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Petra Mezzetti
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International politics area

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

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Mezzetti P., Ceschi S. (a cura di), Ripartire dall'Africa. Esperienze e iniziative di migrazione e di co-sviluppoDonzelli Editore

Articles: 

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

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

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

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

 

Chapters: 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Reports:

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

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

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

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

Giuseppina Micela
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: astronomy

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

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

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

Professional career

Physics degree at the Palermo University (1983)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Competences: behavioural pharmacology

Keywords: anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, obesity

Region: Marche


Position/Role

Researcher in Pharmacology, University of Camerino

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Author of several scientific publications including:

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science

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

 

 

 

 

 

Federica Migliardo
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: biophysics, structure of matter

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

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Laura Mirachian
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International politics area

Competences: diplomacy, international politics

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Ambassador, Diplomatic

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

2008 Minerva Award ‘A Woman for Peace’ 

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

Chiara Monfardini
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: econometrics, family economy, labor economics

Keywords: children, gender economy, teenagers, time

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Full Professor  of Econometrics at  University of Bologna

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 

In the last 15 years she published  the following articles:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chiara Montanari
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STEM area: Engineering

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

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

 

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

Awards and prizes

First Italian Woman to lead an expedition to Antarctica. 

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

Carla Monteleone
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International politics area

Competences: international relations

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

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Professional career

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

Scientific results

Her research activity focuses on:

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosa Maria Montereali
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental physics

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Awards and prizes

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

Maria Concetta Morrone
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neurology

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

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor of Human Physiology University of Pisa

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

 

Paola Mosconi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

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

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

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

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

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

 

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

Karolina Muti
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International politics area

Competences: European defense, security and defense strategies and policies

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

In Italian: 

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

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

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

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

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

In English:

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Vera Negri Zamagni
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: economic history, history of industries and finance, italian cooperative movement

Keywords: companies, cooperatives, history, industry

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Professor of Economic History, University of Bologna and SAIS Europe of the Johns Hopkins University

Professional career

Degree in Philosophy, in 1966 at the Catholic University of Milan with the maximum grades (110/110 cum laude) with a thesis on the leading catholic review in the social and economic field 1890-1904. Post-graduate student in Oxford (GB) 1969-1973; D. Phil in Economic History in 1975. The teaching career started in Trieste in 1976, then it continued in Florence at the Faculty of Political Sciences Cesare Alfieri (1979-1986). Associate professor in 1982, the career continued in Bologna, where she became full professor in 1993 (after a brief stay at the university of Cassino).

Since 1973/74 she is visiting professor of European economic history at SAIS Europe of the Johns Hopkins University (Bologna). In 2016, SAIS Europe has named a professorship in Development Economics after Vera and Stefano Zamagni (her husband, a theoretical economist).

Vera Zamagni has been secretary of the Italian Economic history Association (1989-1993), member of Committee no. 10 of the Italian Research Council (1994-1999), trustee of the Bologna branch of the Bank of Italy (1996-2000 and 2011-12), member of the Committee no. 13 of ANVUR (the Italian Agency for research evaluation) 2011-2013.

She has been vice-president and Deputy for culture of the Emilia-Romagna regional government 2000-2002; member of the Historical Committee of the publishing house Il Mulino; member of the scientific board of the Italian Encyclopaedia Treccani 2006-2011. Member of the board of Banca Carim (Rimini) 2012-2017; member of the board of Datalogic (Bologna) 2018-present. Vice-president of the NGO CEFA operating in Africa; president of the association of friends of the Hospice Seragnoli. 

Scientific results

Vera Zamagni has carried a research career in the field of economic history of Italy XIX-XX centuries, with special reference to standard of living, reconstruction of historical series of GDP, public debt, business history (the history of Italcementi, Finmeccanica/Leonardo and of the chemical industry) and the history of the cooperative movement. She has also written textbooks of economic history of Europe and of Italy since the early modern era. Presently, she is engaged in writing a book on “Forms of enterprise”, which will compare the corporation with the SMEs and their clusters, the cooperatives and the non profit enterprises. After that, she has already a contract with Il Mulino to write an essay in the series “Words contretemps” on “The West”.   

Editorial work and publications

Vera Zamagni has been co-founder of the leading European Economic History Journal European Review of Economic History(Cambridge University Press) and co-editor 1997-2001. She has collaborated to numerous Journals. She has been awarded a degree honoris causa at the University of Umea (Sweden) in 2001.

Her publications include 140 essays, 20 volumes and 13 editorships, of which many in English and some in Spanish. They cover the process of economic growth of Italy from unification to the present, with special reference to regional disequilibria, distribution of income, wages and standard of living, business history, State intervention and the development of the cooperative movement

 

Dalla periferia al centro. La seconda rinascita economica dell'Italia, 1861‑1981, Bologna, Il Mulino,1993 (English ed. The economic history of Italy 1860‑1990, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1993)

Italcementi. Dalla leadership nazionale all’internazionalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2006.

with S. Zamagni, La cooperazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008 (English edition Cooperative enterprise: facing the challenge of globalization, Elgar, 2010).

L’industria chimica italiana e l’IMI, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2010

Finmeccanica. Competenze che vengono da lontano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2009.

with S. Zamagni, Famiglia e lavoro. Opposizione o armonia?, Cinisello Balsamo, San Paolo, 2012 (translated into Spanish and Portuguese)

Enciclopedia Italiana, Appendix VIII. Il contributo Italiano alla storia del pensiero. Economia, eds. V. Zamagni and P. Porta, Roma, Treccani, 2012.

Perché l’Europa ha cambiato il mondo. Una storia economica, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015 (English edition An Economic History of Europe Since 1700, Agenda, 2017)

L’economia italiana nell’età della globalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 (English editionThe Italian economy, Agenda, 2018)

with G. De Luca e M. Landoni, Per una Storia della Retribuzione. Lavoro, valore e metodi di remunerazione dall’antichità a oggi, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018

 

 

Giovanna Nicodano
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, portfolio allocation behaviour, regulatory effects, tax effects

Keywords: actions evaluation, business groups, insider trading, liquidity, ownership structure, performance, risk, tax incentives, variation

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

 Professor of Financial Economics, @UniTo; Fellow, @Collegio Carlo Alberto

Director, Master in Finance, Insurance, and Risk Management, @Collegio Carlo Alberto

Giovanna Nicodano (Ph.D., Princeton University) is a member of the scientific committee of the European Sysstemic Risk Board and of the supervisory board of the University of Vienna, School of Business Economics and Statistics. She visited CEMFI Madrid, Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, Haifa and Freiburg.

Scientific results

a. You should lower risk taking in the equity market, contrary to the usual prescription of target date funds, due to the negligible personal disaster risks you face during working life.

b. Markets correctly price surviving firms, while defaulting firms disappear. Stock price therefore exceeds (unconditional) firm value, the more the higher is bankruptcy exposure. This bias, due to defaulting firms having lower profits than surviving ones, generates a discount on companies when diversification helps survival and reduces bankruptcy costs. This insight finds support in both the excess survival of US diversified firms and its co-variation with their discount.

Editorial work and publications

“A Trade Off Theory of Ownership and Capital Structure”, Journal of Financial Economics,2019

“Guarantees, Debt and Taxes”, Review of Financial Studies,2014

“Pyramidal Groups and Debt”, European Economic Review,2006

"Optimal Life-Cycle portfolios for Heterogeneous Workers", Review of Finance,2014

“Should Insider Trading Be Prohibited when Share Repurchases Are Allowed?”, Review of Finance,2008

“Privatization and Stock Market Development”, Journal of Banking and Finance,2007

“Public Policy and the Creation of Active Venture Capital Markets”, Journal of Public Economics, 2006

“Insider Trading, Investment and Liquidity. A Welfare Analysis”, Journal of Finance, 2001

Awards and prizes

1. CEPR Network on Household Finance; Dutch Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar);

2. European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels; Future of the Corporation, British Academy, London;

3.Luiss School of Political Economy.

Lea Nocera
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International politics area

Competences: Turkey

Keywords: society in Turkey, Turkey, turkish culture

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Researcher at the University of Naples L’Orientale

Professional career

Scholar in Turkish Studies, as Assistant Professor she teaches Turkish Language and Literature and subjects related to politics and society of contemporary Turkey. She received her Ph.D. in Women and Gender History - University of Naples L’Orientale in 2008. Previously she studied in Berlin (Humboldt Universität, 2005), Istanbul (Bilgi University, Master in Cultural Studies, 2003), Naples (Political Sciences – Middle East and North African Studies, 2002), Paris (Arabic and Turkish Language, Inalco, 1999). She was Visiting Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, and at the Türkei-Europa-Zentrum (TEZ) in Hamburg. As expert of Turkey she works as commentator for several journals and radio broadcasting

Scientific results

Lea Nocera is a Turkologist specialized in Modern Turkey. She is among the firsts in Italy to have combined an area competence - in-depth knowledge of the country, of its history, society and culture and advanced knowledge of the language - with attention to the most contemporary phenomena and the analysis of political processes. Her research interests on Turkey include: social and cultural history, media and gender studies, urban transformations and social movements. In particular, both from the academic and professional point of view, she worked on civil society and minority rights; she analysed the urban transformation processes in Istanbul and she investigated the Turkish migration in Europe.  She is currently working on a research project on cultural relations between Turkey and Europe in the second post-war period (project selected in the framework of ERC Starting Grants 2015). She regularly commits herself to promoting a high knowledge about Turkish politics and society in Italy. In 2013 she organized the 1stConference on Italian Turcology.

Editorial work and publications

As Turkey expert she regularly collaborates with prominent Italian newspapers and magazines publishing on current affairs. In 2016 until July 2017 she was Scientific and Editorial Coordinator of ResetDOC.org; she is in the editorial committee of Gli Asini, magazine directed byGoffredo Fofi; and of the academic book series Il Porto delle Idee, L’Orientale University Press, of the scientific journals Studi Magrebini(Brill) and DİYÂR – Zeitschrift für Osmanistik, Türkei- und Nahostforschung / Journal for Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Nocera produces also radio documentaries and features on Turkish social and political issues for the Italian national broadcasting RAI-Radio3 and Swiss Italian Radio/RSI. 

In 2017 she ideated and founded the online magazine Kaleydoskop – Turchia, cultura e società.

 

Her books include: La Turchia contemporanea. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell’Akp(Carocci, 2011); Tradurre/Çevirmek. Incontri linguistico-letterari tra Turchia e Italia, (L’Orientale Editrice, 2017) andThe Gülen Media Empire(Arab Media Report/Reset, 2015) as editor; The Turkish touch. Neo-ottoman Hegemony and Turkish Television in the Middle East (Arab Media Report/Reset, 2014; as co-author); #Gezipark.Coordinate di una rivolta(Alegre, 2013), La Turchia contemporanea. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell’Akp (Carocci, 2011). Her book Cercasi mani piccole e abili. La migrazione turca in Germania occidentale (Isis Press, 2012) was translated into Turkish as Manikürlü Eller Almanya’da elektrik bobini saracak(Bilgi Üniversity Press, Istanbul) and was included on the Hürriyetlist of the best 50 book published in Turkey in 2018.

She also translated Turkish novels and authored several articles in Italian and international academic journals.

 

Awards and prizes

Her dissertation was awarded the First Prize “Premio Franca Pieroni Bortolotti” (2008), as the Best PhD Thesis in Gender History, Società Italiana delle Storiche (SIS - Italian Association of Women Historians). In 2016 she was selected as Young Leader for the Young Leader Program (YLP), organised by the The Council for United States and Italy.In August 2018, she has received the academic qualification as Associate Professor in Middle Eastern Cultures and in January 2015 in Contemporary History by ANVUR, the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

Selected as Professional Translator from Turkish to Italian by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey and awarded a grant to attend the TITÇAT - TEDA Literary Workshop (Büyükada/Istanbul, 2013, 2014, 2015).

Isabella Nova
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: catalysis, chemical engineering

Keywords: air pollution, catalysis, emissions, energy, energy sources, environment, fuels, nanotechnologies, patent emission reduction, renewable energies, technology, vehicle exhaust gases

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Industrial and Technological Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Milan

Professional career

She graduated in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, then continued her education with a Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry in 1999 from University of Milan, and with a post doctorate at Politecnico di Milano. In 2002 she became assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. In 2007 she became an associate professor, while since 2008 she moved to the Department of Energy, where she is now a full professor.

Since 2018 she is coordinator of the degree program board for Chemical Engineering (Bachelor and Master level) and Ingegneria della Prevenzione e della Sicurezza nell’Industria di Processo (Master level) at Politecnico di Milano.

Since 2019 she is Vice Dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

Environmental catalytic processes and energy sources are among the main scientific interests of Isabella Nova. Specifically, she studies the catalytic technologies for the control of pollutant emissions from lean combustion exhaust gas, photo-electrochemical processes for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels and chemicals.

She is currently working with Daimler AG (DE), MTU (DE), FPT (I), Johnson Matthey (UK), Polytechnic of Milan, and in EU-H2020 projects.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than 130 national and international scientific articles, of 4 international patents, co-editor of 6 special issues of Catalysis Today (Elsevier) and 1 book (Springer), co-author of more than 250 congress communications to conferences.

She was invited to present the results of her work to more than 20 national and international universities or research centers, and to act as a keynote or plenary speaker at more than 10 international conferences.

Scientific journal metrics – February 2019:

Research ID                      http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-2395-2015

                                            H -index: 41                      Citation Index: 5117

Scopus ID                         https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7004116228

                                            H-index: 44                       Citation Index: 6408

Google Scholar ID         https://scholar.google.it/citations?user=HnvHQ-UAAAAJ&hl=it

                                            H-index: 51                       Citation Index: 8573

Awards and prizes

Her scientific work in the field of environmental catalysis has led to several awards, such as the invitation to give lectures to important international conferences and research centers of universities and international companies, the invitation to act as editor for several volumes dedicated to study of catalytic processes for the removal of polluted substances (Catalysis Today, Elsevier Ed.) and a book dedicated to SCR technology for the control of NOx emissions on board vehicles (Springer), to the participation in the Editorial Board of the magazine Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (Elsevier).

She also received some prizes, including the Young Scientists Prize in the 13th International Congress on Catalysis, in Paris (2004), the Glenn Award for the San Diego Meeting of the Fuel Chemistry Division (2005), the K-idea award from the Kilometro Rosso and the Energy award from Schneider Electric for the patent "Apparatus and process for reducing the content of nitrogen oxides in exhaust gases of combustion systems" (2009).

In 2018 she was included in the Inspiring 50 Italy list (https://italy.inspiringfifty.org/italy-2018)

 

 

Claudia Olivetti
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: family economy, labor economics

Keywords: demographics, family, gender, salary gaps, social standards, technology, workforce

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor at the Boston College Department of Economics, Chestnut Hill, MA (USA)

 

Professional career

After graduating in Statistics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1994, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA). Since 2001 she has been Assistant Professor, and from 2008 to the 2015 she was Associate Professor (with tenure) at Boston University in Boston (USA). Since 2015 she has been Full Professor at Boston College (USA). She was Radcliffe Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University from 2005-2006.

 

Scientific results

The research activity of Claudia Olivetti takes place in the field of labor and family economics, with attention to the interaction between economic development, technology, institutions and social norms in an often historical and comparative perspective.
Her line of research has focused on the role of women in the labor market by analyzing the determinants and consequences of pay gaps, participation in the workforce and career paths. Her most recent work analyzes the intersection between traditional gender norms and economic development in influencing women's educational choices. Another line of research, complementary to the previous ones, studies the role of marriage for intergenerational mobility.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) Goldin C, Kerr S, Olivetti C. and Barth E. The Expanding Gender Earnings Gap: Evidence from the LEHD-2000 Census. American Economic Review P&P, 107 (5): 110-114. 

(2017) Olivetti C, Petrangolo B. The Economic Consequences of Family Policies: Lessons From a Century of Legislation in High-Income Countries. Journal of Economic Perspective, 31(1): 205-230.

(2016) Olivetti C, Petrangolo B. The Evolution of the Gender Gap in Industrialized. Annual Review of Economics, 8: 405-434. 
(2016) Albanesi S, Olivetti C. Gender Roles and Medical Progress. Journal of Political Economy,124 (3): 650-695. 
(2015) Paserman D, Olivetti C. In the Name of the Son (and the Daughter): Intergenerational Mobility in the United States, 1850-1940. American Economic Review, 105(8): 2695-2724.
 (2014) Olivetti C. The Female Labor Force and Long-run Development: The American Experience in Comparative Perspective. Chapter 5 in (L. Platt Boustan, C. Frydman and R.A. Margo eds.) Human Capital in History: The American Record, University of Chicago Press.
 (2009) Albanesi S, Olivetti C. Home Production, Market Production, and the Gender Wage Gap: Incentives and Expectations. Review of Economic Dynamics, 12(1): 80–107.
(2008) Olivetti C, Petrangolo B. Unequal Pay or Unequal Employment? A Cross-Country Analysis of Gender Gaps.Journal of Labor Economics, 26(4): 621-654.
(2006) Olivetti C. Changes in Women's Hours of Market Work: The Role of Returns to Experience. Review of Economic Dynamics, 9 (4): 557-587.
 (2004) Fernández  R. Fogli A, Olivetti C. Mothers and Sons: Preference Development and Female Labor Force Dynamics.Quarterly Journal of Economics, 119(4): 1249-1299.

Awards and prizes

Claudia Olivetti is Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the groups of Labor Studies and Development of the American Economy and fellow of the Global Labor Organization.

She is Associate Editor of the European Economic Review. She is a member of the Economic History Association's committee, Alice Hansen Jones Prize, which awards the prize for the best North American economic history book every 2 years.

She was invited to hold the Fellows Lecture at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Labor Economist (Raleigh Durham USA), and the Keynote Lecture at the Italian conference in Econometrics and Empirical Economics (ICEEE) in the 2013 5th Annual Workshop on "Gender Equality," Bocconi University in 2015.

She received a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship, Harvard University in 2005-2006 and won teaching awards including the Gitner Teaching Award, Boston University. His research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Research Council of Norway.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Orlandi
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International politics area

Competences: analysis of business strategies also in relation to the climate topic, analysis of energy markets, communication and media in the energy and environmental fields

Keywords: business strategies, energy scenarios and investments, global disinvestment from coal, insurance and climate, market outlook, O&G investment, Oil, price forecasts

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Economist, senior analyst of energy markets with a focus on oil markets at theBologna-based research and consultancy firm RIE (Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche ) Bologna

Professional career

Lisa Orlandi attended the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bologna where in 2000 she graduated cum laudein Business Administration (old system). Immediately afterwards, she joined the research team of RIE; as a senior analyst, she takes part in projects and market analysis relating to the national and international energy sector. She constantly follows the oil market with the development of various articles published in specialized magazines; she also deals with outlook analysis and energy investments, as well as corporate and communication strategies of the Oil & Gas companies. In recent years, she has dedicated itself to analyzing the climate strategy of important Italian insurance companies. She is the Editor in Chief of the online weekly portal dedicated to energy issues RiEnergia portal https://rienergia.staffettaonline.com/ where she coordinates the planning of each issues. Over the years, she has held several lectures on the energy markets at university masters and private and public educational institutions.From 2001 to 2014, she was also Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna carrying out teaching support activities for the courses of Industrial Economics and Public Utility Economics.

Scientific results

As part of her work at RIE, Lisa Orlandi follows several lines of research including the development of O&G resources at national level.This line of research has led to the drafting of various policy-oriented papers on the subject and to the realization of a book entitled "The coexistence of Hydrocarbons and Territory in Italy", of which she was curator together with Professor Alberto Clò and author and co-author of some chapters. She coordinates periodic reports dedicated to the analysis of energy investments & outlook and she provides assistance activities to insurance companies engaged in the realization of their climate strategy.

Editorial work and publications

She is Editor in Chief of the online magazine RiEnergia https://rienergia.staffettaonline.com/and she is a member of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine Energia. She has also published numerous articles in specialized publications, some of which are reported below, and participated as a speaker at various seminars.

[2018] Orlandi, L., L’apparente equilibrio del mercato petrolifero mondiale, newsletter GME n. 114, aprile.

[2017] Orlandi, L., Il braccio di ferro tra OPEC e shale USA, newsletter GME n. 104, maggio 2017.

[2016] Orlandi, L., Il mercato petrolifero nel 2016: l’illusione della stabilità, newsletter GME n. 96, dicembre.

[2015] Orlandi, L., Clô, F.,  Oil market, un anno dopo il crollo: un nuovo punto di equilibrio?, newsletter GME n.84 luglio, pubblicato anche su Medenergie in lingua francese.

[2014] Orlandi, L., Olio: raffinazione, logistica, rete carburanti, in Caprara G. (a cura di), Energia per l'Italia, Bompiani, Milano, pp. 186-201.

[2014] Orlandi, L., A. Clô (a cura di), La Coesistenza tra Idrocarburi e territorio in Italia, Editrice Compositori (Bologna), maggio.

[2014] Orlandi, L. Il calo delle quotazioni oil non si arresta: diversi paesi a rischio, pubblicato su Agi Energia, 10 dicembre.

[2014] Orlandi, L., 2014: un nuovo disegno dell’oil market?, in Agi Energia, 1 ottobre.

[2014] Orlandi, L., Tra novità e aspettative il petrolio non scende, in Agi Energia, 27 febbraio.

[2013] Orlandi, L., Scenari energetici: tra vecchie conferme e nuove tendenze, newsletter GME n. 66, dicembre.

[2013] Orlandi, L., Il mercato petrolifero tra cambiamenti strutturali e prezzi sempre elevati, newsletter GME n. 62, luglio.

[2011] Orlandi, L., Un prezzo del barile superiore ai 90 dollari: in linea con i livelli pre-crisi ma lontano dal mercato, newsletter GME n. 34, gennaio.

[2009] Orlandi, L., Clô, A., Petroleum Economics, in Petroleum Engineering-Upstream, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford, UK, www.eolss.net.

[2003] Orlandi, L., Clô, A., I numeri dell’Eni, in Eni 1953-2003, Editrice Compositori (Bologna).

Elena Pacella
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

Keywords: drugs, eye trauma, rare and degenerative diseases of the eyeball, retinal thrombosis

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Lecturer at the University of Rome "Sapienza" of the degree course in Medicine and Surgery; "Sensory Organs Pathologies, Orthoptics and Ophthalmologic Assistance, and of the Specialization course: Ophthalmology; Otorhinolaryngology; Occupational Medicine.  Lecturer the Master: Medical-Legal Ophthalmology; Rino-allergology practice; Ophthalmic Surgery Assistance; New Techniques and Strategies of Visual Rehabilitation,  and the degree course Techniques of prevention in the environment and in the workplace at the Frosinone office. Lazio Region referent,of  ophthalmological diseases rare: RF0290, RF0300 and RN0090

Member of the Commission "Research and technological innovation" OMCeO Rome

Professional career

Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bari in 1988, specialization in Ophthalmology at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome in 1993.

1993/94: scholarship from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità for the fight against AIDS (Barcelona, ​​Spain) abroad for three years.

1996: graduated European Board of Ophthalmology.

Since 2011 she is associate professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rome "Sapienza". Responsible for the UOD of the Ophthalmology Department of the Policlinico Umberto I. Researcher in the field of medical-surgical diseases Responsible for the educational path of the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and Medicine and Pharmacy and of the specialization in ophthalmology.

2017: training course for Policlinico Umberto I executives (Article 37 of Legislative Decree 81/08 and of the State and Autonomous Provinces of 21/12/2011)

2017: graduated in high-level training in Management issued pursuant to Article 3 paragraph 9 of the Italian Ministerial Decree of 22 October 2004 no. 270 and University Teaching Regulations.

Volunteering in Congo with the project: "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blindness and low vision"; and in Tanzania "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of low vision" in children.

Referent CINECA research projects for the following journals: Clinical Ophthalmology Clinical Interventions in Aging, International Medical Case Reports Journal, Clinical Optometry, Patient Preference and Adherence, Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

From 2013: founder and editorial board of the scientific magazine "Senses & Sciences" doi: 10.14616 / sands-2014-1-0102.

Since 2016: Board member of the scientific journal "La Clinica Terapeutica".

Volunteering in Congo with the project: "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of blindness and low vision"; and in Tanzania "prevention, diagnosis and treatment of low vision" in children.

Scientific results

To identify the pathophysiological mechanisms of retinal destructuring ("Study of the potential of Retinal Progenitor Cells for Transplantation in the Porcine Eye" IAPB 2009 project, Prot. 318 / U / 09); (Clinical Trials.gov NCT02257333) Retinal Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis "HEART VISION", Clinical Protocol CLAF237A23156 Vildagliptin), and of the subretinal devices ("Argus II" BIONIC EYE: THE PROJECT OF THE UMBERTO I - YouTube), to increase the visual capacity of partially sighted patients also with the implantation of intravitreal devices of slow-release cortisone in retinal diseases that do not respond to anti-VEGF.

The H-Index is 14

The total citations are 447

Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of numerous scientific articles, 69 of them in reviewed journals, abstracts and communications at national and international conferences, book chapters (including 5 international), including:

1. Pacella E, Vestri AR, Muscella R, Carbotti MR, Castellucci M, Coi L, Turchetti P, Pacella F.Preliminary results of an intravitrealdexamethasoneimplant (Ozurdex®) in patients with persistentdiabetic macular edema.ClinOphthalmol. 2013; 7: 1423-8. doi: 10.2147 / OPTH.S48364. Epub 2013 Jul 16.

2. Pacella F, La Torre G, Basili S, Autolitano M, Pascarella A, Lenzi T, Pacella E. Comparison between "early" or "late" intravitreal injection of dexamethasoneimplant in branch (BRVO) or central (CRVO) retinal veinocclusion: six -months follow-up. CutanOculToxicol. 2017 Sep; 36 (3): 224-230. doi: 10.1080 / 15569527.2016.1254648. Epub 2017 Jan 11.

3. Pacella E, Collini S, Pacella F, Piraino DC, Santamaria V, De Blasi RA Levobupivacaine Vs. racemic bupivacaine in peribulbar anaesthesia: a randomized double blind study in ophthalmic surgery. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Jun; 14 (6): 539-44.

4. Pacella F, Romano MR, Turchetti P, Tarquini G, Carnovale A, Mollicone A, Mastromatteo A, Pacella E.Aneighteen-month follow-up study on the effects of IntravitrealDexamethasoneImplant in diabetic macular edema refractory to anti-VEGF therapy.Int J Ophthalmol. 2016 Oct 18; 9 (10): 1427-1432. eCollection 2016.

Awards and prizes

Among the many recognition received, Co-author of the poster: "IOL COMPLICATION". Winner of the 2nd prize at the V ° Intern. Congress. On Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Florence, June 1989.

Insigned to  the "Kallistos award" for scientific and medical research July 28, 2010.

Award: "Professionalism and Competence" "SAPIENTIA MUNDI" Foundation 9 June 2018

Claudia Padovani
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International politics area

Competences: Gendered dimensions of digital and communication governance, global communication governance, international communication, Media Gender equality, Transformation of global governance processes, Transnational mobilizations on gender issues, Communication rights and ICTs

Keywords: academic freedom, digital technologies, gender, global governance, human rights, ICT, media

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associated Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the Department of Politics, Law and International Studies (DSPGI), University of Padua

Professional career

After graduating in Political Science, obtaining a PhD in International Relations and carrying out a post-doc at University of Padua, she begins her career path at the same University as researcher in 2001. She was visiting professor at McGill University of Montreal, Canada, in 2009-2010, and at Helsinki University (Finland), in different periods since 2016.

At University of Padua she is the coordinator and delegate for the Scholars at Risk (SAR) transnational network as well as co-coordinator of the Italian SAR Section. She is also an elected member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Gender Studies Centro di Ateneo per i saperi, le culture e le politiche di genere Elena Cornaro.

 

Currently, she takes part in a number of scholarly networks both at national (Italian Society of Political Science) and international levels (European Communication Research and Education Consortium, ECREA; ORBICOM, international network of UNESCO chairs in communications; EuroMedia Research Group). 

Furthermore, she plays relevant roles within the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), as elected member of International Council, co-chair of working group on Global Media Policy and member of the Task For the the Global Alliance on Media and Gender promoted by UNESCO (Research and Policies Committee).

She is also co-chair – with RMIT (Australia) and UNAM (Mexico) Universities - of the UNESCO UniTWIN Network on Gender Media and ICT and she is one of the founding members of the international research group Digital Constitutionalism Network.

Scientific results

Her main areas of interest concern the transformation of political processes in the global context and their connection to the evolution of communication processes and technologies, with a special focus on gender equality issues, communication rights and social justice. Among the developments of research activities in these areas: the digital platform Mapping Global Media Policy (international project 2006-2016) and the platform of the project Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (2017-ongoing), focused on the representation of women and men in the news.

Over the past years she has been involved in online learning activities, in particular fostering a ‘virtual exchange’ approach that values transcultural and transnational dimensions of education. Activities in this areas are carried out in collaboration with the research group Next Generation Global Studies (SPGI Department, University of Padova) and various international entities. 

She is currently involved in the following research projects and international initiatives pertaining to the nexus between gender, media and digital technolgoies.

Advancing Gender Equality in Media Industries (AGEMI) (EU Commission, DG Justice, 2017-2019). Consortium: University of Newcastle, University of Padova, University of Gothenburg, International Federation of Journalists, COPEAM.

Comparing gender and media equality across the globe: a cross-national study of the qualities, causes and consequences of gender equality in and through the news media. Coordinated by Prof. Monika Dierf-Pierre, University of Gothenburg.

UNESCO Unitwin University Network on Gender Media and ICT. The networks promoted research and education on UNESCO relevant areas of intervention, favouring collaboration between universities on gender equality within and through media content. The network includes members from Africa, Arab states, Asia the Pacif region, Europe and Nord America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

 Global Alliance for Media and Gender. An initiative promoted by UNESCO in 2014 that includes over 800 members from media organizations, unions, universities and professional associations. Main goals of the GAMAGs: promotion of gender equality in media companies, structures and content; strengthen regional and international collaborations; monitoring international commitments in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action’s Section J (Women and media diagnosis); support gender equality as a priority in research, education and policy making through a gender mainstreaming approach.

She has also co-coordinated, together with the Osservatorio di Pavia, the Italian participation in various editions of the international project Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP, 2005-2010-2015-2020) on representation of women and men in news media.

Editorial work and publications

Claudia Padovani is co-editor of Palgrave/IAMCR Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research series and member of the board of several international journals, including: International Communication Gazette, Information Technology and Global GovernanceAnuario ININCO. Investigaciones de la comunicaciònJournal of Alternative and Community Media, Continuum. Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, ComPol, Partecipazione e Conflitto.

She is author of a number of scientific publications among:

Padovani, C. & Ross, K. (2020) “Ideas for gender-transformative futures of education in the digital age” in Humanist Futures: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks on the futures of education. Paris, UNESCO, pp. 153-160. ISBN 978-92-3-100369-1.

Padovani C, Vega Montiel A. and French L. (eds) (2019). Gender, Media and ICTs. New approaches for research, education and training. UNESCO Series on Journalism Education (outcome of a joint project of the UniTWIN Network on Gender Media and ICT, funded by the UNESCO IPDC and the Kingdom of the Netherlands). Open Access. Paris: UNESCO. ISBN: 9789231003202.

Padovani C. & Santaniello M. (eds) (2018). The International Communication Gazette. Themed issue “Digital Constitutionalism: Human Rights and Power Limitation in the Internet Eco-system”. Sage Publications. Vol 80/4. DOI: 10.1177/1748048518757114.

Padovani, C. (2018) “Gendering media policy research and communication governance” in Javnost – The Public. Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, Taylor & Francis (Invited contribution to special issue for the journal 25th anniversary). Vol 25. DOI: 10.1080/13183222.2018.1423941. Accessible su: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2018.1423941.

Ross K. & Padovani C. (eds) (2017). Gender Equality and the Media: A Challenge for Europe. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-315-70902-4. Paper back edition published in 2018. ISBN: 978-1-138-31980-6.

Padovani C. & Pavan E. (eds) (2017). Comunicazione politica, Quadrimestrale dell'Associazione Italiana di Comunicazione Politica. Themed issue “The Politics of Media Gender Equality. Lessons learned and struggles for change twenty years after the Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women”. Il Mulino (2/2017). 

Padovani C. & Shade L. (eds) (2016). Journal of Information Policy. Themed issue “Gendering Global Media Policy: Critical Perspectives on ‘Digital Agendas’”. Pen State University Press. Accessible su: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.6.issue-2016).

Padovani C. & Pavan E.  (2016) “Global Governance and ICTs: Exploring online governance networks around Gender and Media” in Global Networks 16/3, Wiley Blackwell (pp. 350-371). ISSN 1470–2266.

Padovani C. (2015) “Il 2015 e l’Alleanza Globale per Media e Genere: per un’agenda di ricerca internazionale“ in Problemi dell’Informazione, vol 3/2015, Il Mulino (pp. 441-464). DOI: 10.1445/81453.

Padovani C. & Calabrese A. (eds) (2014). Communication Rights and Global Justice: Historical accounts of transnational mobilizations. (Palgrave/IAMCR series) Palgrave McMillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-37829-3.

Raboy M. & Padovani C. (2010). “Mapping Global Media Policy: concepts, frameworks, methods” in Journal of Communication, Culture and Critique, Wiley Blackwell (pp. 150-169). Themed issue on “Media Governance: New Policies for Changing Media Landscapes”. Vol III issue 2 Print ISSN: 1753-9129 Online ISSN: 1753-9137.

Padovani, C. (ed) (2004). International Communication Gazette 66 (3-4). Special issue “The World Summit on the Information Society. Setting the Communication agenda for the 21st century”. Sage Publications. Print ISSN: 1748-0485; Online ISSN: 1748-0493.

Padovani C. (2001). Comunicazione Globale. Democrazia, sovranità, culture (Global Communication. Democracy, Sovereignty, Cultures). Utet Libreria, Torino. ISBN: 887750680.

Monica Paiella
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: applied economics, financial economy

Keywords: financial literacy, pension funds

Region: Campania


Position/Role

Full professor of Economics at the University of Naples Parthenope

Professional career

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the New York University Stern School of Business and then a degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Pavia, she earned a Ph.D. in Economics in 2001 at the University College London.

Her research activity began at the Institute of Fiscal Studies in London which granted her a scholarship from 1996 to 2000 and where she participated in research projects on household consumption, savings and portfolio choices. She continued to study these issues and to analyze their implications for economic policy at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy. In 2007 she moved to the University of Naples as an associate professor and in 2017 was appointed full professor. Since 2017 she has also been a member of the University Board of Directors.

She has been a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, at the Frankfurt School of Finance and at EBS in Wiesbaden.

In addition to this, she has been a consultant at the General Directorate for Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability of the European Central Bank.

Scientific results

Monica Paiella is an applied economist with a long experience with econometric tools and in data analysis. Most of her work focuses on consumption, saving and investment choices of households and businesses. She contributed to the rationalization of well-known economic puzzles, including the equity premium puzzle and the stock market participation puzzle. She has studied the determinants of savings and debt and of household portfolio choices, taking into account differences in risk attitudes and financial literacy.

She has published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals such as The Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the Journal of Applied Econometrics. Her studies on the equity premium puzzle, the costs of investing in stocks, the measurement of risk aversion and on the wealth effects on consumption are well known and widely cited in the literature.

Her most recent work includes studies on peer-to-peer lending, where she analyzes the liquidity of peer-to-peer markets, their links with the banking sector, and their implications for the European capital market union. In addition to this, as a consultant to the Macroprudential Policy and Financial Stability Division of the European Central Bank, she has contributed to a project on inequality and financial stability.

Currently, she is working on issues related to robo advice, expectation formation mechanisms concerning the prices of financial and real assets, the indebtedness of the elderly, and the implications of shadow banking for financial stability.

Editorial work and publications

The Role of FinTech for the Capital Market Union (with E. Faia)

            In: F. Allen et al. (eds.), Capital Market Union and Beyond, MIT Press (forthcoming in 2019)

The Anatomy of the Wealth Effect (with L. Pistaferri)

The Review of Economics and Statistics 99(4), 710-721, 2017

Evaluating the Impact on Saving of Tax-Favored Retirement Plans (with A. Tiseno)

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance 13(1), 62-87, 2014

Relative Risk Aversion is Constant: Evidence from Panel Data (with P. A. Chiappori)

The Journal of the European Economic Association 9(6), 1021-1052, 2011

Intertemporal Consumption Choices, Transaction Costs and Limited Participation in Financial Markets: Reconciling Data and Theory (with O. Attanasio)

Journal of Applied Econometrics 26(2), 322-343, 2011

Awards and prizes

She is a referee for the evaluation of national and international research projects and, from 2011 to 2014, she was a member of the Economics and Statistics panel for the Evaluation of Research Quality in Italy (VQR). She is a member of a number of scientific committees organizing national and international conferences, including the CEPR conferences and workshops of Household Finance, Women in Economics (WinE) of the European Economic Association, and the congresses of the Italian Society of Economists. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD program in Management, Governance and Economics at her University.

She has been awarded by her University an Excellence in Research Award, a mobility grant and research funds on competitive calls. She received a TMR grant and, in 2017, a grant from the Institut Europlace de Finance-Louis Bachelier LABEX.

Giovanna Paladino
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, financial education

Keywords: charity management, corporate finance, exchange rate, gender, monetary policy

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Head of the Technical Secretariat of the Chairman of Intesa Sanpaolo, Director and Curator of the MdR (Museum of Saving), Board Member of IFFM (International Federation of Finance Museums) and VUB Foundation (SK), Advisory Board Member of SAMA Financial Literacy Center (SAU).

Professional career

She graduated in Economics from “La Sapienza” University in Rome in 1988. She then received a “Diplome” (PhD pass) in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (CH). In 1992, she worked as an intern at IMF in Washington D.C. and then moved to Rhode Island where she obtained a Master’s degree in Economics from “Brown University”. In 1994, she finished her PhD in Economics at “La Sapienza” University in Rome and obtained a post doc position, as Jeanne Monnet fellow, at the “European University Institute”. From 1998 to 2014, she was adjunct professor in Monetary and Financial Economics at LUISS Guido Carli University. In 1994, she started working in the banking sector as senior economist at the IMI Research Department and later in the Intesa Sanpaolo group where, from 2010, she is the head of the Chairman’s Technical staff. She is the curator and the director of the Museum of Saving, a financial education lab located in Turin and from April 2016, she is also responsible for managing the Intesa Sanpaolo Charity Fund.

Scientific results

She has published several research articles on finance and econometrics, with attention to issues related to the time varying volatility transmission via GARCH approaches. In this domain, she has written papers on commodity prices determination using models able to identify fundamental and speculative components. Recently, the research focus has switched to the effectiveness of the ECB monetary policy, the link between sovereign risk and bank risk-taking (i.e. the bank-sovereign nexus) and the time varying behavior of fundamentalists and chartists in the exchange rate markets. Another strand of her research was centered on corporate finance and regulation. She carried out research, then published on peer reviewed journal, on the value creation of M&As in the banking sector, on the impact of the adoption of internal rating models on the cost of capital and on the relation between leverage and profitability. Adding to her research accomplishment, she established and expanded the outreach of the MdR, the first museum fully dedicated to financial literacy, and succeed to manage the IntesaSanpaolo Charity Fund according to the best international practices. In her project activities “gender gap” has been at the core of various original initiatives for arising the public awareness on the topic.

Editorial work and publications

(2018) Cifarelli G, Paladino G. Can the interaction between a single long-term attractor and heterogeneous trading explain the exchange rate conundrum? Research in International Business and Finance, 46: 313-323

(2016) Cifarelli G, Paladino G. Time-varying mark-up and the ECB monetary policy transmission in a highly non-linear framework. International Review of Economics & Finance, 45:247-262.

(2016) Beltratti A, Paladino G. Basel II and regulatory arbitrage. Evidence from financial crises.Journal of Empirical Finance, 39: 180-196.

(2015) Cifarelli G, Paladino G. A dynamic model of hedging and speculation in the commodity futures markets. Journal of Financial Markets, 25: 1-15.

(2013) Beltratti A, Paladino G. Is M&A different during a crisis? Evidence from the European banking sector. Journal of Banking & Finance, 37: 5394-5405

(2010)  Cifarelli G, Paladino G. Oil price dynamics and speculation: A multivariate financial approach. Energy Economics, 32:363-372.

(2005) Cifarelli G, Paladino G. Volatility linkages across three major equity markets: A financial arbitrage approach. Journal of International Money and Finance, 24:413-439.

Awards and prizes

Giovanna Paladino won several grants and scholarships that fully supported her graduate studies. She got her doctoral degree thanks to the scholarships “Luciano Iona” and the grant from Fondazione Einaudi. The post-doc was supported by the Jean Monnet fellowship of the European Community. In 2003 the Global Finance Association awarded “Volatility Co-movements in Emerging Bond Markets: Is there Segmentation between Geographical Areas?” as best paper in asset pricing.

 

Elisa Palazzi
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: atmospheric science, climate change in high-altitude regions, climatology

Keywords: climate, mountains, water resources

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Researcher at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the National Research Council of Italy (ISAC-CNR)

Professional career

Elisa Palazzi gets her Laurea degree in Physics in 2003 and a PhD in Physical Modelling for Environmental Protection in 2008, both from the University of Bologna and in collaboration with the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council (ISAC-CNR). During that period, she works mainly on the measurement of air pollutants in urban areas using remote sensing techniques and on the development of modelling tools to correctly analyse and interpret these measurements.  At ISAC-CNR she carries out a post-doctoral research that includes a contract founded by the European Space Agency (ESA) aimed at studying the atmospheric circulation and its changes by means of satellite measurements of long-lived atmospheric gases. These studies bring her closer to the later research activities, focused on climate and climate change, which Elisa Palazzi has been undertaking since 2011, when she becomes permanent staff researcher at ISAC-CNR, based in Turin. Since then, she has been studying climate change in mountain regions, focusing on elevation-dependent warming and high-altitude changes in precipitation, and analysing their impacts on water resources, which are very relevant for low-land regions too. She currently co-coordinates an international network of mountain studies called GEO-GNOME (Group on Earth Observations-Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments) and an Initiative of the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA) on the changes in the hydrological cycle. She is currently author and co-author of 52 peer-reviewed papers (Scopus database).

Scientific results

Elisa Palazzi began her research activity at CNR, in Bologna, during the work performed for her Laurea degree and her PhD, working on the development and application of radiative transfer models, based on the Monte Carlo techniques, for the interpretation of remote sensing measurement of atmospheric trace gases performed with passive remote sensing (DOAS technique). Those years mark an approach which will characterize even later the research performed by Elisa Palazzi, that is, an integration between measurements and models. From 2009 to 2011, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), she was principal investigator of a project included in the ESA "Changing Earth System Network" programme, in which she used satellite measurements of long-lived trace gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, CFC) to diagnose the characteristics of atmospheric transport through the subtropical and polar dynamical barriers. Since 2011, she works on the study of the climate system and in particular on climate change and variability in high altitude regions that are considered sentinels of the changing climate. Her research focuses on the so-called elevation-dependent warming mechanism, and on observed and projected changes in precipitation, both influencing the mountain cryosphere. She is author and co-author of several peer-reviewed papers and she co-coordinates an international research network for the retrieval of climate data in high-altitude regions.

 

Editorial work and publications

Editorial activity:

- Section Editor of the Section “Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle” in the Journal Remote Sensing – MPDI, since 2019.

- Editor of the book: The Fluid Dynamics of Climate, Antonello Provenzale, Elisa Palazzi, klaus Fraedrich Editors, CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences 564, Courses and Lectures, Springer, 2016.

12 Most relevant publications:

[2020] Rangwala I, Palazzi E, Miller JR. Projected Climate Change in the Himalayas during the Twenty-First Century.In: Dimri A., Bookhagen B., Stoffel M., Yasunari T. (eds) Himalayan Weather and Climate and their Impact on the Environment. Springer, Cham

[2019] Regine H, Golam R, [...], Palazzi E et al. High Mountain Areas. In: IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

[2019] Palazzi E, Mortarini L, Terzago S, von Hardenberg J. Elevation-dependent warming in global climate model simulations at high spatial resolution, Clim Dyn 52: 2685. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4287-z.

[2018] Pasetto D, Arenas-Castro S, Bustamante J, [...], Palazzi E, et al. , Integration of satellite remote sensing data in ecosystem modelling at local scales: practices and trends, Methods Ecol Evol. 2018; 9: 1810– 1821. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.13018

[2017] Terzago S, von Hardenberg J, Palazzi E, Provenzale A. Snow water equivalent in the Alps as seen by gridded data sets, CMIP5 and CORDEX climate models, The Cryosphere, 11, 1625-1645, https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-1625-2017.

[2017] Palazzi E, Filippi L, von Hardenberg J, Insights into elevation-dependent warming in the Tibetan Plateau-Himalayas from CMIP5 model simulations, Clim. Dyn., 48 (11-12), 3991-4008.

[2015] Pepin N, Bradley RS, [...], Palazzi E, et al. Elevation- dependent warming in mountain regions of the world. Nature Climate Change, 5 (5), pp. 424-430. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2563.

[2015] Turco M, Palazzi E, von Hardenberg J, Provenzale A, Observed climate change hotspots. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 3521–3528. doi: 10.1002/2015GL063891.

[2015] Palazzi E, Von Hardenberg J, Terzago S, Provenzale A. Precipitation in the Karakoram- Himalaya: a CMIP5 view, Climate Dynamics, Vol 45, pp. 21-45, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014- 2341-z.

[2014] Filippi L, Palazzi E, Von Hardenberg J, Provenzale A. Multidecadal variations in the relationship between the NAO and winter precipitation in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram, Journal of Climate, 27 (20), pp. 7890-7902. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00286.1.

[2014] D'Onofrio D, Palazzi E, Von Hardenberg J, Provenzale A, Calmanti S. Stochastic rainfall downscaling of climate models, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15 (2), pp. 830-843. DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-13-096.1.

[2013] Palazzi E, Von Hardenberg J, Provenzale A. Precipitation in the hindu-kush karakoram himalaya: Observations and future scenarios, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118 (1), pp. 85-100. DOI: 10.1029/2012JD018697

Awards and prizes

Italian Prize “Premio Gian Giacomo Drago e Fausta Rivera Drago” obtained in 2017 awarded by the “Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere” to a researcher (less that 40 years old) for his/her relevant research on the theme of climate change and its effects on the environment and human health.

Stefania Panebianco
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International politics area

Competences: European Union Politics, international relations, political science

Keywords: democratization processes, European foreign policy, European Union, Italian foreign policy, Mediterranean, safety

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Catania

Professional career

She got her BA in Political Science at the University of Catania in 1993 and specialized in International Relations and EU politics while writing a PhD dissertation on euro-lobbying (defended at the University of Padua in 1998). As Holder of the Italian Chair of Mediterranean Diplomacy and Relations, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta (1997 - 1999), Research Fellow (1999 - 2002) and Researcher (2000 - 2002) at the University of Catania, she focused her teaching and research interest on EuroMediterranean relations and EuroMediterraenan Partnership. She became Associate Professor in Political Science in 2002 and started teaching also in English the newly established subject Mediterranean Politics (she is the unique lecturer at UNICT since 2004). She taught Mediterranean Politics also at PhD level (Scuola Superiore di Catania and IMT in Lucca) and in distance learning for Arcadia University (Glenside (Pennsylvania, USA). Since academic year 2008-2009 she is teaching Migration and the Mediterraneanat LUISS, Master in European Studies. She has supervised, as PhD candidates, Iole Fontana (IMT) and Federica Zardo (Università di Torino). Evaluator for ANVUR – the Agency of the Italian Ministry of Education since 2013. She served for the Italian Political Science Association and the European International Studies Association as member of the board. She is co-editor of Global Affairs.Within the ERAMSUS mobility grants she has been teaching at the Universities of Ghent, Ljubljana, Paris Est-Créteil, Bilken in Ankara.  She also chaired the BA course in Politcs and International Relations (2007 – 2014). She has convened several thematic sections at national and international conferences, and also organized national and international Conferences, Summer Schools and International Seminars. She got her BA in Political Science at the University of Catania in 1993 and specialized in International Relations and EU politics while writing a PhD dissertation on euro-lobbying (defended at the University of Padua in 1998). As Holder of the Italian Chair of Mediterranean Diplomacy and Relations, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta (1997 - 1999), Research Fellow (1999 - 2002) and Researcher (2000 - 2002) at the University of Catania, she focused her teaching and research interest on EuroMediterranean relations and EuroMediterraenan Partnership. She became Associate Professor in Political Science in 2002 and started teaching also in English the newly established subject Mediterranean Politics (she is the unique lecturer at UNICT since 2004). She taught Mediterranean Politics also at PhD level (Scuola Superiore di Catania and IMT in Lucca) and in distance learning for Arcadia University (Glenside (Pennsylvania, USA). Since academic year 2008-2009 she is teaching Migration and the Mediterraneanat LUISS, Master in European Studies. Evaluator for ANVUR – the Agency of the Italian Ministry of Education since 2013. She served for the Italian Political Science Association and the European International Studies Association as member of the board. She is co-editor of Global Affairs.Within the ERAMSUS mobility grants she has been teaching at the Universities of Ghent, Ljubljana, Paris Est-Créteil, Bilken in Ankara. She also chaired the BA course in Politcs and International Relations (2007 – 2014). 

She has convened several thematic sections at national and international conferences, and also organized national and international Conferences, Summer Schools and International Seminars:

WECCS Crash Course, Welcome to Europe, my Country, my City, my School, organized within the ERASMUS+ WECCS project,University of Catania, 10 - 12 April 2019.

EUMedEA Crash Course, University of Catania, 2016, 2017, 2018 http://www.dsps.unict.it/eumedea/events/crash_course

EISAConference,9thPan European Conference in International Relations: The Worlds of Violence, Giardini Naxos (Sicily) 23-26 September 2015. www.paneuropeanconference.org/

Convenorof the ‘Celebrating Europe Day’ with Enrique Baron Crespo, former EP President, within the programme ‘European Parliament to Campus’. Catania, 9 May 2015.Talk on The European Union and its Mediterranean Neighbours: new and old democracies. 

Jean Monnet IRA academic coordinator, EUDEM Conferenceon ‘Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean? Actors, Processes and possible Outcomes’, 19-21 May 2011

Scientific responsibleof the EMUNI SUMMER SCHOOL 2009on European Policies and Economic Transition in the Mediterranean Basin,University of Catania, 12-26 July 2009.

Annual SISP Conference, Catania, 20-22 September 2007.

Scientific results

She participated in several research groups, at national (PRIN) or international level (HORIZON 2020, INTAS, Jean Monnet Action). She acted as academic coordinator of several research groups within the Jean Monnet Action. She has contributed to the development of Euro-Mediterranean studies, in Italy and abroad, via teaching and research. In particular, she has promoted research on democratization fostered by the European Union in the Middle East and North Africa via the EUMED project funded by the European Commission, on migration in the Mediterraenan via the jean Monnet Chair EUMedEA and HORIZON 2020 TRANSCRISIS. Her current research focuses on migration muli-level governance. 

Editorial work and publications

Monographic books: L'Unione Europea "potenza divisa" nel Mediterraneo, Milano, Egea, 2012; Il lobbying europeo, Milano, Giuffré, 2000; L’Unione Europea nel sistema politico globale, Beijin, China Social Sciences Press, pp. 1-268, con Attinà Fulvio, Longo Francesca, Monteleone Carla, Rosa Paolo, 2009 (in cinese); Identità, partiti ed elezioni nell’Unione Europea, Cacucci, Bari, 1995, con Attinà Fulvio e Longo Francesca

Edited books: Sulle onde del Mediterraneo. Cambiamenti globali e risposte alla crisi migratoria, EGEA, Milano, 2016; Winds of Democratic Change in the Mediterranean? Processes, Actors and possible Outcomes,with Rosa Rossi & Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2012.

Selected articles and chapters (last 5 years):

The EU and Migration in the Mediterranean. EU Borders’ Control by Proxy, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Special Issue edited by Valeria Bello and Sarah Leonard, in print.     

L’Italia e i flussi migratori nel Mediterraneo Centrale: lo snodo libico, in Baldinetti Anna, Cassarino Mirella, Melfa Daniela (a cura di), Oltre-confine. Temi e fonti per lo studio dell’Africa, 2019, Roma, Aracne.

Libia e intervento militare. Il principio della responsabilità di proteggere nel dibattito politico italiano, con Ornella Urso,in Francesca Longo e Pierangelo Isernia (editors), La Politica Estera Italiana nel nuovo millennio, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2019, pp. 117-148.

When Responsibility to Protect ‘hits home’: The EU and the Syrian crisis, co-authored with Iole Fontana, in: ‘Third World Quarterly’, 2018, vol. 39, issue 1, pp. 1-17.

Intercultural Dialogue across the Mediterranean Troubled Waters: Challenges to the Anna Lindh Foundation,in Richard Gillespie and Frederic Volpi (editors), Handbook of Mediterranean PoliticsLondon/New York, Routledge, 2018, pp. 394-407.

The EU and Migration in the Mediterranean. Entrapped between the humanitarian approach and border security, in Moccia Luigi and Pop Lia (eds), Migrants and Refugees Across Europe, European University Press, Boschum (Germany), 2017, pp. 139-168.

La difficile transizione democratica nel Vicinato Meridionale. Il ruolo dell’Unione Europea tra persistenza e cambiamento, in Marco Mascia (a cura di), Verso un sistema partitico europeo transnazionale, Cacucci, Bari, 2014, pp. 169-180.

L’Unione Europea nel Mediterraneo: oltre la primavera araba, in Guerino D'Ignazio, Nicola Fiorita, Silvio Gambino, Francesco Raniolo, Alberto Ventura (a cura di), Transizioni e democrazia nei paesi del Mediterraneo e del vicino oriente,Edizioni Periferia, Cosenza, 2014, pp. 287-309.

Awards and prizes

Honorary Membership, EISA (European International Studies Association), awarded in 2017.

Jean Monnet Chair in EU MEDiterranean border crises and European External Action (EUMEDEA) funded by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ 2015-2018

Academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Information and Research Activity on EU Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (EUDEM)funded by the European Commission through the LLP (2010-2011), http://www3.unict.it/eudem/eudem/

Scientific Responsibleof the European Jean Monnet Module on EU Roles in the International Governancefunded by the European Commission for the years 2005-2010 http://www.fscpo.unict.it/europa/EU_roles.htm

International Visitor Leadership Program, Washington/New York, June 2005, training programme organised and funded by the US Embassy in Italy with the US Dept. of State.

 

Daniela Pantosti
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: earthquakes geology, paleoseismology

Keywords: active tectonics, earthquake, earthquakes, earthquakes geology, seismic hazard, tectonic geomorphology, tsunamis

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Research Director at the Earthquake Department of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, Rome headquarters.

 

Professional career

Soon after her Master Degree at the Rome University (1985) she obtains the license to practice as Geologist (1986) and a position at the Italian Geological Survey. Since 1987 she is researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology of Rome where in 2000, she becomes a Research Director. She spends two years as visiting scientist at the United States Geological Service of Menlo Park in California: in 1991-1992 and 1997-1998. In 2013 she starts to serve the institute in the direction and Research management with specific positions of responsibility. Between 2013 and 2016 she is Director of the Section Seismology and Tectonophysics of Rome and between 2016 and 2018 she is Director of the Earthquake Department with responsibilities on the planning, development and audit of the department research activity. During the 2016 seismic sequence she coordinates the INGV Crisis Unit for the internal and external activities/duties to be accomplished during that delicate period.

Scientific results

The main objective of research of Daniela Pantosti is Earthquake Geology and Paleoseismology (study of the faults responsible for earthquakes and of the geological records of past earthquakes). These activities provide a relevant contribution to the assessment of seismic hazard and to land planning. These disciplines help to characterize the seismicity of a given region non the basis of the “footprints” left by the earthquakes of the past on the landscape and geology. These were totally new in Italy at the beginning of the 80s but, thanks to INGV, Daniela Pantosti was able to introduce and apply them in Italy too, for the first time on the Irpinia fault, responsible for the 1980 earthquake.

By observing and studying the active faults (that may produce earthquakes in the future) and their seismic behavior, is possible to develop models that describe the seismicity expected for the future in terms of space and time. These models provide strength to those models traditionally based on the historical and instrumental seismicity only and help a robust estimate of the seismic hazard. These studies improved also the awareness that the active faults intersect and break the Earth surface and thus, during an earthquake, these can represent a further danger, besides that related to the earthquake shaking, for the buildings where we live and work (etc.) or for the infrastructures that we benefit of.

Because of the promising results these studies have been performed in several parts of Italy and are becoming part of the scientific course of the seismic hazard evaluation. Because of a widespread interest in this field, Pantosti was responsible or participated in several national and international projects focussing on the definition of the seismic and tsunami hazard in Itali, in the Mediterranean, in California, in central and south America and in New Zealand.

Editorial work and publications

Daniela Pantosti was associated editor for several scienific jurnals as for example Tectonophysics, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, Italian Journal of Geosciences. 


She co-authored more than 100 scientific publications, among these:

 

2018) Villani, F., Pucci, S., Civico, R., De Martini,P. M., Cinti, F. R., & Pantosti, D. (2018). Surface Faulting of the 30 October 2016 Mw 6.5 Central Italy Earthquake: Detailed Analysis of a Complex Coseismic Rupture, Tectonics, doi: 10.1029/2018TC005175

(2018) Cinti, F. R., Civico, R., Blumetti, A. M.,Chiarini, E., La Posta, E., Pantosti, D., et al. (2018). Evidence for surface faulting earthquakes on the Montereale fault system (Abruzzi Apennines, central Italy). Tectonics, 37, 2758–2776. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004780 .

(2017) Villani, F., L. Improta, S. Pucci, R. Civico, P.P.G. Bruno and D. Pantosti, (2017). Investigating the architecture of the Paganica Fault (2009 Mw 6.1earthquake, central Italy) by integrating high-resolution multiscale refraction tomography and detailed geological mapping, Geophys.J. Int.(2017) 208, 403–423, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw407

 

(2016) Emergeo W.G.: Pucci S. , De Martini P.M. , Civico R. , Nappi R. , Ricci T. , Villani F. , Brunori C.A. , Caciagli M. , Sapia V. , Cinti F. R. , Moro M. , Di Naccio D. , Gori S. , Falcucci E. , Vallone R. , Mazzarini F. , Tarquini S. , Del Carlo P. , Kastelic V. , Carafa M. , De Ritis R. , Gaudiosi G. , Nave R. , Alessio G. , Burrato P. , Smedile A. , Alfonsi L. , Vannoli P. , Pignone M. , Pinzi S. , Fracassi U. , Pizzimenti L. , Mariucci M.T. , Pagliuca N. , Sciarra A. , Carluccio R. , Nicolosi I. , Chiappini M. , D’ajello Caracciolo F., Pezzo G. , Patera A. , Azzaro R. , Pantosti D., Montone P. , Saroli M. , Lo Sardo L.  , Lancia M., Coseismic effects of the 2016 Amatrice seismic sequence: first geological results (2016). Annals of Geophysics, 59, Fast Track 5, 2016; DOI: 10.4401/ag-7195

 

(2016) Pucci S. , R. Civico, F. Villani, T. Ricci, E. Delcher, A. Finizola, V. Sapia, P. M. De Martini, D. Pantosti, S. Barde-Cabusson, E. Brothelande, R. Gusset, C. Mezon, S. Orefice, A. Peltier, M. Poret, L. Torres and B. Suski (2016). Deep electrical resistivity tomography along the tectonically active Middle Aterno Valley (2009 L’Aquila earthquake area, central Italy), Geophys. J. Int. (2016) 207, 967–982, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw308

(2015) R. Civico, C. A. Brunori, P. M. De Martini, S. Pucci, F. R. Cinti, and D. Pantosti (2015). Liquefaction susceptibility assessment in fluvial plains using airborne lidar: the case of the 2012 Emilia earthquake sequence area (Italy), Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 2473–2483, 2015 www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci.net/15/2473/2015/ doi:10.5194/nhess-15-2473-2015

 

(2015) Civico R., S. Pucci, P.M. De Martini, D. Pantosti (2015). Morphotectonic analysis of the long-term surface expression of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake fault (Central Italy) using airborne LiDAR data Tectonophysics 644–645 (2015) 108–121 doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.12.024

 

(2015) Civico R., D. Pantosti, S. Pucci, P.M. De Martini (2014). The Contribution of Airborne LiDAR Data to the Assessment of Surface Faulting Hazard for Lifelines Crossing Active Faults: An Example from the Central Apennines, Italy, in G. Lollino et al. (eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory – Volume 5, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09048-1_193, © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.

 

(2014) Papadopoulos G.A., E. Gràcia, R. Urgeles, V. Sallares, P. M. De Martini, D. Pantosti, M. González, A. C. Yalciner, J. Mascle, D. Sakellariou, A. Salamon, S. Tinti, V. Karastathis, A. Fokaefs, A. Camerlenghi, T. Novikova, A. Papageorgiou (2014). Historical and pre-historical tsunamis in the Mediterranean and its connected seas: Geological signatures, generation mechanisms and coastal impacts, Marine Geology 354 (2014) 81–109, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2014.04.014

 

(2013) Clark KJ, Cochran UA, Berryman KR, Biasi G, Langridge R, Villamor P, Bartholomew T, Litchfield N, Pantosti D, Marco S, Van Dissen R, Turner G, Hemphill-Haley M. Deriving a long paleoseismic record from a shallow water Holocene basin next to the Alpine fault, New Zealand. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 125(5-6): 811-832. 

(2011) Cinti FR, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Pucci S, Civico R, Pierdominici S, Cucci L, Brunori CA, Pinzi S, Patera A. Evidence for surface faulting events along the Paganica fault prior to the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila earthquake (central Italy). Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, B07308. 

(2011) Pucci S, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Smedile A, Munzi M, Cirelli E, Pentiricci M, Musso L. Environment-man relationships in historical times: the balance between urban development and natural forces at Leptis Magna (Libya). Quaternary International, 242, 171-184. 

(2008) Pantosti D, Barbano MS, Smedile A, De Martini PM, Tigano G. Geological evidence of paleotsunamis at Torre degli Inglesi (northeast Sicily). Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L05311. 

(2008) Pantosti D, Pucci S, Palyvos N, De Martini PM, D'Addezio G, Collins PEF, Zabci C. Paleoearthquakes of the Düzce fault (North Anatolian Fault Zone): Insights for large surface faulting earthquake recurrence. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B01309. 

(2005) Palyvos N, Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Sorel F, Pavlopoulos K. The Aigion-Neos Erineos normal fault system (Western Corinth Gulf Rift, Greece): Geomorphological signature, recent earthquake history and induced coastal changes during the Holocene. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B09302. 

(2005) Heker S, Pantosti D, Schwartz D, Hamilton J, Reidy L, Powers T. The most recent large earthquake on the Rodgers Creek fault, San Francisco Bay Area. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 95, 844-860. 

(2004) Pantosti D, De Martini PM, Papanastassiou D, Lemeille F, Palyvos N, Stavrakakis G. Paleoseismological trenching across the Atalanti fault (Central Greece): evidence for the ancestors of the 1894 earthquake during Middle Age and Roman time. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 94(2), 531-549. 

(1996) Pantosti D, D'Addezio G, Cinti FR. Paleoseismicity of the Ovindoli-Pezza fault (Central Italy): a history including a large, previously unrecorded earthquake in Middle Ages (886-1300 A.D.). Journal of Geophysical Research, 5937-5959. 

(1993) Pantosti D, Schwartz DP, Valensise G. Paleoseismology along the 1980 Irpinia earthquake fault and implications for earthquake recurrence in the southern Apennines.Journal of Geophysical Research, 98, 6561-6577.

 

Awards and prizes

In 1995 she receives the ILP Edward Flinn award for "her contribution to the study of the Paleoseismology and Holocene Tectonics several parts of the World”

 

 




 

Costanza Papagno
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neuroscience

Keywords: cognitive deficits in brain glioma, deafness, language learning, memory

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, in 1981 she began a specialization course in Neurology at the same university which ended in 1985. From 1986 to 1989 she was engaged in a research doctorate in Psychobiology (Neuropsychology sector). Later, from 1992 to 1993, she was admitted to the first year of the Postgraduate School of Psychiatry. Since 1982 she has been an internal doctor at the Institute of Neurological Clinic of the University of Milan where she won the CIBA-Geigy scholarship for the study of "Cognitive Functions in the brain-injured" in 1984. Thanks to her studies she won a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Fribourg (Germany). In 1988 she was in Cambridge where she worked first with a scholarship from the European Science Foundation and then paid by the Medical Research Council until 1991. In 1991 she returned to Italy permanently and worked at the Neurological Clinic of the San Paolo Hospital in Milan. In 1998 at the University of Palermo she became associate professor of Physiological Psychology. Since 2004 she has been a full professor at the University of Milan Bicocca. Her academic experience was enhanced by the appointment as director of the psychology department at the same university from 2002 to 2008, while she was coordinator of the PhD in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience from 2007 to 2012. From 2010 to 2013 she was President of Doctoral School in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and secretary of the School of Specialization in Neuropsychology. Since May 2016 she has been president of the Italian Society of Neuropsychology.

 

Scientific results

The main research topics of Costanza Papagno are language disorders in patients with focal and degenerative brain injuries, with particular reference to abstract-concrete dissociation, to the development of language in children with a cochlear implant (an electronic artificial ear capable of restoring the auditory perception in people with severe deafness), the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation (tDCS) and short-term memory disorders. One of Papagno's and colleagues' recent discoveries concerns the "hooked fasciculus", a bundle of fibers that (among other things) acts as a "bridge", connecting the two areas of the brain that are used to call the proper names by connecting them to the face of a person. In the field of memory, the capabilities of the uncinate fasciculus in patients who have had a brain tumor removed were tested. Tests have shown that patients still in possession of the "hooked fasciculus" are able to perform this operation, unlike the patients to whom the file has been removed. Control tests of other brain activities (long-term memory, understanding of words and sentences and spatial cognition) have not shown differences between patients with or without the dossier.

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Costanza Papagno is part of numerous scientific committees and is the editor of several scientific journals as well as the author of numerous articles, including:

(2016) Papagno C, Casarotti A. Comi A, Pisoni A, Lucchelli F, Bizzi A, Riva M, Bello L. Long-term proper name anomia after removal of the uncinate fasciculus. Brain Function and Structure, 221, 687-694. 

(2016) Papagno C, Pisoni P, Mattavelli G, Casarotti A, Comi A, Fumagalli F, Vernice M, Fava E, Riva M, Bello L. Specific disgust processing in the left insula: New evidence from direct electrical stimulation. Neuropsychologia, 84, 29-35. 

(2016) Papagno C, Cecchetto C, Pisoni A, Bolognini N. Deaf, blind or deaf-blind: Is touch enhanced? Experimental Brain Research, 234, 627-636. 

(2014) Papagno C, Vallar G. A plastic brain for a changing environment. Cortex, 58, 248-250. 

(2014) Vallar G, Bello L, Bricolo E, Castellano A, Casarotti A, Falini A, Riva M, Fava E, Papagno C. Cerebral correlates of visuo-spatial neglect. A direct cerebral stimulation study. Human Brain Mapping, 35(4):1334-50. 

(2013) Papagno C, Vernice M, Cecchetto C. Phonology without semantics? Good enough for verbal short-term memory. Evidence from a patient with semantic dementia. Cortex, 49, 626-636. 

(2011) Papagno C, Miracapillo C, Casarotti A, Romero Lauro L, Castellano A, Falini A, Casaceli G, Bello L. What is the role of the uncinate fasciculus? Surgical removal and proper name retrieval. Brain, 134, 405-414. 

(2011) Papagno C, Gallucci M, Casarotti A, Castellano A, Falini A, Carrabba G, Giussani C, Fava E, Bello L, Caramazza A. Connectivity constraints on cortical reorganization of neural circuits involved in object naming. Neuroimage, 55, 1306-1313. 

(2011) Cattaneo Z, Pisoni A, Papagno C. Transcranial direct current stimulation over Broca's region improves phonemic and semantic fluency in healthy individuals. Neuroscience, 183, 64-70. 

(1998) Baddeley AD, Gathercole S, Papagno C. The Phonological loop as a language learning device. Psychological Review, 105, 158-173.

Annalisa Pastore
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: structural biology

Keywords: bioinformatics

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Professor at King's College of London

Professional career

Graduated in Chemistry at the University Federico II of Naples, she moved in 1982 to the United States where she worked for a year at the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Wisconsin. In 1984, thanks to an exchange project between Italy and Switzerland, she joined the research team of Nobel Prize winner Richard Robert Ernst, at the ETH in Zurich. In 1987, she obtained her PhD and moved as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford. In 1988 she began working at the EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory) in Heidelberg, Germany, where in 1991 she was appointed head of the first NMR laboratory at EMBL. In 1997 she became team leader at the National Institute for Medical Research of the Medical Research Council in London where she remained until 2013 when she became full professor at King's College in London. She continued to teach with a part-time assignment until 2018, spending the other half of the time as full professor at the University of Pavia. In 2018 she was appointed professor at the Normal University of Pisa, as the first and only female lecturer in the Normal Science class in 208 years of the school life. At the beginning of 2019, she resigned following bureaucratic-administrative obstacles that prevented her from maintaining her position at King's College in London where she has now returned full-time.

Scientific results

Annalisa Pastore has worked for more than 30 years on the relationship between structure and function of peptides and proteins. After starting to work on structural muscle proteins, she has been dealing with proteins involved in neurodegeneration for many years. She has two main research lines: the first concerns mitochondrial diseases with particular attention to Friedreich's ataxia, which she has been working on since the responsible gene was discovered in 1996. Of this protein she has studied the structure and binding properties and discovered that it is part of a protein complex responsible for the formation of iron sulfur clusters, essential groups that provide electrons in proteins. The second main interest concerns proteins that take part in aggregative processes such as those that take place in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

 

Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Pastore is author of abotu 300 scientific publications including:

Yan, R., Yalinca, H., Paoletti, F., Gobbo, F., Marchetti, L, Kuzmanic, A., Lamba, D., Gervasio, F.L., Konarev, P.V., Cattaneo, A., Pastore, A. (2018) The structure of the Pro-domain of mouse proNGF in contact with the NGF domain. Structure Oct 19. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2018.09.013. [Epub ahead of print].

Alfano CSanfelice DMartin SRPastore ATemussi PA (2017) An optimized strategy to measure protein stability highlights differences between cold and hot unfolded states. Nature Commun. 8:15428. doi: 10.1038/ncomms15428.

 

Corvino, A., Severino, B., FiorinoF., Frecentese, F., MagliE., Perissutti, E., SantagadaV., Bucci, M., CirinoG., KellyG., ServilloL., PopowiczG., PastoreA.*, Caliendo, G.* (2016) Fragment-based de novo design of a cystathionine -lyase selective inhibitor blocking hydrogen sulfide production. Scientific Reports, 6, 64398.*co-corresponding authors.

 

Ruggeri, F.S., Longo, G., Faggiano, S., Lipiec, E., Pastore, A*., Dietler, G.* (2015) Infrared nanospectroscopy characterization of oligomeric and fibrillar aggregates during amyloid formation. Nature Comm., 6:7831. *co- correspondent authorship

 

Yan, R., Konarev, P.V. Iannuzzi, C., Adinolfi, A., Roche, B.., Kelly, G.,  Simon, L., Martin, S.R. Py, B., Barras, F., Svergun, D.I., Pastore, A. (2013)  Ferredoxin competes with bacterial frataxin in binding to the desulfurase IscS. JBC 288, 24777-87.

 

Prischi, F., Konarev, P.V., Iannuzzi, C., Pastore, C., Adinolfi, S., Martin, S.R., Svergun, D.I., Pastore, A. (2010) Structural bases for the interaction of frataxin with the central components of iron-sulfur cluster assembly. Nature Communications 1, 95.

 

Nicastro, G., Menon, R., Masino, L., McDonalds, N.O., Pastore, A. (2005) The solution structure of the Josephin domain of ataxin-3: Structural determinants for molecular recognition. PNAS 102, 10493-10498.

 

Atkinson, R. A., Joseph, C., Kelly, G., Muskett, F.W.,Frenkiel, T.A., Nietlispach, D.,  Pastore, A. (2001) Ca2+-independent binding of an EF-hand domain to a novel motif: an alpha-actinin/titin complex. Nature Struct. Biol. 8, 853-857.

 

Musco, G., Stier, G., Joseph, C., Castiglione Morelli, M.A., Nilges, M., Gibson, T.J., Pastore, A. (1996) Three-dimensional structure and stability of the KH domain: Molecular insights into the Fragile X syndrome. Cell 85, 237-245.

 

Pfuhl M., Winder S. and Pastore, A. (1994) Nebulin, a helical actin binding protein. EMBO J. 1782-1789.

Awards and prizes

In 2000 she was appointed EMBO Membership.

Since 2013 she is a member of the Academia Europeae.

Silvia Peppoloni
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: Earth science, geoethics, natural hazard and risks

Keywords: Earth system, ethic of geosciences, geological education, geology, natural disasters, scientific communication and dissemination

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Researcher at the INGV - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology)

Professional career

After getting the degree in Geological Sciences and the PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Rome La Sapienza, in 1999 she begins her scientific activity in the field of geological hazards and natural risks, collaborating with the National Group from Defence from Earthquakes (National Research Council), the University of Roma Tre, the University of Genoa and the Polytechnic of Milan. From 2008 to 2011 she is Professor of Geology, Applied Geology and Geotechnics at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Viterbo Tuscia. Since 2012 she teaches in the PhD Course on Landscape and Environment at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and in 2016 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) in the online course "Disaster Risk Reduction" on the theme of resilience and geoethics. In 2012 she founds the International Association for Promoting Geoethics, a scientific network, with more than 2000 members in 124 countries, which aims to analyse and enhance the ethical, social and cultural aspects of Earth Sciences. She has been recently elected Councillor of the IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) for the four-year period 2018-2022. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Geological Society since 2013, member of the Executive Committee of IAEG Italy (International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment) since 2015 and coordinator of the "Geological and Geological Culture" section of the Italian Geological Society since 2012. From 2017 is a member of the Ethical Advisory Board of ICOS ERIC (Integrated Carbon Observation System), a pan-European research infrastructure dedicated to scientific data on the carbon cycle and greenhouse gases. From 2014 to 2016 she was Senior Editor of the Oxford University Press for the series "Natural Hazard Science". Since 2017 she is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal "Scienze e Ricerche".

Scientific results

Since 1999 she participates in national and international research projects on geological hazards, natural risks and seismic microzonation, with particular reference to historical centers and monumental sites. In 2007 she begins to deal with the communication and dissemination of geosciences, an activity that led her to publish two books with the publisher "Il Mulino" (Bologna). Since 2012 she has been constantly dedicated to the development of geoethics, namely the study of the ethical, social, philosophical and cultural implications of the research and practice of geosciences, of which she is among the world's leading experts. The activity on geoethics commits her in organizing scientific sessions in the major international conferences of geosciences, in publishing monographic volumes with international scientific publishers, in participating  as invited speaker to numerous scientific events. Currently within the European project ENVRI-Plus she is the leader of a work-package dedicated to the development of an ethical framework for European research infrastructures in the environmental and solid Earth sectors. She collaborates with newspapers and magazines (including Corriere della Sera) with articles on the topics of geological hazard, risk prevention, and scientific dissemination.

Editorial work and publications

Silvia Peppoloni is the author of two popular books: "Planet Earth: an unfinished story" (co-author C. Doglioni) and "Living with natural risks", both published by "Il Mulino", Bologna, respectively in 2016 and 2014.

She is also the author of numerous scientific publications. Among the most recent:

1.     [2018] Arattano M., Peppoloni S., Gatti A. (2018). “The ethical duty to divulge geosciences and the improvement of communication skills to fulfil it”. Episodes, vol. 41, n. 2. DOI: 10.18814/epiiugs/2018/018007.

2.    [2017] Peppoloni S, Di Capua G, Bobrowsky P and Cronin V (eds). Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience., Annals of Geophysics, 60, fast track 7.

3.    [2017] Bobrowsky P, Cronin V, Di Capua G, Kieffer S, Peppoloni S. The emerging field of geoethics. In: Gundersen L (ed.). Scientific Integrity and Ethics: With Applications to the Geosciences. Special Publication American Geophysical Union. New York, John Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-119-06778-8.

4.     [2016] Di Capua G, Peppoloni S, Amanti M, Cipolloni C and Conte G. Site classification map of Italy based on surface geology. In: Eggers, M J, Griffiths, J S, Parry S & Culshaw MG (eds). Developments in Engineering Geology. Geological Society, London. Engineering Geology Special Publication, 27: 147–158, http://doi.org/10.1144/EGSP27.13.

5.    [2014] Wyss M and Peppoloni S (eds). Geoethics, Ethical Challenges and Case Studies, in Earth Sciences, pp. 450, Elsevier.

Awards and prizes

In 2017 she receives the Special Jury Prize at the XX Edition of the "Parco Majella" Literary Prize for the book, written in collaboration with C. Doglioni, "Planet Earth: an unfinished story", book that in 2016 also won the third place at the National Award for Scientific Dissemination, in the category Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences. For the same award, she was a finalist in the 2014 edition, with the book "Living with natural risks".

 

Daniela Perani
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: clinical neuroscience, neurology, nuclear medicine, radiology

Keywords: brain, dementia, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

MD, Neurologist and Radiologist, Full Professor of Neuroscience, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy. She is Coordinator of several National and International Research Projects in Neurology and Neuroscience

Scientific results

Her researches deal with in vivomolecular imaging studies of neurological disease, in particular neurodegenerative dementias, and with cognitive neuroscience, addressing language, memory systems and music perception with neuroimaging.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more that 250 full papers, books and chapters, HI 90.

 

Annalisa Perteghella
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International politics area

Competences: domestic and foreign policy of the Gulf monarchies, EU-MENA relations, International Relations of the Middle East, politicization and securitization of cultural heritage, security politics

Keywords: Arabian Gulf, Bahrein, Iran, Kuwait, Middle East, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Centre, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Head of Iran Desk

Professional career

Annalisa Perteghella, PhD, is a Research Fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Centre of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is an expert on Middle Eastern politics, with a particular focus on Iran and the Gulf region. In this capacity she is working on Euro-Iran and Euro-Gulf relations, transatlantic relations in the Mediterranean region, and domestic and regional politics in the Arab and Persian world.  Her recent work focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran (especially on the nuclear and regional dossiers) and to Saudi Arabia. She obtained her PhD in Politics and Institutions from the Catholic University in Milan.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications for think tanks and in international journals. 

[2019] Perteghella, A., Iran: An Unrecognized Regional Power, in Giusti, S., Mirkina, I. (eds), The EU in a Trans-European Space: External Relations Across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, London, Palgrave Macmillan.

 

[2019] Perteghella, A.,Usa-Iran: massima tensione, minimo risultato, ISPI Commentary

 

[2019] Perteghella, A., Saudi Arabia’s New Urbanism: Which Vision?, ISPI Commentary 

 

[2019] Perteghella, A., Iran in Iraq and Syria: Be Careful What You Wish For, ISPI Commentary

 

[2019] Perteghella, A., The Iranian Revolution Turns Forty, ISPI Dossier

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Saudi Arabia at a Crossroads. Reforms and Uncertainties Ahead, ISPI Report, Milano, Ledizioni

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Sei successioni che rivoluzioneranno il Medio Oriente, ISPI Commentary

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Double Standard? Trump, North Korea, and Iran, ISPI Commentary

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Israel-Hezbollah-Iran: Will Lebanon be Trapped into a Conflict?,ISPI Commentary

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Yemen: The Sectarianization of a Political Conflict, ISPI Commentary

 

[2018] Perteghella, A., Iran e Arabia Saudita: I fronti della lotta per il Medio Oriente, ISPI Dossier

 

[2017] Perteghella, A., Magri. P. (a cura di), Post-Vote Iran: Giving Engagement a Chance, ISPI Report, Milano, Ledizioni

 

The full list of publications is available at the following address: https://ispionline.academia.edu/AnnalisaPerteghella.

Chiara Petrioli
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology, network protocols

Keywords: bluetooth, computer, data, internet, mobile computing, mobile radios, mobile telecommunication, networking, networks, sensor networks, wireless networks

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Full Professor coordinator of the PhD in Computer Science at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics of the “Sapienza” University of Rome.

Professional career

After graduating in Information Science at  the “Sapienza” University of Rome in 1993, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Engineering from the same university in 1998. During the PhD she won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship thanks to which in 1996 she was Visiting Research Associate at the Advanced Communications Technologies laboratory of Boston University, the following year at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Texas, in Dallas. Also in 1998, she collaborated with the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano. From the following year she was a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano and also carried out educational activities. Since 2001 she has been a researcher in computer science at the University of Rome, where in 2006 she became an associate professor. Today at “Sapienza” she holds the position of Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of Information Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics.

Scientific results

Chiara Petrioli's research activity concerns the development of solutions for next-generation wireless systems, sensor networks and the "Internet of things". In particular, Chiara Petrioli coordinated the European GENESI project which developed innovative static and dynamic structural monitoring systems for buildings, bridges and tunnels, tested in the construction phase of the B1 metro in Rome and the construction of the Pont de la Poya in Switzerland. The technologies developed in GENESI allow to provide real-time data for long periods of time thanks to a new communication paradigm, based on wake up radio, which allows the devices to consume energy only when they have to perform operations or communicate, and thanks the ability to power devices through energy harvesting, i.e. to collect energy from the environment through micro-wind turbines and solar cells. In a collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Chiara Petrioli's team has therefore developed micro-climatic monitoring systems, shocks and vibrations whose data are helping to define "good practices and guidelines" to increase the safety of works of art in the transport phase. These systems have been used within the Safe-Art project to monitor over forty transports of important works of art (such as the Pietà Rondinini, the Narciso by Caravaggio, the Marcello of the Louvre, the Livia Orante of the Vatican Museums, the Crater of Eufronio of the Museum of Villa Giulia). Chiara Petrioli also proposed solutions to extend the “Internet of things” to marine environments. Thanks to the technologies developed by its group and by twenty international partners in the SUNRISE project, submarine sensor nodes and autonomous submarine vehicles interconnected in a network have been developed and they are able to cooperate and perform complex tasks. These technologies are laying the foundations for creating an intelligent monitoring system for the marine environment, making it possible to sustainably exploit its resources and allowing policies based on safeguarding the environment to be based on quantitative data. The SUNRISE system can be employed in various application contexts: from environmental monitoring, to the conservation and enhancement of submerged archaeological sites, to the protection of critical infrastructures and maritime borders, to the monitoring of aquaculture farms. In December 2016 it was included in NT100, i.e. the list of Nominet Trusts on the best 100 "global social tech changing our lives".

Editorial work and publications

Chiara Petrioli is or was a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, the editorial board of the ACM / Kluwer Wireless Networks (ACM WINET) journal, the Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks Journal and the Elsevier Computer Communications journal. She is a member of the steering committee of ACM SenSys and IEEE SECON and played key roles in organizing reference conferences in the sector (such as TPC Co-Chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2016, General Chair of ACM SenSys 2013, TPC Co-Chair of IEEE SECON 2009, TPC Co-Chair of ACM MobiCom 2006).
She is also the author of numerous national and international publications, including:

2016) Ateniese G, Bianchi G, Capossele A, Petrioli C, Spenza D. Low-cost Standard Signatures for Energy-Harvesting Wireless Sensor Networks. ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems.

(2015) Petrioli C, Petroccia R, Potter JR, Spaccini D. The SUNSET framework for simulation, emulation and at-sea testing of underwater wireless sensor networks. Ad Hoc Networks, 34:224-238.

(2015) Basagni S, Petrioli C, Petroccia R, Spaccini D. CARP: A Channel-aware Routing Protocol for Underwater Acoustic Wireless Networks. Ad Hoc Networks, 34:92-104.

(2015) Spenza D, Magno M, Basagni S, Benini L, Paoli M, Petrioli C. Beyond Duty Cycling: Wake-up Radio with Selective Awakenings for Long-lived Wireless Sensing Systems. IEEE INFOCOM, Hong Kong, 522-530.

(2014) Petrioli P, Spenza D, Tommasino P, Trifiletti A. A Novel Wake-Up Receiver with Addressing Capability for Wireless Sensor Nodes. Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems Conference 2014:18-25.

(2014) La Porta T, Petrioli C, Phillips C, Spenza D. Sensor-mission assignment in rechargeable wireless sensor networks. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), 10(4).

(2014) Basagni S, Boloni L, Gjanci P, Petrioli C, et al. Maximizing the Value of Sensed Information in Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks via an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM. Toronto, Canada.

(2014) Petrioli C, Nati M, Casari P, Zorzi M, Basagni S. ALBA-R: Load-Balancing Geographic Routing Around Connectivity Holes in Wireless Sensor Networks. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 25(3):529-539.

(2011) La Porta TF, Maselli G, Petrioli G. Anticollision Protocols for Single-Reader RFID Systems: Temporal Analysis and Optimization. IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing, 10(2):267-279.

(2003) Petrioli C, Basagni S Chlamtac I, Configuring BlueStars: Multihop scatternet formation for Bluetooth networks. IEEE Transactions on Computers, Special Issue on Wireless Internet, 52:779-790.

 

Awards and prizes

Chiara Petrioli won a Fulbright grant in 1996. The work of her research group won the "Best poster" award at IEEE INFOCOM 2013, the "Best demo" award at ACM WINTECH 2013 and the "Best demo" award at ACM WUWNET 2014. GENESI and SUNRISE research projects coordinated by Chiara Petrioli were highlighted as successful cases on the Digital Agenda of Europe website and on the website of the Vice-President of the European Commission. The SUNRISE project was chosen as the testimonial of the campaign of the Italian representation of the European commission EuFactor.

Barbara Petrongolo
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics

Keywords: family, gender, public policies, work

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the S. Anna High School of the University of Pisa in 1993, she obtained a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1998. From 1997 to 2001 she was assistant professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid, before returning to LSE in 2001 as a lecturer in Economics. Since 2010 she has been Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London, and associate research of the Center for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Since 2015 she has directed the CEPR Labor Economics program (Center for Economic Policy Research). She has been a visiting scholar at various universities including University of California Berkeley, Paris School of Economics, Toulouse School of Economics, University College London.

Scientific results

Barbara Petrongolo's research activity takes place in the field of labor economics. She has dealt with labor markets with frictions, with applications to labor mobility, the dynamics of the unemployment rate, and the effects of social assistance and territorial development policies. She also works on issues related to gender inequalities in the labor market, studying the factors that have allowed the reduction of these inequalities and the causes of the remaining disparities, with emphasis on the role of the industrial structure, of interactions within family units and social norms.

Editorial work and publications

Barbara Petrongolo is joint managing editor of the Economic Journal and author of numerous publications, including:

(2017) Manning A, Petrongolo B. How local are labor markets? Evidence from a spatial job search model.American Economic Review,107: 2877-2907.

(2017) Ngai R, Petrongolo B. Gender gaps and the rise of the service economy.American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics,9: 1-44.

 

(2016) Olivetti C, Petrongolo B. The economic consequences of family policies. Drawing lessons from a century of legislation across OECD countries.Journal of Economic Perspectives,31: 205-230.

 

(2016) Olivetti C, Petrongolo B.The evolution of the gender gap in industrialized countries. Annual Review of Economics,8: 405-434.

(2014) Olivetti C, Petrongolo B.Gender gaps across countries and skills: Demand, supply and the industry structure.Review of Economic Dynamics,17: 842-859.

 

(2014) Goux D, Maurine E, Petrongolo B.Worktime regulations and spousal labor supply.American Economic Review, 104: 252-276.

(2011) Eckstein Z, Petrongolo B, Ge S. Job and wage mobility con minimum wages and imperfect compliance.Journal of Applied Econometrics, 26: 580-612.

(2009) Olivetti C, Petrongolo B.The long-term effects of job search requirements: Evidence from the UK JSA reform. Journal of Public Economics, 93: 1234-1253.

(2008) Olivetti C, Petrongolo B. Unequal pay or unequal employment? A cross-country analysis of gender gaps.Journal of Labor Economics, 26: 621-654.

(2008) Pissarides C, Petrongolo B The ins and outs of European unemployment. American Economic Review, P&P,98: 256-262

(2008) Coles M, Petrongolo B. A test between stock-flow matching and the random matching function approach.International Economic Review, 49: 1113-1141.

(2005) Petrongolo B. Pissarides C. Scale effects in markets con search.Economic Journal, 116: 21-44.

 

 

Elisa Poggiali
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: environment, internationalization, sustainable development

Keywords: communication, ecology, energy, energy saving, environment, marketing, territory

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

Technician / Engineer  working for Provincial Administration of Siena.

Member of  the Management Board of A.P.E.A. (provincial Agency for Energy and Environment).

Professional career

After graduating as an Environmental and Territory Engineer from the University of Florence in 2000 and after specializing in Environmental Management and Quality Systems in 2001, I started working as an expert in Environment and Sustainable Development with the team of Coordinators of Agenda 21 (the UN Action Plan for sustainable development for the 21st century) called Terre di Siena.It is a plan a plan to carry out environmental, economic and social sustainability projects in Siena province.

I published articles for magazines and journals and I also developed long-life learning and professional training courses. I dealt with the involvement of economic stakeholders and I took responsibility for services and young people advance.

From 2002 to 2004, within the Environmental Development & Consulting Department of Monte dei Paschi Bancaverde Spa, I was a consultant on the issues of ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 and EMAS certifications for client companies and companies engaged in investments (over 1,000,0000 €) in the field of renewable energy (wind farms, photovoltaic parks, biomass power plants, waste management and recovery plants).

For several years I was a member of the Environmental Assessment and Landscape Commission of the Municipal Building Commission.

From 2005 to 2012 I worked for Toscana Promozione, the regional agency for economic and tourist promotion.

I dealt with territorial marketing and attracted foreign direct investments. I worked on issues and projects developing active and passive internationalization and research. I mapped the economic and the excellent scientific-technological regional offer (in several sectors: renewable energy, real estate, life sciences, ICT and nautical field). I handled activities concerning promotion and searching for partners or foreign investors to match them with the excellences of the regional R & D and industry.

Being responsible for this field, I took part in promotional tours or missions abroad together with CEO, managers or entrepreneurs of Tuscan companies and multinational companies and also together with research managers of Tuscan universities or research centres. In 2007 I led the Tuscan ICT selected delegation during the Italian Springevent in Tokyo.

I was also responsible for the organization of incoming trips in Tuscany of specialized international Venture Capitalists and collaborated in the preparation of related bilateral meetings with selected companies and actors of the Tuscan research system. 

Subsequently, I worked as a Key Account for companies working in the mechanical sector and in other high-tech sectors in Tuscany.

In 2008 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of APEA (Provincial Agency for Energy, Environment and Local Development), an in-house company created to carry out actions in the field of environment and energy and  whose functions subsequently expanded in order to manage economic development and to design European projects.

Since 2103 I have carried out engineering and technical-design actions within the Public Works Office of Siena Province Administration. I have worked in the field of soil protection and subsequently in the road sector, also checking activities meant to promote work health and safety as Head of the Prevention Service and Protection for the same institution.

Scientific results

I am an expert in sustainable development, territorial promotion and internationalization. 

In particular, I have implemented business management systems and public administration systems as far as environmental, quality and safety enhancement is concerned.

I have dealt with the promotion of economic development establishing international relations (both scientific and economic), creating knowledge networks in order to attract FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) and stimulating Tuscan SMEs to grow.

I am highly qualified to carry out activities concerning sustainable development and very well skilled and experienced to implement action plans and projects and to share objectives for local territories in this field.

I have supervised business development as a consultant and I have been responsible for the participation of companies active in several sectors, predominantly high technology and innovation, in specialized trade events and fairs abroad.

 

Editorial work and publications

I am the author of some publications and information materials on the relevant programme areas, strategies, policies and processes identified in AGENDA21:

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Handbook AG21 of Terre di Siena, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2002;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., The voluntary environmental certification tools: public and private companies working together. Circondario Valdelsa, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2003;  http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Poggiali E., Operational Handbook of Local Agenda 21, Provincial Administration of Siena, 2005; http://www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it/page/home.asp

Biserni, Bolognin, Chaussadis, Cesareo, Giovannoni, Mautone, Penna, Poggiali, Frameworks for the construction of wind  farms by Local Authorities,published by  Tuscany Region Department of Territorial and Environmental Policies, Energy Area, 2005.

From 2005 to 2012 I completed and revised documents and contents meant for promotion and for institutional and business and web content communication (www.agenda21.provincia.siena.it; www HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/". HYPERLINK "http://www.investintuscany.com/"investintuscany.com)

 

Eleonora Poli
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International politics area

Competences: EU enlargment process, EU external relations, European governance, European political economic trends

Keywords: Balkans, democratic trends, international political economy, populism, sustainability

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Research fellow at IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali), Rome

Professional career

After graduating in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste, she obtained a PhD in International Political Economy at City University London in 2013, where she still as a fellow at the City Political Economy Research Center. In 2011 she won a scholarship at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she lived for nine months, researching on the Chinese and Japanese economic systems and the influence of Confucianism. In 2012 she became a Visiting fellow at the ULB in Brussels. While in London, she worked as Visiting Lecturer at City University London and as an analyst at IDS Thomson Reuters. she has been working as consultant for numerous public and private institutions and since 2013 she is a research fellow at the Istituto Affari Internazionali in Rome.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on the political and economic trends of European Union countries and EU external relations. she has written and published several scientific articles, books, books chapters and opinion pieces.

Editorial work and publications

Books and books’ chapters

[2018] Poli E, Engaged but Disempowered: Italian experience on direct Democrary, in Steven Blockmans and Sophia Russack (eds), Direct Democracy in the EU. The Myth of a Citizens’ Union, Brussels, CEPS / London, Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018, p. 279-295

[2018] Poli E, Il ruolo britannico nel Processo di Berlino ai tempi della Brexit, in Raffaella Coletti, La questione orientale. I Balcani tra integrazione e sicurezza, Roma, Donzelli, 2018, p. 81-91 (Saggi. Storia e scienze sociali)

[2018] Poli E, Mediterranean member states: Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, (with George Tzogopoulos, Adonis Pegasiou and Roderick Pace), in Tim Oliver (ed.), Europe's Brexit. EU Perspectives on Britain's Vote to Leave, Newcastle upon Tyne, Agenda, 2018, p. 147-172

[2015] Poli E, Antitrust Institutions and Policies in the Globalising Economy(PALGRAVE, October 2015)

[2012] Poli E, State aid regulation and European governance: the Commission’s visible hand during the crisis of the 70’s and the credit crunch, in Francis Snyder, Albrecht Sonntag, Wei Shen (eds.), 2012, Bruylant

Most recent papers & working papers

[2018] Poli E, Italia y los temores de Europa, in Política exterior, vol. 32., núm. 182 (marzo/abril 2018), p. 6-1

[2018] Poli E, European External Actions in a Multilateral Arena: An Analysis of EU Relations with Brazil, Roma, IAI, luglio 2018

[2018] Poli E, Morillas P, Why the New Italian Government Puts the EU Reform at Risk, Barcelona, Centro de Estudios y Documentación Internacionales de Barcelona, June 2018, 2 p. (CIDOB Opinión 536)

[2017] Poli E, More A, Honest Debate on Integration, Berlino, German Marshall Fund of the United States, ottobre 2017

[2017] Poli E,Alcaro R, New Pact for Europe, National Report, Italy, July 2017, EPC

[2017] Poli E (ed.),The Western Balkans in the European Union: Enlargement to What, Accession to What?, IAI Document, May 2017

[2017] Poli E, Can the Wilders-Effect Influence European Mainstream Politics?in Zsuzsanna Csornai (ed.), Can the Wilders-Effect Influence European Mainstream Politics?, Budapest, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 3 April 2017, p. 6-7 (KKI 4:1 ; 6)

Valeria Poli
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular biology

Keywords: cancer, inflammation, mammary tumors, stat factors

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Ordinary Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Turin


Professional career

Valeria Poli obtained her degree in Biology in 1984, and then a doctorate in human biology in 1992, at the University of Turin. From 1988 to 1990 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, and from 1990 to 1992 at Columbia University in New York. From 1992 to 1997 she was Principal Investigator at the Research Institute of Molecular Biology P. Angeletti of Rome. From 1997 to 2001 she worked at the University of Dundee, in England, as Principal Investigator, Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of the Transgenic Unit, which she established at the Department of Biochemistry.
In 2001 she became associate professor of molecular biology at the University of Turin, and then, since 2005, Full professor.
She is currently President of the Italian Society of Biophysics and Molecular Biology.

Scientific results

Valeria Poli has contributed to fundamental advances in the understanding of the mechanisms that mediate the activity and function at the transcriptional level of cytokines (molecules produced by various types of cells and secreted in the surrounding medium, usually in response to a stimulus capable of modifying the behavior of other cells inducing new activities such as growth, differentiation and death), in both physiological and pathological conditions. In particular, she contributed to the discovery of the transcription factor IL-6DBP-C/EBPbeta, which mediates many of the functions of Interleukin 6 (IL-6), a protein that acts as a multifunctional cytokine, both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory; the generation and characterization of mutant mouse strains for the C/EBPbeta and IL-6 genes, mice then widely used by the scientific community to understand the physiological and pathological functions of the two factors; the generation of mouse strains genetically manipulated for the pro-oncogenic transcription factor STAT3; and finally the pathogenic role of STAT3 in mediating auto-immune myocarditis.
Currently the activities of her laboratory mainly concern the study of the biological functions of the transcription factor STAT3, the main mediator of the cytokine signaling belonging to the IL-6 family, using in vivo cellular and murine models. In particular she is focusing on the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms that mediate STAT3 protein activity as an oncogene, at the crossroads between inflammation, immune response, stem and cancer cells niche and tumor transformation, analyzing its interactions with other tumorigenic/tumor suppressor genes and trying to identify specific pro-oncogenic target genes. She is currently engaged in research on the relationship between breast cancer cells and cancer associated fibroblasts in the tumor niche, on the role of STAT3 in the regulation of energy metabolism and calcium homeostasis in the tumor as well as in normal cells, and on the role of STAT3-dependent long non coding RNAs in stemness and differentiation.


Editorial work and publications

Valeria Poli is and has been in the editorial board of prestigious scientific journals such as Cell Communication and Signaling, American Journal of Cancer Research, Cancers and Frontiers in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. She acts as regular scientific reviewer for international journals such as Nature, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the EMBO Journal, the European Journal of Immunology, Cancer Research, the Journal of Cell Science, the Biochemical Journal, Circulation Research, Cell Death and Differentiation and PLOS ONE.

She is co-author of more than 150 publications, including those listed below.

 

[2018] Avalle L, Camporeale A, Morciano G, Caroccia N, Ghetti E, Orecchia V, Viavattene D, Giorgi C, Pinton P, Poli V. STAT3 localizes to the ER, acting as a gatekeeper for ER-mitochondrion Ca2+ fluxes and apoptotic responses. (2018) Cell Death Differ., doi: 10.1038/s41418-018-0171-y. [Epub ahead of print].

 

[2017] Avalle L, Incarnato D, Savino A, Gai M, Marino F, Pensa S, Barbieri I, Stadler MB, Provero P, Oliviero S, Poli V. MicroRNAs-143 and -145 induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition and modulate the expression of junction proteins. (2017) Cell Death Differ., 24(10):1750-1760. doi:10.1038/cdd.2017.103. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2017.103. PMID: 28644441.

 

[2014] Demaria M, Camporeale A, Poli V STAT3 and metabolism: How many ways to use a single molecule? (2014) Int J Cancer, 135, 9, 1997-2003. doi: 10.1002/ijc.28767. PMID: 24500994.

[2013] Camporeale A, Marino F, Papageorgiou A, Carai P, Fornero S, Fletcher S, Page BDG, Gunning P, Forni M, Chiarle R, Morello M, Jensen O, Levi R, Heymans S, Poli V. STAT3 activity is necessary and sufficient for the development of immune-mediated myocarditis in mice and promotes progression to dilated cardiomyopathy. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 5: 572–590, doi:10.1002/emmm.201201876.

[2012] Demaria M, Misale S, Giorgi C, Miano V, Camporeale A, Campisi J, Pinton P and Poli V. STAT3 can serve as a hit in the process of malignant transformation of primary cells, Cell Death and Differentiation, 19:1390-1397.

[2010] Barbieri I, Pensa S, Pannellini T, Quaglino E, Maritano D, Demaria M, Voster A, Turkson J, Cavallo F, Watson CJ,Provero P, Musiani P and Poli V. Constitutively active Stat3 enhances Neu-mediated migration and metastasis in mammary tumors via upregulation of Cten, Cancer Research, 70:2558-67.

[2009] Vallania F, Schiavone D, Dewilde S, Pupo E, Garbay S, Calogero R, Pontoglio M, Provero P andPoli V. Genome-Wide Discovery of Functional Transcription Factor Binding Sites by Comparative Genomics: the Case of Stat3, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106:5117-22.

[2004] Maritano D, Sugrue ML, Tininini S, Dewilde S, Strobl B, Fu XP, Murray-Tait V, Chiarle R and Poli V. The STAT3 isoforms, a and b, play unique and specific roles, Nature Immunology, 5:401-409.

[2001] Alonzi T, Maritano D, Gorgoni B, Rizzuto G, Libert C, Poli V. Essential role of STAT3 in the control of the acute phase response as revealed by inducible gene inactivation in the liver. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 21:1621-1632.

[1996] Screpanti I, Musiani P, Bellavia D, Cappelletti M, Aiello FB, Maroder M, Frati L, Modesti A, Gulino A and Poli V. Inactivation of the Interleukin-6 gene prevents development of Castleman's disease in C/EBPß-deficient mice, The Journal of Experimental Medicine, 184:1561-1566.

[1994] Poli V, Balena R, Fattori E, Markatos A, Yamamoto M, Tanaka H, Ciliberto G, Rodan GA and Costantini F. Interleukin-6 deficient mice are protected from bone loss caused by estrogen depletion, EMBO Journal, 13:1189-1196.

[1994] Fattori E, Cappelletti M, Costa P, Sellitto C, Cantoni L, Carelli M, Faggioni R, Fantuzzi G, Ghezzi P and Poli V. Defective inflammatory response in IL-6-deficient mice, The Journal of Experimental Medicine,180:1243-1250.

[1990] Poli V, Mancini, FP and Cortese R. IL-6DBP, a nuclear protein involved in Interleukin-6 signal transduction, defines a new family of leucine zipper proteins related to C/EBP. Cell, 63:643-653.

 

Awards and prizes

Valeria Poli was elected member of two of the most prestigious international scientific communities, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and the Academia Europaea.

She was a member of the Life Science panel for the Advanced European Research Council and she is among the expert evaluators of the Horizon 2020 projects. Regular reviewer for the technical-scientific evaluation of research projects for MIUR and for various international bodies and institutions such as the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council , the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, the Austrian Science Fund, the Foundation for Scientific Research Belgium.

 

Gabriella Pravettoni
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: decisions psychology, psycho-oncology

Keywords: cognitive processes, decision making, medical humanities, patient welfare

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Psychology of Decisions at the University of Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Psychology at the University of Padua in 1991, she continued her studies with a specialization in Community Psychology at the Association for the Psychological Development of the Individual and the Community (ASPIC) in Rome. In 1996 she obtained a PhD in Cognitive Sciences at the University of Pavia. From 1996 to 1997 she spent a period of training abroad at UCLA, University of California Los Angeles (USA). In 1997 she specialized in Clinical Psychology at the ASPIC in Rome. From 1997 to 2002 she was a researcher at the University of Turin. In 2002 she became an associate professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Milan, where three years later she became a full professor in Cognitive Psychology and Psychology of Decisions, a degree course of which she is currently president.
Since 2012 she has been director of the Division of Psycho-Oncology at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and, since 2016, vice-director of the Department of Oncology and Hematoncology of the University of Milan. She coordinates the Folsatec doctorate (Foundations of the life sciences and their ethical consequences) at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine) in Milan, is responsible for Psychology at the European School of Oncology (ESO) of Switzerland, visiting Professor at King's College, London and member of the scientific board of ecancermedicalscience, United Kingdom.

Scientific results

Her research, mostly carried out both nationally and internationally at the European Institute of Oncology, focuses primarily on medical humanities, with empowerment and well-being of the patient, cognitive processes, decisions in medicine and error prevention as the main focus. This scientific activity is documented by numerous publications (scientific articles, monographs, curators) concerning the study of decision-making processes and health psychology: the two strands on which her research is mainly focused. The studies carried out in the field of decisional psychology concern in particular the analysis of how the judgments and assessments of people vary according to specific contextual factors (for example the composition of the choice set) and personality (for example, decision-making styles ). The research activity mainly covers two areas: economic decisions and medical decisions. The most recent research aims to analyze the decision-making processes in medicine with particular attention to oncology, and to identify error prevention strategies in order to improve the cognitive performance of the personnel involved and of the patient himself within the therapeutic course. As far as the field of research on health psychology is concerned, it focuses on the psychological well-being of the individual, in particular on the analysis of psychological behaviors that have health implications with particular attention to the issues of decision making in the medical field and the patient empowerment.
As part of these lines of research, the professor won several grants in important European projects, among which the most important are: 2017-2021 BOUNCE - Predicting Effective Adaptation to Breast Cancer to Help Women to BOUNCE Back, 2016-2020 IMI PREFER - Patients preferences in benefit risk assessments during the drug life cycle, 2014-2018 IMANAGE CANCER - Empowering patients and strengthening self-management in cancer diseases, 2014-2020 MIND THE RISK Ethical, social implications of provision of risk information from genetic and related technologies. A joint European research program, 2011: Personalized medicine (EU - FP7) "From data sharing and integration via VPH models to personalized medicine".

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of over 100 scientific publications, including:

(2017) Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Crico C, Pravettoni G. A systematic literature review exploring the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and the role played by stress and traumatic stress in breast cancer diagnosis and trajectory. Breast Cancer – Target and Therapy, 9: 473-485.

(2017) Renzi C, Fioretti C, Oliveri S. (…), Jereczek-Fossa B A, Pravettoni G. A qualitative investigation on patient empowerment in prostate cancer. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: art. n. 1215.

(2016) Pravettoni G, Yoder WR, Arnaboldi P, Riva S, Mazzocco K, Galimberti V. Eliminating "ductal carcinoma in situ" and "lobular carcinoma in situ" (DCIS and LCIS) terminology in clinical breast practice: the cognitive psychology point of view. The Breast, 25: 82-85, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2015.10.011.

 (2016) Renzi C, Vadilonga V, Gandini S, Perinel G, Rotmensz N, Didier F, Rescigno M, Pravettoni G. Stress exposure in significant relationships is associated with lymph node status in breast cancer, PLOS One, 11(2): art n. e0149443, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149443.

(2016), Arnaboldi P, Oliveri S, Pravettoni G. Interprofessional care to improve patient-centered approach in breast cancer: a case-report regarding the management of concomitant psychiatric symptomatology.Integrative Cancer Science and Therapeutics, DOI: 10.15761/ICST.1000162.

(2015) Casali P, Bruzzi P, Bogaerts J, Pravettoni G. et al., Rare Cancers Europe (RCE) methodological recommendations for clinical studies in rare cancers: A European consensus position paper. Annals of Oncology, 26 (2): 300-306:459.

(2014), Gorini A, Lucchiari C, Russell EW, Pravettoni G. Modulation of risky choices in recently abstinent dependent cocaine users: a transcranial direct-current stimulation study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8: 661.

(2012) Cropley M, Michalianou G, Pravettoni G, Millward L. The Relation of Post-work Ruminative Thinking with Eating Behaviour. Stress And Health, 28 (1): 23-30

(2012) Lucchiari C, Pravettoni G. Cognitive balanced model: a conceptual scheme of diagnostic decision making, Journal of Evaluation In Clinical Practice, 18 (1): 82-88 

(2011), Gorini A, Pravettoni G. An overview on cognitive aspects implicated in medical decisions. European Journal Of Internal Medicine, 22 (6): 547-553 

 

 

Awards and prizes

Among the obtained awards, in 2017 she won the "Milan Ambassador Program" special thanks that the city of Milan recognizes to those who with their commitment represent and promote Milan all over the world with the aim of nominating the city to host congresses or the most prestigious and authoritative international events in their sector.
She is currently a member of the Review Commission for National Research Projects, assigned by the Italian Ministry of Health, member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Foundation for Cancer Research (FIRC ), member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Federation of Volunteer Associations in Oncology, (AIMAC) and (FAVO), ANVUR reviewer of national projects and publications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paola Prete
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: experimental physics

Keywords: crystallography, graphene, materials, nanoelectronics, nanofotonics, nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanotechnologies, optics, renewable energies, semiconductors

Region: Apulia


Position/Role

Researcher at CNR, responsible of the Epitaxial Growth Laboratory (MOVPE and MBE) of the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM), Lecce Unit. Scientific responsible for IMM of the research activity for the “Rete di Laboratori Pubblici di Ricerca PHASHYN”.  

Professional career

She got the BSc degree in Physics at Lecce University in July 1991 and the PhD degree in Physics at Bari University in 1996. She was a staff member in North Wales at the North East Wales Institute (NEWI), now Glyndwr University (UK), in the years 1996-97. Since March 1998, she is researcher in Physics of Matter at IMM of CNR, Unit of Lecce. Visiting Scientist at Chiba University, Chiba (Japan) in October 1998.  Teaching at foreign Academic institutions (in UK). Contract Professor at Faculty of Engineering of University of Salento (1997-2011). Teaching to PhD Courses. Tutor of several degree and PhD thesis.  

Scientific results

Her expertise includes the study of the semiconductor compound crystal growth, specially nanowires, and their optical morphological and functional properties. In particular, the study of the synthesis of semiconductor materials through epitaxial technologies (Vapour Phase Epitaxy, MOVPE and Molecular Beam Epitaxy, MBE), the study of the physical, chemical and morphological properties through optical spectroscopy techniques (luminescence and absorption) and microscopy (FE-SEM, cathodoluminescence). 
She has more than twenty five-years experience in the material science research field. She started by studying the optical and structural properties of low dimensional structures for optoelectronic applications. At present she works in the field of nanotechnology by studying and applying bottom-up approaches for the fabrication of the 1D nanostructures for application in nano- /opto- electronics, sensing and photonics.  Among her recent activities, Paola Prete is working on third generation photovoltaics for the project “Rete di Laboratori Pubblici di Ricerca PHASHYN”. This research could create a breakthrough in the area of renewable energy sources by using the nanotechnology: it focuses to the fabrication to and high efficiency III-generation solar cells made by nanowires, i.e. semiconductor nanocrystals of the dimension of a virus, i.e. of the order of few tens of millionth of a millimeter, each of them being a solar cell capable to convert in electricity an enormous amount of solar radiation. The technologies under developments at Lecce by Paola Prete will allow to pack tens of billions per square centimeter. A far-reaching technology which, in a close future, will ensure jump in cell efficiencies and low production costs opening up to unimaginable scenarios. Inside this topic, there is also the study of the van der Waals epitaxial growth of 2D layers (graphene and graphene-like materials)

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 she is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the open access scientific journal “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology”, SAGE, USA (2017 Impact Factor 1.730). Since December 2016, she is also Associate Editor of the renowned journal “Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials”, Elsevier (2017 Impact Factor 3.147). She is editor of books and Guest Editor of several international volumes and Special Issue on peer-reviewed journals such as Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials (Elsevier), Crystal Research and Technology (WileyVCH), Applied Physics A: Material Science and Processing (Springer).  She is author of more than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals, among which the following ones:  [2018] Wolf D, Huebner R, Niermann T, Sturm S, Prete P, Lovergine N, Buechner B, Lubk A, Three-Dimensional Composition and Electric Potential Mapping of III-V CoreMultishell Nanowires by Correlative STEM and Holographic Tomography. Nano Letters, 18 (8) 4777-4784.  
 [2017] Di Carlo V, Prete P, Dubrovskii V G, Berdnikov Y, Lovergine N, CdTe nanowires by Au-catalyzed Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy. Nano Letters, 17 (7) 4075-4082. 
 [2015] Bianco G V, Losurdo M, Giangregorio M M, Sacchetti A, Prete P, Lovergine N, Capezzuto P, and Bruno G, Direct epitaxial CVD synthesis of tungsten disulfide on epitaxial and CVD graphene. RSC Advances, 5, 98700-98708. 
 [2015] Chen G., McGuckin T, Hawley C J, Gallo E M, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Subsurface imaging of coupled carrier transport in GaAs/AlGaAs coreshell nanowires. Nano Letters, 15 (1), 75-79.

 [2015] Miccoli I, Prete P, Lovergine N, A mass-transport limited model describing the MOVPE growth of III-V shells around dense free-standing nanowire arrays. CrystEngComm, 17 (31), 5998-6005.
 [2014] Lubk A, Wolf D, Kern F, Roeder F, Prete P, Lovergine N, Lichte H, Nanoscale three-dimensional reconstruction of elastic and inelastic mean free path lenghts by electron holographic tomography. Applied Physics Letters, 105 (17), 173101.
 [2013] Chen G, Sun G, Ding Y J, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Shtrikman H, Kung P, Livneh T, J. E. Spanier J E, Direct measurement of band edge discontinuity in individual core-shell nanowires by photocurrent spectroscopy, Nano Letters, 13, 4152−4157. 
 [2011] Chen G, Gallo E M, Leaffer O D, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Tunable hot-electron transfer within a single core-shell nanowire. Physical Review Letters, 107, 156802 (1-5). 
 [2011] Gallo E M, Chen G, Currie M, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Nabet B, Spanier J E, Picosecond response times in GaAs/AlGaAs core/shell nanowire-based photodetectors. Applied Physics Letters 98 (24), 241113 (3pp).
 [2011] Wolf D, Lichte H, Pozzi G, Prete P, Lovergine N, Electron holographic tomography for mapping the three-dimensional distribution of electrostatic potential in III-V semiconductor nanowires. Applied Physics Letters 98 (26), 264103 (3pp).

Awards and prizes

She was winner of the Italian Association of Crystallography (AIC), Young scientists Award for the 2000 year, reserved to young scientists working in the field of crystallography who have obtained innovative results of both theoretical and applicative crystallographic interest, prize conferred with the following motivation: "for the innovative results obtained in the study of semiconductor growth and the determination of their optical and structural properties". She was the winner of the Best Oral presentation Prize at the Nanophotonics and Micro/Nano-Optics (NANOP) 2018 International Conference, Rome 30 Sep-3 Oct 2018. 
 Member of the Italian Crystal Growth Commission inside the Italian Association of Crystallography (AIC) during the 2006-2011 and 2015-2017 years. Coordinator of the Crystal Growth Section of AIC, 2012-2014. Italian Councillor of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (IOCG), 2012-2014. Chair of the European School on Crystal Growth (ESCG2015), Bologna 5-8 September 2015. Member of the Advisory and Scientific Board of several International Conference.  Project monitor in the field of research, pre-competitive development and technological transfer of the Regional Agency for Technology and Innovation (A.R.T.I.) Apulia Region, Italy. 
 

Sabrina Pricl
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: chemical engineering, nanotechnologies

Keywords: cancer, chronic mieloid leukemia, drugs resistance, leukemia, molecular engineering, nanotechnologies, nanovectors, proteins, rna, therapy, tumor

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Position/Role

The Research Manager in "Life Science" of the MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste.

Professional career

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Trieste, in 1986 she obtained the qualification to the profession. From 1986 to 1990 she worked as a fellow at the Area Science Park in Trieste and at the University of Trieste. From 1990 to February 2002 she was teaching assistant at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trieste. Since 2002 she is associate professor of Chemical Engineering in the same faculty.

 

Scientific results

The main research activities are focused on the study, correlation and prediction of the structure/property relationships of complex molecular systems such as dendrimers (macromolecules with a characteristic tree structure), proteins and drug transporters. In 2014, Sabrina Prici, together with other researchers from MOSE (Molecular Simulation Engineering) in Trieste and colleagues at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, published the results of the study on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). The study identified the molecular dynamics responsible for resisting targeted drugs. It was proved that patients undergoing long-term therapy developed mutations of a particular protein (BCR-ABL1) that made the therapy ineffective. So, Sabrina Prici and her colleagues provided important information for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, allowing not only the possibility of expressing a personalized therapy for the patient, but also investigating the possibility of creating active ingredients antagonistic to the protein mutation. Also in 2014, as part of international research, Sabrina Prici and colleagues develop a "nanovector" capable of transporting and protecting small strands of RNA that have important anti-tumor and anti-viral therapeutic capabilities. In the absence of these "nanovectors" the small strands of RNA cannot be used for therapeutic purposes because they are recognized by the immune system as "exogenous" and therefore destroyed. The discovery is of absolute importance for the development of new therapies.

 

 

 

 

Editorial work and publications

Sabrina Pricl is the author of numerous national and international scientific publications, including:

(2016) Chen C, Posocco P, Liu X, Cheng Q, Laurini E, Zhou J, Liu C, Wang Y, Tang J, Dal Col V, Yu T, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Liang Z, Rossi JJ, Liu M, Rocchi P, Pricl S, Peng L. Mastering dendrimer self-assembly for efficient siRNA delivery: from conceptual design to in vivo efficient gene silencing. Small, 12:3667-3676.

(2015) Brambilla L, Genini D, Laurini E, Merulla J, Perez L, Fermeglia M, Carbone GM, Pricl S, Catapano CV. Hitting the right spot: Mechanism of action of OPB-31121, a novel and potent inhibitor of the Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3). Molecular Oncology, 9:1194-1206.

(2015) Tuo W, Chao C, Juan L, Cheng L, Posocco P, Xiaoxuan L, Qiang C, Shuaidong H, Zicai L; Fermeglia M, Pricl S, et al. Anticancer drug nanomicelles formed by self-assembling amphiphilic dendrimer to combat cancer drug resistance. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 112:2978-2983.

(2014) Gibbons DL, Pricl S, Posocco P, Laurini E, Fermeglia M, Sun H, Talpaz M, Donato N. Quintás-Cardama A. Molecular dynamics reveal BCR-ABL1 polymutants as a unique mechanism of resistance to PAN-BCR-ABL1 kinase inhibitor therapy. Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences of The United States of America, 111:3550-3555.

(2014) Liu X, Zhou J, Yu T, Chen C, Cheng Q, Sengupta K, Huang Y; Li H, Liu C, Wang Y, Posocco P, Wang M, Cui Q, Giorgio S, Fermeglia M, Qu F, Pricl S, et al. Adaptive Amphiphilic Dendrimer-Based Nanoassemblies as Robust and Versatile siRNA Delivery Systems. Angewandte Chemie. International Edition, 53, 11822-11827.

(2012) Posocco P, Gentilini C, Bidoggia S, Pace A, Franchi P, Lucarini M, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pasquato L. Self-organization of mixtures of fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon amphiphilic thiolates on the surface of gold nanoparticles. Acs Nano, 6:7243-7253.

(2011) Barnard A, Posocco P, Pricl S, Calderon M, Haag R, Shum WT, Pack WD, Smith DK. Degradable Self-Assembling Dendrons for Gene Delivery – Experimental and Theoretical Insights into the Barriers to Cellular Uptake. Journal Of The American Chemical Society, 133:20288-20300.

(2011) Pierotti M, Tamborini E, Negri T, Pricl S, Pilotti S. Targeted therapy in GIST: in silico modeling for prediction of resistance. Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology, 8:161-170.

(2009) Negri T, Pavan GM, Virdis E, Greco A, Fermeglia M, Pricl S, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S, Tamborini E. T670X KIT mutations in gastrointestinal stromal tumors: making sense of missense. Journal Of The National Cancer Institute, 101: 194-204.

(2006) Tamborini E, Pricl S, Negri T, Lagonigro MS, Miselli F, Greco A, Gronchi A, Casali P, Ferrone M, Fermeglia M, Pierotti MA, Pilotti S. Functional analyses and Molecular modeling of two c-Kit mutations responsible for Imatinib secondary resistance in GIST patients. Oncogene, 25, 6140-6146.

Awards and prizes

Sabrina Pricl is a member of the following scientific societies: American Chemical Society, The Society of Rheology, Italian Society of Rheology, American Institute of Chemical Engineering, COMSEF (Computational Molecular Science & Engineering Forum), Editorial Board of Carbohydrate Polymers.

 

 

 

Silvia Giuliana Priori
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cardiovascular pathophysiology, molecular cardiology, rehabilitative cardiology

Keywords: cardiology, rehabilitative cardiology, sudden death syndrome, telethon

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Scientific Director at the IRCSS Salvatore Maugeri Foundation of Pavia and Full Professor of Cardiology at the University of Pavia

 

Professional career

Silvia Giuliana Priori graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 at the University of Milan, then specialized in Cardiology at the same university, obtaining a PhD in Cardiac Pathophysiology in 1995. After a period of training abroad, in the Cellular Electrophysiology laboratories of the Cardiology Department of Washington University, she returned to Italy to carry out a research internship in molecular biology at the Telethon Institute for Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM) in Milan. From 2008 to January 2016 she is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Genetics Program at the Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology at the University of New York. She is currently Full Professor of Cardiology at the University of Pavia. In addition to the academic activity, Silvia Giuliana Priori coordinates several laboratories and departments: she is the Central Scientific Director of the Salvatore Maugeri Foundation Clinic of Labor and Rehabilitation IRCCS and Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Cardiology and of the Molecular Cardiology Service at the same Foundation. She also directs and coordinates international programs, such as the Cardiovascular Genetics Genetic Cardiovascular Program at the National Center for Investigations Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid.

Scientific results

Since 1997 she has begun the development of an autonomous research line in the laboratories that she directs. By merging the clinical activity on arrhythmogenic diseases (cardiac diseases that cause arrhythmias) to the skills of molecular biology and cell electrophysiology, she created the first center in Italy, and one of the first in the world, of Molecular Cardiology where she studies the mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias that cause sudden deaths in children and adolescents. She achieved important successes in research on long QT syndrome (LQTS, from the English "Long QT Syndrome"), a rare cardiac anomaly characterized by delayed repolarization of myocardial cells and associated with syncope, and Brugada syndrome, also a heart condition with disorders of the electrical activity of the heart that leads to cardiac arrest. The team she directs is involved in a wide-ranging project based on the creation of innovative animal models of genetic diseases and on the development of advanced molecular strategies to correct gene defects through the use of adeno-associated viruses (able to integrate into the cell genome host even in the absence of cell proliferation) to silence sick genes and to re-express healthy ones.

Editorial work and publications

(2016) Mosca B, Eckhardt J, Bergamelli L, Priori SG, et al. Role of the JP45-calsequestrin complex on calcium entry in slow twitch skeletal muscles. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291(28):14555-65.

(2016) Mazzanti A, Priori SG. Brugada Syndrome. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 68(6):624-625.

(2016) Faragli A, Underwood K, Priori SG, Mazzanti A. Is There a Role for Genetics in the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death?. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology.

(2016) Mosca B, Eckhardt J, Bergamelli L, Priori SG, et al. Role of the JP45-Calsequestrin Complex on Calcium Entry in Slow Twitch Skeletal Muscles. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 291(28).

(2016) Chyou JY Fredman D, Cerrone M, Priori SG, et al. Electrocardiographic features of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, Epilepsia.

(2016) Curcio A, Mazzanti A, Bloise R, Priori SG, et al. Clinical Presentation and Outcome of Brugada Syndrome Diagnosed With the New 2013 Criteria. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, 27(8):937-43.

(2016) Mazzanti A, Maragna R, Faragli A, Priori SG, et al. Gene-Specific Therapy With Mexiletine Reduces Arrhythmic Events in Patients With Long QT Syndrome Type 3. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 67(9):1053-1058.

(2016) Imberti JF, Underwood K, Mazzanti A, Priori SG. Clinical Challenges in Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 25(8).

(2015) Priori SG, Blomstorm-Lundqvist C, Mazzanti A, et al. 2015 ESC Guidelines for the Management of Patients With Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death. Revista Española de Cardiología, 69(2):176.

(2015) Ferrantini C, Coppini R, Scellini B, Priori SG, et al. R4496C RyR2 mutation impairs atrial and ventricular contractility. The Journal of General Physiology, 147(1).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annalisa Prizzon
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International politics area

Competences: development economy, finanza per lo sviluppo

Keywords: China, development, development aid, external debt, multilateral development banks, Sub Saharan Africa, World Bank

Region: ABROAD


Professional career

Annalisa  Prizzon graduated in Economics (University of Padua) in 2003, studied at the Department of Economics of Essex University (United Kingdom) in 2003, and completed her MSc in International Economic Integration (University of Pavia) in 2005. She undertook her doctoral studies in Economics and Public Finance (University of Pavia), completing them in 2009. The thesis analyzed various issues related to the sustainability of foreign debt in low-income countries. During her doctoral studies, Annalisa worked as a consultant at the World Bank's Economic Policy and Debt Department and spent a period as a Visiting Scholar at Notre Dame University (United States). From 2008 to 2011 she had been an economist at the OECD Development Centre, analysing issues related to the sustainability of debt, public development aid and development macroeconomics in emerging countries and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2011 she has been working at the Overseas Development Institute in London, one of the most prestigious think-tanks in the field of development. She has been leading and coordinating consultancy, advisory and research projects in the areas of effective aid allocation, development effectiveness, financing for development and debt sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Scientific results

Annalisa Prizzon has been leading and coordinating research, consulting and advisory projects in collaboration with Ministries of Foreign Affairs, development cooperation agencies in Europe, Africa and Asia, international organizations, multilateral development banks and civil society organizations. She has extensive field experience, particularly in Africa (Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Senegal, Zambia), Latin America (Chile, Mexico) and Asia (Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam).

She has published extensively on the themes of international cooperation, on the allocation and effectiveness of financing and public development aid, on the implications of external debt sustainability in sub-Saharan African. 

Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Prizzon is referee of the European Journal of Development Research, The Review of International Organizations, Development Policy Review, World Economy, Oxford Development Studies, Sustainability, Journal of Pacific Studies.

She has contributed various policy papers on development cooperation and peer-reviewed journals, for example:

[2018] Mustapha S, Prizzon A, Debt relief initiatives 20 years on and implications of the new development finance landscape, in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal.

[2018] Engen L, Prizzon A, A guide on multilateral development banks, Overseas Development Institute.

[2017] Bhattacharya A, Kharas H, Plant M, Prizzon A, The New Global Agenda and the Future of the MDB System,Paper prepared for the G20 Eminent Persons Group meeting in Frankfurt am Main on 4 December 2017, Brookings Institute, Centre for Global Development, Overseas Development Institute.

[2017] Prizzon A, et al. (eds.), Six recommendations for reforming multilateral development banks: an essay series,ODI report, December. 

[2017] Pickering, J, Davies R, Prizzon A, Development co-operation: New perspectives from developing countries – Introduction for special issue of Development Policy Review, in Development Policy Review, 35, O1-O9.

[2017] Prizzon A, Greenhill R, Mustapha S, An ‘age of choice’ for external development finance? Evidence from country case studies, in Development Policy Review, 35, O29-O45.

[2015] Schmaljohann M, Prizzon A, Age of choice:  How partner countries are managing the new development assistance landscape – The cases of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu, in Asia and Pacific Policy Studies, Australian National University. Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 643–651, September.  

[2015] Mold A, Prizzon A, Commodity prices and export performance in Sub-Saharan African countries,in Morrissey O, Lopez R, Sharma K (eds.) “Handbook On Trade And Development”, Edward Elgar Publishing.   

[2013] Mold A, Prizzon A, South-South trade liberalization as a way out of the financial crisis? An exploratory CGE simulation, in Journal of International Development, vol. 25(8), pages 1071-1084, November. 

[2013] Prizzon A, Vaggi G, On the sustainability of external debt: Is debt relief enough?, in Cambridge Journal of Economics, December.

[2012] Mold A, Prizzon A, Aid flows in times of crisis, in Alonso JA, Ocampo JA (eds.) “Development Cooperation in Times of Crisis, Initiative for Policy Dialogue”, Columbia University Press [Spanish version in Fondo de Cultura Económica].

Awards and prizes

Annalisa Prizzon is academic advisor of Jubilee Debt Campaign and a member of the World Economic Forum Council on the Future on Infrastructure.

Paola Profeta
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: gender economy, gender policies, pension systems, public economics, public finance, taxation

Keywords: female employment, female leadership, gender, gender quotas, public policies, taxation

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate professor of Public Economics at Bocconi University, Milan

Professional career

She obtained a degree in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi in 1995 and a PhD in Economics at Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona in 2000. During her PhD, she spent two years as visiting scholar at  Columbia University of New York. She was post-doc at CORE, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. From 2001 to 2005 she was assistant professor of Public Economics at the University of Pavia and from 2005 she is associate professor at Bocconi, where she also coordinates the Dondena Gender initiative, a research unit on gender studies. She is also Research Fellow of CESifo, CHILD-Collegio Carlo Alberto of Turin and scientific advisor of Unicredit and Universities Foundation. From 2015 to 2018 she was member of the board of the European Public Choice Society. She is now member of the board of the International Institute of Public Finance and the Italian Society of Public Economics. She was visiting professor at several institutions such as Nuffield College (University of Oxford), CESifo of Munich, Trinity College of Dublin and the Universities of Lugano, Rennes, Edimburgh, Simon Fraser.  

Scientific results

Her research activity develops in two fields: public economics and gender economics, with a particular attention to the policy implications of pension and taxation systems and of measures which promote female employment and women’s empowerment.

Editorial work and publications

Paola Profeta is author of several publications in prestigious journals of economics and of books, among which:

 

(2018) When the state mirrors the family: the design of pension systems (with V. Galasso), Journal of European Economic Association.

(2018) Tax Policy and Economic Growth: Does it Really Matter? (with D. Baiardi, R. Puglisi and S.Scabrosetti) International tax and Public Finance.

(2014) Women Directors. The Italian Way and Beyond (with L. Amidani Aliberti, A. Casarico, M. D’Amico, A. Puccio; lead author), Palgrave MacMillan.

(2014) Gender quotas and the quality of politicians (with A. Baltrunaite, P. Bello, A. Casarico), Journal of Public Economics, 118:62-74. 

(2013) Does Democracy affect taxation and public spending? Evidence from Developing countries (with R. Puglisi and S. Scabrosetti), Journal of Comparative Economics 41: 684-717.

(2012) Public education and Redistribution when Talents are Mismatched (with M. Bernasconi), European Economic Review, 56(1): 84-96.

(2010) The political economy of taxation: lessons from developing countries (with S. Scabrosetti), E. Elgar.

(2007) The Redistributive Design of Social Security Systems (with J.I. Conde Ruiz), The Economic Journal 117: 686-712.

(2004)Lessons for an Aging Society: the Political Sustainability of Social Security Systems (with V. Galasso), Economic Policy 63-115.

(2002) The Political Economy of Social Security: A Survey (with V. Galasso), European Journal of Political Economy 18: 1-29

 

Awards and prizes

Paola Profeta is responsible of the Dondena Gender initiative, fellow of Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy all'Università Bocconi, of CHILD at Collegio Carlo Alberto of Turin and CESifo of Munich. She has been invited as keynote speaker at several conferences, such as Alp-Pop 2018, the international conference 2017 “From parents to children” Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation, Lisbon, the international conference in memory of Valeria Solesin at Ca’ Foscari, the conference “Inefficient Inequality” of Intereconomics/CEPS a Bruxelles, the conference “Trust and Taxation” of UCSIA- Anvers and numerous conferences in Italy and in Europe on the topic of board gender quotas and gender quotas in politics. She is member of the editorial board of European Journal of Political Economyand CESifo Economic Studies. Her research was funded by the European Commission – DG Justice and DG Emploment, private foundations (FBBVA, Ramon Areces), universities and research centers (Sandell, Netspar). She was awarded the SIEP 3002 prize and the 2018 research impact award of Bocconi University. She was invited for hearing at the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Italian Parliament. She organized several international workshops on the topic of equal opportunities between men and women and women’s empwoerment. On the same topic she is active in the national and international debate. She writes on Il Sole 24 Oreand collaborates with Corriere della Sera and La 27esima Ora.

 

Chiara Proietti Silvestri
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International politics area

Competences: analysis of energy markets, energy (geo)politics

Keywords: decarbonisation, energy scenarios and investments, energy transition and sustainability, European energy dependence, gas pipeline war, O&G discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, power interconnections, Security of supply

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Energy market analyst at the bologna-based research and consultancy firm RIE (Ricerche Industriali ed Energetiche); Associate research fellow energy security at the institute of international policy ISPI

Professional career

Chiara Proietti Silvestri attended the Faculty of Political Sciences "R. Ruffilli ” (Forlì Campus); in 2011 she graduated with a master's degree cum laudein International and Diplomatic Sciences. In the same year, she joined the research team of RIE in Bologna where she still works as a political and energy economics analyst. In 2015, she began working with ISPI on the drafting of energy security reports for the Italian Parliament's International Policy Observatory. The collaboration with ISPI continues also in the field of teaching and in 2017 she becomes Associate Research Fellow Energy Security. She continues to study, believing that learning must be continuously stimulated; for this reason, over the years she has attended specialization courses on energy law, industrial economics, econometrics, energy certification analysis.

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the editorial board of the “Rivista Energia", since 1980 a quarterly review regarding the main energy issues. Moreover, she has published numerous articles in specialized magazines, some of which are listed below:

 

[2019] Proietti Silvestri C. I numeri dell’economia circolare in Italia, Gestore Mercati Energetici 

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. Anche litio e cobalto nelle statistiche dell’energia, Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. La finanza verde a 10 anni dal primo Green bond, Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2018] Proietti Silvestri C. Turkish Stream, gli esiti del divide et impera russo, Formiche 

[2016] Proietti Silvestri C. Gas, perno della cooperazione nel Mediterraneo orientale, Affari Internazionali

[2015] Gugliotta A., Proietti Silvestri C. Shale gas e prezzi oil: cosa cambia?Gestore Mercati Energetici

[2015] Proietti Silvestri C. Egitto a tutto gas: nuovi equilibri energetici nel Mediterraneo Orientale,Osservatorio di Politica Internazionale del Senato della Repubblica

[2015] Proietti Silvestri C. Esplorazione: nuovo dinamismo nel Mar Adriatico, Affari Internazionali 

[2014] Clò F., Proietti Silvestri C. I distretti petroliferi in Emilia Romagna: realtà da indagare e valorizzare, Rivista “Energia”

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C. Cipro: tra sviluppo energetico e tensioni politiche, The Risky Shift 

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C. Stati Uniti: le implicazioni internazionali di una politica energetica “non convenzionale, The Risky Shift

[2013] Proietti Silvestri C.  L’onda siriana sul petrolio, Affari Internazionali

[2012] Proietti Silvestri C. Sicurezza Energetica: Egitto e Israele alla battaglia del gas,Affari Internazionali 

[2011] Proietti Silvestri C. Non Proliferazione: Giro di vite sul commercio nucleare, Affari Internazionali

[2011] Proietti Silvestri C. Sicurezza nucleare: insegnamenti dopo Fukushima, Rivista Energia

[2009] Proietti Silvestri C. Russia: Il war game simulato contro la Polonia inquieta l'Alleanza Atlantica,Equilibri

Chiara Daniela Pronzato
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: demographics, family economy, political economy, public policies evaluation

Keywords: childcare services, children cognitive and non-cognitive development, gender, intergenerational transmission, parental separation

Region: Piedmont


Position/Role

Chiara Pronzato is Associate Professor of Demography at the University of Turin (Italy) and Collegio Carlo Alberto Affiliate.

Professional career

She studied Statistics at the University of Turin and then moved to ISER, University of Essex, where she earned a Phd in Economics. In 2008, she was back to Italy with a post-doc position at Dondena, Bocconi University. In 2011, she received the UWIN (Unicredit Women’s International Network) Best Paper Award on topics related to “Economic Consequences of Gender Equality in Europe”.

Scientific results

Her main research interests are in the fields of economics of the family, demography, and policy evaluation methods. In recent years, she has received grants to study children’s time use and to carry out policy evaluation of educational programs.  

Her research appears in the Economic Journal, in the Journal of Population Economics, in the European Journal of Population, in Review of Economics of the Household, in Oxford Economic Papers, and in Regional Studies.

Roberta Rabellotti
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: development economy, innovation economy

Keywords: China, emerging countries, industrialization, multinationls

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Economics - Department of Political and Social Science, Università di Pavia and Assigned Professor at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

 

Professional career

She has a laurea in Economics at Bocconi University, a Master Degree in Development Economics at the University of Oxford and a Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

She held a lecturer position in the Università di Padova and she was Associate Professor at the Università del Piemonte Orientale.

She was visiting fellow at the University of Singapore, JETRO-Institute of Developing Economies, Duke University, Northeastern University, Manchester University, Tsinghua University, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana de Mexico.

She has working experience as consultant for OECD, UE, IADB, ITC, UNCTAD, UNIDO, ILO, FMI, CEPAL.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on development economics, regional economics and innovation. She has studied clusters and small enterprises in developing countries. Furthermore, she has researched how the involvement in Global Value Chains can facilitate the entry of firms from developing countries in global markets. More recently, the focus of her research is on multinationals from emerging countries, such as China and India, investing in advanced countries and on how these investments contribute to the building of an autonomous innovation capability in these countries.

Editorial work and publications

(2019) Amendolagine V., Giuliani E., Martinelli A., Rabellotti R., Chinese and Indian MNEs shopping spree in advanced countries. How good is for their innovative output?, Journal of Economic Geography, 18(5): 1149-1176.

 

(2011) Pietrobelli C, Rabellotti R. Global Value Chains Meet Innovation Systems: Are There Learning Opportunities for Developing Countries? World Development 9(7):1261-1269.

(2010) Cusmano L, Morrison A, Rabellotti R. Catching-up Trajectories in the Wine Sector: A Comparative Study of Chile, Italy and South Africa. World Development 38 (11):1588-1602.

(2010) Giuliani E, Morrison A, Pietrobelli C, Rabellotti R. Why do researchers collaborate with industry? An analysis of the wine sector in Chile, Italy and South Africa. Research Policy, 39(6): 748-761.

(2207) Pietrobelli C, Rabellotti R (ed.). Upgrading to Compete: SMEs, Clusters and Value Chains in Latin America, Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press.

 

Greta Radaelli
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STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: nanotechnologies, physical engineering

Keywords: bedimensional, bedimensional crystals, graphene, innovation, smart materials, startup, technological transfer

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Sole administrator of BeDimensional SRL, Genoa, and post-doc Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa

Professional career

After graduating in Physical Engineering, she continued her studies with a PhD in Physics at the Politecnico di Milano, during which she spent a year at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Later she moved to France for a post-doctoral degree. In 2014, back in Italy, she made the skills and experience gained abroad available to the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa. In 2016 she became the Unique Administrator of BeDimensional, a start-up born from IIT laboratories. The mission of BeDimensional consists in the development and production of composite materials integrating two-dimensional crystals (in particular graphene) with the aim of making available to Italian manufacturing innovative materials that can improve the performance of everyday objects.

Scientific results

During her PhD she dealt with oxide electronics and in particular focused on the study of the phenomena that characterize the interface between ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. The objective of these studies is the development of new electrically controlled memory devices based on tunnel effect junctions. At the Italian Institute of Technology she initially devoted herself to the development of intelligent materials for industrial applications. Subsequently, she dedicated herelf to the technology transfer project of new two-dimensional materials, in particular graphene, born in IIT, becoming sole administrator of BeDimensional startup. Inside the Italian Institute of Technology, in the Graphene Labs, we study two-dimensional crystals, the new family of "smart" materials born in 2004 with the isolation of the first and most famous of these materials - graphene - and which possess unique characteristics from the mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical point of view. Graphene, defined as a wonder material, has a mechanical resistance about 200 times greater than steel and an extraordinary thermal conductivity. 

It is biocompatible, biodegradable, capable of sustaining a higher electric current density than copper and is an almost impermeable barrier to the vast majority of chemical elements, while maintaining the characteristics of flexibility and lightness. In IIT's Graphene Labs, a process has been developed for the production of these materials that can be scaled at the industrial level. Two-dimensional crystals (including graphene) can also be appropriately mixed in plastic matrices, in carbon / glass fibers or in metals creating composites with high performance. These opportunities open up a new industrial scenario that was unimaginable until a few years ago. The idea is therefore to revolutionize and facilitate national and international manufacturing industry.

 

Editorial work and publications

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

 

(2016) Pesquera D, Barla A, Wojcik M, Jedryka E, Bondino F, Mangano E, Nappini S, Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Strain-Driven Orbital and Magnetic Orders and Phase Separation in Epitaxial Half-Doped Manganite Films for Tunneling Devices. Physical Review Applied 6(3):034004.

(2016) Radaelli G, Heredia-Guerrero JA, et al. Highly Effective Antiadhesive Coatings from pH-Modified Water-Dispersed Perfluorinated Acrylic Copolymers: The Case of Vulcanizing Rubber. Advanced Materials Interfaces 3(13).

(2015) Asa M, Baldrati L, Rinaldi C, Bertoli S, Radaelli G, et al. Electric field control of magnetic properties and electron transport in BaTiO 3 -based multiferroic heterostructures. Journal of Physics Condensed Matter 27(50):504004.

(2015) Bertacco R, Radaelli G, et al. Switching magnetic order at an Fe/BaTiO3 interface on and off: Impact on hybrid magnetic-ferroelectric tunnel junctions.

(2015) Liu F, Fina I, Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Selecting Steady and Transient Photocurrent Response in BaTiO3 Films.

(2015) Radaelli G, Gutiérrez D, et al. Large Room-Temperature Electroresistance in Dual-Modulated Ferroelectric Tunnel Barriers. Advanced Materials 27(16).

(2014) Radaelli G, Petti D, Cantoni M, et al, Absence of strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling at fully epitaxial Fe/BaTiO3 interface (invited). Journal of Applied Physics 115(17).

(2014) Radaelli G, Cantoni M, et al. Two dimensional growth of ultrathin Fe films on BaTiO. Journal of Applied Physics 115(6):063501.

(2014) Gutiérrez D, Radaelli G, et al. Bandwidth-limited control of orbital and magnetic orders in half-doped manganites by epitaxial strain. Physical Review B 89:075107.

(2014) Radaelli G, Petti D, et al. Electric Control of Magnetism at the Fe/BaTiO3 Interface. Nature Communications 5:3404.

 

Maria Alessandra Ragusa
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: mathematical analysis, mathematical methods and models applied to the environment

Keywords: differential equations, environment, local minimums

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis in the University of Catania, Italy

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics, with honors, at the University of Catania in 1988, she became, in 1989, Expert in Mathematical Analysis at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Catania. In 1990 she passed the admission exam to the PhD in Mathematics at the University of Catania. In 1992 she won a competition exam for University Researcher in Mathematical Analysis at the University of Catania, in 2000 she was Associate Professor at the University of Catania. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in Mathematics from Luleå University (Sweden).

In 2013 she obtained the national scientific qualification as Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis and from 2017 she is Full Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the University of Catania. She is Chief Researcher of the Center of Nonlinear Problems of Mathematical Physics, RUDN University, Moscow (Russia). She is a member of the Academic Board of the PhD in Mathematics at the University of Catania, and of international PhD exam commissions. She has held teaching courses for the Research Doctorate in Italy, France, Turkey and Sweden.

She is responsible for research projects of the "National Group for Mathematical Analysis, Probability and their Applications (GNAMPA) - National Institute of High Mathematics", of ERASMUS agreements between the University of Catania and foreign Universities in Sweden, Norway, Romania, Turkey and France.

She is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of the University of Catania from 2009 to 2012, she was elected, in 2012, President of the Master of Science in Environmental Protection Sciences of the University of Catania, and in 2013 Director of the "University Center for the Protection and Management of Natural Environments and Agro-Ecosystems" (CUTGANA).

She is Deputy Rector of the University of Catania to the Internationalization in the scientific field.

 She is the contact person for Catania of the Unione Matematica Italiana, member of the Gioenia Academy, proponent member of the "Angelo Marcello Anile Center for Mathematics for Technology" of the University of Catania, proponent member of the "Interdepartmental research center for community engagement" (CUrE) of the University of Catania It is included in the Register of expert evaluators of the National Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research (ANVUR).

 

Scientific results

She is currently responsible for a research group that is interested in the study of partial differential, linear and quasilinear equations and climate change and their impact.

  With her team he defined an index that makes it possible to easily calculate the territorial effect of sensitivity to desertification in order to exceed the international protocol limit "Mediterranean Mediterranean Desertification And Land Use European" (MEDALUS), which does not provide an estimate of sensitivity to the desertification of a territorial area (municipal, provincial, regional, hydrographic area) through a single value. This index has significant advantages, because it produces effective rankings, with the consequent possibility of processing comparative data in relation to different time periods.

Within the scope of this research in mathematics applied to the protection of the environment, the effects of the impact of the transport of Saharan dust on particulate matter (PM10) are studied.

The results of these researches have been exhibited in international conferences in all 5 continents, of which about 20 organized by her in Europe and the USA, being part of scientific committees in which she was sometimes the only Italian member. She has held seminars in numerous Italian and foreign universities, being, by way of example only: guest of research groups, invited guest on the occasion of intensive semesters of the National Institute of High Mathematics (INDAM), guest of the "Mathematics Research Center E. De Giorgi "of the" Scuola Normale Superiore "of Pisa, of the" Newton Institute "of Cambridge, of the Department of Mathematics of the" Research Melbourne Institute of Technology "of Melbourne, of the" Tokyo University of Science "of Tokyo, of the" Florida Institute of Technology "of Miami, of the Department of Mathematics, of the" Harvard University "of Boston, of the" Mittag-Leffler "Institute of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

 

Editorial work and publications

She is the  unique Editor in Chief of the international journal "Journal of Mathematics Research", published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education, Editor of the volume of "Journal of Inequalities and Applications" ed. Springer. 2015, member of Editorial Board of several international scientific journals  published on Scopus and Web of Science with impact factor. She is the author of more than 90 scientific publications, in single name and in collaboration with about 30 co-authors, of which one third are Italians and the other Europeans and non-Europeans. She published papers having  only her name in journals that are among the top 10 of the Journal Citation Reports and publications that, in both the Scopus and Web of Science databases, have more than 170 citations.

Just as examples, some of his scientific publications:

2019) V. Kokilashvili,  A. Meskhi,  M.A. Ragusa, “Weighted extrapolation in grand Morrey spaces and applications to partial differential equations“,   Rendiconti dei Lincei- Matematica e Applicazioni, Vol. 30    (1),  67-92.

 

(2018) V. Guliyev, M. Omarova, M.A. Ragusa, A. Scapellato, “Commutators and Generalized Local Morrey Spaces”, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Vol.457  (2), 1388-1402  (HIGHLY CITED PAPER of the journal 2018).

 

(2017) A. Cuspilici,  P. Monforte, M.A. Ragusa; “Study of Saharan dust influence on PM10 measures in Sicily from 2013 to 2015”, Ecological Indicatiors  Vol.76,  297-303.

 

(2017) M.A. Ragusa, A. Scapellato,; “Mixed Morrey spaces and their applications to partial differential equations”, Nonlinear Analysis-Theory Methods & Applications  Vol.151, 51-65  

                                                

(2017) A. Duro, V. Piccione, M.A. Ragusa, V. Rapicavoli, V. Veneziano; “Enviromentally Sensitive Patch Index of desertification risk applied to the main habitats of Sicily”, Book Series: American Institute of Physics Vol.1863, Article Number: UNSP 510005.     

 

(2014) S. Benboenou , M.A.Ragusa, M. Terberche; “Remarks on Leray's self-similar solutions to the 3D magnetohydrodynamic equations”,  Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, Vol.37 (17), 2615-2618.

 

 (2013) M.A.Ragusa, A. Tachikawa, H. Takabayashi; “Partial regularity of p(x)-harmonic maps”, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society  Vol. 365 (6), 3329-3353.

 

(2012)  L.-E. Persson, M.A. Ragusa, N. Samko, P. Wall; “ Commutators of Hardy operators in vanishing Morrey spaces”, Book Series: American Institute of Physics Vol.1863, , 859-866.

 

(2008) ) S. Polidoro, M.A. Ragusa; “Harnack inequality for hypoelliptic ultraparabolic equations with a singular lower order term”, Revista Matematica Iberoamericana Vol. 24, 1011-1046.

 

(2002) M.A. Ragusa; “Local Holder regularity for solutions of elliptic system”, Duke Mathematical Journal Vol. 113 (2), 385-397.

 

(2000)                   D. Palagachev, M.A. Ragusa, L. Softova; “Regular Oblique derivatives problem in Morrey Spaces”, El. Journal of Differential Equations (39).

 

 (1999) G. Di Fazio, D. Palagachev, M.A. Ragusa, “Global Morrey regularity of strong solutions to the Dirichlet problem for elliptic equations with discontinuous coefficients”, Journal of Functional Analysis  Vol.166 (2), 179-196.

Manuela Teresa Raimondi
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biomedical engineering

Keywords: biopharmaceuticals, drugs, in vitro organs, regenerative medicine, stamina cells, tissue engineering

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Professional career

After the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, in 2000 she receives her PhD in Bioengineering at at Politecnico di Milano, where she develops her career. In 2003 she founds a Bioengineering research unit, inside the IRRCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milano, which she directs until 2008. Since 2010 she founds and directs the Mechanobiology laboratory at the Dept of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “Giulio Natta”. From 2013 to 2015 she is the coordinator of the PhD program in Bioengineering. Since 2014 she founds and directs the LuCId lab, for live cell imaging. Since 2015 she is the referent person of Politecnico di Milano for the frame agreement with IRCCS Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milano.

Scientific results

Her scientific activity focuses on bioengineering, on the understanding and the consequent control of biological mechanisms through engineering devices for cell culture outside the human organism. An important result was that of succeeding in orienting the production of organoids (simplified and miniaturized versions of an organ produced in vitro), for example brain tissue or bone tumor metastasis, using miniaturized devices called "millifluidic bioreactors". Manuela Raimondi has designed such systems to produce and maintain living tissue in culture to be used for the experimentation of new drugs, such as chemotherapeutic and anti-inflammatory drugs, in a much more realistic way than conventional cell culture, reducing the use of experimental animals. In her studies she focused on "mesenchymal" cells, i.e. stem cells of bone and cartilage tissue, which provide the natural regenerative and reparative capacity to the tissues of the human body.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of around 200 scientific publications, among which: 

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, A.Villasante, K.Yaeger, S. Ambati, A. Chramiec, M.T. Raimondi, G. Vunjak-Novakovic. Biomechanical regulation of drug sensitivity in an engineered model of human tumor. Biomaterials. 2018 Jan;150:150-161. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2017.10.020

[2018] Marturano-Kruik A, Nava MM, Yaeger K, Chramiec A, Hao L, Robinson ST, Guo XE, Raimondi MT, Vunjak-Novakovic G. Human bone perivascular niche-on-a-chip for studyingmetastatic colonization. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb 6;115(6):1256-1261. doi:10.1073/pnas.1714282115.

[2016] Garcia B, Rodriguez Matas JF, Raimondi MT. Modeling of the mechano-chemical behavior of the nuclear pore complex: current research and perspectives. Integrative Biology, 8(10): 1011-1021 doi: 10.1039/c6ib00153j

[2016] Nava MM, Di Maggio N, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Martin I, Raimondi MT. Synthetic niche substrates engineered via two-photon laser polymerization for the expansion of human mesenchymal stromal cells. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, doi: 10.1002/term.2187

[2016] Nava MM, Piuma A, Figliuzzi M, Cattaneo I, Bonandrini B, Zandrini T, Cerullo G, Osellame R, Remuzzi A, Raimondi MT. Two-photon polymerized "nichoid" substrates maintain function of pluripotent stem cells when expanded under feeder-free conditions. Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 7:132. doi: 10.1186/s13287-016-0387-z

Awards and prizes

Manuela Raimondi received many grants and awards, among which three ERC grants:

 

2000-2001: Young Investigator Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2005-2006 e 2006-2007: Research Award from the Cariplo Foundation.

2006 e 2007: Rocca Award from the MIT-Italy program.

2010-2011: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

2011-2012: Young Researcher Award from Politecnico di Milano.

2015-2020: ERC-CoG-2014 Grant award in stem cell mechanobiology, from the European Research Council. Project NICHOID.

2017-2018: ERC-PoC-2016 Grant award in stem cell bioengineering, from the European research Council. Project NICHOIDS.

2019-2020 ERC-PoC-2018 Grant award in microfluidic bioengineering, from the European Research Council. Project MOAB.

2018-202: Research Award from the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

Lucrezia Reichlin
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: banks, econometrics, finance, macroeconomics, monetary policy

Keywords: economic cycle, monetary policy, previsions

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor of Economics at the London Business School, Non-executive Director of Unicredit Banking Group, Ageas Insurance Group (member of the Risk committee), Eurobank Ergasias SA (chairman nomination committee, chair remuneration committee), Messaggerie Italiane Group, Chairman and co-founder Now-Casting Economics limited, Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation.

Professional career

After obtaining a degree in Economics from the University of Modena in 1980, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from the New York Iniversity (USA). She held various academic roles. In sequence: European University Institute, Florence, Observatoire des Conjonctures Economiques of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York. From 1994 to 2004 she was professor of economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. In 2005 she was appointed general manager of research at the European Central Bank (ECB) where she headed the monetary policy, financial markets and economic forecasting divisions. After four years at the ECB she returned to the academy as Full Professor of Economics at the London Business School. Since 2009 she has been a member of the board of directors of Unicredit, since 20013 of the Board of Ageas Insurance Group and since 2016 of Eurobank Ergesias where she was also chair of the remuneration and nomination committees. In 2011 she founded the forecasting company No-Casting Economics in London and became its President. Since 2018 she has been appointed Trustee of the Foundation of the International Financial Reporting Standards.

Scientific results

Reichlin is considered the most influential European woman economist being ranked by Repec / Ideas (the site used by the profession for the international ranking) number one in Europe and number thirteen in the world for impact of its research and publications (2017 data). Her main academic contributions are in the fields of econometrics, monetary policy and business cycle analysis. On these issues she has published in numerous international journals. She was elected "Fellow" of the most prestigious international academic institutions: Econometric Society, British Academy, Academia Europaea, European Economic Association, Center for European Economic Research. She received the Birgit Grodal award from the European Economic Association for excellence in women's economic careers in Europe and other awards (see CV).

Her research leadership is also demonstrated by the various roles she holds in international research institutions. Some of her many present and past roles: Trustee Center of European Economic Policy Research, Board Member, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Board Member, International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies Geneva, Chair, Scientific Council, Bruegel, Brussels ( 2013-2016), Scientific director (2011-2013) and Program co-director, International Macroeconomics (1999-2004) of the Center of Economic Policy Research, Founder of the Euro Area Business Cycle Network.

Reichlin has been at the top of one of the most important central banks in the world for five years (see above) and has almost ten years of experience as a non-executive director in international banking and insurance groups. She is the author of influential international relations on debt issues, the economic reform of the single European currency government and various publications on monetary policy and financial crises. She is regularly called upon to contribute speeches at major international conferences on these topics: Federal Reserve including the annual Jackson Hole assembly, European Central Bank including the annual Sintra assembly and generally central banks of both developed and emerging world as well as Fund International Monetary and Organization of Economic and Development.

In 2011 Reichlin founded the company Now-Casting Economics ltd in London which is a spin-off of her research on forecasting methods based on real-time analysis of a large amount of data. The methodology, innovative from the research point of view, provides a web-based service to financial investors and is powered by a completely automatic procedure. Reichlin is the President of the company.
Finally, she has a long experience in consulting economic policy and organizing research in economic policy institutions. For example, she was a member of the Commission Economique de la Nation, (advisory board of the ministries of finance and economics of France, 2014-2016), she was a member of the research evaluation committee Banque de France and of the central banks of Spain and Sweden. She was a member of the council on the euro crisis of the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York and a consultant to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington. She is an "academic advisor" to the Institute of Global Affairs, the Laby Global Policy of the London School of Economics.

Editorial work and publications

Lucrezia Riechlin is a columnist for Corriere della Sera and Project Syndicate. She occasionally writes comments for the Financial Times. She has numerous publications to her credit, including, in the academic field:

(2016) Giannoni D, Monti F, Reichlin L. Exploiting the Monthly Data Flow in Structural, Journal of Monetary Economics.

 

(2012) Giannone D, Doz C, Reichlin L. A maximum likelihood approach to dynamic factor analysis in large panels, Review of Economics and Statistics.

(2010) Lenza M, Oill H, Reichlin L. Monetary policy in exceptional times, Economic Policy, 62:295-339.

(2009) Forni M, Giannone D, Lippi M, Reichlin L. Opening the black box: the econometrics of structural factor models. Econometric Theory.

(2008) Giannone D, Reichlin L, Small D. Nowcasting GDP and inflation: the real time informational content of macroeconomic data releases. Journal of Monetary Economics.

(2008) De Mol C, Giannone D, Reichlin L.  Forecasting with a large number of predictors: is Bayesian shrinkage a valid alternative to principal components? Journal of Econometrics.

(2005) Forni M, Hallin M, Lippi M, Reichlin L. The generalised dynamic factor model: one sided estimation and forecasting. Journal of the American Statistical Association,100, 471:830-840.

(2000) Forni M, Hallin M, Lippi M, Reichlin L. The generalised dynamic factor model: identification and estimation. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 82, 4: 540-554.

(1998) Forni M, Reichlin L. Let’s get real: a factor analytical approach to disaggregated business cycle dynamics. Review of Economic Studies,65, 3:453-73.

(1995) Lippi M, Reichlin L. Diffusion of technical change and the decomposition of output into trend and cycle. Review of Economic Studies,61, 1:19-30.

Awards and prizes

In 2015 she was nominated by the President of the Republic as "Grand Officer" of the "Star of Italy", in 2017 she was nominated among the 100 Italian Excellencies and received the "Premiolino" award for her editorials for the Corriere della Sera in 2013.

 

Alessandra Ricci
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance

Keywords: companies, export, internationalization

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

Chief Executive Officer of SIMEST Spa

Professional career

After graduating cum laude in 1994 with a degree in Business and Economics from the LUISS University in Rome, in 1995 Ricci joined the project finance team at Mediocredito Centrale (Unicredit Group) as an Associate Director. She held senior positions in structuring/arranging and advisory roles for project finance and export finance transactions in both the emerging markets and in Italy in the petrochemicals and oil & gas sectors.

In September 2005 she joined SACE Spa as a Senior Manager in the Structured Finance division. She held positions with ever-increasing responsibility within the company, control of which was transferred from the Ministry for the Economy and Finance to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, including:

- Head of Steel & Petrochemicals Department (2007-2009);

- Deputy Head of Export and Structured Finance Division (2009 – 2011);

- Head of the Operations Management Division (2011-2012)

- Head of Corporate and Investment Finance (2012-2014);

- Chief Business Officer (2014-2017)

- Chief Underwriting Officer (Apr-Oct 2017): in this senior position, six division heads reported directly to her (Competence Line/Underwriting, Administration, Claims, Recoveries, Marketing, Commercial Planning, Business Innovation). She established guidelines for all SACE Group companies in the areas of marketing and commercial and distribution planning, handled the development of the product portfolio and processes for taking on and managing medium/long-term business and the development of digital business. 

In October 2017 Ricci was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary SIMEST Spa, a company that together with SACE forms the Italian export and internationalisation hub, which offers the entire range of instruments to support Italian companies interested in competing and expanding internationally, including equity investments in EU and non-EU investment projects.

In addition to her position as head of SIMEST, she is a member of the board of directors of SACE FCT and – while at SACE – was also on the board of SACE BT.

Scientific results

Alessandra Ricci is a top manager operating in the areas of corporate finance and equity investment connected with the internationalisation of firms. An expert in project finance and structured finance, she has contributed to the structuring of major transactions at the international and domestic levels, covering a large range of industries – from the energy sector to infrastructure, commodities, and oil & gas – and in various regions around the world (EMEA, LATAM, Pacific).

Over the course of her professional career, her activities have included developing forms of non-bank finance and participating in the establishment of private debt funds. Alongside her corporate finance activities, she has also been involved in a variety of major projects, including work focusing on business innovation to enhance internal corporate processes and the customer experience.

Veronica Riniolo
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International politics area

Competences: general sociology, socio-economical inclusion of Rom in the Italian context, sociology of migration

Keywords: immigration, migrants, political activism, second-generations

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Researcher of Sociology at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan

Professional career

Graduated with honours in International Relations and European integration at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, she earned a Phd in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research (Doctor Europeaus) at the same institutions in 2015 with a thesis on the processes of integration of migrants in Sweden. Since 2008 she has been collaborating with ISMU Foundation, where she has participated in and/or coordinated activities of research groups characterized by collaborations at national and international levels on the following topics: processes of integration of migrants, migration policies, ethnic-racial discrimination, processes of socio-economical inclusion of Rom and Sinti people. From January 2017 to December 2018 she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at Università Bicocca in Milan, carrying on an empirical research on the political involvement of second-generations in Italy. Since 2017 she has been working as a consultant in the research field in support of the activities of the Minister of Interior (Department of Civil Liberty and Immigration - Central Directorate for Immigration and Asylum Policies) with the role of National Contact Point (NCP). Since 2019 she has been working as a Researcher for the scientific-disciplinary sector SPS/07 (General Sociology) at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. For the next 2019/2020 academic year she is teaching General Sociology and Methodology of Social Research at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. She is a member of the Scientific Board of the Methodology Section at AIS (Italian Association of Sociology) (2019-2011) She is a referee for many Italian scientific journals.  She has presented the outcomes of her researches at different national and international conferences (Canada, Israel, Uruguay, Sweden, Poland, Finland, UK).

Scientific results

Her main research interests and her scientific production concern mainly three branches: policies and processes of immigrant integration in Italy and Europe, with a particular focus on the Sweden case; socio-economical inclusion of Rom in the Italian context; activism and political involvement of second generations in Italy.

Editorial work and publications

Books:

[2018] Riniolo V., L’integrazione dei migranti in Svezia. Tra sfide e opportunità, FrancoAngeli, Milano. 

 

Articles:

[2019] Riniolo V., Second-generation Youths: Experiences of Political Participation in Italy, in Studi di Sociologia (in fase di pubblicazione)

 

[2018] Riniolo V., Codini E., L’attivismo delle seconde generazioni e la riforma della legge sulla cittadinanza in Italia, in Visioni LatinoAmericane 18 (2018), pp. 9-25.

 

[2015] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., Migrant trade union membership, employment status and citizenship practices. A comparison of different European countries, in Mondi Migranti, N.1, pp. 127-149.

 

[2013] Riniolo V., Sul concetto di coesione sociale oggi, in Studi di Sociologia, 3-4, pp. 355-364.

 

[2012] Riniolo V., L’immigrazione femminile sudamericana in Italia, in Visioni Latinoamericane, n. 6, pp. 91-98.

 

[2011] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., S. Pozzi S., Percorsi di empowerment e integrazione lavorativa di Rom e Sinti: l’esperienza del progetto Valore Lavoro, in Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali, n. 2, pp. 287-300.

 

[2015] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., A Participatory Governance Model Towards the Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities. An Action Research Experience in Italy, in Revue Interventions Èconomiques, No. 53/2015.

 

[2012] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., Active participation of Roma. An experience of participatory planning toward labour integration, in European Roma Rights Journal, pp. 59-65.

 

Chapters in books:

[2019] Riniolo V., Immigration and Housing Policies in Sweden, in Alietti, A., Agustoni, A. (eds.), Housing Policies, Migrants and Integration. Reflections on Italian and European cases, Aracne Editrice.

 

[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., I piani di integrazione: la gestione dell’immigrazione in Europa e in Italia, inVentitreesimo Rapporto sulle migrazioni 2017, FrancoAngeli, Milano, pp. 247-262. 

 

[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., The Integration Plans: the migration governance in Europe and ItalyThe Twenty-third Italian Report on Migrations 2017, pp. 111-120.