Full Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Università degli Studi di Milano since 1980. His main research interest concerns bioorganic chemistry, biological reagents in organic synthesis and models of enzyme.
He has been Visiting Professor in various European universities and took part in several national and international research programmes.
He is author or co-author of more than 160 papers in refereed journals, of several patents and of a number of minor contribution to meetings and congresses; he has published as editor or coeditor various books concerning chemical subjects.
He has been the scientific director of the Carlo Erba Foundation, Milan. He is one of the promoters of Centre for the Diffusion of the Scientific and Technological Culture that links four main Universities in Milan, member of the scientific committee of the Lorenzini Foundation of Milan and of various International Societies.
Head of the Department of Lithospheric Research (Center for Earth Sciences) at the University of Vienna, Austria, where he is professor of impact research and planetary geology, as well as a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
His main research interests concern meteorite impact craters, meteorites, and the study of the Moon and the planets in the solar system.
He has studied astronomy, chemistry, and physics in Vienna and Graz, Austria. He was a visiting scientist at NASA in Houston (USA) and at the Carnegie Institution of Washington (USA) and a visiting professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) and the Open University (England).
He has published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and has written or edited 12 books, and has been involved in the making of several scientific films, both as scientific advisor and as participant.
Diarmaid is Head of Production at Agtel, a media company based in Dublin which specializes in television, video, and web production. He has a wealth of experience in video production, and his deep understanding of science communication, television and on-line video is complemented by his Masters Degree by Research in Physics. He produced a series of four educational DVDs for the European Space Agency’s education programme, and also produced and directed numerous videos that help communicate scientific research. His portfolio of clients includes the Irish government’s awareness-raising initiative Discover Science and Engineering as well as the country’s largest scientific research organisation Teagasc. One of the television documentaries that Diarmaid was involved with is the BBC Northern Ireland documentary Northern Star which tells the story of the discovery of Pulsars, and which was short listed in the Best Science Documentary category of the Grierson Awards.
Graduated in Physics in 1989, Aniello Mennella is a researcher at the Physics Department of the Università degli Studi of Milan where he teaches Astrophysics and Space Instrumentation courses.
His research interests are in the field of experimental cosmology and since 1999 he’s part of the ESA Planck space mission. In the framework of the Planck project he is Calibration Scientist of the Low Frequency Instrument and coordinator of various international working groups.
Since 2002 Aniello Mennella is involved in popular science with conferences for schools and general public, and with the realisation of multimedia products. Previously (from 1990 to 1999) he worked in the ENI group in the field of atmospheric physics and hydrocarbon exploration and production.
His work is reported in about 60 publications and 40 technical notes.
Alessandro Pascolini is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Padua. His scientific researches are in the fields of nuclear and mathematical physics. He is also teaching and researching on technologies related to armaments and disarmament and on science communication.
For the last twenty years he has been active in projects aiming to raising public awareness of science in Europe. In this context he produced some 60 exhibitions, shown in Italy and in many other countries, books, multimedia material, videos, CD and DVD audiovisulas; he founded and directed the Magazine of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare. He has been awarded the Outreach Prize 2004 of the European Physical Society.
He takes part in the activities of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.
Andrea Possenti got a degree in Physics at Università degli Studi of Milan and a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Università Alma Mater Studiorum of Bologna. He is now staff astronomer at the Cagliari Observatory of the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics. Has also been lecturer at the Universities of Bologna and Cagliari.
His interests are focused on pulsars, which he often observes at the radio telescopes of Parkes (Australia) and Green Bank (USA). He is member of the small group of european scientists awarded with the Descartes Prize 2005, thanks to the discovery of more than 700 pulsars and, in particular, with Marta Burgay and Nichi D'Amico, of the first Double pulsar.
He has also been deeply involved in educational activities, having given more than 200 public lectures and published two educational books dealing with the most enthralling celestial phenomena: eclipses and comets.
Technician of Scientific Image from the Spanish National Research Council CSIC.
In 2002 creates the “Mediateca’’of CSIC, in which he actually is technical coordinator.
In 2003 he is appointed expert in the “Comisión del Programa de Fomento de la Cultura Científica y Tecnológica del Plan Nacional 2003/2007”.
Since 2002 he is Secretary General of the Scientific Image and Film Spanish Association. He collaborates in scientific divulgative activities within the CSIC Cultural Department and the Spanish Scientific and Tecnology Fondation (FECYT).
Author, cinematographer and producer in various educational scientific documentaries.
Member of “Aire Comunicación’’, association of Professors and Media professionals working on media edu-communication.
At the end of 2008 joined the Divulgative Unit in the Astrobiology Spanish Institution, INT-CSIC.
Juror in several national and international Scientific Film Festivals.