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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 and Vice President of the National Agency of the University System and Research (ANVUR).

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.

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: 

R.I. Rumiati, “Donne e Uomini”, il Mulino, Bologna, 2010 pp.128

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 at La Sapienza University

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.



Paola Giuseppina Sacerdote

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: basic pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, pharmacology

Keywords: acute pain, analgesic drugs, chronic pain, neuroinflammation, opioids, palliative care, physiopathology of pain, substances of abuse

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Pharmacology at the Università degli Studi di Milano.  She teaches pharmacology courses for the Schools of Medicine ,Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Milan.

Professional career

After the Degree in Biology at the University of Milano in 1983 and a period of research experience in the Dept. of Pharmacology of the same University, she spends a 3 year period at the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, USA), where she gets a PhD degree in Neuropharmacology.  She returns in Italy at the Department of Pharmacology, where she continues her career and research experience, as staff researcher and then as Associate Professor of Pharmacology. From 2017 she is full Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences where she  is the Head of the laboratory of “ Pain Therapy, neuroimmunology and drug of abuse” composed of young Italian and foreign scientists.


Scientific results

Paola Sacerdote since many years is involved in studies focused on the relationship between the Central Nervous System and the Immune System with particular reference to inflammation and pain.

Her research interest is the study of the mechanisms at the basis of onset, maintenance and resolution of chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain, with the aim to identify novel more effective and safer therapeutic approaches. The group has demonstrated that at the  basis of pain there is a pathological interaction between neurons, glia, microglia and immune cells in the central and peripheral nervous system and  has identified the role of a new family of chemokines, the prokineticin, in pain and inflammation.

Recently the group has demonstrated in several animal models the efficacy of  stem cells and their secretome to modulate nociceptive pathways, due to the ability of stem cells to modulate endogenous cell activity and inflammation.  
Moreover, over the years, she has studied in deep the basic and clinical pharmacology of the analgesic drugs opioids.  In this context, her research group was the first to identify the role of the opioid peptide beta-endorphin in the modulation of immune responses. She analyzed the immune-pharmacological profiles of different analgesic drugs, in order to identify molecules devoid of immunosuppressive properties to propose in pain therapy. She collaborates with several National and International Clinical Centers for the treatment of pain to reach the best therapeutic approach for each patient.

Editorial work and publications

She authored about 197 scientific publications, and several textbook chapters. She participated in several Consensus Conference in the field of Pain Therapy.

BRINI A, AMODEO G, FERREIRA LM,  MILANI A,  NIADA S,  MOSCHETTI G, FRANCHI S,  BORSANI E,  RODELLA LF,  PANERAI AE,  SACERDOTE P Therapeutic effect of human adipose-derived stem cells and their secretome in experimental diabetic pain SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 29;7(1):9904.                         

CASTELLI M, AMODEO G, NEGRI L, LATTANZI R, MAFTEI D, GOTTI C, PISTILLO F, ONNIS V, CONGU C, PANERAI AE, SACERDOTE P, FRANCHI S.Antagonism of the Prokineticin System Prevents and Reverses Allodynia and Inflammation in a Mouse Model of Diabetes. PLOS ONE. Jan 5;11(1):e0146259, 2016

FRANCHI S, VALSECCHI AE, BORSANI E, PROCACCI P, FERRARI D, ZAFFA C, SARTORI P,  RODELLA LF, VESCOVI A, MAIONE S, ROSSI F,  COLLEONI M, SACERDOTE P, PANERAI AE,  Intravenous Neural Stem Cells abolish nociceptive hypersensitivity and trigger nerve regeneration in experimental neuropathy. PAIN,         153:850-861 2012

GIANNINI E, LATTANZI R, NICOTRA A, CAMPESE AF, GRAZIOLI P, SCREPANTI I, BALBONI G, SALVADORI S, SACERDOTE P, NEGRI L.              The chemokine Bv8/prokineticin 2 is up-regulated in inflammatory granulocytes and modulates inflammatory pain.PROC NATL ACAD SCI U S A. 106:14646-51.  2009      

PERGOLIZZI j,  BÖGER RH, BUDD K,  DAHAN A, ERDINE S,  HANS G,  KRESS HG, LANGFORD R,  LIKAR R,  RAFFA RB, SACERDOTE P,Opioids and the management of chronic severe pain in the elderly: consensus statement of an international expert panel with focus on the six clinically most often used WHO step III opioids (buprenorphine, fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone)   PAIN PRACTICE. 8:287-313. 2008                            

Raffaella Sadun

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics, organizational economics

Keywords: CEO, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on organisational and managerial aspects of enterprises, Covid-19: impact on the HR skills, decentralization, management, productivity

Region: ABROAD


Raffaella Sadun is the Thomas S. Murphy Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. 

Professional career

She earned a BA in Economics from La Sapienza university in Rome, a MSc in Economics from Pompeu Fabra university, and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. She started as an Assistan Professor at Harvard Business School in 2009, and was promoted to Full Professor with tenure in 2018.

Scientific results

Professor Sadun's research focuses on the economics of productivity, management and organizational change. Her research documents the economic and cultural determinants of managerial choices, as well as their implications for organizational performance in both the private and public sector (including healthcare and education). She is among the founders of the World Management Survey ( and the Executive Time Use Study ( 

Professor Sadun's work has appeared in leading peer reviewed journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Economic Journal, and has been featured in the business press, including The New York TimesThe Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times

She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Faculty Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic Policy Research and Research Associate in the Ariadne Labs Program in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2012 Professor Sadun was nominated as a Junior Faculty Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. In 2018 she won the McKinsey award for the best article published on the Harvard Business Review in 2017.

Editorial work and publications

Bandiera, Oriana, Stephen Hansen, Andrea Prat, and Raffaella Sadun. "CEO Behavior and Firm Performance." Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming).  

Bandiera, Oriana, Renata Lemos, Andrea Prat, and Raffaella Sadun. "Managing the Family Firm: Evidence from CEOs at Work." Review of Financial Studies 31, no. 5 (May 2018): 1605–1653. (Lead article.)  

Sadun, Raffaella, Nicholas Bloom, and John Van Reenen. "Why Do We Undervalue Competent Management? Neither Great Leadership Nor Brilliant Strategy Matters Without Operational Excellence." Harvard Business Review 95, no. 5 (September–October 2017): 120–127. (Winner of 59th Annual HBR McKinsey Award.)  

Bloom, Nicholas, Renata Lemos, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. "Does Management Matter in Schools?" Economic Journal (Royal Economic Society) 125, no. 584 (May 2015): 647–674.  

Sadun, Raffaella. "Does Planning Regulation Protect Independent Retailers?" Review of Economics and Statistics 97, no. 5 (December 2015): 983–1001. 

Bloom, Nicholas, Luis Garicano, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. "The Distinct Effects of 

Information Technology and Communication Technology on Firm Organization." Management Science 60, no. 12 (December 2014): 2859–2885.  

Bloom, Nicholas, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. "The Organization of Firms Across Countries." Quarterly Journal of Economics 127, no. 4 (November 2012). (Slides from 2008 , Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 12-005, August 2011.)  

Bloom, Nicholas, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. "Americans Do IT Better: US Multinationals and the Productivity Miracle." American Economic Review 102, no. 1 (February 2012): 167–201. (Slides ; Summary ; The Economist ; Financial Times ; New York Times .) 





Federica Saini Fasanotti

International politics area

Competences: counterinsurgency, foreign and security policy, History of Libia, militari history

Keywords: Afghanistan, defense, Horn of Africa, irregular conflicts, Italian colonies in Africa, Libya, military operations, safety

Region: Lombardy


Non-resident Senior Fellow and military historian at the Brookings Institution (Washington); Senior Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).

Professional career

In 2004, she gained a PhD degree at the University of Milan, with a study on controversial relationship between Fascism and the Italian Red Cross.

She has collaborated with the Pentagon and with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as a consultant on Libya. She has worked as an advisor on the Maghreb for Terna Group, the first grid operator for electricity transmission in Europe. 

In September 2016 she testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs about terrorism in Libya.

She is currently Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.

Scientific results

She is a specialist of counterinsurgency. She is a military historian expert in African colonies: her studies have covered Libya and the Horn of Africa, but also Afghanistan. She is a frequent lecturer at military history conferences and congresses, and is a guest lecturer for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

She developed for Rai-National Italian Television the series "The History of Fascism" (2006) and "The Second World War" (2009), distributed by "Il Corriere della Sera". She has published five historical books and she is publishing the last one with the Naval Institute of Annapolis on the Italian Counterinsurgency Operations in Libya and Ethiopia (1922-1940). 

Editorial work and publications


[2019] Saini Fasanotti F, VINCERE! The Italian way of COIN: Libya and Ethiopia. 1922-1941, USNI, Annapolis.

[2015] Saini Fasanotti F, The Army at the maquis. The Italian Counterinsurgency from the Brigandage to the Balcans in IIWW (L'Esercito alla macchia. La controguerriglia italiana dal Brigantaggio alla Seconda Guerra Mondiale - 1860-1943), Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore della Difesa, Roma.

 [2014] Saini Fasanotti F, Afghanistan. From the Durrani Empire to the Resolute Support Mission(Afghanistan. Dall'Impero dei Durrani alla Resolute Support Mission)MursiaEditore, Milano.

[2012] Saini Fasanotti F, Libya 1922-1931. The Italian Counterinsurgency (Libia 1922-1931. Le operazioni militari italiane), Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito, Roma.

[2010] Saini Fasanotti F,  Ethiopia 1936-1940. Colonial Counterinsurgency through the sources of the ItalianArmy(Etiopia 1936-1940. Le operazioni di polizia coloniale attraverso le fonti dell'Esercito italiano),Ufficio Storico dello Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito, Roma.

[2006] Saini Fasanotti F, The Violated Joy. Crimes against Italians 1940-1946 (La gioia violata. Crimini contro gli italiani 1940-1946),EdizioniAres,Milano.


She writes for several Think Tanks, reviews and magazines. Her many published essays and articles have also appeared in historical and geopolitical journals.

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  Libya and the Franco-Italian rivalry,in Geopolitical Intelligence Services

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  The Rise of Populacracy, in The National Interest 

[2019] Saini Fasanotti F,  Between false myths and real threats, in Formiche (Agosto-Settembre).

[2017] Saini Fasanotti F, Libya, a nation suspended between past and future, in Studia Diplomatica LXVIII-4, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations.

[2016] Saini Fasanotti F, The Italian war industry on the threshold of the Great War: between mobilization and innovation, pp. 332-345, in "Neutral Italy 1914-1915", Roma, Rodorigo Editore. 

[2014] Saini Fasanotti F, Libyan Troops (1922-1931).The Trainingduring the Reconquest, inRivista Militare, a quarterlymagazine.

Awards and prizes

Finalist and Special Award in the historical-scientific section of the 44th"Acqui-Storia" award.

Martina Sanlorenzo

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: dermatology, melanoma, molecular medicine

Keywords: cancer, immunotherapy, melanoma, melanoma metastasis, molecular target drugs, molecular therapy

Region: ABROAD


Researcher at the Experimental Cell Therapy Laboratory of the University of Turin (Candiolo Irccs Institute)


Professional career

After graduating in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Turin in 2010, she continued her education with a specialization in Dermatology achieved in 2016, followed by a PhD in molecular medicine. Martina Sanlorenzo began her career as a researcher in Turin in 2011, in 2012 she was a Medical fellow at the Ayder Refferal Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia. The following year she was a Research fellow at the Ortiz lab, of the Dermatology Department of the University of California in San Francisco and since 2013 she has also been a Medical fellow in the Melanoma and cutaneous oncology center, at the same Californian university

Scientific results

Martina Sanlorenzo in 2016 won the "L'Oreal Italia for women and science" award in partnership with Unesco thanks to her project entitled "Interaction between molecular target drugs and immunotherapy in the treatment of metastatic melanoma: preclinical model for the evaluation of potential synergism ". She is precisely through this award that it will be possible for the researcher to conduct clinical research studies that aim to integrate two therapeutic approaches, on the one hand the therapies that target the melanoma cells (one of the most aggressive and difficult to cure tumors) and by the other is those that aim to enhance the immune system's response to cancer. Sanlorenzo is therefore involved in a study where both her knowledge in the field of dermatology and those of molecular medicine are included.

Editorial work and publications

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


(2016) Dapavo P, Vujic I, Fierro MT, Quaglino P, Sanlorenzo M. The infliximab biosimilar in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 75(4):736-9.

(2016) Posch C, Moslehi H, Sanlorenzo M, Green G, Vujic I, Panzer-Grümayer R, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Pharmacological inhibitors of c-KIT block mutant c-KIT mediated migration of melanocytes and melanoma cells in vitro and in vivo. Oncotarget.

(2016) Ribero S, Balagna E, Sportoletti Baduel E, Picciotto F, Sanlorenzo M, Fierro MT, Quaglino P, Macripo G. Efficacy of electrochemotherapy for eruptive legs keratoacanthomas. Dermatology and Therapy, 29(5):345-348.

(2016) Posch C, Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Oses-Prieto JA, Cholewa BD, Kim ST, Ma J, Lai K, Zekhtser M, Esteve-Puig R, Green G, Chand S, Burlingame AL, Panzer-Grümayer R, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Phospho-proteomic analysis reveals increased CK2α kinase activity in NRAS(Q61) mutant melanoma. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 136(10):2041-8.

(2016) Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Posch C, Ma J, Lin K, Lai K, Lee D, Vujic M, Oses-Prieto JA, Chand S, Rodriguez-Peralto JL, Burlingame A, Ortiz-Urda S. Oncogenic KIT mutations in different exons lead to specific changes in melanocyte phospho-proteome. Journal of Proteomics, 144:140-7.

(2016) Vujic I, Sanlorenzo M, Esteve-Puig R, Vujic M, Kwong A, Tsumura A, Murphy R, Moy A, Posch C, Monshi B, Rappersberger K, Ortiz-Urda S. Acyl protein thioesterase 1 and 2 (APT-1, APT-2) inhibitors palmostatin B, ML348 and ML349 have different effects on NRAS mutant melanoma cells. Oncotarget, 7(6):7297-306.

(2015) Sanlorenzo M, Vujic I, Ortiz-Urda S. Time-Dependent Measurement of Adverse Events-Reply. JAMA Dermatology, 151(12):1392-1393.

(2015) Sanlorenzo M, Ribero S, Osella Abate S, Mariani S, Strignano P, Salizzoni M, Savoia P, Fierro MT, Quaglino P. Genetic mutations in primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus: case report and literature review. Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia.

(2015) Posch C, Cholewa BD, Vujic I, Sanlorenzo M, Ma J, Kim ST, Kleffel S, Schatton T, Rappersberger K, Gutteridge R, Ahmad N, Ortiz-Urda S. Combined Inhibition of MEK and Plk1 has Synergistic Anti-Tumor Activity in NRAS Mutant Melanoma. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 135(10):2475-83.

(2015) Ribero S, Gualano MR, Osella-Abate S, Scaioli G, Bert F, Sanlorenzo M, Balagna E, Fierro MT, Macripò G, Sapino A, Siliquini R, Quaglino P. Histological regression in primary melanoma with sentinel lymph node status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Dermatology, 151(12):1301-1307.

Awards and prizes

Among the numerous awards received, in 2015 she received the Euroderm Excellence and in 2016 she won the L’Oreal-UNESCO Italy - For Women in Science 2015-2016 award.




Serena Sanna

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: epidemiological statistical analysis, genetic statistical analysis

Keywords: aging, dna, genes, genetics, longevity, sardinia

Region: ABROAD


Assistant Professor at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands.

Professional career

Serena Sanna holds a bachelor and master degree in mathematics from the University of Cagliari, Italy (2003). After her studies, she worked at Istituto di Ricerca Genetica e Biomedica (IRGB) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), and on 2005 she moved at the School of Public Health, of the University of Michigan as “statistical geneticist”. At the end of 2007, she comes back to IRGB but continues her research studies in close collaboration with scientists at University of Michigan. On 2016, she obtains a doctorate degree in medical genetics at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, where she is at present an Assistant Professor in Genetics.

Scientific results

Serena Sanna carried out most of her research studies within the project “SardiNIA/ProgeNIA: genetic and epidemiology of aging associated conditions” on which more than 6 thousands volunteers from the east part of the Sardinia island where enrolled. Using cutting edge technologies to assess the genome of such individuals combined with novel statistical techniques, she identified hundreds of genetic factors that influence disease susceptibility (such risk for cardiovascular diseases) or that affect disease risk factors (such as cholesterol or blood pressure).

Her approach is to use statistical inferential methods to reduce at minimum the cost required to characterize the genome of an individual – in brief by only looking at a portion of his/her DNA and then look at human similarity, she is able to predict the rest of the genome. She is particularly involved in the whole-genome sequencing characterization of the entire genomes of Sardinian volunteers, with the aim to identify all existing genetic variants – including those that are Sardinian specific – that affect health and disease status.  

Editorial work and publications

(2015) Sidore C, Busonero F, Maschio A, Porcu E, Naitza S, Zoledziewska M, Mulas A, Pistis G, Steri M, Danjou F, Kwong A, Ortega del Vecchyo VD, Chiang CWK, Bragg-Gresham J, Pitzalis M, Nagaraja R, Tarrier B, Brennan C, Uzzau S, Fuchsberger C, Atzeni R, Reinier F, Berutti R, Huang J, Timpson NJ, Toniolo D, Gasparini P, Malerba G, Dedoussis G, Zeggini E, Soranzo N, Jones C, Lyons R, Angius A, Kang HM, Novembre J, Sanna S, Schlessinger D, Cucca F, Abecasis GR. Genome sequencing elucidates Sardinian genetic architecture and augments GWAS findings: the examples of lipids and blood inflammatory markers. Nature Genetics, 47:1272-1281. 

(2013) Orrù V, Steri M, Sole G, Sidore C, [....], Schlessinger D, Abecasis GR, Fiorillo E, Sanna S, Cucca F. Genetic Variants Regulating Immune Cell Levels in Health and Disease. Cell, 155(1):242-256. 

 (2011) Sanna S, Li B, Mulas A,Sidore C, Kang HM, Jackson AU, Piras MG, Usala G, Maninchedda G, Sassu A, Serra F, Palmas MA, Wood WH 3rd, Njølstad I, Laakso M, Hveem K, Tuomilehto J, Lakka TA, Rauramaa R, Boehnke M, Cucca F, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Nagaraja R, Abecasis GR. Fine mapping of five loci associated with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol detects variants that double the explained heritability. PLoS Genetics, 7(7):e1002198. 

(2008) Uda M, Galanello R, Sanna S, Lettre G, Sankaran VG, Chen W, Usala G, Busonero F, Maschio A, Albai G, Piras MG, Sestu N, Lai S, Dei M, Mulas A, Crisponi L, Naitza S, Asunis I, Deiana M, Nagaraja R, Perseu L, Satta S, Cipollina MD, Sollaino C, Moi P, Hirschhorn JN, Orkin SH, Abecasis GR, Schlessinger D, Cao A. Genome-wide association study shows BCL11A associated with persistent HbF and amelioration of the phenotype of β-thalassemia. Proceeding of the National Academy Society of the United States of America, 105(5):1620-5. 

(2008) Willer CJ, Sanna S, Jackson AU, Scuteri A, et al . Newly identified loci that influence lipid concentrations and risk of coronary artery disease. Nature Genetics, 40(2):161-9. 

Full list of publications available at:

Awards and prizes

* 2008: Best Young Scientist award given by the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)

* 2009 and 2010: two of her publications (Peufer et al 2009; and Sanna et al 2010) were selected among the top publications from scientists of the CNR on those years. 

* Best young CNR scientist in the biomedics – given in Rome on 2013

* 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018: she is present in the list of Highly Cited Scientists released by Thomson Reuters, NY, which includes top 1% scientists in their field.

* 2018: “Guido Dorso” award received by the Guido Dorso association and Italian Senate to the best scientist from south Italy

Paola Santini

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: distant galaxies, dust, galaxy formation and evolution, gas, star formation

Region: Lazio


Researcher at Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (INAF)

Professional career

After graduation in Physics from the University of Rome La Sapienza, she continues her education with a PhD in Astronomy from the same university in 2009 and with a postgraduate specialization training course in Space Science and Technology from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2012. She has been research assistant at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma since 2006, and in 2010 she is visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Germany. In 2012 she does an internship at Thales Alenia Space. She continues her research activity at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma where she is currently research staff.

Scientific results

Paola Santini decodes the faint signals emitted by ancient galaxies populating the early Universe as a sort of "stellar archeologist". Her research activity focuses on different aspects of galaxy evolution through cosmic time using multi-wavelength observations (from X-ray to millimetric data) from space and ground telescopes. She is mainly involved in the analysis of the the evolution through cosmic time of several physical properties, such as the star formation rate, the amount of dust and gas in galaxies, stellar mass functions and the stellar mass density. She is an expert in star formation rate tracers and stellar mass computation. She also dealt with comparing observations with theoretical predictions of models of galaxy formation and evolution. 


Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of almost 150 publications of peer-reviewed international journals, listing more than 9000 citations (H-index 58). A selection of publications is listed below: 

(2017) Santini P. et al. The Star Formation Main Sequence in the Hubble Space Telescope Frontier Fields. The Astrophysical Journal, 847, 76. 

(2016) Santini P. et al. Characterizing elusive, faint dusty star-forming galaxies: a lensed, optically undetected ALMA galaxy at z 3.3. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 596, A75. 

(2015) Santini P. et al. Stellar Masses from the CANDELS Survey: The GOODS-South and UDS Fields. The Astrophysical Journal, 801, 97. 
(2014) Santini P. et al. The evolution of the dust and gas content in galaxies. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 562, A30. 
(2012) Santini P. et al. Enhanced star formation rates in AGN hosts with respect to inactive galaxies from PEP-Herschel observations.Astronomy & Astrophysics, 540, A109+. 
(2012) Santini P. et al. The evolving slope of the stellar mass function at 0.6 < z < 4.5 from deep WFC3 data. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 538, A33+. 
(2010) Santini P. et al. The dust content of high-z submillimeter galaxies revealed by Herschel. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 518, L154+. 
(2009) Santini P. et al. Star formation and mass assembly in high redshift galaxies. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 504, 751-767. 

Awards and prizes

In 2015 she is awarderd the prize Italian Young Researcher from "Gruppo 2003 for scientific research".

Ruth Hanau Santini

International politics area

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

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

Region: Lazio


Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Università L’Orientale, Naples.

Professional career

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

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

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

In 2012 she becomes a researcher, first junior and subsequently senior, at the Oriental University of Naples, where she is now an Associate professor in Political science and International relations.  She is also associate fellow of the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) of the University of St. Andrews and consultant at the World Food Program in Rome in the Analysis and Early Warning Unit.

Scientific results

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

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

Editorial work and publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paola Sapienza

Economy and Finance area

Competences: banks, corporate finance, venture capital

Keywords: finance

Region: ABROAD


Full Professor of Finance at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Professional career

After graduating in Political Economics at the Bocconi University in Milan, she subsequently specialized at Harvard University, earning first a master's degree and then a PhD in economics. After an experience at the Research Department of the Bank of Italy, she began her academic career in the United States. From 2011 to 2013 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of Assicurazioni Generali since April 2010. She is Research Affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a member of the AFFECT board (Academic Female Finance Committee ) of the American Finance Association.

Scientific results

Her areas of specialization, in which she is the author of several publications, include those in the areas of corporate governance, corporate finance and the banking economy. For the impact of his academic research, "The most influential scientific minds" was included in the list of Thompson Reuter in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Editorial work and publications

Paola Sapienza is the author of numerous scientific publications, which can be consulted online on her web page:








Sandra Savaglio

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics

Keywords: astrophysics, distant galaxies, telescopes, universe

Region: Calabria


Professor in astrophysics at the University of Calabria (Arcavacata di Rende, Italy)

Professional career

Sandra Savaglio is since 2013 a professor in Astrophysics at the Physics Department of the University of Calabria (Italy), After her PhD in Physics in 1995 at the same university, she is Fellow and Senior Research Scientist at the European Southern Observatory (Garching near Munich), the Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute (both in Baltimore). In 2000, she got a position as Assistant Astronomer with Tenure at the Observatory of Rome. She worked for more than 8 years in Germany, at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, the most important European cluster in the field of astrophysics. For her research, she uses the most powerful telescopes and optical satellites, infrared and ultraviolet (Very Large Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, Herschel, ALMA). She taught astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and at the Technical University in Munich. In the past, she was part of several international scientific committees, including the Hubble Space Telescope and European Telescopes Telescope Allocation Committees. She is regularly invited to international conferences. In Italy, she often participates in public events for science.

Scientific results

Her research focuses on the young universe: cosmic chemical evolution, distant galaxies, intergalactic and interstellar medium, and galaxies hosting the most energetic events in the universe: the gamma-ray bursts and the super luminous supernovae

Editorial work and publications

She signed over 200 publications in international journals conference proceedings, as a author or co-author. In 2018 she published her first book on popular science (the title: “Tutto l’universo per chi ha poco spazio-tempo”, publisher: Mondadori). Her book entitled “Senza Attendere” (Without waiting), written in collaboration with Mario Caligiuri (Rubbettino 2006) is about the brain drain problem in Italy.

Awards and prizes

·         International Award “Vittorio De Sica” (Rome, November 2016)

·         International Award Frescobaldi (Milan, October 2015)

·         International Award Casato Prime Donne along with the first Italian female Astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti. (Montalcino, 14 September 2014)

·         Pythagoras Award (Croton, Italy, February 2008)

Marika Savarese

STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: innovative computational tools, theoretical and computational chemistry

Keywords: light, photochemistry, photophysics, solar cells

Region: Liguria


Researcher at the D3 Compunet Department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa.

Professional career

After graduating in Chemical Science in 2008 and a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2010 at the Federico II University in Naples, she continued with her studies with a PhD she obtained in 2014 from the same University. Meanwhile, she worked for the Italian Institute of Technology at the Center for Advanced Health Biomaterials at the CRIB (Interdepartmental Research Center on Biomaterials) in Naples. After the PhD, she worked with the CTM team of Professor Adamo at the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP). In the same year, 2014, she was Visiting Researcher at the Research Center for Computational Sciences of the Institute of Molecular Science of Okazaki in Japan.
Since 2015 she is a Post-doc Researcher at the IIT of Genoa.


Scientific results

Marika Savarese deals with theoretical modeling, supported by computational approaches based on the Density Functional Theory (DFT), of phenomena of chemical-physical interest; in particular, the development of new protocols for the description of phenomena concerning light-matter interaction. These approaches are useful in the fields of photophysics and photochemistry, and they are applicable, for example, in the interpretation of electronic spectroscopies and in the study of reaction mechanisms promoted by light. These models make it possible to carry out design and “in silico” screening steps (by using the computer) that allow the planning of new technological devices in a targeted way. Results in this sense have been achieved for the design and construction of new biosensors and new materials used for the construction of solar cells entirely made of material.


Editorial work and publications

She is author and co-author of numerous scientific publications including:


[2017] Savarese M, Raucci U, Fukuda R, Adamo C, Ehara M, Rega N, Ciofini I. Comparing the performance of TDDFT and SACCI methods in the description of excited states potential energy surfaces: An excited state proton transfer reaction as case study. Journal

of Computational Chemistry, 38:1084.


[2016] Savarese M, Brémond È, Rega N, Adamo C, Ciofini I. Excited State Proton Transfer and Intramolecular Charge Transfer in 1, 3 diketone Molecules: a Density Functional Theory Based investigation. ChemPhysChem, 17:1530.


[2016] Savarese M, Brémond È, Adamo C.Exploring the limits of recent exchange–correlation functionals in modeling lithium/benzene interaction.Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 145:1.


[2016] Savarese M, Raucci U, Netti PA, Adamo C, Rega N, Ciofini I. A Qualitative Model to Identify Non Radiative Decay channels: the Spiropyran as case study

Theoretical Chemistry Accounts,135:211.


[2015] Savarese M, Brémond È, Antonov A, Ciofini I, Adamo C, Computational Insights into ExcitedState ProtonTransfer Reactions in Azo and Azomethine Dyes.ChemPhysChem,16:3966.


[2015] Bonaccorso F, Balis N, Stylianakis MM, Savarese M, Adamo C, Gemmi M, Pellegrini V, Stratakis E, Kymaki E. Functionalized Graphene as an ElectronCascade Acceptor for AirProcessed Organic Ternary Solar Cells.Advanced Functional Materials, 25:3870.


[2014] Savarese M, Raucci U, Adamo C, Netti PA, Ciofini I, Rega N (Editor's Choice). Modeling of charge transfer Processes to understand photophysical signatures: The case of Rhodamine 110.Chemical Physics Letters, 610:148.


[2014] Savarese M, Netti PA, Rega N, Adamo C, CiofiniI. Intermolecular proton shuttling in excited state proton transfer reactions: insights from theory.Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,16:8661.


[2013]Savarese M, Netti PA, Adamo C, Rega N, CIofini I, Exploring the Metric of Excited State Proton Transfer Reaction.The Journal of Physical Chemistry B,117:16165.


[2012] Savarese M, Aliberti A, De Santo I, Battista E, Causa F, Netti PA, Rega N.Fluorescence Lifetimes and Quantum Yields of Rhodamine Derivatives: New Insights from Theory and Experiment. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A,116:7491.




Aurora Savelli

History and Philosophy area

Competences: early modern history, social history

Keywords: gender history, public history, urban history

Region: Campania


Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Mediterranean History at the University of Naples L'Orientale

Professional career

Aurora Savelli graduated in History at the University of Florence with 110/110 and honours. After working as an archivist at the Archivio Contemporaneo A. Bonsanti (Gabinetto G.P. Vieusseux - Florence), she obtained a Ph.D. from the European University Institute (Florence), Department of History and Civilisation. 

Since her PhD, she has subjected research themes to intellectual confrontation and comparison through the ideation of numerous workshops, seminars and conferences. In addition to her academic activities, she has also worked on projects involving the communication and dissemination of history. 

She is a member of the Italian Association of Public History (AIPH, founded in 2017), in the conviction that the dissemination through various media of the results of research and sources is not only a civil duty of the historian and, more broadly, of cultural operators, but also the best way to create active citizenship and sensitivity to the proper preservation and enhancement of heritage. 

She is a consultant scholar for the "Palio di Siena" protection project, on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Culture (DG Archeologia, belle arti e paesaggio, Servizio VI, Tutela del patrimonio demoetnoantropologico e immateriale).

She is member of the SISEM (Italian Society for the History of the Modern Age) Board and she is an associate of the Institute of History of Mediterranean Europe (ISEM-CNR) for research activities on REIRES (Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies) and Tra Mediterraneo e Atlantico: letterati, cronisti, missionari, diplomatici e pionieri projects.

Since summer 2020 she has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Naples L'Orientale.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Memory and Writing of Women “Alessandra Contini Bonacossi” and Scientific advisor of the Institute Life Beyond Tourism (Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, Florence).

Scientific results

Her areas of interest are the forms of control of urban space, popular and women's associations, city rituals and intangible cultural heritage in the long diachrony, the didactic use and exploitation of sources. More recent is her interest in public history and the forms of museum 'narratives', particularly in relation to women's history.

Editorial work and publications

Aurora Savelli is editor of the journal "Storia delle donne” and author of several scientific publications, including the following selection:

[2019] Savelli A., Online resources for the history of religion: a look at National History Museums and at the House of European History. In “RIME. Rivista dell’Istituto di Storia dell’Europa Mediterranea”, vol. 5/I n.s., 2019, pp. 89-110.

[2019] Savelli A. (coeditor with Gagliardi I.), La didattica della storia di genere: esperienze, metodologie, percorsi, monografico di “Ricerche Storiche”, 2019/n. 2. Con interventi di A. Savelli; A. Chiaiese; L. Gazzetta e F. Bellucci; E. Serafini; I. Biemmi; M. Pacini; M. Calogiuri e D. De Donno; A.F. Celi, M.A. Mannella, L. Vietina; V. Niri;  M. Macchi; S. Follacchio; C. Pavone.

[2019] Savelli A. Pratiche di devozione e di governo: appunti su una biografia di Caterina Medici Gonzaga (1593-1629). In: (ed.): Guerrini M.T., Lagioia V., Negruzzo S., Nel solco di Teodora. Pratiche, modelli e rappresentazioni del potere femminile dall'antico al contemporaneo, Milano, Franco Angeli, pp. 166-179.

[2018] Savelli A. (co editor, with Gagliardi I.), La storia delle donne in percorsi di Public History, a monograhic of “Storia delle donne” n. 14/2018. Contributors: I. Gagliardi e A. Savelli; P. González Marcén e M. Sánchez Romero; I.G. Mastrorosa; M.P. Casalena; C. Da Milano; M. López Fernandez Cao ans A. Fernández Valencia; D.E. Clover , N. Taber, K. Sanford; A. Schoenweger; T. Rochat.

[2016] Savelli A., Sodalizi. Forme dell’associazionismo urbano a Siena tra Otto e Novecento, “Nuovi Quaderni di Ricerche Storiche”, Pisa, Pacini [anche e-book].

[2016] Savelli A., Il primato della patria: Baldovina Vestri (1840-1931), l’ultima garibaldina. In «Rassegna Storica Toscana», LXI, n. 1, pp. 93-124.

[2015] Savelli A., Esempi e modelli femminili nella Firenze dell’Ottocento. Gesualda, Cesira e Antonietta Pozzolini. In: Luceri F. (ed.), Pietro Siciliani e Cesira Pozzolini. Filosofia e Letteratura, Atti del convegno (Galatina, september, 18-19), Lecce, Edizioni Grifo, pp. 219-236.

[2013] Savelli A., Contrade, corporazioni e confraternite in età moderna: le fonti del vivere associati. In: Paoli M.P. (ed.), Nel laboratorio della storia. Una guida alle fonti dell'età moderna, Roma, Carocci, pp. 169-203 (reprinted in 2014 and inl 2015 in“Studi superiori” collection).

[2012] Savelli A., Vigni L. (ed.), Una città al femminile. Protagonismo e impegno di donne senesi dal Medioevo a oggi, Siena, Nuova Immagine Editrice.

[2012] Savelli A. (ed.), Toscana rituale. Politica e festa civica dal secondo dopoguerra, Proceedings (Firenze, 16 june 2009), Pisa, Pacini Editore.

[2009] Savelli A., Tra interessi dinastici e equilibri locali: Caterina Medici Gonzaga Governatrice dello Stato Nuovo (1627-1629). In: Aglietti M. (ed.), Nobildonne, monache e cavaliere dell’Ordine di S. Stefano. Modelli e strategie femminili nella vita pubblica della Toscana granducale, Proceedings (Pisa, 22-23 may 2009), Pisa, ETS, pp. 33-56.

[2008] Savelli A., Siena. Il popolo e le contrade (secc. XVI-XX), Firenze, Olschki.

Awards and prizes

“Prix d’histoire locale européenne Étienne Baluze”: special mention for the doctoral thesis Vero popolo, onorata cittadinanza. Comunità di contrada e appartenenza territoriale a Siena (secc. XVI-XXI).

Lina Scalisi

History and Philosophy area

Competences: early modern history, history of historiography, political history, social history of power, urban history

Keywords: conflict, politics of emergencies, post-Tridentine Catholicism, power, religion

Region: Sicily


Full professor of Early Modern History at the University of Catania.

Professional career

Lina Scalisi graduated in Political Science at the University of Catania in 1992 and obtained a PhD in early Modern History in 1998 also at the University of Catania. Researcher since 2003, in 2006 becomes Associate Professor and in 2016, Full Professor at the Department of Human Sciences of Catania.

During her career, she has held various institutional and governance roles, and she has been the Coordinator of Human Sciences at the Scuola Superiore of Catania. From 1008 to 2010, she has directed the Istituto Meridionale di storia e scienze sociali - Sicilia. Since 2013 she is Académica correspondiente of the Real Academia de la Historia di Madrid. She is member of the board of professors of the PhD in History of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and member of various scientific boards of national and European journals. She is President of the Accademia of Belle Arti of Catania and VP of the Teatro Stabile of Catania.   

Scientific results

Her researches have been focused on histories of communities and socio-religious history, with specific attention on the changes of the civic and religious institutions of European societies after the Council of Trent and on the relationship between political power and religious authorities. Moreover, she has widely studied urban history and the history of aristocracy in Early Modern Europe. Other fields of interest have been development studies, the environment, contemporary migrations and history of historiography.

Editorial work and publications

She has authored many papers and monographies:

[2020] Curatela del II volume in II Tomi de La storiografia della Nuova Italia, Edizioni di storia e letteratura, Roma: 1056 ISBN 9788893593939.

[2020] Regolate cure e disordinati mali, in Arianna Rotondo, Memoria, storie e metafore della malattia. La narrazione come metodo, Algra Editore, Viagrande: 17-34 ISBN 97888934413749.

[2019] (con Carlos Hernando Sanchez) Fra le mura della modernità: le rappresentazioni del limite dal Cinquecento ad oggi, Viella, Roma, 2019: 428 ISBN 9788833132587.

[2019] “Da Palermo a Colonia”. Carlo Aragona Tagliavia e la questione delle Fiandre (1577-1580), Viella, Roma: 156 ISBN: 9788833132297.

[2019] Un Secolo di fuoco. Il Seicento e l’Etna nel Compendio di Natale di Pace, Domenico Sanfilippo Editore, Catania: 175 ISBN 9788885127630.

[2018] Carlo d’Aragona e Antonio del Nobile. Difese militari, imprese economiche,vocazioni territoriali, in A. Camara Munoz – M. A. Vasquez, «Ser hechura de»: ingeniería, fidelidades y redes de poder en los siglos XVI y XVII, Ediciones del Umbral y laFundación Juanelo Turriano, Madrid. 135-146 ISBN 8494892525.

[2018] Curatela del I volume de La Storiografia della Nuova Italia: Introduzione alla storia della storiografia italiana, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Roma: 272 ISBN 9788893592390.

[2018] La restaurazione in Italia, in «Moderna. Semestrale di teoria e critica della letteratura», XX, 1-2:15-22 ISSN. 

[2018] “Que pueda llegar a corte”. Il duca di Terranova tra Lepanto e il futuro, in J.A.G. Berrendero, J. Hernandez Franco, E. Alegra Carvajal, Ruy Gómez deSilva, principe de Eboli. Su tiempo y su contexto, Iberoamericana Vervuert, Madrid: 285-303 ISBN 9788416922758.

[2017] La Sicilia del Rinascimento. Susanna Gonzaga, contessa di Collesano, in A.Carrasco Martinez (a cura di), La nobleza y los reinos. Anatomia del poder en la Monarquia de Espana (siglos XVI-XVII), Iberoabericana Vervuert, Madrid: 151-177 ISBN 9788416922093.

[2017] Le catene della gloria. L’uso politico della genealogia di Luigi Guglielmo Moncada, «Magallanica», 3/6: 64-85 ISSN 2422-779X.

[2017] Il Dapifero di Antonino Collurafi. Storia di un’opera perduta (1639-1644),  «Mediterranea. Ricerche storiche», 40: 295-314 ISSN 1824-3010.

Paola Schwizer

Economy and Finance area

Competences: corporate governance, financial intermediaries, risk management

Keywords: corporate governance, finance, financial intermediaries, internal control, risk

Region: Lombardy


Full Professor of Financial Markets and Institution at the University of Parma, where she teaches Risk Management. Deputy Chair of the Board of the Graduate program in Finance and Risk Management. Affiliate Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management, Banking and Insurance Department, where she is manager and teacher of training programs for executives and boards of directors on corporate governance, internal controls and compliance.

President of Nedcommunity, the  Italian Association of non-executive and independent directors. Member of the board of directors of ecoDa, The European Confederation of Directors’ Associations in Brussels. Member of ECGI, European Corporate Governance Network. Member of the board of directors of several companies.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management and Governance. Member of the Faculty Committee of the PhD Course in Economics and Management of Innovation and Sustainability, Universities of Parma and Ferrara. Member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD School in Economics and Law at the University of Parma.

Professional career

Degree in Management at Bocconi University, in Milan. Researcher at the same University from 1994 to 1998. Since 1998 Associate Professor. Since 2000 Full Professor at the University of Salento and, from 2003, at the University of Parma.   

Scientific results

Paola Schwizer's research activity is focused on financial markets and institutions, and particularly on risk management, corporate governance and internal governance. She studied the assessment of governance systems, publishing a model, based on an alternative approach to measuring corporate governance quality using a fuzzy expert system, able to overcome the conceptual and methodological limits of the previous rating systems of corporate governance quality and to support people who make decisions.

She also carried out research on risk culture in banking, contributing to a model of risk assessment based on 92 indicators, which are already applied by several major Italian banks.

She took part to a study on the remuneration provisions applicable to credit institutions and investment firms,  prepared for the European Commission aimed at investigating the impact of EU regulation on risk management.

Editorial work and publications

(2017) Carretta A, Fiordelisi F, Schwizer P (eds). Risk Culture in Banking. Palgrave Macmillan. Series: Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions. ISBN 978-3-319-57591-9 (eBook ISBN 978-3-319-57592-6).

(2017) Cosma S, Mastroleo S, Schwizer P. Assessing corporate governance quality: substance over form. Journal of Management and Governance, DOI 10.1007/s10997-017-9395-3.

(2015) Carretta A, Farina V, Fiordelisi F, Schwizer P, Stentella Lopes SF. Don’t Stand So Close to Me: The role of supervisory style in banking stability, Journal of Banking and Finance, 52: 180–188.

(2015) Fiordelisi F, Soana MG, Schwizer P. Reputational losses and operational risk in banking. The European Journal of Finance, 20, 2:105–124.

(2015) Schwizer P, Carretta A, Soana MG. Can high quality independent directors reduce ceo overconfidence?, in Bracchi G, Masciandaro D, Filotto U. (a cura di) “European Banking 3.0. Bank Industry and Supervision in the Behavioural Finance Revolution”, 20th Report on the Italian Financial System, EDIBANK, Bancaria Editrice, Roma, ISBN 978-88-449-1058-7, pp. 139-151.

Awards and prizes

SDA Bocconi, Award “Best Innovative Custom Programs 2016”. Award “Excellence in Innovation 2012”. Award “Best Case & Best Seller 2011”. Award “Excellence in Innovation and Creativity 2011”. Award  “Excellence in Innovation 2008”.


Award “2015 Ambrogio Lorenzetti” for excellence in board membership.






Giulia Sciorati

International politics area

Competences: Central Asia, China’s foreign and security policy, China’s international relations with Central Asia, East Asia, international relations, Russia-China relations

Keywords: Central Asia, China, East Asia, safety

Region: Lombardy


Assistant Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for Political Research (ISPI)

Professional career

She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (BA) at the Faculty of Foreign Languages (International Relations Track) at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. She continued her studies at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Pavia, where she obtained a Master’s Degree (MA) in African and Asian Studies. During both degrees, she carried out linguistic specialization classes and research periods abroad at the Beijing Language and Culture University. She currently is a PhD student at the School of International Studies of the University of Trento where she specializes in China’s counterterrorism policy and its connection with international security organizations in Central Asia. During her doctorate, she was a visiting scholar at the School of Politics and International Relations of the University of Nottingham and a visiting fellow at the European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) in Brussels. In addition to the PhD, she contributes to the activities of the Asia Observatory for the Italian Institute for Political Research (ISPI). She is a member of the Italian Association of Chinese Studies (AISC) and the China Soccer Observatory (CSO) of the University of Nottingham.

Scientific results

She deals with security issues with particular reference to counterterrorism policies and the factors that influence decision-making processes in China at the level of the country’s political elite. Her second line of research focuses on the regional projection of Chinese foreign policy with particular attention to the New Silk Road and its impact on China’s relations with the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia.

Editorial work and publications

[2019] Sciorati, G., Berkofky, A. Giappone: abdica Akihito, “Imperatore del popolo”, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Parola, F., Gili, A., Le parole dell’Europa: infrastrutture, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Friends or Foes? China and Japan’s Southeast Asian Battleground, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Mediating Between the EU and China: Will Italy Take Up the Task?, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Amighini A., Gili, A. Cina e Italia: sfide e opportunità di una partnership discussa, ISPI Focus.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Political Implications of Digital Technologies: the Huawei Case, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Perteghella A., “Go West”? I rischi dell'equilibrismo cinese tra Iran e Arabia Saudita, ISPI Commentary.

[2019] Sciorati, G., Guo:Per Pechino tre lezioni dai rapporti con i partner BRI, ISPI Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., Note of Comment on President Nazarbayev’s Article “The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, EIAS Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., Note of Comment on President Putin’s Visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan, EIAS Commentary.

[2018] Sciorati, G., China’s Quest. The History of the Foreign Relations of the People’s Republic of China, Europe-Asia Studies 70:2, 307-309.

Claudia Segre

Economy and Finance area

Competences: finance, financial economy

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact of distance learning on academic performance, Covid-19: impact on domestic violences, Covid-19: impact on women, finance, geopolitics, international economy

Region: Lombardy


President Global Thinking Foundation

Board Member and Responsible Publications Assiom Forex

Honorary Member Aci Forex International


Professional career

  • 2013-2017 Senior Private Banker – Executive Director, Banca Euromobiliare – Credem Group
  • 2012-2013 Head of Financial Institutions & IntraGroup – Credem Group
  • 2011-2012 Head of Markets Area – Credem Group
  • 2008-2011 Head Fixed Income & FX - Credem Group
  • 2006-2007 Head Risk Analysis & Rating Assignment Banks & Countries – Unicredit Group
  • 2005-2006 Head of UE, Supras, Authorities & Central Banks International Relations – Unicredit Group and Member Board MTS New Europe in LDN
  • 2004-2005 Head of New Europe DCM – Unicredit Group
  • 2000-2004 Head of Emerging Markets & New Europe – Unicredit Group
  • 1993-2000 Head of Emerging Market Trading – Intesa SanPaolo Group
  • 1986-1993 Equity Trader various companies in Turin and Milan

Scientific results

·         2017-present Financial Educator for GLT Foundation on Sustainability & Financial Inclusion

·         2015-2016 Lecturer for FEDUF – Islamic Finance and Geopolitical Scenario

  • 2007-present ASSIOM FOREX – The financial Association of Italy, teaching in:

-          Behavioural Finance & Financial Literacy

-          Advanced Trading       - Sovereign & Corporates/banks Risk Analysis

-          Geopolitics & Mkts     - Mifid2 & Basel III

§  2012-2015 Chairman Board of Education ACI International

§  2011 ACI World Congress 2011 – Keynote Speech  on Islamic Finance

§  2010 Parliament Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) – Lecturer on Islamic Finance

§  2009 Basso Foundation in Rome and Luiss University Lecturer on Islamic Finance

  • 2006-2009 MIP Politecnico di Milano – Lecturer in Geopolitics  and Lecturer for 

MBA Executive Finance

  • 2005-2006 University La Sapienza di Roma  Lecturer in International Economics CISUECO

1993 ICMA General Certificate

Turin University – Bachelor Economics , Major International Economics


Awards and prizes

2017 : Best 100 CV Excellent Women against Stereotypes, for Economy & Finance,  Fondazione Bracco supported by EU Commission

2016 : ASSIOM FOREX Cavanna Lifetime Achievement Award

2011 : 1000 CV Excellent Fondazione Bellisario

2005 Best Dealer Hungarian Market – MTS NewEurope

1999 Best Political Format “Geopolitics Atlas” RaiNews24



Giorgia Serughetti
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: gender studies, political Philosophy, populism within European Unione, Prostitution and trafficking, violence against women

Keywords: democracy, gender, politics, sexuality

Region: Lombardy


Research Fellow in Political Philosophy at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca.

Professional career

After graduating in Philosophy at the University of Turin, she obtained a Master's degree in Sociology of Migration at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome and a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Palermo. She has worked as a researcher at Associazione Parsec in Rome, and as a research consultant for national and international organisations such as Save the Children, Open Society Foundations, Action Aid, Consorzio Nova, Room to Read. Since 2012 she has been affiliated to the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Milano-Bicocca, first as a research assistant, then as a post-doc researcher and, since 2019, as a research fellow in Political Philosophy. She is currently lecturer in "Politics and Policies"; lecturer and member of the coordination committee of the postgraduate course "Violence against women and minors: knowing and countering the phenomenon" and co-coordinator of the course "Training social workers for countering gender-based violence". 

Scientific results

She is involved in the research and training activities of the ADV - Against Domestic Violence - Research Centre -. 

She is active in the creation of the UN.I.RE network - UNiversità In REte contro la violenza di genere - a project funded with the contribution of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Department for Equal Opportunities. 

Editorial work and publications

Serughetti Giorgia is a columnist for the daily newspaper Domani and writes for magazines and newspapers such as InGenere, Leggendaria, il Mulino, il Manifesto. 

[2020] Serughetti G, Who are « the people » in Italy’s multiple populisms?. REVUE TUNISIENNE DE SCIENCE POLITIQUE, vol. 2 (4): 71-95.

[2020] Serughetti G, Donne vulnerabili, soggetti resilienti: le vittime di tratta richiedenti asilo, tra bisogni di protezione e domande di riconoscimento. In I. Fanlo Cortés, & D. Ferrari (a cura di), I soggetti vulnerabili nei processi migratori. Giappichelli: 17-48.

[2020] Serughetti G, The #MeToo Movement in Italy: Chronicle of a Death Foretold?. In A.M. Noel, & D.B. Oppenheimer (a cura di), The Global #MeToo Movement : How Social Media propelled a Historic Movement and the Law responded. Full Court Press: 143-156. 

[2020] Serughetti G, Democratizzare la cura / Curare la democrazia, Nottetempo.

[2020] Belliti D, Serughetti G, L'educazione per prevenire la violenza di genere e promuovere l'agency delle donne: lo stato delle politiche pubbliche in Italia. SICUREZZA E SCIENZE SOCIALI, 3: 33-48.

[2019] Serughetti G, Prostituzione: violenza o lavoro? Riflessioni su volontarietà, costrizione e danno nel dibattito sulle alternative politico-normative. AG-ABOUT GENDER, vol. 8 (15): 164-195. 

[2019] Serughetti G, La violenza contro le donne e il problema dell’identità collettiva nel femminismo. POLITICA & SOCIETÀ, vol. 8 (3): 383-405.

[2019] Serughetti G, Uomini che pagano le donne. Dalla strada al web, i clienti nel mercato del sesso contemporaneo, 2. ed. Ediesse.

[2019] Serughetti G,  “Superare la Merlin”: prostituzione, discorso pubblico e azione legislativa. NOTIZIE DI POLITEIA, vol. 35 (133): 198-216.

[2018] Serughetti G, Smuggled or Trafficked? Refugee or job seeker? Deconstructing rigid classifications by rethinking women’s vulnerability. ANTI TRAFFICKING REVIEW, 11: 16-35.

[2017] Cecilia D’Elia, Serughetti G, Libere tutte. Dall’aborto al velo, donne nel nuovo millennio, Minimum fax.

[2016] Serughetti G, Prostitution and surrogacy: Theoretical and practical issues of (neo) prohibitionism. STUDI SULLA QUESTIONE CRIMINALE, 11(2): 43-63.

Velia Siciliano

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biotechnologies, medica biotechnology

Keywords: aystems biology, synthetic biology

Region: Campania


Group Leader, Synthetic and Systems Biology for Biomedicine Laboratory of Italian Insitute of Technology, Naple, University Federico II.

Professional career

Velia Siciliano graduated cum Laudein Medical Biotechnology, BSc and MSc degree at the University of Naples Federico II.  In 2012 she obtained a PhD in Human Genetics from the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine Naples supervised by Prof. di Bernardo (Systems and Synthetic Biology lab) 

 then moved to Boston as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Biological Engineering Department and Synthetic Biology Centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2015 she won a fellowship for Junior Independent Investigator from Imperial College London. Here, in the Department of Medicine she started to build her independent research line in mammalian synthetic biology. 

In September 2017 she was appointed as Principal Investigator at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia-IIT after passing an international scientific committee evaluation through the Tenure Track program of IIT. She established a new Research Line in Synthetic and Systems Biology. She is also honorary fellow of Imperial College London where she still supervises research activities.

Scientific results

Velia Siciliano’s research is published in high impact journals including Nature Communications, Nature Biotechnology etc. She is a co-inventor of a patent with MIT.

She was recently awarded with the most prestigious research grant in Europe, the ERC Starting Grant, receiving funding for 1.5M euro from EU. She is also partner in other grants, including an ERC Advanced (coordinated by Prof. Di Leonardo, Università la Sapienza, Roma) and the Cosy-Bio  (FET-grant, from EU coordinated by Prof. Di Bernardo).

Velia Siciliano attended more than 10 conferences and meetings as invited speaker, and she is member of scientific committee of the Synthetic and Systems Biology summer school, Member of scientific committee ofMammalian Synthetic Biology workshop, and chair of the Cell Therapies + Bioengineering Conference. She was recognized as one of 10  most promising scientists under 40 in Italy by Fortune (, and one of 1000 women with most impact in Italy for science and innovation ( Velia was among the 20 women in the final selection of women of 2019 by DonnaD (La Repubblica). 

Editorial work and publications

Velia Siciliano is Review Editor in Nanobiotechnology,  Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Bioengineering and Biotechnology and Materials) and she was invited to join the editorial board of BioDesign Research, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, part of the Science Partner Journal (SPJ) family; she is ad-hocreviewer for multiple journals. 


She is an author/coauthor in several important scientific papers, including:

[2019] Tedeschi F, Siciliano V., Mammalian synbio sensors (Hanbook of Cell Biosensor, Springer) Accepted

[2019] DipaloM, Caprettini V, Bruno G, Caliendo F, Garma L,  Melle G, Dukinova M,  Siciliano V,  Santoro F,  De Angelis F. Plasmonic optoacoustic poration and electroporation induce different dynamics at the cell/nanostructure interface  (Advanced Biosystems). 

[2019] Pennacchio FA, Caliendo F, Iaccarino G, Langella A, Siciliano V, Santoro F. 3D-patterned scaffolds modulate the biointerface at the nanoscale (Nano Letters).

[2019] Cella F. Siciliano V., Protein-based parts and devices that respond to intracellular and extracellular signals in mammalian cells (Current Opinion in Chemical Biology)

[2019] Caliendo F., Dukhinova M., Siciliano V., Engineered cell-based therapeutics: synthetic biology meets immunology (Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology)

[2018] Cella F., Wroblewska L., Weiss R, Siciliano V. Engineering of protease sensitive RNA-Binding protein in mammalian cells (Nature Communications

[2018] Siciliano V., Di Andreth B., Monel B., Beal J., Huh J.,Clayton K.,Wroblewska L.,McKeon Am., Walker BD.,Weiss R. Engineering modular intracellular protein sensor-actuator devices (Siciliano and Weiss co-corresponding. Nature CommunicationsMay 14;9(1):1881. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03984-5)

[2017] MacDonald J.T., Siciliano V. Promoter design – selecting transcriptionally silent regions. Methods in Molecular Biology(doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7223-4_18)

[2015] Wroblewska L, Endo K, Kitada T, Siciliano V, Saito H, Weiss R. Engineering mammalian cells with RNA-encoded synthetic translational circuits. Nature BiotechnologyAug;33(8):839-41. doi: 10.1038/nbt.3301.

[2014] Stanton B, Siciliano V, Ghodasara A, Wroblewska L, Clancy K, Trefzer A, Chesnut J, Weiss R, Voigt C. Systematic transfer of prokaryotic sensors and circuits to mammalian cells. ACS Synthetic BiologyDec 19;3(12):880-91. doi: 10.1021/sb5002856.

[2013] Siciliano V, Garzilli I, Fracassi C, Ventre S, Criscuolo S, di Bernardo D. miRNAs confer phenotypic robustness to gene networks by suppressing biological noise: a synthetic biology approach. Nature Communications;4:2364. doi: 10.1038/ncomms3364.

[2012] Menolascina F*, Siciliano V*, di Bernardo D.   Engineering and Control of Biological Systems: A New Way to Tackle Complex Diseases and Biotechnological Innovation. FEBS LetterJul 16;586(15):2122-8. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2012.04.050.

Awards and prizes

2014 Prize for scientific innovation in synthetic biology. Synberc fall retreat

2016 Proof-of concept grant, Synbicite (UK)

2018 Award Young Innovator  MIT Italy 

2018 Award Galilei, 2032 Rotary International

2019 Mortari Award, Merck

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



Elisa Signori
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History and Philosophy area

Competences: Contemporary history

Keywords: antifascism, anti-Semitism, fascism, intellectual migrations, Lombardia, Switzerland

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of  Contemporary History at University of Pavia


Professional career

Elisa Signori graduated with honours in Literature in 1976 at the University of Pavia. She was a student and postgraduate student at the Ghislieri College, a scholarship holder of the Einaudi Foundation in Turin, of the Accademia dei Lincei, a trainee at the Study and Research Office of the Department of Public Education of the Canton of Ticino (Switzerland), a CNR scholarship holder at the Historische Seminar of the University of Basel, and a researcher at the University of Pavia since 1981. She has worked there up to the present day, at all levels of her career, from associate to full professor. Between 2013 and 2020 she will also be teaching Contemporary History at the University of Lugano.  

Scientific results

Signori has devoted most of his studies to the study of fascism and anti-fascism, both in Italy and abroad, in France, Switzerland and the United States.  She has studied the history of Switzerland in its relations with Italy between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the phenomenon of anti-Semitism in Italy and Europe, the flow of intellectual migration and the formation of elites in Europe in the twentieth century. 

She has also worked on the history of contemporary Lombardy and the history of the University. 

Editorial work and publications

Elisa Signori is the author of numerous publications, a complete list of which can be found at

See below a selection of the most relevant ones:

Signori (2020). Anni di svolta. L’Università di Pavia, i progetti postbellici e il piano De Carlo, in Costruire le Università. Aspetti architettonici e urbanistici tra ragioni economiche e scelte politiche, a  cura di M.A.Romani, A.Monti, O.Selvafolta e  Andrea Silvestri, Bologna Il Mulino, pp.181-206.

Signori (2019), Contro gli studenti ebrei stranieri di Pisa. Un ostracismo in anticipoin Vite sospese. 1938: Università e ebrei a Pisa, a cura di M. Emdin, B. Henry , I. Pavan, UPI University Press Italiane, Pisa, pp. 89-106 

Signori (2018), Svizzera e Italia allo specchio: lo sguardo dei rifugiati italiani  durante la seconda guerra mondiale in Lugano città aperta, collana Pagine storiche Luganesi, Edizioni Città di Lugano, Lugano,  pp.203-219 

Signori (2017), L’Ateneo di Pavia nel sistema universitario del Regno d’Italia (1860-1913) in Almum Studium Papiense, Vol.2,  Dall’età austriaca alla nuova Italia. II. Dalla Restaurazione alla Grande guerra,  Milano, Cisalpino, 2017, pp. 1043-1080. 

Signori (2017), University  students after Italian Unification. Riots, organizations and political engagement (1860-1885) in Pieter Dhondt (ed.), Student Revolt, City and Society in Europe – From the Middle Ages to the Present, New-York, London, Routledge, pp.152-169.

Signori (2017), Perchè la guerra? Voci e argomenti della  comunità accademica italiana 1914-1918 in Minerva armata. Le università e la Grande guerra, a cura di G.P.Brizzi e E.Signori, Bologna, Clueb, pp.19-38.

Signori (2017), Guglielmo Ferrero: l’interventismo, la federazione latina, la tragedia della pace, in  La Grande guerra e l'idea di Europa,  a cura di C. Lacaita, Milano, Angeli, pp. 81-110.

Signori (2016), El fascismo italiano y la universidad: el caso de Pavia, in La universidad europea bajo las dictaturas, “Ayer” , n. 101, pp.23-50.

Signori (2009) , Fra le righe. Carteggio fra Carlo Rosselli e Gaetano Salvemini, FrancoAngeli, Milano, pp.334.

Signori (2006)   Frammenti di vita e d’esilio. Giulia Bondanini, una scelta antifascista, L’Avvenire dei lavoratori ed., Zürich, pp.176.

Signori (2002), Minerva a Pavia. L'ateneo e la città tra guerre e fascismo, Pavia, Milano-Bologna, Cisalpino ed., pp.342.

Signori (1996) , G. Salvemini, A. Tasca, Il dovere di testimoniare .Carteggio, a cura e con introduzione di E.Signori, Roma-Napoli, Bibliopolis ed., pp.344.

Awards and prizes

 Elisa Signori was awarded the 'Nuova Antologia' and 'Angelini' prizes.

Annamaria Simonazzi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: gender economy, labor market, macroeconomics

Keywords: Eurozone, income distribution, welfare

Region: Lazio


Full professor at Sapienza University of Rome

Member of various associations, including SIE, Storep, EAEPE, IWPLMS, and expert counsellor at CNEL.

Professional career

She teaches History of Economic Analysis and Advanced Macroeconomics at Sapienza University of Rome. She has directed or participated in various national and European research projects in the areas of economic policy, labor and social policies, welfare and gender economics and she has attended many national and international conferences as invited speaker.

Scientific results

Current research topics: the economics of the European Monetary Union, industrial and innovation policy; industrial relations and income distribution; gender economics.

In the field of economic policy, she has addressed problems concerning the competitiveness of the Italian economy and he Italian position in the EMU. Her recent contributions relate to the issue of the Monetary Union and the difficult relations between core and periphery countries of the euro area. Related to these issues is the problem of industrial policy and the analysis of the processes of innovation and development.

As regards labor policies and industrial relations, the analysis highlights the costs deriving from relying solely on reforms aimed at increasing the flexibility of the labor market to boost employment and growth. The interaction between labor reforms, austerity policies and structural reforms in the areas of taxation, pensions and welfare in exacerbating precariousness, inequality and poverty has been addressed in several essays. It is concluded that resumption of social dialogue and abandonment of austerity policies in favor of an effective industrial policy can provide a better recipe for overcoming the crisis and addressing the challenges of technological innovation and global competition.

The results of these analyses have been reported in several publications.

Editorial work and publications

Referee for national and international journals. Editor in chief of Economia & Lavoro; Member of the Editorial Committee of Labour and of the Editorial Board of the newsletter

Recent publications:

(2019) Developmental industrial policies for convergence within the European Monetary Union in H. Herr, J. Priewe and A. Watt (eds.) Still Time to Save the Euro, Social Europe Publishing, Berlin (with G. Celi and D. Guarascio).

 (2018) Engines of growth and development paths in the Euro-area, in A. Rosselli, E. Sanfilippo and N. Naldi (eds.) Money, Finance and Crises in Economic History: The long-­‐term impact of economic ideas, Routledge, London.

(2018) Crisis in the European Monetary Union: A Core-Periphery Perspective, Routledge, London (with G. Celi, A. Ginzburg, D. Guarascio).

(2017) Italy: Industrial Relations and Inequality in a Recessionary Environment, in D. Vaughan-Whitehead (ed.) Inequalities and the World of Work: What Role for Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue?, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK)-Northampton (USA) (with G. Fiorani).

 (2017) Out of the crisis. A radical change of strategy for the euro zone. European Journal of Comparative Economics, 14, 1:13-37 (with A. Ginzburg).

(2016) Europe at a crossroads: what kind of structural reforms? in G. Bäcker, S. Lehndorff, C. Weinkopf (eds) Den Arbeitsmarkt verstehen, um ihn zu gestalten, Springer VS, Berlin (with P. Villa).

Valeria Simoncini

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: numerical analysis

Keywords: linear algebra, matrices, multivariate statistics, numerical computation, optimization

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Bologna

Professional career

After graduating in Mathematics in 1989 at the University of Bologna, she continued her studies with a PhD in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Informatics at the University of Padua, which she obtained in 1994, simultaneously with the PhD from 1991 to 1993 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain in the United States. Since 1995 has been a researcher at the Institute of Environmental Geophysical Methodologies (IMGA) of the CNR section of Modena. The following year she was a researcher at the Institute of Numerical Analysis (IAN) of the CNR section of Pavia; she held that position until 2000, when she became associate professor at the University of Bologna. Since 2010 she is a full professor at the same university.


Scientific results

Her research field includes the study of matrices, multivariate statistics and the Spectral Perturbation Theory, with applications to partial differential equations. These equations are used in different fields of science, not only in physics with the study of aerodynamics, quantum mechanics and elasticity, but also in engineering with matrix analysis and in atmospheric analysis studies. In fact, Paola Fermo also deals with the numerical modeling of phenomena concerning natural sciences and medicine such as the modeling of systems useful for electrocardiology and the study and modeling of Gene Networks, a research field that relates genetic, environmental factors and risks of contracted illnesses.

Editorial work and publications

Author of numerous scientific publications and a monograph, including:

A Guide to Empirical Orthogonal Functions for Climate Data Analysis, Navarra Antonio, Simoncini Valeria, Springer editore. 

(2017) Powell CE, Silvester D, Simoncini V. An efficient reduced basis solver for stochastic Galerkin matrix equations. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 39(1), A141-A163.

(2016) Simoncini V. Computational methods for linear matrix equations (Survey article). SIAM Review, 58-3, 377-441. 

(2015) Benzi M, Simoncini V. Decay bounds for functions of Hermitian matrices with banded or Kronecker structure. SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications, 36-3,1263-1282. 

(2015) Porcelli M, Simoncini V, Tani M. Preconditioning of active-set Newton methods for PDE-Constrained optimal control problem. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 37-5, S472-S502. 

(2013) Krendl W, Simoncini V, Zulehner W. Stability Estimates and Structural Spectral Properties of Saddle Point Problems. Numerische Mathematik, 124(1):183-213.

(2011) Druskin V, Simoncini V. Adaptive rational Krylov subspaces for large-scale dynamical systems. Systems & Control Letters, 60, 546-560.


(2007) Simoncini V, Szyld DB. Recent computational developments in Krylov Subspace Methods for linear systems. Numerical Linear Algebra with Applications, 14(1): 1-59. 

(2005) Brezzi F, Lipnikov K, Simoncini V. A family of mimetic finite difference methods on polygonal and polyhedral meshes. Mathematical Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 15(10):1533-1552. 

(2003) Simoncini V, Szyld DB. Theory of Inexact Krylov Subspace Methods and Applications to Scientific Computing. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 25(2):454-477. 

(1995) Simoncini V, Gallopoulos S. An Iterative Method for Nonsymmetric Systems with Multiple Right-hand Side. SIAM Journal Scientific Computing, 15, 917-933.



Awards and prizes

She is a member of the Editorial Board of numerous scientific journals such as the Journal of Numerical Mathematics, ESAIM: Mathematical Modeling and Numerical Analysis (M2AN), the SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis, ETNA - Electronic Transactions Numerical Analysis and the SIAM Journal Matrix Analysis and Applications. She is also a permanent member of the scientific committee of the House Symposium, a member of the SIAM International Summer School advisory board on Numerical Linear Algebra and of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, USA. Referee for the evaluation of national and international projects and from 2011 to 2013 was a member of the panel for the Mathematics section of the University Research Quality Assessment (VQR) project.

Marcella Simoni

International politics area

Competences: History of Israel and of Palestine, Israeli cinema, Jewish history in 20th century, peace-building

Keywords: civil society, Israel, Jews in Asia, nonviolence, Palestine, violence

Region: Veneto


Senior Researcher in History and Institutions of Asia, Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.

Professional career

Marcella Simoni graduated in Italian Literature at the University of Florence, specializing in contemporary history. She then continued her studies in London, where she obtained her Ph.D in 2004 at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London. Upon her return to Italy, she started to cooperate with the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University, as a contract professor first, as a junior researcher, and since 2011 in a permanent position as a Senior Researcher. As a post-doc and/or visiting scholar she has been hosted in various universities and research centres, in the US (Brown University, American Jewish University), in the UK (Oxford), in France (INALCO), Israel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Centre de Recherche Francais à Jérusalem), China (University of Nanjing). Since 2004 she has been teaching at the Florence campus of New York University. 

Scientific results

She has worked on various themes and research topics in the social history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and maintains a very active research agenda. Her interests include the history of medicine and public health in Palestine of the British Mandate, Israeli cinema, non-violence and civil resistance in Israel and Palestine and military conscientious objection in Israel.

Editorial work and publications

Among her works published during the last 10 years:


[2018] Simoni M, Miccoli D, Foscarini G, Homelands and Diasporas: Perspectives on Jewish Culture in the Mediterranean and Beyond, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne.

[2010] Simoni M, A Healthy Nation. Zionist Health Policies in British Palestine (1930-1939), Cafoscarina, Venezia.

[2010] Simoni M, At the Margins of Conflict. Social Perspectives on Arabs and Jews in British Palestine (1922-1948), Cafoscarina, Venezia.

Edited books and special issues

[2013] Simoni M, Israelis and Palestinians Seeking, Building and Representing Peace, “Quest. Issues inContemporary Jewish History, 5. 

Chapters in books

[2018] Simoni M, Young Italian Jews in Israel, and back. Voices from a generation (1945-1953), pp. 173-200, in “Italian Jewish Networks between Europe and the Mediterranean”, Schwarz G, Ferrara C, Bregoli F (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed scientific journals

[2017] Simoni M, (ed.) Narcotics and global history (Narcotici e storia globale), in Simoni, M, “Passato e Presente”, vol. 101, pp. 167-90. 

[2016] Simoni M, A history of missed relations. Giorgio La Pira and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Una storia di relazioni mancate. Giorgio La Pira e il conflitto israelo-palestinese), in Humanitas, vol. 71/5, pp. 724-32. 

[2013] Simoni M, «Hello Pacifist». War resisters in Israel’s first decade, in Simoni M (ed.), “Israelis and Palestinians Seeking, Building and Representing Peace” “Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History” 5, pp. 73-100.

[2013] Simoni M, «Shoot and Pray!» Israeli cinema thirty years after the Lebanon War («Spara e Prega!» Il cinema israeliano a trenta anni dalla guerra del Libano), in, Passato e Presente, vol. 31/88, pp. 111-30. 

[2013] Simoni M, Youth, education and democracy in Israel. The perspective from “New Outlook” in the 1960s [Imparare a separarsi. L’educazione di arabi e ebrei nella Palestina britannica (1922-1948)], in “Qualestoria”, 40/2: 61-84.

[2012] Simoni M, Giovani, educazione e democrazia in Israele. La prospettiva di «New Outlook» negli anni Sessanta, in SMP Società Mutamento Politica, vol. 3/5, pp. 121-33. 

[2012] Simoni M, Legrenzi M, Di Peri R, Mazzuccotelli F, Meier D, Lebanon before and after 1982 (Il Libano prima e dopo il 1982), in Passato e Presente, vol. 87, pp. 19-37 e 249-62. 

Awards and prizes

2009-10 Accademia dei Lincei (Rome, Italy) Prize “Alessandro Vaciago” for the political and social sciences

Lucia Sorbera

International politics area

Competences: cultural productions in the Arab world and its diasporas, gender studies, history of social and political movements in the Middle East and North Africa, political and cultural history of North Africa and the Middle East

Keywords: arab world, gender, Islam, Middle East, North Africa, women

Region: ABROAD


Chair, Department of Arabic Language and Cultures, the University of Sydney.

Professional career

Graduated in Arabic Language and Cultures at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice (2000). She has a Master in Migration Studies (Venice, 2001) and a Master in Intercultural Studies (Padova University, 2001). She was awarded a PhD in Arabic, Islamic and Middle East Studies in2006 (Venice), with a thesis on Egyptian Feminism. Between 2000 and 2011 she paralleled her academic studies with her professional activity in the field of intercultural education and she has been teaching as an adjunct professor in the Universities of Milan, Macerata and Verona. She moved to Sydney in 2011, where she is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures and where she teaches in the programs of Arabic Language and Cultures, International and Global Studies, European Studies and International and Comparative Literary and Translation Studies. Since 2016 she curates with Paola Caridi the program Arab Souls, a focus on Arabic Literature and Arab Cultures at the Torino Book Fair. 

Scientific results

Her research in the field of women's history focuses on the study of Egyptian feminism. She has also published on Arab women's autobiography, Arab women's political leadership, and contemporary Iraqi cinema.

Editorial work and publications


[2013] Sorbera L (con Lorenzo Casini and Maria Elena Paniconi), Modernità arabe. Nazione, narrazione e nuovi soggetti nel romanzo egiziano, Mesogea, Messina

Edited Books


[2018] Sorbera L (con Bronwyn Winter),Contending Legitimacy in World Politics, Taylor and Francis, London


Special issues of scholarly journals


[2016] Sorbera L (con Bronwyn Winter),LegitimacySpecial issue ofGlobal Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, 6/3 


[2014] Sorbera L (con Maurizio Marinelli), Imagining Revolution. Special issue ofPost-Colonial Studies, 17, 1,


[2013] Sorbera L (con Leila El Houssi), Femminismi nel Mediterraneo. Special Issue of Genesis.The Journal of the Italian Society of Women Historians, XII/1


Peer reviewed journal articles 


[2017] Sorbera L, The Debate about Veiling and Unveiling. A transnational History?,Contemporanea, XX,(4), pp 681-699


[2016] Sorbera L, Body Politics and Legitimacy: Towards a feminist epistemology of the Egyptian revolution,Global Discourse: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Current Affairs and Applied Contemporary Thought, Published online 6 June 


[2014] Sorbera L, Challenges of thinking feminism and revolution in Egypt between 2011 and 2014, in Postcolonial Studies, 17,1,  pp 74-86


[2014] Sorbera L,  Writing Revolution: New Inspirations, new questions, in Postcolonial Studies, 17,1, pp 104-108


[2013] Sorbera L, Femminismo e rivoluzione in Egitto e Tunisia, in Linee di Conflitto. Il mondo arabo in trasformazione. Dossier in  Afriche e Orientied. by Massimiliano Trentin XV, 1-2/2013, pp 38-52


[2013] Sorbera L.(with Leila El Houssi), Femminismi nel Mediterraneoin Genesis. The Journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians, XII/1,2013, pp 5-12


[2013] Sorbera L, Early Reflections of an Historian on Feminism in Egypt in Times of Revolution, in Genesis. The Journal of the Italian Society of Women’s Historians, XII/1,2013, pp 13-42



Franca Pieroni Bortolotti Award for the best PhD thesis on women and gender history, awarded by the italian Society of Women Historians (2007).

Awards and prizes

Franca Pieroni Bortolotti Award for the best PhD thesis on women and gender history, awarded by the italian Society of Women Historians (2007).


Claudia Sorlini

STEM area: Natural and environmental sciences

Competences: agricultural microbiology

Keywords: bioenergies, biotechnologies applied to agriculture, environment, sustainable agriculture, women and science

Region: Lombardy


Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Microbiology, University of Milan.

Professional career

Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan, Claudia Sorlini  developed   her career up to full professor of Agriculture, Food and Environment Microbiology.  Besides her tenure at the University of Milan, she taught at the University of Molise (1990-1993) and Politecnico di  Milano (1975-1988) . She has held several assignments in the university governance: Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture  ( 2014-2010), member of the  Equal Opportunity Committee of the University of Milan, coordinator of the session Gender & Equality in Research and Science (2006 - 2013). During her tenure as dean, she has been coordinator of the  scientific committeee founding the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Makeni, Sierra Leone. Among the several external posts she has been member of the Steering Committee of the EU Scientific Programme for Expo(2014-15),vice-president of Italian Touring Club and president of the association Casa dell'Agricoltura that promotes the sustainable agriculture and the role of women farmers and researchers  in agriculture.

Scientific results

She is expert in  the field of microbial biotechnologies applied to the bioremediation of polluted sites,  bio-energy production (methane, hydrogen and fertilizers) and biofertilizers. Along with her team she set up a viable bacterial cells-based system to recover ancient stone statues and frescoes; an image of these investigations gained the cover of the American Society for Microbiology Journal. She got a specific experience in the xenobiotic pollutants biodegradation such as plastics, pesticides, solvents etc. and has been involved in the promotion of  women scientists by welcoming young female students in her scientific European  projects, and participating, as a scientific referent, to the projects, such as Stages (Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science, 2012-2013), which support equal gender opportunity in science.

Editorial work and publications

Claudia Sorlini is author and co-author of more than 300 publications on international and national journals and  books chapters. Among the more recents:


(2018). Vigani G., Rolli E., Dell'Orto M, Michoud G, Soussi A., Raffafu N., Borin S., Sorlini C., Zocchi G., Daffonchio D. Root bacterial endophytes confer drought resistance and enhance expression and activity of a vacuolar H+ -pumping pyrophosphatase in pepper plants.Environ. Microbiol. May 22. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14272. 

(2018). Sorlini C. Agricoltura e alimentazione: quale futuro? Notiziario della Banca Popolare di Sondrio 137, 14-17.

(2016).Sorlini C. Cambiamento climatico, una sfida da vincere. In: Clima - il pianeta che cambia. Touring Club Italiano Milano. ISBN 978-88-365-7032-4, pag. 7-9.

 (2015). Expo 2015 EU Scientific Steering Committee - Fischler F., Wilkinson D., Benton T., Daniel H., Darcy-Vrillon B. Hefferman P., Kok E., Saarela M., Jakubczyc E., Sorlini C., Swinnen J., von Brown J. New ways of providing knowledge to tackle food and nutrition security: what should the EU do? European Union. EUR 27562 EN, doi: 10.2788/802016, Book.

(2015). Sorlini C., Dendena B., Grassi S. The mutifaceted nature of the agrifood world. In S. Veca (ed) The many faces of sustainability,  Feltrinelli, Milano, pp. 3-29.

Awards and prizes

The 2015 she received from the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the award of the Order to Merit of Italian Republic (Commendatore della Repubblica) for the  commitment  in environmental topics and dissemination of agriculture sciences also in developing countries. The same year she was awarded  from the Mayor of Milan of the civic  "Ambrogino d'oro"; and   from Pechino 20 - Making Women Congress:  the prize called  "Donne che ce l'hanno fatta" for her  commitment in art, science and society. Finally; from  Women and Technology Association:  the award "Tecnovisionarie: Women who face  the future" for the academic relevant contribution and for coordination of European and national  environmental  agriculture and bioenergy projects.    


Maria Pia Sormani

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: biostatistics, research methods

Keywords: autotransplant, biostatistics, cancer, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19 in people with multiple sclerosis, data analysis, MRI, multiple sclerosis, vaccines in people with multiple sclerosis

Region: Liguria


Professor of Biostatistics  at the University of Genoa, Italy

Professional career

She received her Master in Biostatistics at the University of Milan, her Master in Biophysics at the University of Pisa and her degrees in Physics at the University of Genoa, in Italy. She collaborated for more than ten years with the Neuroimaging Research Unit at the S.Raffaele Hospital in Milan, studying the methodological issues related to the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Multiple Sclerosis. She worked for about twelve years at the National Institute for Cancer Research in Genoa in cancer clinical studies. She is now Professor of Biostatistics at the Medical School at the University of Genoa, where she teaches Biostatistics and Research Methods to students in medicine. 

She serves on the National MS Society Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. She is Visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London.

Scientific results

Her main research interest is on methods for clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis, with a special focus on MRI outcomes.

Editorial work and publications

She is in the editorial Board of Multiple Sclerosis Journal and Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. She published more than 350 papers on peer reviewed journals, with an IF>1800 and an h-index=75 (Scholar).

Maria Grazia Speranza

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: operative research

Keywords: algorithms, finance, linear programming, logistics, optimization, transport

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of operations research and President of International Federation of Operational Research Societies, University of Brescia

Professional career

After the Bachelor degree in Mathematics in 1980 at the University of Milan, she took a post-graduate program in applied mathematics. In 1983 she became assistant professor of operations research at the University of Milan. She became associate professor in 1987 at the University of Udine. Since 1994 she is full professor at the University of Brescia. She was dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business from 2002 and 2008. From 2016 she is deputy rector of the University of Brescia.


Scientific results

The research activity of Maria Grazia Speranza is oriented to the study of mixed integer mathematical programming models, that is optimization models where a function is minimized or maximized subject to constraints and the variables must take integer values. Such models have been applied to several problems, in particular in the area of finance, where the decision concerns the investment of a capital in securities with the objective of  minimizing the risk while guaranteeing a given average rate of return, and to the area of transportation and logistics where location or distribution decisions must be taken with the objective of minimizing the costs while guaranteeing a given service level. Most recent research concerns the value of collaboration and shared mobility.

Editorial work and publications

Maria Grazia Speranza is editor of international scientific journals such as  Transportation Science and  EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics. She is author of more than 150 publications among which: 

(2018) Archetti C, Christiansen, M, Speranza MG. Inventory routing with pickups and deliveries,  European Journal of Operational Research,  268:314–324.

 (2018) Speranza MG. Trends in transportation and logistics,  European Journal of Operational Research, 264: 830–836.

 (2017) Guastaroba G, Savelsbergh M,  Speranza MG.Adaptive kernel search: A heuristic for solving mixed integer linear programs,   European Journal of Operational Research, 263: 789-804.

(2017) Archetti C, Boland N, Speranza MG. A matheuristic for the multi-vehicle inventory routing problem,  Informs Journal on Computing, 29:377-387.

(2016) Guastaroba G, Vigo D, Speranza MG.Intermediate facilities in freight transportation planning: a survey, Transportation Science, 50:763-789. 

Awards and prizes

In  2008-2009 she was Vice-President of IFORS (International Federation of Operation Research Societies). In  2011-2012 she was President of the EURO (Association of European Operational Research Societies). In 2014 she was President of the Transportation Science and Logistic Society of INFORMS (The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science). From 2019 to 2021 she is President of IFORS. She is member of scientific committees of the major conferences in the area of transportation and logistics. She has been chair of the  program committee of the IFORS conference in Quebec City in  2017. She was plenary speaker at several international conferences and in particular at Optimization days 2005 in Montréal  (together with John Nash) and at the 27th European Conference on Operational Research in Glasgow in 2015.


Maria Grazia Spillantini

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: molecular neurology

Keywords: Alzheimer, dementia, parkinson

Region: ABROAD


Professor of Molecular Neurology at the University of Cambridge

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Florence in 1981, she continued her education with a PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, obtained in 1993 working in the Molecular Biology Laboratory of the Medical Research Council. After a period as a CNR researcher in Rome she returned to Cambridge and since that moment her career developed within the same university: in 1997 she held the position of Lecturer of Neurology at the Clinical School, in 2002 she was Reader in Molecular Neurology and in 2007 Professor of Molecular Neurology in the Clinical School Department of Clinical Neuroscience.

Scientific results

Maria Grazia Spillantini's research concerns the mechanisms that lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and fronto-temporal dementia. Her internationally recognized scientific contributions include the identification of a particular protein (alpha-synuclein) as the main component of the characteristic protein deposits (Lewy bodies) present in the brains of patients suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia from Lewy bodies closely related to it. Another revolutionary discovery by Maria Grazia Spillantini concerning neurodegenerative diseases is the identification of a genetic mutation in the tau protein, which is aggregated in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and other diseases now known as tauopathies, as the cause of heredity of fronto-temporal dementia. She was the favorite pupil of the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Rita Levi Montalcini.

Editorial work and publications

She is the author of book chapters and more than 290 articles in international scientific journals, including:


(2015) Iovino M, Agathou S, González-Rueda A, Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera M, Borroni B, Alberici A, Lynch T, O'Dowd S, Geti I, Gaffney D, Vallier L, Paulsen O, Káradóttir RT, Spillantini MG. Early maturation and distinct tau pathology in induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons from patients with MAPT mutations. Brain, 138:3345-59.

(2014) Yang S, Cacquevel M, Saksida LM, Bussey TJ, Schneider BL, Aebischer P, Melani R, Pizzorusso T, Fawcett JW, Spillantini MG. Perineuronal net digestion with chondroitinase restores memory in mice with tau pathology. Experimental Neurology, 265C:48-58.

(2013) Mellone M, Kestoras M, Andrews MR, Dassie E, Crowther RA, Goedert M, Tolkovsky AM, Spillantini MG. Axonal transport alterations and increased sensitivity to toxic stimuli in a novel cellular model of progressive tau hyperphosphorylation and aggregation. Journal of Neuroscience, 33:18175–18189.

(2010) Hampton DW, Webber DJ, Bilican B, Goedert M, Spillantini MG, Chandran C. Cell-mediated neuroprotection in a mouse model of human tauopathy. Journal of Neuroscience, 30:9973-9983.

(2004) Bellucci A, Westwood AJ, Ingram E, Casamenti F, Goedert M, Spillantini MG. Neuroinflammation in mice transgenic for human P301S tau protein. American Journal of Pathology, 165(5):1643-52.

(1998) Spillantini MG, Crowther RA, Jakes R, Hasegawa M, Goedert M. a-Synuclein in filamentous inclusions of Lewy bodies from Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95, 6469-6473.

(1998) Spillantini MG, Murrell JR, Goedert M, Farlow MR, Klug A, Ghetti B. Mutation in the tau gene in familial multiple system tauopathy with presenile dementia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95, 7737-7741.

(1997) Spillantini MG, Schmidt ML, Lee VMY, Trojanowski JQ, Jakes R, Goedert M. a-Synuclein in Lewy bodies. Nature, 388, 839-840.

(1997) Spillantini MG, Goedert M, Crowther RA, Murrell J, Farlow MJ, Ghetti B. Familial multiple system tauopathy with presenile dementia: a disease with abundant neuronal and glial tau filaments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 94, 4113-4118.

(1989) Spillantini MG, Aloe L, Alleva E, De Simone R, Goedert M, Levi-Montalcini R. Nerve growth factor mRNA and protein increase in hypothalamus in a mouse model of aggression. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 86: 8555-8559. 

Maria Grazia Spillantini is also a member of the Editorial Board of Brain Pathology, Synapse, Neuropathology and Applied Neurology and associate editor of Brain and NPJ Parkinson's disease.





Awards and prizes


Maria Grazia Spillantini received numerous awards and recognitions including, in 1985, the Greppi Prize for research on migraine, in 1993 the Stephen Newburgh prize for biomedical research, in 1995 and 1998 the Moore prize of the American Society of Neuropathology. In 2000 she obtained the Potamkin prize of the American Academy of Neurology. Since 2002 she has been Honorary Citizen of Caprese Michelangelo in the province of Arezzo and a lifetime member of Peterhouse (the oldest collage of the University of Cambridge) and a member of Clare Hall since 1994. In 2003 she won the "Alessandro Agnoli" award from LIMPE. On the occasion of International Women's Day, 8 March 2012, she was awarded the Pieve Donna prize in Pieve Santo Stefano, and the following year she received the Simply Woman Award for scientific research. In 2010 she was appointed a member of the Academy of Medical Sciences of London, in 2013 she became a member of the Royal Society of London and in 2015 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Association of Frontotemporal Dementia, the Cotzias prize of the Spanish association of Neurology and the Van Andel Award for outstanding results in Parkinson's disease.


Debora Spini

History and Philosophy area

Competences: gender studies, history of political thought, political Philosophy, religions, social philosophy

Keywords: civil society, gender, populism, post-colonial/decolonial, Public Sphere, religion, secularisation/post-secularisation, theology

Region: ABROAD


Professor of Political Theory at New York University in Florence, currently Visiting Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Liberal Studies at the New York University Shanghai

Professional career

Spini graduated in Political Philosophy from the University of Florence in 1991. In 1995 she specialised in the History of Political Thought at the Scuola di Studi Superiori "Sant'Anna" in Pisa. Since 1998 she has taught Political Theory at Syracuse University in Florence and at New York University in Florence. Between 2003 and 2019 she is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Florence in Social Philosophy, in the Degree Course in Sociology and Social Research, where she teaches Social Philosophy from 2007 to 2011, and Philosophies of the Public Sphere from 2003 to 2007.

She is currently Visintg Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Liberal Studies at New York University in Shanghai.

Spini is a member of the Centro Studi "Confronti" (, of the Study Commission of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy ( and on the board of the Forum for Problems of Peace and War. (

She is President of the Protestant Cultural Centre Pietro Martire Vermigli in Florence ( and a member of the Italian Society of Critical Theory and the Italian Society of Political Philosophy.

Scientific results

Debora Spini's early research focused on Protestant theology and contractualist political thought in early modernity: the interaction between theology and politics is a line of research still present in her work.  Later, his interests focused on the transformations of the public sphere in the age of globalisation, including an important work on Civil society in the European Union and the GARNET project Identity and Legitimacy coordinated by F. Cerutti and S. Lucarelli.

Her current research concerns the role of religious groups in the public sphere, secularisation and post-secularisation, monotheism and violence, and the rise of xenophobic populism, with particular attention to gender issues. Spini has also worked on gender-based violence; he has organised several conferences on this topic for New York University in Florence, giving rise to a large network of scholars* and activists*. She is currently working on the relationship between gender-based violence and migration, in the framework of the Women and Migration project coordinated by D. Willis and E. Toscano (New York University). Toscano (New York University).

She has also developed a specific interest in Indian politics as an especially significant testing ground for many contradictions of modernity; she is often a guest lecturer at various academic institutions in India. 

Editorial work and publications

2021]Civil religion, uncivil society. A reflection on Baba Sahib Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s conception of a ‘religion for civil society’ in   B.R. Ambedkar: The Quest for Justice edited by A. Rathore Singh, OUP. 

[2020] Decolonizing Postsecularization, in «Annali  di Studi Religiosi», 21, , pp. 167-179.

[2020] Post – secolarizzazione e regressione politica. Cosa possiamo imparare dal caso del populismo di destra, in «Iride», Gennaio 2020, pp. 369-381; Populismo e religione, in B. Henry, A. Loretoni,  A. Pirni, M. Solinas, a cura di, Manuale di Filosofia politica, Milano, Mondadori, pp. 332-342.

[2019] Religion in the European Public Spheres, in L. Leonardi, G. Scalise, Social Challenges for Europe, pp. 127-141.

[2019] Unveiling Violence: Gender and Migration in the Discourse of Right Wing Populism in Women and Migration: Responses in Art and History, D. Willis, E. Toscano and K. Brooks Nelson (Openbook publishers, pp.135-154.

[2018] «Reformatio» and «Renovatio». A Relation between Sources and Future, in «Annali di Studi Religiosi», 19, pp. 95-111.

[2018] Elective Affinities and liaisons dangereuses. Luther’s Heritage and the New Spirit of Capitalism in «Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas», vol. 7, n. 13

[2018] Dio del popolo o popolo di Dio. Appunti per un’analisi del rapporto fra populismo e religione in N. Urbinati,  P. Blokker, M. Anselmi, a c.d,  Populismo di Lotta e di Governo, Milano, Feltrinelli.

[2017] A call to loyalty. Women bodies, Playground and Battlefields, in «Soft Power. Revista Euro-americana de teoria y historia de la politica y del derecho».

[2016] La coscienza protestante, Claudiana, a c.d., (con Bein Ricco E.), Claudiana.

[2010] Civil society and international governance, a c.d., con Armstrong D, Bello V, Gilson J, Routledge.

[2006]  La società civile post nazionale. Meltemi.

Elena Stanghellini

STEM area: Mathematics

Competences: causal inference, with applications in medicine, finance and economics, development of multivariate statistical models, graphical Markov Models, statistics

Keywords: corporate social responsibility, credit scoring, models for forecasting the default event in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), models for individual data in biomedicine and epidemiology

Region: Umbria


Full Professor of Statistics at the Università degli Studi di Perugia.

Professional career

Elena Stanghellini graduated in Economics at the Università degli Studi di Firenze in 1991, where she also completed in 1995 the Ph.D. in Applied Statistics. After a position as Research Fellow at the Open University in Milton Keynes (U.K.), in 1996 she awards a permanent position as Researcher in Statistics at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, where she became full professor in 2005.

In 2005 she is consultant to the Regional Institute of Economic Planning of Tuscany (I.R.P.E.T.) for a research about the analysis and forecasts of the regional tourist flows.

In 2007 she is Visiting Professor at the Center of Research in Statistical Methodology of the University of Warwick (U.K.). 

In 2007 she is consultant to the World Bank for a survey about the environmental perceptions and behaviours of the Teheran residents.

In 2008 consultant to IRPET for the analysis of competitiveness of the European Regions.

 In 2009 consultant to the Ministry of Treasure (Department UVAL) for the development of a methodology for the definition of urban and rural areas, based on socioeconomic variables.

From 2010 to 2012 she is a member of the Research Group for the Sustainable Investment Research Program (SIRP), funded by the Swedish Foundation MISTRA.

From 2011 to 2013 she participates in the research group “Identification of Graphical Markov Models with latent variables”, with annual meetings at the American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto.

From 2011 to 2014, she is a member of the Swedish research group SIMSAM, to study the long term effects on health of the exposure to risk factors during childhood. 

From 2013 to 2016 she is Director of the Ph.D. program in Mathematical and Statistical Methods for Economic and Social Sciences. 

From 2014 to 2019 she is appointed Deputy Rector for International Relationships. In this position, she was responsible of the relations with foreign Universities, Italian Ministries and the National University Council (CUN). Several missions abroad.

From 2015 to 2019 she is Affiliated Professor at the Umeå University (SE).  

In 2020 she is in the Advisory Board of the national Italian Bureau of Statistics (ISTAT) for the design and implementation of sample surveys to measure and monitor epidemiological parameters of COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, she is involved in two projects, in Lombardy and Tuscany, for the analysis of COVID-19 individual data.

In 2020 and 2021 she partecipates several times at the SKY TV program “The numbers of pandemic”. In 2020 she joined the Rotary E-Club “Due Mondi”, with meetings mainly online. Presently she teaches “Statistics” and “Statistical models for Credit Scoring” and “Graphical Markov Models”.

Scientific results

Her main scientific achievements concern (a) the extension of graphical models for continuous random variables to asymmetrically distributed random variables (b) the analysis of point or interval identifiability of statistical models with missing information and (c) causal inference. 

With reference to (a) she has derived the first extension of graphical models to include Extended Skew-Normal variates. With reference to point (b) she has derived condition of identifiability of graphical models for both Gaussian and discrete random variables with one dimensional confounding factor and condition for interval identification of continuous or binary response models under informative missingness of the outcome. With reference to point (c) she has derived the parametric decomposition of the total effect with binary mediators. 

All results have been derived in cooperation with researchers from Italian and foreign universities.  From the applied viewpoint, she has worked on micro econometric data to forecast the default event in SME, to study the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility and profitability. In epidemiology, she has been involved in the evaluation of the efficacy of a treatment in a case-control study and in the estimate of the unknown numbers of individual of an elusive population via capture-recapture methods. 


Editorial work and publications

Since 2011, she participates in the Editorial Board of the International Journal “Statistical Papers”.

She has published numerous scientific contributions, including the following.

[2021] Raggi M., Stanghellini E., Doretti M. Path Analysis for Binary Random Variables. Sociological Methods and Research. Forthcoming.

[2019] Stanghellini E., Doretti M.. On marginal and conditional parameters in logistic regression models. Biometrika, 106(3):732-739. 

[2018] Doretti M., Geneletti S., Stanghellini E. Missing Data: A Unified Taxonomy Guided by Conditional Independence. International Statistical Review86: 189-204.

[2014] Genbäck, M., Stanghellini E., De Luna X. Uncertainty Intervals for regression parameters with non-ignorable missingness in the outcome. Statistical Papers, 56(3): 829-847.

[2014] Nicolosi M., Grassi S., Stanghellini E. Item Response Models to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility. Applied Financial Economics, 24(22):1449-1464.

[2013] Stanghellini E., Vantaggi B. On the identification of discrete concentration graph models with one hidden binary variable. Bernoulli, 19(5A): 1920-1937.

[2011]. Hutton J.L., Stanghellini E. Modelling bounded health scores with censored skew-normal distributions. Statistics in Medicine, 30: 368–376. 

[2009] Stanghellini E. Introduzione ai metodi statistici per il Credit Scoring. Springer Verlag Italia. Monografia.

[2005] Stanghellini E., Wermuth N. On the identification of path analysis models with one hidden variable. Biometrika92(2):337-350.

[2004] Stanghellini E., Van der Heijden P.G.M. A multiple-record systems estimation method that takes observed and unobserved heterogeneity into account. Biometrics, 60: 510-516. 

[2003] Capitanio A., Azzalini A., Stanghellini E. Graphical Models for skew-normal variates. Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, 30: 129-144.

[1997] Stanghellini E. Identification of a single-factor model using graphical Gaussian rules. Biometrika 84: 241-244.

Awards and prizes

1997: Ex-aequo winner of the Prize for the best PhD Thesis in Statistics (VII Cycle) by the Italian Statistical Society.

1999: Recipient of the Jemolo Fellowship at the Nuffield College of the University of Oxford. 

2010 to date: Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

2011: Winner of the Square Grant by the American Institute of Mathematics.


Alessandra Stea

Economy and Finance area

Competences: private equity investments

Keywords: corporate acquisitions, corporate group, financial leverage, mergers, private equity

Region: Lombardy


Director at Private Equity Partners SGR Spa, management company of Italian regulated closed-end funds entirely subscribed by international institutional investors with high financial and professional profiles.

Professional career

After the honours Degree in Economic and Social Disciplines accomplished in 1999 at Luigi Bocconi University of Milan, Alessandra Stea developed her education through a period of training abroad attending the Chase Manhattan Bank Analyst Training Program in New York. Later she worked as Analyst and Investment Manager in the Italian Private Equity industry.

She currently serves as member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Private Equity Partners SGR Spa, Investindesign Spa, Italian Design Brands Spa, Gervasoni Spa, IFA Spa, Davide Groppi Srl, Saba Italia Srl.

Scientific results

Alessandra Stea today works as Director at Private Equity Partners SGR Spa, with specialization in M&A and divestment transactions in the mid-corporate market segment. In this framework she acquired significant skills in the reorganization and development of participated companies, in the structuring and execution of leveraged buy out and expansion financingtransactions and in the divestment of the participated companies in the capital markets. Her professional experience has been developed in particular in the management of the closed-end funds JP Morgan Italian Fund III and Private Equity Partners Fund IV.

She has been involved in different investment transactions, among which: Da Sistemi Spa, Wire Industries Spa, Trevisan Spa, Icos Impianti Group Spa, Tecnowind Spa, Impresa Costruzioni G. Maltauro Spa, Alessandro Rosso Incentive Spa, Mecaer Aviation Group Spa, Manutencoop Facility Management Spa, Euticals Spa, Italian Design Brands Spa, Gervasoni Spa, Meridiani Srl, Cenacchi International Srl, Davide Groppi Srl, Saba Italia Srl.

From May 2015 Alessandra Stea manages for Private Equity Partners Spa the Italian Design Brands (IDB) project - which aims at the promotion of an Italian Design district in the sector of High Quality Furniture - participating in the realization of several synergic transactions in the industry.

Paola Subacchi

Economy and Finance area

Competences: economic policy, finance, macroeconomics

Keywords: capital movements, China, governance, international financial institutions, international monetary system, renminbi/yuan

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Contract professor at the School of Political Science of the University of Bologna, senior fellow at Chatham House, London and non-executive director of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Professional career

After graduating in Political Economics at Bocconi University, she continued her education with a Masters degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in economic history at Bocconi University. After a period of post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and Bocconi University, in 1996 she began working in the City of London as an economist. From 2004 to 2017 she directed the international economics department of Chatham House in London. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard University and the University of Toronto, at the Institute of Monetary Research, Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo.

Scientific results

The research activity of Paola Subacchi focuses on the international monetary system and the governance of international financial institutions. One area of this activity is the internationalization of the Chinese currency - the renminbi or yuan - and its recent inclusion in the international monetary system. This research deals with the question of the limits of Chinese finance and their impact on the renminbi which remains a currency with limited international circulation and liquidity and which fails to counter the dollar's hegemony.

Editorial work and publications

The main (recent) publications by Paola Subacchi are:

(2017) Subacchi P. The People’s Money. How China is building a global currency. New York, NY: Columbia University Press

(2017) Pickford S, Subacchi P. The G7’s Task for Restoring Growth and Stability. Istituto Affari Internazionali, Roma

(2017) Subacchi P, Dongmin L, Haihong  G, Qiyuan  X, Yuanfang  L, Shuan  S, Oxenford  M. The ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative and the London Market - the Next Steps. Renminbi Internationalisation, London: Chatham House.

(2017) Bayoumi  T, Pickford  S, Subacchi P. Managing Complexity: Economic Policy Cooperation after the Crisis, Washington DC: Brookings Institution Press.

(2016) Colagrossi M, Subacchi P. The productivity puzzle: why improving labor productivity is critical for Europe. Nomura Foundation, Tokyo.

(2016) Van den Noord P, Subacchi P. Increasingly Apart: Post-Crisis Growth Trajectories in the UK and Eurozone.Chatham House Briefing Paper, London, Chatham House.


Awards and prizes

Paola Subacchi is a member of the Advisory Board of Wilton Park, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and of the executive committee of W (omen) 20, one of the G20 groups. She is a consultant for the internalization of Queen Mary, University of London. In 2016 she received the honor of Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti

International politics area

Competences: EU neighbourhood policies, EU_Russia relations, Russian foreign policy, Russi-Turkey relations

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: geopolitics of vaccines, European Union, foreign policy, post-soviet area, Russia, soft power, Sputnik V, vaccines

Region: Lombardy


Research Fellow at ISPI

Professional career

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti is a Research Fellow at the Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre at ISPI. Prior to that, she was a Marie Curie Fellow based at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, where she has also pursued her PhD in International Relations. She has worked as a junior researcher at the Brussels office of the Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue (FRIDE) and as a research assistant at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Salento, an MA in European Studies from the University of Roma Tre, and an MRes in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She is a member of WIIS (Women in International Security), an international network dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defence policy.

Scientific results

Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti  is an expert of Regional powers (Russia and Turkey and their relations with the EU) e non-Western readings of international relations and soft power.


Editorial work and publications

[Forthcoming] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “The Turkish framing of Democracy and Human Rights” in R. Marchetti & N. Levrat (ed.) Framing Power Europe? EU External Action On Democracy and Human Rights in a Competitive World, Routledge

[Forthcoming] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Power and Politics in the Field: Young, Female, European Researchers’ Experiences East of the EU” (with A.M. Lantukh), PRIMO Working Paper 

[2019] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: Ukraine's Elections: A Crucial Test for Regional Stability, ISPI Dossier, 29 marzo 2019,

[2019] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “How Does The European Union Perceive Russia’s Role In The Mena Region?” (with C.Lovotti), in The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?, aprile 2019, European Institute of the Mediterranean,

[2018] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “The Western Balkans: Still Living the EU Dream?”, ISPI Dossier, 14 maggio 2018,

[2018] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Russia’s Diplomatic Agenda: a Real Global Strategy?”, ISPI Dossier, 12 marzo 2018

[2017] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Linking Status with Soft Power: Call for a joint research agenda”, All Azimuth V0, N0, 1-9  6 luglio 2017 


[2017] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Building a Sphere of Influence in Their Neighbourhood. The Soft Power of Turkey and Russia”. PRIMO Working Paper No. 5, gennaio2017                             

[2014] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.* “Fatal Attraction? Russia’s soft power in its neighbourhood”, FRIDE Policy Brief, maggio 2014

[2014] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Russia: the limits of assertiveness” (with M. Laruelle), in G. Grevi and D. Keohane (ed.), Challenges for European Foreign Policy in 2014: The EU’s extended neighbourhood, Madrid/Brussels: FRIDE, gennaio 2014

[2013] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.:“The Eastern Partnership after Vilnius: stay the course and engage the people” (co-authored), FRIDE Policy Brief, dicembre 2013

[2013] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.:“Can the EU help foster democracy in Russia?”, FRIDE Policy Brief, ottobre 2013

[2012] Tafuro Ambrosetti E.: “Rusia está cambiando. Elecciones presidenciales 2012” (with C. Claudín), CIDOB Dossiers, marzo 2012

Awards and prizes

Turkey-EU Future Fellow 2018, Stiftung Mercator

Young Leader, Meeting Russia fellowship 2018, Picreadi Moscow

Marie Curie fellow, 2014-2017, European Commission

Lucia Tajoli

International politics area

Competences: economic growth, economic network, international trade, political economy

Keywords: economic integration, economy, international competition, international trade networks, trade policy

Region: Lombardy


Full professor of Economic Policy at Politecnico di Milano

Professional career

She graduated in Economics at Bocconi University in 1988, received her Diploma in Advanced International Economic Policy Research at the Institute of World Economics in Kiel (Germany) in 1991, and received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1994.

She is Professor of Economic Policy at the Department of Management Engineering of Politecnico di Milano. She is also a member of the Board of the same Department, with responsibility for international accreditations, and she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Digital Export Observatory of Politecnico. She teaches courses in Economics, International Economics and International Markets and European Institutions at Politecnico di Milano in undergraduate, postgraduate and postgraduate courses (MBA, EMBA and PhD). She has held teaching positions in International Economics at Bocconi University and at Sant'Anna School in Pisa, and she has been visiting scholar and visiting professor a number of times at the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, Ann Arbor (USA ).

Until July 2019 shi was member of the scientific committee of the Italian Trade Study Group. She is a senior research fellow at the Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) in Milan, she is a member of the scientific committee of the Italian Trade Agency (ex-ICE), of the scientific committee of the Masi Foundation, and the European Trade Study Group. He is a member of the Regency Committee of the Milan branch of the Bank of Italy. 

Scientific results

She has been research coordinator of research projects of relevant national interest (PRIN) on European integration and the Italian competitive position, on international trade and on multilateral trade policies. Her research activity focuses on theoretical and empirical issues related to international trade and economic integration between countries, in particular through the fragmentation of international production and participation in global value chains.

Recent research projects carried out or underway include: "The use of trade data to understand the market penetration of climate technologies", research project funded by EBRD; “Non-tariff measures, standards and certifications in international trade of the 21st century,  project funded by Accredia; "Digital exports of Italian companies", report of the Digital Export Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano with the cooperation of Italian Trade Agency; "The role of international fragmentation of production in global imbalances during the international financial crisis", a basic research project funded by the Politecnico di Milano; "International trade and network analysis", a research project of national interest funded by MIUR.

Editorial work and publications

[2018] Tajoli, L., De Lombaerde P., Iapadre P., McCranie A.,  Using Network Analysis to Study Globalization, Regionalization and Multi-Polarity, in Introduction to Special Section, Network Science, Vol. 6, issue 4, December.


[2018] Tajoli, L., Piccardi C., Complexity, centralization, and fragility in economic networksin PLoS ONE n. 13 (11): e0208265. 


[2018] Tajoli, L., Felice, G., Global value chains participation and knowledge spillovers in developed and developing countries: An empirical investigation, in European Journal of Development Research, Vol. 30, Issue 3, pp. 505-532.       


[2018] Tajoli, L., Cingolani, I., Iapadre, L., International production networks and the world trade structure, in International Economics, vol. 153.  


[2018] Tajoli, L., De Benedictis L., Global and local centrality of emerging countries in the world trade network, in Networks of International Trade and Investment. Understanding globalisation through the lens of network analysis, S. Gorgoni, A. Amighini, M. Smith (Eds.), Vernon Press.     


[2018] Tajoli, L., Abbate, A., De Benedictis, L., Fagiolo, G., Distance-varying assortativity and clustering of the international trade network, in Network Science, 1-28. 


[2018] Tajoli, L., Piccardi C., Riccaboni, M., Z. ZhuRandom walks on the world input–output network, in Journal of Complex Networks.


[2017] Tajoli, L., Cingolani I., Panzarasa, P., Countries’ positions in the international global value networks: Centrality and economic performance, in Applied Network Science, vol. 2, pp. 2-21.


[2017] Tajoli, L., Iapadre P., Assessing Globalization and Regionalization Through Network Indices, in Indicator-based Monitoring of Regional Economic Integration, P. De Lombaerde e Edgar Saucedo, eds., UNU/Springer.

[2017] Tajoli, L., Internazionalizzazione delle imprese, crescita economica e accordi commerciali, in Stato e Mercato.


[2016] Tajoli, L., De Benedictis L., Comparative advantage and centrality in the world network of trade and vale added: an analysis of the Italian position, in Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX.


[2016] Tajoli, L., Giusti S., The pros and cons of de facto Polish opting out of EMU, in Europe in Crisis. A structural analysis, L.S. Talani ed., Palgrave Macmillan. 

Valeria Talbot

International politics area

Competences: Gulf monarchie, International Relations of the Middle East, Turkey’s domestic and foreign politics, UE Mediterranean countries relations

Keywords: Middle East, Turkey

Region: Lombardy


Senior Research Fellow, Co-head Middle East and North Africa Centre, ISPI (the Italian Istitute of International Political Studies)

Professional career

Valeria Talbot is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of the Middle East and North Africa Centre of the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). She is also a lecturer at the Master in Middle Eastern Studies (MIMES) of the Alta Scuola of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart where she teaches Euro-Mediterranean Relations. From 2015 to 2017 she was Lecturer of History and Institutions of the Middle East at the IULM University of Milan. For several years she has been coordinating ISPI’s short courses on "Europe and the Mediterranean" and "The Gulf countries: crises, challenges and economic diversification", where she also teaches. Furthermore, she has lectured at the Doing Business Master in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East of the New Institute of International Business (NIBI) of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan and in other training courses.

She is invited to conferences and seminars in Italy and abroad on the issues of her competence, on which she is also interviewed by Italian and foreign media.

After graduating in Political Science at the University of Catania, she earned a Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.


Scientific results

Her main researches areas focus on political and security dynamics in the enlarged Mediterranean area, with a particular focus on the role of external actors, on socio-political transformations triggered by the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, on Turkey's policy in the Middle East and towards Asia, on the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and on the intra-Gulf crisis.

Since 2015, she has worked on the organization the Rome MED Dialogues annual conference that ISPI organizes in collaboration with the Italian Foreign Ministry. Among other things, she is scientific coordination of the MED Report, which collects the analyses of Italian and international experts on the issues of the Mediterranean area and the Middle East.

Since 2016, Valeria Talbot has been responsible for the quarterly report "Focus Mediterranean in a broader context" created by the ISPI for the International Political Observatory of the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, for which over the years it has also contributed with ad hoc work on Turkey and on Euro-Mediterranean relations.

From 2013 to 2016, she was scientific coordinator for ISPI’s Arab Trans project, a three-year project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Program. The project, which involved a consortium of twelve members between European and Arab universities and research centers, analyzed socio-political transformations in seven Arab countries based on survey data conducted in such countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia). Since 2013, she has collaborated in the realization of the Treccani-ISPI geopolitical Atlas. From 2010 to 2016, she was the scientific coordinator of the Med & Gulf Executive Briefings project, carried out in collaboration with Intesa Sanpaolo and Promos Chamber of Commerce of Milan, for Italian companies and organizations interested in business opportunities in the enlarged Mediterranean area.


Editorial work and publications

Valeria Talbot has coordinated and edited various research projects. She writes commentary and articles in Italian and English for ISPI and online and printed magazines.

From 2007 to 2011, she was editorial coordinator of the ISPI’s review "Quaderni di Relazioni Internazionali".


Among its main publications:


Abbot P., Maggiolini P., Talbot V., Teti A., The EU’s Southern Neighbourhood Policy after the Arab Uprisings - A Failure Foretold, Palgrave, Forthcoming.

[2019] Talbot, V., Lovotti, C. (eds), The Role of Russia in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Strategy or Opportunism?, EuroMeSCo Joint Policy Study n. 12 

[2018] Talbot, V., Torelli, S. M. (eds), Building Trust: the Challenge of Peace and Stability in the Mediterranean, ISPI MED Report.

[2018] Talbot, V. (ed.), Turkey: Towards a Eurasian Shift?, ISPI Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Torelli S. M. (eds), Looking Ahead: Charting New Path for the Mediterranean, ISPI MED Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Fasulo F., ‘The MENA Region: Where the Belt Joins the Road’, in Amighini A. (ed.), China’s Belt and Road: a Game Changer?,  ISPI Report.

[2017] Talbot, V., Frappi C., La politica estera della Turchia, Report for the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

[2017] Teti, A., Maggiolini, P., Talbot, V. and Abbot, P., MENA Populations' Perceptions of Key Challenges, International context, and the Role of the European Union, Arab Transformations Working Paper n. 9.

[2016] Talbot, V., Torelli, S. M. (eds), Leaving the Storm Behind: Ideas for a New Mediterranean.

[2015] Talbot, V., Lovotti, C., Il rilancio della cooperazione euro-mediterranea, Report for the Italian Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, October.

[2015] Talbot, V.  (ed.), The Rising Gulf. The New Ambitions of the Gulf Monarchies, ISPI Report.

[2015] Talbot, V.  (ed.), The Uncertain Path of the New Turkey, ISPI Report. 

Giuseppina Marilia Tantillo

STEM area: Clinical sciences and nutrition science

Competences: food safety, veterinary medicine

Keywords: apiculture, biomolecular analysis, chemical risk, commercial frauds, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: impact on the food packaging, Covid-19: persistence of the virus on the industries, food technology, nutritional quality, sanitary controls

Region: Apulia


Full Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary of Medicine (DIM) of University of Bari within the Scientific-Disciplinary Sector VET/04 “Food Safety”. Disciplines Taught including “Food Laboratory and Food Industry practices”, “Chemical analysis of foods and food products”, “Technology and hygiene of milk, meat, fish, eggs and honey”, “Food microbiology”.

Lecturer in various research PhD courses. Formerly lecturer in various Italian Public Institutes specialized in “Public  Health Services”, “Food Science”, “Meat Hygiene and Technology”

Formerly Lecturer in Food Processing Training Programmes (courses held in local Health Agencies, Desease Prevention Institutes and Food Industries)

Professional career

From 2004  to 2014 Director of Specialisation School in “Hygiene and Technology of milk and dairy products” at the University of Bari and from 2014 to 2017 Director of the Specialisation School “Food inspection” at the University of Bari.

From 2002 to 2010 Coordinator of the Doctoral School “Produzione, qualità e sicurezza degli alimenti di origine animale”.

From 2002 to 2005 President of the 1st degree course in “Scienze zootecniche e Sanità degli alimenti”.

From 2005 to 2008 President of the 2nd degree course in “Igiene e Qualità degli alimenti”.


Scientific results

Professor Tantillo leads many specialistic academic courses on:

-      microbiological, biomolecular and chemical characterization of food products;

-      Good Practices and HACCP procedures in food chain production.

Professor Tantillo is expert in food safety control by DNA-based, microbiological and chemical methods.

The research fields include: detection of xenobiotic compounds (mycotoxins, dioxins, PCBs, PAHs, Marine Biotoxins) in foodstuff by advanced chemical techniques; development of analytical techniques for the analysis of mycotoxins in food and feed; food microbiology; quality of honey and beehive products; hygienic-sanitary quality of traditional products.

Professor Tantillo is Scientific Coordinator of several national and international Research Projects, aimed to guarantee food safety, to assess the nutritional and functional quality of food, to develop technological innovations for food preservation, and to detect food frauds using molecular-based technologies.


Editorial work and publications

[2018 ] Terio, Valentina, Bottaro, Marilisa, Di Pinto, Angela, Fusco, Giovanna, Barresi, Teodosio, Tantillo, Giuseppina, Martella, Vito (2018). Occurrence of Aichi virus in retail shellfish in Italy. FOOD MICROBIOLOGY, vol. 74, p. 120-124, ISSN: 0740-0020, doi: 10.1016/


-          [2017 ] Terio V, Bottaro M, Pavoni E, Losio M N, Serraino A, Giacometti F, Martella V, Mottola A, Di Pinto A, Tantillo G. Occurrence of hepatitis A and E and norovirus GI and GII in ready-to-eat vegetables in Italy. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 249:61-65, ISSN: 0168-1605, doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro. 2017.03.008.


-          2017] Di Pinto A, Terio V, Marchetti P, Bottaro M, Mottola A, Bozzo G, Bonerba E, Ceci E, Tantillo G. DNA-based approach for species identification of goat-milk products,Food Chemistry, 229:93-97, ISSN: 0308-8146, doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem. 2017.02.067.


[2016] Mottola A, Bonerba E, Bozzo G, Marchetti P, Celano G V, Colao V, Terio V, Tantillo G, Figueras M J, Di Pinto A. Occurrence of emerging food-borne pathogenic Arcobacter spp. isolated from pre-cut (ready-to-eat) vegetables. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 236:33-37, ISSN: 0168-1605, doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro. 2016.07.012


[2015] Di Pinto A, Bottaro M, Bonerba E, Bozzo G, Ceci E., Marchetti P, Mottola A, Tantillo G. Occurrence of mislabeling in meat products using DNA-based assay, Journal of Food Science and Tecnology, 52:2479-2484, ISSN: 0022-1155, doi: 10.1007/s13197-014-1552-Y.




Renata Targetti Lenti

Economy and Finance area

Competences: economic development, political economy

Keywords: income distribution, institutions, poverty

Region: Lombardy

Professional career

Renata Lenti (conjugated Targetti), born in Milan on August 20, 1941, graduated with honors in Economics and Commerce from the Bocconi University in 1965. She obtained the title of Master of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967. Extraordinary and then Professor of Political Economics at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Pavia from 1987 to 2008. In the Faculty Renata Lenti Targetti has taught as a professor in numerous courses in Economics. During the 1990s, the organization of the "Erasmus system" was actively employed on behalf of the Faculty. He also directed - from 2005 to 2008 - the Study Center for Extra-European People Cesare Bonacossa of the University of Pavia. In parallel with the teaching and research activities carried out at the Faculty of Political Science of Pavia, Renata Lenti Targetti held courses at the Bocconi University in Milan until October 2012. She also regularly collaborated with teaching activities at the International Master in "Cooperation and Development" (European School of Advanced Studies) of Pavia and the Master in "International Affairs" organized by the ISPI of Milan. She has also been a member of the teaching staff of the Doctoral School in Economic Policy of the Università Cattolica del S.Cuore, based in Piacenza, entitled "Quantitative methods for economic policy". From December 8th 2009 she is Corresponding Member of the Lombard Institute-Academy of Sciences and Letters. Since September 2013 she is professor emeritus of theUniversity of Pavia.

Scientific results

The research activity of Renata Targetti Lenti has resulted in the publication of numerous essays (64) and three monographs on the themes of development and underdevelopment, on the market structure of natural resources and raw materials, on the functional and personal distribution of income, on poverty, on theories of distributive justice, on the construction and use of Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) and Computable General Equilibrium Models (CGE) based on SAMs.

Scientific activity has followed mainly four directions:

1) Renata Lenti has prepared and coordinated numerous research projects aimed at deepening the knowledge of different aspects of inequality and poverty by abandoning the usual aggregated

setting that hides within it controversial points in favor of a disaggregated vision in order to better explore the relationship between inequality and growth and to assess the impact of public policies on income distribution. Particular attention has been dedicated to analyzing the factors at the root of inequality and poverty, and policies aimed at fighting them. These issues were anlysed both from a theoretical and applied point of view with particular reference to the links between income distribution and the features of the economic system. The work of an applied nature has had as its object the Italian reality.

2) A second line of research has been the analysis of the problems related to the construction and use of Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) as simulation models of alternative public policies. Numerous recent works have also been dedicated to the search for an innovative analysis scheme that explains the links between functional and personal income distribution. Many theoretical and applied essays can be included in this line of research.

3) A third line of research has been to analyze some of the main problems of development with particular reference to the relations between democracy and development and to the structural characteristics of some countries such as China or India.

4) A fourth line of research has been to analyze the thinking of some political philosophers on economic analysis. The works were dedicated in particular to retracing the thoughts of J. Rawls, Amartya K. Sen with reference to the construction of a theory of justice. The contribution of Van Parijs has been analyzed with reference to his proposal for a citizenship income.



Editorial work and publications

Main works

A) Books

- Economia delle materie prime: forme di mercato e politiche di controllo, Giuffre, Milano, 1979.

- Struttura produttiva e distribuzione personale del reddito: una verifica del caso italiano, Giuffrè,

Milano, 1984.

B) Main works on “Income distribution”

- Relazioni tra distribuzione personale e distribuzione funzionale dei redditi: uno schema d’analisi,

“Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia”, novembre-dicembre 1980 (con Bottiroli

Civardi M.).

- Distribuzione personale e funzionale dei redditi in un processo di sviluppo economico, “Rivista di

Politica Economica”, anno LXXII, novembre 1982.

- Effetti redistributivi dell’IRPEF e dei trasferimenti sul reddito disponibile delle famiglie in Italia,

“Rivista di diritto finanziario e Scienza delle finanze”, anno XLIX, fascicolo 3, settembre 1990,

pp.345-380 (con Bottiroli Civardi M.).

-Povertà: problemi di concettualizzazione e di identificazione delle variabili causali, “Rivista di

Politica Economica”, anno LXXXII, maggio 1992 (con Chiappero Martinetti E.)

- Profili reddituali, livello d’istruzione e diseguaglianza nella distribuzione personale dei redditi in

Italia, Convegno Internazionale “Tecnologia e Società ”, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, 5-6

aprile 2001 (con Bottiroli Civardi M.).

- Social capital, individual social capital and sustainable growth in the industrial districts,

“RISEC”, n.2, giugno 2004 (con Lodigiani E. e Missaglia M.).

C) Main works on SAM

- The distribution of Personal Income at the Sectoral Level in Italy: A SAM model, “Journal of

Policy Modeling”, 10(3), 1988, pp. 453-468 (con Bottiroli Civardi M.).

- I modelli di equilibrio economico generale calcolabile (CGE) e la metodologia SAM, “Giornale

degli Economisti e Annali di Economia”, luglio-agosto 1989, pp. 309-345.

- CGE Models Based on SAM’s Approach: Simulation for the Italian Economic System, “Economic

Notes”, vol.21, n.3, 1992, pp. 526-565 (con Bottiroli Civardi M.).

- Multiplier Decomposition, Inequality and Poverty in a SAM Framework, “Rivista di Statistica

Ufficiale”, n.1, 2008, pp.31-58 (con Bottiroli Civardi M.).

- Extensions to the Multiplier Decomposition Approach in a SAM Framework: An Application to

Vietnam, (con Bottiroli Civardi M., Vega Pansini R.), “Economic Systems Research”, Vol.22, No 2,

2010, pp.111-128.

- Can the link between functional and personal income distribution enhance the analysis of

inequality? (con Civardi M.), International Review of Economics, Springer;Happiness Economics

and Interpersonal Relations (HEIRS), vol. 65(2), pages 137-156, June.

D) Main works on economic development

- Democrazia e sviluppo: una relazione complessa, “Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali”,

2009, n. 2, pp. 273-306.

- Democrazie e sviluppo:un rapporto virtuoso?, in: Calchi Novati G. ( a cura di) “Asia, una

transizione sostenibile”, Asia Major 2009, pp. 31-44.

- India e Cina nel processo di integrazione internazionale, in: Calchi Novati G. ( a cura di)

“L’Alternativa Sud-Sud, chi vince e chi perde”, Asia Mjor 2011, pp.31-64 (con Beretta S.).

- L'India nel processo di integrazione internazionale. Dal primo al secondo unbundling e la

posizione dell'Italia, (con Beretta S.), “Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia Pubblica e

territoriale”, n.2/2010.

- India in the outsourcing/offshoring process: a western perspective, “Economia Internazionale”,

vol. LXIV, No.3, agosto 2011, pp. 269-296 (con Beretta S.).

E) Main works on the thinking of some political philosophers

- Sul contributo alla cultura dei grandi economisti: Libertà, diseguaglianza e povertà nel pensiero

di Amartya K. Sen, "Rivista Milanese di Economia", n.50, 1994.

- Principi di giustizia e stabilità delle istituzioni nel pensiero di J. Rawls “Rivista Milanese di

Economia”, n. 54, aprile-giugno 1995.

- Libertà, diseguaglianza e povertà nel pensiero di Amartya K. Sen, “Aggiornamenti Sociali”, n. 4,


- Reddito di cittadinanza e minimo vitale, “Rivista di diritto finanziario e Scienza delle finanze”,

anno LIX, fascicolo 2, 2000.

- Il reddito di cittadinanza: giustificazioni teoriche e problemi di sostenibilità in: Lunghini G., Silva

F., Targetti Lenti R., (a cura di) Politiche Pubbliche per il Lavoro, Il Mulino, 2001.

- L’idea di giustizia per Amartya K. Sen, “Nuova Antologia”, Ottobre-Dicembre 2010, pp.320-332.

F) Altri saggi

- Di Fenizio e l'economia politica di Keynes, “Il Politico”, anno LXVIII, n.2, 2003, pp.285-306

(con Lunghini G.).

- Di Fenizio e l'economia politica di Keynes, in: Garofalo G., Graziani A., La formazione degli

economisti in Italia, (1950-1975), Il Mulino, Bologna, 2004, pp.155-181 (con Giorgio Lunghini).

- Libero Lenti e il dibattito sulla politica economica in Italia. Dalla ricostruzione alla

programmazione, “Il Politico”, maggio-agosto 2004, pagg. 205-23 (con Beretta S.).

- Sviluppo e declino del sistema economico italiano,“Il Politico”, anno LXXVI, n. 3, 2011, pp. 72-


Stefania Tarquini

STEM area: Engineering

Competences: aerospace engineering, spacecraft operations

Keywords: ESA (European Space Agency), space, Spacecraft

Region: ABROAD


LEO Spacecraft Operations Engineer in EUMETSAT, the European Meteorological Satellite Organization

Professional career

Stefania Tarquini graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 and in 2012 she obtained a Master of Science is Space Engineering, including a study experience abroad to develop her Master thesis in the United States at the Pennsylvania State University.

During her studies, she worked in her free time for an extra-curricular project, the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). The spacecraft ESMO was a project of the European Space Agency, managed in cooperation with the English company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the first lunar spacecraft to be designed, built and operated by students across ESA Member States and ESA Cooperating States. Stefania Tarquini worked for one year as a technical engineer for the propulsion subsystem, before becoming in charge of the whole team of Politecnico di Milano, leading more than 10 students with engineering tasks for the propulsion sub-system and coordinating the activities with the industry.

Only four months after graduation, Stefania Tarquini is hired by Telespazio Vega Deutschland (Finmeccanica group) as Spacecraft Controller in Darmstadt, Germany, where she was executing routine and contingency operations for the GEO satellites Meteosat 7, 8, 9 and 10 and their relative ground stations.

During the two years as Spacecraft Controller, Stefania Tarquini was noticed for her technical and managerial skils and in 2015 she was hired directly by EUMETSAT as Spacecraft Operations Engineer for the Metop series of satellites, part of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) program, which provides direct observations about ocean, land and atmospheric parameters to be used for weather forecast and climate monitoring.

In 2018 she had a leading role for the launch of Metop-C, the last satellite of the series. Stefania Tarquini was acting as Customer Representive and interface between EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency, which was in charge of the Launch and Early Operation Phase (LEOP) activities. She was also coordinating the activities of the team for the Spacecraft In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) phase, when all the satellite instruments are switched on, tested and operated for the first time.

After the Metop-C launch in November 2018, Stefania Tarquini now follows the routine operations of the Metop series of satellites as platform expert and she leads an End-Of-Life Technological Test project on the Metop-A satellite, which includes as well finding stable solutions to de-orbit the satellite in a “clean” way with no space debris.

In the following years Stefania Tarquini will participate as well to the operations preparation of the EPS-SG constellation, the second generation of more modern Metop satellites to be launched in 2023.

Scientific results

During the research experience in the United States to develop her Master thesis, Stefania Tarquini worked for the selection of a new superhydrophobic material with anti-icing properites to be used on helicopter rotor blades. The work included design of aerodynamic profiles and testing of the specimens on real rotor blades in an icing chamber at the “Penn State Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence”, developing afterwards several publications on the topic.

Throuought the ESMO project she acquired an extensive knowledge of satellite propulsion subsystems, focusing especially on liquid propellants but not forgetting as well solid and hybrid combustion materials, the latter the main focus of the research for her Bachelor thesis about new materials for innovative hybrid propellants.

Nowadays ’s main area of expertise is in the field of Spacecraft Operations for a Low Earth Orbit satellite, with three-axis stabilization and with focus on Earth Observation. She specializes in satellite platforms, with focus on attitude and orbit control, power and thermal subsystems.

As Spacecraft Operations engineer, her strengths are also about quick problem solving and spacecraft anomaly handling: the Metop satellites have short windows of commandability and the team has to be able to react quickly in case of need.

As Metop Platfrom Team Leader for EUMETSAT, She is also in charge of coordination with the Industry Spacecraft Provider Airbus and aftr additional studies to obtain the PRINCE2 certification in Project Management, she is now the Project Manager for Metop-A End of Life. 

Editorial work and publications

[2018] S. Tarquini,”Planning an End-Of-Life Technology Test Campaign for the Metop-A satellite”, Proceeding of SpaceOps Conference 2018, Marseille.

[2014] S. Tarquini, C. Antonini, A. Amirfazli, M. Marengo & J. Palacios, “Investigation of Ice Shedding Properties of Superhydrophobic Coatings on Helicopter Blades”, Cold Regions Science&Technology, 100, 50–58.

[2013] S. Tarquini, Carlo Antonini, A. Amirfazli, J. Palacios, M. Marengo, “Assessing Icephobicity Of Superhydrophobic Surfaces As Passive Coating Icing Mitigation Strategy On Helicopter Blades”, Proceeding of ILASS 2013, Chania, Crete, 1-4 September 2013. 

[2012] S. Tarquini, L. Ferrario, A. Devereaux, L. Rossettini, “Design and Development of a Dual Mode Bipropellant Propulsion System for the European Student Moon Orbiter”, Proceeding of 3AF-ESA-CNES Space Propulsion 2012, Bordeaux, 7-10 May 2012.

Awards and prizes

Prize "PoMiLIA-61" for the most outstanding dissertation of 2012 in the topic of innovative solutions to save energy in the aerospace sector (Jul 2013).

Loredana Teodorescu

International politics area

Competences: EU neighbourhood policies, EU policies on migration and asylum, European governance, European Union, EU’s foreign policy, international relations

Keywords: boundaries, European Union, foreign policy, immigration, international cooperation, link between domestic and foreign policy, Mediterranean, security, women

Region: Lazio


Head of European and International Affairs, Istituto Luigi Sturzo; Research Associate, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Professional career

After graduating in International Relations - European Union Policies and Institutions, she obtained a PhD in Political Science-European and International Studies at the University of Roma Tre, focusing her research on the link between internal politics and external action of the European Union in the migration field.

She has been working at Luigi Sturzo Institute since 2011 first as research project manager and then, from 2018, as Head of European and International affairs, developing, coordinating and managing numerous research projects and starting and consolidating external relations and partnerships.

After a visiting  fellowship of almost two years in Brussels at the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies, she was appointed Research Associate, developing research and analysis mainly on EU immigration policies. She collaborates with the chair of EU law and institutions and the Altiero Spinelli Center of excellence (CeAS) of Roma Tre University. She participates in the activities of the Fundamental Rights Platform of the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Consultative Forum of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), as CeAS delegate. She worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Italian EU Presidency, mainly dealing with diplomatic relations between Italy and Romania.

Specialized in European policies and migration policies, with many years of experience in the development, management and coordination of research initiatives and projects, in policy analysis and in external and institutional relations, she collaborates with numerous think tanks and public and private institutions.

In Febrary 2020 she was appointed segretary of Women in International Security Italy.

Scientific results

She mainly deals with European affairs and international relations, and has a specific expertise in the European Union's migration policy (internal to the EU and external cooperation with third countries).

Her areas of interest include EU's foreign, neighbourhood and cooperation policy; EU governance and integration; EU politics and policies; security and borders; human rights; gender issues.

On these issues she develops and coordinates research projects, holds university lectures and participate in working groups and debates within institutions, universities, think tanks and non-governmental organizations, and writes articles and analysis.

Editorial work and publications

Author of numerous analyses and briefings produced as part of research projects promoted by Luigi Sturzo Institute, Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies and Altiero Spinelli Center of Excellence of Roma Tre University.

Her publications include:

Women as key players for mediation, peace and security, in Quaderns de la Mediterrània 28/29, Civil Society in the Mediterranean Mirror, IEMED, 2019

Culture della Repubblica per l’Europa (ed. with Luigi Giorgi), Quaderni di Civitas, Editoriale Scientifica, 2019

Politica esterna di immigrazione dell’Unione europea e suoi legami con la dimensione interna,inLa Cittadinanza europea, Franco Angeli, anno XVI, n.2, 2018

Beyond emergency measures: the need for a holistic and truly European approach to migration, in European View, Vol. 2, Sage, October 2018

Ambition versus reality: partnering on migration with the neighbours, in European View, Vol. 1, Springer, June 2017

The external dimension of EU migration policy: framing the issue, inMigrants and Refugees across Europe, European Studies, European University Press, Vol. 2, 2017

Security and Migration: Balancing the Security of External Borders and the Responsibility to Protect (con Vít Novotný), in Tungul L. (ed.), in Solutions to the Political Challenges of 2017, WMCES-KAS-TOPAZ, 2016

L'Unione europea e la sfida dell'immigrazione, in Libertà Civili, Ministero dell'Interno, Rodorigo Editore, n. 4, 2013

Un' Europa più attraente per i migranti altamente qualificati: considerazioni sulla Carta Blu UE, in La Cittadinanza europea, Franco Angeli, Anno X, n.2, 2013

Lo sviluppo di una politica di immigrazione dell'Unione europea, Working paper, Centro Altiero Spinelli-Polo di eccellenza Jean Monnet, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, 2011

Awards and prizes

From 2019: member of WIIS Italy (Women in international security) Committee and member of the European network Brussels Binder Beyond, aiming at encouraging the participation of women in public debates.

Appointed member of the Network of European Policy Experts promoted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation - Berlin office (2017) and of the Network of immigration experts promoted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Tunis, Regional Program of Political Dialogue in the Southern Mediterranean (2018).

2017: selected to participate in the Brussel Forum's Young Professional Summit sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

2015: appointed as a member of the Italian-German group of Young Leaders promoted by the Adenauer Foundation, offices in Rome and Berlin.

Awarded three research grants by the Altiero Spinelli Center of Excellence at Roma Tre University for projects on immigration, security policy and EU cooperation policy (2011, 2013, 2015).

Teaching Assistant (Cultrice della materia) in Law and Politics of the European Union at Roma Tre University, Faculty of Political Science.

Ines Testoni

STEM area: Psychology and neurosciences

Competences: dignity therapy, end-of-life education, Photo-Therapy

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, critical incidents in prison, death, living will, media communication, moral distress among physicians, mourning, palliative care, resilience and spirituality, social denial of death, suicide

Region: Veneto


Associate professor of Social Psychology and Director of the Master in Death Studies & The End of Life at University of Padua

Professional career

After graduating in Applied Psychology at University of Padua in 1989, she continued her studies for a Specialization in "Clinic and Theory of Systemic Therapy" at the "Gregory Bateson Center", Niguarda Ca' Granda Hospital in Milan. In 1995 she graduated in Theoretical Philosophy with Professor Emanuele Severino at Ca' Foscari University, in Venice. In 1996 she obtained the specialization in "Cultural and Social Anthropology" at the University of Padua. In 1991 she was appointed as assistant under command from the Ministry of Education to the chair of Social Psychology at University of Padua, where she became a researcher in 1999 and associate professor in 2003. In 2017 she obtained the national qualification as full professor.

During her activity she leaded countless national and international projects, among which two European ones. She was Visiting Professor at the Universidade De Caxias do Sul (UCS), at the Semmelweiss University of Budapest (Hungary).

At University of Padova, she has been teaching at the Doctoral School in "Social Sciences. Interactions, Communication, Cultural Constructions"; teaches "Psychology of group and system relations" and "Fundamentals of Social Psychology" at the SPGI Department, and "Psychology of end-of-life relationships, bereavement, loss and death" at the FISPPA department, where she created and has been leading the Master in “Death Studies and the End of Life”, continually since 2008. Since 2018 she has been a research fellow at the Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, University of Haifa (Israel).

Scientific results

She is affiliated to numerous research organizations among which: the Italian Society of Palliative Care (SICP) and of the parallel European Association of Palliative Care (EACP), she is part of the Steering Group of the Bereavement Network in Europe (BNE); International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA); Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organizations (FEPTO). Furthermore, she is a member of the National Conference of Masters in Palliative Care and Pain Therapy, established by the Ministry of University and Research (MIUR), and has been scientific director of about ten international conferences on the topics of death, dying and palliation.

Her research is centred on Severin's concept of "nihilism", in particular on the representations of death as annihilation, on which her fundamental themes are pivoted among which: psycho-thanatology, Death Education, grief processing and treatment, human death attitudes/behavior and pathological suffering (suicide, drug addiction, anorexia and suicide, gender-based violence); loss, grief and mourning; social construction of bio-political and bio-ethical management of death; Dignity Therapy; Informed consent; Mind-brain conceptualization and social representation of death; Self-determination and biological will; Death/spirituality/religiousness; Coping with death and dying; Terror Management Theory; Counselling and therapy;  Professional training; Psychodrama and photo-voice/photo-therapy for mourners; Death and "sociatry" in social violence (gender based violence and discrimination; mafia dynamics).

Editorial work and publications

Ines Testoni is the author of about ten volumes and curator of about as many texts, about a hundred articles and contributions to collective works of national and international importance, including:

Testoni, I., Piscitello, M., Ronconi, L., Zsák, É., Iacona, E., Zamperini, A. (2019) Death Education and the Management of Fear of Death Via Photo-Voice: An Experience Among Undergraduate Students, Journal of Loss and Trauma, doi: 10.1080/15325024.2018.1507469

Testoni, I., Ronconi, L. Noppe Cupit, I., et al. (2019) The effect of death education on fear of death amongst Italian adolescents: A nonrandomized controlled study, Death Studies, doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1528056

Testoni I., Mariani C., Zamperini A. (2018). Domestic Violence Between Childhood Incest and Re-victimization: A Study Among Anti-violence Centers in Italy, Frontiers in Psychology,  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02377

Testoni, I., Ronconi, L., Palazzo, L., Galgani, M., Stizzi, A., Kirk, K.(2018). Psychodrama and moviemaking in a death education course to work through a case of suicide among high school students in Italy. Frontiers in Psychology, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00441

Testoni, I., De Cataldo, L., Ronconi, L., & Zamperini, A. (2017). Pet loss and representations of death, attachment, depression, and euthanasia. Anthrozoös, doi:10.1080/08927936.2017.1270599

Luisa Torsi

STEM area: Chemistry

Competences: analytical chemistry, bioelectronics, diagnostics, materials science and technology

Keywords: analytical chemistry, bioelectronics, biosensors, coronavirus, Covid-19, environment, hiv, inventions, materials science, nanotechnologies, odor machine, sensors, virus detection, women and science

Region: Apulia


Full professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari (Italy) and adjunct professor at the Abo Academy University in Finland.

Professional career

She holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in Chemistry from UNIBA and was a post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs in the USA. In 2010 Torsi was awarded the H.E. Merck Prize by the well-known multinational company, and to date she is still the only woman to have received this prestigious international award. In 2019, she was awarded the Distinguished Women Award by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - IUPAC. She was also the only woman president of the European Material Research Society which, with more than 4000 members, is the largest of its kind in Europe. Torsi is the author of more than 200 papers, some of which have been published in high impact journals such as Science and Nature. Her work has garnered almost 13,000 citations, contributing to an h-index of 54 (google scholar). Research funding of more than €26 million includes several national and European projects, of which Torsi is often the coordinator. Luisa Torsi is also highly engaged as a role model for young female scientists. In a recent Bracco Foundation campaign, she starred in a TOPOLINO story as Louise Torduck, a successful scientist from the Calisota Valley.

Scientific results

Luisa Torsi's research focuses on bio-electronic transistor systems capable of detecting a single protein marker or a single virus in a real, non-pretreated sample of blood or saliva (10 zeptomolar concentration). The interface of the device, which responds in a few minutes and can be manufactured at low cost, is orders of magnitude larger than the single protein to be detected. This is a world record based on the Single-Molecule with a large Transistor -SiMoT technology patented by Torsi and his group in 2018. The prospect is the development of ultra-sensitive, fast, low-cost and high-reliability diagnostics for ultra-early screening of progressive diseases such as cancers and both viral and bacterial infections.

Editorial work and publications

Torsi has authored almost 200 ISI papers, including papers published in Science, Nature Materi-als, Nature Communications, PNAS and is co-inventor of several awarded international patents. Her works gathered almost 11.000 Google scholar citations resulting in an h-index of 50 (ISI h-index: 43).

(2020) Macchia E., Picca R.A., Manoli, K., Di Franco, C., Blasi, B., Sarcina, L., Ditaranto, N., Cioffi, N., Österbacka, R., Scamarcio, G., Torricelli, F., Torsi L.* About the amplification factors in organic bioelectronic sensors. Materials Horizons, 7, 999 – 1013. 2020 Materials Horizons most popular article.

(2019) Macchia, E., Tiwari, A., Manoli, K., Holzer, B., Ditaranto, N., Picca, R.A., Cioffi, N., Di Franco, C., Scamarcio, G., Palazzo, G., Torsi, L.*Label-free and selective single-molecule bioelectronic sensing with a millimeter-wide self-assembled monolayer of anti-immunoglobulins. Chemistry of Materials, 31, 6476-6483.

(2018) Macchia, E., Manoli, K., Holzer, B., Di Franco, C., Ghittorelli, M., Torricelli, F., Alberga, D., Mangiatordi, G.F., Palazzo, G., Scamarcio, G., Torsi, L.* Single mo-lecule detection with a millimetre-sized transistor. Nature Communications, 9, 3223; Highlighted in Nature:

(2017) Holzer., B., Manoli, K., Ditaranto, N., Macchia, E., Tiwari, A., Di Franco, C., Scamarcio, G., Palazzo, G., Torsi, L. Characterization of Covalently Bound Anti-human Immunoglobulins on Self-assembled Monolayer Modified Gold Elec-trodes. Advanced Biosystem, 1, 1700055.

(2016) Macchia E, Alberga D, Manoli K, Torsi L, et al. Organic bioelectronics probing conformational changes in surface confined proteins. Scientific Reports, 6, 28085

(2015) Macchia E, Giordano F, Magliulo M, Torsi L, et al. An analytical model for bio-electronic organic field-effect transistor sensors.Applied Physics Letters, 106(2). 

(2015) Afzal A, Di Franco C, Mesto E, Torsi L, et al. Au/In2O3 and Au/ZrO2 composite nanoparticles via in situ sacrificial gold electrolysis.  Materials Express, 5(3):171-179

(2015) Mulla M Y, Tuccori E, Magliulo M, Torsi L, et al. Capacitance-modulated transistor detects odorant binding protein chiral interactions, Nature Communications, 6,6010

(2015) Palazzo G, De Tullio D, Magliulo M, Torsi L, et al. Detection Beyond Debye's Length with an Electrolyte-Gated Organic Field-Effect Transistor. Advanced Materials, 27(5):911-916. 

(2013) Torsi L et al. Organic field-effect transistor sensors: a tutorial review. Chemical Society Reviews, 42(22):8612-8628. 

(2008) Torsi L, et al. A sensitivity-enhanced field-effect chiral sensor. Nature Materials, 7(5): 412-417. 

(1995) Dodabalapur A, Katz EH, Torsi L, et al. Organic Heterostructure Filed-Effect Transistors.Science, 269 (5230):1560-1562. 

(1995) Dodabalapur A, Torsi L, Katz EH. Organic Transistors - 2 dimensional transport and improved electrical characteristics. Science, 268 (5208):270-271.

Awards and prizes

In 2010, she was the first Italian and the first woman to win the Henrick Emmanuel Merck Prize for Analytical Sciences, an international award given to scientists who have invented a method of analysis capable of improving the quality of life of citizens. She received it for the invention of the bio-electronic sensor that can be printed on plastic or paper.

In 2013 she was awarded the itwiin prize as "Best Italian inventor of 2013" by the Italian Association of Women Inventors and Innovators.

In 2015 Euwiin International 2015 (European Union WomenInventors&Innovators Awards) awarded her the title of Best European Inventor in the "Inventor" section (first place overall).

In 2015 she was the President of the European Material Research Society, the first woman to hold this position.

In 2021, it was awarded the Wilhelm Exner Medal, a prestigious award conferred since 1921 in the presence of the Austrian President by the Austrian Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to celebrate excellence in research and science.



Daniela Trabattoni

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: clinical cardiology, invasive cardiology

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: acute coronary syndromes, Covid-19: gender medicine, gender-specific medicine, preventive medicine

Region: Lombardy


Chief, Invasive Cardiology Unit;

Director,  Women Heart Center

Centro Cardiologico Monzino, IRCCS- Milan


Professional career

Graduation in Medicine at the University of Milan in 1992; board in Cardiology at the University of Milan in 1997.

Visiting fellow in the Intravascular Ultrasound Laboratory, Catheterization Lab, Washington Hospital Center (1997-1998).

In 1998 she becomes staff member of the Cath Lab at the Centro Cardiologico Monzino and Assistant Director in 2014. She is elected Chief of the Invasive Cardiology Unit at the same Institute in October 2017 and Director of the Women Heart Center, she founded in 2017, focused on cardiovascular prevention in women. 

Teaching clinical cardiology at the postgraduate cardiology school, University of Milan.

She is elected committee member of the National Superior Institute of Health (ISS) for cardiovascular devices evaluation in 2011 and member of the ISS committee for a ministerial consensus document on gender-based medicine.


Scientific results

Daniela Trabattoni focuses her research interests in interventional cardiology section, evaluating factors possibly affecting PCI outcomes, according to different coronary devices use. She has studied cardioprotective tools adopted during primary angioplasty as adjunctive therapy for a faster left ventricle function recovery, after acute myocardial infarction.

She has studied potential correlations between patent foramen ovale and migraine and compared different occluder devices in PFO closure.

She actively contributed to the writing of the national consensus document on antiplatelet treatment management in patients with previous coronary stenting addressed to any surgery, by the GISE (Italian Society of Invasive Cardiology).

She has studied safety and efficacy of short-term antiplatelet therapy after drug-eluting and drug-coated stents in high-bleeding risk patients.


Actively working at international collaborative research projects:


1.      Acute and 30-day outcomes in women after TAVR: Results from the WIN-TAVI (Women’s International Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) Real World Registry. JACC Cardiovasc Interv.2016


2.     Perioperative management of antiplatelet therapy in patients with coronary stents undergoing cardiac and non-cardiac surgery: a consensus document from Italian cardiological, surgical and anesthesiological societies.  Eurointervention, 2014;


3.      Acute procedural and six-month clinical outcome in patients treated with a dedicated bifurcation stent for left main stem disease: the TRYTON LM multicentre registry. EuroIntervention, 2013


Editorial work and publications

She is reviewer of national and international cardiology journals (G Ital di Cardiologia, J Cardiovasc Medicine, International J Cardiology, Cathet Cardiovasc Interv, Cephalalgia, Circulation Cardiovasc Interventions)


Editorial Board member: J Endovasc Therapy (2010-2013); Journal of Hypertension and Immunotherapy (2017); BMC Cardiovascular Disorders (2017)



She authored and co-authored 518 papers (114 peer-review manuscripts, 400 abstracts, 4 chapters book) on national and international journals.




1)    D. Trabattoni, AL. Bartorelli, F. Fabbiocchi, P. Montorsi, P. Ravagnani, M. Pepi, F. Celeste, A. Maltagliati, G. Marenzi, W.O’Neill. Hyperoxemic perfusion of left anterior descending coronary artery after primary angioplasty in anterior ST-elevation myocardial infarction. Cathet and Cardiovasc Interv, 2006; 67:859-865.DOI:10.1002/ccd.20704



2)    D. Trabattoni, F. Fabbiocchi, P. Montorsi, S. Galli, G. Teruzzi, L. Grancini, P. Gatto, A.L. Bartorelli. Sustained long-term benefit of PFO closure on migraine. Cath Cardiovasc Interv, 2011; 77 (4):570-574.doi: 10.1002/ccd.22826                                                                                                          


3)    D. Trabattoni,A. Bartorelli.IVUS in bifurcation stenting: what have we learned? Eurointervention suppl 2010; 6: J88-J93. doi: 10.4244/EIJV6SUPJA14                                 

4)    D. Trabattoni,F. Fabbiocchi,S. Galli, P. Montorsi, A. Lualdi, L. Grancini, Ravagnani, A.L. Bartorelli. Sex difference in long-term clinical outcome after sirolimus-eluting stent implantation. Coron Artery Dis, 2011; 22(6):442-6. DOI 10.1097/MCA.0b013e3283475056                                                             


5)    Trabattoni D, Gaspardone A, Sgueglia GA, Fabbiocchi F, Gioffrè G, Montorsi P, Calligaris G, Iamele M, De Santis A, Bartorelli AL. AMPLATZER versus Figulla occluder for transcatheter patent foramen ovale closure. EuroIntervention. 2017;12(17):2092-2099. doi: 10.4244/EIJ-D-15-00499.


6)    Trabattoni D, Fabbiocchi F, Montorsi P, Galli S, Ravagnani P, Calligaris G, Teruzzi G, Grancini L, Troiano S, Ferrari C, Bartorelli AL. A Long-term Single-center Registry of 6,893 Patients Undergoing Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention With the Xience Everolimus-Eluting Stent.J Invasive Cardiology, 2019; in press



Awards and prizes

Fellow of the Italian Society of Cardiology  (1995-present).

Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (2001-present)

Member of the Italian Group of Invasive Cardiology  (2001-present)

Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (2005-present)

Member of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) (2007-present)

Rosa Camuna award – by Regione Lombardia (2009)



Antonella Trigari

Economy and Finance area

Competences: labor economics, macroeconomics, monetary economy

Keywords: economy

Region: Lombardy


Associate Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics "Ettore Bocconi" of Bocconi University

Professional career

After graduating in Economics and Business at Bocconi University in 1998, she continued her education with a PhD in Economics from New York University. From 2003 to 2009 she was Assistant Professor at Bocconi University, and from 2009 Associate Professor. Since 2016 she has been Council Member of the European Economic Association (EEA). She was a Research Fellow of CEPR, IGIER and Baffi Carefin Center. She won several international grants for her research. She was a consultant for the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Bank of England. She made visiting periods at numerous universities and central banks including New York University, the University of Southern California, the Bank of England, the New York Fed, the Norges Bank, and the Riksbank.

Editorial work and publications

She was Associate Editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics from 2009 to 2016. From 2015 she is Panel Member of Economic Policy. She has published in prestigious international scientific journals such as the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Monetary Economics.

Below is a selection of the most relevant publications:

(2016) Gertler M, Huckfeldt C, Trigari A. New Hires Wage Cyclicality, Match Quality and Unemployment Fluctuations. NBER Working Paper No. 22341.

(2015) Trigari A. Comment on Long-Term Nonemployment and Job Displacement. 2014 Jackson Hole Symposiumon Re-evaluating Labor Market Dynamics, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pp. 389-409.

(2013) Sala L, Soderstrom U, Trigari A. Structural and Cyclical Forces in the Labor Market during the Great Recession: Cross-Country Evidence. NBER International Seminar on Macroeconomics 2012, The University of Chicago Press.

(2012) Monacelli T, Perotti R, Trigari A. Taxes and the Labor Market, in (Céspedes L. and Galì J. eds.), “Fiscal Policy and Macroeconomic PerformanceCentral Banking”, Analysis and Economic Policies Series, Central Bank of Chile, vol. 17, ch. 2, pp. 27-58.

(2011) Monacelli T, Quadrini V, Trigari A. Financial Markets and Unemployment. NBER Working Paper No. 17389.

(2010) Sala L, Soderstrom U, Trigari A. The Output Gap, the Labor Wedge, and the Dynamic Behavior of Hours. CEPR DP No. 8005.

(2010) Monacelli T, Perotti R, Trigari A. Unemployment Fiscal Multipliers. Journal of Monetary Economics, 57(5):531-553.

(2009) Gertler M, Trigari A. Unemployment Fluctuations with Staggered Nash Wage Bargaining. Journal of Political Economy, 117(1): 38-86.

(2009) Trigari A. Equilibrium Unemployment, Job Flows and Inflation Dynamics. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 41 (1):1-33.

(2008) Gertler M, Sala L, Trigari A.  An Estimated Monetary DSGE Model with Unemployment and Staggered Nominal Wage Bargaining. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 40(8):1713-1764.

(2008)  Sala L, Soderstrom U, Trigari A. Monetary Policy under Uncertainty in an Estimated Model with Labor Market Frictions. Journal of Monetary Economics, 55 (5):983-1006.

(2008) Quadrini V, Trigari A. Public Employment and the Business Cycle. Scandinavian Journal of Economics109 (4):723-742.




Clara Troncon

STEM area: Physics

Competences: nuclear physics, particle physics

Keywords: CERN, geneva, higgs boson, nuclear physics, standard model

Region: Lombardy


Senior researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Milano section.


Professional career

Graduated in Physics at the University of  Trieste in 1977. In 1978 Summer Student at CERN, Geneva (CH) and then PHD student in Trieste. In 1979 I have been awarded an Amelia Earhart Fellowship from the Zonta International Foundation. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 as a way to support women interested in aerospace-related sciences and engineering and is awarded annually through an international competition to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in this area.

In 1980 I have been awarded a Research Grant from the Fondazione “Angelo Della Riccia”. The grants are intended to subsidize research periods abroad for Italian young postdoctoral researchers or advanced graduate students in Physics. The recipients are selected annually,  through a competition at a National level.  The “Angelo Della Riccia” grant contributed funding my first postdoctoral position at CERN.

I became staff researcher in INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) in Trieste in 1983 and then moved to Milano.

I am scientific associate at CERN since 1978.

Scientific results

I have participated to an important discovery and to prominent measurements in the field of Elementary Particle Physics with accelerators,  i.e.  studies of properties of Heavy Flavours,   precision measurements of Standard Model, including the search and then discovery of Higgs boson and search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. My research activity starts at CERN, where in 1979-1986 I studied charm physics within the experiments of European Hybrid Spectrometer (EHS) at the Super Proton Syncrotron (SPS) accelerator. In 1986-2000, I participated to DELPHI experiment at the Large Electron Positron (LEP) accelerator, where I contributed to precision measurements of Z0 and W bosons, to tests of Standard Model and search for Higgs boson, as well as to the construction, operation and upgrade of its silicon vertex detector. In 1997 I joined the project to construct the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, playing an important role in the construction of the pixel detector. After the installation of this detector, (2008-present), I dedicated to the search, discovery  and study of Higgs boson and to the search of SUSY particles and BSM physics.

Regarding Instrumentation I work (1986-present) in the development of silicon detectors, both microstrip and pixel detectors, as well as in the construction, commissioning and operation of vertex detectors.


Editorial work and publications

Member of the INFN Evaluation Panel working group (2012-present)

Italian delegate in the CERN Advisory Committee of CERN Users (2013-present)

ACCU representative in the CERN Scientific Information Policy (2015-present)

Member of GEV02 (Gruppo Esperti della Valutazione per le Scienze Fisiche) (2015-2017) for the VQR 2011-2014 (Valutazione della qualita’ della Ricerca)  (ANVUR-MIUR) and coordinator of subGEV02 (Fisica sperimentale, Particelle e Nucleare)

Elected member of the INFN CSN1 (Commissione Scientifica Nazionale 1 –   Particle physics with accelerators) (2006-2012)

Referee of Babar experiment (INFN) (2006-2012) in CSN1

Awards and prizes

more than 1100 publication.

-         h-index in Google Scholar: 164

-         H-index ISI/Web of Science: 88

-         H-index SCOPUS : 86

Most prominent publications:

(2013) ATLAS Collaboration, Aad G, Troncon C, et al. Evidence for the spin-0 nature of the Higgs boson using ATLAS data. Physical Review Letters B, 726, 120-144.

(2012) ATLAS Collaboration, Aad G, Troncon C, et al. Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC. Physical Review Letters B, 716, 1-29.

(2010) ATLAS Collaboration, Aad G, Troncon C, et al. Observation of a Centrality-Dependent Dijet Asymmetry in Lead-Lead Collisions at √sNN=2.77 TeV with the ATLAS Detector at the LHC. Physical Review Letters, 105, 252303.
(2008) ATLAS Collaboration, Aad G, Troncon C, et al. The ATLAS Experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. JINST 3: S08003.
(1998) Accomando E, Troncon C, et al. Physics with e+ e- colliders. Physics Report C, 299, 1. Amsterdam (Olanda).

Filomena Tucci

Economy and Finance area

Competences: statistics

Keywords: big data, coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: emergency communication and transparency, Covid-19: impact on consumers, Covid-19: public procurement, data analysis

Region: Calabria


Co-founder of InGreen. Area Manager great Place to work.

Lecturer and digital advisor at the Master of Economics and Management of the University of Pisa in Florence.

Lecturer at the Master of Public Economics of the Sapienza University of Rome.

Professional career

Graduated in Economics with honors from the University of Calabria, she obtained a Master's degree in Statistics at the University of Bari with merit scholarship and an Independent Phd cum laude in Public Governance at the IASSP (Institute of High Strategic and Political Studies) from Milan.

Ted Speaker for community of Siena Lecce Bari Suzzara.

In recent years Filomena Tucci has been an advisor for numerous companies including University of Pisa, University of Lisbona,University of Alexandria in Egypt,  University of Lecce, Contamination Lab Unicalab, Mecar, Brodolini Foundation for FRA (fundamental Rights agency), Brainsigns, Fablab Catania, Cloud Consulting of Rome, Foneclay Italia, MPS-marketing problem solving, MG.

He has edited over 70 electoral campaigns of politicians including Gentiloni, Spacca, Vendola, Occhiuto, De Filippo, Fratoianni, Marini, Delli Noci, Laricchia, attualmente nei team di supporto per le elezioni a Massafra e Milano.

She has been and is the organizational director of university masters on Marketing and Data management.

During March-April 2019 Invited by State Dep. of United States of American for the important program on leadership “small and medium enterprises as engine of prosperity”.

In his spare time he coordinates the Eskillsforwomen community on women's digital skills on the net.

Scientific results

Together with other engineering professionals, in 2014 he founded InGreen, an integrated environmental engineering design company, monitoring and reducing pollution sources (air, electromagnetic, acoustic) and SMART life.

Editorial work and publications

Filomena Tucci is the author of numerous books including Soft Revolution (published by l'Erudita), and YesWe Stem (published by Street Lib Writ). 

She has also written the Telecomitalia social book and Holden writer school "We have a dream" and "brothers at school". 

He collaborated in The scientific book Network in 2020 with the essay “The body new object. The Opinion of the Italians", Yearbook 2014 with the essay "More spaces for young innovators, the recipe for "change everything"; at the 2013 edition of the same yearbook with "Italy one country for young people" to that of 2012 with "Research and competitiveness", to that of 2011 with "Social responsibility and youth models".

Digital periodic articles on Mediaduemila, Donne online, Italian digital revolution.

Awards and prizes

2019 “Innovation is Woman” Mediaduemila Chamber of Senate Italy

2019 “IVLP International Visitor Leadership Program” State Dept USA

2017 the "012Factory" Award in Caserta as "Best innovator for entrepreneurship" and the same year won the "Gogol" Award in Cosenza for the book "Soft Revolution", in which he described the first signs of rebirth of the South.

2016 Filomena Tucci received the "FIDAPA Award" in Reggio Calabria as "Excellent Woman in Entrepreneurship".

Nadia Urbinati

History and Philosophy area

Competences: history of political thought, political theory

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Covid-19: emergency policies, democracy, leadership, populism, power, tasformations of political representation

Region: ABROAD


Full professore of Political Theory at the Columbia University in the City of New York.

Scientific results

Nadia Urbinati's research interests focus on modern and contemporary political thought, with particular attention to liberalism and democratic, theories of political representation and sovereignty, and more recently populism. 

She has contributed to the revival of political representation in democratic theory; she has developed a definition of populism in power as a form of democratic based on direct representation of the leader.

Editorial work and publications

Nadia Urbinati has contributed essays to several books in English on representation, participation and democracy. He has published numerous articles in the academic journals "American Political Science", "Political Theory", "Constellations", "Philosophy and Social Thought", "Micromega", "Iride", "Raison Politique", "Lua Nova", "Rivista di filosofia", "Rivista critica di storia della filosofia". 

Authored books:

[2021] Me the People. How Populism Transforms Democracy, Harvard University Press.

[2020] I pochi contro i molti. Il conflitto politico nel ventunesimo secolo, Laterza.

[2019] Me The People: How Populism Transforms Democracy, Harvard University Press (translated in Italian, Spanish and Arabic).

[2017] Articolo 1, Carocci. 

[2015] The Tyranny of the Moderns, Yale University Press.

[2014]  Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and The People, Harvard University Press (translated in Italian, Turkiish, Russian) 

[2013] Democrazia in diretta. Le nuove sfide della rappresentanza, Feltrinelli.

[2011] La mutazione antieguaglitaria, Laterza.

[2011] Liberi e uguali. Contro l’ideologia individualista, Laterza.

[2007] Ai confini della democrazia. Oppurtunità e rischi dell’individualismo democratico (Donzelli) 2006. Representative Democracy: Principles and Genealogy, Chicago University Press (translated in Italian ans Spanish)

[1991] Le civili libertà. Positivismo e liberalismo nell’Italia Unita, Marsilio.

Co-authored books:

[2020](with L. Vandelli), Democrazia e sorteggio, Einaudi (chapters translated in Franch).

[2017] (with) Marzano, La società orizzontale. Liberi senza padri, Feltrinelli.

Edited books:

[2019] Thinking Democracy Now. Annale Feltrinelli, Feltrinell.

[2000] Piero Gobetti, On Liberal Revolution, edited with an introduction, Yale University Press.

1994. Carlo Rosselli, Liberal Socialism, edited with an introduction, Princeton University Press.

Co-edited books:

[2012] (with S. Luke) Condorcet: Political Writings, Cambridge University Press.

[2009] (with G. Recchia) Giuseppe Mazzini on Nation Building, Democracy, and Intervention, Princeton University Press (translated in Italian).

Awards and prizes

1991-92. CNR Prize for the best research in the class of Political Philosophy.

2002. His book Mill on Democracy: From Athenian Polis to Representative Government received the David and Elaine Spitz Prize for the best monograph published that year on democratic and liberal thought. 

2008. Lenfest Distinguished Columbia Faculty for research and teaching. 

2008 the President of the Republic awarded her the honour of Commendatore of the Italian Republic with the following motivation: "Through her academic activity and her publications she has made a significant contribution to the deepening of democratic thought and the promotion of writings in the Italian liberal and democratic tradition abroad".

2020. Capalbio Prize for Political Non-fiction for the book Io, il popolo come il populismo trasform la democrazia. 

Katia Varani

STEM area: Biomedical sciences and biotechnology

Competences: cellular pharmacology

Keywords: anxiety, cancer, chronic diseases on an inflammatory basis, chronic pain, Huntington's korea, multiple sclerosis

Region: Emilia-Romagna


Associate Professor of Pharmacology,Department of Medical Sciences and University Center for Studies on Gender Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy

Professional career

After graduating in Biological Sciences at the University of Ferrara in 1988, she continued her studies obtaining a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology in 1996. After that, she became Assistant Researcher in Pharmacology and from 2009 to date is Associate Professor in Pharmacology, Department of Medical Sciences, University Center for Studies on Gender Medicine, University of Ferrara.

Scientific results

The research themes of Katia Varani and her group are well represented by the pharmacological, biochemical and molecular study of adenosine receptors that have an important role in the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the immune response. The interaction of adenosine receptors is studied in neurodegenerative diseases (Huntington's chorea, Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis), in chronic and neuropathic pain, in cardiovascular disorders such as hypertension and heart failure, inflammatory diseases and cancer. Some studies show that A3 adenosine receptors represent a possible therapeutic target for preventing the development of mesothelial pleural tumors after exposure to asbestos. Other studies have shown that stimulated A2A adenosine receptors have an anti-inflammatory role in chronic inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, preclinical studies have shown that allosteric modulators of A1 adenosine receptors are endowed of analgesic and anxiolytic properties. The development of new potential drugs acting on adenosine receptors could constitute a valid and innovative pharmacological tool that could be very useful in clinical therapy.

Editorial work and publications

Katia Varani contributed of 232 full scientific publications on international refereed journals with impact factor (total IF: 1234). She is included in the Top Italian Scientists of the VIA Academy with a ranking of 68. Google Scholar: H index = 61; Sum of the citations: 10288.

5 Selected Publications:


-Borea PA, Gessi S, Merighi S, Vincenzi F, Varani K (2018). Pharmacology of Adenosine Receptors: The State of the Art. Physiology Review 98(3):1591-1625.

-Borea PA, Gessi S, Merighi S, Vincenzi F, Varani K (2017). Pathologic overproduction: the bad side of adenosine. British J Pharmacology174:1945-1960.

-Tabrizi M, Baraldi PG, Borea PA, Varani K (2016). Medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, and potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoid CB2receptor agonists. Chemical Reviews 116:519-560.

- Borea PA, Gessi S, Merighi S, Varani K (2016). Adenosine as a multi-signalling guardian angel in human diseases: when, where and how does it exert its protective effects? Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, S0165-6147(16)00041-9.

- Preti D, Baraldi PG, Moorman AR, Borea PA, Varani K (2015). History and perspectives of A2Aadenosine receptor antagonists as potential therapeutic agents. Medicinal Research Reviews, 35(4):790-848.

Nicla Vassallo

History and Philosophy area

Competences: Espistemology, gender studies, Metaphysics

Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19: gender medicine, feminism, gender, identity, Knowledge, LGBT+

Region: Liguria


Associate as Emerita Researcher at ISEM-CNR. Professor of PhD "Fino" and Full Professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Genoa and Alumna King's College London.

Professional career

Nicla Vassallo graduated at the University of Genoa and specialised in Advanced Philosophy at King's College - University of London. After obtaining a PhD in Philosophy of Science, she worked first as a research fellow and then as a researcher. In 2002 she qualified as Associate Professor in Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Catania, and in 2004 as Full Professor in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bergamo. From 2003 to 2008 she was Visiting Professor at the Psychology Faculty at the University Vita-Salute of Milan, where she lectured Epistemology. Since 2005 she has been a Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy (now Dafist) of the University of Genoa, teaching Philosophical Propaedeutics, Philosophy of Knowledge and Epistemology. She now teaches Theoretical Philosophy and is a member of the teaching staff of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy called "Fino", a consortium comprising four universities (Genoa, Pavia, Eastern Piedmont, Turin). She is an Associate as Emerita Researcher at ISEM-CNR and Alumna King's College London.

Scientific results

Nicla Vassallo works mainly in the field of Analytic Philosophy. Her primary research and teaching areas are Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Knowledge, Gender Studies.

In recent years she has been responsible for seven research projects for the CNR (National Research Council). She has been a member of the board of directors of SIFA (Italian Society of Analytical Philosophy), of the Urban Studies Centre, of CRESA (Centre for Research in Experimental and Applied Epistemology); of the Scientific Committee of Comitato Permanente di consulenza del Forum per le politiche di genere of the University of Padua, of O.N. DA (National Observatory on Women's Health), of Sapere, of the LGBT Themes Portal (Council of Ministers, Equal Opportunities Department, National Antidiscrimination Office Unar), of the Board of Referees of CIVR (Committee for Research Evaluation) for VTR (the first Italian Research Evaluation Exercise). 

She was also Miur's referee for “Programma per Giovani Ricercatori – Rita Levi Montalcini” 2010, for the VQR (University Research Quality Assessment) and for Futuro in Ricerca from 2011 to 2013. 


Editorial work and publications

Besides regularly contributing to the cultural pages of various newspapers, magazines and blogs, Nicla Vassallo has served and serves as referee for the following publications, and publishers: Carocci, Codice Edizioni, Dialectica: International Journal of Philosophy, Editori Laterza, Epistemologia: Rivista Italiana di Filosofia della Scienza, European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, FrancoAngeli, Giulio Einaudi Editore, il Saggiatore, Iride: Filosofia e discussione pubblica, Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate, Mind & Society, Nordicum-Mediterraneum, Rivista di Estetica, Rivista di Filosofia Neo-Scolastica, Teoria politica, Ulisse Biblioteca. 

She is a member of Scientific and Editorial Boards of several national and international scientific journals and is the author of more than 150 articles in Italian and English that have appeared in philosophical journals, editions, conference proceedings and encyclopedias; she has published thirty books.

Her latest Authored Books: 

(2019) Non Annegare: Meditazioni sulla conoscenza e sull'ignoranza. Mimesis, Milano.

(2015) Il matrimonio omosessuale è contro natura: falso!. Laterza, Roma-Bari. 

(2015) Breve viaggio tra scienza e tecnologia, con etica e donne. Orthotes, Napoli-Salerno.

(2012) Conversazioni. Mimesis Edizioni, Milano.

(2011) Per sentito dire. Conoscenza e testimonianza. Feltrinelli, Milano.

Her latest Co–authored Books:

(2021) Fatti non foste a viver come bruti. Brevi e imprecise itinerary per la filosofia della comoscenza, Mimesis, Milano

(2019) Contextualism, Factivity and Clousure". Springer, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London.

(2015) Frege on Thinking and Its Epistemic Significance. Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington.

(2010) Piccolo trattato di epistemologia. Codice Edizioni, Torino. 

Her latest Edited Books: 

(2021) Fatti non foste a viver come bruti. Mimesis, Milano.

(2017) La donna non esiste. E l'Uomo? Sesso, Genere e identità. Codice Edizioni, Torino.

(2009) Donna m'apparve. Codice Edizioni, Torino.

Her most recent co–edited books: 

(2017), “Philosophy of sex and gender in gender-medicine”, TopoiAn International Review of Philosophy, 36 (3), Springer, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London.

(2016) Meta-Philosophical Reflection on Feminist Philosophies of Science. Springer, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London.

(2012) Reason and Rationality. Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt.

(2011) Terza cultura. il Saggiatore, Milano.

Nicla Vassallo also published two volumes of poems:

(2021) Pandemia amorosa dolorosa. Mimesis, Milano.

(2017) Metafisiche insofferenti per donzelle insolenti. Mimesis, Milano.

(2013) Orlando in ordine sparso. Mimesis, Milano.

Awards and prizes

In 2011 she was awarded the Philosophical Prize 'Viaggio a Siracusa' for her book Per sentito dire. Conoscenza e testimonianza.

As a Full professor in the field of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Genoa, she was ranked first nationally by the VQR (Evaluation of Research Quality) for the years 2004-2010.

Ersilia Vaudo

STEM area: Physics

Competences: astrophysics, cosmology, international relations, strategy

Keywords: diversity and inclusion, ESA (European Space Agency), international relations, space programs, strategy, women and science, Women in STEM

Region: ABROAD


Chief Diversity Officer, European Space Agency

Professional career

Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta has a degree in physics from Università La Sapienza in Rome, where she started working at the Department of Cosmology on experiments on the measurement of anisotropy in the cosmic background radiation. She has been working at the European Space Agency since 1991 and she is currently Chief Diversity Officer. 

During her career at ESA, she held several positions i.a. in international relations, elaboration of high level strategies, preparation of decisions at Member States’ ministerial meetings, network with think tanks. She supported the creation of the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna. She participated to the formulation of the first ESA Exploration programme, worked as coordinator of Science and Human Spaceflight activities and had the responsibility as Executive Secretary of the Science and Technology Advisory Group on Exploration in charge of selecting experiments for exploration missions, including ExoMars. She spent four years at the ESA Washington Office ensuring relations with NASA and US stakeholders, and was Member of the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace USA. Currently she is member of the International Women’s Forum, of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society Daring Circle, and of Women in Aerospace – Europe.

Scientific results

Ersilia Vaudo has a long experience in space programmes, in particular in science and explorations, European space strategy, relationships with NASA. In addition, she works to encourage the advancement of girls and women in STEM education and careers and to promote the values of diversity and inclusiveness.

Editorial work and publications

2019 – Più donne di scienza per vincere la sfida della competitività - Il Sole 24 Ore 

2018 – Simply into science, how to tear down the STEM gender- 

2018 – La Scienza delle Donne- Wired 2018 –Why women in space are developing science ‘superpowers’, becoming smarter and shooting higher,

2017 – Lunar glow: what is driving the new space race to the Moon, 

2016 – Space and its Links to Economic Theory and Public Support, in Theorising Space, Washington DC:Rowman & Littlefield 

2016 – Il futuro del lavoro ai tempi del determinismo tecnologico, Il Menabo’ di Etica ed Economia 

2015 – The role of space in support of the common objectives of the European Nordic countries, 66th International Astronautical Congress, Jerusalem, Israel

2014 – Rosetta, the comet Hunter, Il Menabo’ di Etica ed Economia 

2002 –Assessing ESA’s Current Voting Rules and Practice and Potential Weighted Voting Systems in the Perspective of Enlargement, ESA Bulletin

2015 - TEDX Bari, 2015: L’Universo è resiliente?

2015 - TEDX Roncade, 2015: La sfida della conoscenza

2018 - TEDX Matera, 2018: Donne, Scienza e Superpoteri

2019 - TEDX THBrandenburg: La prima volta che..

Awards and prizes

1983 - Accademia dei Lincei Fellowship Enrico Persico

1986 - Amelia Earhart Fellowship in recognition of distinctive merit in Astrophysics studies

2016 - Awarded Premio Cajeta in the category Science and Scientific Research

2019 - Nomination for the European Diversity Awards in the category Head of Diversity of the Year 

2019 - Included in the list of Unstoppable Women from StartupItalia which acknowledges women’s commitment to technology in Italy

2019 - Lectio Magistralis at Opening 157th Academic Year Politecnico di Milano

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