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Di seguito l'elenco dei nostri colleghi comandati a Bruxelles.

Giancarlo Bellenchi  – Distaccato presso ERCEA
Giancarlo Bellenchi

Gian Carlo Bellenchi is a Cnr research scientist at the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics “Adriano Buzzati-Traverso” in Naples.

Since December 2018 he is detached  as Seconded National Expert at the Executive Agency of the European Research Council (ERC) where he is the coordinator of the ERC Starting Grant for the LS5 panel (Neuroscience and Neuronal disorders). He also contributes to the development of guidelines, orientations and new approaches related to the proper implementation of the ERC program and present the program and project results at workshops, seminars, conferences and other public events, to both internal and external stakeholders.

His research activity has been mainly focused to understand the molecular and cellular events controlling neuronal development and function.
Since 2008:  He is group leader in Developmental Neuroscience at the Cnr Institute of Genetics and Biophysics “A. Buzzati-Traverso” (Via Pietro Castellino 111, Napoli),  and, since 2018, at the Fondazione Santa Lucia Irccs (via del Fosso di Fiorano 63, Roma).

2006-2008: Full time researcher in Neuroscience at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS). Main research area was focused on the role of brain-specific microglial cells in the inflammatory process occurring in both pathological and healthy brains.

2003-2005: Post-Doctorate, FEBS fellowship at the EMBL, European Molecular Biology Laboratories (Heidelberg). The research was aimed to understand the role of the actin depolymerizing factors in brain development.

1999-2003: Post-Doctorate,   at the Institute de Biologie Physico Chimique, (IBPC) UPR1929, CNRS. Paris, France. The research was aimed to the identification and characterization of GABAergic and Glutamatergic synaptic transporters. 

1999: PhD s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Catania with a research activity mainly focused to the characterization of the blue oxidases Ceruloplasmin, the circulating iron transporters. 

He published 38 scientific papers in peer reviewed Journals and has an H Index of 19.

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Anna Pelagotti - Distaccata presso ERCEA
Anna Pelagotti

Anna Pelagotti holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and she is Senior Research Scientist (Primo Ricercatore) at the Italian National Institute of Optics of Cnr.

She is detached since 16/10/2020 to European Research Council Executive Agency, in the Support to Scientific Council Unit, where she is serving as Policy Officer. Her main responsibilities are related to policy and other activities concerning Open Science, including Open Access to Publications and Data.

Previously she was Contractual Agent in the Photonics Unit the DG CONNECT of the European Commission, serving as Programme Officer and dealing with the European Strategy for Photonics and other policy related topics. 

She was also working as Project Officer involved in the evaluation of proposals and monitoring of funded projects, and as Communication Officer for the Unit.
The same activities were also carried out in the previous 6 years as Seconded National Expert to the same unit.

Before joining the European Commission, she was working at the National Institute of Optics (Cnr-Ino)  as research scientist with main focus image and data processing for Biophotonics, Infrared Holography and Cultural Heritage. 

She has been involved in several European Project and served as project coordinator of MIDST (Multispectral Imaging Diagnostics of Skin Tumours project): Development of innovative devices for early diagnostics of Melanoma.

In 2006 she founded the company Art-Test with main focus services and photonics devices for art diagnostics.

Before joining the Cnr, from 1996–2002, she was research scientist at Philips Research in Eindhoven (NL) with main focus image and video processing in the Video Processing and Visual Perception Group.

She holds 11 international patents and has written more than 80 scientific papers.

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Gabriella Leo - Distaccata presso DG-RTD
Gabriella Leo

Gabriella Leo is currently seconded at the General Direction Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, she serves as a Policy Officer in the Open Science unit.

In this capacity, she is responsible of the activities to foster the engagement of citizens and civil society in research and innovation activities and the Citizen Science. She is also part of the Open Access team committed to the initiatives aiming to integrate open access into scholarly publication and to promote and run the European Commission publishing platform Open Research Europe. This marks the second time she has been seconded at the European Commission. In her prior tenure from 2008 to 2013, she served as a Policy Officer in the Photonics unit at D.G. CNCT contributing to the development and implementation of policies within the field of photonics, to reinforce and coordinate photonics regional innovation clusters and national technology platforms and to promote high-quality Solid State Lighting technology in Europe.

She is researcher at the Institute for the Study of Nanostructured Materials (Cnr-Ismn) of the National Research Council of Italy in Rome.  Her research interest includes, but it is not limited to sensors and optoelectronic devices based on inorganic quantum dots of compound semiconductors and oxides. She has an extensive research experience in the structural, morphological and optical characterization of nanomaterials, thin films and nanostructures. She has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Materials Science.


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Vittorianna Tasco - Distaccata presso ERCEA
Vittorianna Tasco

Vittorianna Tasco is a research scientist at the Institute of Nanotechnology (Cnr-Nanotec) in Lecce. Since September 2022 she has been Seconded National Expert at the Executive Agency of the European Research Council (ERC) where she is working for the PE7(Systems and Communication Engineering) and PE11 (Materials Engineering) panels (). Her tasks involve the coordination of the evaluation and selection of research proposals, the project/process management and external communication.

She graduated in Materials Engineering in 2001 and got a PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies (2002-2005) on the development of quantum dot lasers and LEDs for telecom applications. She moved to University of Montpellier (France) for a post-doc fellowship between 2005 and 2007 where she studied semiconductor lasers for the mid infrared. She has been visiting scientist in the Department of Physics, University of Bath (UK, 2015) and at ITMO University, Saint Petersburg (Russia, 2019).

Her research activity has focused on the development of semiconductor heterostructures and devices for high power electronics and optoelectronics devices operating in the UV, Near and Mid-Infrared spectral range. Most recently she is working on the development of complex nanophotonic and nanoplasmonic structures, including chiral nanosystems, to engineer and exploit optical effects in the biomolecular sensing. She is author of 80 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals (ORCID: 0000-0002-3392-0976) and of three patents.

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Matteo Zanda - Distaccato presso ERCEA
Matteo Zanda

Matteo Zanda, PhD in Industrial Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano (1999), is currently Research Director at the Istituto di scienze e tecnologie chimiche (Cnr-Scitec) of the National Research Council of Italy (via Mancinelli 7, Milano). Among the previous positions he held, from Jan 2019 - Dec 2020 was Chair in Biomolecular Imaging and Director of the Centre for Sensing and Imaging Science (Loughborough University, UK); from Aug 2009 - Dec 2018 was Chair in Medical Technologies (University of Aberdeen, UK). In terms of management experience, he was also Director of the John Mallard Scottish PET Centre (2011-2018), and Director of the Kosterlitz Centre for Therapeutics (2012-2018) at the University of Aberdeen.

Matteo was the PI in several EU-funded projects, for example he was Head of Unit, EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 grant “Modulation of Glycolytic Flux as a New Approach for Treatment of Atherosclerosis and Plaque Stabilization: a Multidisciplinary Study” (MOGLYNET, 01/09/2015 -31/08/2019);  and Coordinator of the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 grant “PET Imaging in Drug Design and Development” (PET3D) (01/05/2016-30/04-2020). He has also extensive experience as evaluator of research projects, "rapporteur" and vice-Chair for the European Commission.

His research interests cover a broad cross-discipline scientific area combining biomedical & molecular imaging (clinical and preclinical), medicinal/biological chemistry, drug discovery and translational biomedical research, radiochemistry, organic synthesis, bioconjugate chemistry.

He is author/co-author of 210 scientific papers in international journals, including chapters of books, reviews, and 8 patent applications (5 granted); co-author of over 250 contributed papers in national and international conferences, including ~80 lectures.

Matteo is the Editor-in-chief of “Synform”, Georg Thieme Verlag, and Editorial Board Member of Synlett and Synthesis, from March 2007. He is also Advisory Editorial Board Member of Journal of Labelled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals, Wiley, from Jan 2018.

From Jan 2023 he is seconded to the B1 Unit at ERCEA as an Ethics Officer.

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Nicola Di Virgilio – Distaccato presso DG AGRI fino al 2022

Nicola Di Virgilio, seconded at the Directorate General of Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission, in the Unit on Environment, Climate Change, Forest and Bioeconomy, as policy analyst on environmental and climate aspect on the EU Common Agricultural Policy, the EU Green Deal and related strategies and initiatives, such as the Farm to Fork strategy, Biodiversity strategy, Methane Strategy, 2030 Climate target plan, Fit-for-55 package.

He graduated cum laude in Agricultural science and technologies at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Agriculture. He holds a PhD Europaeus at the University of Bologna in sustainability of agro-ecosystems, integrated Geographical information systems (GIS) for environmental studies and Life cycle assessment of agricultural products and agro-energy chains for a sustainable use of the agricultural land. Researcher at the Institute for the Bioeconomy (Cnr-Ibe) in Bologna, he is currently.

Former member of the preparation team of the platform 'Land and water engineering for adaptation' of the Climate-KIC (EIT), and among the initiators of the Climate smart agriculture booster flagship programme of the Climate-KIC (EIT). He has been involved in national and international projects, such as, among the others, the 'Inwine project - Innovation strategy for winegrowers' cooperatives', funded by the Climate-KIC as project coordinator, the 'Silk Italian technology for industrial biomanufacturing', the 'Optima - Optimization of perennial grasses for biomass production', as part of the WP6 Environmental studies on perennial crops, carbon and water fluxes between canopy and atmosphere. He presented his studies at several conferences (e.g. EU Biomass Conference, the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops, 'The sustainable Italy' with a talk on Interaction between Climate Change and the traditional agro-food products).

Member of the Agronomy professional body obtained at the University of Bologna in December 2003, and of the advisory board of the EU project 4FCROPS - Future Crops for food, feed, fiber and fuel.

He won the best presentation award in 2016 at the Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops - General crop division (Rochester, NY, USA), and the prize 'Ballatore 2004' of the Italian Society of Soil Chemistry (SISS), as best Italian thesis on soil chemistry. For several years, he has been co-author of the 'News from Research' included in the monthly magazine 'Agricoltura' of the Emilia Romagna region.

During his career, he worked on topics such as industrial crops, sustainable land use, GIS and LCA, fibre crops and dedicated energy crops, biorefinery, innovation in climate smart agriculture and related policies, field trial managements and agronomic data analysis.

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Giovanni Felici - Distaccato presso ERCEA fino al 2022
Giovanni Felici

Giovanni Felici graduated in Statistics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza". He was then awarded the Master of Science in Operations Research and Operations Management from the University of Lancaster (UK), and the Ph.D. in Operations Research at the doctoral school of "La Sapienza".

He is currently Research Director at the Istituto di Analisi dei Sistemi ed Informatica “A. Ruberti” (Cnr-Iasi) of Rome, where he holds tenured position since 2000. His research activities are in the fields of Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, Integer Programming, Logic Programming and Data Mining. His work is devoted to the solution of large and complex data analysis and optimization problems that arise in Optimization, Logistics, and Bioinformatics.

From 2005 to 2015 he has been the head of the research line Data Mining, Estimation and System Identification for the Department of Information and Communication Technologies (Ict) of Cnr. In 2001 he leads the scientific team of a project on thematic web search engines financed by the Italian ministry of Industry. In 2006 he leads a IASI team in an industrial project funded by the Italian Ministry of Industry for the development of a control system for marine surface transmission. In 2008 he participates to a research project funded by a private company for the enhancement of the optimization software used by the main Car rental Companies in Europe. In recent years he is collaborating with different bio-engineering research groups (EBRI, European Brain Research Institute, The Barcode of Life Consortium, The University of Milano Bicocca) for the application of logic data mining algorithms for the extraction of knowledge from genomic data. Since 2011 he is active on Cnr Bandiera Nanomax, Interomics ed Epigenomics flagship projects and participates in the research infrastructure Sysbio on computational biology. From 2010 to 2012 he participates to the bilateral research project between Italy and Poland (Cnr -Polish Academy of Science -PAN) for the development of new algorithms for bioinformatics. Since 2012 He is active on a cooperation research project between Cnr and CNPq (Brasil) on probabilistic algorithms for large integer programming problems. Starting in 2013, he acts as Cnr-Iasi scientific manager of the projects: PRIN-MIUR with University of Tor Vergata (Rome) on Mathematical Models for HIV Diffusion; The Cnr Premiale project ICT for Sustainable Mobility; the MIUR Premiale project MATHTECH-Mathematics for Society and Technological Innovation; the National Technological Cluster Torino Wireless on Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility, all approved for funding by public agencies. In 2014 he is awarded a Cnr mobility grant to conduct joint research at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Melbourne, Australia.

He was treasurer and the vice-president of AIRO, the Italian Association of Operations Research, where he was delegate member for international relationships and communication; participated in the organization of several international scientific conferences and acted as senior consultant and scientific advisor for private firms and public bodies.

He delivered courses and Seminars in Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence and Operations Research in national and international universities public bodies, and private firms. He authored approx. 60 scientific papers, 50 conference proceedings and 15 monographs and book chapters.

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Anna Grazia Mignani - Distaccata presso ERCEA fino al 2022
Anna Grazia Mignani

Anna Grazia Mignani is a physicist by training, holding a PhD in Non-Destructive Testing from the University of Florence.
She is currently Director of Research of CNR at the Istituto di Fisica Applicata “Nello Carrara” (IFAC) of Sesto F.no (FI). Her research work includes fiber optics, guided-wave and micro optic sensors, and fiber optic sensor networks. Her most recent activity involves spectroscopy for food quality and safety applications, especially for multi-analysis of nutraceutic indicators. This activity is documented by many journal and conference publications, invited talks, and some international patents. She managed national and international research contracts on application oriented optical sensing.

She chaired the 14th International Conference on Optical Fiber Sensors, some SPIE Conferences on Optical Sensing, and she served as Guest Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal and IOP Measurement Science and Technology. She is SPIE Fellow and served the Board of Directors of SPIE and the Board of the Italian Society of Sensors and Microsystems.

She is currently seconded as national expert at the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERC-EA) of the European Commission, where she is working as scientific officer in panels PE3 (Condensed Matter Physics) and PE7 (Systems and Communication Engineering). At ERC-EA she is contributing to the co-ordination and execution of calls for proposals, to the process of evaluation and selection of proposals, to monitor and follow-up funded projects, as well as to the analysis of the research covered by the current portfolio of funded projects.

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 Filippo Biscarini   - distaccato presso ERCEA fino al 2020

Filippo Biscarini

Filippo Biscarini obtained a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genomics Wageningen University (The Netherlands) in 2010, and subsequently the habilitation as full professor in animal science and as associate professor in plant science.

He is currently Senior Researcher at the Institute of Biology and Biotechnology in Agriculture (Cnr-Ibba), where he leads research activities that span from plant and animal breeding & genetics, to bioinformatics and biostatistics applications in plant & animal science and human medicine.

Throughout his career he has worked for the breeding industry, for universities, research centres and international organizations in many places: Italy, Ireland, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, The United Kingdom, Belgium. In 2002 he worked as web-programmer and database analyst for the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeders Federation) in Cork (Ireland). From 2003 to 2006 he was quantitative geneticist in the R&D unit of the Italian Holstein Association (Cremona, Italy). In 2005 he was Visiting Scientist at the University of Guelph (Canada). From 2006 to 2010 he carried out his Ph.D. research project at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), with a Marie-Curie EST (early stage training) grant. In 2010-2011 he worked as post-doctoral researcher at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen (Germany). From 2011 to 2016 he joined PTP Science Park (Lodi, Italy), first as Marie-Curie Reintegration Grant fellow, then as Principal Investigator. In 2016 he worked briefly as visiting scientist at IRTA (Spain) and as researcher at the University of Teramo (Italy), before joining Cnr as a tenured researcher. In 2017 he has been Expert Trainer for the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) in Madagascar, and then obtained a one-year Marie-Curie Grant to work as Senior Biostatistician at the School of Medicine of Cardiff University (United Kingdom). In 2018 he got promoted to Senior Researcher at Cnr, before being seconded for two years at the ERCEA in Bruxelles (Belgium), where he joined the Data Analysis Team to apply machine learning and deep learning to the analysis of unstructured text data. He has been coordinator, principal investigator, work package and task leader in many European and national projects. 

He has been awarded two prizes for best publications at Cnr (2015, 2018), and has been teaching several international courses on Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Genome-wide Association Studies, Statistical Genetics in collaboration with the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), the Universität für Bodenkultur (Vienna, Austria), the University of Catania (Italy).

He authored 57 scientific papers, 2 published R packages and a number of conference papers and proceedings. 

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 Laura Esposito - distaccata presso DG RTD Infrastructure fino al 2019

Laura Esposito

Laura Esposito is Cnr Researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics in Faenza and was detached as Seconded National Expert at the European Commission for four years (01/09/2015 – 31/08/2019) in the Research Infrastructure Unit of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTG). She had the role of Project Officer of several Research Infrastructure European Projects, in particular in field of material science and analytical facilities. She provided scientific and technical support for the implementation of the next Research Infrastructure Work Programme. She promoted connections and collaborations with other Units within DG RTD and with other DGs of the European Commission (DG CNECT, DG GROW), in particular concerning the innovation tools for industries and SMEs.

2000-2015 and 2019 - today: at Cnr-Istec as Group Leader on structural ceramics. She coordinates National and International research projects and contracts with private industries in the field of ceramic and composite materials for structural, functional and optical applications. 

1995 -1999: at the University of California at Berkeley CA, USA, as Research Fellow sponsored by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley and Cnr Italy as responsible of a research project on the behaviour of ceramics and glasses at high temperature for the production of advanced materials with superior chemical, physical and mechanical properties.

1992 – 1994: at Cnr-Istec and at the Centre for Technical Ceramics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as researcher on advanced ceramic materials (ceramic substrates for electronic applications, ceramic joining,  equilibrium stability of ceramic and metallic systems at high temperature).

1989 -1991:  at Keramont S.p.A Novara, Istituto G. Donegani Novara, S.I.R. Società Italiana Resine  Monza in Italy and at Keramont Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, USA  as researcher employed by the Montedison Group in the R&D Division for the research and production of AlN-based ceramic substrates for electronic circuits. 

She has a PhD in Chemical Science. 

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Monica Favaro - distaccata presso ERCEA fino al 2020
Monica Favaro

Monica Favaro is a Research Director at Cnr-Icmate, Padova, currently working for the research internationalization of the Cnr Department of chemical sciences and materials technologies. 

She holds Master and PhD degrees in Chemical Sciences from University of Padova.

She has been detached six years (2014-2020) as Research Programme Expert to the Unit of Physical Sciences and Engineering (B4) of ERCEA, the Executive Agency of the European Research Council (ERC). Main responsibilities at ERCEA were related to: The Evaluation and selection of research projects (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy grant calls): contribution to the definition, co-ordination and execution of calls for proposals, evaluations and selection of projects, Project /Process Management: support the follow-up of the research initiatives / activities, together with the relevant scientific officers and  support the horizontal activities, concertation and networking aspects of the programme and its projects.

Her research activity focused in the fields of material science, environmental chemistry and analytical chemistry:

• development of new materials and evaluation of innovative technologies for the conservation of the Cultural Heritage, i. e. historical buildings, wall paintings, paintings on canvas and polychrome artefacts in indoor and outdoor contexts, i.e. archaeological and monumental sites and museums;
• development of analytical protocols to evaluate environmental effects on outdoor materials, i.e. polymers, inorganic substrates, hybrid organic-inorganic materials;
• chemical reactions in heterogeneous phases, i.e. effects of water and pollutants, including heavy metals, on inorganic and organic matrices;
• synthesis, characterization and development of innovative inorganic, hybrid materials for industrial applications, i.e. surface and embedding coatings, photo-catalysis, photovoltaics, energetics, optics, photoelectrochemical cells.
She has been the scientific coordinator for Cnr of several EU funded, bilateral projects as well as scientific leader of the research activity of the National Research Council of Italy within the research framework of Cultural Heritage Department (Cnr-Dsu): PC.P03.002 “Characterization of materials of Cultural Heritage, identification of deterioration processes and development of conservation strategies”.

She is author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and reviewer for scientific journals in the field of materials science.

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Last update: 20/09/2023