Pietro Greco is a scientific journalist and author who graduated in chemistry from the University of Naples. In 1993 he founded the Master in Science Communication program at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. In 2010 Mr. Greco founded the Master in Science Communication and Sustainable Innovation program at the University of Milan Bicocca, where he maintains a position as scientific coordinator. Mr Greco is a member of the “MIUR” working group for the development of scientific and technological culture. From 2006 to 2007 he was Advisor to the Minister of University and Research, Hon. Fabio Mussi. And, from 2014 to 2016, he maintained a membership in the scientific council of the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.
Francesca Pitacco graduated in art history at the University of Udine. After a period of research focused on history of art collecting and patronage, she dedicated herself to the promotion of tourism in the FVG Region. In 1999, Ms. Pitacco obtained the status of regional tourist guide, and has been president of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Tourist Guide Association since 2014. Her accomplishments include collaboraing with the Italian Touring Club, the municipalities of Duino-Aurisina and Muggia for the development of tourist reception, and with the Editoriale FVG for the re-issuance of the Monographic Encyclopedia of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 2017, Ms Pitacco coordinated the exhibition created by Erpac on Maria Teresa and Trieste.
Paolo Quazzolo graduated in the history of theatre and has a PhD in Italian Studies. He is an Associated Professor in the History of Theatre at the University of Trieste. He studies the 19th and 20th century theater, the relationship between theater and mass society, and the theatrical productions of the last fifty years. He is the author of multiple scientific publications on these themes.
Massimo Ramella graduated in physics under the mentorship of Professor Margherita Hack, and has been an astronomer at the INAF Astronomical Observatory of Trieste since 1981. Mr. Ramella’s research focuses on the large-scale distribution of galaxies and matter in the universe, and in particular, the study of groups and clusters of galaxies pertaining to important cosmological probes. He has been dedicated to teaching and popularizing astronomy since 2005.
From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Ramella was the European head of development for the educational sector of the European Virtual Observatory project, in which educational software and materials were developed to allow children and teachers to exploit the data of professional astronomers at school. From 2014 to 2017 Mr. Ramella chaired the teaching and dissemination group of the International Virtual Observatory Alliance.
Paola Rodari is responsible for the Science in the City Festival within ESOF 2020. As project manager for international projects, and consultant for the development of new museums and science centers, she worked as the Head of the Education Department of the Laboratorio dell’Immaginario Scientifico Science Center (Trieste, Italy) for 10years, and was among its founders. Ms. Rodari has served as project leader for the development of many permanent and temporary galleries, including the Infini.to Museum of Astronomy and Planetarium of Torino (Italy), the 10Lab Science Centre of the Technological Park of Sardinia, (Italy) where she serves as Chief Scientific Advisor, and the Thematic Human Interface and Explainers Group of Ecsite (the European network of science museums and science centers). Ms. Rodari has authored several papers and books on the communication of science. She has also worked for Sissa Medialab (the in-house company of SISSA University), and for the University of Trieste, serving as Coordinator of the Eureka Centre for the research in Science Education.
Anna Maria Vinci is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Trieste. Her research focused on the study of “border fascism” in a troubled areas, such as, Friuli Venezia Giulia. She is still researching the difficult transition between war and peace after the Second World War, particularly as it pertains to Trieste and its surrounding borders, as the social, political and economic impact of World War II is complicated and has effected the regions social fabric. Ms Vinci served as president of the Regional Institute for the History of the Resistance. as well as the contemporary age. She has initiated numerous research projects, and has authored many scientific publications pertaining to these themes.
Stefano Ruffo is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Director of SISSA, Trieste.
He has been before at Pisa, Florence and Basilicata University in Italy. His research field is statistical physics and complex systems. In this area of research and he has given contributions to Hamiltonian dynamics, cellular automata, space-time chaos, long-range interactions, models of the immune system and of DNA. He has visited several institutions abroad: Oxford University, CPT-CNRS Marseille, P. Sabatier University in Toulouse, University of California at Berkeley, Kyoto University. Mr Ruffo has been Weston Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2009-2010) and Excellence Chair at the Physics Laboratory of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon (2011-2013). He has been the Chairman of the C3 Commission (Statistical Physics) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and Vice-President of IUPAP for the triennium 2012-2014. He serve as member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Erwin Schroedinger Institute in Vienna (2016-2022) and of the Board of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of the European Physical Society (2016-2022). He has been Editor of Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulations of Elsevier (2004-2019) and is a member of the Editorial Board of Physica A (Elsevier).
Degree in the History of Medioeval and Modern Art at the Faculty of Arts in Trieste (1983).
Doctorate (PhD.): Doctorate in the History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence (1989-1992).
Post-Doctorate: Post-Doctorate scholarship at the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara, 1995-1997
Professor of History of Architecture and History of Building Construction, Department of Engineering and Architecture University of Trieste (since 2000).
Member of the Teaching Board of the Civil and Enviromental Engineering, Department of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Trieste; Adjunct Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ph.D. program in Engineering and Architecture at the University of Trieste, (XXVII, XXVIII and XXIX cycle).
Research themes: History of Architecture, History of contemporary Architecture, History of Building Construction, History of Urban Planning, Central European and Secessionist Architecture, Orientalism and Architecture, Ottoman and Islamic Architecture, Organic Architecture in Italy.