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Elisabetta Lamboglia
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STEM area: Engineering

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

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

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Cost Engineer at European Space Agency (ESA).

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Caterina La Porta
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

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

Keywords: cancer stem cells

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of many international publications among which:

 

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

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

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

Matter 14 (19), 3774-3782

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

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

6579/aab85a.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3620, 2014

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

Maria Cristina La Rocca
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History and Philosophy area

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

Keywords: family, high Medieval Period

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Authored Books:

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

Edited Books:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Cecilia Laschi
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: biorobotics

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

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Giuliana Laschi
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, history of European integration, history of international relations, policies and institutions of EEC/EU

Keywords: decolonization and EEC, external relations of EEC/EU, Mediterranean, multilateralism, political history of CAP

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Associate professor of Contemporary history and History of European integration at University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. President of the Scientific Committee of Punto Europa Forlì - University of Bologna

Professional career

In 1991 she obtains her PhD in History at the European University Institute with a thesis titled “L’Italia e il processo d’integrazione europea: il caso dell’agricoltura, 1947-1960”. She spent a year in the same university as Research Assistant. 

In 1994 she is a post-PhD fellow in Contemporary history at the University of Florence. In the following years, she obtains different scholarships that allow her to deepen her research on CAP policy, on European integration process and on European contemporary history. During the same years, she teaches in various American universities in Florence (Syracuse University, Sarah Lawrence College, Georgetown University). 

From 1997 to 2005 she is Adjunct Professor of History of international relations at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus and from 1998 to 2005 she is Adjunct Professor of History of European integration at the University of Florence. 

From 2005 she is Associate Professor of Contemporary history at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus and from 2010 she is Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in History of European integration. She also holds courses in many international Masters (University of Siena, Maribor, Krakow, Kaunas, Siegen, Ponta Delgada, Buenos Aires, etc.).

From 2004 she is President of the Scientific Committee of Punto Europa Forlì, University of Bologna which is Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence from 2014. She has been in charge of the organization of many international conferences and she is Coordinator of different European Research Projects. 

Scientific results

Her main research fields are the History of contemporary Europe and the History of European integration with a focus on CAP policy and on EEC/EU external relations. Furthermore, she has studied the history of migrations in Europe and the relationship between decolonization and EEC. 

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Laschi G., Subsidiarity and the history of European Integration in G. Walzenbach e R. Alleweldt (a cura di), Varieties of European Subsidiarity. A Multidisciplinary Approach, Bristol, E-International Relations Publishing: 57 - 67.

[2020] Laschi G., Deplano V., Pes A. (a cura di), Europe between migrations, decolonization and integration (1945-1992), Abingdon e New York, Routledge.

[2020] Laschi G., Calandri E., Paoli S. (a cura di), L’Europa adulta. Attori, ragioni e sfide dall’Atto Unico alla Brexit, Bologna, Il Mulino. 

[2019] Laschi G., Relations with the West: the case study of EEC-USSR as viewed by the Community (1950-1991) in S. Bianchini e A. Fiori (a cura di) Rekindling the Strong State in Russia and China. Domestic Dynamics and Foreign Policy Projections, Leiden, Brill: 450 - 469.

[2019] Laschi G., Un nuovo ruolo internazionale? L’immagine delle Comunità europee all’esterno, 1950-1969, “Ventunesimo secolo”, 45: 9-26.

[2019] Laschi G., From Fascism to European Federalism: the new Italian face after World War II, in Carlos E. Pacheco Amaral (a cura di), Federalismo em tempo de renacionalização, Coimbra, Almedina: 55 - 70.

[2019] Laschi G., La base de notre politique c’est la peur. La peur et le début du procès d’intégration européenne, “De Europa”, 2: 33-42.

[2018] Laschi G., Durable dans les attentes, non durable dans la réalité: le développement durable de la PAC à l’épreuve des faits, 1957- 2008, “Journal of European integration history”, 24: 31-57.

[2017] Laschi G., I mutamenti europei degli anni Settanta e la loro influenza sulla PAC in L. Mechi e D. Pasquinucci (a cura di), Integrazione europea e trasformazioni socio-economiche dagli anni settanta a oggi, Milano, FrancoAngeli: 39 - 51.

[2017] Laschi G., Il ruolo della Spagna nelle relazioni tra CEE/UE e America Latina, “Spagna Contemporanea”, 51: 115-133.

[2017] Laschi G., Deplano V., Pes A. (a cura di), Europa in movimento. Mobilità e migrazioni tra integrazione europea e decolonizzazione 1945-1992, Bologna, Il Mulino.

[2015] Laschi G., L’Europa e gli altri. Le relazioni esterne della Comunità dalle origini al dialogo Nord-Sud, Bologna, Il Mulino.

Awards and prizes

1997: scholarship for a comparative research on the agricultural lobbies in Italy and Spain, CNR.

1998-2005: Jean Monnet Module “History of European integration”, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Jean Monnet Action.

2005-2010: Jean Monnet Chair “History of European integration”, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Jean Monnet Action.

2010-2013: Jean Monnet Chair ad personam “The European Communities and the world: an historical perspective”, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Lifelong Learning Programme, Jean Monnet Action.

2011-2014: Jean Monnet Module “The European integration process and the transatlantic relationship”, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Lifelong Learning Programme, Jean Monnet Action. 

2014-2017: Jean Monnet Chair “Different paths of integration in Europe after the World War II: economy VS politics at the root of EU”, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Erasmus+ Programme, Jean Monnet Action.

2017: Chaire d’excellence EHNE-AXE 4 “L’Europe, les européens et le monde”, Centre de Recherches en Histoire Internationale et Atlantique (CRHIA) - Université de Nantes. 

Sandra Leone
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: experimental elementary particle physics

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

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Rosella Levaggi
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Economy and Finance area

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

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Chair in Public Economics at the University of Brescia and Presidente of the Italian Society of Public Economics (SIEP).

Professional career

After graduating in Economics at the University of Genoa, she continued her education with a Master in Social Science at the University of York (UK). She obtained a D.Phil in Economics at the University of York (U.K.) and, before becoming a lecturer in Italy, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Research in Social Sciences at the University of York and at the University of Salford. In 1992 she returned to Italy as a researcher at the University of Genoa. Since 2000 she has been an Extraordinary Professor (confirmed in 2003) of Financial Science at the University of Brescia. Member of the Board of Directors of SIEP (Italian Society of Public Economics) from 2009 to 2014, with the office of Vice President from 2012 to 2014, in September 2021, she was elected President.

Scientific results

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

 

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Maria Vittoria Levati
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: microeconomics

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

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Full Professor of Political Economy at the University of Verona

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Sonia Levi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology

Keywords: iron, protein engineering, proteins

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

2016 Member of “100 esperte”

 

Francesca Longo
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International politics area

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

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

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Latest Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Rita Lorenzini
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: plasma physics

Keywords: energy, ITER, thermonuclear fusion

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

 

Fiorella Lo Schiavo
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular biology, genetics

Keywords: arabidopsis, plant senecence, plant somatic embryogenesis

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

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

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more than one hundred scientific papers.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

Francesca Lotti
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Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: entrepreneurship, innovation, productivity

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Chiara Lovotti
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International politics area

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

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Syria

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniela Lucangeli
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental psychology, educational psychology

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

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

 

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

Tina Magazzini
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International politics area

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

Keywords: cultural and religious diversity, identity politics, minorities

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Adriana Maggi
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology, pharmacological biotechnologies

Keywords: aging, coronavirus, Covid-19, drugs, estrogen receptors, gender pharmacology, hepatic metabolim, innovative vaccines, menopause, metabolic diseases, neuroinflammation, RNA or DNA vaccines, vaccines

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

 

Editorial work and publications

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

 

 

Beatrice Magni
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: bioehics, ethic, political theory, theories of equality and rights

Keywords: compromise, injustice, justice, moral disagreement, political conflict, tyranny of the majority, vulnerability

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Milan. Director of the Laboratory of Bioethics at the L. Einaudi research and documentation centre.

Professional career

Beatrice Magni graduated in 1998 with a degree in Political Science from the University of Milan, and went on to obtain a Master's degree (D.E.A.) in Paris, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and a Doctorate in the same city, at the Université Paris Sorbonne - Denis Diderot. She returned to Italy, and is currently an associate professor at the Department of Social and Political Studies at the University of Milan, where she teaches Political Philosophy, Bioethics and Theories of Equality and Rights, and is a member of the PTP - Political Theory Project. She co-edited Bdl - Biblioteca della Libertà - the scientific journal of the Luigi Einaudi Research Centre in Turin, a journal of which she is currently deputy editor. Within the Einaudi Centre, she was for twelve years coordinator of the Public Philosophy section of LPF (Laboratory of Politics and Public Philosophy), and for ten years she directed La.B. - Laboratory of Bioethics. She currently directs a Laboratory of Citizenship in collaboration with the Centro Einaudi and with schools and high schools in the city of Turin. His most recent publications include Machiavelli. Sette saggi di teoria politica (Milan, Mimesis, 2018), and Hannah Arendt et la condition politique (Paris-Turin, L'Harmattan, 2019). 

Scientific results

Beatrice Magni deals with normative political theory, i.e. the study of foundations, concepts, and models of political activity, focusing, in particular, on non-ideal models of politics and justice: she wrote an essay on politics as the conflict in Machiavelli, and her focus is on injustice as a priority over ideal justice (as in the works of Judith Shklar), on compromise as a viable and morally preferable solution in politics (Avishai Margalit). She has translated into Italy some important French political theorists of the last century, such as Claude Lefort and Jacques Rancière, and she is currently writing a text on feminisms and their 'waves', and on gender injustice.

Editorial work and publications

Co-editor of “Bdl”, the Journal of Centro Einaudi (Turin), she has published several books and essays, including the following.

Magni B., Hannah Arendt et la condition politique, Paris-Turin, L’Harmattan (2018), ISBN 978-2-336-31235-4, pp. 128.

Magni B., Conflitto e libertà. Saggio su Machiavelli, Pisa, ETS (2012), ISBN 9788846732057, pp. 174.

Magni B., Machiavelli. Sette saggi di teoria politica, Milano, Mimesis (2018), ISBN 9788857544267.

Magni B., Solidarietà. Storia di un’idea, Milano, Giuffrè (2012), ISBN 9788883535116, pp. 152.

Magni B., Il disaccordo. Politica e filosofia, Roma, Meltemi (2007), ISBN 8814172757, pp. 384.

Magni B., “Ragioni per agire: il diritto come interpretazione e come pratica sociale”, Notizie di Politeia, XXXIII, 134, 2019, ISSN 1128-2401.

Magni B., “Compromise and/or Integrity? Some Normative Remarks”, Ethics, Politics, and Society, vol. 2, 2019, p. 335-355, ISSN 2184-2582.

Magni B. e M. Ferrera, “Per un liberalismo 2.0. Prime riflessioni e proposte”, Quaderni di Biblioteca della Libertà, Torino, Centro di Ricerca e Documentazione Luigi Einaudi, 2019, n. 1, ISBN  9788894960143.

Magni B., “La forza dell’esempio: il Paese Ritrovato”, focus article in Innovacare, aprile 2019, download: https://www.secondowelfare.it/innovacare/la-forza-dellesempio-il-paese-ritrovato.html.

Magni B., “My Thinking is My Fighting: la concezione arendtiana della politica”, Bdl – Biblioteca della Libertà, LIII, 223, 2018, pp. 3-48, ISSN 2035-5866, doi: 10.23827/BDL_2018_3_5.

Magni B., “Nuovi criteri normativi per la gestione del conflitto: la interactive justiceNotizie di Politeia, XXXIII, 128, 2017, pp. 153-156, ISSN 1128-2401.

Magni B., “The Universalist Dimension of Territory”, Bdl - Biblioteca della Libertà, LII, 220, 2017, p. 165-174, ISSN: 2035-5866.

Magni B., “New Wine in Old Bottles: The Kind of Political Philosophy We Need”, Phenomenology and Mind, 12, 2017, pp. 30-40, ISSN 2239-4028, doi: 10.13128/Phe_Mi-21103.

Natalia Malara
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STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

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

Keywords: biosensors, cancer stem cells, circulating endothelial cells, circulating molecular biomarkers, circulating tumour cells, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 in cancer patients, Covid-19: pathogenesis, liquid biopsies, tissue regeneration

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

[2021] Ferraro E, Germanò M, Mollac R, Mollace V, Malara N, HIF-1, the Warburg Effect, and Macrophage/Microglia Polarization Potential Role in COVID-19 Pathogenesis, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity

[2021] Di Vito A, Donato A, Presta I, Mancuso T, Brunetti FS, Mastroroberto P, Amorosi A, Malara N, Donato G. Extracellular Matrix in Calcific Aortic Valve Disease: Architecture, Dynamic and Perspectives, International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22(2): 913.

 

[2020] Aquila I, Sacco MA, Abenavoli L, Malara N, Arena V, Grassi S, Ausania F, Boccuto L, Ricci C, Gratteri S, Oliva A, Ricci P. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Pandemic: Review of the Literature and Proposal for Safe Autopsy Practice, Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine 144 (9): 1048-1056.

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

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

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

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

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

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

[2014] Malara N. “Il Tessuto Tumorale”, editore Eurolink, distributore Feltrinelli 

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Francesca Mallamaci
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: nephrology

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

Region: Calabria


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Associate Editor/Team Editor of NDT since January 2013.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Irene Mammarella
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: clinical developmental psychology, developmental neuropsychology

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

Region: Veneto


Position/Role

Associate professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Padova

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

Giulia Manca
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STEM area: Physics

Competences: nuclear physics, particle physics

Keywords: high energy physics, particle physics, quarkonia

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Patrizia Manduchi
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International politics area

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

Keywords: arab countries, egypt, Gramsci in the Arab world, political islam, Tunisia

Region: Sardinia


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

 

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Recent publications

[2019], Manduchi P., Melis N. (a cura di), Gihad. Definizioni e riletture di un termine abusato, Mondadori Università.

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

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

[2018] Manduchi P., “Nasser e il nazionalismo arabo” in STORIA DEL PENSIERO POLITICO, numero monografico "Nasser 100 anni dopo. La sfida del nazionalismo e del socialismo arabi", a cura di M. Campanini, Il Mulino.

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

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

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

[2014] Manduchi P. (a cura di) I movimenti giovanili nei paesi arabi mediterranei. Dalle indipendenze nazionali a oggi, Carocci editore, pp.15-43.

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

Awards and prizes

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

Member of the Casa Museo Gramsci Foundation Scientific Committee.

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

Francesca Manenti
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International politics area

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

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Claudia Manzi
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: social psychology

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on women's work, ethnicity, family, identity, prejudice, religion, transition, violence

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Università Cattolica in Milan

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

Lucia Margheriti
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: seismology, structure of the interior of the Earth

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

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Daniela Mari
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STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: geriatrics

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luisa Donatella Marini
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STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: mathematics for scientific computing

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Pavia

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Roberta Marracino
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Economy and Finance area

Competences: banking business, business economics, business economics, climate and social impact, finance, insurance business, macroeconomics, social financing

Keywords: banking strategy, ESG (Environment, Social, Governance), gender policies, sustainability, youth unemployment

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Head of Group ESG Strategy and Impact Banking UniCredit Spa

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the University of Trieste in 1991, she obtained an MBA in International Business at the MIB School of Management. She spent about sixteen years at McKinsey & Company, first as an analyst in the banking and financial sector, then as head of the Research Department for Italy and coordinator of the European team of banking sector analysts, later as Director of Research and Communication for the Mediterranean area (Italy, Turkey, Greece, Iberia). She was also Head of Strategic Analysis of Gemini Consulting (Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group) and of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Since 2014 she has been Director of SACE Studies, Communication, Corporate Social Value and Education to Export (Cdp Group). In this role she dealt with the assessment of country risk and business opportunities in advanced and emerging markets and provides binding opinions on financing requests and guarantees that require coverage from political and sovereign risk. She also develops export education and internationalization formats for Italian SMEs and oversees internal, external and social responsibility activities. From 2017 to June 2020 she has been a Director and a member of the BPER Banca Control and Risk Committee. 

Since 1 July 2020 she is Head of Group ESG Strategy and Impact Bankingat UniCredit.

She was the founder of the Valore D association, which today brings together about 170 companies with the common goal of eliminating the barriers to the growth of female talent, and promoted the launch of "Push to Open", a program dedicated to training and work orientation of 17-18 year olds (4,500 students involved from 2015 to present).

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

 

Maria Marsella
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STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: geodesy, geology, geomatics, volcanology

Keywords: hydrogeological risk, natural risks, territory, volcanology

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

Scientific results

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

 

Michela Marzano
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: bioehics, ethic, moral philosophy, political Philosophy

Keywords: autonomy, body, consent, dignity, LGBT+, rights, trust, vulnerability

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Paris

Professional career

Former student of the SNS of Pisa, after obtaining a Phd in Philosophy, Michela Marzano moved to France where, after being a researcher at the CNRS, she is now Full Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Paris. MP of the Democratic Party in 2013, she is now a columnist for La Repubblica and La Stampa.

Scientific results

After becoming interested in the philosophy of the body, she worked in the area of applied ethics (health and sexuality) and social philosophy, focusing in particular on the relationship between consent, autonomy and vulnerability, as well as on the relationship between trust and distrust.

Editorial work and publications

[2006] Marzano M. Je consens, donc je suis… Éthique de l’autonomie. PUF: pp. 262.

[2007] Marzano M. Dictionnaire du corps. PUF: pp. 1048.

[2008] Marzano M. Extension du domaine de la manipulation. Grasset: pp. 283.

[2010] Marzano M. Sii bella e stai zitta. Mondadori: pp. 160.

[2011] Marzano M. Dictionnaire de la violence. PUF: pp. 1568.

[2011] Marzano M. Volevo essere una farfalla. Mondadori: pp. 210.

[2013] Marzano M. L’amore è tutto: è tutto ciò che so dell’amore. UTET: pp. 262.

[2014] Marzano M. Il diritto di essere io. Laterza: pp. 142.

[2014] Marzano M. Avere fiducia. Mondadori: pp. 268.

[2015] Marzano M. Non seguire il mondo come va. Rabbia, coraggio, speranze e altre emozioni politiche. UTET: pp. 267.

[2015] Marzano M. Papà, mamma e gender. UTET: pp. 151.

[2017] Marzano M. L’amore che mi resta. Einaudi: pp. 236.

[2019] Marzano M. Idda. Einaudi: pp. 233.

Mirella Mastretti
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STEM area: Computer science

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

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Mathematics and computer science professor 

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

Innovation ambassadress

Professional career


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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

Awards and prizes

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

Barbara Mazzolai
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STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biorobotics, robotic engineering

Keywords: bio-inspired engineering, robot

Region: Tuscany


Position/Role

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

 

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

 

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

 

 

 

 

Alessia Melcangi
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International politics area

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

Keywords: authoritarianism, Berbers, Copts, coronavirus, Covid-19, economic crisis, egypt, geopolitics, Libya, Middle East, minorities, North Africa, pandemic securitisation, repression, safety

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

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

From 2013 to 2014, she was research fellow in History and Institutions of Africa at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Catania, and from 2017 to 2018 at the Department of Social Sciences and Economics (DiSSE), La Sapienza University. 

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

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

Scientific results

Alessia Melcangi’s researches are mainly focused on the Contemporary history of North Africa and Middle East; geopolitics and international relations in the Euro-Mediterranean area; ethno-religious minorities (in particular the Copts and the Berbers); identity dynamics and dynamics of polarization in the contemporary Middle East; politicalandsocialissuesincontemporaryEgyptandLibya.Regardingtheseissuesshehaspublishedseveral monographs, peer review articles in Italian orinternational Journals, papers in edited works and policy papers. 

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

Editorial work and publications

Books

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

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

Books chapters and journal articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Hila Meller
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STEM area: Computer science

Competences: cybersecurity

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

Vice President, Security Europe, BT (British Telecom)

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Scientific results

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Editorial work and publications

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

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

Masterclass: how to address risk and master security in 2019

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

 

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

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

Foreign Spies and Facebook: The Undeniable Truth

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

The Day After Tomorrow: Security Challenges of the Future

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

Awards and prizes

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

Deny Menghini
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STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: developmental neuropsychology

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19 in paediatric age, Covid 19: psychological impact on children and adolescents, developmental disorders, dyslexia, dyslexia therapy, genetic syndromes, language, learning

Region: Lazio


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

 

Awards and prizes

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

Alessandra Mezzadri
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International politics area

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

Keywords: coronavirus, corporate social responsibility, Covid-19: impact on inequalities, ethical trade and consumerism, global commodity chains and production networks, global factory labour, global garment chain and exploitation, global labour standards, India, social reproduction and development

Region: ABROAD


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Authored Books

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

Articles

[2021] Barnett BS, Carlo AD, Ruwanpura K, Mezzadri A. 'The Invisible People Behind Our Masks'. Annals of Internal Medicine.

[2021] Stevano S, Mezzadri A, Lombardozzi L, Bargawi H. 'Hidden Abodes in Plain Sight: The Social Reproduction of Households and Labour in the COVID-19 pandemic'. Feminist Economics

[2020] Mezzadri A, Ruwanpura K. How Asia’s clothing factories switched to making PPE – but sweatshop problems live on, SOAS Research Online.

[2020] Mezzadri A, A crisis like no other: social reproduction and the regeneration of capitalist life during the COVID-19 pandemic, SOAS Research Online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Petra Mezzetti
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International politics area

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

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

Region: Lombardy


Position/Role

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

Professional career

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

 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

[2019] 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.

 

Lucia Miodini
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: art history, gender studies, history of contemporary architecture, history of photography, history of visual communication

Keywords: deconstruction of the imaginary of gender, ethics and photography, gender public history, photo archives, photography and feminism, visual communication

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Position/Role

Professor of History of Photography, at ISIA Univesrity of Urbino. Responsible for the Fashion Media Section, Study Center and Archive of Communication, at the University of Parma.

Professional career

After graduating from the University of Parma and specializing at the School of Specialization in Modern Art History, Lucia Miodini obtained a PhD in Art History. She collaborates with the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione of the University of Parma, of which she was a member of the Executive Committee from 1989 to 1996. Since 1993, she has been involved in curating exhibitions and in the preservation and protection of the archival heritage. She carries out studies and research on the CSAC's fonds, where she is in charge of the Media and Fashion Section and delegate for didactics and Public History. Since 2000 she has taught History of Contemporary Architecture and History of Photography at the University of Parma and at the School of Specialization in History of Modern Art. Lecturer at the University Master in Protection and Enhancement of Italian Cultural Heritage abroad, ICoN (Italian Culture on the Net)-University of Parma, from 2010 to 2012. He has taught courses in several Italian universities, currently he teaches History of Photography at ISIA University of Urbino, where from 2014 to 2016 he coordinated the Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. 

He has participated in national and international conferences and curated numerous exhibitions; published essays and monographic volumes in the field of visual studies.

He is part of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Center of Fine Art Photography in Bibbiena (Arezzo), since 2005, year of its constitution.

In 2013 he joins the Technical and Scientific Committee of the Cesare Leonardi Architectural Archive (Modena). 

From 2013 to 2016 he is in the Scientific Committee of the award Tempo ritrovato. Fotografie da non perdere, I-VI editions, MIA Photo Fair, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Cinisello Balsamo and Io Donna, creator of the Prize, with the patronage of Regione Lombardia.

Since 2014 she is associated with the Italian Society of Historians. Since 2015 member of AAA, National Association of Contemporary Architecture Archives, of the Scientific Committee of Nino Migliori Foundation, Bologna, and in the Board of Directors of SISF, Italian Society for the Study of Photography.

Since 2021 she has been a member of the Association for the Memory and Writing of Women "Alessandra Contini Bonacossi" and is a member of the Board of Directors of AIPH- Italian Association of Public History.

Scientific results

Lucia Miodini has turned her critical attention to different areas of research, taking into account the close relationship between the various instruments of communication, art, media, design, photography. Her main areas of research are the study of the imaginary of gender in the system of visual communication, in this direction she has designed and organized educational projects. She has coordinated and participated in training courses on the representation of men and women in art, media and new media. And she has deepened the different aspects of the connection between photography and feminism from the seventies to the new millennium. Another area of interest is the study of photographic archives and personal archives of women, both in public and private collections. 

Since its inception, she has been a member of the Italian Public History Association, investigating in particular the relationship between history and photography, the importance of training and questions of method in Public History practices, working to strengthen the presence of women's history and gender studies in projects of dissemination and transmission of women's knowledge.

She investigated the visual elements of the architectural project, offering new readings of the interactions between the representation of the project and photography. A theme to which she has dedicated significant contributions is the history of the domestic project in the Mediterranean culture. Another area of study is the integrated reading of the relationship between photography, landscape representation and communication routes. In the field of contemporary history she has been interested in verbal-visual poetics. 

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Miodini L. “Carla Cerati. Raccontare le donne fra reportage e sperimentazione narrativa”, in Fotografia e femminismo nell’Italia degli anni Settanta. Rispecchiamento, indagine critica e testimonianza, a cura di C. Casero, Milano, Postmedia Books, 60-75.

[2019] Miodini L. ”Professione fotografa. Percorsi di sguardi e trame narrative”, in Davanti a una fotografia. Immagini, metodi d'analisi, interpretazioni, a cura di Giacomo Daniele Fragapane e Giovanni Curtis, Acireale, Bonanno editore, 131-156.

[2019] Miodini L. “Gio Ponti y Bernard Rudofsky. La memoria de los lugares y el proyecto del paisaje/ Gio Ponti and Bernard Rudofsky. Memory of places and the landscape project”, in Imaginando la casa mediterranea. Italia Y España en los años 50/ Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50’s, a cura di A. Pizza, Madrid, Fundaciòn ICO, Madrid, Ediciones asimétricas, pp. 20-31.

[2017] Miodini L.  “Misurare uomini e donne. Strumenti, teorie e pratiche dell’antropometria”, in “Progetto Grafico” 31, Intorno al corpo. Around the body, Rivista internazionale di grafica. International graphic design magazine, Primavera Spring 2017, 24-33.

[2017] Miodini L. “Il progetto domestico della casa all’italiana e il dibattito sulle origini mediterranee dell’abitazione moderna”, in Immaginare il Mediterraneo. Arti Architettura Fotografia, Atti del convegno Internazionale, a cura di Andrea Maglio, Fabio Mangone, Antonio Pizza, Napoli, Palazzo Gravina, 16-17 gennaio 2017, Napoli, artstudiopaparo, 167-177. 

[2017] Miodini L. “L’elaborazione dell’immagine. Riflessioni su nuovo-pittorialismo e post pittorialismo”, in Il Pittorialismo italiano e l’opera fotografica di Peretti Griva, catalogo della mostra, Torino, Mole Antonelliana, Museo Nazionale del cinema, 8 febbraio-8 maggio 2017, Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 218-229.

[2017] Miodini L., Memorie familiari, a cura di Lucia Miodini in Questioni di famiglie, catalogo della mostra, Bibbiena, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore, 17 giugno-3 settembre 2017, Torino, FIAF, 2017, 26-29.

[2016] Miodini L. “Storie di sguardi e visioni: autoritratti tra percorsi identitari e frame narrativi”, in Autoritratti in assenza, catalogo della mostra, a cura di Giovanna Calvenzi, Lucia Miodini, Cristina Paglionico, Claudio Pastrone, Bibbiena, Centro Italiano della Fotografia d’Autore, Riflessioni, Arezzo.

[2015] Miodini L. “Immaginario bellico e costruzione dell’identità di genere”, In Etica e fotografia. Potere, ideologia, violenza dell’immagine fotografica, a cura di Raffaella Perna e Ilaria Schiaffini, Roma, DeriveApprodi, 64-78.

[2014] Miodini L. “Generazioni (2005-2006) Sperimentazione e ricerca tra materia e memoria”, in Paola Binante. Generazioni Pluralità al femminile, catalogo della mostra, Roma, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, 7 marzo - 1 giugno 2014, Artigrafiche Stibu, Urbania, 13-19.

[2013] Miodini L., “Uomini e donne al lavoro. Senza pericolo?”, in Senza Pericolo. Costruzioni e sicurezza. Building and safety, sezione fotografica a cura di Lucia Miodini, catalogo della mostra, con il Patronato del Presidente della repubblica, a cura di Federico Bucci, Triennale di Milano, 3 maggio - 1 settembre 2013, Bologna, Compositori, 184-190.

[2012] Miodini L., Uliano Lucas, Milano, Bruno Mondadori.

 

Awards and prizes

2012, 19th International Trophies of Photography: National Trophy for the Critic, by Circolo Fotografico Sannita with the recognition of the President of the Republic, the President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies.

2013: special mention for the best solutions adopted in the production, OMI Award dedicated to monographs of Enterprise, awarded to the volume Ifi. 50 years with our territory, curatorship of the photographic part and editing of critical essays, 2013.

2019: member of Comité de investigaciòn y produciòn de la esposiciòn, Imaginando la casa mediterranea. Italia Y España en los años 50/ Imagining the Mediterranean house. Italy and Spain in the 50's, Madrid, Fundaciòn ICO, 2019.

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.
 

Marina Montesano
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: medieval and Renaissance culture, Medieval history

Keywords: crossdressing, cultural history, gender studies, medieval and modern travellers, Middle Age, sorcery, witchcraft

Region: Sicily


Position/Role

Full professor of Medieval history at University of Messina.

Professional career

Marina Montesano graduated in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Bari in 1990 with a first-class honours degree with a thesis on Medieval History. In the same year she won a three-year doctoral scholarship to Bari in Socio-Economic and Religious History of Europe, and at the same time a four-year doctoral scholarship to Florence for a PhD in Medieval History, and chose the latter.  

In 1994, thanks to a new scholarship, she was a visiting scholar at the Department of History of Brown University in Providence (Rhode Island). 

In 1995, at the invitation of the Department of Italian Language and Culture of the University of Turku (Finland), she held a course for students enrolled in the degree course in Italian Language and Culture on the theme of Cultura dotta e cultura popolare nel Rinascimento italiano. On her return to Italy, she obtained her doctorate in 1996 and in the same year won a one-year scholarship at the Accademia della Crusca. From 1999 to 2000 she was a fellow at Villa I Tatti (Harvard University - Berenson Foundation, Florence).  In 2000, she became a researcher in Medieval History at the University of Genoa. In Milan, between 2009 and 2015, she taught as a contract professor of Medieval History at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele. In the meantime she became head of the Genoa Research Unit for the PRIN 2007 on the theme "Mercantile, diplomatic and cultural relations between the Western Mediterranean and the East". 

On 30 March 2011 she was appointed associate professor of Medieval History at the University of Messina.  At the same University she obtained the national scientific qualification, won the competition as full professor in 2015, and still teaches.

Since 2018 she is member of the scientific committee of the International Society For Cultural History. Since 2020 member of the scientific committee of the Italian Historical Institute for the Middle Ages - seat of Barletta.

Scientific results

Marina Montesano has passionately explored many aspects of Medieval and Renaissance culture, with particular attention to the themes of witchcraft and women's issues, but also to the theme of travel and particular aspects of social life such as cross-dressing.  Her research has been presented at national and international conferences and conveyed through cycles of lectures in various cities around the world at the Italian Cultural Institutes: in Cairo, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Lima. As a result of his presence, since 2013 she has been a member of the Directorio de evaluadores de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). 

Editorial work and publications

[1997] Montesano M. La cristianizzazione dell'Italia nel Medioevo, prefazione di A. Paravicini Bagliani, Roma- Bari, Laterza (Il Quadrante). 

[1999] Montesano M.  “Supra acqua et supra ad vento”. Superstizioni, maleficia e incantamenta nei predicatori francescani osservanti (Italia, sec. XV), Roma, Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medio Evo (Nuovi Studi Storici – 46). 

[2000] Montesano M. “Fantasima, fantasima che nella notte vai”. La cultura magica nelle novelle toscane del Trecento, prefazione di G. Airaldi, Roma, Città Nuova (I volti della storia). 

[2003] Montesano M,  “…Sacro alle nursine grotte”. Storie di fate, cavalieri, ‘negromanti’ nei Monti Sibillini, Ascoli Piceno, Istituto superiore di studi medievali “Cecco d’Ascoli”. 

[2005] Montesano M., Cardini F. La lunga storia dell'Inquisizione, Roma, Città Nuova. 

[2010] Montesano M, Da Figline a Gerusalemme. Viaggio del prete Michele in Egitto e in Terrasanta (1489-90), (studio e edizione critica del ms Riccardiano 1923) Roma, Viella. 

[2012] Montesano M. Caccia alle streghe, Roma, Salerno Editrice. 

[2014] Montesano M. Marco Polo, Roma, Salerno Editrice. 

[2015] Montesano M., Cardini F. "Arte gradita agli déi immortali". La magia fra mondo antico e Rinascimento, Torino, Yume. 

[2018] Montesano M. Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy, London, Palgrave/MacMillan. 

[2020] Montesano M. Cardini F, L'uomo dalla barba blu. Gilles de Rais e Giovanna d'Arco nel labirinto delle menzogne e delle verità, Firenze, Giunti. 

[2020] Montesano M. Dio lo volle? 1204: la vera caduta di Costantinopoli. Roma, Salerno Editrice. 

The editorial activities of Marina Montesano include collaboration with the cultural pages of the Manifesto and the magazine 'Storica National Geographic'.

Awards and prizes

In 2000 Montesano received the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Publications Subsidy Award of USD 5000 from the Wallace Foundation. 

Between March 2001 and March 2002, she was awarded a 10 million lira fund within the framework of the project to finance research by individuals and/or young researchers. 

She was also awarded the "Anassilaos 2017" prize and the "La tela di Penelope" prize in 2019. 

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.