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Karolina Muti

International politics area

Competences: European defense, security and defense strategies and policies

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

Karolina worked on projects funded by the European Commission (, and by the European Defense Agency (EDA) ( on topics such as the main and future trends in the European defense industry, the Polish security and defense strategy, EU civilian missions, as well as on nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological threats (CBRN). In addition, she participates to the creation and coordination of the first Italian Cluster dedicated to CBRN threats (

In December 2018 Karolina was invited by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland to present an analysis on Poland and European defense during the conference for the celebration of the centenary of Poland's independence. In April 2019 a study about “Italians and defense" in which she collaborated was presented at the Italian Senate ( of the investigation-iai-laps-on-threats-to-security). Her articles were quoted by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP),  (, Radio radicale (, and  Paolo Pagliaro’s “Il Punto” programme. 

Editorial work and publications

In Italian: 

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

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

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

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

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

In English:

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Vera Negri Zamagni

Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: companies, cooperatives, history, industry

Region: Emilia-Romagna


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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Giovanna Nicodano

Economy and Finance area

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

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

Region: Piedmont


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

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

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

Professional career

Giovanna Nicodano (Ph.D., Princeton University) is a full professor at the University of Torino and a fellow of Collegio Carlo Alberto, where she directs the Master in Finance, Insurance and Risk Management and co-founded the Centre for Research on Pension (CeRP). She is a member of the supervisory board of the University of Vienna, School of Business Economics and Statistics, and chaired the first National Qualifying Commission for Political Economy. She has been a visiting scholar at CEMFI Madrid, the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, Haifa and Freiburg. She has been national coordinator of research funded by the European Commission and the European Science Foundation. She gives invited seminars and lectures at international research institutions and occasionally participates in policy debates. Since March 2020 she has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Risk Board.

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

Giovanna Nicodano has several publications to her credit. The most recent are:

"Life-cycle welfare losses from rules-of-thumb asset allocation," with F. Bagliano and C.Fugazza, Economics Letters, 198(C), 2021

"A Trade-Off Theory of Ownership and Capital Structure", with L. Regis, Journal of Financial Economics, 131 (3), 715-735, 2019. 

Life-Cycle Portfolios, Unemployment and Human Capital Loss”, with F. Bagliano and C. Fugazza, Journal of Macroeconomics, 60, 2019, 325-340.

"Guarantees, Debt and Taxes", with E. Luciano, 2014, Review of Financial Studies 27(9), 2736-2772.

"Projecting Pension Outcomes at Retirement - Towards an Industry Reporting standard", with K. de Vaan, D. Fano, H. Mens, 2015, Bankers Markets and Investors 134, 71-91.

"Equally Weighted versus Long Run Optimal Portfolios" with C. Fugazza and M. Guidolin, 2015, European Financial Management 21, 742-789.

"Optimal Life-Cycle Portfolios for Heterogeneous Workers", with F.C. Bagliano and C. Fugazza, 2014, Review of Finance 18,  2283-2323.

"International diversification and industry-related labor income risk, " with C. Fugazza and M. Giofrè, 2011, International Review of Economics and Finance 20(4), 764-783.

"A reply to Douglas Cumming's 'Review Essay: Public policy and the creation of active venture capital markets", with M. Da Rin and A. Sembenelli, 2011, Venture Capital 13, 95-98.

"Can Pension Funds Hedge Wage Risk?", with C. Fugazza and M. Giofrè, 2009, Rotman International Journal of Pension Management 2(1), 64-70.

"Time and Risk Diversification in Real Estate Investments: the Ex-Post Performance", with C. Fugazza and M. Guidolin, 2009, Real Estate Economics 37(3), 341-381 

"Should Insider Trading Be Prohibited when Share Repurchases Are Allowed?", with A. Buffa,  2008, Review of Finance, 12(4), 735-765.

Awards and prizes

She is a member of the (steering and/or scientific) committees of organizations related to her three areas of expertise: CEPR Network on Household Finance; Dutch Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement (Netspar); European Corporate Governance Institute, Brussels; Future of the Corporation, British Academy, London; Luiss School of Political Economy.

During her professional career she has received the European Investment Bank Award and the CNR-Nato Advanced Research Fellowship.

Lea Nocera

International politics area

Competences: Turkey

Keywords: society in Turkey, Turkey, turkish culture

Region: Campania


Researcher at the University of Naples L’Orientale

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She has been working as an editor for many years: from 2016 to July 2017 she was scientific and editorial coordinator of the online magazine ResetDOC; she is a member of the editorial board of Gli Asini, a magazine directed by Goffredo Fofi; she is on the editorial board of the series Il Porto delle Idee, L'Orientale University Press, of the academic journals Studi Magrebini published by Brill and DİYÂR - Zeitschrift für Osmanistik, Türkei- und Nahostforschung / Journal for Ottoman, Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies. 

Se writes regularly for the online magazine Reset.doc. She has also collaborated with the following publications: Lo Straniero, Corriere della Sera, Pagina99, Micromega, L'Indice dei libri, Arab Media Report, il manifesto

As a political analyst she has participated in several programmes for major radio and television stations: RAI: Radio1, Radio2, Radio3; Rete Svizzera Italiana/RSI; Radio Radicale; Radio Popolare; Radio Vaticana; RaiNews24; SkyTG24. In Europe for: WDR-Funkhaus Europa, EuradioNantes and Politics.

She has also made radio documentaries on Turkey for RadioRai3 and Rsi-Radio Svizzera Italiana. For RadioRai3 she is also author and presenter of the column 'La Finestra sul Mediterraneo' in the weekly programme Zazà. 

In 2017 she founded the online magazine Kaleydoskop - Turkey, culture and society, of which she is the creator. 

Among her publications: Contemporary Turkey. Dalla repubblica kemalista al governo dell'Akp (Carocci, 2011); as editor Tradurre/Çevirmek. Linguistic-Literary Encounters between Turkey and Italy (L'Orientale Editrice, 2017) and The Media Empire of Fethullah Gülen (Arab Media Report/Resetdoc, 2015); as coauthor, #Gezipark. Coordinate di una rivolta (Alegre, 2013),) and The Turkish Touch. Egemonia neo-ottomana e televisione turca in Medio Oriente (Arab Media Report/Resetdoc, 2013).

Her book volume SCercasi mani piccole e abili. La migrazione turca in Germania occidentale, Isis Editions, Istanbul was translated into Turkish as Manikürlü Eller Almanya'da elektrik bobini saracak by Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayinlari Editions, Istanbul and was included in the list of the best 50 books published in Turkey in 2018 by the Hürriyet newspaper.

She is also a translator of Turkish fiction and the author of numerous articles in academic journals.

Awards and prizes

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

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

Francesca Nodari

History and Philosophy area

Competences: dialogical thinking, hermeneutics, moral philosophy, phenomenology

Keywords: alterity, diachrony, dialogue, dignity, education, evil, heedlessness, human condition, subjectivity, suffering, temporality, violence against women

Region: Lombardy


Ethic Philosopher, Scientific Director of the Filosofi lungo l’Oglio Festival, chairwoman of Fondazione Filosofi lungo l’Oglio.

Professional career

Francesca Nodari graduated in Philosophy at the University of Parma and specialised in Philosophy and languages of modernity at the University of Trento. After her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Trieste, under the guidance of Prof. Bernhard Casper (University of Freiburg), she collaborates with the Faculty of Philosophy of the University Milano-Bicocca.

In 2014, she was awarded the national qualification of second chair in the field of Moral Philosophy. She is currently Scientific Director of the Festival Filosofi lungo l'Oglio. Active in Jewish-Christian dialogue, for seven years she has directed the Festival Fare memoria and promoted the establishment, respectively in 2013 and 2015, of the Garden of the Righteous in Brescia, located in the Tarello City Park, and the Garden of the Righteous in Orzinuovi, located in the Alcide De Gasperi Park. 

She is the editor of the "Chicchidoro" and "Tempo della Memoria" series published by Mimesis. She collaborates with magazines ("Studium" and "Humanitas", "Nuova Secondaria", "Intersezioni", "Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Teologhie", "Iride") and newspapers, including the cultural insert "Domenica" of "Il Sole 24Ore".

Scientific results

Following in the footsteps of her mentor Bernhard Casper, whose thought is based on two constant methodological lines: the phenomenological-hermeneutical one (Heidegger) and that of the new thought (Rosenzweig), Francesca Nodari deals with questions that revolve around the status of subjectivity and otherness, trying to bring out, thanks to stimuli linked in particular to the thought of Levinas, the embodied, temporal and finite dimension. Hence the constant reference to the plexus: time and language and the problematisation of the disoriented contemporary subject, reflecting on crucial issues ranging from the great question of evil and suffering to responsibility, from the ethical crisis of humanity to the fruitfulness of the happening of dialogue, up to the Master-pupil relationship and the great challenge of education as a moral question. In his research he constantly refers to the Jewish-Christian tradition and, within the horizon of an eventual phenomenology of the dialogical event, there is an effort to problematise the results also on the level of inter-religious dialogue.

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Nodari F., Narrare il nome, in P. De Benedetti, La memoria di Dio, a cura di F. Nodari, Milano-Udine:Mimesis: 5-34.

[2019] Nodari F., Introduzione a M. Augé, Condividere la condizione umana. Un vademecum per il nostro presente, tr. it. e cura di F. Nodari, Milano-Udine: Mimesis: 7-44. 

[2019] Nodari F., Farsi-ostaggio-per-l’altro, in B. Casper, Emmanuel Levinas. La scoperta dell’umanità nell’inferno dello Stalag 1492, a cura di F. Nodari, Milano-Udine: Mimesis: 5-19. 

[2019] Nodari F., Adieu à Rav Laras. Polvere e cenere  in G. Laras, Il comandamento della memoria a cura di F. Nodari, Milano-Udine: Mimesis: 5-30; Ricordare per ricostruire in ivi_ 31-39.

[2018]Nodari F., La preghiera come accadimento estremo della ragione pura pratica. Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie 65/1: 98-11.

[2018] Nodari F., Altrimenti che Sartre e al di là di Heidegger. Dal Dasein all’être juif.  Iride, XXXI: 67-85. 

[2017] Nodari F., Temporalità e umanità. La diacronia in Emmanuel Levinas, Firenze: Giuntina. 

[2017] Nodari F., Premessa, in B. Casper, Levinas pensatore della crisi dell’umanità, tr. it. di L. Bonvicini, a cura di F. Nodari, Brescia: La Scuola: 5-10. 

[2016 ]Nodari F., Storia di Dolores. Lettera al padre che non ho mai avuto, Milano-Udine: Mimesis.

[2013] Nodari F., Il bisogno dell’Altro e la fecondità del Maestro. Una questione morale, Firenze: Giuntina.

[2011] Nodari F., Il pensiero incarnato in Emmanuel Levinas, Brescia: Morcelliana.

[2008] Nodari F., Il male radicale tra Kant e Levinas, Firenze: Giuntina.

Awards and prizes

In 2012 she received the "2012 Women Leaders Award" from the International Association EWMD - Brescia Delegation. 

In 2015 she received the "Premio Donne che ce l'abbiamo fatta" (Women who made it award). 

On 2 June 2019, she was awarded the position of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, by Decree of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella.

Isabella Nova

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: catalysis, chemical engineering

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

Region: Lombardy


Ful professor of Industrial and Technological Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Milan

Professional career

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

Since 2018 she is coordinator of the degree program board for Chemical Engineering (Bachelor and Master level) and Ingegneria della Prevenzione e della Sicurezza nell’Industria di Processo (Master level) at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2019 she is Vice Dean of the School of Industrial and Information Engineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

In 2018 she was included in the Inspiring 50 Italy list.


Cecilia Novelli

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, history of the welfare state

Keywords: Catholic Church, civil society, colonialism, education, entrepreneurship, family, women

Region: Sardinia


Full Professor of Contemporary History and History of the Welfare State at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Cagliari.

Professional career

In 1988 she obtained a PhD in the History of Political Movements and a Post-Doctorate in 1992 at the University of Roma Tre. In 1979 she graduated in Political Science at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and in 1989 in Religious Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. From 2010 to 2015 she was president of the degree course in Political Science and since 2015 she has directed the Department of Social Sciences and Institutions. She currently teaches Contemporary History and History of the welfare state. For the past four years she has also held a Public History Workshop. For many years she has been a member of the Italian Society of Contemporary History (SISSCO) and since its foundation in 2015, also of the Italian Association of Public History, which aims to broaden the boundaries of history outside the restricted sphere of the academy. 


Scientific results

Cecilia Novelli has worked mainly on the themes of contemporary 'non-political' but social, educational, economic and behavioural history. In particular the history of women and the family in the Church and the Catholic movement. The period is that between the second half of the nineteenth century and the whole of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the decades between the two wars and the post-war period.  From 2000 to 2010 she directed a research project entitled "Colonists without colonies" on the outcome of the Italian colonial commitment. Since 2000 she has also been the reference historian for the Federazione Nazionale Cavalieri del Lavoro, for which she is currently directing a project entitled Atlante storico degli imprenditori italiani dal decollo industriale alla Prima guerra mondiale. 

Editorial work and publications

[2020] Dau Novelli C., La storia dipinta: i murales di Orgosolo, in La storia liberata. Nuovi sentieri di ricerca, Mimesis, pp. 101- 119. 

[2020] Dau Novelli C., Nascita di una capitale. Roma dal mito alla realtà (1870-1915), Castelvecchi.

[2019] Dau Novelli C., Famiglia, matrimonio e divorzio, in L’Italia e gli italiani dal 1948 al 1978, Rubbettino, pp. 341-367.  

[2018] Dau Novelli C., Sergio Mattarella, in I Presidenti della Repubblica. Il Capo dello Stato e il Quirinale nella storia della democrazia italiana, Il Mulino, pp. 477-517. 

[2018] Dau Novelli C., Moro, le politiche familiari e dei diritti, in Aldo Moro nella storia della Repubblica, Il Mulino, pp. 81-94. 

[2017] Dau Novelli C., Italy and the memory of colonialism in the seventies, in Images of colonialism and decolonisation in the Italian Media, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 248-264. 

[2017] Dau Novelli C., Storie di imprenditori, lavoro, invenzioni avventure e tragedie, in Public History. Discussioni e pratiche, MIMESIS, pp. 157-173. 

[2017] Dau Novelli C., Matrimonio e famiglia nel magistero dei pontefici del ‘900, “Rivista di Storia della Chiesa in Italia”, n. 1, pp. 131-145. 

[2016] Dau Novelli C., Le donne in Italia nella Prima guerra mondiale, in “Inutile strage” I cattolici e la Santa sede nella Prima guerra mondiale, Editrice vaticana, pp. 409-424. 

[2015] Dau Novelli C., Erasure and denial of the past: the long and winding road of Italian colonial historiography, in Colonial and National identity, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 8- 25. 

[2011] Dau Novelli C., La città nazionale. Roma capitale di una nuova élite, Carocci. 

[2010] Dau Novelli C., Il neofemminismo: riflessioni critiche, in Culture politiche e dimensioni del femminile nell’Italia del ‘900, Rubbettino, pp. 39- 62. 


Awards and prizes

Cecilia Novelli is a member of the two most important historical societies in the Anglo-Saxon world, the Association for the Study of Modern Italy and the Society for Italian Studies.

Claudia Olivetti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: family economy, labor economics

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

Region: ABROAD


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

Professional career

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


Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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





Gloria Origgi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: cognitive science, Espistemology, Philosophy, philosophy of knowledge, social sciences

Keywords: democracy, emotion, expertise, new technologies, reputation, trust

Region: ABROAD


Senior Researcher at CNRS, Institut Nicod, Ecole Normale Supérieure, PSL, Paris.

Professional career

Gloria Origgi graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan. After a doctorate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, she taught at the University of Bologna before winning a competition at the French CNRS, where she is currently director of research. She has been a visiting professor at several universities: Columbia Unversity, New York, Bielefeld University, Germany, San Raffaele University, Milan, Universidad UNISINOS, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Scientific results

Gloria Origgi works at the interface between philosophy, epistemology and the social and cognitive sciences. She has notably developed a theory of reputation in order to understand how people use others’ reputations in order to acquire information. More recently, she has worked on the role of political emotions in knowledge and in collective mobilisation. 

Editorial work and publications

Books :

[2019] Origgi G. (a cura di) Passions Sociales, PUF, Paris :

[2019] Origgi G. Reputation. What it is and Why it matters, Princeton University Press.


Articles and Book Chapters:

[forthcoming] Branch-Smith T, Morissau T, Origgi G.“Trust in Experts. The case of chloroquine”, Social Epistemology.

[2021] Origgi G. “The social virtues and vices of curiosity” in M. Alfano (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Social Virtues Epistemology.

[2021] Origgi G. “Ground Zero. Il triangolo dell’umiliazione” in F. Piazza (ed.) Il prisma delle passioni, UniPa Press.

[2020] Origgi G, Chiril P, Moriceau V, Benamara F, Mari A, Origgi G, Coulomb-Gully M.  An Annotated Corpus for Sexism Detection in French TweetsProceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020), pp.1397–1403.

[2020] Origgi G. “Trust and Reputation” in J. Simon (ed.) Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Trust, Routledge, London, pp. 88-96.

[2019] Origgi G. “Trust and Reputation as Filtering Mechanisms of Knowledge” in P. Graham (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology, Routledge, London.

[2019] Origgi G. “Reputation in Moral Philosophy and Epistemology” in F. Giardini, R. Wittek (ed.) The Oxford Handbook  of Gossip and Reputation, Oxford University Press, pp. 69-81.

[2018] G. Origgi, “La democrazia può sopravvivere a Facebook? Egualitarismo epistemico, vulnerabilità cognitiva e nuove tecnologie”, in Ragion pratica, 2: 445-458, doi: 10.1415/91549.

Lisa Orlandi

International politics area

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

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

Region: Emilia-Romagna


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rossella Pace

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history, history of international relations, history of movements and political parties, social history, women’s and gender history

Keywords: diplomacy, liberal partisans, Liberal Party, Resistance, women

Region: Lazio


Post Doc Research Fellow at Fondazione Sapienza Roma. General Secretary of the Historical Institute for International Liberal Thought (ISPLI) and General Secretary of the Giacomo Matteotti Foundation, Roma.

Professional career

After graduating in History, cum laude, at La Sapienza University of Rome, Rossella Pace obtained a PhD in European History at the same University. During her doctorate, she carried out periods of research at the Fondation Charles de Gaulle in Paris. During the same period, she carried out research activities for the Department of Documentary, Linguistic, Philological and Geographical Sciences of the Sapienza University and, again for the same department, she was a fellow for the MAGISTER project. After her doctorate, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Sapienza Foundation, and she is a lecturer in Contemporary History at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples and lecturer in History of International Relations at the Sapienza University of Rome. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Fondazione Sapienza in Rome. She is General Secretary of the Historical Institute for Liberal Thought, of which she is also a founding member, and General Secretary of the Giacomo Matteotti Foundation, Rome.

Scientific results

Rossella Pace's research has hitherto focused mainly on the period between the two world wars, and more specifically on the war of national liberation in Italy. In particular, she has dealt with the role played in the anti-Fascist movement by some women from great aristocratic and bourgeois families. In the doctoral thesis she examined the contribution of the Italian Liberal party to the Resistance through the Franchi Organization led by Edgardo Sogno, and the role played in it by women. The originality of the research led to the publication of the thesis in a book by the publisher Rubbettino. She is currently studying the intellectual and political biography of Edgardo Sogno in the Cold War period, focusing particularly on the topic of  his relations with the dissidents in Eastern Europe countries since the 1950s. In her research she has often consulted private family archives, hitherto unknown.

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Storie di guerra fredda, Il movimento di Pace e libertà, in Variazioni geoculturali europee, a cura di Walter Montanari, Shirin Zakeri, Vol. I, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, pp.235 -246. 

[2020] Partigiane liberali. Organizzazione, guerra, cultura e azione civile,Rubbettino.

[2020] Noi, le altre. Le donne del partito liberale nella Resistenza: una minoranza nella minoranza in «Prospettiva Persona»,113 -114, [2]:62 -66. 

[2020] Dai salotti alla lotta armata. Note sulla resistenza liberale e la rete di Edgardo Sogno, in Le Formazioni autonome della Resistenza, a cura di Tommaso Piffer, Marsilio, pp.76 -92.

[2020] "1945, Cristina Casana, la“protezione delle giovani fanciulle”e l’impegno europeo", Stati Uniti d’Europa, 41, on line.

[2019] L’immagine della donna in trincea,in La fatalità della guerra e la volontà di vincerla, a cura di Rossella Pace, Rubbettino, pp.275 -286.

[2019] "La diplomazia come mezzo per immaginare il futuro. Roberto Ducci e il processo di integrazione europea negli anni 60 -70"in Guido Lenzi, Luciano Monzali, Rossella Pace (a cura di) La diplomazia parallela. La politica estera italiana nelle Lettere e negli Scritti di Roberto Ducci (1970-1975), Aracne, pp.101 – 115.

[2018] "Enrico Serra", in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Treccani, Roma.

[2018] Una vita tranquilla. I liberali e la lotta di liberazione nazionale nelle memorie di Cristina Casana, Rubbettino.

[2016]"La fuga dal “recinto”: la trincea e la follia", in XXI Secolo. Rivista di studi sulle transazioni, 38, [XV] pp. 172 -188.

[2016] Interesse nazionale e diplomazia multilaterale: dal Congresso di Vienna (1815) all'Atto Finale di Helsinki (1975). La tradizione diplomatica italiana, Rubbettino.

Awards and prizes

2019, Minerva Scientific Research Award, Mention of Merit.

Elena Pacella

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

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

Region: Lazio


Associat professor of Ophthalmology at La Sapienza University of Rome and Manager at of the Ophtalmic Emergency Room at D.A.I. Testa Collo, General Hospital  Umberto I in Rome

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Bari in 1988, she continued her studies by specialising in Ophthalmology at La Sapienza University of Rome. In 1993 she won a three-year scholarship from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità for research on the fight against AIDS abroad (Barcelona, Spain).

In 1996 she graduated from the European Board of Ophthalmology. At the same time she continued her training and research, first as an adjunct professor and then in 1998 as a researcher.

Since 2011 she has been Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the La Sapienza University of Rome, where she also carries out research activities and is responsible for the educational pathway of the students of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and Ophthalmology residents. Also in 2011 she became first level manager at the Policlinico Umberto I, where she is currently in charge of the Ophthalmic Emergency Department. 

Scientific results

Her scientific interests were initially focused on pharmacological therapies of ocular complications of HIV and the use of laser technologies for the correction of ametropia. Currently her studies are particularly focused on the physiopathological roles of intravitreal therapies of diabetic macular oedema and retinal vascular occlusion regulating vascular growth factors in the framework of a Clinical NCT02257333 National Register Retinal Venous Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis (HEART VISION).

Elena Pacella together with her research group, as highlighted in her publications, was among the first researchers in Italy to demonstrate that the intravitreal administration of slow-release cortisone molecules (device) has an important anti-inflammatory effect,  they block the production of the cascade of inflammation mediators (prostaglandins and thromboxanes derived from the synthesis of arachidonic acid) and thus retinal neovascularisation in diabetics with macular oedema that does not respond to anti-VEGF, improving visual function and also blocking complications, for the period of therapy, if we consider that currently 13% of diabetics in full activity suffer from visual impairment.

Editorial work and publications

Elena Pacella is founder and editorial board of the scientific journal Senses&Sciences  Since 2016 she is a member of the editorial board of the scientific journal La Clinica Terapeutica.

She is referee of Cineca research projects for the following journals: Clinical OphthalmologyClinical Interventions in AgingInternational Medical Case Reports JournalClinical Optometry, Patient Preference and Adherence, Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

She has signed numerous scientific publications, including:

2017) Pacella F, La Torre G, Basili S, Autolitano M, Pascarella A, Lenzi T, Pacella E. Comparison between "early" or "late" intravitreal injection of dexamethasone implant in branch (BRVO) or central (CRVO) retinal vein occlusion: six-months follow-up. Cutaneus and Ocular Toxicology, 36(3):224-230. doi: 10.1080/15569527.2016.1254648. Epub 2017 Jan 11.

(2016) Pacella F, Romano MR, Turchetti P, Tarquini G, Carnovale A, Mollicone A, Mastromatteo A, Pacella E. An eighteen-month follow-up study on the effects of Intravitreal Dexamethasone Implant in diabetic macular edema refractory to anti-VEGF therapy. International Journal of Ophthalmology, 9(10):1427-1432. eCollection 2016.

(2016) Pacella F, Agostinelli E, Carlesimo SC, Nebbioso M, Secondi R, Forastiere M, Pacella E. Management of anterior chamber dislocation of a dexamethasone intravitreal implant: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports,10(1):282.

(2016) Pacella E, Mipatrini D, Pacella F, Amorelli G, Bottone A, Smaldone G, Turchetti P, La Torre G. Suspensory Materials for Surgery of Blepharoptosis: A Systematic Review of Observational Studies. PLoSOne, 11(9):e0160827. doi: 0.1371/journal.pone.0160827. eCollection 2016. Review.

(2016) Grancara S, Dalla Via L, García-Argáez AN, Ohkubo S, Pacella E, Manente S, Bragadin M, Toninello A, Agostinelli E. Spermine cycling in mitochondria is mediated by adenine nucleotide translocase activity: mechanism and pathophysiological implications. Amino Acids, 48(10):2327-37. doi: 10.1007/s00726-016-2264-6. Epub 2016 Jun 2.

(2016) Pacella F, Ferraresi AF, Turchetti P, Lenzi T, Giustolisi R, Bottone A, Fameli V, Romano MR, Pacella E. Intravitreal Injection of Ozurdex(®) Implant in Patients with Persistent Diabetic Macular Edema, with Six-Month Follow-Up. Ophthalmology and Eye Diseases, 8:11-6. doi: 10.4137/OED.S38028. eCollection 2016.

(2015) Pacella E, Pacella F, De Paolis G, Parisella FR, Turchetti P, Anello G, Cavallotti C. Glycosaminoglycans in the human cornea: age-related changes. Ophthalmology and Eye Diseases, 7:1-5. doi: 10.4137/OED.S17204. eCollection 2015.

(2015) Taurone S, Ripandelli G, Pacella E, Bianchi E, Plateroti AM, De Vito S, Plateroti P, Grippaudo FR, Cavallotti C, Artico M. Potential regulatory molecules in the human trabecular meshwork of patients with glaucoma: immunohistochemical profile of a number of inflammatory cytokines. Molecular Medicine Reports, 11(2):1384-90. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2014.2772. Epub 2014 Oct 27.

(2014) Fehér J, Kovács I, Pacella E, Radák Z. Correlation of the microbiota and intestinal mucosa in the pathophysiology and treatment of irritable bowel, irritable eye, and irritable mind syndrome. Orvosi Hetilap, 155(37):1454-60. doi: 10.1556/OH.2014.29987. Review. Hungarian.

(2014) Pacella E, Arrico L, Santamaria V, Turchetti P, Carbotti MR, La Torre G, Pacella F.  Dorzolamidechlorhydrate versus acetazolamide in the management of chronic macular edema in patients with retinitis pigmentosa: description of three case reports. Ophthalmology Eye Disease, 6:21-6. doi: 10.4137/OED.S13617. eCollection 2014.

(2014) Pacella E, Nisi G, Campana M, Pacella F, Mazzeo F, Brandi C, De Santi MM, Malagnino V, Tanganelli P, D'Aniello C. Histological and ultra-structural effects of rapid muscle expansion through intramuscular administration of carbon dioxide: an intra-operative study in an animal model. European Review for Medical Pharmacology Sciences, 18(3):416-20.

Awards and prizes

In 2010 she received the "Kallistos Award" for scientific and medical research,

In 2018 she was insiegned of the prize "Professionalism and Competence" by SAPIENTIA MUNDI Foundation.

Claudia Padovani

International politics area

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

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

Region: Veneto


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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

She is author of a number of scientific publications among:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Padovani C. & Shade L. (eds) (2016). Journal of Information Policy. Themed issue “Gendering Global Media Policy: Critical Perspectives on ‘Digital Agendas’”. Pen State University Press. Accessible su:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monica Paiella

Economy and Finance area

Competences: applied economics, financial economy

Keywords: financial literacy, pension funds

Region: Campania


Full professor of Economics at the University of Naples Parthenope

Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous single-author and co-authored publications from Italian and foreign institutions, including

(2018) Faia E, Paiella M. The Role of FinTech for the Capital Market Union, in Allen F. et al. (eds.), “Capital Market Union and Beyond”, MIT Press.

(2017) Paiella M, Pistaferri L. The Anatomy of the Wealth Effect. The Review of Economics and Statistics 99(4): 710-721.

(2016) Paiella M. Financial Literacy and Subjective Expectations Questions: A Validation Exercise. Research in Economics 70: 360-374.

(2015) Minetti R, Murro P, Paiella M. Ownership Structure, Governance, and Innovation. European Economic Review 80:165-193.

(2014) Paiella M, Tiseno A. Evaluating the Impact on Saving of Tax-Favored Retirement Plans. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance 13(1): 62-87.

(2011) Chiappori PA, Paiella M. Relative Risk Aversion is Constant: Evidence from Panel Data. The Journal of the European Economic Association 9(6):1021-1052.

Attanasio O, Paiella M. Intertemporal Consumption Choices, Transaction Costs and Limited Participation in Financial Markets: Reconciling Data and Theory. Journal of Applied Econometrics 26(2): 322-343.

(2009) The Stock Market, Housing and Consumer Spending: A Survey of the Evidence on Wealth Effects. Journal of Economic Surveys, 23(5): 947-953.

(2008) Guiso LPaiella M. Risk Aversion, Wealth and Background Risk. Journal of the European Economic Association 6(6):1109-1150.

(2007) Paiella M. The Forgone Gains of Incomplete Portfolios. The Review of Financial Studies, 20(5): 1623-1646.

(2006) Guiso L, Paiella M, Visco I. Do Capital Gains Affect Consumption? Estimates of Wealth Effects from Italian Household’s Behavior? in Klein L. (ed.), “Long Run Growth and Short Run Stabilization: Essays in Memory of Albert Ando (1929-2002)”, Elgar publisher.

(2006) Paiella M, D’Alessio G and Cannari L. La Ricchezza delle Famiglie Italiane: Un’Analisi Territoriale in Cannari L. and Panetta F. (eds.), “Il Sistema Finanziario e il Mezzogiorno,” Cacucci Editore.

Awards and prizes

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

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

Giovanna Paladino

Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, financial education

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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


Elisa Palazzi

STEM area: Physics

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

Keywords: climate, mountains, water resources

Region: Piedmont


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

She is co-editor (with Antonello Provenzale and Klaus Fraedrich) of the book The Fluid Dynamics of Climate(CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences 564, Courses and Lectures, Springer, 2016).

12 Most relevant publications:

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

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

[2019] Palazzi E, Mortarini L, Terzago S, von Hardenberg J. Elevation-dependent warming in global climate model simulations at high spatial resolution, Clim Dyn 52: 2685.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Stefania Panebianco

International politics area

Competences: European Union Politics, international relations, political science

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

Region: Sicily


Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Catania

Professional career

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

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

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

EUMedEA Crash Course, University of Catania, 2016, 2017, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

Selected articles and chapters (last 5 years):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

Academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Information and Research Activity on EU Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (EUDEM)funded by the European Commission through the LLP (2010-2011),

Scientific Responsibleof the European Jean Monnet Module on EU Roles in the International Governancefunded by the European Commission for the years 2005-2010

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

Daniela Pantosti

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: earthquakes geology, paleoseismology

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

Region: Lazio


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

Professional career

After graduating in Geology from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1985, she qualified as a geologist in 1986. She then worked at the Geological Survey of Italy; since 1987 she has been a researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Rome, and in 2000 she became Director of Research. In 1991-1992 and 1997-1998 she was a visiting scientist at the United States Geological Service in Menlo Park, California. Since 2013 she has decided to reduce her research activities in order to serve INGV, covering roles of responsibility and internal management. From 2013 to 2016 she is director of the Rome1 Section, Seismology and Tectonophysics. She currently directs the Earthquake Structure with tasks of planning, development and verification of research activities.

Scientific results

Daniela Pantosti's main area of research is Earthquake Geology and Paleoseismology (the study of geological records of past earthquakes), research activities that provide an important contribution to seismic hazard estimates. These disciplines, which are concerned with characterising the seismicity of a region on the basis of the 'footprints' left by past earthquakes on the landscape and in the geology, were entirely new in Italy in the late 1980s. Thanks to the support of INGV, Daniela Pantosti was able to introduce them to Italy, using them for the first time to study the Irpinia fault responsible for the 1980 earthquake. By observing the development of fault segmentation and recurrence models, the characterisation of seismogenic sources and their seismic behaviour, the estimation of seismic hazard is much more reliable. Given the excellent results, these studies have developed enormously and have become an integral part of the scientific process. As a result of these successes, Pantosti has participated and been responsible for national and international projects concerning seismic and tsunami hazard definition in Italy, the Mediterranean, California, Central and South America and New Zealand.

Editorial work and publications

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

She co-authored numerous scientific publications, including:

(2018) Villani, F., Pucci, S., Civico, R., De Martini,P. M., Cinti, F. R., & Pantosti, D.  Surface Faulting of the 30 October 2016 Mw 6.5 Central Italy Earthquake: Detailed Analysis of a Complex Coseismic Rupture, Tectonics, 37(10): 3378-3410.

(2018) Cinti, F. R., Civico, R., Blumetti, A. M.,Chiarini, E., La Posta, E., Pantosti, D., et al. Evidence for surface faulting earthquakes on the Montereale fault system (Abruzzi Apennines, central Italy). Tectonics, 37(9): 2758–2776. 

(2017) Villani, F., L. Improta, S. Pucci, R. Civico, P.P.G. Bruno and D. Pantosti. Investigating the architecture of the Paganica Fault (2009 Mw 6.1earthquake, central Italy) by integrating high-resolution multiscale refraction tomography and detailed geological mapping, Geophysical Journal International, 208(1): 403–423.

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

(2016) Pucci S. , R. Civico, F. Villani, T. Ricci, E. Delcher, A. Finizola, V. Sapia, P. M. De Martini, D. Pantosti, S. Barde-Cabusson, E. Brothelande, R. Gusset, C. Mezon, S. Orefice, A. Peltier, M. Poret, L. Torres and B. Suski (2016). Deep electrical resistivity tomography along the tectonically active Middle Aterno Valley (2009 L’Aquila earthquake area, central Italy), Geophysical Journal International 207(2): 967–982.

(2015) R. Civico, C. A. Brunori, P. M. De Martini, S. Pucci, F. R. Cinti, and D. Pantosti Liquefaction susceptibility assessment in fluvial plains using airborne lidar: the case of the 2012 Emilia earthquake sequence area (Italy), Natural Hazards ad Earth System Science, 15(11): 2473–2483.

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

(2015) Civico R., D. Pantosti, S. Pucci, P.M. De Martini (2014). The Contribution of Airborne LiDAR Data to the Assessment of Surface Faulting Hazard for Lifelines Crossing Active Faults: An Example from the Central Apennines, Italy, in G. Lollino et al. (eds.), Engineering Geology for Society and Territory. Volume 5.

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

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

Awards and prizes

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


Costanza Papagno

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: neuroscience

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

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Professional career

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


Scientific results

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


Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annalisa Pastore

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: structural biology

Keywords: bioinformatics, coronavirus, coronavirus proteins, coronavirus structure, Covid-19, LLPS, RNA_binding

Region: ABROAD


Professor of Chemistry & Molecular Biology at King's College of London

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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


Editorial work and publications

Annalisa Pastore is author of abotu 300 scientific publications including:

Y(2018) Yan, R., Yalinca, H., Paoletti, F., Gobbo, F., Marchetti, L, Kuzmanic, A., Lamba, D., Gervasio, F.L., Konarev, P.V., Cattaneo, A., Pastore, A. The structure of the Pro-domain of mouse proNGF in contact with the NGF domain. Structure, 27(1):78-89.

(2017) Alfano C, Sanfelice D, Martin SR, Pastore A, Temussi PA.  An optimized strategy to measure protein stability highlights differences between cold and hot unfolded states. Nature Commun. 8:15428.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

In 2000 she was appointed EMBO Membership and since 2013 she is a member of the Academia Europeae.

Silvia Peppoloni

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: Earth science, geoethics, natural hazard and risks

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

Region: Lazio


Researcher at the INGV (Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) and General secretary of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Silvia Peppoloni is author of two due popular books: (with Doglioni), Pianeta Terra: una storia non finita(Il Mulino, 2016) e Convivere con i rischi naturali(Il Mulino, 2014).

She has authored numerous scientific publications. Among the latest:

[2018] Arattano M., Peppoloni S., Gatti A. The ethical duty to divulge geosciences and the improvement of communication skills to fulfill it. Episodes, 41(2): 97-103. 

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

[2017] Bobrowsky P., Cronin V., Di Capua G., Kieffer S., Peppoloni S. "The emerging field of geoethics". In Scientific Integrity and Ethics: With Applications to the Geosciences, edited by L. Gundersen, Special Publication American Geophysical Union. New York, John Wiley.

[2016] Peppoloni S., Di Capua G. "Geoethics: Ethical, social, and cultural values in geosciences research, practice, and education". In Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future, edited by Wessel G., Greenberg J., Geological Society of America, Special Paper, 520:17-21.

[2016] Di Capua G, Peppoloni S, Amanti M, Cipolloni C and Conte G. "Site classification map of Italy based on surface geology". In Developments in Engineering Geology, edited by Eggers M.J., Griffiths J.S., Parry S., Culshaw M.G. Geological Society, London. Engineering Geology Special Publication, 27: 147–158.

[2015] Peppoloni S., Di Capua G (eds.). Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 419.

[2015] Peppoloni S, Bobrowsky P, Di Capua G. "Geoethics: A Challenge for Research Integrity in Geosciences".  In Integrity in the Global Research Arena, edited by Steneck N, Anderson M, Kleinert S, Mayer T., World Scientific, pp. 287-294

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

[2014] Matteucci R., Gosso G., Peppoloni S., Piacente S., Wasowski J. The “Geoethical Promise”: A Proposal. Episodes, 37, 3:190-191.

[2014] Peppoloni S., Di Capua G. "Geoethical aspects in the natural hazards management". In Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, Vol. 17, edited by Lollino G, Arattano M, Giardino M, Oliveira R, Peppoloni S. Education, Professional Ethics and Public Recognition of Engineering Geology. Springer.

Awards and prizes

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


Daniela Perani

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: clinical neuroscience, neurology, nuclear medicine, radiology

Keywords: brain, dementia, diagnostic imaging, neuroscience

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Neuroscience at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan and Head of Unit "In vivo Human Molecular and Structural Neuroimaging", Division of Neuroscience, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milan, she continued her training by specialising in Neurology, followed by another in Radiology, also at the University of Milan. In 1987-1988 she left Italy for London where she was a researcher at the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, University of London. In 1989, on her return to Italy, she became a researcher at the Istituto Tecnologie Biomediche Avanzate del C.N.R. in Milan; from 1991 to 2000 she was research director at the Istituto di Neuroscienze e Bioimmagini del C.N.R. in Milan. Since 2001 she has been full professor of Neuroscience at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan, Head of the "In vivo Human Molecular and Structural Neuroimaging" Unit of the Division of Neuroscience of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute and coordinator of the Neuroimaging Diagnostic Activity Area, Nuclear Medicine, of the San Raffaele Hospital. Since 2021 she is also Director of the School of Specialization in Neuropsychology, Faculty of Psychology.

Scientific results

Daniela Perani and her group are developing numerous research projects in the field of structural (MRI) and molecular (PET) neuroimaging, techniques applied to the study of neurodegenerative diseases. Daniela Perani's studies are also carried out in the field of functional neuroimaging (fMRI) for the study of normal cognitive functions and their modifications associated with neurological diseases. In fact, the use of functional neuroimaging techniques (such as SPECT, PET, fMRI) enables diagnostic investigations in numerous cognitive neurosciences such as neuropsychology, neurophysiology (sensorimotor systems) and neurology (study of dementia, cerebrovascular diseases, extrapyramidal diseases such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and prion diseases, caused by the accumulation in the brain of an abnormal protein, the prion). These techniques provide the possibility of investigating in vivo, in normal subjects or patients, functional brain activity during the performance of sensorimotor or cognitive tasks. PET and fMRI techniques have demonstrated the interaction between blood flow and brain function. These high spatial resolution methods allow a precise anatomical localisation of regional brain activation, which in turn represents the functional correlate of in vivo mental activity.

Editorial work and publications

She is author of more that 250 full papers, books and chapters, including:

(2013) Klunk WE, Perani D. Amyloid and neurodegeneration: Converging and diverging paths. Neurology, 81(20):1728-1729. 

(2013) Garibotto V, Tettamanti M, Marcone A, Florea I, Panzacchi A, Moresco R, Virta JR, Rinne J, Cappa SF, Perani D. Cholinergic activity correlates with reserve proxies in Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 34(11):2694.e13-8. 

(2013) Iannaccone S, Cerami C, Alessio M, Garibotto V, Panzacchi A, Olivieri S, Gelsomino G, Moresco RM, Perani D. In vivo microglia activation in very early dementia with Lewy bodies, comparison with Parkinson's disease. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 19(1): 47-52. 

(2013) Consonni MCafiero RMarin DTettamanti M, Iadanza A, Fabbro FPerani DNeural convergence for language comprehension and grammatical class production in highly proficient bilinguals is independent of age of acquisition. Cortex, 49(5):1252-1258. 

(2013) Nordberg A, Carter SF, Rinne J, Drzezga A, Brooks DJ, Vandenberghe R, Perani D, Forsberg A, Långström B, Scheinin N, Karrasch M, Någren K, Grimmer T, Miederer I, Edison P, Okello A, Van Laere K, Nelissen N, Vandenbulcke M, Garibotto V, Almkvist O, Kalbe E, Hinz R, Herholz K. A European multicentre PET study of fibrillar amyloid in alzheimer's disease. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 40(1):104-114. 

(2012) Tettamanti M, Rognoni E, Cafiero R, Costa T, Galati D, Perani D. Distinct pathways of neural coupling for different basic emotions. Neuroimage, 59(2):1804-1817. 

(2012) Babiloni C, Buffo P, Vecchio F, Marzano N, Del Percio C, Spada D, Rossi S, Bruni I, Rossini PM, Perani D. Brains "in concert": Frontal oscillatory alpha rhythms and empathy in professional musicians. Neuroimage, 60(1):105-116.  

(2012) Marcone AGaribotto VMoresco RM, Florea I, Panzacchi ACarpinelli AVirta JRTettamanti MBorroni BPadovani ABertoldo AHerholz KRinne JOCappa SFPerani D[11]-MP4A PET cholinergic measurements in amnestic mild cognitive impairment, probable alzheimer's disease, and dementia with lewy bodies: A bayesian method and voxel-based analysis. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 31(2):4387-399.

(2012) Canessa N, Alemanno F, Riva F, Zani A, Proverbio AM, Mannara N, Perani D, Cappa SF. The neural bases of social intention understanding: The role of interaction goals. PLoS ONE, 7(7). 

(2012) Lalli SPiacentini S, Franzini A, Panzacchi ACerami CMessina GFerré FPerani DAlbanese AEpidural premotor cortical stimulation in primary focal dystonia: Clinical and 18F-fluoro deoxyglucose positron emission tomography open study. Movement Disorders Journal, 27(4):533-428.


Awards and prizes

Daniela Perani is the Italian Neuroimaging Coordinator of the National Alzheimer NETWORKS Finalised Project 2014-2017. She is also a member of the Italian Society of Neuropsychology, the International Society of Neuroscience (ISFNSCI) and a member of the International Neuropsychological Symposium, since 2000.

Chiara Petrioli

STEM area: Computer science

Competences: computer technology, network protocols

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

Region: Lazio


Full Professor in Computer Science at La Sapienza University of Rome

Professional career

After graduating in Computer Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 1993, she continued her education with a PhD in Computer Engineering at the same university. During her PhD she won a prestigious Fulbright scholarship, thanks to which she was a Visiting Research Associate at the Advanced Communications Technologies laboratory of Boston University in 1996, and the following year at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science of the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1998, she collaborated with the Department of Electronics and Information of the Politecnico di Milano. The following year she became a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano. Since the following year she has been a research fellow at the Politecnico di Milano and also carries out teaching activities. Since 2001 she has been a tenured researcher in Computer Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza, where she became an associate professor in 2006 and a full professor in 2021. Since January 2021 she has been Pro-Rector with responsibility for the development of entrepreneurial culture for the enhancement of the third mission.

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Chiara Petrioli is, or was, a member of the editorial board of numerous scientific journals. She has signed numerous publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awards and prizes

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

Barbara Petrongolo

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics

Keywords: family, gender, public policies, work

Region: ABROAD


Full Professor of Economics at the Oxford University.

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Commerce at the S. Anna High School of the University of Pisa in 1993, she obtained a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1998. From 1997 to 2001 she was assistant professor at the Carlos III University of Madrid, before returning to LSE in 2001 as a lecturer in Economics. 

From 2010 to 2020 she is a full Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London, and from September 2020 at Oxford University.

She is a research associate of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and since 2015 she has directed the CEPR Labor Economics program (Center for Economic Policy Research). 

She has been a visiting scholar at various universities including University of California Berkeley, Paris School of Economics, Toulouse School of Economics, University College London.

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Valentina Pisanty

History and Philosophy area

Competences: memory studies, narratology, semiotics

Keywords: Holocaust denial, interpretation, memory, racism

Region: Lombardy


Associate Professor at the University of Bergamo. 

Scientific results

Her fields of research are narratology and interpretive semiotics - the study of the mechanisms through which human beings make sense of the world, experience and texts - with particular reference to the field of memory and history. Valentina Pisanty has dealt specifically with the trivialising and sacralising uses of the memory of the Jewish extermination (and other traumatic memories that follow its structure), the interpretative and discursive strategies of denialism and, more generally, the logic and rhetoric of anti-Semitic and racist discourse. Other lines of research dedicated to the analysis of different communicative phenomena (historical testimonies, legal discourses, political storytelling, humour, television seriality, European popular fairy tales) branch off from this core of interests, but they are united by the questions they raise concerning the culturally variable relationship between interpretation, use and rewriting of the texts with which the various interpretative communities carve out, represent and prepare to interact with relevant portions of the world. 

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Pisanty V, Rothberg M. (prefazione), McEwen A. (traduzione), The Guardians of Memory and the Return of the Xenophobic Right), New York, CPL (Centro Primo Levi) Editions.

[2020]  Pisanty V. I guardiani della memoria e il ritorno delle destre xenofobe, Milano, Bompiani.

[2019] Pisanty V. “La comprensione umoristica”, in La comprensione linguistica (eds. Alfredo Paternoster e Valentina Pisanty), Milano, Mimesis: 123-142.

[2018] Pisanty V. “Duck or Rabbit? Umberto Eco’s Structuralist Pragmatics”, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy. X-1. Eco and Pragmatism.

[2017] Pisanty V. “Saul e gli altri: il nuovo cinema sulla Shoah e i dibattiti sulla memoria”, Storica: 9-46.

[2014] Pisanty V. L’irritante questione delle camere a gas: logica del negazionismo, Milano, Bompiani.

[2012] Pisanty, V. Abusi di memoria. Negare, sacralizzare, banalizzare la Shoah, Milano, Bruno Mondadori.

[2009] Pisanty V. Zijno A. Semiotica, Milano, McGraw-Hill.

[2006] Pisanty V. La difesa della razza. Antologia 1938-1943, Milano, Bompiani.

[2004] Pisanty V. Pellerey R. Semiotica e interpretazione, Milano, Bompiani.

[1995] Pisanty V. Cómo se lee un cuento popular, Barcellona, Paidós.

[1993] Pisanty V. Leggere la fiaba, Milano, Bompiani.

Francesca Poggi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: analytical jurisprudence, law and bioethics, Legal gender studies, legal interpretation and argumentation

Keywords: argumentation, biolaw, gender, interpretation, meaning, pragmatics

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Philosophy of Law at University of Milan

Professional career

Francesca Poggi graduates in 1999 at the Law Faculty of the University of Genoa with magna cum laude. In 2002 she is admitted to the Italian Bar, and in 2003 she obtains the PhD in analytical philosophy and general theory of law at the University of Milan. She is a research fellow at the University of Genoa until 2006, when she becomes a permanent researcher at the University of Milan. Since 2012 she has been an associate professor at the Cesare Beccaria Department of the University of Milan and since 2020 she has been full professor.

Scientific results

Francesca Poggi is an internationally recognized expert on legal interpretation and, in particular, on the relationship between legal language and ordinary understanding. She is a reviewer for the main international journals on these topics (such as Law and PhilosophyOxford Journal for Legal Studies, International Journal for Semiotics of Law). Among the most recent grants in this area, she is the coordinator of the Italian Unit of the project A language-based theory of legal interpretation, funded by Harmonia, Polish National Center for Science (Grant No. 2018/30 / M / HS5 / 00254). In 2020 she was a member of the international jury of The European Award for Legal Theory.

Since 2012 she has also been dealing with bio-legal issues and, in particular, with the analysis and criticism of Italian legislation and case law on bio-medical issues. Since 2014 she has held the course Law and Bioethics at the Master in Global Rule of Law & Constitutional Democracy (University of Genoa). From 2015 to 2021 she was a member of the Ethics Committee of the University of Milan.

More recently, she has engaged on gender legal studies, dealing, in particular, with gender equality and gender violence. In 2019 she edited, together with Isabel Fanlo Cortés, the special issue of the journal About gender “With or without law. The law and gender inequalities ".

Editorial work and publications

[2021] Poggi F. Tra tutela della salute e rispetto dell’autonomia. La libertà di autodeterminazione femminile nella scelta della modalità del parto. Biolaw Journal (1): 105-117.

[2020] Poggi F. Il modello conversazionale. Sulla differenza tra comprensione ordinaria e interpretazione giuridica. ETS, Pisa.

[2020] Poggi F. Defeasibility, Law, and Argumentation: A Critical View from an Interpretative Standpoint. Argumentation.

[2020] Poggi F. Il caso Cappato: la Corte Costituzionale nelle strettoie tra uccidere e lasciar morire. BioLaw Journal 20: 81-98.

[2019] Sobre el concepto de violencia de género y su relevancia para el derecho. Doxa 42: 285-307.

[2019] Canale D, Poggi F. Pragmatic Aspects of Legislative Intent. The American Journal of Jurisprudence 64(1): 125-138.

[2018] Poggi F. La medicina difensiva. Mucchi, Modena.

[2016] Poggi F. If I were in your shoes Aspetti concettuali e probatori della responsabilità dolosa nel diritto penale italiano. Ragion Pratica 47: 381-400.

[2016] Poggi F, Sardo A, Do the right thing! Robert Alexy and the claim to correctness. Rechtstheorie 47(4): 413-441.

[2013] Poggi F. Concetti teorici fondamentali. ETS, Pisa.

[2013] Poggi F. The Myth of Literal Meaning in Legal Interpretation. Analisi e diritto 2013: 313-335. 

[2011] Poggi F. Law and Conversational ImplicaturesInternational Journal for Semiotics of Law 24(1): 21-40.

Elisa Poggiali

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: environment, internationalization, sustainable development

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

Region: Tuscany


Head of the Regional Coordination of Confturismo Toscana within Confcommercio Toscana. Head of Business Services (environment, safety, development) of Confcommercio Province of Florence and Confcommercio Province of Arezzo.

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2020 she was appointed by the multinational LCI Italy as HSE Manager (Safety-Environment-Innovation) for the group's companies in Italy (more than 10 companies).

Since 2021, she has been coordinating the Associations and Federations of the tourism sector in the Region of Tuscany that are part of the Confcommercio system, liaising with regional and local institutions to develop the sector.

As Head of Business Services, he also provides consultancy and support in the areas of Environment, Safety, Hygiene and Privacy to Confcommercio member companies in the provinces of Florence and Arezzo.

Scientific results

Elisa Poggiali is an expert in sustainable development, territorial promotion and internationalisation. In particular, she has worked on the implementation of business management systems or public administration in terms of attention to the environment, quality, safety and economic development through the establishment of international relations (both scientific and economic) and the creation of knowledge networks for the attraction of FDI (foreign direct investment) and the growth of regional enterprises. She has expertise in sustainable development issues and in sharing objectives and projects (action plans) for local territories. She has managed and manages business development as a consultant and the participation of companies active in various sectors, mainly in high technology and innovation, in specialised events and trade fairs abroad.

Editorial work and publications

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

(2002) Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., AG 21 Terre di Siena, Amministrazione provinciale di Siena.

(2002) Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Manuale guida AG21 delle Terre di Siena, Amministrazione provinciale di Siena. 

(2003) Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Gli strumenti volontari di certificazione ambientale: percorso comune tra pubblico e privato. Circondario Valdelsa,Amministrazione provinciale di Siena. 

(2003) Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., Tracce di un processo: Agenda 21 Terre di Siena- Circondario Valdelsa, Amministrazione provinciale di Siena. 

(2003) Iozzi G., Fiorito L., Poggiali E., Valeriani B., I tre volti dell'agricoltura, risorsa economica, socio-culturale ed ecologica per lo sviluppo- Circondario Valdelsa, Amministrazione provinciale di Siena. 

(2005) Poggiali E., Manuale operativo di Agenda 21 Locale, Amministrazione provinciale di Siena. 

She is the author of the publication produced for the Region of Tuscany, Department of Territorial and Environmental Policies, Energy Area: Biserni, Bolognin, Chaussadis, Cesareo, Giovannoni, Mautone, Penna, Poggiali, Scenari per la realizzazione di parchi eolici da parte di Enti Locali, 2005 and of a publication on the themes of territorial planning of vast areas, realised for the Provincial Administration of Siena to bring the themes of sustainability, of the norms for the government of the territory, of the conservation of the ecosystems, of the landscapes, and of the government of the cities closer: Campanini, Poggiali, Introduzione al PTCP della provincia di Siena per i ragazzi della scuola secondaria di secondo grado, 2006.

She has been involved for years (2005/2012) in the creation and/or revision of documents/content for institutional and corporate promotion and communication, and web content ( 

Valeria Poli

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: molecular biology

Keywords: cancer, coronavirus, Covid-19: impact on schools, Covid-19: impact on women's work, Covid-19: vaccines, inflammation, mammary tumors, stat factors

Region: Piedmont


Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Turin

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

[2018] Avalle L, Camporeale A, Morciano G, Caroccia N, Ghetti E, Orecchia V, Viavattene D, Giorgi C, Pinton P, Poli V. STAT3 localizes to the ER, acting as a gatekeeper for ER-mitochondrion Ca2+ fluxes and apoptotic responses. Cell Death & Differentation, 26: 932-942.

[2017] Avalle L, Incarnato D, Savino A, Gai M, Marino F, Pensa S, Barbieri I, Stadler MB, Provero P, Oliviero S, Poli V.MicroRNAs-143 and -145 induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition and modulate the expression of junction proteins. Cell Death & Differentation,  24: 1750-1760. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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


Paola Prete

STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: experimental physics

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

Region: Apulia


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

Professional career

After graduating in Physics in 1991 at the University of Lecce, she continued his education through a PhD in Physics at the University of Bari, obtaining her degree in 1996. In September 1996 she won a post-doctoral position for one year in Wales, Great Britain, at the North East Wales Institute (NEWI), now Glyndwr University. Since March 1998 she has been a researcher in Physics of Matter at the IMM (Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems) of the CNR, Lecce section. In 1996/97 she was lecturer at several foreign institutions in Great Britain, in October 1998 Visiting Scientist at Chiba University, Chiba, Japan and from 1997 to 2011 Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Salento. She is the author of numerous degree and doctoral theses.

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

Since 2011 she is the founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the open access scientific journal “Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology”, SAGE, USA (2017 Impact Factor 1.730). Since December 2016, she is also Associate Editor of the renowned journal “Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials”, Elsevier (2017 Impact Factor 3.147). She is editor of books and Guest Editor of several international volumes and Special Issue on peer-reviewed journals such as Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials (Elsevier), Crystal Research and Technology (WileyVCH), Applied Physics A: Material Science and Processing (Springer).  

She is author of more than 120 publications in peer reviewed journals, among which the following ones:  

[2018] Wolf D, Huebner R, Niermann T, Sturm S, Prete P, Lovergine N, Buechner B, Lubk A, Three-Dimensional Composition and Electric Potential Mapping of III-V CoreMultishell Nanowires by Correlative STEM and Holographic Tomography. Nano Letters, 18 (8) 4777-4784.   

[2017] Di Carlo V, Prete P, Dubrovskii V G, Berdnikov Y, Lovergine N, CdTe nanowires by Au-catalyzed Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy. Nano Letters, in stampa (pubblicato on-line 14 giugno, 2017), DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b00719.

[2015] Bianco GV, Losurdo M, Giangregorio MM, Sacchetti A, Prete P, Lovergine N, Capezzuto P, and Bruno G, Direct epitaxial CVD synthesis of tungsten disulfide on epitaxial and CVD graphene. RSC Advances, 5:98700-98708.

[2015] Chen G., McGuckin T, Hawley C J, Gallo EM, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Subsurface imaging of coupled carrier transport in GaAs/AlGaAs core-shell nanowires. Nano Letters, 15 (1):75-79.

[2015] Miccoli I, Prete P, Lovergine N, A mass-transport limited model describing the MOVPE growth of III-V shells around dense free-standing nanowire arrays. CrystEngComm, 17 (31): 5998-6005.

[2014] Lubk A, Wolf D, Kern F, Roeder F, Prete P, Lovergine N, Lichte H, Nanoscale three-dimensional reconstruction of elastic and inelastic mean free path lenghts by electron holographic tomography. Applied Physics Letters, 105 (17):173101.

[2013] Chen G, Sun G, Ding Y J, Prete P, Miccoli I, Lovergine N, Shtrikman H, Kung P, Livneh T, J. E. Spanier J E, Direct measurement of band edge discontinuity in individual core-shell nanowires by photocurrent spectroscopy, Nano Letters, 13:4152−4157

[2012] Persano A, Taurino A, Prete P, Lovergine N, Nabet B, Cola A, Photocurrent properties of single GaAs/AlGaAs core-shell nanowires with Schottky contacts. Nanotechnology 23 (46):465701 (6pp).

[2011] Chen G, Gallo E M, Leaffer O D, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Spanier J E, Tunable hot-electron transfer within a single core-shell nanowire. Physical Review Letters, 107:156802 (1-5).

[2011] Gallo E M, Chen G, Currie M, McGuckin T, Prete P, Lovergine N, Nabet B, Spanier J E, Picosecond response times in GaAs/AlGaAs core/shell nanowire-based photodetectors. Applied Physics Letters 98 (24):241113 (3pp).

[2011] Wolf D, Lichte H, Pozzi G, Prete P, Lovergine N, Electron holographic tomography for mapping the three-dimensional distribution of electrostatic potential in III-V semiconductor nanowires. Applied Physics Letters 98 (26): 264103 (3pp).

Awards and prizes

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

Sabrina Pricl

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: chemical engineering, nanotechnologies

Keywords: antibodies, cancer, chronic mieloid leukemia, coronavirus, Covid-19, drugs resistance, leukemia, molecular engineering, nanotechnologies, nanovectors, proteins, rna, therapy, tumor

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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


Editorial work and publications

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

(2020) Laurini E, Marson D, Aulic S, Fermeglia M, Pricl S. Computational Alanine Scanning and Structural Analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein/Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 Complex. ACS Nano. 2020 Sep 22;14(9):11821-11830. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c04674. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PMID: 32833435 

(2020)  Laurini E, Marson D, Aulic S, Fermeglia A, Pricl S. Computational Mutagenesis at the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein/Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 Binding Interface: Comparison with Experimental Evidence. CS Nano. 2021 Mar 18. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.0c10833. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33733740

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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


Silvia Giuliana Priori

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cardiovascular pathophysiology, molecular cardiology, rehabilitative cardiology

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

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

She has autored numerous national and international publications, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annalisa Prizzon

International politics area

Competences: development economy, finanza per lo sviluppo

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

Region: ABROAD

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

Paola Profeta

Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19: impact on women's work, female employment, female leadership, gender, gender quotas, public policies, taxation

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Public Economics at Bocconi University, Milan

Professional career

After graduating in Economic and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in 1995, she continues her education with a Ph.D. in Economics at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, completed in 2000, spending two semesters as a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York. She has been a post-doctoral fellow at CORE, Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. From 2001 to 2005 she is researcher in Science of Finance at the University of Pavia and since 2005 she is professor, first associate and then full professor, at Bocconi University, where she directs the Master of Science in Politics and Policy Analysis and the AXA Research Lab on Gender Equality. She is also Research Fellow of CESifo, of CHILD-Collegio Carlo Alberto of Turin and scientific advisor of Unicredit and Universities Foundation. She is currently President of the European Public Choice Society and a member of the Board of Management of the International Institute of Public Finance. She has been visiting professor at several institutions including Harvard Kennedy School, Nuffield College, Oxford University, CESifo Munich, Trinity College Dublin, University of Lugano, Rennes, Edinburgh. 

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

 (2021) Gender Equality and Public PolicyMeasuring Progress in Europe. Cambridge University Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Awards and prizes

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

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


Chiara Proietti Silvestri

International politics area

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

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

Region: Emilia-Romagna


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

As part of her work at RIE, Proietti Silvestri follows various research sectors, including the development of O&G resources at national level and the development of Italian energy districts. This line of research has led to the drafting of various policy-oriented papers on the subject and to the realization of a book entitled "the Coexistence between Hydrocarbons and Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourism in Italy, for which she was co-author of some chapters. Recently, she has coordinated a research project on heavy transport and sustainable mobility.

Editorial work and publications

She is a member of the editorial board of the quarterly journal 'Energia' on energy issues since 1980. She has also published numerous articles in specialist publications, some of which are listed below:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chiara Daniela Pronzato

Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: childcare services, children cognitive and non-cognitive development, coronavirus, Covid-19: impact of school closures and activities on children, gender, intergenerational transmission, parental separation

Region: Piedmont


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

Roberta Rabellotti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: development economy, innovation economy

Keywords: China, emerging countries, industrialization, multinationls

Region: Lombardy


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


Professional career

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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


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

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

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

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


Greta Radaelli

STEM area: Materials sciences and nanotechnology

Competences: nanotechnologies, physical engineering

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

Region: Lombardy


McKinsey & Company Associate Partner

Professional career

After graduating in Physical Engineering, she continued her studies with a PhD in Physics at the Politecnico di Milano, during which she spent a year at the Institute of Materials Science (ICMAB-CSIC) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She then moved to France for a post-doc. In 2014, back in Italy, she puts the skills and experience gained abroad at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa. In 2016 she is co-founder and sole director of BeDimensional, a start-up born from the IIT laboratories. In March 2017 she became a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Scientific results

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

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


Editorial work and publications

She has authored numerous publications in national and international scientific journals, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maria Alessandra Ragusa

STEM area: Mathematics

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

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: different countries, differential equations, environment, local minimums, mathematical models

Region: Sicily


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

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

She is the  unique Editor in Chief of the international journal "Journal of Mathematics Research", published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education, Editor of the volume of "Journal of Inequalities and Applications" ed. Springer. 2015, member of Editorial Board of several international scientific journals  published on Scopus and Web of Science with impact factor. 

She is the author of more than 90 scientific publications, in single name and in collaboration with about 30 co-authors, of which one third are Italians and the other Europeans and non-Europeans. She published papers having only her name in journals that are among the top 10 of the Journal Citation Reports and publications that, in both the Scopus and Web of Science databases, have more than 170 citations.

Just as examples, some of his scientific publications:

2021) Hamdy M. Ahmed, Reda A. Elbarkouky, Othman A. M. Omar,  and Maria Alessandra Ragusa. Models for COVID-19 Daily Confirmed Cases in Different Countries. Mathematics, 9:659.

(2018) Guliyev V, Omarova M, Ragusa MA, Scapellato A. Commutators and Generalized Local Morrey Spaces. Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 457 (2): 1388-1402.

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

(2017) Deringoz F, Guliyev V, Ragusa MA. Intrinsic Square Functions on Vanishing Generalized Orlicz-Morrey Spaces. Set-Valued and Variational Analysis, 25: 807–828.

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

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

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

(2013) Ragusa MA, Tachikawa A, Takabayashi H. Partial regularity of p(x)-harmonic maps. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 365 (6):3329-3353.

(2012) Persson LE, Ragusa MA, Samko N, Wall P. Commutators of Hardy operators in vanishing Morrey spaces. Book Series: American Institute of Physics, 1863:859-866.

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

(2002) Ragusa MA. Local holder regularity for solutions of elliptic system. Duke Mathematical Journal, 113 (2):385-397.

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

Manuela Teresa Raimondi

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: biomedical engineering

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

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano.

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucrezia Reichlin

Economy and Finance area

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

Keywords: business cycle, monetary policy, previsions

Region: ABROAD


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

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

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and prizes

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


Alessandra Ricci

Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate finance

Keywords: companies, export, internationalization

Region: Lazio


Head of the Italian Guarantee Programme and Green New Deal at SACE

Professional career

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Chief Business Officer (2014-2017)

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

She is currently Head of the Italian Guarantee Programme and Green New Deal.

From October 2017 to April 2020 Ricci was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary SIMEST Spa, a company that together with SACE forms the Italian export and internationalisation hub, which offers the entire range of instruments to support Italian companies interested in competing and expanding internationally, including equity investments in EU and non-EU investment projects.

She is currently Head of SACE's Guarantee Italy and Green New Deal Programme, and a member of the Board of Directors of SACE FCT and - during his time at SACE - has also held the same role at SACE BT.

Scientific results

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

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

Francesca Rigotti

History and Philosophy area

Competences: metaphorology, philosophy of everyday life, political ethics, political Philosophy

Keywords: analogy and metaphor, equality, justice, liberty, philosophy of migration

Region: ABROAD


Professor at University of Italian Switzerland. Philosopher, author and essayist.

Professional career

Francesca Rigotti graduated in Philosophy in Milan in 1974 and obtained a PhD at the European University Institute in 1984. After qualifying as a teacher in 1991, she became a professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Göttingen as holder of a 'Heisenberg Stipendium' of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a visiting fellow at the Department of Politics of Princeton University and a lecturer at the University of Zurich. Since 1996 she has taught at the University of Lugano.  She lectures, writes about book criticism, collaborates with Rete 2 of the Radio della Svizzera italiana and writes for various Italian and foreign magazines and newspapers.

Her monographic works, to which must be added about a hundred essays in journals and about forty contributions in collective volumes, have been translated into thirteen languages.

Scientific results

Francesca Rigotti’s research deals with deciphering and interpreting metaphorical and symbolic procedures sedimenting in philosophical thought, in political reasoning, in cultural practice as well as in everyday experience.

Editorial work and publications

(forthcoming), F. Rigotti, L’era del singolo, Torino Einaudi 

2020, F. Rigotti, Buio, Bologna, il Mulino.

2019, F. Rigotti, Migranti per caso: una vita da Expat, Milano, Cortina.

2018, F. Rigotti, de senectute, Torino, Einaudi.

2015, F. Rigotti, Manifesto del cibo liscio, Novara, Interlinea.

2013, F. Rigotti, Nuova filosofia delle piccole cose , Novara, Interlinea. 

2010, F. Rigotti, Partorire con il corpo e con la mente. Creatività, filosofia, maternità, Torino, Bollati boringhieri.

2006, F. Rigotti, Il pensiero pendolare, il Mulino, Bologna.

2002, F. Rigotti, Il filo del pensiero, il Mulino, Bologna.

1999, F. Rigotti, 2004, 2012, La filosofia in cucina, il Mulino, Bologna.

1998, F. Rigotti, L’onore degli onesti, Feltrinelli, Milano.

1992, F. Rigotti, Il potere e le sue metafore, Feltrinelli, Milano.


Awards and prizes

Francesca Rigotti  was awarded:

2001, the "24 Premio Letterario Città di Chiavari"(for her Book Filosofia in Cucina)

2002, the first prize of Philosophy "Viaggio a Siracusa" (for her book Il filo del pensiero)

the Premio Capalbio 2008, section Philosophy

2016 the  “Outstanding Woman Award”

2020 the "Premio della Fondazione del Centenario della BSI"

Veronica Riniolo

International politics area

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

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

Region: Lombardy


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

Professional career

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

Scientific results

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

Editorial work and publications


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


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

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

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

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

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

[2011] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., S. Pozzi S., Percorsi di empowerment e integrazione lavorativa di Rom e Sinti: l’esperienza del progetto Valore Lavoro, in Autonomie Locali e Servizi Sociali, n. 2, pp. 287-300.

[2015] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., A Participatory Governance Model Towards the Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities. An Action Research Experience in Italy, in Revue Interventions Èconomiques, No. 53/2015.

[2012] Riniolo V., Marcaletti F., Active participation of Roma. An experience of participatory planning toward labour integration, in European Roma Rights Journal, pp. 59-65. 

Chapters in books:

[2019] Riniolo V., Immigration and Housing Policies in Sweden, in Alietti, A., Agustoni, A. (eds.), Housing Policies, Migrants and Integration. Reflections on Italian and European cases, Aracne Editrice.

[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., I piani di integrazione: la gestione dell’immigrazione in Europa e in Italia, inVentitreesimo Rapporto sulle migrazioni 2017, FrancoAngeli, Milano, pp. 247-262. 

[2018] Riniolo V., Lovison M., The Integration Plans: the migration governance in Europe and ItalyThe Twenty-third Italian Report on Migrations 2017, pp. 111-120. 

Paola Rivetti

International politics area

Competences: governmentality, Iranian foreign and domestic politics, social and protest movements, transformation of the state in the MENA region

Keywords: authoritarianism, civil society, democracy, Iran, Middle East, Social movements

Region: ABROAD


Assistant Professor in Politics of the Middle East and International Relations at the School of Law and Government of the Dublin City University (DCU).  

Professional career

She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Torino, a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Siena and a MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Turin. She was an adjunct at the Catholic University of Milan between 2009 and 2011, a research fellow at the University of Turin in 2010 and 2011, and then an IRC postdoctoral fellow at the DCU between 2011 and 2013. She held visiting positions at Boğaziçi University, Laval University, University of Montreal (UdeM), University of Palermo and Ecole de management de Normadie.

Scientific results

She is a member of the Advisory board of the Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies, and for the IRC-funded project “What works? Sharing best practices in how civil society organisations use the internet in organising and building for socio-economic rights” (PIs Aileen O'Carroll, Maynooth University, and David Landy, Trinity College Dublin). 

She leads the Erasmus Plus International Credit Mobility (ICM) Exchange with Bethlehem University and is part of the ITN-Marie Curie funded doctoral training network Around the Caspian.

She was the General Secretary of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (SeSaMO) between 2013 and 2016. Before joining DCU, she also collaborated with NGOs in the field of asylum-seekers assistance. 
Her research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective; and on social and political mobilisations. She also works on migration in and from the region. She authored numerous scientific as well as non-academic publications on these topics, published in several languages (Persian, English, French, Spanish, and Italian). She carried out extensive field research in the region. She also works and publishes on the topics of precarity in academia and academic freedom both in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the EU and US. She is also involved in non-academic reaching-out activities, engaging both the media and public speaking. 

Her works builds on two main approaches. The first is to examine how societies are governed through the means of ideology, policy coercion, and political violence. In particular, her current work looks at Islamic reformism as a project of government which does not only elaborates and imposes public order and a specific way of ordering society, but also delineates and delimits spaces for political participation. She has completed a monograph on this subject forthcoming for Palgrave McMillan (Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movement), the first of this kind. However, this approach informs all her publications and work in general – especially publications focusing on civil society. The second approach focuses on the comparison of democratic and authoritarian regimes. While questioning the binary of democracy vs authoritarianism, her work also questions the role of policies in those regimes. 

She also works on other topics and issues, from migration to academic precarity and academic freedom.

Editorial work and publications

She published articles in: International Journal of Middle East Studies, Democratization, Feminist Review, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of European Integration, Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Politics, Alternatives: Global Local Political; Foreign Policy-Middle East Channel; Anthropology of the Middle East; Middle East Report online, among the others. Her monograph Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movementis forthcoming with Palgrave McMillan. She is co-editor of Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and Continuity and change before and after the Arab uprisings: Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt (Routledge, 2015). She also contributed analysis and reports to several international non-academic online and in press outlets, and media (Expresso Portugal, RTE News, News Talk Radio, Ghalamro, Presidential Power, LeftEast, QCode Mag, il Lavoro Culturale, Zapruder, Irish Humanities Association, Effimera, Global Project, Il Manifesto, Dinamo Press, Jadaliyya, Middle East-Asia Project, ProMosaik).

[2019 forth.] Rivetti P, Political Participation in Iran: From Khatami to the Green Movement, Palgrave McMillan.

[2019 forth.] Rivetti P, Race, identity, and the state after the Irish abortion referendum,in Feminist Review.

[2018] Kraetzschmar H, Rivetti P, (eds.) Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention, in Edinburgh University Press.

[2018] Balboa E, Sassi J, Rivetti P (eds.), We’ve Come a Long Way. Reproductive rights of migrants and ethnic minorities in Ireland, Editora Urutau (first edition).

[2017] Rivetti P, ‘Political Activism in Iran: Strategies for Survival, Possibilities for Resistance and Authoritarianism,’ Democratization, 24, 6, pp. 1178-1194.

[2017]  Saeidi S, Rivetti P, Out of Space: Securitization, Intimacy and New Research Challenges in Post-2009 Iran, in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49, 3, pp. 515-520.

[2017] Rivetti P, Methodology Matters in Iran: Co-Research and Non-Mainstream Methods in Researching Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts, in Anthropology of the Middle East, 12, 1, pp. 71-82.

[2017] Rivetti P, Labor and Class in Iran. An Interview with Mohammad Maljoo, in Middle East Report online.

[2015] Rivetti P, Continuity and Change before and after the Uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco: Regime Reconfiguration and Policymaking in North Africa, in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42, 1, pp. 1-11.

[2014] Busso S, Rivetti P, What’s Love Got to Do with it? Precarious Academic Labour Forces and the Role of Passion in Italian Universities, in Recherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques, 45, 2, pp. 15-37.

[2014] Cavatorta F, Rivetti P, EU–MENA Relations from the Barcelona Process to the Arab Uprisings: A New Research Agenda, in Journal of European Integration 36, 6, pp. 619-625.

[2014] Rivetti P, Cavatorta F, Iranian student activism between authoritarianism and democratization: Patterns of conflict and cooperation between the Office for the Strengthening of Unity and the regime, in Democratization, 21, 2, pp. 289-310.

Awards and prizes

2018: Early-Career Researcher of the Year Award by the Irish Research Council (selected among all IRC awardees across all disciplines).

2018: Dublin City University President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Early-Career researcher.

2005/06:MA dissertation awarded by the University of Turin as the best dissertation in Political Science. 

2006: Optime Award 2006 for the MA dissertation, Chamber of Commerce of Turin.

Lucia Rizzica

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics, microeconomics

Keywords: criminality, education, immigration, work

Region: Lazio


Economist at the Bank of Italy, DG Economics and Statistics, Economic Structure Service, Law and Economics Division


Professional career

Lucia Rizzica graduated in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in 2007, under the supervision of prof. Eliana La Ferrara. In the same year she held an internship period at the European Commission, DG Development, in Brussels. In 2014 she obtained a PhD in Economics from the University College London. Since 2012 she has been working as Economist at the DG Economics and Statistics of the Bank of Italy.

Scientific results

Her research interests lie in the area of applied microeconomics. In particular, her research has focused on the effects that high skilled migration may have on the sending country, on labour economics topics, specifically female labour supply and public employment, and on human capital accumulation policies, with particular attention to access to tertiary education.

Furthermore, in recent years, she has developed some research projects aimed at measuring the entity and estimating the impact of criminal activity on the Italian economy, focusing especially on organized crime and on corruption.

Editorial work and publications

Lucia Rizzica published the following articles on refereed journals:

(2019 – forthcoming) Rizzica, L. Raising Aspirations and Higher Education. Evidence from the UK’s Widening Participation Policy. Journal of Labor Economics.

(2018) Carta F., Rizzica L. Early Kindergarten, maternal labor supply and children’s outcomes: evidence from Italy. Journal of Public Economics,58: 79–102.

(2018) Rizzica L. When the cat’s away…the effect of spousal migration on investments on children.The World Bank Economic Review. Volume 32, Issue 1.

(2008) Rizzica L. The Impact of Skilled Migration on the Sending Country: Evidence from African Medical Brain Drain. Rivista di Politica Economica, vol. 98(6).

She also published the following articles on the Bank of Italy’s working paper series:

(2018) Giorgiantonio C., Rizzica L. Il lavoro nella gig economy.Evidenze dal mercato del food delivery.Occasional Papers 472, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2018) Rizzica, L. Raising Aspirations and Higher Education. Evidence from the UK’s Widening Participation Policy.Economic working papers 1043, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2016) Rizzica L. Why go public? A study on the individual determinants of public sector employment choice. Occasional Papers 343, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2016) Giorgiantonio C., Orlando T., Palumbo G., Rizzica L. Incentivi e selezione nel pubblico impiego.Occasional Papers 342, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2016) Occhilupo R., Rizzica L. Incentivi e valutazione dei dirigenti pubblici. Occasional Papers 310, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2015) Rizzica L., The use of fixed term contracts and the (adverse) selection of public sector workers.Economic working papers 1041, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2015) Rizzica L., Tonello M. Exposure to media and corruption perceptions. Economic working papers 1043, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2014) Cassetta A., Pauselli C., Rizzica L., Tonello M. Exploring flows to tax havens through means of a gravity model: evidence from Italy.Occasional Papers 236, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

(2013) Rizzica L. Home or away? Gender differences in the effects of an expansion of tertiary education supply.Occasional Papers 181, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

Awards and prizes

During her studies at Bocconi University, Lucia Rizzica received the Bocconi Graduate Merit Awards. With her Master thesis “Doctors on the move: an empirical study on the African Medical Brain Drain”, she won the Angelo Costa award, financed by Confindustria, and the Fausto Vicarelli prize, promoted by the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance.During her doctoral studies, she first received a scholarship from the Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano, then the “B. Stringher scholarship” of the Bank of Italy and, finally, the “W.M. Gorman” scholarship by the Univeristy College of London.  In 2015, with the article “Early Kindergarten, maternal labor supply and children’s outcomes: evidence from Italy”, joint with Francesca Carta, she won the "Etta Chiuri" prize, promoted by the Italian Society of Public Economics (SIEP) and the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) Young Economist Award. In the same year, with Marco Tonello, she received the Giorgio Rota Prize of the Einaudi Institute, for the paper “Persuadable Perceptions: media exposure and corruption measures”.


Caterina Roggero

International politics area

Competences: EU-MENA relations, international history

Keywords: Algeria, Current affairs of Algeria and North Africa, Mediterranean

Region: Lombardy


Professor with a temporary appointment for two Laboratories “National and International Cooperation and Development” (24hours + 24 hours/each AY), University of the Studies of Milan-Bicocca, Dep. of Sociologyand Assistant Professor of History and Institutions of Islamic Countries, University of the Studies of Milan, Political Science Faculty, Dep. of International Studies.

Professional career

After a cum laude Degree in History at the University of Studies of Milan (Italy) in 2005 with a thesis about Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Tunisia, she continues her academic training with a Master on Arab World at the Université Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence, France) and with a PhD (2010) in International History at the University of Studies of Milan (Italy). In this period, she starts a collaboration with Professor Gian Paolo Calchi Novati, a very well-known African Historian. This collaboration will last until his death in 2017. Together they participated to small projects about Italy Foreign Policy and North Africa (Centre for Africa and Orient, CSIAO, 2013-2014 Rome), European Union and Nigeria (Report ISPI, 2014 Milan), European Union and Israel (Special Issue of Il Ponte revue, Florence 2015), also cooperating on editorial projects and academic courses. In 2012 she was Tutor and Lecturer at the course “Greater Middle East: actors, dynamics, challenges” at the “Collegio di Milano”, inter-university Campus of excellence, Milan (Italy). In 2014 she collaborated with Enrico Mattei Eni Foundation (FEEM, Milan) in the organization of the Summer School within Economy and Society research program. In 2014-2015 she was Researcher at Oasis Foundation (Venice-Milan, Italy) within the Research Programme “Knowing the hybridisation of civilisations and cultures – Manage with a Changing Society”. Since 2014 she has been professor with a temporary appointment for two Laboratories “National and International Cooperation and Development” where people working in non-profit organizations present their experience to students at the University of the Studies of Milan-Bicocca, Dep. of Sociology. Since 2017 she has been Expert in History and Institutions of Islamic Countries at the University of the Studies of Milan. Before that, she has also been Expert in History and Institution of Africa (2011-2014) and International Relations History (2006-2007) at the same University. 

Scientific results

Since 2009 she has been studying Algerian contemporary history. Her PhD research (archives in Algiers and Paris) is part of the new research trend about internationalization of Algerian war (1954-1962). Her research fields concern: political institutions history in Algeria from Colonial period to nowadays with particular regard to interactions between political Algerian forces and different nationalisms; North African regional history analyzed as an area where the 5 countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) passed through common historical phases characterized by common and transnational ideologies. She worked on the updating in bibliography and contents of the only one Italian book about Algerian History from the Independence of Calchi Novati (new edition of 2018) and she published the first Italian historiographical essay about region North African History (2019). She gives lectures and seminars on history and current affairs of Algeria, North Africa and Euro-Med relations at Universities, Studies Centers and Think Tank, and she is often invited to take part to tv and radio programs. She participates to Academic international meeting as well as dissemination events.  


Editorial work and publications

[2019] Roggero C., Storia del Nord Africa indipendente. Tra imperialismi, nazionalismi e autoritarismi, Bompiani, Milano.

[2019] Roggero C., Il popolo e l’esercito, i due fronti della storia contemporanea algerina, Il Ponte, anno LXXV, n. 3, maggio-giugno 2019.

[2018] Roggero C., Calchi Novati, G.P., Storia dell’Algeria indipendente. Dalla guerra di liberazione a Bouteflika, Bompiani, Milano. 

[2016] Roggero C., Equilibrismi europei tra solidarietà e sicurezza: la sfida delle migrazioni, in Pin A. e Pellegrino C., (eds.), Europa e Islam: attualità di una relazione, Marsilio e-book, Venezia.

[2016] Roggero C., Parabole di conversione. Viaggio insolito attraverso la secolarizzazione, in Salmeri G., (ed.), Troppa religione o troppo poca? Cristiani e musulmani alla prova della secolarizzazione, Marsilio e-book, Venezia 2016.

[2016] Roggero C., Algerian Tightrope: a Balancing Exercise on the Brink of a Crisis, in IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2016, European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona.

[2015] Roggero C., L’Unione europea tra scelte e non scelte, in Calchi Novati, G.Pe Roggero C.(eds.), La questione israeliana, numero speciale de Il Ponte, anno LXXI nn. 11-12, novembre-dicembre 2015.

[2015] Roggero C., Sahara, nucleo del disordine. Dalla Libia alla costa atlantica(Sahara, Heart of the Disorder. From Libya to the Atlantic Coast), in Pilati, A, Sapelli G., (eds.), Il nuovo disordine internazionale. Conflitti politici, cambiamenti tecnologici ed evoluzioni strategiche, Centro Studi Fondazione Magna Carta-Osservatorio Politico.

[2015] Roggero C., Lo Stato islamico tra realtà e utopia. Nord Africa e modelli globali,in Plebani, A., Diez, M., (eds.), La galassia fondamentalista. Tra jihad armato e partecipazione politica, e-book Marsilio, Venezia.

[2015] Roggero C., Riconoscersi cittadini. Per una nuova indipendenza algerina, in Massimo Zaccaria, Airò B. (eds.), I confini della cittadinanza nel nuovo Medio Oriente, Quaderni di Asia, Major n. 2, Viella, Roma.

[2014] Roggero C., Le organizzazioni regionali: incroci, contraddizioni, debolezze, in Aliboni R., e Calchi Novati, G.P. (eds.), Il Nord Africa nel nuovo contesto mediterraneo e la politica dell’Italia, Rapporto Csiao-Centro studi italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, marzo 2014.

[2014] Roggero C., Un accordo particolare con l’Unione europea, in Calchi Novati, G.P. e Montanini, M., (eds.), La Nigeria in Africa e la politica dell’Italia, Rapporto Ispi per il Ministero degli Affari esteri e della cooperazione internazionale, Oct. 2014.

Lorenza Rossi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: macroeconomics, political economy

Keywords: economic cycle analysis, fiscal policy, monetary economy, monetary policy

Region: ABROAD


Full Professor of Economics at University of Lancaster (UK)

Professional career

She graduated in Political Science at “La Sapienza” University of Rome in 2000. She gained a MSc in Economics and Quantitative Methods and a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. From 2005 to 2006, she was researcher at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. From 2006 to 2008, she was Post-Doc Fellow at the Catholic University of Milan. In 2008 she became researcher at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Pavia, where in 2014 became Associate and then Full Professor in Political Economics. In September 2021 she moved to Lancaster University in England. During the last years, she has been visiting professor by several Universities: the University Of British Columbia (UBC), by CREI - University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcellona), by the Christian Albrecht University, l’IfW (Kiel) and EIEF (Roma). She participate to a research project of the European Commission. She is now member of the Editorial Board of the Italian Economic Journal.

Scientific results

Her research interests are in macroeconomics, business cycle analysis, and monetary and fiscal policies. She studied the effects of different monetary policies in economies with imperfect financial markets where agents have limited access to credit. She showed that in this context there could be important redistributive effects of the policies. A second research topic on which she is involved is on the relationship between firms’ dynamics and business cycle. She analyzed the effects of business dynamics on the dynamics of GDP and more in general on business cycle. In a very recent paper, she showed that the interaction between business dynamics and financial markets is important to explain business cycle movements and statistics.


Editorial work and publications

Lorenza Rossi si author of several scientific publications. The most recent are:

[2019] The Overshooting of Firms’ Destruction, Banks and Productivity Shocks, European Economic Review, forthcoming.

[2018] Rossi L. Are Uncertainty Shock Aggregate Demand Shocks?.Economics Letters, vol. 167, pp. 142-146, with Stefano Fasani. 

[2018] Rossi L. Firms Endogenous Entry and Monopolistic Banking in a DSGE model. Macroeconomic Dynamics, vol. 22, pp. 153-171, with Carla La Croce. 

[2017] Rossi L. Limited Asset Market Participation, Sticky Wages and Monetary Policy. Economic Inquiry, vol. 75, pp. 879-897, with Guido Ascari and Andrea Colciago. 

[2015] Rossi L. New-Keynesian Phillips Curve with Bertrand Competition and Endogenous Entry. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, vol. 51, pp. 318-340, with F. Etro. 

[2015] Rossi L. Firms Dynamics, Endogenous markups and the Labor Share of Income. Macroeconomic Dynamics, vol. 19(6) 1309-1331, with A. Colciago. 

[2015] Rossi L.  Taylor Rules, Long-Run Growth and Real Uncertainty. Economics Letters, vol. 133, pp. 31-34, with B. Annicchiarico. 

[2013] Unions Power, Collective Bargaining and Optimal Monetary. Economic Inquiry, vol. 51(1), pp. 408-427, with E. Faia. 

[2012] Rossi L. Trend Inflation and Firms Price-Setting: Rotemberg vs. Calvo. The Economic Journal, vol. 122, Issue 563, pp. 115-1141, with G. Ascari. 

 [2011] Rossi L. Monetary Policy and Automatic Stabilizers, the Role of Progressive Taxation. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol.44 (5), pp. 825-862, with F. Mattesini. 

[2011] Rossi L. Calvo vs. Rotemberg in a Trend Inflation World: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, vol. 35, pp. 1852--1867, with G. Ascari and E. Castelnuovo. 

[2009] Rossi L. Optimal Monetary Policy in Economies with Dual Labor Markets. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, vol. 33, 1469-14, with F. Mattesini. 

Awards and prizes

Lorenza Rossi is fellow of the EABCN (Euro Area Business Cycle Network), of CEIS di Tor Vergata. In 2011 she won the “Mela D'oro” price – of XXIII Edition of Fondazione Marisa Bellisario Price entitled: "Women, Innovation and Human Capital” - as best researcher under the age of 35 of the CUN Economic area 13 of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. She is winner of several grants of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and of the European Commission.


Maria Costanza Rovida

STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: alternatives to animal experiments, chemicals dossier, chromatography, cosmetic components, validation of new methods

Keywords: animal experiments, animal feed, animal testing, cosmetics, in vitro tests, official toxicological methods, reach regulation

Region: Lombardy


Scientific Officer at CAAT-Europe (University of Konstanz, Germany, Project Manager at TEAM Mastery)

Professional career

After her master degree in Chemistry with bio-organic specialisation at the University of Milan in 1989, she worked for 10 months in Germany as a chemist trainee at the Hewlett Packard (now Agilent Technology). The following years, she started as Chromatography Applicant specialist to investigate components in complex mixtures. For 15 years, she worked as analytical manager in national and international companies and in 2005 she joined the European Commission for a three year program at ECVAM, the European Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods where she participated in the working group RIP 3.3 (REACH Implementation Project, Technical Guidelines to Industries) and coordinated the integrated European Project Sens-it-iv, for the development of in vitro and in silico methods for the assessment of skin sensitisation. Since 2009 she has been appointed as Scientific Officer at CAAT - Europe (Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing) at the Konstanz University in Germany, in collaboration with the John Hopkins University in Baltimora (USA). For 10 years, Costanza Rovida has been also Project Manager at TEAM Mastery, a consultancy company in the business of regulatory affairs for chemistry, with special focus on REACH Regulation, that implements safe use of chemicals in the EU to improve human and environment health

Scientific results

Costanza Rovida has been committed in the evaluation of strategies to reduce or avoid the use of animals for scientific purposes. As Project Manager at TEAM Mastery and expert in testing strategies, she is also responsible for the preparation of registration dossiers of chemical substances, or for the toxicological evaluation of food/feed ingredients or cosmetics products in compliance with EU or non-EU legislation. Costanza Rovida is educator at the Association for Environment and workers taking care of safety in compliance with the provisions of both REACH and CLP (Regulations about how to communicate and manage the risk related to the handlings of chemicals). Her main commitment still lays in the dissemination and promotion of innovative human-based methods that are not using animals, through the organisation of workshops and publication of scientific papers as well as the spread of safety culture in compliance with international guidelines or with (International Conference on Harmonisation), with FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in collaboration with ECVAM, the European Centre for Validation of Alternative Methods.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of many peer review publication, including: 

(2018) Meigs L., Smirnova L., Rovida C., Leist M. and Hartung T. Animal Testing and its Alternatives – the Most Important Omics is Economics. ALTEX  35(3) 275-305

(2016) Luechtefeld T, Maertens A, Russo DP, Rovida C, Zhu H and Hartung T. Global analysis of publicly available safety data for 9,801 substances registered under REACH from 2008-2014. ALTEX 33(2), 95-109

(2015) Rovida C, Asakura S, Daneshian M, Hofman-Huether H, Leist M, Meunier L, Reif D, Rossi A, Schmutz M, Valentin JP, Zurlo J, Hartung T. Toxicity testing in the 21st century beyond environmental chemicals. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 32(3):171-81. 

(2015) Rovida C, Alépée N, Api AM, Basketter DA, Bois FY, Caloni F, Corsini E, Daneshian M, Eskes C, Ezendam J, Fuchs H, Hayden P, Hegele-Hartung C, Hoffmann S, Hubesch B, Jacobs MN, Jaworska J, Kleensang A, Kleinstreuer N, Lalko J, Landsiedel R, Lebreux F, Luechtefeld T, Locatelli M, Mehling A, Natsch A, Pitchford JW, Prater D, Prieto P, Schepky A, Schuurmann G, Smirnova L, Toole C, van Vliet E, Weisensee D, Hartung T. Integrated Testing Strategies (ITS) for safety assessment. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 32(1): 25-40. 

(2014) Rovida C, Vivier M, Garthoff B, Hescheler J. ESNATS Conference — The Use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells for Novel Toxicity Testing Approaches. ATLA Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, 42, 97-113. 

(2014) Knight J, Rovida, C. Safety Evaluations under the Proposed US Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013: Animal Use and Cost Estimates. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 31(2):177-208.

(2013) Rovida C, De Angelis I, Lorenzetti S. Alternative in vitro methods to characterize the role of Endocrine Active Substances (EASs) in hormone-targeted tissues. ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 30(2):253-5. 

(2011) Rovida C, Longo F, Rabbit RR. How are Reproductive Toxicity and Developmental Toxicity Addressed in REACH Dossiers? ALTEX Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 28(3), 111-132. 

(2010) Rovida C. Food for Thought... Why No New In Vitro Tests Will Be Done for REACH by Registrants. ALTEX, Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, 27(3), 175-183. 
(2009) Hartung T, Rovida C. Opinion. Chemical regulators have overreached. Nature, 460, 1080-1.

Awards and prizes

Costanza Rovida is in the list of National Certified Toxicologists Register (RENTIC) and Accredited Stakeholder at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She is in the expert group of the National Reference Centre for Alternative Methods (Istituto Zooprofilattico di Brescia), of ESTAF (ECVAM Stakeholder Forum), IPAM (Italian Platform for Alternative Methods) and secretary of ecopa (European Platform for Alternative Methods). She is also member of several scientific societies such as ESTIV (European Society of in vitro testing), SITOX (Italian Society Italiana of Toxicology) and AFI (Italian Associazione of Pharma). She is in the list of STOA consultant (European Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment).


Raffaella Rumiati

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: cognitive neurosciences, social neurosciences

Keywords: cognitive deficits, cognitive functions, decision making, dementia, food preferences, neuroimaging

Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia


Full Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) of Trieste

Professional career

After graduating in philosophy (psychological curriculum) at the University of Bologna in 1990, she continued her education at the same university and in 1995 she obtained the research doctorate in Psychology. For the entire duration of the doctorate Raffaella collaborated with Professor Glyn Humphreys, at the School of Psychology of Birmingham University, in Great Britain. This collaboration provided her with a specialization in Cognitive Neuropsychology. In 1995 she joined the cognitive neuroscience sector, at SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies) in Trieste, first as a research fellow, in 1999 she became a lecturer, and in 2003 an associate professor. In December 2011 she was made full professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2017, she was appointed as an advisor to ANVUR, of which she is vice-president for the two-year period 2018-2019.

Scientific results

The main research interest of Raffaella Rumiati is the study of the neural bases of human cognitive functions. For about 25 years she aimed at characterizing the relationship between the motor system and cognition. Using different neuroscientific methods (neuropsychology, TMS and fMRI), she demonstrated how the motor system is involved in not typically motor functions (e.g., imagination, recognition of actions and objects, and language understanding), but that this involvement is not automatic but it occurs only in certain circumstances. Thus the motor imagination seems to act as a "glue" between these two apparently very different areas. Afterwards, Rumiati began to develop new lines of research. The first concerns the study of economic decision making, pursued using both behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, the second the neural representation of social knowledge, mainly investigated by examining the performance on lexical-semantic tests of patients with brain lesions of different etiology. The third line of research aimed at identifying the factors that influence food recognition, food choices and preferences. These topics are explored both in neurologically intact individuals and in patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases (such as dementia and Parkinson's disease), also using neuroimaging techniques. With the collaboration of Medialab, Raffaella Rumiati's laboratory has created FoodIE, an application that allows tracking down people’s real food preferences, and that was available to the public of CasaCorriere at the Milan Expo for several months. 


Editorial work and publications

Raffaella Rumiati authored several publications among which: 

(2016) Rumiati R, Foroni F, et al. Lexical-semantic deficits in processing food and non-food items. Brain and Cognition, S0278-2626(16)30197-X. 

(2016) Turella L, Rumiati R, Lingnau A. Hierarchical Organization of Action Encoding Within The Human Brain. Journal of Vision, 16(12):24. 

(2016) Aiello M, Silani V, Rumiati R. You stole my food! Eating alterations in frontotemporal dementia. Neurocase, 22(4). 

(2016) Rumiati R, Foroni F. We are what we eat: How food is represented in our mind/brain. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(4):1043-54. 

(2016) Turella L, Tucciarelli R, […] Rumiati R. Beta band modulations underlie action . NeuroImage, 136:197-207. 

(2016) Foroni F, Rumiati R, et al. A bait we cannot avoid: Food-induced motor distractibility. Brain and Cognition, doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2015.12.003. 

(2016) Ambron E, Rumiati R, Foroni F. Do emotions or gender drive our actions? A study of motor distractibility. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7:1-4. 

(2015) Rumiati R. Cognitive neuroscience goes social. Cortex, 70:1-4. 

(2015) Piretti L, Carnaghi A, Campanella F, Rumiati R. The neural network associated with lexical- semantic knowledge about social groups. Cortex, 70, Special issue: Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of social interaction, 155-168. 

(2015) Mengotti P, Ripamonti E, Pesavento V, Rumiati R. Anatomical and spatial matching in imitation: Evidence from left and right brain-damaged patients. Neuropsychologia, 79(Pt B):256-71. 

She also authored the book Donne e Uomini(il Mulino, 2010).

Awards and prizes

In 2003 the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung awarded her the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. The award is given to scientists and scholars who have established themselves internationally in their field. In 2006 she received the "Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award" which is usually attributed to scientists who have trained and promoted female students and young researchers. In 2013 she was awarded the “Pulcheria. Women, talents, professions".


Sabrina Sabatini

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biology

Keywords: biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, plant development biology, plant stem cells

Region: Lazio


Associate professor of Molecolar Biology at La Sapienza University of Rome

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1998, she obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology at the same university. She then moved to Holland for a post doc at the University of Utrecht, in the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology from 1998 to 2003. There she worked on the molecular mechanisms of plant hormones such as auxin. These studies reveal the crucial role of this hormone in regulating fundamental processes such as the division, polarity and fate of a cell. From 2003 to 2006 she returned to Italy as a contract professor at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of Sapienza University in Rome thanks to the "Incentives for the mobility of Italian and foreign teachers working abroad" and to the assignment of the prestigious Career Development Award by the Giovanni Armenise - Harvard Foundation of Harvard University (USA). This is the first time this award has been given to a Plant Biology project. In 2008 she became a researcher at the General Department of Molecular Biology at Sapienza University and since 2010 she has been working as an associate professor in the "Charles Darwin" Department of Biology and Biotechnology. In 2010 she won a very prestigious ERC starting grant awarded by the European Reasercher Council for a value of € 1,500,000.

Scientific results

Sabrina Sabatini has established herself as an international leader in plant development biology. By studying the root of the Arabidopsis thaliana, Sabatini and her collaborators were able to understand the mechanism of action of the phytohormones, a discovery that opens up a new way to accelerate the evolutionary processes of the cultivated species. From this discovery derives, among other things, the possibility of speeding up and increasing the growth of the roots to make them sink into the ground until they reach the aquifer or, vice versa, prevent the roots from descending too deeply and avoid reaching areas with excessively high salt concentrations . Future applications of this discovery would therefore mark a turning point in the production of the much hated / loved GMOs, which could be outclassed.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of numerous articles, including:

(2015) Pacifici E, Polverari L, Sabatini S. Plant hormone cross-talk: the pivot of root growth. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66(4):1113-21. 

(2014) Heidstra R, Sabatini S. Plant and animal stem cells: similar yet different. Nature Reviews Molecolar Cell Biology, 15(5):301-12.

(2013) Perilli S, Perez-Perez JM, Di Mambro R, Peris CL, Díaz-Triviño S, Del Bianco M, Pierdonati E, Moubayidin L, Cruz-Ramírez A, Costantino P, Scheres B, Sabatini S. RETINOBLASTOMA-RELATED protein stimulates cell differentiation in the Arabidopsis root meristem by interacting with cytokinin signaling. Plant Cell, 25(11):4469-78.

(2013) Mattei B, Sabatini S, Schininà ME. Proteomics in deciphering the auxin commitment in the Arabidopsis thaliana root growth. Journal of Proteome Research, 12(11):4685-701.

(2013) Moubayidin L, Di Mambro R, Sozzani R, Pacifici E, Salvi E, Terpstra I, Bao D, van Dijken A, Dello Ioio R, Perilli S, Ljung K, Benfey PN, Heidstra R, Costantino P, Sabatini S. Spatial coordination between stem cell activity and cell differentiation in the root meristem. Developmental Cell, 26(4):405-15.

(2011) Perilli S., Di Mambro R., Sabatini S. Growth and development of the root apical meristem. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 15(1):17-23. 

(2011) Kim K, Ryu H, Cho YH, Scacchi E, Sabatini S, Hwang I. Cytokinin-facilitated Proteolysis of ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATOR2 Attenuates Signaling Output in Two-component Circuitry. Plant Journal, 69(6):934-45.

(2011) Aichinger E, Villar CB, Di Mambro R, Sabatini S, Köhler C. The CHD3 chromatin remodeler PICKLE and polycomb group proteins antagonistically regulate meristem activity in the Arabidopsis root. Plant Cell, 23:1047-60.

(2010) Moubayidin L., Perilli S, Dello Ioio R., Di Mambro R, Costantino P and Sabatini S. Root meristem growth is controlled by an increase in the rate of cell differentiation relative to cell division. Journal of Biotechnology,150, Supplement 1, S110. 

(2010) Moubayidin L, Perilli S, Dello Ioio R, Di Mambro R, Costantino P and Sabatini S. The rate of cell differentiation controls the Arabidopsis root meristem growth phase. Current Biology, 20:1138-1143. 

Awards and prizes

In 2003 she won the Career Development Award from the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation of Harvard University (USA), for the first time assigned to a Plant Biology project. In 2010 she won a prestigious ERC starting grant awarded by the European Reasercher Council.