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Paola Fermo
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry from the University of Milan in 1993, she continued her education with a PhD in Chemical Sciences in 1997. From 1999 to 2012 she was a researcher in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Milan in the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences. From 2012 to 2014 she carries out her research activity at the Department of Chemistry of the same university. Since 2015 she has been associate professor of Analytical Chemistry. She teaches Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry at the Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry degree courses of the University of Milan. Since 2008 she has been a member of the faculty of the Doctorate in Chemistry.

Scientific results

Paola Fermo's research topics concern the study and characterisation of environmental matrices and in particular atmospheric aerosols (micrometer-sized particles suspended in the atmosphere) and pollutants in a gaseous state, both externally and internally. The main objective of the research is to quantify the constituents of the different particle size fractions (PM10, PM2.5, etc.) of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in order to determine the sources responsible for emissions. In this regard, an analytical method was developed for the quantification of levoglucoasane, a unique marker of wood combustion, an important source of atmospheric particulate matter not only in rural but also in urban environments. The species analysed within PM include the main inorganic and organic constituents. In addition, substances of toxicological interest (PAHs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are quantified, which show adverse effects on human health and are considered carcinogenic. In the urban environment, the degradation induced by air pollution on stone surfaces of interest for cultural heritage is also studied. Environmental issues include the study of contaminants in water (drinking water and waste water). A further line of research concerns the study of artefacts of historical and artistic interest (ceramics, mortar, stucco, paintings, etc.).

Editorial work and publications

Paola Fermo is on the editorial board of the following journals: Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry, Annals of Chromatography and Separation Techniques, American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques. She is also a reviewer for several international journals.

She is the author of about 12 book chapters, numerous conference proceedings and about 100 publications in international journals, including:

(2019) Ielpo, P., Mangia, C., Marra, G.P., Comite, V., Rizza, U., Uricchio, V.F., Fermo, P. Outdoor spatial distribution and indoor levels of NO2 and SO2 in a high environmental risk site of the South Italy, Science of the Total Environment, 648:787-797.

(2018) Fermo P., Goidanich S., Comite V., Toniolo L., Gulotta D., Study and characterization of environmental deposition on marble and surrogate substrates at a monumental heritage site; Geosciences; in press

(2018) Amadori M.L., Raspugli V., Comite V., Fermo P., Mini F.M., La Russa M., Maekawa Y., Integrated Scientific Investigations On Constitutive Materials From Me-taw-ya Temple, Pagán Valley, Burma (Myanmar), Measurement, ISSN 0263-2241, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.measurement.2018.09.004.

(2018) Amadori, M.L., Pallante, P., Fermo, P., Emami, M.A., Chaverdi, A.A., Callieri, P., Matin, E., Advances in Achaemenid brick manufacturing technology: Evidence from the monumental gate at Tol-e Ajori (Fars, Iran) Applied Clay Science, 152: 131-142.

(2018) Vecchi, R., Bernardoni, V., Valentini, S., Piazzalunga, A., Fermo, P., Valli, G., Assessment of light extinction at a European polluted urban area during wintertime: Impact of PM1 composition and sources, Environmental Pollution, 233: 679-689.

(2018) Daellenbach, K.R., El-Haddad, I., Karvonen, L., Vlachou, A., Corbin, J.C., Slowik, J.G., Heringa, M.F., Bruns, E.A., Luedin, S.M., Jaffrezo, J.-L., Szidat, S., Piazzalunga, A., Gonzalez, R., Fermo, P., Pflueger, V., Vogel, G., Baltensperger, U., Prévôt, A.S.H., Insights into organic-Aerosol sources via a novel laser-desorption/ionization mass spectrometry technique applied to one year of PM10 samples from nine sites in central Europe Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (3): 2155-2174.

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

(2016) Daellenbach KR, Bozzetti C, Křepelová A, Canonaco F, Wolf R, Zotter P, Fermo P, Crippa M, Slowik JG, Sosedova Y, Zhang Y, Huang R, Poulain L, Szidat S, Baltensperger U, El Haddad I, Prévôt ASH. Characterization and source apportionment of organic aerosol using offline aerosol mass spectrometry. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 9, 23-39. 

(2016) Cattaneo A, Fermo P, Urso P, Perrone MG, Piazzalunga A, TarlassiJ, Carrer P, Cavallo DM. Particulate-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon sources and determinants in residential homes. Environmental Pollution, 218, 16-25. 

(2016) Ielpo P, Fermo P, Comite V, Mastroianni D, Viviano G, Salerno F, Tartari G. Chemical characterization of biomass fuel particulate deposits and ashes in households of Mt. Everest region (NEPAL). Science of The Total Environment, 573, 751-759. 

(2016) Amadori ML, Del Vais C, Fermo P, Pallante P. Archaeometric researches on the provenance of Mediterranean Archaic Phoenician and Punic pottery. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, 1-29. 

(2016) Fasani D, Fermo P, Barroso PJ, Martín J, Santos JL, Aparicio I, E. Alonso E. Analytical Method for Biomonitoring of PAH Using Leaves of Bitter Orange Trees (Citrus aurantium): a Case Study in South Spain. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 227, 360. 

Awards and prizes

Paola Fermo is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA) and a member of the Italian Chemical Society (Division of Analytical Chemistry and Division of Chemistry of the Environment and Cultural Heritage), the Italian Society of Archaeometry (AIAR) and the INSTM consortium (International Consortium for Materials Science and Technology).

Anna Maria Ferragina
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International politics area

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

Keywords: international economic integration, international investments, international trade

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Associate professor of Economic Policy, University of Salerno

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Edited books

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

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

Refereed international journals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Antonella Ferrara
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: advanced automatic control, control engineering, robotics

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Automatic Control at University of Pavia

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Antonella Ferrara has signed numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

1986, "IEEE North Italy Section Electrical Engineering Student Award"

2003, Senior Member of the IEEE

2006, Outstanding Reviewer for Automatica Award

2013.2016, Chair of the Women in Control Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society 

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

2015-present, Member of the European Control Association (EUCA) Council

2019, "EPSON EMEA WIN-A-ROBOT Contest Award"

Floriana Filomena Ferrara
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: CRS (Corporate Social Responsability), digital innovation

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Corporate Social Responsibility Country Manager IBM Italy. Master Inventor

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

Floriana Filomena Ferrara is author of 21 patents in the field of digital innovation.

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

2015, One of the 100 woman in the Digital http://www.chefuturo.it/2015/08/100-donne-digitali-italia/

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019, Woman of the Year Award for Innovation, by the magazine D la Repubblica delle donne 

Elena Ferrari
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

Keywords: big data, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: attack on data security and privacy, data management systems, iot, privacy, safety, social networks, social web

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She has signed numerous publications, including:

(2015) N. Laleh, B. Carminati, E. Ferrari. Risk Assessment in Social Networks based on User Anomalous Behaviour. IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, 15(2):295-308.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Articles from international conferences:

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Florinda Ferreri
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical neurophysiology, neurology

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

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She has signed numerous international scientific publications including:

[2016] Ferreri F, Vecchio F, Vollero L, Guerra A, Petrichella S, Ponzo D, Määtta S, Mervaala E, Könönen M, Ursini F, Pasqualetti P, Iannello G, Rossini PM, Di Lazzaro V. Sensorimotor cortex excitability and connectivity in Alzheimer’s disease: A TMS-EEG Co-registration study. Human Brain Mapping, 37[6):2083-96. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23158.

[2016] Guerra A, Pogosyan A, Nowak M, Tan H, Ferreri F, Di Lazzaro V, Brown P. Phase Dependency of the Human Primary Motor Cortex and Cholinergic Inhibition Cancelation During Beta tACS. Cerebral Cortex, 26(10):3977-90. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhw245.

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

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

[2014] Ferreri F, Vecchio F, Ponzo D, Rossini PM. Time-varying coupling of EEG oscillations of primary motor cortex predicts excitability fluctuations as reflected by motor evoked potentials amplitude: an EEG-TMS study. Human Brain Mapping, 35(5):1969-80.

[2013] Ferreri F, Rossini PM. TMS and TMS-EEG techniques in the study of the excitability, connectivity, and plasticity of the human motor cortex. Reviews Neuroscience, 24(4):431-42. Review.

[2011] Ferreri F, Pasqualetti P, Määttä S, Ponzo D, Ferrarelli F, Tononi G, Mervaala E, Miniussi C and Rossini PM. Imaging human brain cortical effective connectivity during single and paired pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuroimage, 1;54(1):90-102.

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

[2006] Babiloni C, Benussi L, Binetti G, Cassetta E, Dal Forno G, Del Percio C, Ferreri F, Ferri R, Frisoni G, Guidoni R, Miniussi C, Rodriguez G, Romani GL, Squitti R, Ventriglia MC and Rossini PM. Apolipoprotein e and alpha brain rhythms in mild cognitive impairment: a multicentric eeg study. Annals of Neurology, 59(2):323-34.

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

Debora Fino
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biotechnologies, chemical plants, energy, environment

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

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is author of over 200 scientific publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Cristina Finocchi Mahne
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Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: finance, governance, quoted companies, sustainable economy

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Alessandra Flammini
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: computer engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, telecomunications engineering

Keywords: electrical and electronic measurements, smart grids, smart living, smart mobility

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements at the University of Brescia, President of the Aggregate Course Council in Electronics and Telecommunications of the Department of Information Engineering, Coordinator of the Doctoral College in Technology for Health.

Professional career

After graduating in Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1985, she worked for more than 10 years in industries operating in industrial plants and energy, including Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali in Milan, where she was responsible for the R&D of the digitally controlled drives section. At the end of 1995 she joined the University of Brescia as a researcher of Electronics, where she became Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements in 2002 and Full Professor in 2016. In 2004 she created the Italian Competence Centre on Profibus and Profinet, which is still operational today. From 2013 to 2020 she is in the Board of Directors of CSMT, the main centre for technology transfer in Brescia. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Scientific Council of SPS, the Industrial Automation Exhibition. From 2013 to 2016 she was a member of the ADCOM of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society and in 2015 she was Vice President for Conferences. Since 2018, she has been the Chair of the Aggregate Course Council in Electronics and Telecommunications of the Department of Information Engineering. In 2020 she is elected Coordinator of the Doctoral College in Technology for Health. 

Scientific results

Alessandra Flammini's scientific profile is multifaceted: she started her research activity in the field of industrial research with reference to digitally controlled drives and then moved on to scientific research in the field of embedded systems electronics, then "smart" sensors and finally distributed measurement systems for industry, smart grids and smart living.

More specifically, Flammini's scientific research has focused from the outset on interface circuits for sensors and on "smart" sensors, i.e. on technologies that enable sensors to communicate their measurement information in IoT architectures. Alessandra Flammini has made a fundamental scientific contribution to the synchronisation of sensor networks, a key issue in real-time applications for industry and energy, contributing to the realisation and evolution of the IEEE1588 standard. More specifically, her scientific research activity has focused from the outset on interface circuits for sensors and on 'smart' sensors, i.e. on technologies that enable sensors to communicate their measurement information in IoT architectures, which are fundamental in so-called 'smart' systems, ranging from smart grids to smart living, areas in which Alessandra Flammini has been responsible for large-scale interdepartmental projects, with budgets in excess of €5 million, from 2013 to date. In the field of wireless technologies for IoT, her experimental studies on LoRaWAN technology are of absolute importance, which have enabled its use in distributed measurement applications for industry, as evidenced by the high number of citations of her publications on the subject. Alessandra Flammini is also an important figure in the Brescia area. In addition to having founded a research group consisting of three full professors, two associate professors and two researchers, and to having formulated new educational proposals on the topics of IoT and technologies for the digital enterprise, Alessandra Flammini has also developed the first Italian Real Time Ethernet, patented and marketed by Gefran as GDNET, and is co-author of other national and international patents that have had significant commercial value.

Editorial work and publications

She is co-author of more than 300 international scientific publications, including:

[2022] P. Ferrari, E. Sisinni, P. Bellagente, D. Fernandes Carvalho, A. Depari, A. Flammini, M. Pasetti, S. Rinaldi, I. Silva, "On the use of LoRaWAN and cloud platforms for diversification of mobility-as-a-service infrastructure in smart city scenarios", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, Vol., ISSN 0018-9456.

[2020] E. Sisinni, P. Ferrari, D. Fernandes Carvalho, S. Rinaldi, M. Pasetti, A. Flammini, A. Depari, "LoRaWAN Range Extender for Industrial IoT", IEEE Trans. Industrial Informatics, August, 2020, Vol. 16, N. 9, pp. 5607-5616, ISSN 1551-3203, DOI 10.1109/TII.2019.2958620.

[2018] P. Ferrari, A. Flammini, E. Sisinni, S. Rinaldi, D. Brandao, M. Rocha, "Delay Estimation of Industrial IoT Applications Based on Messaging Protocols", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, September, 2018, Vol. 67, N. 9, pp. 2188-2199, ISSN 0018-9456, DOI 10.1109/TIM.2018.2813798.

[2017] M. Rizzi, P. Ferrari, E. Sisinni, A. Flammini, "Evaluation of the IoT LoRaWAN Solution for Distributed Measurement Applications", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, December, 2017, Vol. 66, N. 12, pp. 3340-3349, ISSN 0018-9456, DOI 10.1109/TIM.2017.2746378.

[2016] E. Sisinni, A. Depari, A. Flammini, "Design and implementation of a wireless sensor network for temperature sensing in hostile environments", Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, January, 2016, Vol. 237, pp. 47-55, ISSN 0924-4247, DOI 10.1016/j.sna.2015.11.012.

[2011] C. M. De Dominicis, P. Ferrari, A. Flammini, S. Rinaldi, M. Quarantelli, "On the Use of IEEE 1588 in Existing IEC 61850-Based SASs: Current Behavior and Future Challenges", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, September, 2011, Vol. 60, N. 9, pp. 3070-3081, ISSN 0018-9456, DOI 10.1109/TIM.2011.2158159.

[2009] A. Flammini, D. Marioli, E. Sisinni, A. Taroni, "Design and Implementation of a Wireless Fieldbus for Plastic Machineries", IEEE Trans. Industrial Electronics, March, 2009, Vol. 56, N. 3, pp. 747-755, ISSN 0278-0046, DOI 10.1109/TIE.2008.2011602.

[2009] P. Ferrari, A. Flammini, D. Marioli, E. Sisinni, A. Taroni, "Wired and wireless sensor networks for industrial applications", Microelectronics Journal, September, 2009, Vol. 40, N. 9, pp. 1322-1336, ISSN 0026-2692, DOI 10.1016/j.mejo.2008.08.012.

[2008] P. Ferrari, A. Flammini, D. Marioli, A. Taroni, "A Distributed Instrument for Performance Analysis of Real-Time Ethernet Networks", IEEE Trans. Industrial Informatics, February, 2008, Vol. 4, N. 1, pp. 16-25, ISSN 1551-3203, DOI 10.1109/TII.2008.919016.

[2004] A. Flammini, D. Marioli, A. Taroni, "A low-cost interface to high-value resistive sensors varying over a wide range", IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement, August, 2004, Vol. 53, N. 4, pp. 1052-1056, ISSN 0018-9456, DOI 10.1109/TIM.2004.831500.

[2002] A. Flammini, P. Ferrari, E. Sisinni, D. Marioli, A. Taroni, "Sensor interfaces: from field-bus to Ethernet and Internet", Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, September, 2002, Vol. 101, N. 1-2, pp. 194-202, ISSN 0924-4247 , DOI 10.1016/S0924-4247(02)00201-7.

[1999] A. Flammini, D. Marioli, A. Taroni, "Application of an optimal look-up table to sensor data processing", IEEE Trans.Instrumentation and Measurement, August, 1999, Vol. 48, N. 4, pp. 813-816, ISSN 0018-9456, DOI 10.1109/19.779179.

Awards and prizes

She has been coauthor of award-winning papers at international conferences (ETFA2008, ISPCS2010).

IEEE Senior Member since 2010, General Chair or Technical Chair of several international conferences, she was elected member of the ADCOM of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society from 2013 to 2016 and was Vice President for Conferences in 2015.

Member of the IEEE1588 Study Group.

Top Italian Scientists in Electrical Engeneering. 

Serena Fonda Umani
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine ecology

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

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

Former full Professor of Ecology at University of Trieste

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences from the University of Trieste in 1974, she continued her training as a research fellow in Ecology at the same university until 1981. Since that year she has been a researcher, and in 1992 she became associate professor and head of the Laboratory of Marine Biology at the University of Trieste. Since 2008 she has been a full professor of Ecology.

Scientific results

Serena Fonda Umani's main research interests concern marine ecosystem dynamics, carbon fluxes, the study of plankton ecology and marine microbial ecology. In order to conduct her studies, she has travelled to various areas of the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Magellan (Chile), Chesapeake Bay (USA) and the Ross Sea (Antarctica). One of the main objectives of Serena Fonda Umani's research is to estimate the carbon fluxes within the pelagic-microbial food chain (from viruses to jellyfish), in order to check whether there is selection by predators on prokaryotes (the first cellular organisms to appear on earth, characterised by the absence of a well-defined nucleus). This is possible through the metagenomic approach (the study of microbial communities directly in their natural environment) that Serena Fonda Umani and colleagues use.

Editorial work and publications

She has authored more than 200 international and national scientific publications, including:

(2016) Zoccarato L, Celussi M, Pallavicini A, Fonda Umani S. Aurelia aurita ephyrae reshape a coastal microbial community. c 7:749. 

(2015) Caruso G, La Ferla R, Leonardi M, Zaccone R, Azzaro F, Azzaro M, Decembrini F, Maimone G, Monticelli L, Caroppo C, Cavallo RA, Acquaviva MI, Narracci M, Stabili L, Marino G, Petochi T, De Angelis R, Zoppini A, Fonda Umani S, Del Negro P, Todorova NH, Karamfilov VK, Corinaldesi C, Rastelli E, Cappello S, Latini M, Danovaro R. Microbial assemblages for environmental quality assessment: knowledge, gaps and usefulness in the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Critical Reviews in Microbiology

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

(2012) Giani M, Djakovac T, Degobbis D, Cozzi S, Solidoro C, Fonda Umani S. Recent changes in the marine ecosystems of the northern Adriatic Sea. Estuarines, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, 115:1-13. 

(2012) Fonda Umani S, Malfatti F, Del Negro P. Carbon fluxes in the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea). Estuarines, Coastal and Shelf Sciences, 115:170-186.

(2010) Fonda Umani S, Malisana E, Focaracci F, Magagnini M, Corinaldesi C, Danovaro R. Disentangling the impact of viruses and nanoflagellates on prokaryotes in bathypelagic waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 418:73-85. 

(2010) Mozetič P, Solidoro C, Cossarini G, Socal G, Precali R, Francé J, Bianchi F, Smodlaka N, De Vittor C, Fonda Umani S. Recent trends towards oligotrophication of the northern Adriatic: evidence from chlorophyll a time series. Estuaries and Coasts, 33:362-375.

(2009) Danovaro R, Fonda Umani S, Pusceddu A. Climate Change and the potential spreading of marine mucilage and microbial pathogens in the Mediterranean Sea. PLoS ONE, 4(9):e7006. 

(2007) Fonda Umani S, Del Negro P, Larato C, De Vittor C, Cabrini M, Celio M, Falconi C, Tamberlich F, Azam F. Major inter-annual variations in microbial dynamics in the Gulf of Trieste (Northern Adriatic Sea) and their ecosystem implications. Aquatic Microbial Ecology Journal, 46:163-175. 

(2005) Fonda Umani S, Milani L, Borme D, de Olazabal A, Parlato S, Precali R, Kraus R, Lucic D, Njire J, Totti C, Romagnoli T, Pompei M, Cangini M. Inter-annual variations of planktonic food webs in the northern Adriatic Sea. Science of the Total Environment, 353(1-3):218-231.

Awards and prizes

Serena Fonda Umani is a member of numerous scientific societies and committees, including the Scientific Committee of the Sea Park (since 2005) and the Italian Society of Ecology (SItE), of which she was elected President in 2012.

Marta Foresti
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International politics area

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

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

Professional career

PROFESSIONAL PATH

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

 

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

 

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 

Research Reports and studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Briefing and Framing Papers

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

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

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

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

 

Development Progress Stories

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

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

Elsa Fornero
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Economy and Finance area

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

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

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Founder and scientific coordinator since 1999 of CeRP-Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies, Professor of Economics, University of Turin. Former Minister of Labour and Social Policies (16 November 2011-28 April 2013)

Professional career

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

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

Other past positions include: Vice-President of Compagnia di San Paolo, one of the largest Italian foundations (2008-2010); Member of the Evaluation Unit of Welfare Expenditure, established at the Welfare Ministry (2005-11); Member of the Steering Board of the Italian Associations of Economists (2005-7); Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of Intesa Sanpaolo Bank (2010-2011); Member of the scientific board of Confindustria (National Association of Enterprises, 2005-2006).

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Elsa Fornero has to her credit many publications on public and private pension systems, pension reforms, population ageing; household savings, retirement choices and life insurance.

She has written the books: Chi ha paura delle riforme. Illusioni, luoghi comuni e verità sulle pensioni. Università Bocconi Editore, 2018; L’economia dei fondi pensione. Potenzialità e limiti della previdenza privata in Italia, Il Mulino Studi e Ricerche, Bologna 1999; (with Onorato Castellino), Economia del risparmio e della ricchezza. Comportamenti privati e indebitamento pubblico, Il Mulino, Ricerca, Bologna, 1990.She edited: (with Paolo Sestito), Pension Systems: Beyond Mandatory Retirement, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005, (with Elisa Luciano), Developing an Annuity Market in Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2004, (with Onorato Castellino), Pension Policy in an Integrating Europe, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003.

Among her most recent articles:

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

(2018) Coda Moscarola F, Fornero E, Rossi MC. The family as an informal market and the (low) mobility of the Italian young Politica Economica, Journal of Economic Policy, 34(1): 45-78.

(2018) Sansoni D, Rossi MC, Fornero E. 'Four Bright Coins Shining at Me’ Financial Education in Childhood, Financial Confidence in Adulthood, Journal of Consumers  doi.org/10.1111/joca.12207

(2017) Boggio C, Fornero E, Prast H, Sanders J. Seven ways to knit your portfolio: Is the language of investor communication gender neutral? in Garzone G, Catenaccio P, Grego K, Doerr R (eds), “Specialised and professional discourse across media and genres”, Milano: Ledizioni.

(2016) Fornero E. Economic-financial literacy for sustainable welfare reforms in Franklin B, Urzì Brancati C, Hochlaf D (eds), “Towards a new age: The future of the UK welfare state”, International Longevity Centre, UK, pp. 62-68.

(2016) Fornero E, Coda Moscarola F, Strøm S. Absenteeism, childcare and the effectiveness of pension reforms IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 5:1, DOI 10.1186/s40174-016-0056-3.

(2015) Fornero E. Riforme previdenziali tra vincoli di breve periodo e obiettivi di lungo termine, in Politiche Sociali, Il Mulino, 3:443-459.

(2015) Fornero E. “Reform, Inform, Educate”: A New Paradigm for Pension Systems in Marin B.(ed.), “The Future of Welfare in a Global Europe”, Ashgate, pp. 297-324.

(2015) Fornero E. European pensions and social security: Can there be a happy ending? in Barysch K (ed.) “Our world and us. How our environment and our societies will change”, Allianz SE, pp. 154-171.

(2015) Fornero E. Economic-financial literacy and (sustainable) pension reforms: why the former is a key ingredient for the latter, Bankers, Markets & Investors, 134.

(2013) Reforming labor markets: reflections of an economist who (unexpectedly) became the Italian Minister of Labor, in IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 2:20 (http://www.izajoels.com/content/2/1/20); most viewed (http://www.izajoels.com/mostviewed/alltime)

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

Silvia Francescon
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International politics area

Competences: environment, Geopolitics, global governance, sustainability

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Senior advisor for sustainability, European Movement 

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

In English

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Italian

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

Teaching assistant in International Law, University of Ferrara.

Alessandra Franzosi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: institutional investors, sustainability

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Alessandra Franzosi is author of numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Liliana Fratini Passi
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: financial economy

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

CEO CBI S.c.p.a.

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is also Independent board member of listed companies ELICA SpA.

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013: launch of “PA Invoice” function

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

She has been selected by Forbes Italia amongst the most "100 influential Italian women of 2021".

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

In November 2021, she received the award of "Woman in FinTech of the Year" in the framework of the "Women in Finance - 2020/2021 Italy Awards", the award that celebrates female talent and the value of gender diversity in the world of finance.

Also in November 2021, she was recognised as Managing Director of the Year, for the Banking sector, with the following motivation: "Unanimously recognised as one of the most influential women in the national economic-financial scene, thanks to her leadership, skills and tenacity, she is guiding CBI to excellent results, putting the company in a leading position in the revolution linked to digital payments".

Flavia Frisone
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: ancient geography, ancient history, archaeology, cultural heritage, Greek history, Grrek myths and religion, social history

Keywords: colonialism, cultural contact, democracy, globalisation, Greek political thought, history of women, Mediterranean, migrations, polis, rituals (burial customs)

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Associate Professor of  Greek History and Dean of the Degree Course in Cultural Heritage, at the University of Salento (Lecce).

Professional career

Flavia Frisone graduated with honours in Classics from the University of Messina (degree thesis in Classical Philology, 1988). After a post-graduate scholarship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in Greek History, she won a two-years scholarship at the Postgraduate Archaeological School of the University of Lecce where she specialised in Classical Archaeology. PhD in Ancient History (1993-1996). She awarded a post-doctoral scholarship at the Dept. of Cultural Heritage of the University of Lecce, and in 2000 she won the competition for university researcher in the LANT02-Greek History sector and strarted working at the Dept. of Cultural Heritage of the University of Lecce. Since 2010 she has held the position of associate professor. In 2017 she obtained her national qualification as a full professor. She has been Coordinator of the PhD School in Ancient History (2012-2016) and since 2017 is Dean of the Degree Course of Cultural Heritage at the University of Salento. 

She collaborates with local organs of the Ministry, like Archaeological Superintendencies, as regards excavations in Southern Italy and and Sicily and organized exibitions in national public or private museums. She is a member of the editorial board  of journals and of scientific societies. She also carries on an intense activity of scientific dissemination and holds seminars and conferences in Italy and abroad.

Scientific results

Flavia Frisone’s  main fields of research have focused on rituals in the ancient Greek world, and in particular funerary rituals, with their complex social and political meaning. On this topic she has widely published (besides various articles, a monograph, Leggi e regolamenti funerari nel mondo greco. Le fonti epigrafiche, 2002).

Another important area of her studies concerns Greek colonisation and the mobility in ancient Mediterranean, investigations which have been carried on within the frame of research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Scientific Reasearch (PRIN 2003-2005; PRIN 2006-2008) and  of EU funded projects (INTERREG III A Greece-Italy 2006). They include also topic as cultural interaction and the relationships among Greek and native communities in Magna Graecia, in Sicily and in the whole Western Mediterranean in antiquity. On these issues she has edited, together with M. Lombardo, the volume Colonie di colonie: le fondazioni sub-coloniali greche tra colonizzazione e colonialismo (2009) besides several papers and articles.

Starting from questions concerning Greek history, Frisone has also focused on researches of women history and gender issues. Lastly these topics have been developed in the frame of public history, a field in which Frisone has been interested since time: in the 1st Conference of Italian Society of Public History (2017), she has been Chair of the panel AIPH-12 “Archaeostories of all of us”, and she is now a member of the panel Gender and Public History of the Italian Society of Public History.

Editorial work and publications

[2002] Frisone F., Leggi e regolamenti funerari nel mondo greco. I. Le fonti epigrafiche, Congedo Editore.

[2003] Frisone F. Manuale di storia greca. 2.2. La documentazione, Monduzzi Editore.

[2009] Lombardo M., Frisone F. (eds.) Colonie i colonie: le fondazioni sub-coloniali greche tra colonizzazione e colonialismo, Congedo Editore.

[2011]  Frisone F. Construction of consensus: Norms and Change in Greek Funerary Rituals, in Chaniotis A. (ed.) Ritual Dynamics in the Ancient Mediterranean: Agency, Emotion, Gender, Representation, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag: 179-201.

[2011] Frisone F., La polis greca: gli anticorpi della comunità solidale fra pentitismo e delazione. Iuris Antiqui Historia, (III): 17-31

[2012] Frisone F. Rivers, land organization, and identity in Greek Western Apoikíai. Mediterranean Historical Review, 27(1): 87-115.

[2016] Frisone F. Experimenting Basileia: Princely Models and the Tyrants of Sicily. KTÈMA, 40: 175-87. 

[2016] Frisone F. Sistemi coloniali e definizioni identitarie: le ‘colonie sorelle’ della Sicilia orientale e della Calabria meridionale, in Nizzo V., Donnelan L., Burgers G.J.(eds.) Conceptualising early Colonisation: 179-96.

[2017] Frisone, F. La mujer griega y la polis. Desperta Ferro. Arqueologìa & Historia, 11: 48-55. 

[2017] Frisone, F. Archeostorie di tutti noi: per uno storytelling dei beni culturaliIntroduzione al panel AIPH-12 Archeostorie di tutti noi - 1st Conference of the AIPH, http://www.archeostorie.it/archeostorie-tutti-noi-storytelling-dei-beni-culturali/ 

[2020] Frisone F., Lombardo M. Dire les villes des « Autres ». Les établissements des peuples non grecs de l’Occident dans l’historiographie grecque, d’Hécatée à Thucydide, in  Lopez‐Rabatel L., Mathé V., Moretti J.-C. (eds.) Dire la ville en grec aux époques antique et byzantine, MOM Éditions: 57-74.

[2021] Frisone F., Les objets fous de Palerme e et d’autres histoires fantastiques d'épigraphie créative. Studi di Antichità 15: 109-22.

Paola Gaeta
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International politics area

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

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of International Law at University of Geneva (Suisse)

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Elena Gagliasso
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History and Philosophy area

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

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Professor of Philosophy of Science at La Sapienza University of Rome

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simonetta Gallerini
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STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: industrial chemistry, total quality management

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Florence (1999) and a scholarship at the Interuniversity Consortium for Research on Metal-Proteins of the University of Florence, he gained professional experience in various fields, distinguishing himself for the study and optimisation of business processes and analytical methods in the pharmaceutical and environmental fields.

From 2000 to 2017 he was Technical Consultant for the Office of the Court of Florence.

From 2003 to May 2008, he worked at ALPHA ECOLOGIA Srl, obtaining ACCREDIA accreditation, optimising company processes and chemical laboratory activities.

In 2006 he obtained the certification of Internal Auditor (ISO19011) for Quality Management Systems at CSQA. 

From May 2008 to February 2016 he worked at Biochemielab Srl, first as Laboratory Manager implementing the Quality Management System with the process approach, the QA/QC EPA Standard Quality System, increasing ACCREDIA ISO17025 accreditation, digitalization of laboratory activities; then as Quality Assurance Manager dealing with the integrated quality-environment-safety system, ISO9001, ISO14001 certifications, ACCREDIA ISO17025 accreditation, optimization of business processes.

Since March 2016, he has been Quality Assurance Manager in SAGEA Centro di Saggio Srl, International Contract Research Organisation in the agri-food sector, dealing with GLP and GEP certifications as internal auditor. He has implemented the ISO9001 Quality Management System in the company, the process approach of the Japanese Total Quality model and is currently working on optimising company processes using Lean Six Sigma techniques.

From 2016 to present he is National President of the Food Sector of AICQ (Italian Association for Quality Culture) for the dissemination of quality in the agri-food sector and Vice-President of the Testing and Calibration Laboratories Committee of AICQ for the dissemination of quality in testing laboratories.

Since 2019, he is Green Belt Six Sigma and an international consultant in TQM and Lean Six Sigma at COMATCH GmbH based in Berlin.

Scientific results

Since 2000, she has been an expert in the implementation of the Japanese Total Quality Management model (Toyota Way), Kaizen continuous improvement, business process analysis and Lean Six Sigma projects, and the corporate implementation of MonozukuriWG

She has participated in numerous presentations as a speaker and gained extensive training experience.

In particular, from 2016 to date, her activity in AICQ has allowed her to organise Training Courses and National Conferences with Istituto Superiore di Sanità, ACCREDIA, AICQ-SICEV.

Since 2018 she is a UNI/CT 003 member "Agro-food Commission" with voting rights, UNI/CT003/GL21 member "Plant Biostimulants" with voting rights, UNI/CT406 member "Fertilizers" with voting rights, UNI/CT003/GL23 member "Food Authenticity" with voting rights.

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

Editorial work and publications

[2017] Gallerini S., Le GLP/BPL, il Kaizen e il Monozukuri, Magazine Qualità AICQ gen-feb 

[2016] Gallerini S., Le GLP/BPL, il Kaizen e il Monozukuri, AICQ QualitàOnLine, novembre 

[2007] Gallerini S., Salvini A., Frediani P., Homogeneous hydrogenation of ketones in the presence of H2Ru(CO)2(PPh3)2, Dalton Transaction, Issue 39

[2001], Gallerini S., Total Quality Management nel passaggio generazionale delle imprese toscane, ASFOR Toscana

[2000] Gallerini S., Salvini A., Frediani P., Homogeneous hydrogenation of ketones in the presence of H2Ru(CO)2(PPh3)2, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 14: 570-580

[1999] Gallerini S., Salvini A., Frediani P., Homogeneous hydrogenation, XIII FECHEM International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry Book of Abstract, Lisbon

Awards and prizes

In 2016 she received the Sagea Innovation Award, an award for the implementation of Total Quality Management aimed at the pursuit of continuous Kaizen improvement.

In 2017 she received the AICQ Committees and Sectors Award, as president of the Food Sector for having actively participated in the diffusion of Quality Culture in Italy, for national training events organised with success in terms of audience and contents and for articles published in the magazines Qualità Magazine and Qualità On Line.

Maria Cristina Gambi
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: marine biology

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

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

Associate researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in Trieste

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences from the University of Siena in 1977, from 1977-1979 she carried out an internship as a graduate student at the Institute of Comparative Anatomy (Laboratory of Hydrobiology) of the University of Siena. From 1980 to 1982 she was a member of the Marine Biology, Hydrobiology and Aquaculture Cooperative, "Coipa" (Rome). The following year she was a researcher at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, at the Benthos Ecology Laboratory based at Villa Dohrn, Ischia. In 1986 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Oceanography of the University of Washington and at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Since 1992 she is first researcher at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. In 2014 she was awarded the national scientific qualification for Ecology (full professor) and Zoology (associate professor). Since February 2021 she has been a research associate at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) in Trieste.

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

She is author of numerous scientific publications, including some books, and has edited various special issues of Marine Ecology; the most recent and relevant publications are listed below: 

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

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

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

(2013) Kroeker K, Micheli F, Gambi MC. Ocean acidification causes ecosystem shifts via altered competitive interactions. Nature Climate Change, 3, 156-159. 

(2013) Kroeker KJ, Gambi MC, Micheli F. Altered recovery dynamics result in homogenous assemblages in an acidified ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS), 110 (31): 12721-12726. 

(2011) Kroeker KJ, Micheli F, Gambi MC, Martz TR. Divergent ecosystem responses within a benthic marine community to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), 108 (35), 14515-14520. 

Awards and prizes

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

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

Sara Gandini
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: biostatistics, epidemiology

Keywords: colon cancer, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 in paediatric age, melanoma, meta analysis, microbiota, vitamin d

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Group leader of the "Molecular and Pharmaco-Epidemiology" unit at the Experimental Oncology department of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (IEO). Faculty member of the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milan (ESMM). Adjunct professor in medical statistics at University of Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Statistics from the University of Bologna in 1993, continuing his education with a specialisation in Biometrics in 1995 at the University of Reading (UK). She joined the IEO in Milan in 1996, when the Institute was only 2 years old; she is constantly involved in research activities. In 2004 she obtained a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Birmingham (Public Health). Since 2009 she has been Deputy Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the IEO in Milan and in 2014 she became Consultant of Statistics for the Ethics Committee of Multimedica in Milan. In 2016 she became Adjunct Professor of Mean Statistics at the University of Milan and in 2017 she obtained the National Scientific Qualification to the functions of University Professor in Medical Statistics. Since 2018 she has been a faculty member at the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milan (SEMM) and Group leader of the "Molecular and Pharmaco-Epidemiology" unit at the Department of Experimental Oncology of the European Institute of Oncology in Milan (IEO).

Scientific results

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

In general, she believes in independent research and in her career she has been involved in primary prevention and study of biomarkers and also in Drug repositioning, the reuse in the oncological field of the active principle of commercially available drugs (Vitamin D, Metformin, Beta-blockers...), on which there are no economic interests and investments by pharmaceutical companies.

Editorial work and publications

Sara Gandini is the author of more than 200 articles in national and international hight impact journals, including:

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

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

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

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

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

(2012) Zittermann A, Iodice S, Pilz S, Grant WB, Bagnardi V, Gandini S. Vitamin D deficiency and mortality risk in the general population: a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 95(1):91-100. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

In 2008 she won the Bruno Martinetto award for research on cancer prevention.

In 2014 she was unanimously elected President of the independent scientific society EuroSkin that deals with primary prevention.

Since 2019 she is member of the Top Italian Women Scientist Club of Onda (Osservatorio nazionale sulla salute delle donne e di genere), an Italian observatory on women and gender health.

Cecilia Garlanda
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: immunology

Keywords: cancer cure, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: associated inflammatory response, immunology, immunopathology, infections, inflammation, preclinical studies

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of the Experimental Immunopathology Laboratory of the Humanitas Clinical Institute in Milan and Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology at Humanitas University of Milan

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She has authored numerous scientific publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2002) Garlanda C, Hirsch E, Bozza S, Salustri A, De Acetis M, Nota R, Maccagno A, Riva F, Bottazzi B, Peri G, Doni A, Vago L, Botto M, De Santis R, Carminati P, Siracusa G, Altruda F, Vecchi A, Romani L, Mantovani A. Non-redundant role of the long pentraxin PTX3 in anti-fungal innate immune response. Nature, 420: 182-186.(2000) Hirsch E, Katanaev V L, Garlanda C, Azzolino O, Pirola L, Silengo L, Sozzani S, Mantovani A, Altruda F, Wymann MP. Central role for G protein-coupled phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma in inflammation. Science, 287: 1049-1053.

Amalia Gastaldelli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biomedical engineering, physiopathology, translational medicine

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

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

Simonetta Gentile
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Experimental Physics at the La SapienzaUniversity of Rome

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

(2013) Corcella G, Gentile S. Heavy Neutral Gauge Bosons at LHC in an Extended MSSM.Nuclear Physics B, 866:293-366. 

(2012) Gentile S. Z 'production at LHC in an extended MSSM.Proceedings of Science, 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Melbourne, Australia. 

(2012) Gentile S. Phenomenology of new heavy neutral gauge bosons in an extended MSSM. Nuovo Cimento C, 035:349-360. 

(2012) Aad et al. [ATLAS Collaboration, Authors: 2932]. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC"G. Physics Letters B 716, 1. 

(2010) Gentile S. Systematics in charged Higgs search in ATLAS. Proceedings of Science, Third International Workshop on Prospects for charged Higgs Discovery at colliders-CHARGED2010, Uppsala, Sweden.

Anna Gervasoni
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Anna Gervasoni is the author of over 50 publications, including:Private equity and venture capital, edited by Anna Gervasoni, London, Risk Books, June 2014; Dieci lezioni di finanza d’impresa. Business e impresa, by Anna Gervasoni, Milano. Guerini Next, ottobre 2014; Come finanziare l’impresa. Oltre la banca: minibond, private equity, venture capital, crowfunding e altri strumenti, byAnna Gervasoni, Milano, Guerini Next, dicembre 2014; Private equity e venture capital. Manuale di investimento nel capitale di rischio, by Anna Gervasoni and Fabio L. Sattin, Milano, Guerini Next, marzo 2015).

Awards and prizes

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

Serena Giacomin
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: climatology, meteorology

Keywords: advocacy, climate, climate changes, climate political, education, scientific communication and dissemination

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

President of the Italian Climate Network. Meteorologist for Meteo Expert.

Professional career

Serena Giacomin has a degree in Physics, specialising in the Physics of the Atmosphere and Climatology. She conducts weather forecasts and in-depth environmental analysis programmes on Mediaset channels and the main national radio stations. She is a management consultant for climate risk management and a lecturer and science popularizer. Since 2017 she has been president of the Italian Climate Network, the non-profit organisation set up in 2011 to strengthen the fight against climate change by disseminating scientific content, promoting knowledge and monitoring the institutional choices made in Italy and Europe. She is the scientific director of Educazione climatica, for the OK! CLIMA.

Scientific results

Serena Giacomin's main research interests are the analysis of meteorological models for forecasting activities and research on climate parameters for climate change risk assessment and management. She is also involved in school planning and training, for teachers and students, and in professional training and consultancy, for local administrations. 

Editorial work and publications

Serena Giacomin is the author, with Luca Perri, of Pinguini all’Equatore. Non tutto ciò che senti sul clima è vero (DeAgostini 2020). She collaborated in the production of the school manual for secondary schools Scienze Live (Garzanti Scuola 2020), and wrote Meteo che scegli, tempo che trovi (Imprimatur Editore 2018).

Awards and prizes

In 2020 she received the Gelso d'oro civic award from the City of Cernusco sul Naviglio, with the following motivation: "for her example of commitment to the dissemination of scientific information and issues related to climate change and environmental sustainability, at a time when, especially the younger generations, are urging society to become more aware of the serious risks that the planet runs - and with it life - if new policies and more environmentally friendly personal lifestyles are not adopted".

In 2021 she was awarded the DonnAmbiente prize, by 5 Terre Academy, "for having contributed to creating a new communicative approach to Science through multimedia and social media, combining the scientific rigour of complex subjects such as climatology and meteorology with an authoritative but always accessible and never banal language, with a particular focus on the younger generations. Also, for her commitment in person and through the association she chairs, the Italian Climate Network, to raise awareness of the climate issue and to actively participate in building a more sustainable future for the planet".

Mariassunta Giannetti
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance, financial market, international finance

Keywords: finance, growth law, institutions

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

Standard Life Investments Finance Prize ECGI Finance Series, 2017

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

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

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

European Central Bank Duisenberg Fellow, 2016-2017

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

Best Paper Award, Journal of Financial Intermediation, 2014

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

Swedish Economic Association Conference, Umea, keynote speaker, 2014

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

 

Stefania Giannini
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International politics area

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

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO.

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Stefania Giannini has over 50 publications to her credit, including monographs and articles in specialized national and international sector magazines.

Selection of recent publications:

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

[2019] Giannini S., Right to education handbook, UNESCO.

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

Grand’Ufficiale al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Honorary Professor at Bejing Beiwei University.

Valeria Giannotta
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International politics area

Competences: international relations

Keywords: Middle East, Turkey, UE-Turkey relations

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Scientific Director of Observatory on Turkey- CeSPI

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Giannotta  V. and Andrea Locatelli, Tra il califfo e il sultano: la guerra allo Stato Islamico, il contributo dei curdi e il ruolo della Turchia, in D. Fiammenghi (ed),L’evoluzione del terrorismo islamico. Dalle Primavere Arabe al ritiro americano dalla Siria (2011-2020)Edizioni Epoke’, 2020, ISBN 978-88-31327-07-7

[2020] Giannotta V.NATO and Turkey: a fluctuating relationshipin M. Testoni (ed)NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives", Routledge, December 2020 ISBN9781003045434

[2019] Il partito AKP: tra conservatorismo e riformismoRivista di Politica, 02/2019, ISSN: 2037-495X

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Raffaella Giavazzi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: oncological biology, pharmacology, translational research

Keywords: angiogenesis, anticancer drugs, cancer, coronavirus, Covid-19, metabolism, microenvironment, ovarian cancer, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, tumor metastases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Director of the Laboratory of Biology and Therapy of Tumour Metastases at IRCCS Mario Negri

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences from the University of Milan in 1979, Raffaella Giavazzi qualified as a biologist. She continued her studies with a PhD in Biology and Pharmacology, at the Post-graduate School of Professional Education at the Mario Negri Institute, and a specialisation in Pharmacology at the University of Milan. After several experiences abroad, both as a researcher at the Cancer Metastasis and Treatment Laboratory of the National Cancer Institute, in Maryland, and as a university teaching assistant at the Department of Cell Biology of the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, University of Texas, she came back to Italy. Since 1986 she has been head of the Laboratory of Biology and Therapy of Tumour Metastases at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research. From 2005 to 2007 she was President of the Italian Society of Cancerology and from 2008 to 2012 she was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for Cancer Research. Since the same year she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Trento.

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Giavazzi has published approximately 200 articles in the field of Cancer Research, including: 

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

(2016) Cesca M, Morosi L, Berndt A, Fuso Nerini I, Frapolli R, Richter P, Decio A, Dirsch O, Micotti E, Giordano S, D’Incalci M, Davoli E, Zucchetti M, Giavazzi R. Bevacizumab-induced inhibition of angiogenesis promotes a more homogeneous intratumoral distribution of paclitaxel, improving the antitumor response. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics,15(1):125-35. 

(2014) Ricci R, Bizzaro F, Cesca M, Guffanti F, Ganzinelli M, Decio A, Ghilardi C, Perego P, Fruscio R, Buda A, Milani R, Ostano P, Chiorino G, Bani MR, Damia G, Giavazzi R. A platform of patient-derived tumor xenografts (EOC-xenografts) to recapitulate the clinicopathology and genetic alterations of ovarian cancer. Cancer Research, 74(23):6980-90. 

(2013) Rovida A, Castiglioni V, Decio A, Scarlato V, Scanziani E, Giavazzi R, Cesca M. Chemotherapy counteracts metastatic dissemination induced by antiangiogenic treatment in mice.Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, 12(10):2237-47.

(2012) Moschetta M, Pretto F, Berndt A, Galler K, Richter P, Bassi A, Oliva P, Micotti E, Valbusa G, Schwager K, Kaspar M, Trachsel E, Kosmehl H, Bani MR, Neri D, Giavazzi R. Paclitaxel enhances the therapeutic efficacy of the F8-IL2 immunocytokine to EDA-fibronectin positive metastatic human melanoma xenografts. Cancer Research, 72(7):1814-24. 

(2007) Giavazzi R, Bani MR, Taraboletti G. Tumor-host interaction in the optimization of paclitaxel based combination therapies with vascular targeting compounds. Cancer Metastasis Reviews, 26:481-88. 

(2005) Rybak JN, Ettorre A, Kaissling B, Giavazzi R, Neri D, Elia G. In vivo protein biotinylation for identification of organ-specific antigens accessible from the vasculature. Nature Methods, 2(4):291-98.

(2003) Belotti D, Paganoni P, Manenti L, Garofalo A, Marchini S, Taraboletti G, Giavazzi R. Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP9 and MMP2) Induce the Release of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) by Ovarian Carcinoma Cells: Implications for Acites Formation. Cancer Research, 63:5224-29. 

(1998) Valoti G, Nicoletti MI, Pellegrino A, Jimeno J, Hendriks H, D'Incalci M, Faircloth G, Giavazzi R. Ecteinascidin-743 (ET-743), a new marine natural product with potent antitumor activity on human ovarian carcinoma xenografts. Clinical Cancer Research, 4:1977-1983. 

(1995) Taraboletti G, Garofalo A, Belotti D, Drudis T, Borsotti P, Scanziani E, Brown PD, Giavazzi R. Inhibition of angiogenesis and murine hemangioma growth by Batimastat, a synthetic inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases. Journal of the National Cancer Instistute, 87:293-298. 

(1993) Giavazzi R, Foppolo M, Dossi R, Remuzzi A. Rolling and adhesion of human tumor cells on vascular endothelium under physiological flow conditions. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 92:3038-3044.

Awards and prizes

In 1981 Raffaella Giavazzi was awarded the "Fellowship for Advanced Professional Training" by the Italian Ministry of Labour and the European Economic Community. 

In 2003, she received the Researcher Career Award “Lega Italiana per la lotta contro i tumori”.

In 2012,  she received the “Giorgio Prodi” Lecturship by the Italian Cancer Society.

In 2016, she was included among the "Top Italian Women Scientists"

In 2018, seh received the Researcher Career Award “5th Simon Karpatkin Memorial Lecture”.

Rosa Maria Gili
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International politics area

Competences: diplomacy, international politics, international relations

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Giorgia Giovannetti
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International politics area

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

Keywords: belt and road, Brexit, China, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 and Italian companies, Covid-19 an Mediterranean, Covid-19: impact on global value chains, Covid-19: manufacturing and services, Covid-19: socio-economics impact, economic development, emerging countries, Europe, Financial crisis and Covid-19 crisis: differences, Middle East and North Africa, productivity, social protection, Sub Saharan Africa

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maria Rita Gismondo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: microbiology

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Director of the Laboratori of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergency of the Sacco Hospital in Milan and Associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences "Sacco" of the University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences from the University of Catania in 1976, she continued her training by specialising in Clinical Microbiology and Virology. In 1984 he obtained a second degree in Medicine and Surgery at the same Sicilian university. From 1976 to 1981 she was a member of the Institute of Microbiology at the University of Milan. In 1982 she was an intern in Clinical Microbiology at the London Hospital and in Oral Microbiology at the Hospital Medical School For Dentistry in London. In 1986 she became a resident in Microbiology at the University of Tennessee. Since 1991 she has been Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Milan. She leads several research groups dealing with bioterrorism, SARS, Ebola and infectious emergencies. He has also been a member of the National AIDS Commission since 2007. Since 2014 he has been head of the Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergency laboratory at the Sacco Hospital in Milan.

Scientific results

Within the UOC (Complex Operational Unit) Clinical Microbiology and Virology, Maria Rita Gismondo has implemented the 'bioemergency' sector consisting of a BSL3 (Bio safety level 3) laboratory and a BSL4 laboratory (one of two existing in Italy) dedicated to serious health crises. Gismondo brought together a research and operational team with the aim of providing a rapid response to infectious emergencies, both of natural origin (pandemics) and voluntary (bioterrorism). Today, the laboratory she directs is the reference point for diagnosing tropical diseases, anthrax risks and risks associated with other potentially infectious elements.

Editorial work and publications

Maria Rita Gismondo is associate editor of several scientific journals and author of numerous articles, including: 

(2016) Rimoldi SG, De Vecchi E, Pagani C, Antona C, Gismondo MR. Use of Dithiothreitol to Dislodge Bacteria From the Biofilm on an Aortic Valve in the Operating Theatre: A Case of Infective Endocarditis Caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Proteus mirabilis. The Annals of thoracic surgery, 102(4):e357-9. 

(2016) Rossotti R, Borghi V, Callegaro AP, Rusconi S, Gismondo MR. Impact of Circulating Resistance-Associated Mutations on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) efficacy: Modeling from Antiretroviral Resistance Cohort Analysis (ARCA) National Database. Journal of clinical virology: the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. 

(2016) Cagnoni G, Rimoldi SG, Pagani C, Gismondo MR. Can Drainage Using a Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy Device Replace Traditional Sample Collection Methods?. Surgical Infections, 17(5):577-82. 

(2016) Caruso I, Santandrea S, Gismondo MR, Sarzi Puttini P. Vaccination with endosomal unknown epitopes produces therapeutic response in rheumatoid arthritis patients and modulates adjuvant arthritis of rats. Journal of Translational Medicine, 14:162. 

(2015) Ridolfo AL, Sara Giordana Rimoldi SG, Pagani C, Gismondo MR. Diffusion and transmission of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in the medical and surgical wards of a university hospital in Milan, Italy. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 9(1):24-33. 

(2015) D'Alessandro S, Corbett Y, Ilboudo DP, Parapini S, Gismondo MR. Salinomycin and Other Ionophores as a New Class of Antimalarial Drugs with Transmission-Blocking Activity. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 59(9):5135-44. 

(2015) Vocale C, Rimoldi SG, Pagani C, Sambri V, Gismondo MR. Comparative evaluation of the new xTAG GPP multiplex assay in the laboratory diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis. Clinical assessment and potential application from a multicentre Italian study. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 34:33-7. 

(2014) Perrone V, Cattaneo D, Radice S, Clementi E, Gismondo MR. Impact of therapeutic drug monitoring of antiretroviral drugs in routine clinical management of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus and related health care costs: A real-life study in a large cohort of patients. ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research, 6:341-8. 

(2013) Tau P, Mancon A, Mileto D, Rusconi S, Gismondo MR. Favorable Therapeutic Response with an Antiretroviral Salvage Regimen in an HIV-1-Positive Subject Infected with a CRF11-cpx Virus. AIDS research and human retroviruses, 30(5):480-3. 

(2013) de Luca A, Dunn D, Zazzi M, Sloot, PM, Gismondo MR. Declining Prevalence of HIV-1 Drug Resistance in Antiretroviral Treatment-exposed Individuals in Western Europe. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 207(8):1216-20.

Awards and prizes

In 2005 she was awarded the "Ambrogino d'Oro" as director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of the University Hospital "L. Sacco" in Milan. 

In 2007, she was awarded the Woman of Achievement 2007. 

In 2009, she was awarded the 'Rosa Camuna' Prize by the Lombardy Region. 

She was also appointed representative of the Ministry of Universities on the Board of Directors of the Smith Kline Foundation. 

In memory of her Norwegian microbiologist colleague Tom Bergan, she founded the Tom Bergan Study Centre, which promotes cultural and scientific initiatives, including "Donna in Salute" and the "Sportello Unico per gli anziani".

Elisa Giunchi
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International politics area

Competences: History and Politics of the Middle East, islam

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

Recent academic articles and essays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Anna Giunta
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: firms’ economics, industrial policy, Italian Economy, public policies evaluation

Keywords: companies, digitization, internationalization, procurement for innovation

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor of Industrial Economics and Director of the Centro Ricerche Economiche e Sociali Manlio Rossi-Doria, Center of Excellence, Università Roma Tre.

Professional career

After a PhD in Development Economics, Centro di Ricerche Economiche-Agrarie per il Mezzogiorno, founded by Manlio Rossi-Doria and Master of Arts in Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1995 she becomes associated Professor, Università della Calabria and, since 2005 Full Professor, Università Roma Tre.

Visiting Professor: Rutgers University (New Jersey); London School of Economics; New School for Social Research (New York); Duke University (North Carolina).

Member of the National Recruitment Committee, ASN (2012-14).

President of Società Italiana di Economia e Politica Industriale, SIEPI (2016-19).

Director of the Centro di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali Manlio Rossi-Doria, Centre of Excellence, Università Roma Tre.

Member of “Consiglio di Reggenza” Bank of Italy, Rome Branch. 

Member of scientific boards such as: Centro Europa Ricerche (CER, Rome); Center for Industrial Studies (CSIL, Milan); senior fellow of the School of European Political Economy (SEP, Luiss, Rome) 

Member of Scientific Societies: Società Italiana di Economia (SIE); Società Italiana di Economia e Politica Industriale (SIEPI); European Trade Study Group (ETSG); Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE).

Scientific results

Her main research area is on Italian industry with a focus on Productivity, Research and Development; Innovation, Digitalization; Internationalization.

With regard to firms’ internationalization, she has published several articles on firms’ participation and positioning within Global Value Chains, highlighting the impact on firms’ productivity. She also investigates the impact of the recent EU Trade Agreements on Italian firms.

She also works on Public Procurement for Innovation. Her articles point out the role of big research infrastructures (Cern, the European Organization for Nuclear Research; ASI, the Italian Space Agency) in activating links with industrial firms, thus enhancing firms’ innovation (patenting) and performance.  

She works as well on technological transfer. Her articles point out which are the determinants of University-Industry links and their impact on firms’ innovation.   

She has contributed to the foundation of the School of Evaluation of Public Policies’ Impact, organized by the Centro Rossi-Doria (Università Roma Tre), currently in its fourth edition. The aim of the School is to provide participants with the counterfactual techniques to evaluate the impact of public policy, with a focus on industrial and regional policies. 

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Bastianin A., Castelnovo P., Florio M., Giunta A., Big Science and Innovation: Gestation Lag from Procurement to Patents for CERN Suppliers, The Journal of Technology Transfer,  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10961-021-09854-5

[2020] Cerulli G., Corsino M., Gabriele R., Giunta A., A Dose-Response Evaluation of Regional R&D Subsidies Policy, Economics of Innovation and New TechnologyDOI 10.1080/10438599.2020.1792604, 2020 

[2020] Giunta A., Lo shock da offerta. GVC, COVID 19 e le imprese italiane, Menabò di Etica ed Economia, n. 121, https://www.eticaeconomia.it/lo-shock-da-offerta-gvc-covid-19-e-le-imprese-italiane/

[2020] Agostino M., Brancati E., Giunta A., Scalera D., Trivieri F., Firm’s Efficiency and Global Value Chains: An Empirical Investigation on Italian Industry, The World Economy, https://doi.org/10.1111/twec.12866, 43 (4): 827-1146.

[2018] Florio M., Giffoni F., Giunta A., Sirtori E., Big Science, Learning and Innovation: Evidence from Cern Procurement, Industrial and Corporate Change, 27  (5): 915-936.

[2018] Cainelli G., Ganau R., Giunta A., Spatial Agglomeration, Global Value Chains, and Productivity. Micro-Evidence from Italy and Spain, Economic Letters, 169: 43-46.

[2018] Accetturo A., Giunta A., Value Chains and the Great Recession: Evidence from Italian and German Firms, International Economics, 153: 55-68.

[2017] Giunta A., Rossi S., Che cosa sa fare l’Italia. La nostra economia dopo la grande crisi, Roma, Laterza.

[2016] Agostino M., Giunta A., Scalera D., Trivieri F., Italian Firms in Global Value Chains: Updating our Knowledge in Manzocchi S., Ottaviano G. (edited by), Global Value Chains, Trade Networks and Firm Performance: International Evidence and the Italian Case, Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX, 155- 186. 

[2016] Giunta A., Pericoli F., Pierucci E., University-Industry Collaboration in the Biopharmaceuticals: the Italian Case, Journal of Technology Transfer, 41: 818–840.

[2015] Agostino M., Giunta A., Nugent J., Scalera D., Trivieri F., The Importance of Being a Capable Supplier: Italian Industrial Firms in Global Value Chains, International Small Business Journal, 33 (7), 708-30.

[2012] Accetturo A., Giunta A., Rossi S., Being in a Global Value Chain: Hell or Heaven?, voxeu.org, 15 December.

Serena Giusti
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International politics area

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

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: geopolitics of vaccines, European Union, United Kingdom

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Among her latest publications: 

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

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

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

[2019] Giusti, S., Russo, A. "The Securitisation of Cultural Heritage"International Journal of Cultural Policy, 25(7): 843-857.

[2018] Giusti, S., Talani, L.S., (eds) Women in the Mediterranean, London and New York, Routledge.

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

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

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

[2017]Giusti, S., "Russia Federation’s posture towards the European Neighbourhood Policy: A Neoclassical Realist Explanation", in Gstohl, S. and Schunz J. (a cura di), Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy, London and New York, Routledge, 61-82. 

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

[2014]Giusti, S., Fassi, E., "The European Endowment for Democracy and Democracy Promotion in the EU Neighbourhood", The International Spectator, 49(4):112-129.

[2012] Giusti, S., La Proiezione sterna della Federazione Russa, Pisa, ETS. 

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the OSCE Reflection Group on European Security and sits in the Advisory board of Women International Security (WIIS) – Italy. She is also vice-President of the Forum per i problemi della Pace e della Guerra, Florence. 

Monica Gori
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: experimental psychology

Keywords: bracelet, learning, low vision, motor system, perception, rihabilitation, sensory system, visual disabilities, visually impaired children, visual perception

Region: Liguria


Position/Role

Senior Researcher Tenured - Principal Investigator at U-Vip Unit Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (ITT) Genova

Professional career

Monica Gori graduated in Psychology at the University of Florence in 2004 (cum laude). From 2002 to 2006 she worked at the within the VisionLab of the CNR of Pisa in David Burr’s Laboratory. In 2008 she worked in Martin Banks lab (Berkeley, California). She did her PhD in January 2009 at University of Genoa on Humanoid Technologies supervised by David Burr and Giulio Sandini. Currently Monica Gori is Tenure Track Researcher, leading the Unit for people with visual disabilities (U-Vip Unit) at the Italian Institute of Technology of Genoa.

Scientific results

Monica Gori is expert of development, multisensory integration, sensorial-motor perception and visual disability. Through her research, she studies how the sensory and multi-sensorial perception skills interact during development in children with and without disabilities. The aim of her study is to exploit this knowledge to better understand brain functions, create new rehabilitation programs and to develop new technological solutions to improve the perceptual, motor and social skills of children with sensory disabilities. From 2014 to 2017 she coordinated the European ABBI project (www.abbi.eu), whose aim is precisely the development of a new technology based on sensory-motor rehabilitation for blind and low vision children. The project involves the study and creation of a wearable sound device, similar to a bracelet, also useful for creating sound networks to be placed in environments where the blind are living, thus allowing the hearing, and not the sight, to create a spatial map in which the person can move. From 2017 to 2018 she coordinated the weDRAW European project (www.wedraw.eu) in which she proposed to develop a multisensory approach and technology for learning mathematical skills at the elementary school. weDRAW involved children and teachers in Italy, UK and Ireland. WeDraw is highly interdisciplinary,  involving engineers, psychologists, pedagogics, and industrial links. The project exploits knowledge of multisensory integration in the teaching activity of elementary schools.

Editorial work and publications

Monica Gori is the author of book chapters and numerous scientific articles in international journals, including:

(2018) Gori, Amadeo, Campus Temporal cues influence space estimations in visually impaired individuals. iScience, vol. 6, pp. 319-326.

(2018)Campus, Sandini, Concetta Morrone, & Gori. Spatial localization of sound elicits early responses from occipital visual cortex in humans. Scientific Report.

(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Tonelli, Baud-Bovy, Finocchietti. Devices for visually impaired people: high technological devices with low user acceptance and no adaptability for children Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

(2017) Gori, Cappagli, Baud-Bovy, & Finocchietti. Shape Perception and Navigation in Blind Adults.Frontiers  in Psychology.

(2017)Cappagli, Cocchi, & Gori. Auditory and proprioceptive spatial impairments in blind children and adults. Developmental Science, 2017.

(2016)  Cuturi, Aggius-Vella, Campus, Parmiggiani, and Gori. From science to technology: orientation and mobility in blind children and adults. Neurosci and Biobe. Reviews 2016, impact factor 10.5 citations 2 (2016) Cappagli G, Gori M. Auditory spatial localization: Developmental delay in children with visual impairments. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53-54:391-8. 

(2016) Tonelli A, Brayda L, Gori M. Depth echolocation learnt by novice sighted people. PLoS ONE, 11(6):e0156654. 

(2016) Vercillo T, Burr D, Gori M. Early visual deprivation severely compromises the auditory sense of space in congenitally blind children. Developmental Psychology, 52(6):847-53. 

(2015) Finocchietti S, Cappagli G, Porquis LB, [...], Cocchi E, Gori M. Evaluation of the Audio Bracelet for Blind Interaction for improving mobility and spatial cognition in early blind children - A pilot study. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. 

(2015) Magnusson C, Rydeman B, Finocchietti S, [...], Baud-Bovy G, Gori M. Co-located games created by children with visual impairments. MobileHCI 2015, Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct. 

(2015) Tinelli F, Anobile G, Gori M, [...], Cioni G, Concetta Morrone M. Time, number and attention in very low birth weight children. Neuropsychologia, 73:60-9.

Awards and prizes

(2008) F1000 with the article "Gori et al. 2008; Young children do not integrate visual and haptic form information. Curr Biol, 18(9)"
(2012) TR35 Giovani Innovatori
(2015) Smart Cup Liguria October 2015 Cup for new technological solutions and start-up

 

Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: behavioural neurology

Keywords: Alzheimer, aphasia, dyslexia, language, learning disabilities, neuro degenerative diseases, neuroscience, reading, syntax

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Professor of neurology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco

Professional career

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Brescia in 1993, she continued her studies through a training period in neurology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Subsequently, she obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at University College London and specialised in Behavioural Neurology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in San Francisco. In the last years Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, besides teaching neurology in San Francisco, has been involved in the study of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular frontotemporal dementia and primary progressive aphasia (PPA), also through the use of neuroimaging techniques and language neuropsychology.

Gorno Tempini  directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She also co-founded the UCSF Dyslexia Center in 2015 and is a co-director of the center.

Scientific results

At the Dyslexia Center, she leads a large multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists with expertise in behavioral neurology, cognitive neuroscience, speech-language pathology and advanced neuroimaging techniques. Her work in neurodevelopmental disorders aims at discovering the distinct clinical and biological phenotypes of dyslexia and the best approach to diagnose and remediate them.

Editorial work and publications

She has authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers on the neurobiology of language disorders in scientific journals and has been invited to speak at conferences across the globe, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Italian Senate.

Awards and prizes

She is the current recipient of multiple National Institute of Health projects grants and has received a prestigious career award for mentoring scientists and clinicians on the neurobiology of language at UCSF. In 2017, she received a Weill Institute for Neurosciences Trailblazer award to study language development in children, and in 2018, she was distinguished as the Charles Schwab Endowed Professor in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment.

Giulia Grancini
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STEM area: Chemistry

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

Keywords: advanced materials, nanotechnologies, solar cells, sustainability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Pavia and Director of the PVsquared2 team at the Chemistry Department of University of Pavia

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Olivia Guaraldo
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History and Philosophy area

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

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

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Guazzoni
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Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: competitive strategies, internal control, value creation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

[2005] Guazzoni L. Il fair value, in Conti, Costanzo, Novati, Priori, “Bilancio e reddito di impresa”, Egea.

[1997] Guazzoni L. e Grando A. La valutazione dei beni immateriali legati alla tecnologia: i progetti di ricerca e sviluppo nel settore farmaceutico, La valutazione delle aziende, n. 4.

[1997] Guazzoni L. Cenni sulla stima dei beni immateriali nella valutazione delle aziende, Newsletter Lorenzetti, n. 2.

[1995] Guazzoni L. Intervento pubblico nell’economia e nei mercati finanziariAnalisi degli strumenti finanziari presenti sul mercatoin (a cura di M. Dallocchio e A. Dess) “I mercati finanziari internazionali”, IPSOA, WOLTERS KLUWER ITALIA, pp 447-478.

[1993] Guazzoni L. I mercati mobiliari locali, Working Paper, Istituto di Studi sulle Borse Valori “Andrea Lorenzetti”, Università Bocconi.

[1992] Guazzoni L. L’informativa economico-finanziaria e il mercato mobiliare: le modalità di propagazione delle informazioni”, Working Paper, Istituto di Studi sulle Borse Valori “Andrea Lorenzetti”, Università Bocconi.

Corinna Guerra
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: environmental humanities, history of science, knowledge management, philosophy of science, scientific communication

Keywords: Anthropocene, chemistry, environment, natural risks, Vesuvius

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Assistant Professor in History of Science and Technology at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Professional career

In 2007 she graduates in Philosophy with honors at the University of Bari (Italy). In May 2011 she obtains her Ph.D. in the History of Science and Technology from the same university. Her thesis supervisor is prof. S. Longo of the Department of chemistry.

From 2011 to 2013, she is a post-doc fellow of the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici and later of the Società Napoletana di Storia Patria. In 2016, she is a researcher in Paris at the Centre Alexandre Koyré of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and until 2018 she is also an Honorary Research Associate at University College London.

In 2017, she obtains the Qualification aux fonctions de Maitre de conférences (French Associate Professor) for the section 72, and in 2021, she obtaines the National Scientific Qualification  for sector 11/C2.

Since 2017 she’s member of the Advisory Committee of the International Conference of the History of Chemistry, by the Working Party on the History of Chemistry of EuChemS.

She is also an Associate Researcher at the LabEx HASTEC (EPHE-PSL) - Laboratoire d'Excellence Histoire, Anthropologie, Savoirs, Techniques et Croyances (France).

Currently she teaches Philosophy and Politics of Life and Environment for the first Italian Master’s Degree in Environmental Humanities at the Ca’ Foscari University.

Scientific results

Historian of science with an expertise in the development of 18th century chemistry (with a focus on the South of Italy) and of natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions.

She organized with M. Thèbaud-Sorger the international conference “The Workshop of Nature. Production of Material Knowledge, Material Production of Knowledge” (Paris, November 10th, 2016) financed by LabEx HASTEC, Centre Koyré (EHESS-CNRS-MNHN), Groupe d'histoire de la chimie (French Chemical Society).

Among her teaching experiences, she gave a lecture during the Semaine interdisciplinaire Université Paris Science et Lettres: “Chemistry in history, philosophy, art and literature” for the MD students of Mines Paris Tech, Chimie ParisTech, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI).

In December 2020 she organised with M. Piazza the webinar Fear and Disruption of Habits during the Global Pandemic at the University of Roma Tre, with the hypothesis of a parallel between pandemics and natural risks.

Guerra is currently pursuing an environmental studies project titled “Knowledge Transformations in Geology: A Comparative Inquiry” under the FARE Project Positioned Cosmology in Early Modernity: The Geo-Praxis of Water-and-Land Management in Venice, which received funding from the Italian Ministry of University and Research, the ERC Consolidator Project Early Modern Cosmology and the first Italian Planck Partner Group The Water City. The Political Epistemology of Hydrogeological Praxis.

Editorial work and publications

Since 2017 she’s been a member of the editorial board of the journal “Archivio storico per le province napoletane” (founded in 1876).

Below is a selection of her editorial works:

[2020] Guerra C. Maria Bakunin (1873-1960). Chimica d’amore e d’anarchia, in Mezzogiorno di scienza. Ritratti d'autore di grandi scienziati del Sud, a cura di Greco P. Edizioni Dedalo: 63-78.

[2020] Guerra C. La grotte du chien : un laboratoire européen des connaissances chimiques avant la création de laboratoires institutionnels à Naples. Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences, 70: 238-65.

[2018] Guerra C. Les artilleurs traducteurs et leurs ennemis. La première traduction italienne du Traité élémentaire de Lavoisier à Naples. La Révolution française, 13.

[2017] Guerra C. Lavoisier e Parthenope. Contributo ad una storia della chimica del regno di Napoli. Società Napoletana di Storia Patria & Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici.

[2016] Guerra C. Reazioni chimiche e reazioni emotive al Vesuvio. Le eruzioni del XVIII secolo nelle raccolte della biblioteca della Società napoletana di storia patria. Giornale critico della filosofia italiana, 2-3: 472-91.

[2016] Guerra C, Il referto radiologico a misura di utente: è possibile?. Il giornale italiano di Radiologia Medica, Schiavon F, Dazzi G, Guerra C, Guglielmi G, Rotondo A. (eds.), 3: 196-99.

[2015] Guerra C. If you don’t a have a good laboratory, find a good volcano: Mount Vesuvius as a natural chemical laboratory in eighteenth century Italy, Ambix, 62(3): 245-65.

[2010] Guerra C. Chimica per le donne, in Scorci di Storia della Scienza, Frank M. L. e Pogliano C. (a cura di), PLUS Pisa University Press: 127-39.

[2009] Coautrice dei capitoli 1, 4 e 7 in Science, Mind, and Creativity: The Bari Symposium. L. L'Abate, P. De Giacomo, M. Capitelli & S. Longo (eds.), Nova Science Publishers.

[2007] Guerra C. Nicola Andria e l’ingresso della chimica pneumatica nel Regno di Napoli. Rendiconti della Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze detta dei XL, serie V, vol. XXXI, parte II, tomo II: 139-52.

Awards and prizes

2017 Book of cultural value Lavoisier e Parthenope (Naples 2017) by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Her first book, Lavoisier e Parthenope (Naples 2017), was awarded the Prize for Young Historians by the International Academy of the History of Science. Every two years, it honors a first work in the History of Science.

Emanuela Guidoboni
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: historical seismology, historical volcanology, history of engineering

Keywords: archaeoseismology, climate changes, earthquakes, historical anti-seismic systems, post-seismic disaster reconstruction, seismic disasters, seismic hazard, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Research Associate at INGV- National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome, Seismology and Tectonophysics Section. Formerly research manager at INGV, Bologna. Coordinator of the multidisciplinary activities of the Euro-Mediterranean Documentation Center for Extreme Events and Disasters.

Professional career

Trained as a medieval historian (University of Bologna) and historical seismologist, for over thirty years she has been developing historical research on earthquakes, tidal waves and volcanic eruptions in Italy and the Mediterranean area, focusing on Earth Sciences (seismology, volcanology and climatology) and engineering history.  

She has carried out and continues to carry out her research activities as manager of national projects and as a scholar. She was scientific director of the research company SGA, Storia Geofisica Ambiente in Bologna (1983-2006), then a tenured research manager at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) until 2011.  Since 2012 she has coordinated the multidisciplinary activities of EEDIs (Extreme Events and Disasters, Euro-Mediterranean Documentation Centre), aimed at both scientific dissemination and new research. 

Consultant of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency - UN) for the seismicity of North Africa and Armenia, she has contributed to improving knowledge on the seismic hazard of these areas with specific research and related publications. 

Committed to the crucial issue of risk from extreme natural events and the study of their long-term impacts, she has written several popular science books that have entered the national debate.

Scientific results

Emanuela Guidoboni has designed and directed all the historical research for the Catalogo dei Forti Terremoti in Italia e nell'area mediterranea (CFTI), from the ancient world to the 20th century, editions 1995, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2018.  The presentation of the architecture and contents of this Web-GIS, basic for seismic hazard assessments, was published in 2019 in Nature.

The method applied to historical research aimed at seismology has defined a neo-discipline of international interest, Historical Seismology, of which Emanuela Guidoboni published in 2009 the first manual, together with John Ebel: "Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Past. A Guide to Techniques in Historical Seismology" (Cambridge University Press, 2009). 

She has deepened our knowledge of ancient and medieval earthquakes and tsunamis in Italy and the Mediterranean area, shedding light on the impact of such events on the inhabited world, highlighting many previously unknown events, and developing new seismic parameters.  The results are published in "Catalogue of Ancient Earthquakes in the Mediterranean area up to 10th century", with A. Comastri and G. Traina (1994); and in "Catalogue of Earthquakes and Tsunamis in the Mediterranean area from the 11th to the 15th century", with A. Comastri (2005). 

Editorial work and publications

Emanuela Guidoboni is the author of over 200 scientific publications.

Among the articles in international journals and contributions in national works, the following works from the last ten years are worth mentioning.

(2021) Valensise G., Guidoboni E., Iervolino I. What is an exceptional earthquake? Seismological Reseaerch Letters.

(2019) Guidoboni E. Azzardo sismico, vulnerabilità e ricostruzioni nei centri storici italiani, in “Dopo la catastrofe”, editet by C. Belmonte, E. Scirocco, G. Wolf, G. Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut, Roma, pp. 30-44.

(2018) Guidoboni E. Florence: the effects of earthquakes on the artistic heritage. Method and historical sources (15th-20thcenturies), pp. 267-277; Florence: a first concise dossier of seismic effect on artistic heritage (15th-20th centuries), pp. 279-300, in  "3rd International Conference, AISI", a cura di S. D'Agostino,  vol I, 2018, Napoli.

(2017) Guidoboni E. Disastri sismici e ricostruzioni nella storia d’Italia: l'azzardo sismico in un nodo non risolto in “Building Back Better: idee per ricostruire meglio. Individui e comunità, manufatti e paesaggio”- Sendai 2015-2030 (Nazioni Unite,) a cura di F. Esposito, M. Russo, Carrocci, Roma. 

(2016) Guidoboni E. Erdbeben und Seebeben im antiken Mittelmeerraum. Gründe für einen Dialog zwischen Seismologie und Geschichte, in “Erdbeben in der Antike”, Deutungen – Folgen – Repräsentationen, herausgegeben von  J. Borsch und L.Carrara, Mohr Siebec, Tubingen Univ.

(2015) Guidoboni E. When Towns Collapse: Images of Earthquakes, Floods, and Eruptions in Italy. Fifteenth – Nineteenth Centuries, in “Wounded Cities: The Representation of Urban Disasters in European Art (14th–20th Centuries)”, edited by M. Folin and M. Preti, chapter 2, Koninklijke Brill, NY– Leiden, pp. 33-56.

(2015) Guidoboni E., Valensise G. On the complexity of earthquake sequences: a historical seismology perspective based onthe L'Aquila seismicity (Abruzzo, Central Italy), 1315-1915. Earthquakes and Structures, 8(1): 153-184.    

Books and monographs

(2019) Guidoboni E. and Poirier  J.-P.  Storia culturale del terremoto dal mondo antico a oggi, Rubettino.                                    

(2015)  Guidoboni E., Mulargia F., Teti V. Prevedibile / Imprevedibile. Eventi estremi nel prossimo                                  futuro, Rubbettino.

(2014) Guidoboni E. and Valensise G. (eds) L’Italia dei disastri. Dati e riflessioni sugli impatti degli eventi naturali (1861-2013), Bononia University Press.

(2011) Guidoboni E., Valensise G. Il peso economico e sociale dei disastri sismici in Italia negli ultimi 150 anni (1861-2011), Bononia University Press, Bologna.

(2011) Guidoboni E., Navarra A., Boschi E. The Spiral of Climate. Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Climate Change in History, Bononia University Press, Bologna. 

Awards and prizes

In 2004 she was appointed member of the Academia Europaea for the multidisciplinary approach to seismic and volcanic hazards.

In 2016 she won the first Maiella Prize for Environmental Essays with the book Prevedibile / Imprevedibile. Eventi estremi nel prossimo futuro, Rubbettino.

In 2017 she is appointed research associate of INGV, Roa.

In 2020 she is appointed as a member of the Scientific and Steering Committees of the International Engineering History Association. 

 

Giovanna Iannantuoni
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Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: game theory, voting theory

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paola Inverardi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology

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

Region: Abruzzo


Position/Role

Computer Science Professor at University of L'Aquila. Former Rector of University of L’Aquila (2013-2019)

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Elisabetta Iossa
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: economy of public services, economy of regulation

Keywords: innovation, procurement, public-private partnership

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: bank economy, political economy

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

 

 

 

Marina Lalatta Costerbosa
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History and Philosophy area

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

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

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

Elisabetta Lamboglia
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STEM area: Engineering

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

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Cost Engineer at European Space Agency (ESA).

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Since November 2021 she has been ESA Mentoring in the STEM Talent Girl Program, an educative project to develop talent and promote scientific–technological vocations. It is specifically addressed to women with the sole goal of inspiring and empowering girls and teenagers to continue with bright STEM careers.

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Alessandra Sabina Lanotte
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: fluid dynamics, numerical simulations, theoretical physics

Keywords: High-Performance Computing, transport of particles and fields in complex flows, turbulence

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Senior Researcher of the National Research Council (CNR), at the Institute of Nanotechnology (NANOTEC) in Lecce.

Professional career

After completion of her Physics Diploma at the University of Roma La Sapienza in 1995, she moved to France to do a PhD at the Université Cotê d`Azur. She obtained her PhD in Physics in December 1999. In 2000-2001, she has been INFM Post-doctoral fellow at the Physics Dept. of the University Tor Vergata in Rome. From January 2002 until November 2018, she had a researcher position at the National Research Council, in the Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. Starting from 2019, she is CNR Senior Scientist at the Institute of Nanotechnology in Lecce.

Scientific results

Alessandra is a theoretical physicist, expert of computational methods for fluid dynamics and complex flows. Starting from her PhD in 1996, her work focused on the statistical and dynamical description of turbulence, in simple and complex flows. From 2003, she studied the behaviour of turbulent suspensions of small particles, such as aerosols particles in air or cloud droplets, relevant for geophysical and engineering applications.  She participated and leaded large-scale numerical experiments within EU PRACE computing facilities. From 2006, she is the local coordinator (Unit of Lecce) of the Project “Particles and Fields in Complex flows” at the Institute of Nanotechnology (NANOTEC). She enriches the disciplinary research with physics education activities, by organising training schools and workshops for young fellows.

Editorial work and publications

Alessandra Lanotte is currently Deputy Editor at Europhysics Letters (EPL) EPS, and she was previously Associate Editor di Physics at Fluids, AIPP.

She was Guest editor of the Focus Issue "Turbulent regimes in Bose-Einstein Condensates", EPL (2021), and Focus Issue "Two-Dimensional Turbulence", Physics of Fluids (2017), and Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Flowing Matter Across the Scales", EPJE (2015), and  "Lagrangian Dynamics", Journal of Turbulence (2007).

Her publications include the following.

[2021] Panico R, Macorini G, Dominici L, Gianfrate A, Fieramosca A, De Giorgi M, Gigli G,  Sanvitto D, Lanotte A S, Ballarini D. Dynamics of a Vortex Lattice in an Expanding Polariton Quantum Fluid. Physical Review Letters 127 (4), 047401.

[2016] Biferale L, Bonaccorso F, Mazzitelli I M, van Hinsberg M A T, Lanotte A S, Musacchio S, Perlekar P, Toschi F. Coherent structures and extreme events in rotating multiphase turbulent flows. Phys. Rev. X 6, 041036.

[2015] Lanotte A S, Benzi R, Malapaka S K, Toschi F, Biferale L. Turbulence on a Fractal Fourier set. Phys. Rev. Letters 115, 264502.

[2013] Lanotte A S, Mazzitelli I M. Scalar turbulence in convective boundary layers with different entrainment fluxes. Journ. Atmos. Sci. 70, 248-265.

[2012] Baebler M U, Biferale L, Lanotte A S. Break-up of small aggregates driven by turbulent hydrodynamical stress. Phys Review E.85.025301.

[2010] Bec J, Biferale L, Lanotte A S, Scagliarini A, Toschi F. Turbulent pair dispersion of inertial particles. Journ. Fluid Mech. 645, 497.

[2009] Lanotte A S, Seminara A, Toschi F. Cloud droplet growth by condensation in homogeneous isotropic turbulence, Journ. Atmos. Sci. 66, 1685.

[2008] Arnéodo A, et al. Universal intermittent properties of particle trajectories in highly turbulent flows. Physical Review Letters 100 (25), 254504.

[2007] Bec J, Biferale L, Cencini M, Lanotte A S, Musacchio S, Toschi F. Heavy particle concentration in turbulence at dissipative and inertial scales. Phys Rev Lett. 98, 084502.

[2004] Biferale L, Boffetta G, Celani A, Devenish B J, Lanotte A, Toschi F. Multifractal statistics of Lagrangian velocity and acceleration in turbulence. Physical Review Letters 93 (6), 064502.

[2000] Celani A, Lanotte A, Mazzino A, Vergassola M. Universality and saturation of intermittency in passive scalar turbulence. Physical Review Letters 84 (11), 2385.

[1999] Lanotte A, Noullez A, Vergassola M, Wirth A. Large-scale dynamo produced by negative magnetic eddy diffusivities. Geophys. Astrophys. Fluid Dyn. 91, 131.