she founded the spin-off of Sapienza Survey Lab dedicated to the development of innovative systems for the control of the territory and civil infrastructures using in situ sensors and satellite observations (GNSS and DInSAR). He is currently CEO of Survey Lab.

Scientific results

Maria Marsella's main activity is research on geodetic and geomatic techniques for land monitoring and civil infrastructure protection. She is an expert in the acquisition and processing of earth observation data with optical and SAR sensors and spatial geodesy data.She carried out studies and research for the development of interpretative and forecasting models in areas subject to hydrogeological risk and in active volcanic areas, basing on the integration of aerial and satellite remote sensing data with in situ measurements.She coordinated numerous research projects funded by national bodies such as the MIUR, the Italian Space Agency, the Civil Protection Department of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, and European projects under the EU programs FP7 and H2020.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than one hundred publications, including:

(2016) Scifoni S, Bonano M, Marsella M, Sonnessa A, Tagliafierro V, Manunta M. On the joint exploitation of long-term DInSAR time series and geological information for the investigation of ground settlements in the town of Roma (Italy). Remote Sensing of Environment, 182:113-127 3.

(2015) Palenzuela JA, Marsella M, Nardinocchi C, Pérez JL, Fernández T. Landslide detection and inventory by integrating LiDAR data in a GIS environment. Landslides, 12(6):1035-1050,9.

(2015) Marsella M, D’Aranno PJV, Scifoni S, Sonnessa A, Corsetti M. Terrestrial laser scanning survey in support of unstable slopes analysis: the case of Vulcano Island (Italy). Natural Hazards, 78(1):443-459,5.

(2012) Marsella M, Baldi P, Coltelli M, Fabris M.The morphological evolution of the Sciara del Fuoco since 1868: reconstructing the effusive activity at Stromboli volcano. Bulletin of Volcanology, 74,1:231-248.

(2009) Proietti C, Coltelli M, Marsella M, Fujita E. A quantitative approach for evaluating lava flow simulation reliability: LavaSIM code applied to the 2001 Etna eruption. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems,10,9.

(2008) Manunta M, Marsella M, Zeni G, Sciotti M, Atzori S, Lanari R. Two-scale surface deformation analysis using the SBAS-DInSAR technique: a case study of the city of Rome Italy.International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29,6:1665-1684.

(2008) Baldi P, Coltelli M, Fabris M, Marsella M, Tommasi P. High precision photogrammetry for monitoring the evolution of the NW flank of Stromboli volcano during and after the 2002-2003 eruption. Bulletin of Volcanology, 70,6:703-715.

(2007) Vicari A, Herault A, Del Negro C, Coltelli M, Marsella M, Proietti C. Modeling of the 2001 lava flow at Etna volcano by a cellular automata approach. Environmental Modelling & Software, 22,10:1465-1471.

(2005) Baldi P, Fabris M, Marsella M, Monticelli R. Monitoring the morphological evolution of the Sciara del Fuoco during the 2002 - 2003 Stromboli eruption using multi-temporal photogrammetry. ISPRS, Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 59,4:199-211.

(2002) Baldi P, Bonvalot S, Briole P, Coltelli M, Gwinner K, Marsella M, Puglisi G, Remy D. Validation and comparison of different techniques for the derivation of digital elevation models and volcanic monitoring (Vulcano Island Italy). International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23,22:4783-4800.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2017 she was called to join the Scientific Technical Committee for the Government Commissioner for the rebuilding in the territories affected by the 24 August 2016 earthquake at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In March 2016 Survey Lab, of which she was CEO, won the H2020 SME Instrument-Phase II-Space Call with the IMODI project (Monitoring by using satellites the stability of buildings and infrastructure). From 2011 to 2014 she was an expert for the Research Quality Assessment (VQR-ANVUR). Between 2002 and 2013 she was an expert evaluator of projects for the Aeronautics and Space Call of the European Commission's FP6 and FP7 framework programmes for technological development. In 2002 and 2003 and again in 2017 she collaborated with the National Civil Protection Department for the management of the Stromboli Emergencies 2002-03 and 2017. She is a member of the Management Board of the Aerospace Research Center of Sapienza (CRAS).

 

Mirella Mastretti
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: artificial intelligence, computer technology, cybernetic physics, electronics, mathematical modeling, network engineering

Keywords: big data, cybernetics, innovation, management, nanotechnologies, SMEs, strategy, women

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Member of the Board of Directors of "Azienda Farmacie Comunali" of Cornaredo (Milano) 

Mathematics and computer science professor 

Founding partner and vice-President of an association to support female entrepreneurship (SMEs and startups) 

Innovation ambassadress

Professional career


 After the graduation in computer science, under the guidance of Prof. Giovanni degli Antoni, she continues her studies with a specialization in cybernetics / artificial intelligence and electronic systems engineering. Since 1989 she has been a researcher at the Central Research Laboratory of an important and innovative Italian telecommunications company. Then she started her contribution to some international standardization committees, in particular the one related to the VHDL language. Since 1993 she has been manager of R&D projects on areas related to logical synthesis automation tools, using expert systems, neural networks, fuzzy logic and project coordinator, in an international context, for the research and application of video encoding and decoding algorithms. Since 2000 she has been responsible for Multimedia Content Delivery projects and Network Architectures. In 2013 he coordinated activities related to telemedicine and energy saving for the smart city in collaboration with Monzino and Milano Ricerche Cardiology Center. In 2014 she won a public selection for titles for a Collaboration with the University of Milan at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences. In 2013 she founded, with a group of colleagues, an association of women (Talent4Rise, which, under her direction, would become a founding member of the Triulza Foundation, civil society pavillon for EXPO2015). The aim is to provide visibility to female STEM talents. She held the position of Chairwoman and member of the General Council of the Triulza Foundation until 2016. Next she was appointed Chairwoman Emerita and Vice President and, during the same period, she was appointed as Strategic Marketing Director for an ICT company. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of an in-house company of a municipality in the Milan hinterland that groups together local pharmacies.
 

Scientific results

For about 30 years Mirella Mastretti has been dealing with innovative areas both as a researcher and a teacher of advanced training, and as manager in academia, civil society and ICT companies contexts. Her activities involved the coordination of funded projects at national and international level. Member of international scientific and standardization committees, she contributed to the VHDL language definition, to original logical synthesis tools (patented) implementation and to innovative algorithms for audio/video, AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications and neural networks. 

She always managed projects and opportunities to liven up the debate on innovation in health and life-science, the role of science and technology in the society, with particular focus on methods, tools and technologies, to ensure a good quality of life and assistance for chronic or elderly people and for inclusive training; all this has been carried out in a context of "sharing economy" that sees the collaboration between companies, the academic world and the third sector

Editorial work and publications

Some papers
 [1990] Antoniazzi S., Mastretti M. An Interactive Environment for Hardware/Software System Design at the Specification Level. Microprocessing and Microprogramming, vol. 30.
 [1991] Antoniazzi S., Mastretti M. An Architectural Design Support Environment for High- Performance Digital Systems. Microprocessing and Microprogramming, vol.32.
 [1995] Mastretti M., Sturlesi M. Tomasello S. Static Analysis of VHDL Code: Simulation Efficiency and Complexity. Proceedings VHDL: Champions of the Second Generation, San Diego, California.
 [1996] Mastretti M., Sturlesi M., Tomasello S. Quality Measures and Analysis: A Way to improve VHDL Models, Hardware Component Modeling. Kluwer Academic Publisher.
 [1998] Mastretti M., Paolillo E., Di Bello P., Mercandalli D. Technologies for the Information Society, Developments and Opportunities, IOS Press.
 [1999] Boscolo M., Mastretti M., Paolillo E. Technology as the Catalyst of Users' Acceptance in Electronic Commerce. Flexible Working, New Network Technologies, pp. 121-132.
 Books
 [1996] M. Mastretti, Current Issues in Electronic Modeling. Kluwer Academic Publisher
 
[2015] M. Mastretti, Best Practices for EXPO2015: Tecniche Nuove 
 
[2016] M. Mastretti, Impresa che funziona - come finanziare ricerca e innovazione con i fondi pubblici -  Sandit.
 
 

Awards and prizes

"Milano Ricerche" Award 1989 -  Lombardy Region Project Award (SURE - SMAU Milano 2012) -  Milan Chamber of Commerce Award (Rise2Up 2014) -  Appointment to "digital champion", ambassadress of innovation, by Riccardo Luna, on behalf of the Italian Prime Minister (2015) - Appointment of President Emeritus of T4R (2016) 

Barbara Mazzolai
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biorobotics, robotic engineering

Keywords: bio-inspired engineering, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Coordinator of the Micro-BioRobotics Center (CMBR) in Pontedera, at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) of Genoa, and Vice Director with responsibility for the operation of the IIT Network Centers.

 

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1995, she joined the Biophysics Institute of the National Research Council (CNR), where she worked on environmental issues and in particular on mercury pollution. From 1997 to 1998 she attended a master in Environmental Management and Control (EMAS) at the Sant’Anna High School in Pisa (SSSA), with an internship at the Office for Foreign Risks of Civil Responsibility and Accidents, of Assicurazioni Generali SpA of Trieste. The following year she was a research assistant at the Research Center in Microengineering (CRIM Lab) of the Sant'Anna High School in Pisa, a position she held until 2004. From the same year until 2009 she was a Biomedical Engineering Researcher at the same Sant’Anna High School. In November 2009 she became Team Leader at the Micro Bio-Robotics Center in Pontedera of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, and in February 2011 she was appointed Coordinator. In 2011 she obtained a research doctorate in Microsystems Engineering at the Tor Vergata University of Rome.

 

Scientific results

Barbara Mazzolai’s research field is soft and bioinspired robotics, an evolution of robotics that involves the use of non-rigid materials inspired by the living world, in particular invertebrate animals and plants. During her time at the CRIM Lab of the Sant'Anna High School, she founded a new research area specifically dedicated to microtechnologies and robotics applicable to the environment and agri-food, playing the role of project manager of European projects such as Octopus, aimed at developing a soft robot inspired by Octopus vulgaris, and DustBot, a network of autonomous robots that can be used to collect door-to-door waste and improve urban hygiene. Arriving at the head of IIT's Micro Bio-Robotics Center, she founded a new research line in the field of bio-inspired robotics and soft robotics called "Plantoid", which aims at the realization for the first time in the world of robots inspired by movements, to the sensorial and communication skills of plants and their roots for soil exploration and environmental monitoring.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Mazzolai is a member of the editorial group of various scientific journals, including Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Soft Robotics, Biomimetics, Robotics & Automation Letters, Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics, Micro-BioRobotics.

She is the author of numerous publications in international scientific journals, such as:

(2016) Laschi C, Mazzolai B, Cianchetti M. Soft robotics: Technologies and systems pushing the boundaries of robot abilities. Science Robotics, 1:(1). 

(2016) Larson C, Peele B, Li S, Robinson S, Totaro M, Beccai L, Mazzolai B, Shepherd R. Highly stretchable electroluminescent skin for optical signaling and tactile sensing. Science, 351(6277): 1071-1074. 

(2016) Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Sinibaldi E, Mazzolai B. Osmolyte cooperation affects turgor dynamics in plants. Scientific Reports, 6. 

(2016) Mazzolai B, Mattoli V. Robotics: Generation soft. Nature, 536 (7617), 400-401.

(2014) Sadeghi A, Tonazzini A, Popova L, Mazzolai B. A Novel Growing Device Inspired by Plant Root Soil Penetration Behaviors. PLoS ONE, 9:(2). 

(2014) Sinibaldi E, Argiolas A, Puleo GL, Mazzolai B. Another lesson from plants: the forward osmosis-based actuator. PLoS ONE, 9(7): e102461. 

(2014) Tramacere F, Kovalev A, Kleinteich T, Gorb SN, Mazzolai B. Structure and mechanical properties of Octopus vulgaris suckers. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11: 91, 20130816. 

(2013) Tramacere F, Beccai L, Kuba M, Gozzi A, Bifone A, Mazzolai B. The Morphology and Adhesion Mechanism of Octopus vulgaris suckers. PLoS ONE, 8(6): e65074. 

(2012) Mazzolai B, Margheri L, Cianchetti M, Dario P, Laschi C. Soft robotic arm inspired by the octopus. II. From artificial requirements to innovative technological solutions. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 7 025005. 

(2011) Mazzolai B, Mondini A, Corradi P, Laschi C, Mattoli V, Sinibaldi E, Dario P. A Miniaturized Mechatronic System Inspired by Plant Roots. IEEE Transaction on Mechatronics, 16(2), 201-212

Awards and prizes

In 2010 Barbara Mazzolai received the "Marisa Bellisario" award for the scientific and management activity of the "DustBot" project, in 2013 she was awarded the Pio Manzù Prize with the Medal of the Senate of the Italian Republic for her commitment as a scientist for the creation of technologies that open new paths to sustainable development. In 2015 she received, for the same reasons, the Genoa international award: a woman out of the chorus.

 

 

 

 

 

Alessia Melcangi
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International politics area

Competences: contemporary history of North Africa and Middle East, ethno-religious minorities, geopolitics in the Euro-Mediterranean area, identity dynamics and dynamics of polarization in the contemporary Middle East, international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area, political and social issues in contemporary Egypt, political and social issues in the contemporary Libya

Keywords: Berbers, Copts, egypt, geopolitics, Libya, Middle East, minorities, North Africa, safety

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Economic Sciences of La Sapienza University (Rome). Aggregate Professor of History of North Africa and the Middle East and of Globalization and International Relations at the Department of Social and Economic Sciences of La Sapienza University.

Professional career

Alessia Melcangi graduated in Contemporary History at the University of Catania in 2008. She held a PhD in Political Thought and Institutions in the Mediterranean Societies at the University of Catania in 2011, and then she carried out different fieldworks and researches in France, Great Britain, Egypt and Jordan.

In 2008 she was visiting research fellow at the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et Sociales (CEDEJ) and at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO) in Cairo.

From2013to2014,shewasresearchfellowinHistoryandInstitutionsofAfricaattheDepartmentofPolitical and Social Science, University of Catania, and from 2017 to 2018 at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics (DiSSE), La Sapienza University. 

She coordinated the scientific program “Nation/States and minorities in Mediterranean Africa” for the PRIN 2010-2011 (Programmi di Ricerca Scientifica di Rilevante Interesse Nationale), funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research(MIUR).

Since 2016 she has collaborated with the Centre of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean (CRiSSMA – Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan) and she is faculty member of the Master in “Migrazione e Sviluppo – Migration and Development”, Department of Social Sciences and Economics (DiSSE), Sapienza University, of the “Master in Middle Eastern Studies” – MIMES, Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI), Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan and member of the scientific committee of ReaCT – Osservatorio sul Radicalismo e il Contrasto al Terrorismo. She is Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Sapienza University of Rome since May 2019.

Scientific results

Alessia Melcangi’s researches are mainly focused on the Contemporary history of North Africa and Middle East; geopolitics and international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area; ethno-religious minorities (in particular the Copts and the Berbers); identity dynamics and dynamics of polarization in the contemporary Middle East; politicalandsocialissuesincontemporaryEgyptandLibya.Regardingtheseissuesshehaspublishedseveral monographs,peerreviewarticlesinItalianorinternationalJournals,papersineditedworksandpolicypapers. 

She has participated in the activities of the Centre of Research on the Southern System and the Wider Mediterranean(CRiSSMA)abouttheContemporaryLibyanpolitical,economicandsecuritydynamics;inthe field of research in interreligious dialogue she has collaborated ona project on Freedom and Human Rights coordinated by CRiSSMA and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) of Amman; in the field of defense and security she’s participating to the research activities of ReaCT – Osservatorio sul Radicalismo e il Contrasto al Terrorismo.

Editorial work and publications

Books

[2018] Melcangi A, Statualità e minoranze: meccanismi di resistenza e integrazione in Medio Oriente. Il caso dei cristiani copti in Egitto, Ledizioni.

[2017] Melcangi A, I copti nell’Egitto di Nasser. Tra politica e religione (1952-1970), Carocci.

Books chapters and journal articles

[2018] Melcangi A, Divide et impera: the political application of sectarianism in the Egyptian context. From the Sadat years to the reign of Mubarak (1970-2011), in Demichelis M (ed.), “Religious Violence, Political Ends. Nationalism, citizenship and radicalizations in the Middle East and Europe”, Georg OLMS Verlag, Hildesheim 2018, pp. 35-53.

[2018] Melcangi A, Fanfani auspica giorni più sereni agli italiani in Egitto. La comunità italiana nell’Egitto di Gamal‘Abdal-Nasser e la visita di Fanfani attraverso l’analisi dei documenti diplomatici italiani, in Ventunesimo Secolo. Rivista di studi sulle transizioni, 43, FrancoAngeli.

[2018] Melcangi A, “Gli aqbāt al-mahjar e l’internazionalizzazione della questione copta dagli anni Settanta al regime di Mubarak”, in El Houssi L (ed.), in Minoranze in Nord Africa e Medio Oriente tra tradizione e modernità, numero monografico di “Ricerche Storiche”, XLVIII, 1, pp. 19-33. 

[2017] Melcangi A,Under the Same Flag”: the Copts of Egypt and the challenges of Nasserist Nationalism”, in Demichelis M, Maggiolini P. (eds.), The Struggle to Define a Nation: Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World, Gorgias Press, pp. 161-194. 

[2016] El Houssi L, Melcangi A, Torelli S, Cricco M (eds.), North African Societies after the Arab Spring: Between Democracy and Islamic Awakening, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

[2016] Melcangi A, ‘Church, Intellectuals and Youth Movements: Contemporary Understandings of Secularismand Tradition within the Egyptian Coptic Community’, in El Houssi L, Melcangi A, Torelli S, Cricco M.(eds.), North African Societies after the Arab Spring: Between Democracy and Islamic Awakening, Cambridge Scholars Publishing,  pp. 102-129. 

[2015] Melcangi A, ‘Identità contestata, identità condivisa. I copti tra nazionalismo e rivendicazioni comunitarie nell’Egittocontemporaneo’, in Cresti F. (ed.), Minoranze, pluralismo, stato nell’Africa mediterranea e nel Sahel, Aracne, pp. 155-198. 

[2013] Melcangi A., ‘La questione confessionale nell’Egitto post-rivoluzionario’, in Cantaro A (ed.), Dove vanno le primavere arabe?, Ediesse, pp. 83-90. 

 [2008] Melfa D, Melcangi A, Cresti F. (eds.), Spazio privato, spazio pubblico e società civile in Medio Oriente e in Africa del Nord, Giuffré.

Awards and prizes

Melcangi is a member of the scientific committee of different organizations (ReaCT – Osservatorio sul Radicalismo e il Contrasto al Terrorismo; The Square – Mediterranean Centre for Revolutionary Studies), of Italian and international associations (Middle East Studies Association; Società Italiana di Storia Internazionale; British SocietyforMiddleEasternStudies;SocietàpergliStudisulMedio Oriente – SeSaMO) as much as a member of the scientific secretariat of the Italian Journal Storia Urbana, Rivista di studi sulle trasformazioni della città e del territorio in età moderna, published byFrancoAngeli.

Hila Meller
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: cybersecurity

Keywords: cloud, cybersecurity, identity management, support women in tech

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Vice President, Security Europe, BT (British Telecom)

Professional career

Hila has a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Bar Ilan University and an MBA in High Tech and innovation from the Technion institute.

2003 - 2008 She worked at Avnet Information Security in many different roles, the last one as Vice President Products and Services. 

In 2008 she worked at the start-up Eurekify as Vice President EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa).

2009 - 2015 She worked at CA Technologies initially covering the role of Solutions Sales  Director EMEA and later that of Head of Security Strategy EMEA.

2016 - 2018 She worked at HP Enterprise Security Services as Head of South Europe.

In March 2018 she joined BT to lead a pan-European team of Security experts that are tasked with protecting some of the most important and complex organizations globally against the changing and evolving cyber threats.

 

Scientific results

Hila Meller has developed a significant experience along the years applying methods of Cyber Security both in military and defence environments as well as in the commercial and civilian space.

She is recognized as one of the first pioneering experts of Security for ERP systems, acting as a special Security advisor for more than 30 projects.

She developed a significant experience in the area of Identity and Access Management, contributing to the creation of a start-up which was later acquired by CA Technologies.

 

In BT she gained additional experience related to Cyber Intelligence use cases and the application of Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security scenarios.

 

She is often invited to attend as keynote speaker at Information Technology conferences and trade exhibitions. Some past examples include: RSA Conference in San Francicso, Kuppinger Cole EIC conference in Munich, Cyberweek in Tel Aviv, Security summit in Milan  and Forum PA in Romea.

 

Editorial work and publications

Webinar - global security roundtable: perspectives, threats and risks per region

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/aboutus/events/security-roundtable-perspectives-threats-and-risks-per-region 

Masterclass: how to address risk and master security in 2019

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/aboutus/events/masterclass-how-to-address-risk-and-master-security2

 

Blog/ Article - Don’t let security cloud your views on digital transformation

https://www.globalservices.bt.com/en/insights/blogs/do-not-let-security-cloud-your-views-on-digital-transformation

Foreign Spies and Facebook: The Undeniable Truth

https://www.rsaconference.com/videos/foreign-spies-and-facebook-the-undeniable-truth

The Day After Tomorrow: Security Challenges of the Future

https://www.kuppingercole.com/watch/eic13_keynote_meller

Awards and prizes

2005 – Security Project of the year. The people magazine www.pc.co.il

Deny Menghini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental neuropsychology

Keywords: developmental disorders, dyslexia, dyslexia therapy, genetic syndromes, language, learning

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

From 2010, she has a permanent contract as Psychologist and Psychotherapist at the Child Neuropsychiatric Unit of the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital.

Professional career

After her Master Degree in Developmental Psychology and Education at “La Sapienza” in Rome, she attended a Diploma Course in Psychopathology of Learning at the University of San Marino. Since 1998, she has been carrying out clinical and research activities at the Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital. In 2004, she got a Ph.D in Cognitive Science and Rehabilitation. In 2016 she took a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in 2018, she got a national qualification as Full Professor in General Psychology, Psychobiology, and Psychometry.

Scientific results

Her field of interests concerns the link between behavior and brain in several neurodevelopmental disorders, such as specific learning disorders, language disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and intellectual disabilities. She is now coordinating a research team on the study of innovative rehabilitative perspectives as the use of non-invasive brain stimulation for neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has produced over than sixty peer-reviewed publications, several books and chapters for the neuropsychological assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Editorial work and publications

Costanzo F, Rossi S, Varuzza C, Varvara P, Vicari S, Menghini D. Long-lasting improvement following tDCS treatment combined with a training for reading in children and adolescents with dyslexia. Neuropsychologia. 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.03.016.

Menghini D, Armando M, Calcagni M, Napolitano C, Pasqualetti P, Sergeant JA, Pani P, Vicari S. The influence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder on Executive Functions in children with ADHD. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2018;268(4):349-357.

Costanzo F, Menghini D, Casula L, Amendola A, Mazzone L, Valeri G, Vicari S.Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Treatment in an Adolescent with Autism and Drug-Resistant Catatonia. Brain Stimul. 2015; 8(6):1233-5.

Menghini D, Finzi A, Benassi M, Bolzani R, Facoetti A, Giovagnoli S, Ruffino M, Vicari S. Different underlying neurocognitive deficits in developmental dyslexia: a comparative study. Neuropsychologia. 2010;48(4):863-72.

Menghini D, Hagberg GE, Caltagirone C, Petrosini L, Vicari S. Implicit learning deficits in dyslexic adults: an fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2006;33(4):1218-26.

 

Awards and prizes

In 1998, she obtained the Fellowship Award granted by Pio Sodalizio dei Piceni (Rome).In 2010, she won a Grant by the Foundation Jerome Lejeune for studying the cerebral correlates of Down Syndrome. In 2012, she was funded by the Ministry of Health (Young Italian Researchers Grant) for studying innovative therapeutic approaches in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Alessandra Mezzadri
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International politics area

Competences: cooperation and development, feminisms in development, globalisation and development, informal economy in Asia, Africa and Latin America, international political economy, political economy of India, poverty and work

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, ethical trade and consumerism, global commodity chains and production networks, global factory labour, global garment chain and exploitation, global labour standards, India, social reproduction and development

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Senior Lecturer in Development Studies alla School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London

Professional career

Mezzadri is an economist who graduated at La Sapienza in 2000 with 110/110 cum laude. After working in Italy and at Swiss border for the European School of Economics, she obtained her MSc and PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, London. In 2008, she was hired by her alma mater as lecturer, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer. 

Scientific results

Her work focuses on globalisation and working poverty. Mezzadri has researched in depth global commodity chains in textile and garment production, sweatshops, global labour standards and CSR, and ethical consumerism. 

Editorial work and publications

Authored Books

[2017] Mezzadri A, The Sweatshop Regime: Labouring Bodies, Exploitation and Garments Made in IndiaCambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Articles

[2017] Mezzadri A, Lulu F, ‘Classes of Labour’ at the Margins of Global Commodity Chains in India and China'Development and Change, (49) 4, pp 1034-1063.

[2017] Mezzadri A, Prentice R, De Neve G, Ruwanpura K, 'Health and Safety in Garment Workers’ Lives: Setting a New Research Agenda'. Geoforum, (88) Jan, pp 157-160.

[2016] Mezzadri A,'Class, gender and the sweatshop: on the nexus between labour commodification and exploitation'. Third World Quarterly, (37) 10, pp 1877-1900.

[2016] Mezzadri A,The informalization of capital and interlocking in labour contracting networks'. Progress in Development Studies, (16) 2, pp 124-139.

[2015] Mezzadri A,Why inequality matters – for the rich and the poor'. The Conversation UK [Online].

[2015] Mezzadri A,A ‘song of the wage’ for Rana Plaza'. New Internationalist.

[2015] Mezzadri A, 'Free to stitch, or starve: capitalism and unfreedom in the global garment industry''. Open Democracy: Beyond Trafficking and Slavery.

[2014] Mezzadri A,'Cambodian sweatshop protests reveal the blood on our clothes'. The Conversation UK.

[2014] Mezzadri A,'Indian Garment Clusters and CSR Norms: Incompatible Agendas at the Bottom of the Garment Commodity Chain'. Oxford Development Studies, (42) 2, pp 217-237.

[2014] Mezzadri A,'Backshoring, local sweatshop regimes and CSR in India'. Competition and Change, (18) 4, pp 327-344.

[2014] Mezzadri A,'Are Ethical Initiatives Successful in the Indian Garment Industry? A Focus on Homeworkers'.Development Viewpoint 83.

Awards and prizes

Young Scholar Award, Indian Society For Labour Economics (2008).

Petra Mezzetti
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International politics area

Competences: asylum and refugee's reception systems, European migration policies, international migration policies, territorial cooperation

Keywords: diaspora, Horn of Africa, migrants, North Africa, West Africa

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Senior/Lead expert and Coordinator of the Area in International Migration and Development Studies, CeSPI (Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale)

Professional career

Petra Mezzetti was part of the team that drafts the UNDP Human Development Report - HDRs 2000-2001 and 2002. She worked for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva; subsequently started collaborating with the Rome-based think tank CeSPI (Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale) working on projects in the field of decentralized and territorial cooperation and international migration for different agencies (MAECI; IOM; UNHCR; WB; EU, FIIAP; Ministry of Interior; Italian Bank Foundations, Municipality of Milan). She completed a PhD in European Urban Studies (URBEUR) and carried out consultancy and evaluation activities for ICMPD on intergovernmental processes in Africa (i.e. Rabat process).

 

Scientific results

She deals with migration policies, monitoring and migration reception system. She is currently responsible with a team of experts of the project  MIRECO - Monitoring Improvement of REception COnditions in cooperation with the UNHCR and the Italian Internal Affairs Minister. From 2014 to 2019 she was involved in the Iniziativa Fondazioni for Africa Burkina Faso, funded by ACRI (Associazione di Fondazioni e di Casse di Risparmio). She was researcher in the project MENTOR - MEditerranean Network for Training Orientation to Regular migration, funded by the EU through Mobility Partnership Facility implemented by ICMPD (International Center for Migration and Policy development).

Editorial work and publications

[2019, forthcoming] Mezzetti P., Ceschi S. (a cura di), Il co-sviluppo tra (im)mobilità e (in)sicurezza,Donzelli Editore

 

Articles: 

[2016]Mezzetti P.,‘I percorsi e i flussi, al presente e in prospettiva’,in Prospettive Sociali e SanitarieSpeciale WelforumEmergenza profughi: quale accoglienza?n. 1.2-1.3, febbraio-marzo, 5-9.

[2015] Mezzetti P., Ceschi S. ,The European Union and transnational policy networks in the migration field, in Contemporary Politics, 21, 3, 1–18. 

[2014] Mezzetti P., Ceschi S.,The Senegalese Transnational Diaspora and its role back Home, ITPCM, International Commentary, ISSN. 2239-7949, X, 35, April 2, 13-18. 

[2013] Mezzetti P., Pirkkalainen P., Guglielmo M., Somali Associations’ Trajectories in Italy and Finland:Leaders building trust and finding legitimisation, in JEMS, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, August,39 (8): 1261-1279.  

 

Chapters: 

[2018] Mezzetti P., ‘La situazione drammatica, persistente e poco nota degli sfollati interni’, in Frigeri D. e Zupi M. (a cura di),Dall'Africa all'Europa. La sfida politica delle migrazioni,Roma, Donzelli. 

[2014]Mezzetti P., Saggiomo V., Pirkkalainen P., “Interaction between Somali organisations and Italian and Finnish development actors” in Laakso, L. and Hautaniemi. P. (Eds.) Diasporas for Peace: Case Studies from the Horn of Africa. London: ZED Books.    

[2012]Mezzetti P., Ceschi S.,“Migranti come forza internazionale per lo sviluppo? Un’analisi con luci e ombre”, in Ceschi, S. (ed.), Processi migratori e percorsi di cooperazione: Analisi e riflessioni a partire da un'esperienza di co-sviluppo,Carocci Editore.

 

[2012]Mezzetti P., “Partecipazione e associazionismo dei migranti: fattori di influenza e traiettorie delle associazioni senegalesi in alcuni contesti locali in Italia”,in Ceschi, S. (ed),  Processi migratori e percorsi di cooperazione: Analisi e riflessioni a partire da un'esperienza di co-sviluppo, Carocci Editore.

 

[2012]Mezzetti P., Esperienze di capacity-building alla luce dell’iniziativa Fondazioni4Africa-Senegal”, in Ceschi, S. (ed),  Processi migratori e percorsi di cooperazione:Analisi e riflessioni a partire da un'esperienza di co-sviluppo, Carocci Editore.

 

Reports:

[2016]Mezzetti P., Ayuso A., ‘Tackling Inequality in Cities through Social Innovation’, in Call J. (ed.), Wise Cities. A New Paradigm for Urban Resilience, Sustainability and Well-being, CIDOB, October, Barcelona. 

[2015] Mezzetti P., Coslovi L. e Stocchiero A., Quale spazio per la società civile nel Processo di Khartoum?,Policy brief di Dicembre, Roma, CeSPI. 

[2015] Ceschi S., Massimi A., Mezzetti P., Soddu P., La diaspora africana in Italia. Una risorsa nelle relazioni Italia-Africa,Paper redatto per il Seminario Italia-Africa: quale ruolo strategico per la diaspora? - Roma, 15 maggio, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Interazionale (MAECI).

[2014] Mezzetti P., Bayés Puig S., Andrés Sancho L., Defontaine M., Mato Brey J., Monitoring of the Dakar Strategy Roadmap, Final Report, Processus de Rabat.

Giuseppina Micela
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astronomy

Keywords: ESA (European Space Agency), extrasolar planets, harps-n, ISA (Italian Space Agency), space missions, star crowns, star formation, star-planet interaction, young stars

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Director of research at Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo

Professional career

Physics degree at the Palermo University (1983)

CNR fellowship (1985), to spend a period at Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - Cambridge (MA).

Scholarship from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Physics of the CNR (1986-87).

PhD in Physics at the University of Palermo (1991) with a thesis on the background emission in the band 0.16-3.5 keV.

From 1991, astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Palermo. She spent a period at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the University of Chicago thanks to a CNR / NATO Senior scholarship.

Today she is a Director of research and from 2012 to 2017 she was director of the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, a research facility of the National Institute of Astrophysics.

Giusi Micela has been member of several scientific teams for the study of the ESA space missions (Eddington, Plato, EChO, ARIEL) and of national and international projects from ground and from space. She has been the national responsible of the project funded by MIUR “A Way to Other Worlds – WOW”.  Moreover, she won a few EU programs, that allowed several European scientists to work at the Palermo Observatory. She is a member of the board of the Fundacion Galileo Galilei, of the board of the Gal Hassin, and of the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), in Barcelona. Finally, she is member of the board of the PhD  Physics course at the Palermo University.

 

Scientific results

Her scientific activity is focused on the study of the physics of the upper stellar atmosphere and related themes. In particular, she was among the first researchers to carry out researches on the coronae of young stars through observations of open clusters and star formation regions with space missions (Einstein, Rosat, Chandra, XMM/Newton), determining how the high energy radiation in these stars is much more intense than today in the Sun. She has then dealt with the young stars, including star-forming regions and physical processes that govern the formation of stars in various bands of energy, and young stars in the solar neighborhood, highlighting how the region around the Sun was the site of a star formation episode over the last billion years.

Today, she works on extra-solar planets, in particular on the search of rocky planets around stars smaller than the Sun and on the study of star-planet interactions. She is co-investigator of the HARPS-N spectrograph at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, today the best instrument for the search of exoplanets in the northern hemisphere.  Finally, she is co-principal Investigator and Italian responsable for the ARIEL mission, an ESA mission for the observations of exo-planetary atmospheres.

Editorial work and publications

Giuseppina Micela is author of more than 300 papers published on international journals. In addition, she carries out activities of dissemination of astronomy, and in particular has published the book "Birth and death of the stars" for the series "Farsi un’idea" of “Il Mulino”. Selected papers are:

1.       [2016]Affer L, Micela G, Damasso M, Perger M, Ribas I et al.,  HADES RV program with HARPS-N at the TNG. GJ 3998: An early M-dwarf hosting a system of super-Earths, Astronomy & Astrophysics,  593, 117..

2.       [2013] Pepe F, Cameron Collier A, Latham, DW, Molinari E, Udry S, Bonomo A, Buchhave LA, Charbonneau,D, Cosentino R, Dressing CD, Dumusque X, Figueira P, Fiorenzano AFM, Gettel S, Harutyunyan A, Haywood RD, Horne K, Lopez-Morales M, Lovis C, Malavolta L, Mayor M, Micela Get al,An Earth-sized planet with an Earth-like density,  Nature, 503, 7476, 377-380.

3.        [2008]Penz T, Micela G,Lammer H, Influence of the evolving stellar X-ray luminosity distribution on exoplanetary mass lossAstronomy and Astrophysics, 477, 309-314.

4.        [2003] Favata F, Micela, G, Stellar Coronal Astronomy, Space Science Reviews, 108, 577-708.

5.       [1993]Micela G,Sciortino S, Favata F, Stellar birthrate in the Galaxy – Constraints from X-ray flux-limited surveys,Astrophysical Journal, 412, 618-624.

Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: behavioural pharmacology

Keywords: anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, obesity

Region: Marche


Position/Role

Researcher in Pharmacology, University of Camerino

Professional career

Dr.  Micioni Di Bonaventura graduated at the University of Camerino (MC), Italy in 2008 with a degree in Pharmacy. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Chemical, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biotechnology from the University of Camerino in 2012, after working one year at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She received her postdoctoral training at University of Zurich, at University of Camerino and at Department of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Dr. Micioni Di Bonaventura is currently a Researcher in Pharmacology at University of Camerino.

Scientific results

The main research interests of Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura focus on the study of eating disorders. During her PhD, she worked on behavioral pharmacology to develop a new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of binge eating episodes. Binge eating is a central feature of many eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and anorexia nervosa binge/purge subtype, characterized by compulsive consumption of a large quantity of palatable food in a short period of time. The aim of these studies is to elucidate how caloric restrictions and stress may contribute to the generation and maintenance of an eating disorder, testing several compounds in a preclinical model. One of the main target of Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura is to identify the triggering causes of these disorders in order to develop an effective drug therapy. Her latest research project is focused on the development of a new pharmacological approach to treat obesity and bingeing-related eating disorders, studying the role of the adenosine: an important modulator in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Editorial work and publications

Author of several scientific publications including:

1) Pucci M, Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Zaplatic E, Bellia F, Maccarrone M, Cifani C, D'Addario C.Transcriptional regulation of the endocannabinoid system in a rat model of binge-eating behavior reveals a selective modulation of the hypothalamic fatty acid amide hydrolase gene. Int J Eat Disord. 2018 Dec 22.

2) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Ubaldi M, Giusepponi ME, Rice KC, Massi M, Ciccocioppo R, Cifani. Hypothalamic CRF1 receptor mechanisms are not sufficient to account for binge-like palatable food consumption in female rats. C.Int J Eat Disord. 2017;50(10):1194-1204.

3) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Lutz TA, Romano A, Pucci M, Geary N, Asarian L, Cifani C. Estrogenic suppression of binge-like eating elicited by cyclic food restriction and frustrative-nonreward stress in female rats.Int J Eat Disord. 2017;50(6):624-635.

4) D'Addario C, Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Pucci M, Romano A, Gaetani S, Ciccocioppo R, Cifani C, Maccarrone M. Endocannabinoid signaling and food addiction. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2014;47:203-24.

5) Micioni Di Bonaventura MV, Ciccocioppo R, Romano A, Bossert JM, Rice KC, Ubaldi M, St Laurent R, Gaetani S, Massi M, Shaham Y, Cifani C. Role of bed nucleus of the stria terminalis corticotrophin-releasing factor receptors in frustration stress-induced binge-like palatable food consumption in female rats with a history of food restriction.J Neurosci. 2014;34(34):11316-24.

Awards and prizes

Maria Vittoria Micioni Di Bonaventura academic career was recognized by numerous awards:

2013 Farmindustria - Italian Society of Pharmacology Award for the scientific production in pharmacology.

2014 three travel awards: at XII International Summer School of Neuroscience "Dopamine", Federation of European Pharmacological Societies (EPHAR), Italian Society of Pharmacology (SIF), Italian Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (SINPF); at FENS (Federations of European Neuroscience Societies)  at the ECNP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology) Workshop for Junior Scientists in Europe, Nice (France).

2014 She was selected for the IBRO (International Brain Research Organization): InEurope Short Stay Program at University of Zurich to investigate the influence of ovarian hormones mechanisms on binge eating episodes.

2015 EBPS Travel Award for Joint Meeting EBPS (European Behavioural Pharmacology Society)-EBBS (European Brain and Behaviour Society) for the results obtained during the research period in Zurich. IBRO PERC-FENS World Congress Travel Grants FOR  9th World Congress of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO),for the findings presented during the congress on the role of adenosine in the control of episodes of binge eating.

2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

2017 Italian Society of Pharmacology - Merck Sharp Dohme corporation award for best 5 research pharmacological projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Federica Migliardo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: biophysics, structure of matter

Keywords: bioprotection, disaccharides, infectious diseases, membranes, parkinson, proteins, spectroscopic techniques, stamina, vaccines

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Messina and Visiting Professor at the Université Paris-Sud

Professional career

Since the degree in Physics in 1998 when she was 22, the Ph.D. in Physics and the European Doctorate for Users of Large Experimental Systems in Grenoble (France) in 2002, she carried out her research at several international laboratories. In 2003 she was an ATER researcher at the University of Lille (France), where from 2008 to 2010 she was a UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science International Fellow. In 2011 she got the “qualification aux fonctions de professeur des universités” in section 28 and in 2016 in section 64 in France. In 2012 she was a European Molecular Biology Organization International Fellow at the Institut de Biochimie et Biophysique Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Université de Paris-Sud XI (France). In 2013 she got the national scientific qualification as a Full Professor in Experimental Physics, becoming in 2015 a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Messina. Since July 2016 she is Visiting Scientist at the Université Paris Sud (France).

Scientific results

Federica Migliardo is a biophysicist carrying out her research in the domain of life sciences in the context of various international collaborations. Her research activity focuses mainly on the study of biological processes such as bioprotection, denaturation and stabilization of biomolecules, and more recently some infectious diseases (tuberculosis and schistosomiasis) and neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson), with the aim of determining their molecular mechanisms and to understand the role of natural bioprotectors.

The idea of the research moves from the observation that different “extremophiles” (organisms loving the extreme) show extraordinary survival abilities under harsh conditions thanks to a particular sugar, trehalose, which can be used as a natural and innovative agent to protect and stabilize systems of biomedical and pharmaceutical interest, such as proteins, stem cells, plasma, antibodies and vaccines. Experimental studies, carried out through the synergistic application of complementary techniques, such as neutron and light spectroscopy, have shown that the sugar deforms the structure of water by preventing the formation of ice, thus protecting living beings from freezing, and it is also able to cover biological molecules creating a rigid environment that protects them from adverse environmental conditions.

The in-depth knowledge of the unique properties of trehalose has paved the way for new studies on some diseases for which there is no definitive solution yet. Trehalose can be used in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, as it is able to inhibit the aggregation of proteins, such as the alpha-synuclein in Parkinson’s syndrome, which in these diseases show anomalous behaviors, improving motor functions and raising life expectancy . On the other hand, trehalose is linked to particular fatty acids in the outer membrane of the tuberculosis bacterium, a membrane that creates a sort of barrier between the bacterium and the antibiotics, increasing its resistance; the goal of this research is to make this barrier more fragile and therefore more permeable to drugs that will be much more effective. The same philosophy is used in the study of schistosomiasis, parasitosis that represents the second tropical disease, since the parasites protect themselves from the attacks of our immune system thanks to a very special external membrane that passes nutrients but not drugs.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is coauthor of more than 170 scientific articles published in international journals, including:

[2017] Migliardo F, Angell CA, Magazù S. Contrasting dynamics of fragile and non-fragile polyalcohols through the glass, and dynamical, transitions: A comparison of neutron scattering and dielectric relaxation data for sorbitol and glycerol, Biochimica Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, 1861, 3540.
[2015] Migliardo F, Salmeron C, Bayan N. Mobility and temperature resistance of trehalose mycolates as key-characteristics of the outer membrane of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 33, 447.
[2014] Bousset L, Brewee C, Melki R, Migliardo F. Dynamical Properties ofa-Synuclein in Soluble and Fibrillar Forms by Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering, BBA - Proteins and Proteomics, 1844, 1307.
[2014] Migliardo F, Tallima H, El Ridi R. Is There a Sphingomyelin-Based Hydrogen Bond Barrier at the Mammalian Host-Schistosome Parasite Interface?, Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics, 68, 359.
[2013] Fenimore PW, Frauenfelder H, Magazù S, McMahon BH, Mezei F, Migliardo F, Young RD, Stroe I. Concepts and Problems in Protein Dynamics, Chemical Physics, 424, 2.
[2011] Magazù S, Migliardo F, Parker SF. Vibrational Properties of Bioprotectant Mixtures of Trehalose and Glycerol, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115, 11004.
[2007] Lishchuk SV, Lokotosh TV, Magazù S, Malomuzh NP, Migliardo F. Role of the orientation disorder in the formation of fragility of glassy water and glycerol-like liquids, Physical Review E, 76, 061504.
[2007] Magazù S, Migliardo F, Ramirez-Cuesta AJ. Concentration Dependence of Vibrational Properties of Bioprotectant/Water Mixtures by Inelastic Neutron Scattering, Journal of Royal Society Interface, 4, 167.
[2005] Lerbret A, Bordat P, Affouard F, Descamps M, Migliardo F. How Homogeneous are the Trehalose, Maltose and Sucrose Water Solutions? An Insight from Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109, 11046.
[2003] Vertessy BG, Magazù S, Mangione A, Migliardo F, Brandt A. Structure of Escherichia coli dUTPase in Solution: A Small Angle Neutron Scattering Study, Macromolecular Bioscience, 3, 477.

Awards and prizes

Federica Migliardo has received several international and national awards and recognitions, such as the International BioVision for Life Sciences 2011 Prize, the UNESCO-L'Oréal For Women in Science 2008 International and 2005 National Fellowships, the International EUWIIN (European Union Women Inventors) and Innovators Network) Special Recognition Award 2007, the Sapio Award for Italian Research 2006, the Prize for the best PhD thesis in neutron spectroscopy of the National Institute of Physics of Matter 2003 and the Award for the best Italian graduate in Italy of the Italian Physical Society 2001.

 

Laura Mirachian
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International politics area

Competences: diplomacy, international politics

Keywords: Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe, Middle East, Russia, Somalia, UN (United Nations)

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Ambassador, Diplomatic

Professional career

She started her Diplomatic career in 1974 Diplomatic. After her first assignments in Somalia and Dublin she was at the Directorate General for Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Europe's External Affairs Office, representing Italy in all Working Groups in Brussels and coordinating the Italian administrations involved until 1983, when she reached the rank of Office Regent. Thanks to the experience gained in this period, she was assigned to the UN Permanent Representation in Geneva with the mandate to represent Italy in all the "Uruguay Round" negotiation’s Working Groups of the GATT for the international liberalization of trade and services. In this context, she was in charge of the European Presidency in the Italian semester of 1990.

In January 1992 she was appointed Chargé d'Affaires in Belgrade, at the beginning of the Balkan wars, a role that she will hold for three years, ensuring the protection of Italian interests, helping to define Italian politics within the European framework, with the purpose to stop the conflict, achieve the democratic stabilization of the region and promote the resumption of a dialogue between the parties involved.

Returning to Rome in 1995, she was appointed Head of the Balkan / Eastern Mediterranean Unit (including Albania, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus) of the Directorate General for Political Affairs where she remained for over five years, participating as Italy's spokesperson in Brussels Working Groups on the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, coordinating the other Directorates General of the MFA and other Italian administrations, contributing to shape the Italian position within the United Nations, NATO, OSCE and other international organizazions. In 1996, she was in charge of the EU Presidency functions during the Italian semester and participated in the formal and informal international meetings for Bosnia until the Dayton Agreements. In 1997, she participated in the definition of the so-called “Alba Operation”, aimed at stabilizing AlbaniaIn 1999, she was the representative of Italy to the Rambouillet conference for the stabilization of the former Yugoslavia and participated, with the representatives of the Contact Group and the International Organizations involved, in the entire negotiation aimed at managing the Kosovo crisis.

In 2000, she was appointed Ambassador to Damascus (Syria), where she served for four years with the task of promoting peace in the Middle East region. Returning to Rome, in 2006 she was appointed Director General for European Countries. The "constituency" of competence extends from Lisbon to Vladivostok, including, in addition to European countries, the countries of the Balkans, the three countries of the Caucasus, the five Central Asian Republics, and Russia. In 2008 she was promoted to Ambassador and since 2009 she has been the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva for 4 years.

Scientific results

Extensive diplomatic assignments in Middle East, Balkans, Russia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and with the United Nations.

Editorial work and publications

Mirachian L, Syria and its neighbourhood (Siria e Vicinato), UniversitàCattolica

Mirachian L, Syria, why?Siria perché, Guerini.

She collaborates on a regular base (inter alia) with: Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and La Stampa (newspaper).

Awards and prizes

In 1997, when Albania collapsed under the impact of the political-economic-financial crisis,she contributed to the definition of the Italian aid policy to the country and to the political management of the "Operation Alba" of peace-keeping, security, and reconstruction, under the aegis of the UN. The success of the Italian operation is universally recognized, primarily by the United Nations, and is still cited internationally as a model.

2008 Minerva Award ‘A Woman for Peace’ 

She has received various honours conferred by the President of the Italian Republic and various foreign States.

Chiara Monfardini
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: econometrics, family economy, labor economics

Keywords: children, gender economy, teenagers, time

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Full Professor  of Econometrics at  University of Bologna

Professional career

After her bachelor at University of Padua in Economics and Statistics Sciences in  1992 she was awarded her Phd in Econoomics  at  European University Institute in 1997. Since 2001 she is researcher and since 2005 she is professor of Econometrics at  University of Bologna  She has a great experience in teaching Econometrics in degree and Phd courses, with theoretical and applicated contents approche. She is associated with several research centers: Institute for the Study of Labor ﴾IZA, Bonn﴿; Centre for Household, Income, Labour and Demographic Economics at Collegio Carlo Alberto ﴾CHILD‐CCA, Torino﴿; Health, Econometrics and Data Group ﴾HEDG, York). Recently, she was member of several scientific commetees of international and national meetings (European Society for Population Economics, 2017; Italian Workshop of Econometrics and Empirical Economics, 2018;  Italian Congress of Econometrics and Empirical Economics, 2017). 

In recent years she has been part of the following research groups that have obtained competitive funding: 2018-2019: principal investigator of the Bologna unit of the European project H2020 "European Cohort Development Survey", coordinated by Manchester Metropolitan University; 2013-2016: external co-leader, twith Daniela Del Boca, of the Work Package "Childcare arrangement determinants and consequences" (project partner: Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin), as part of the European project Fp7 "Families and Societies - Changing families and sustainable societies: Policy contexts and diversity over the life course and across generations ”, coordinated by the University of Stockholm. She is interested in services and policies for children and adolescents and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Education and School Institution (IES) of the Municipality of Bologna.

Scientific results

Chiara Monfardini is an expert in micro-econometrics methods for analyzing individual data and models with limited dependent variables. Her current interests in applied research mainly concern the determinants of cognitive and non-cognitive development of children and adolescents, with particular attention to the consequences of the use of time.

Editorial work and publications

Currently, she is Co-Editor ofe international Review of Economics of the Household

 

In the last 15 years she published  the following articles:

 

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

 

(2017) Mancini AL, Monfardini C. and Pasqua S. (2017): Is a Good Example the Best Sermon? Children's Imitation of Parental Reading. Review of Economics of the Household,15:965–993.

 

(2016) Geraci A, Fabbri D. and Monfardini, C. (forthcoming) Testing exogeneity of multinomial regressors in count data models: does two-stage residual inclusion work? Journal of Econometric Methods. Published online November 2016. DOI: 10.1515/jem-2014-00.

 

(2016) Fabbri D, Monfardini C, Castaldini I. and Protonotari A. Cesarean section and the manipulation of exact delivery time. Health Policy, 120(7):780-789.

 

(2016) Bellettini G, Berti Ceroni C, and Monfardini C. Socio-Economic Heterogeneity and Electoral Turnout: An Aggregate Analysis with Precinct-Level Data. Electoral Studies, 42:146-156.

 

(2016) Fabbri D. and Monfardini C. Opt Out or Top Up? Voluntary Healthcare Insurance and the Public vs. Private Substitution. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 78, 1:75-93. Published online July 2015.

 

(2016) Monfardini C. and See SG. Birth Order and Child Cognitive Outcomes: an Exploration of the Parental Time Mechanism. Education Economics24, 5:481-495.

 

(2010) Cardoso A R, Fontainha E. and Monfardini C. Children's and Parents' Time Use: Empirical Evidence on Investment in Human Capital in France, Italy and Germany. Review of Economics of the Household,8, 4:479-504.

 

(2010) Miniaci R, Monfardini C. and Weber G. Is there a Retirement Puzzle in Italy?Empirical Economics, 38: 257-280.

 

(2009) Fabbri D. and Monfardini C. Rationing the public provision of healthcare in the presence of private supplements: evidence from the Italian NHS. Journal of Health Economics, 28:290-304.

 

(2009) BardasiE. and MonfardiniC. Women's Employment, Children and Transition: an Empirical Analysis on Poland. Economics of Transition, 17,1:147-173.

 

(2008) Lu M, Mizon G.E. and Monfardini C. Simulation Encompassing: Testing Non-nested Hypotheses. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 0 (s1): 781 - 806.

 

(2008) Fabbri D. and Monfardini C. Style of Practice and Assortative Mating: a Recursive Probit Analysis of Cesarean Section Scheduling in Italy. Applied Economics,  40:1411- 1423.

 

(2008) Monfardini C. and Santos Silva J.M.C. What Can We Learn about Correlations from Multinomial Probit Estimates? Economics Bulletin, 3, 28: 1-9.

 

(2008) Monfardini C. and Radice R. Testing Exogeneity in the Bivariate Probit Model: a Monte Carlo Study. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 70, 2: 271-282.

 

(2003) Fabbri D. and Monfardini C. Public versus Private Health Care Services Demand in Italy. Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, 62, 1:93-123.

 

(2003Monfardini C. An Illustration of Cox’s Non-Nested Testing Procedure to Logit and Probit Models. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, special issue on Computational Econometrics, 42:425-444.

 

(2003) Giannelli G. and Monfardini C. (2003) Joint Decisions on Household Membership and Human Capital Accumulation of Youths: The role of expected earnings and labour market rationing. Journal of Population Economics, 16, 2:265-285.

 

According the RePEC (Research Papers in Economics) rankings, she is top 9% of Italian authors, top 11% europeans authors and top 13% of all authors and top 8% of all female authors.

 

Chiara Montanari
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: alternative energies, applied complexity, diversity management, extreme project management, leadership, logistics, project management, sustainability, systemic design, team management

Keywords: alternative energies, antarctica, complex projects, digital technologies, expedition to Antarctica, explorer, innovation, management, strategy, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope. First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. Expert of leadership & extreme project management.

Professional career

She holds a master degree in Civil engineering (university of Pisa, Italy) and a MBA at MIP (Graduate School of Business of Politecnico di Milano). From 2002 to 2008 she had been working as Energy Manager and Interface Manager at PNRA (National Italian Programme for Antarctic Research), where she had been developing sustainability strategies and operations for the scientific missions to Antarctica.

From 2008 to 2010 she had been appointed twice as Expedition leader at the Italian and French Antarctic research Station Concordia. In 2013, she is back to Antarctica as Head of Logistics fro the French Institute IPEV. In 2015 She had been appointed again Expedition Leader at the Belgian research Station Princess Elizabeth (first Zero Emission Building in Antarctica). 

Besides Polar missions, she had been working in different organisational domains: Innovation & Digital Broadcast Industry in United Kingdom, Sustainability strategies in Italy, and more recently in developing partnership for innovation between China and Italy.

 

She funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”, namely the capability to cope (and to prosper) under the pressure of uncertainties: “Under the pressure of extreme environment you can’t afford neither to be worried nor to be wrong; instead, you must quickly learn how to be effective and overcome difficulties!” 

 

 

She currently work as consultant for companies and as Interface Manager at Cherenkov Array Telescope gGmbH.

Scientific results

In her 5 mission to Antarctica (she can be defined an explorer of sec.), Chiara Montanari managed all scientific and logistic activities, including emergency operations and media relationships. A mission to Antarctica is a huge investment from the government to deliver innovation and research programmes in complex situations and hard environment.

Due to her skills in leadership and management, despite the high risks of  these operations,  she successfully completed each mission and all the expected results for their programme.  Particularly, 

she managed several times the operations in one of the most extreme place on earth (Concordia station is settled on the Antarctic Plateau, at 4000 m altitude and temperatures between -50°C in summer and -80°C in winter, and the team is made of 70 people in a multidisciplinary-multicultural environment). Furthermore, she had been acknowledged by the Belgium government for the diplomacy and the effectiveness of the Belgian mission, where she faced the unexpected event of a sabotage at the arrival.

 

On the basis of these experiences and her research in organisational theories, she funded Complexity Aware, a consultancy company for the enterprises interested into the so called  “Antarctic mindset”(a methodology on negotiations and adaptive problem solving), and she is currently working as consultant.

 

Editorial work and publications

In 2015 she published the  book “Chronicles from the ice, 90 days in Antarctica” (Mondadori), in which she proposed the extreme ecosystem of Antarctica as a metaphor for the current business world, namely, coping with continuous changes, high risks and tremendous uncertainty.

Awards and prizes

First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. 

In 2014 she had been awarded by the city of Milan with “Ambrogino d’oro” (civic medal) for her engagement in boosting Technological Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation .

Carla Monteleone
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International politics area

Competences: international relations

Keywords: Coalitions, Italian foreign policy, multilateralism, safety, transatlantic relations

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Professional career

After her laurea (B.A.) in Political Sciences (University of Palermo, 1995), she earned an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK) and a Ph.D. in International Relations (University of Milan, 2001). She is a member of the Italian Political Science Association, the International Studies Association, the European International Studies Association, and the Transatlantic Studies Association. She was awarded a Fulbright-Schuman scholarship (research on International Security, Multilateral Intervention, and the Question of Legitimacy: The Role of Cooperation Between the US and the EU) e she has been visiting scholar at Columbia University (Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Institute on Western Europe) and Georgetown University (USA). She has contributed to several national and international research groups, including on the role of the US in the spatially fragmented international system, on Italian foreign policy, on the impact of the economic crisis on the de-Europeanization of the foreign policy of South European states, and on American bases in Europe. She has lectured on security and global change at the Istituto di Alti Studi per la Difesa of the Centro Alti Studi per la Difesa within the framework of the IASD sessions (2017, 2018 e 2019). She currently teaches Political Science and International Relations at the University of Palermo and coordinates (with Vittorio Parsi) the Standing Group on International Relations of the Italian Political Science Association.

Scientific results

Her research activity focuses on:

-      Security, analyzing the concept and dimensions (military and nonmilitary) of security and their evolution over time, internal-external links, policies and instruments, actors (especially the US and the EU), and main institutions (particularly multilateral institutions and pluralistic security communities)

-      Multilateralism, analyzing its evolution (especially in relation to its role within the American hegemonic order and its relationship with the US), institutions (particularly the Security Council) and policies

-      Italian foreign and security policy, analyzing variations in its Europeanization and in relation to the US (looking both at the US-led hegemonic order and the American bases in Italy), Russia, and China

-      The relationship between the coalitional behavior of states and changes in the organization of the international political system.

She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Transatlantic Studiesand as referee for several international scientific journals.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Monteleone, C., Italy in Uncertain Times: Europeanizing Foreign Policy in the Declining Process of the American Hegemony, Lanham, Boulder, New York and London, Lexington Books, 2019.

[2019] Monteleone, C., The United Nations (UN) and the European Union, in Oxford Encyclopedia of European Union Politics, Oxford University Press. 

[2019] Monteleone, C., I diritti umani come tema conflittuale nel Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite, in Ragion pratica, vol. 52, n. 1, pp. 35-50.

[2018] Monteleone, C., Spatial Fragmentation of, and US Support for, the Main Multilateral Institutions of the Western Order, in Clementi, M., Pisciotta B., and Dian, M., (eds.), US Foreign Policy in a Challenging World. Building Order on Shifting Foundations, Springer, London and Milan.

[2016] Monteleone, C., Do terrorism, organized crime (drug production), and state weakness affect contemporary armed conflicts? An empirical analysis, in Global Change, Peace & Security, vol. 28, n. 1, 2016. 

[2015] Monteleone, C., Beyond Material Factors? Identity, Culture and the Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, in Cladi L. and Locatelli A. (eds.), International Relations Theory and European Security. We Thought We Knew, Routledge, 2015.

[2015] Monteleone, C., Coalition Building in the UN Security Council, in International Relations, vol. 45, n. 1, pp. 45-68.

[2014] Monteleone, C., Crisi e ordine globale. Verso il declino dell’ordine multilaterale occidentale?,in Atlante Geopolitico Treccani, Roma, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani.

[2012] Monteleone, C., Politiche di sicurezza e cambiamento globale(ed.), Milan, FrancoAngeli.

[2011] Monteleone, C., The Enabling Factor: The Influence of US-EU Cooperation on UN Peace Operations, in European Security, vol. 20, n. 2, pp. 265-289.

[2009] Monteleone, C., The End of the Euro-Atlantic Pluralistic Security Community? The New Agenda of Transatlantic Security Relations in the Global Political System, in N. Fernandez Sola and M. Smith (eds.), Perceptions and Policy in Transatlantic Relations: Prospective Visions from the US and Europe, Routledge.

[2007] Monteleone, C., The Evolution of the Euro-Atlantic Pluralistic Security Community: Impact and Perspectives of the Presence of American Bases in Italy, in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, vol. 5, n. 1, pp. 63-87.

Rosa Maria Montereali
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: laser, microtechnology, nanomaterials, optical spectroscopy, photonics, radiation detectors, structure of matter

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior Researcher, Photonics Micro and Nanostructures Laboratory Head at the ENEA Research Center of Frascati (RM), Italy

Professional career

Senior research physicist (Physics Degree at University of Rome, La Sapienza, 1984). After three years of employment in the R&D Division of the Telespazio S.p.A., a spatial telecommunication company, in Rome, since 1988 she has worked as permanent researcher at the ENEA Research Center of Frascati (RM). Starting in 2010 she is responsible of the Photonics Photonics Micro and Nanostructures Laboratory. In August 2008 she was Visiting Researcher at the Federal Technological University of Paranà, in Brasil. In 2013 she got the National Scientific Qualification as University Full Professor for Experimental Physics of Matter.

Scientific results

She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of optical properties of point defects in insulating materials and light-emitting organic and inorganic thin films for photonic devices (laser, LED, OLED, optical waveguides and microcavities) and novel radiation detectors for imaging and dosimetry, applied in scientific, medical and nuclear fields. She was the coordinator of an ESPRIT European project (1996-97) and the scientific leader of several projects and tasks at national and internal level, performed in collaboration with Universities, research institutions and Italian and foreigner industries. The relevance of the results obtained on the study of point defects in thin films and their application in novel miniaturized optical devices and solid-state radiation detectors is attested by numerous communications to congresses, among them invited lectures in prestigious international symposia. She is coinventor of several national and international patents.

Editorial work and publications

She published more than 200 scientific articles on international journals with referees, among them:
 
[2017] Piccinini M, Nichelatti E, Ampollini A, Picardi L, Ronsivalle C, Bonfigli F, Libera S, Vincenti MA and Montereali RM. Proton beam dose-mapping via color centers in LiF thin film detectors by fluorescence microscopy, Europhysics Letters, 117:37004-1-5.  [2016] Montereali RM, Bonfigli F, Piccinini M, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA. Photoluminescence of colour centres in lithium fluoride thin films: from solid-state miniaturised light sources to novel radiation imaging detectors, Journal of Luminescence, 170:761-769.
[2016] Fastampa R, Missori M, Braidotti MC, Conti C, Vincenti MA, Montereali RM. Temperature behaviour of optical absorption bands in colored LiF crystals, Results in Physics, 6:74-75. [2015] Piccinini M, Ambrosini F, Ampollini A, Picardi L, Ronsivalle C, Bonfigli F, Libera S, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA and Montereali RM. Photoluminescence of radiation-induced color centers in lithium fluoride thin films for advanced diagnostics of proton beams, Applied Physics Letters, 106: 261108_1_4. [2014] Chiamenti I, Bonfigli F, Gomes ASL, Michelotti F, Montereali RM and Kalinowski HJ. Optical characterization of femtosecond laser induced active channel waveguides in lithium fluoride crystals, Journal of Applied Physics, 115, 2:023108-1-7. [2013] Francini R, Montereali RM, Nichelatti E, Vincenti MA, Canci N, Segreto E, Cavanna F, Di Pompeo F, Carbonara F, Fiorillo G, Perfetto F. Optical characterization at liquid Argon temperature of Tetraphenyl-butadiene films on glass and specular reflector substrates in the VUV-VIS range of wavelengths, Journal of Instrumentation, JINST 8:P09006. [2012] Montereali RM, Bonfigli F, Menchini F and Vincenti MA.Optical spectroscopy and microscopy of radiation-induced light-emitting point defects in lithium fluoride crystals and films, Low Temperature Physics 38, 8:779-785, doi: 10.1063/1.4740241; Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur 38, 8:976-984. [2010] Montereali RM, Almaviva S, Bonfigli F, Cricenti A, Faenov A, Flora F, Gaudio P, Lai A, Martellucci S, Nichelatti E, Pikuz T, Reale L, Richetta M, Vincenti MA. Lithium Fluoride Thin Films Detectors for Soft X-Ray Imaging at High Spatial Resolution, Nuclear Instruments and Methods, A, 623:758-762. [2007] Sekatskii SK, Dietler G, Bonfigli F, Loreti S, Marolo T, Montereali RM. Subwavelength-Size Local Fluorescent Sources based on Color Centers in LiF for Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy, Journal of Luminescence, 122-123:362-364. [2004] Montereali RM, Gambino S, Loreti S, Gagliardi S, Pace A, Baldacchini G, Michelotti F. Morphological, Electrical and Optical Properties of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with a LiF/Al Cathode and an Al-Hydroxyquinoline/Diamine Junction, Synthetic Metals, 143: 171174.

Awards and prizes

She is permanent member on the International Advisory Committee of the DIM (Defects in Insulating Materials) conference series and of the technical and organizing committees of several national and international workshops and symposia.
 

Maria Concetta Morrone
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neurology

Keywords: eyes, numerical perception, time perception, visual system

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Human Physiology University of Pisa

Professional career

Maria Concetta Morrone graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa in 1977 and trained in Biophysics at the elite Scuola Normale Superiore(sister University to the Ecole Normalein Paris) from 1973 to 1980. Following research positions at the University of Western Australia, the Scuola Normale Superioreand the CNR Institute of Neuroscience in Pisa, she was appointed Professor of Psychophysiology in the Faculty of Psychology at the Università Vita-salute San Raffaele(Milan) in 2000. From 2008 she is Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine of the University of Pisa and Director of the Vision Laboratory of the IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, and from 2016 she is Academic Director of the inter-University Masters in Neuroscience.

During the course of her career, she has established three new laboratories in Perth, Pisa and Milan, all with state-of-the-art technology and all still active and productive. Her most recent venture has been to obtain funding for, and set up to full functionality, a new high-field 7T scanner in Pisa. She was a founding editor of the Journal of Vision,the first Open Access journal in Life Sciences and now the reference journal in vision science. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Neuroscienceand on the editorial board of several others. She recently retired as Chief Editor of the journal Multisensory Research, which she founded in 2010.

Scientific results

From an initial interest in biophysics and physiology, where she made many seminal contributions, she transitioned into psychophysics and visual perception, dedicating her career to the understanding of the functions supported by the mammalian visual system, where she has made many important contributions of fundamental significance for shaping the field. Her research involves the study of both humans and animals using a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, electrophysiology, functional brain imaging, computational modeling and artificial intelligence. The simultaneous mastery of all these techniques has made it possible to tackle a wide spectrum of topics, approaching each problem from a different perspective in a truly interdisciplinary manner.

Below is a brief (by no means exhaustive) summary of some of her major achievements:

Developmenthas been a long-standing theme throughout Concetta Morrone's career, characterized by many fundamental contributions, including the first measurements of inhibitory interactions in infants, the first demonstration of the relatively late developments of color mechanisms  and, most recently, MRI recordings of MT responses to motion signals in young (8-week-old) infants.

Visual MotionConcetta Morrone co-designed an influential model of motion perception, among the first to employ the concept of spatiotemporal receptive fields to explain many visual phenomena. She reported the first evidence for optic flow detectors in humans, and went on to demonstrate, using MRI, that optic flow is encoded within a motion-sensitive area distinct from the area selective for linear motion. More recently, she has provided both psychophysical and MRI evidence for spatiotopic selectivity of motion – a controversial finding, but to date confirmed.

Feature detectionConcetta devised one of the major computational models of feature detection. This model has served successfully as a conceptual tool for explaining mammalian perception, as well as a technical tool for computer vision applications. She has followed this work with imaging studies, identifying the areas involved in supporting the computations carried out by this model.

Visual stability during saccadesConcetta Morrone is world-renowned for her work on vision during saccades, showing that the magnocellular system is selectively suppressed during saccades, and that space and time are both compressed. This extensive and ground-breaking series of studies has greatly expanded our understanding of visual stability in the face of saccadic eye movements, and more generally spatial vision.

Adult Neural PlasticityConcetta Morrone’s latest line of research, for which she has received funding from the prestigious ERC grant programme, is to look at neural plasticity in the adult brain. Her laboratory has demonstrated that short-term monocular deprivation (only 2.5 hours) drastically changes the dynamics of binocular rivalry in favor of the deprived eye , and that this process is mediated by GABAergic mechanisms. This new technique has enabled her laboratory to probe plasticity in adult humans, and may provide new treatments for amblyopia. Concetta is also studying the importance of plasticity for successful outcomes in retinal implants.

OtherConcetta Mrrone’s scientific interests have always been broad. Besides her main themes, she has been active in multisensory research and the perception of time, and her recent interest is oscillations in perceptual performance, and how they may contribute to visuomotor coordination and saccadic suppression.

Editorial work and publications

Concetta Morrone has published >180 scientific articles in excellent international peer-reviewed journals like the Naturecluster, Neuron, Current Biology, Trends in Neurosciences, PLoSand Journal of Neuroscience,as well as dozens in archival specialized journals like Vision Researchand Journal of Vision.

(2015) Biagi L, Crespi SA, Tosetti M, Morrone MC. BOLD Response Selective to Flow-Motion in Very Young Infants. PLoS Biology, 13(9):e1002260. 
(2007) d'Avossa G, Tosetti M, Crespi D, Biagi L, Burr DC, Morrone MC. Spatiotopic selectivity of BOLD responses to visual motion in human area MT.Nature Neuroscience, 10(2):249-55. 
(2000) Morrone MC, Tosetti M, et al. A cortical area that responds specifically to optic flow, revealed by fMRI.Nature Neuroscience, 3:1322-1328. 
(1998) Neri P, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Seeing biological motion. Nature, 395(6705):894-6. 
(1997) Ross J, Morrone MC, Burr DC. Compression of visual space before saccades.Nature, 386(6625):598-601. 
(1995) Morrone MC, Burr DC, Vaina LM. Two stages of visual processing for radial and circular motion.Nature, 376(6540):507-9. 
(1994) Burr DC, Morrone MC, Ross J. Selective suppression of the magnocellular visual pathway during saccadic eye movements. Nature, 371(6497):511-3. 
(1988) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Feature detection in human vision: a phase-dependent energy model.Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 235(1280):221-45. 
(1986) Morrone MC, Ross J, Burr DC, Owens R. Mach bands are phase dependent. Nature, 324: 250-253 
(1986) Morrone MC, Burr DC. Evidence for the existence and development of visual inhibition in humans. Nature, 321(6067):235-7.

 

Awards and prizes

In 2014 Concetta was elected a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the Italian equivalent of the American Academy of Science or the Royal Society of London. Other honors and prizes include the Campbell Awardfor Australian Neuroscience (1984), the National Prize for Physiopathologyfrom the Accademia dei Lincei(2002), the Perception Lecture(Budapest: 2004), and the Kofka Prize in Development and Perception(Giessen: 2011). In 2014 she was awarded an ERC-IDEA advanced grant, a distinction of excellence in Europe. In 2019 she was awarded the 2019 Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science.

 

 

Paola Mosconi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: life quality, methods of clinical research, transfer of scientific information

Keywords: empowerment and engagement della popolazione, health literacy, public health, transfer of scientific information

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the “Laboratory for medical research and consumer involvement” of the Department of Public Health at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research IRCCS, the first private Italian foundation dedicated entirely to biomedical research.

 

Professional career

Paola Mosconi is a biological scientist (1982 University of Milano) with a postgraduate degree in Pharmacological Research (1984). She has been a researcher at the Mario Negri Institute IRCCS since 1982, in the Clinical Pharmacology and in Clinical Epidemiology fields.From the beginning of the nineties Paola Mosconi has coordinated several research projects on issues pertaining the involvement, empowerment and partnership of lay people, patients, and their representatives, in health care and outcome research.

She is one of the co-founders of the Italian Forum of EUROPA DONNA, she served as vice president and European delegate. At the present time she is president of Fondazione Nerina e Mario Mattioli Onlus for gynecological oncological research; member of the board of EUPATI Italia, Fondazione AIOM Italian Association of Medical Oncology, and member of Scientific Committee of Acto-Italian Alliance against ovarian cancer.

She has been a member of Italian Ethical Committees and has served in one as president.

She published more than 130 article in leading peer-review journals.

 

Scientific results

She has contributed to the development of research projects in citizen science area and public partnership in science and healthcare, in particular:

·         the development of methods and strategies to involve patients or consumer associations in health debate, and clinical research, such as consensus conference, jury of citizens, guidelines, ad hoc surveys on knowledge-attitudes-behavior and priorities of citizens and patients, registries of pathology

·         the organization of independent training for laypeople and patients on quality of information, and methodological aspects of clinical research

·         the design of studies evaluating the type of information on diseases and treatments received by patients, mainly for cancer patients; set-up of websites targeted on lay people and patients; development of decision aid/decision-making tools, development of leaflets for the general population

·         studies for evaluate the consumers’ level of satisfaction with the health services and cure

·         projects on the assessment of quality of life in randomised clinical trials or in epidemiological survey; translation and cultural adaptation of questionnaires for quality of life.

Thanks to her longstanding experience in research projects and training courses with general population and patient organizations, she is well placed to address issues related to how clinical research is important and how necessary it is to invest in increasing knowledge and awareness.

Editorial work and publications

(2017) Roberto A, Colombo Cinzia, Candiani G, Giordano L, Mantellini P, Paci E, Satolli R, Valenza M, Mosconi P. Personalised informed choice on evidence and controversy on mammography screening: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer, 17:429.

(2016) Mosconi P, Colombo C, Satolli R, Carzaniga S. Involving a citizens’ jury in decisions on individual screening for prostate cancer. PLOS One; 11: e0143176.

(2016) Mosconi P, Antes G, Barbareschi G, Burls A, Demotes-Mainard J, Chalmers I, Colombo C, Garattini S, et al. A European multi-language initiative to make the general population aware of independent clinical research: The European Communication on Research Awareness Need project. Trials, 17:19.

(2007) Mosconi P, Colombo C, Satolli R, Liberati A. PartecipaSalute, an Italian project to involve lay people, patients’ associations and scientific-medical representatives on the health debate. Health Expectations, 10: 194.

(1998) Apolone G, Mosconi P. The Italian SF-36 Health Survey: Translation, validation and norming. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 51: 1025.

Karolina Muti
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International politics area

Competences: European defense, security and defense strategies and policies

Keywords: Europe, nato, Poland, security and defense strategies in Italy

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Junior researcher in the Security and Defence programmes of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome

Professional career

Before starting to work as junior researcher, Karolina Muti has managed the international relations of a small enterprise in the Marche region (2013-2014) and worked with asylum seekers in an NGO (2014). In 2017 she graduates with honors in International Security and Politics from the department of International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs of University of Bologna (Forlì department) with a thesis on European defence. During her university years, she teaches classes of History and institutions of the EU in primary, middle and high schools as European tutor with the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in Forlì and wins two scholarships that allow her to complete studying periods in Santiago de Chile and Moscow. In 2017 she joins the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) as a trainee and project assistant, and then joins the research team of the Institute's Security and Defense programs in 2018. Karolina Muti has carried out research on issues related to defense and defense industry in Europe; Poland and the Polish security and defense strategy, and EU civilian missions. In addition, she deals with European projects related to non-conventional CBRN threats (nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological) and has contributed to the creation of the first Italian Cluster dedicated to CBRN threats (https://cbrnitalia.it/). Karolina is an Italian and Polish native speaker and speaks English, Spanish, and Russian.

Scientific results

Karolina worked on projects funded by the European Commission (https://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/encircle, https://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/next-generation-information-systems-support-eu-external-policies-civilnext) and by the European Defense Agency (EDA) (https://www.iai.it/en/ricerche/european-defence-technological-industrial-base) on topics such as the main and future trends in the European defense industry, the Polish security and defense strategy, EU civilian missions, as well as on nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological threats (CBRN). In addition, she participates to the creation and coordination of the first Italian Cluster dedicated to CBRN threats (https://cbrnitalia.it/).

In December 2018 Karolina was invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to present an analysis on Poland and European defense during the conference for the celebration of the centenary of Poland's independence. In April 2019 a study about “Italians and defense" in which she collaborated was presented at the Italian Senate (https://www.iai.it/it/eventi/gli-italiani-e-la-difesa-presentazione- of the investigation-iai-laps-on-threats-to-security). Her articles were quoted by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP),  (https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/journal_review/2019JR01_lun_sru.pdf), Radio radicale (www.radioradicale.it/scheda/571749/rassegna-di-geopoliticala-capita-di-resilienza-due-u-control-le-sovraniste), and  Paolo Pagliaro’s “Il Punto” programme. 

Editorial work and publications

In Italian: 

[2019] K.Muti, A.Marrone, “Gli Italiani e la difesa: consenso inatteso su minacce e sicurezza”, in Affarinternazionali.

[2019] (cooperation with P.Isernia, A.Marrone et alia), “Gli italiani e la Difesa” (Rapporto di ricerca a cura di Laboratorio di analisi politiche e sociali (LAPS) e IAI), Documenti IAI 19|08, Rome.

[2019] K.Muti, “Polonia: garanzia di sicurezza sperasi con Fort Trump”, in AffarinternazionaliEuropa Atlantica

[2018] K.Muti, L.Botti, “La sicurezza dell’Italia e la minaccia nucleare, biologica, chimica e radiologica”, Documenti IAI 18/24, Rome. 

[2018] K.Muti, M.Moretti, “Campagna elettorale: linguaggio e scelte retoriche dei candidati” in Affarinternazionali.

In English:

[2018] K.Muti, “Poland – the missing link of European defence”, IAI Commentary 18/48, Rome.

[2017] K.Muti, review of  “The Transformation of Italian Armed Forces in Comparative Perspective” by F. Coticchia e F.N. Moro for The International Spectator

Awards and prizes

In September 2018 she was selected by the German Ministry of Defense to participate to a series of high level meetings in Berlin on security policies in Germany and Europe, with other European experts and professionals.

In March 2019 she was selected with other American and European experts to participate in a series of high level meetings in Moscow dedicated to Russian foreign policy and public diplomacy.