INSPYRE 2023 – Biography

Frascati,  March  27 – 31 , 2023

From Quarks to Black Holes: let’s get INSPYRED!




Amedeo Balbi

Amedeo Balbi is associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Physics Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. The author of over 100 scientific papers, his research has touched a broad set of topics in theoretical astrophysics, including the physics of the early universe, the problem of dark matter and energy, and the search for life in the cosmos. His studies contributed to the first precise measurements of the cosmological parameters and to the determination of the geometry of the universe. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, of the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi), of the IAA SETI Permanent Committee and of the Scientific Council of the Italian Society of Astrobiology. He is also very active as a science communicator and educator. He has appeared in numerous TV and radio programs and has authored several popular science books.


Angelo Bassi

Angelo Bassi graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste (110/110 cum laude). In 2001 he received his PhD in Physics. Subsequently he was Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the ICTP of Trieste, and Marie-Curie Fellow at the Ludwig-Maximillian University of Munich. He is now full professor at the Physics Department of the University of Trieste. His research concerns the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. He is the author of over 140 publications in international journals, invited speaker at over 70 international conferences, organizer of 30 conferences. He has been invited to present his research in the most important institutes in the world (including MIT, Harvard, Columbia University, NYU, Princeton). He is the winner and coordinator of numerous national and international research projects. He was Chair of COST Shares “Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics” and “Quantum Technologies in Space”. He coordinates the European projects “TEQ: Testing the Large-scale limit of Quantum Mechanics” and “QuCoM: Quantum Control of Gravity with Levitated Mechanics”. He was interviewed by New York Time Magazine with a dedicated profile (June 2020), by “Le Scienze” (April 2021), and several other international scientific magazines. The newspaper “La Repubblica” dedicated a longform (October 2021). Now he is collaborator of Repubblica, for which he writes about Quantum Physics and Quantum Technologies.


Andrea Bersani

Andrea Bersani works at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Genova Division, in a group active in design and characterisation of superconducting magnets for nuclear and particle physics: these are fundamental components both for particle accelerators, and for the detectors we use to measure particles features. He is fond of science, mainly if he can speak about it, fine food and horses, these last two things not in the same moment.


Eleonora Diociaiuti

Eleonora Diociaiuti is a post-doc at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN-LNF). She took her PhD at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2020 and currently works for the Mu2e experiment, under construction at Fermilab (USA). In these days she is taking part at the construction of the Mu2e electromagnetic calorimeter.


Alessandra Filippi

Graduated in theoretical physics in 1991, PhD in nuclear physics in 1996, Alessandra is currently Senior Scientist at INFN Torino (Italy).
Her field of interest covers the experimental nuclear and hadronic physics at intermediate and low energies, with activity focus on data analysis, interpretation of the obtained results and the development of codes for the simulation of physical processes and detector setups as well as event pattern recognition and reconstruction.
She’s been working in International Collaborations at several Laboratories (CERN, LNF, Julich, SLAC) also covering leading roles. She’s presently involved in experiments at the Jefferson Laboratory (USA), where her activity is mostly dedicated to hadron spectroscopy and light dark matter searches.
She’s author of more than 400 scientific papers on International Physics Journals.
Since 2019 she’s been holding classes for the Speciality School of Medical Physics at the Torino University, on Information Technology and Montecarlo Methods for Dose Evaluation.


Andrea Gaiardo

Obtained the M.Sc. degree in Chemistry (Magna cum Laude) from the University of Ferrara, (Ferrara, Italy) in 2013. He received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Ferrara in 2018. His work is focused on the research and development of gas sensing systems for several applications, including health screening, precision agriculture and outdoor air quality monitoring. In this field, he has published more than 40 articles (H-Index = 14, source Scopus, 01/2023), and he has been guest editor of three special issues. He has collaborated in both national and European projects. Currently, he is a researcher in the Micro-Nano Facilities group of the Bruno Kessler Foundation.


Paola Gianotti

Paola Gianotti is a senior researcher of INFN’s Frascati National Laboratory. Since the beginning of her career, she has been interested in the study of hadronic physics. She started her scientific activity at CERN in Geneva working on various experiments in this scientific field and in 1993 she became staff at the research division of the LNF. She studied hypernuclei at DAFNE with the FINUDA experiment, and in recent years she moved to study dark matter with the PADME experiment.


Adriana Postiglione

Adriana Postiglione is a researcher in physics education and a science communicator at the Frascati National Laboratory, INFN. After her PhD in physics about the large scale structure of the Universe, she dedicated herself to disseminating and teaching physics to a public of non-experts. She now works on the development of new methodologies and techniques to talk about her discipline, especially with high school students and teachers.


Marco Ripani

Marco Ripani is research director at the Genoa Section of INFN. He has been working for several years on fundamental nuclear physics. In the last decade, he was first an active member and then coordinator of the “INFN Energy” project on applications of nuclear technologies to nuclear waste management, safety, advanced fission reactors and fusion and he still is a member of the program committee of INFN Energy. Currently he represents Italy in the Euratom-Fission Program Committee and in the Committee of experts on art. 37 of the Euratom Treaty on the transmission of information relating to nuclear installations. He is also a member of the Energy Working Group of ESFRI (European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructures).


Francesco Sgaramella

Francesco Sgaramella was born in Rome, Italy, in 1994. He received the master’s degree in physics cum laude from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, and he is currently a Ph.D. student in experimental physics at the Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN-LNF). As a member of the SIDDHARTA-2 and VIP-2 collaboration, Francesco is deeply involved in the study of the strong interaction through kaonic atom X-ray spectroscopy and quantum mechanics, with his work resulting in multiple publications in international journals.


Pietro Tosato

Obtained the M.Sc. degree in mechatronic engineering and the Ph.D. in electronic engineering from the University of Trento in 2015 and 2019, respectively. His work mainly focused on low-power electronics for Internet of Things and Smart Grid applications. He currently works in the Micro-Nano Facility group in Bruno Kessler Foundation developing sensor electronic interfaces for diverse applications, like gas sensing and radiation detectors.

Matteo Valt

Obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics in March 2020 with a thesis titled: “2D materials for room-temperature chemiresistive gas sensing” at the University of Ferrara. Previously, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry with a thesis on Functionalization of Graphene Oxide for Gas Sensing and Cation Trapping. Currently, he is a researcher in the Micro-Nano Facilities group of the Bruno Kessler Foundation. His current research interests are related to the development and employment of novel materials for chemiresistive gas sensing in diverse fields of applications.


Fabrizio Vitali

Fabrizio Vitali has a degree in Physics from the University La Sapienza in Rome. Since 1996, he has been Researcher Astronomer at the INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Rome. He deals with Infrared Astronomy, in its technological and scientific aspects, building infrared focal plane instruments and then using them for studies on star formation.
For years, he has been involved in scientific teaching and dissemination, as a teacher and astronomer, in the context of projects dedicated to the public, in schools (of all levels) and in the context of the normal dissemination activity of his Institute. In particular, he has held various conferences on the human, historical and scientific story of Galileo Galilei.

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