Antonio Acín, Institució Catalana de Recerça i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), Barcelona
Antonio Acín is Professor of Quantum Information Theory at the ICFO and ICREA in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a degree in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2001 from the UB. After a post-doctoral stay in Geneva, with the group of Prof. (Gisin - GAP-Optique), he joined ICFO in 2003, where he leads the Quantum Information Theory Group. He was awarded a Starting Grant and a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), starting in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He has later been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2013.
Luigi Agnati, Dept. of Biomedical Science, University of Modena and
2011 - Prof. Luigi Francesco Agnati was born in Pesaro on 18/06/1940. He has achieved 3 degrees (Medicine, Pharmacy and Statistics), 2 post-graduate specializations in Electronic Calculus (CNUCE, Pisa) and Clinical Neurology (University of Bologna) and a honoris causa degree (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden). At present he is Full Professor of Human Physiology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Modena.
Prof. Agnati has published more than 586 papers in refereed international journals and 7 textbooks. His main contributions have been obtained in a close collaboration with Prof. Kjell Fuxe.
Prof. Agnati is or has been member of the Italian Society of Physiology, the Italian Society of Pharmacology, the Italian Society of Endocrinology, the Italian Society of Neuroscience, the Italian Association for the study of pain, the European Society of Neuroscience and the European Society of Neuroendocrinology.
He is also member of several other institutions: the Academy of Sciences of Bologna, the Academy of Sciences of Modena, the SaniMarche prize in Medicine, he is Nobel Fellow, the Golgi prize in Neurobiology and he is member of the organizing committee of several international congresses.
Roberto Andreoni, Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni, Bari
2013 - Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Scripps College for the Fall semester 2010, Roberto Andreoni earned his degree in Music Composition from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. From 1989 to 1992 he studied and taught at the University of California Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) in Music. While in the USA he recorded some of his solo, chamber and theatrical works, which have been broadcasted by RAI, BBC, KKSF and Vatican Radio, among others. From 1993 to 1996 he was Director of the Scuola Civica di Musica in Assago, as well as Instructor of History of Mucial Forms and other subjects at the International Education of Students (IES Abroad), Milan Center, through the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He subsequently taught at the Conservatory of Trento and the civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, which he also directed between 200 adn 2004. He is now Full Professor of Composition at the Piccinni Conservatorio of Bari. Andreoni is also an award-winning composer (BEA Award 2009). His works have been played worldwide at such renowed venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Biennale in Venice, among others. His Opera Sì; was successfully staged in Bergamo.
Gennaro Auletta, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Gennaro Auletta is an Aggregate Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, and a philosopher of science mostly concerned with the foundations and interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. He is also active in the field of debate between science, philosophy and theology. Gennaro Auletta graduated from the La Sapienza University of Rome. From 2003 to 2012, Prof. Auletta was the Scientific Director for Science and Philosophy at the Gregorian University, as well as, from 2003-2010, the Scientific Coordinator for the STOQ Project (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest, under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture and supported by the John Templeton Foundation). Since 2009, Auletta is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and of the International Society for Science and Religion. His interests in information theory have largely focused his research on the way in which biological and cognitive systems deal with information. Gennaro Auletta has been vice-director of the international conference on ’Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories’ held at the Pontifical Gregorian University on March 2009.
Ulisses Barres de Almeida, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Urca, Rio de Janeiro
Ulisses Barres de Almeida is an Astrophysicist at the Brazilian Centre for Physics Research (CBPF), and a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Germany, where he worked as a post-doc between 2010-12. He holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Durham (UK), having worked in the H.E.S.S. Experiment. Currently he is a member of the MAGIC Collaboration for VHE Gamma-ray Astronomy and one of the responsibles for the Brazilian group in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), an international Consortium to build the next-generation array of Ground-based Gamma-ray Telescopes, where he is working on the design and construction of the LST Telescopes, dedicated to observations below 100 GeV. His research concentrates in Astroparticle Physics, and High-Energy Extragalactic Astrophysics. He is Editor-in-Chief of Euresis Journal, and since 2014, a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS/Durham), dedicated to interdisciplinary research. In 2013 he was in the Local Organizing Committee for the XXXIII International Cosmic Ray Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro.
Giuseppe Franco Bassani, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy
2008 - Giuseppe Franco Bassani (deceased, 25 september 2008) has been Full Professor of Solid State Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa since 1980 and now is Emeritus. He obtained his degree in Physics at the University of Pavia and then he moved to University of Illinois with a Fulbright research scholarship. He worked as a Researcher at the Argonne National Laboratory and as a Professor in the Universities of Messina, of Pisa and of Rome. He was Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne and at the University of Illinois. He was also President of the “Centro Sviluppo Materiali” (Centre for Development of Materials), in Italy. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the English Institute of Physics and also a member of the “Accademia dei Lincei”. He has been Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa from 1995 to 1999 and President of the Italian Physical Society from 1999 to 2007.
His main scientific interests are related to the theory of coulour centres in ionic crystal, the theory of bands in semiconductorsand insulators, and to the optical linear and non-linear proprieties ofinsulators and semiconductors. Among his most significant scientific publications are: Electronic States and Optical Transitions in Solids, F.Bassani e G.Pastori-Parravicini, Pergamon Press, Oxford, (1975); F.Bassani, D.Brust, J.C.Philipps, Phys. Rev. Lett. 9, 94 (1962); I.Carusotto, M. Artoni, G. La Rocca and F. Bassani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 64801 (2001).
Gianfranco Basti, Philosophy Faculty, Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis, Rome
Gianfranco Basti was born in 1954 in Rome and earned in 1984 the Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science by the State University of Rome with a thesis on the relationship between the neural network approach and the physical foundation of the intentionality according to the Aristotelian theory. He is actually Full Professor of Philosophy of Nature and of Science at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and Dean of the Faculty. Since 1987 he started his research in neural net field, in collaboration with several Italian scientific institutions. Apart from several collaborations with some Italian public and private institutions for practical applications of neural nets, from 1990 to 1991, he was associated researcher by the Institute for Electronic Circuits of the National Research Council of Genoa (Italy), to develop neural models for textual character recognition. From 1992 to 1997 he was associated researcher by the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Section "Roma 2, Tor Vergata". From 1996 he is Director - and co-founder with Prof. Edward Nelson of the Dept. of Mathematics of University of Princeton, NJ, with Prof. Ennio De Giorgi +, of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) and with Dr. Antonio Luigi Perrone – of the International Research Area on Foundations of the Sciences, by the Pontifical Lateran University. Prof. Basti is member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), as well as of the International Neural Network Society (INNS), of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) (Computer Society and Neural Network Society) and of the American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAS). In 1995 he earned the “Neural Network Leadership Awards” from the INNS, for his research in neural network field. Actually, his research interests are mainly directed on the formal logic and on the formal ontology of the cognitive sciences. He is Author of four books and of more than one hundred scientific and philosophical papers on philosophy of logic, on cognitive sciences, and on philosophy of mind.
Piero Benvenuti, Astronomy Dept, University of Padova
2014 - Piero Benvenuti was born in 1946 in Conegliano (Italy), where he lives. He is married and has two sons. He is full professor of High Energy Astrophysics and Director of the Center for Space Studies and Activities "G. Colombo" at the University of Padova. He has been Project Scientist, for the European Space Agency, of the astronomical satellite IUE (Madrid) and of the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (Garching bei München). He has been President of the National Institute for Astrophysics and vice-President of the Italian Space Agency.
He is actively engaged in the dialogue between Science and Christian Theology. He is teaching the Course "Creation and Evolution" at the Theological Faculty of Padova and he is President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation "Science and Faith - STOQ" of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
He is author of over 150 scientific papers and several educational articles. Among his recent books on Science and Faith: "In saecula saeculorum - Il tempo della fisica e il tempo dello spirito", "Contempla il cielo e osserva - Un confronto tra teologia e scienza", "Genesi e Big-bang - Parallele convergenti". He collaborates with the newspapers Avvenire and Osservatore Romano.
Tommaso Bellini, Department of Biochemistry, University of Milan
Tommaso Bellini is Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Milan. He is also Professor of Physics and Physical Technologies for the degree course in Biotechnology. His research concentrates on the properties of complex fluids (such as liquid crystals, polymers, suspensions of nanoparticles) and particularly on the physical properties of molecules and macromolecules of specific interest.
Marco Bersanelli, Department of Physics, University of Milan
Marco Bersanelli is Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Director of the PhD School in Physics at the University of Milano. He worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, and then as Researcher and Senior Scientist at IFC-CNR, Milano. His main research interests are in observational cosmology. He contributed to several experiments on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), including two expeditions to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Since 1992 he worked at the development of the ESA Planck space mission, launched in 2009, and dedicated to precision measurements of the CMB. He is the Instrument Scientist of Planck-LFI and a member of the Planck Science Team. He is currently member of the Italian Delegation at ESA SPC and Science Director of the Euresis Association.
Enrico Bombieri, Institute for Advanced Studies, Einstein Drive, Princeton
2007 - Enrico Bombieri is the IBM von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Bombieri is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on number theory and analysis. Born in Milan, Italy, Dr. Bombieri earned his doctoral degree at the University of Milan in 1963. He taught at the University of Pisa before joining the Princeton Institute in 1977. In 1974, when he was a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study, he received the Fields Medal, the highest award given in the mathematical sciences. He was cited for his work in number theory, the study of integers and their relation to one another, and minimal surfaces, as well as the study of multidimensional surfaces. In addition to the Fields Medal, his awards include the Feltrinelli and Balzan Prizes.
Giorgio Buccellati, Cotsen Institute of Archeology, University of California, Los Angeles
2013 - Giorgio Buccellati is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He founded the Institute of Archeology at UCLA, of which he served as first director from 1973 until 1983 and where he is now Director of the Mesopotamian Lab. He is currently Director of IIMAS, the International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies. His research interests include the ancient languages, literature, religion, archeology and the history of Mesopotamia, as well as the theory of archeology. He has published a structural grammar of ancient Babylonian, and is working on a detailed, computer-aided system for exacavation recording. He is also constructing a major website on the Urkesh excavations. As a Guggenheim Fellow, he has travelled to Syria to study the history of the ancient Amorites. With his wife Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, he has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. They are at present co-directors of the archeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They served as visitng professors in various European universities.
Marc Buehner, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
2013 - Marc Buehner is a cognitive psychologist who obtained his undergradiate degree from Universität Regensburg, Germany. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from Sheffield University. He has been at Cardiff since 2002, where he is a reader since 2011. His early research founf that humans convert statistical information into causal knowledge in ways that honour the assumption that causal power exist in the world, but are not directly perceivable. Importantly, his research showed that human causal learning cannot be reduced to mere association formation. More recently, Marc has begun examining the phenomenon of'causal binding', whereby the presence of a causal relation in the environment leads to systematic distortions in people's perception of space-time.
Marcello Buiatti, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, Parma University
2012 - Marcello Buiatti holds a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences from the University of Pisa (1959). In 1981 he became a Full Professor of Genetics at the University of Pisa. Prof. Buiatti was President of the Inter-Departmental Centre of Biotechnology in Florence (from 1990-2010) and between 2006-09 was President of the National Council of Research in Agriculture. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and essays and nine books, and is in the editorial board of a number of scientific publications, among which the Theoretical Biology Forum, where he is associate editor. He is currently President of the National Association for Environment and Labour, the Inter-university Centre of Philosophy of Biology, "Res Viva", the Italian National Governmental Council for the Environment, among others. His scientific interests are mainly in the field of genetic and molecular studies and mathematical modelling of developmental and evolutionary processes. He actively works also in the fields of philosophy and history of Biology.
Nicola Cabibbo, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Physics
2009 Nicola Cabibbo (deceased, 16 august 2010) was a physicist, best known for work on the weak nuclear interaction. He was also the president of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics from 1983 to 1992, and since 1993 he has been the president of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Cabibbo's major work on the weak nuclear interaction originated from a need to explain two observed phenomena: 1. the transitions between up and down quarks had slightly smaller amplitude than those between electrons and electron neutrinos, and between muons and muon neutrinos; and 2. the transitions with change in strangeness had amplitudes equal to 1/4 of those with no change in strangeness.
Cabibbo solved the two issues by postulating weak universality, which involves a similarity in the weak interaction coupling strength between different generations of particles and postulating a mixing angle θc, now called the Cabibbo angle, between the down and strange quarks.
Before the discovery of the third generation of quarks (1973), Cabibbo's work was extended by Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa to the Cabibbo-Kobayashi Maskawa matrix. In 2008, Kobayashi and Maskawa shared one half of the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work. Some physicists had bitter feelings that the Nobel Prize committee failed to reward Cabibbo for his part. Asked for a reaction on the prize, Cabibbo preferred to give no comment.
Recent work on evaluating the importance of scientific papers using Google's PageRank algorithm identifies Cabibbo's paper Unitary Symmetry & Leptonic Decays as the top ranked out of 353,268 articles on physics published since 1893. The same research shows that most of the authors of the top-ranked papers are also Nobel Prize winners, which makes Cabibbo's exclusion seem all the more curious. More recently, Cabibbo has been researching applications of supercomputers to address problems in modern physics with the experiments APE 100 and APE 1000.
John Cacioppo, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, University of Chicago
2011 - John Cacioppo (deceased, 5 march 2018) was the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and the Director of the University of Chicago Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience. He is also the Founding Director of the Arete Initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Research and National Laboratories at the University of Chicago. Cacioppo's research is focused on understanding the causes and effects of social isolation, for which he has received several awards, among which are an NIH MERIT Award, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Campbell Award, the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association. At NIH he has served on various panels and boards, including the National Advisory Council on Aging. He served as faculty at the University of Notre Dame (1977-1979), University of Iowa (1979-1989), and Ohio State University (1989-1999).
William Carroll, Blackfriars College, University of Oxford
2012 - William E Carroll is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. He is a European intellectual historian and historian of science whose research and teaching concern the reception of Aristotelian science in medieval Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and the development of the doctrine of creation. He also works on the topic of the encounter of Galileo and the Inquisition. Prof. Carroll has written extensively on the ways in which medieval discussions of the relationship among the natural sciences, philosophy and theology can be useful in contemporary questions arising from developments in biology and cosmology. He has been a visiting professor at universities in the USA, Europe, Central and South America and has given special lectures at the Royal Society in London and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He is author of: "Aquinas on Creation", "Galileo: Science and Faith, "Creation and Science", among other titles.
Nancy Cartwright, Department of Philosophy, Durham University
2007 - Nancy Cartwright is the director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science and Professor of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at LSE and Professor of Philosophy at the University California, San Diego. She majored in mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh; then took her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1971. Her earlier work was primarily in history and philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. Her chief interests right now are evidence-based policy, philosophy of economics and causal inference. Her publications include "How the Laws of Physics Lie" (OUP, 1983), "Nature’s Capacities and their Measurement" (OUP, 1989), "Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Politics" (CUP, 1995), "The Dappled World: A Study of the Boundaries of Science" (CUP, 1999) and "Hunting Causes and Using Them" (CUP, 2007). Nancy Cartwright is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a recipient of a McArthur Fellowship and a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Mauro Ceroni, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Pavia
Mauro Ceroni is Chief of the General Neurology Department and founder of the Laboratory of Experimental Neurobiology at the National Neurological Institute C. Mondino, in Pavia. He is Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Pavia, faculty of Medicine. From 1986 to 1989 he has been Visiting Associate at the National Institute of Health, USA, working with Dr. C.J. Gibbs in the Prion diseases. At present he is dedicated to clinical work and biological research on Neurodegenerative diseases, particularly, ALS. He is currently writing, together with Prof. Faustino Savoldi, a book on consciousness, which tries to analyse major contributions to the field and to understand emergingnew approaches that consider the richness of multidisciplinary contributions to it.
Giovanni Comelli, Department of Physics, University of Trieste
2009 - Giovanni Comelli got his Laurea in Physics at the University of Trieste, in December 1985. From 1986 to 1988 he was Visiting Scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Centre, in California. From 1988 to 1992 he joined as a Research Staff Member the Scientific Division of the Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. From 1992 to 1999 he was Research Staff Member at the Physics Department of the University of Trieste, continuing his scientific collaboration with S.C.p.A. In 1999 he became Associate Professor of General Physics and in 2005 Full Professor of Physics of Matter at the Science Faculty of the University of Trieste. Since 1999 he is in charge of the Surface Physics Laboratory. Since 2004 he is member of the International Advisory Board of the European Conference on Surface Crystallography and Dynamics. Since 2006 he is vice President of the Sincrotrone Trieste, and since 2009 he is member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Mathematics Research Institute (INDAM).
Yves Coppens, Paleoantropology Dept, College de France, Paris, France
2014 - Yves Coppens was born in 1934 in France. He has been trained in Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Zoology, Botany (University of Rennes) and Paleontology (Doctoral degrees, University of Paris-Sorbonne).
His career, starting in 1956, has been conducted in different institutions, all of them in Paris, successively at the National Scientific Research Center, at the National Museum of Natural History (where he has been elected at the Chair of Biological Anthropology), at the Collège de France (where he has been elected in 1983 at the Chair of Paleoanthropology and Prehistory).
Yves Coppens is a field paleontologist; he has organized, led or co-led many expeditions in tropical Africa (Chad, 1960-1966, Ethiopia, 1967-1976 in the Omo Valley and 1972-1977, in the Afar desert), in Asia (Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Mongolia, Siberia), many surveys in North and South Africa, as well as excavations in France. As a result of this field research, he collected tons of fossils, hundreds of hominids (he signed or co-signed three new genera and six new species of them) and of course an impressive amount of data.
His research focused on Fossil Vertebrate, their assemblages and their meaning in Paleoenvironments, Climates and Biochronology, as well as on Fossil Hominids. He is known for his hypothesis showing for the first time the correlations between Hominid evolution and the evolution of the environments but also for unexpected conclusions in functional anatomy of early Hominids, their “double” locomotion, walking and climbing.
He authored or co-authored over a thousand of scientific papers and books (research and popular).
Yves Coppens is a member of many scientific institutions all over the World (Academies of France, Belgium, Italy, UK, Brazil, Marocco, Ivory Coast, Malagacy, South Africa); his received numerous scientific awards from France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Ethiopia, Unesco, and civil ones from France, Chad, Monaco.
He his Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Chicago, Bologna, Liege, Mons, Honorary Citizen of 29 towns and his name has been given to institutions (Universities, Colleges, Schools, etc...), to an Asteroid (!) and to a Chair at the University of Recife (Brazil).
Paul Davies, Arizona State University, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science
2013 - Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist. He is Director of 'Beyond', a new interdisciplinary research institute at Arizona State University devoted to the study of fundamental concepts in science. Part of the mission of Beyond is to establish new trans-disciplinary lines of research. Davie's own research ranges from the origin of the universe to the origin of life. The main focus has been on the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, with the applications to the very early universe and the properties of black holes. He has also worked in complexity theory, the nature of time and the theory of emergent phenomena. He is the author of 27 books, the latest of which is "The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the universe just right for life?" His earlier book, "The Mind of God", was an international best-seller.
Michele Di Francesco, Faculty of Philosophy, University Vita–Salute “San Raffaele”, Milan, Italy
2012 - Michele Di Francesco is full professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, and Director of the Ph.D. School in Philosophy and Science of the Mind at the University Vita-Salute S. Raffaele, Milan. He is a former President of both the European and the Italian Society of Analytic Philosophy, and co-founder and a former director of the Research Centre for Experimental Philosophy (CRESA – www.cresa.eu). He authored or edited fifteen books, and authored several articles published both in Italian and international scientific journals and books, on topics that span the Philosophy of Language, the Philosophy of Logic, and the Philosophy of Mind. This latter has gradually become the main focus of his research interests. His present research concerns the Philosophy of Mind and the Philosophy of Cognitive Science. In particular, he works on the philosophical issues connected with the nature of the self, the unity of the mind, and emergentism.
Giorgio Dieci, Department of Biochemistry, University of Parma
Giorgio Dieci is Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Parma, where he does research in molecular biology. He is particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms and regulation of gene transcription and small RNA biogenesis in eukaryotes. After graduation and Ph.D. studies at the University of Parma, he was EMBO post-doctoral fellow at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (Saclay, France). He later continued his studies at the University of Parma, where his research extended to yeast and human genomics and epigenomics. He set up and coordinated an international team that was supported by the Human Frontier Science Program. In 2001, he was recipient of the “Ettore Bora” Award, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), for the Biological Sciences and their applications.
George Ellis, Department of Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2013 - George Ellis FRS is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. After a B.Sc. at Cape Town University, he studied at Cambridge University under Dr. Dennid Sciama, and taught there from 1967 until 1973, when he returned to Cape Town as Professor of Applied Mathematics. He has been visiting professor at several universities including the University of Chicago, Boston University, as well as Professor of Cosmic Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste. He is presently Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was awarded the Herschel Medal of the Royal Society of South Africa in 1984. He has Honorary Degrees from a number of international universities and was awarded the Star of South Africa Medal by President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the Templeton Prize in 2004, and the Order of Mapungubwe, by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006. He is Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, London. His books include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime, with Stephen Hawking and On The Moral Nature of the Universe: Cosmology, Theology and Ethics, with Nancey Murphy, among others.
Costantino Esposito, Dept. of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Bari
2013 - Costantino Esposito is full professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Bari since 2000. Since 1998 he has worked as an associate professor at the University of Cassino. On various occasions he has carried out research in Germany, at the University of Freiburg. His main research interests are: the thought of Martin Heidegger; the philosophy of Immanuel Kant; and the metaphysical works of Francisco Suarez. Costantino is a member of the Editorial Board of several International Journals, such as "Heidegger Studies", "Viator", and "Dilthey Jahrbuch." He lectured at conferences in Europe, USA, South Africa and Japan, and taught graduate courses at the Universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires, among others. He is Distinguished Visiting Scholar of UCLA "Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies", Los Angeles, CA. Since 2001 he has worked as editor of "Quaestio - International Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics." Among his latest works is a Philosophical Textbook for Laterza Publisher entitled "Filosofia" (vol.1 - antica e medievale; vol. 2 - moderna, vol. 3 - contemporanea).
Stefano Forte, Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano
Stefano Forte graduated from the M.I.T., and was a Research Fellow at Saclay and CERN. From 1990 to 2002 he was a staff Physicist at the INFN in Torino and Rome. Since 2003, Stefano Forte is a full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Milan. Forte has been a visiting professor in Barcelona and a visiting Fellow in Edinburgh and at the Ecole Polytechnique, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. Currently he is a scientific associate of the Discovery Center of the Niels Bohr Institute and the Higgs Centre in Edinburgh and member of the editorial board of Journal of Physics G. Stefano Forte’s research focuses on theory of strong interactions and perturbative QCD. Dr. forte has played a role in some particle physics experiments as member of the SPS committee at CERN, and as a member of the steering committees for the HERA-LHC and PDF4LHC workshops as well as the future experiment LHeC.
Tibor Frank, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös University, Budapest,
2008 - Tibor Frank was educated in Hungary and England (Cambridge). He is now Professor of History at the Dept of American Studies at Eötvös Loránd Univesity (ELTE), which he founded and chaired. Since 2006 he is Director of the School of English and American Studies of ELTE. Between 1987 and 1990, Tibor Frank taught as Fulbright Visiting Professor of History at the University of California. He was also a Visiting Professor at the History Department of Columbia University in New York, in 2001 and 2007. Prof. Frank lectured throughout the world, contributing to over 50 conferences in Europe and U.S., and his books have been published in all continents. His research has been supported by grants from the American Philosophical Society, Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Rockefeller Foundation, amongst others. In 2002, Tibor Frank received the Humboldt Foundation Forschungspreis and in 2005 was awarded the Szent-Györgyi Albert Prize for achievements in higher-education. He was elected, in 2006, Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London.
Harvey Friedman, Mathematics Building, Ohio State University
2007 - Prof. Friedman earned his Ph.D. in 1967 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision of Gerald Sacks, with a dissertation on'Subsystems of Analysis'. Since 2012, Harvey Friedman is an Emeritus Professor working with mathematical logic at the Ohio State University. He is specially noted for his work on reverse mathematics, a project which has later evolved to Boolean relation theory, which attempts to justify large cardinal axioms by demonstrating their necessity for deriving certain propositions considered "concrete". His first academic assignment, in 1967, at the age of just 18, was as an Assistant Professorship of Philosophy at Stanford University for which he was listed as the world's youngest professor according to the Guinness Book of World Records. In his career, Prof. Friedman also thought Mathematics and Music. In 1984, Harvey Friedman received the Alan T. Waterman award and in 2007 he delivered the Tarski Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scott. F. Gilbert, Dept. of Biology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore. Biotechnology Institute, University of Helsinki
2012 - Scott F. Gilbert is Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College, USA, and a Finland Distinguished Professor at the University of Helsinki. He teaches developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He received his PhD in biology and M.A. in the history of science from the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gilbert’s research combines evolutionary biology and molecular developmental biology. Dr. Gilbert is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the St. Petersburg Society of Naturalists. He currently has three books in print: "Developmental Biology" - a university textbook - "Bioethics and the New Embriology" and "Ecological Developmental Biology," another textbook co-authored with David Epel. He has received several awards, including the Medal of Francois I from the College de France and the Dwight J. Ingle Memorial Writing Award.
Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, Cambridge
2009 - Owen Gingerich is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Professor Gingerich is co-author of two successive standard models for the solar atmosphere. For 30 years he was book review editor of the Journal for the History of Astronomy. He is a leading authority on Johannes Kepler and on Nicolaus Copernicus. Professor Gingerich has been vice president of the American Philosophical Society and he has served as chairman of the US National Committee of the International Astronomical Union. He has been a councillor of the American Astronomical Society, which awarded him their Education Prize for 2004. Recently he won the Prix Jansen 2006, of the French Astronomical Society.
Veronica Haag, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
2012 - Veronika Hagg is a graduate student in Psychology and Philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximillians Universitaet (LMU), in Munich. In 2011, she obtained her Baccalaureat in Philoshopy from the Hochschule fuer Philosophie (Munich) and a Bachelor in Psychology from the LMU, with a Thesis on "human freedom." Currently she is writing her Master’s thesis in clinical and neurocognitive psychology, concerning the view of human nature in neurobiology and the role of transcendence. Besides her focus on anthropology, she is very interested in epistemological questions as the presuppositions and limitation of empirical research and the boundaries of rationality and reason.
Charles L. Harper, The John Templeton Foundation
2007 - Charles L. Harper is Senior Vice President of the John Templeton Foundation. Initially trained in engineering at Princeton (B.Sc. 1980), he obtained his D.Phil. in planetary science from the University of Oxford for a thesis on the nature of time in cosmology (1988). He also holds the Diploma in Theology from Oxford (1988). He was a National Research Council Fellow at the NASA Johnson Space Center (1988-91) and a research scientist in the Harvard Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and at the Harvard College Observatory (1991-95). More recently, he has worked to transform philanthropy by developing innovative entrepreneurial practices in grant making and has created more than $200 million in grant-based programs. He is the founding Chairman of Geneva Global, Inc., an innovative new philanthropic organisation making grants worldwide within the developing world. He has developed a number of scientific symposia and related research volumes of which he is co-editor, as well as over 50 research articles in scientific journals. His most recent edited publication is Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives on Science and Religion (Templeton Foundation Press 2005).
Peter E. Hodgson, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
2007 - Peter E. Hodgson (deceased, 8 December 2008) was born in London in 1928. He studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College, emerging in 1951 with a doctorate in nuclear physics. Since then he has lectured and tutored physics and mathematics at Oxford and has led a research group studying nuclear reactions and supervised a number of doctoral candidates. He has written about 20 books, mainly on nuclear physics, and about 300 research papers on nuclear physics, as well as hundreds of articles in nuclear power, the energy crisis, the environment, and the relations between theology and science. He was President of the Science Secretariat of Pax Romana and a member of the STOQ Committee, responsible for co-ordinating the teaching of science and faith in six Pontifical Universities. His latest book was "Theology and the New Physics" (Ashgate Press 2005).
Rogers Hollingsworth, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2008 - GINRogers Hollingsworth, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned scholar on the topics of innovation, the sociology of capitalism, and organizational structure. Since 1964, he has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was professor in the Departments of Sociology, History, and the Industrial Relations Research Institute. Most of Hollingsworth's scholarship has focused on institutional change within and across countries. Hollingsworth has been engaged in a complex, cross national, and historical research agenda that attempts to explain why countries vary in their capacity to be innovative in science-based industries during the twentieth century. Hollingsworth received a B.A. from Emory University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also holds several honorary degrees.
Hud Hudson, Department of Philosophy, Western Washington University
2009 - Hud Hudson works in contemporary analytic metaphysics and the philosophy of religion. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1991. He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department at Western Washington University. He has authored three books, an edited volume on Kant's aesthetics and an edited volume on mereology, as well as some 40 articles in philosophical books and journals.
2014 - Chris Impey is a University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona. He has over 170 refereed publications on observational cosmology, galaxies, and quasars, and his research has been supported by $20 in grants from NASA and the NSF. He has won eleven teaching awards, and he is currently teaching an online class with over 13,000 enrolled. Impey is a past Vice President of the American Astronomical Society and he has been an NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar and the Carnegie Council’s Arizona Professor of the Year. He has written over 40 popular articles on cosmology and astrobiology, two introductory textbooks, a novel, and five popular science books: The Living Cosmos (2007, Random House), How It Ends (2010, Norton), How It Began (2012, Norton), Dreams of Other Worlds (2013, Princeton), and Humble Before the Void (2014, Templeton), with two more in preparation.
2014 - Laurent Lafforgue, born in 1966, alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure (1986), Ph.D. (1993), was first appointed researcher of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in the “Arithmétique et Géometrie Algébrique” team of the Université Paris 11 in Orsay (1990-2000). Since 2000, he is permanent professor at “Institut de Hautes Études Scientifiques” (IHES).
In 2002 he was awarded the Fields medal for his proof of Langlands correspondence for function fields. The Langlands correspondence is one of the main statements of Langlands program, which proposes a series of ideas and conjectures linking important parts of number theory, algebra and analysis. This program has become one of the main bodies of open problems, on which several mathematicians have been working for about forty years.
At present, Laurent Lafforgue is continuing to work on Langlands program.
David Lahti, Department of Biology, Queens College, City University of New York
2009 - David Lahti is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts. He investigates how organisms interact with their environments and evolve by natural selection, particularly focusing on complex traits such as learned behaviours and culture. He currently leads a group of biologists at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in an investigation of the evolutionary effects of the disuse of traits. Since September 2009, he is also Assistant Professor at Queens College, City University of New York.
José I. Latorre, University of Barcelona. Center for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore.
2014 - Dr. José I. Latorre got his Ph. D. in High Energy Physics in Barcelona, working in the field of Elementary Particles. He later moved to MIT (USA) on a Fullbright grant and afterwards to the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, for his postdoctoral studies. He is now Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, sharing his time with a visiting position at the University of Singapore. His current research is centered in Quantum Information Theory and Neural Networks construction of parton distribution functions. He also runs the scientific research centre "Centro de Ciencias de Benasque" in Spain, and is actively involved in outreach of science. He has created a business company based on the atomic synchronisation of mobile phones.
Xavier Le Pichon, College de France, Paris
2007 - Professor of Geodynamics at College de France, Dr. Le Pichon received his Ph.D. in geophysics at Strasbourg in 1966. A major contributor to Plate Tectonics Theory, he was the first to develop a global model based on quantitative analysis, which has become the basis for a better understanding of the distribution of earthquakes and the large-scale reconstruction of the configuration of continents and ocean basins in the past. Among his awards are the Maurice Ewing Medal, the Huntsman Prize, the Japan Prize, the Wollaston Medal, the Balzan Prize (2002), and the Wegener Medal (2003). He is a member of the French and American Academy of Sciences. Since 1976, Dr. Le Pichon has also been a member of L’Arche, which brings together people that have learning disabilities with others who choose to live in the same community.
Richard Lindzen, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, MIT, Cambridge
2008 - Professor Lindzen (Ph.D. 1964, Harvard University) is Alfred P. Sloan professor of Metereology at the Massachussets Institute of Technology. He has made major contributions to the development of the current theory for the Hadley Circulation, pioneered the study of ozone photochemistry, and has developed models for the Earth's climate. He was a lead author of Chapter 7,'Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacks,' of the IPCC Third Assessment Report on climate change. Prof. Lindzen is a recipient of the AMS's Meisinger, and Charney Awards, the AGU's Macelwane Medal, and the Leo Huss Walin Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. He is a corresponding member of the NAS Committee on Human Rights, and has been a member of the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate and the Council of the AMS. He has also been a consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Jonah Lynch, Priestly Fraternity of Saint Charles Borromeo, Rome
2013 - Jonah Lynch is a roman catholic priest. After graduating in Astrophysics from the McGill University in Montreal, he entered seminary, where he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Università Lateranense of Rome. He later obtained a Master’s degree in Education from the George Washington University. Now, Jonah lives in Rome where he serves as the vice-rector of the seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of Saint Charles Borromeo.
Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello, Department of Humanities, Universidade Aberta de Portugal, Lisboa
Maria do Rosário Lupi Bello is an Assistant Professor at Universidade Aberta in Lisbon, where she lectures in the areas of Theory of Literature, Film Studies and Comparative Literature. Since her PhD in Theory of Literature, in 2002, she has developed her research on the narrative relationship between Literature and Film, having published ’Narrativa Literária e Narrativa Fílmica: O caso de ’Amor de Perdição’ " (2nd ed. 2008). As Guest Professor she has lectured Portuguese Literature at Universidade Católica in Lisbon and Film Narratology at Universidade de Coimbra. She is a CETAPS member (Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies), where she coordinates the research line “British Culture and the Media” and is presently doing research and publishing mainly in the areas of Narrative Theory and Film Studies, focusing particularly on directors such as Manoel de Oliveira, André Bresson, Carl Dreyer and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Giovanni Maddalena, Faculty of Human Sciences, University of Molise
2009 - Giovanni Maddalena is Assistant Professor at the University of Molise. He works on American Philosophy, especially focusing on Charles S. Peirce and classic pragmatists He edited, translated and introduced a large Italian anthology of Peirce's work. With R. Calcaterra he is the head of a series on American Philosophy: “Filosofia angloamericana. Testi e interpretazioni” He is Executive editor of the “European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy”. He won the Fulbright Research Scholar grant for the year 2009-10.
Alan MacFarlane, Kings College, Cambridge
2008 - Prof. Alan MacFarlane, born in Assam, India, in 1941, has taught at the Department of Social Anthropology at Cambridge University for thirty-four years and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science and a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. As an anthropologist and historian he has worked in England, Nepal, Japan and China, focusing on comparative studies of the origins and nature of the modern world. Alan MacFarlane published over twenty books throughout his career. He won the Rivers Memorial Medal for Anthropology Fieldwork (1984) and the William J. Goode Medal of the American Sociological Association (1987). Professor MacFarlane was Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy. He has been recognised with a number of distinguished lectures, among which are the Golden Jubilee Lectures at the Delhi School of Economics (1999) and at the SOAS (2000).
Lorenzo Magrassi, University of Pavia – IRCCS San Matteo Hospital, Pavia
2014 - Lorenzo Magrassi obtained his Medical Degree summa cum laude from the University of Pavia where in 1993 he completed his Residency in Neurosurgery. He is now Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Neurosurgical training program of the Neurosurgical Unit of the Department of Clinical Surgical Diagnostic and Pediatric Sciences of the University of Pavia, Italy.
He was visiting scholar for extended periods in the Departments of: Biology Florida State University (USA), Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Washington University St. Louis (USA), Department of Neurosurgery University of Washington Seattle (USA), and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Cambridge (UK).
From 1998 to 2004 he was member of the Management Committee of the European Action COST B10 “Brain Repair” an initiative funded directly by the European Commission. He served as chairman of the Working Group “Regeneration” of the COSTB10 action from 2000 to 2002.
His main clinical interests are brain tumor surgery and functional neurosurgery. Prof. Magrassi is actively involved in basic and clinical neuroscience research. His scientific interest focus on the mechanisms generating differences in the Central Nervous System from cellular differentiation to cortical network functional specification. He elected the developing cerebellum as a model for studying cellular differentiation and the investigation of the neurobiological basis of writing as a paradigm to study neuronal network specification. He also studies the disregulation of SHC3, a gene normally expressed in neurons, in human gliomas. He authored or co-authored 65 papers on international journals and 7 chapters on books.
Dan Maoz, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University
2014 - Dan Maoz is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tel-Aviv University, director of the Wise Observatory and chairman of the Astrophysics Department in the Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy. He has recently published an astrophysics textbook with Princeton University Press (2007) intended for undergraduates on Physical Sciences, which won the Chambliss Award of the American Astronomical Society. Dan Maoz interests includes active galactic nuclei, gravitational lensing and supernovae, in which topics he published over 100 scientific papers. Recent highlights of Professor Maoz's research include the first measurement of the galactic merger rate of white dwarfs, the discovery of the most distant supernova in 2011, and the first microlensing detection of a solar system analog as well as first limits on terrestrial-mass exoplanets, also obtained from microlensing.
Amos Maritan, Physics Dept, University of Padova
2014 - Amos Maritan is full professor of Physics at the University of Padova, Italy, since 2003. His main research interests are in the statistical mechanics of out-of equilibrium systems, with interdisciplinary applications ranging from the physics of biopolymers to Ecology and Biogeography. He was dean of the School of Excellence “Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori” in Padova from 2004 to 2010, and has been a scientific consultant at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste.
He has written 307 original publications in refereed journals including 13 in Nature, 3 in Science, 23 in Proceedings of the National Academy of the United States, 53 in Physical Review Letters, 2 in Review of Modern Physics, 30 in Physical Review E, 12 in Journal of Statistical Physics, 12 in Journal of Chemical physics, 27 in Journal of Physics A-Mathematical and General, and many additional publications in peerreviewed journals
Career: He has been previously a faculty member at the University of Bari and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste
Education: he graduated in physics at the University of Padova and he obtained the PhD degree at SISSA in Trieste.
John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, MD
2009 - John Mather won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2006 with George Smoot for his work on measuring the cosmic microwave background radiation, the primordial heat radiation that still fills the universe. The COBE team also discovered the cosmic anisotropy, believed to be the seeds that led to the structure of the universe today. Mather now serves as Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, planned for launch in 2014 as the successor the great Hubble Space TelescopeMather is a senior astrophysicist at the U.S. space's agency's (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World.
Hans Meinhardt, Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, Tubingen
2013 - Hans Meinhardt (deceased, 11 febbraio 2016) worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tubingen, Germany. He studied Physics in Cologne and Heidelberg. After his Ph.D. in 1966, he worked for two years at CERN, the European High Energy Laboratory near Geneva. From 1969 onwards he developed, at the MPI in Tubingen, molecularly feasible models for pattern formation during development of higher organism, partially together with Alfred Geiger. Meanwhile, several of these predicted mechanisms found direct support by research on the molecular level. Since 2004 he is emeritus at the Institute. His published books include Models of Biological Pattern Formation (1982) and the Algorithmic Beatuy of Sea Shells (2009).
Andrea Moro, Institute for Advanced Study, IUSS Center for Neurolinguistics and Theoretical Syntax (NeTS), Pavia
2012 - Andrea Moro (born 1962) is full professor of General Linguistics at the Institute for Advanced Study, IUSS Pavia and director of the Research Center for Neurolinguistics and Theoretical Syntax Ne.T.S. He was for several times Fulbright student and visiting scientist at MIT and Harvard University and obtained a "Diplôme d’études supérieures en théorie de la syntaxe et syntaxe comparative" at the University of Geneva. He lectured in many Universities in Europe, the USA and Japan, including the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the Collège de France, the University of Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig. His main fields of research are theoretical syntax and neurolinguistics. Among his books are <em>The Raising of Predicates</em> (Cambridge, 1997), <em>Dynamic Antisymmetry</em> (MIT Press, 2000) and <em>The Boundaries of Babel</em> (MIT Press, 2008), <em>Breve Storia del Verbo “Essere”</em> (Adelphi, 2010), <em>Parlo Dunque Sono</em> (Adelphi, 2012),and <em>The Equilibrium of Human Syntax</em> (Routledge, 2013); he also published several papers on international journals.
John Polkinghorne, Queens College, Cambridge
2009 - Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow (and former President) of Queens' College, Cambridge. He has published many papers on theoretical elementary physics and two technical scientific books, The Analytic S-Matrix (CUP 1966) and Models of High Energy Processes (CUP 1980). He has also published many books on science and religion. Dr. Polkinghorne was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002, and also, in that year, became the founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion
Javier Prades Lopez, Faculty of Theology, San Damaso University, Madrid
2011 - Javier Prades Lopez was born in Madrid in 1960. He is priest in the diocese of Madrid. He graduated in Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1982). He holds a Doctorate in Theology from the P.U. Gregoriana in Rome. He is professor of Dogmatic Theology and Director at the Faculty of Theology "San Dámaso" in Madrid, and Director of the <em>Revista Española de Teología</em>. He is also contribution editor to the journal <em>Communio</em>. He is founder of <em>"Universitas", </em>an association for the research and teaching in higher education. He ha spublished various works, including, <em>Occidente: l'ineludibile incontro</em> (Siena 2008), <em>Nostalgia di Resurrezione. Ragione e fede in occidente </em>(Siena 2007), and <em>La razon, enimiga del Mistero?</em> (Siena 2007). He is co-author, with Mons. Luigi Giussani and Stefano alberto fo the book <em>Generating Traces in the History of the World: New Traces of Christian Experience</em> (Milan 1998). With Cardinal Angelo Scola, he co-authored the <em>Manuale di antropologia Teologica </em>(Milan 2006). He has written more than fifty articles on theological subjects in different international journals.
Juan Rojo, Physics Department, CERN, Geneva
Juan Rojo is a Marie Curie fellow at the Theory Unit of the European Center for Nuclear Physics (CERN), Switzerland. He graduated in Physics from the University of Barcelona (2002), where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (2006), in perturbative Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD). He has performed postdoctoral research at the LPTHE in Paris, France (2006-08) and at the INFN and Dipartimento di Fisica, Milano University, Italy (2008-11). His research is focused on the phenomenology of perturbative QCD and their applications to Large Hadron Collider (LHC) physics. He is a member of the NNPDF Collaboration for the determination of parton distributions of the nucleon, and is Editor-in-Chief of Euresis Journal.
Lucio Rossi, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva
Professor Lucio Rossi is currently the Head of the Magnets, Cryostats and Superconductors Group at CERN. Graduated in Physics from the University of Milan, he is since 1981 a researcher at the INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Italy), being since 1992 associate professor of the Physics Department at the University of Milan. In 1989, he Lucio Rossi started a collaboration with CERN for the development and construction of the first magnet prototypes for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), eventually joining the ATLAS collaboration in 1997 and leaving the University of Milan in 2001 to take up a position at CERN within the LHC project. In 2004, Professor Rossi set up the European Network for High Field Pulsating Magnets for Hadron Colliders, of which he is still responsible. Rossi has also participated in the AMS experiment onboard the International Space Station (1998) for which he proposed a new technology for the protection of astronauts from cosmic radiation during interplanetary flights. Since 2000, Rossi is the representing member for Italy at the International Organising Committee of the "Magnet Technology Conference".
David Schindler, The Catholic University of America, Pontifical JPII Institute, Washington DC
2007 - Formerly a Weaver Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar (Austria), David Schindler has a Ph.D. in Religion from the Claremont Graduate School (1976). Professor Schindler taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he received tenure in 1985. Since 1982 he has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of "Communio: International Catholic Review," a federation of journals founded in 1972 by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger, Henri de Lubac, and other European theologians. He serves as editor of the series "Resourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought" with Eerdmans Publishing Company. Professor Schindler has published over seventy articles in the areas of metaphysics, fundamental theology, and the relation of theology and culture. He is the author of "Heart of the World, Center of the Church", published by T&T Clark & Eerdmans and "Ordering Love: Creation and Creativity in a Technological Age." Professor Schindler was appointed a Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity in 2002 and since 200 has served as Dean at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America, and is also an Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology at that Institute.
Jonathan Schooler, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences,
University of California, Santa Barbara
2011 - Jonathan Schooler is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1987 and then joined the psychology faculty of the University of Pittsburgh. He moved to the University of British Columbia in 2004 as a Canada Research Chair in Social Cognitive Science and joined the faculty at UCSB in 2007. He pursues research on consciousness, memory, the relationship between language and thought, problem-solving, and creativity. He is particularly interested in phenomena at the intersection of psychology and philosophy such as how fluctuations in people’s awareness of their experience mediate mind-wandering and how exposing individuals to philosophical positions alters their behavior.
He is the author of over 125 scholarly publications and his research has been supported by a host of organizations including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Unilever Corporation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Bial Foundation, the James Bower Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Science, and the John Templeton Foundation. He is or has served on the editorial boards of Memory and Cognition, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Consciousness and Cognition, Psychological Science, Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Encyclopedia of Consciousness, and the Journal of Imagination, Cognition and Personality. His work is frequently featured in major media outlets such as the New Yorker, the New York Times, Scientific American, and Discover magazine among others.
He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and co-editor of Scientific Approaches to Consciousness, which was published in 1997 by Lawrence Erlbaum.
Gino Segre, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania
2008 - Gino Segre is a High-Energy Theoretical Physicist, professor at the Department of Physics of the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Segre studied in Harvard and obtained a Ph.D. in 1963 from the M.I.T. His current research is directed toward a variety of problems in high-energy theoretical physics, principally phenomenological analyses of models of electroweak interactions, CP violation and flavour-changing neutral currents. The link between particle physics and astrophysics is another field of interest, with research ranging from baryon asymmetry to more conventional astrophysics such as pulsar kicks. Recently, he has also written general-public science writing, including a book about temperature in all its manifestations (Penguim, 2003) and more recently "Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics" (Penguim, 2008). Professor Segre was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (1974-5) and a A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1967-71).
Karl Sigmund, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna
2012 - Karl Sigmund, born in 1945 in Lower Austria, has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Vienna, followed by several years of postdoctoral research in Manchester, Paris and Jerusalem. He was associate professor at Goettingen and since 1974 is full professor at the University of Vienna. Since 1984, Prof. Sigmund a part time affiliate to the International Institute for Applied systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg. He works in ergodic theory and dynamic systems, biomathematics (population ecology and population genetics) and evolutionary game theory. Prof. Sigmund is author of several books, including "Evolutionary Games and Population Dynamics" (with Josef Hofbauer), "Games of Life", "The Goedel Album" and "The Calculus of Selfshiness." He is a Member of the Austrian and German Academies of Sciences.
Eleonore Stump, Saint Louis University, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Philosophy
2007 - Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She received a Ph.D. in medieval studies and medieval philosophy from Cornell University in 1975. Prof. Stump is editor-in-chief of the Yale Library of Medieval Philosophy and was section editor for the philosophy of religion for the new Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Among other honors, she was president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division. In 2003, she presented the Gifford Lectures in Aberdeen, Scotland. In 2004, she received the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University. In 2006 she gave the Wilde Lectures at Oxford. Prof. Stump’s many publications include Reasoned Faith (1993); Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions (1998); the Cambridge Companion to Aquinas (1993); the Cambridge Companion to Augustine (1999); and Aquinas in the series "Arguments of the Philosophers" (2003). Her Gifford Lectures, entitled Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering, are forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Ian Tattersal, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York
2012 - Ian Tattersall is Curator Emeritus in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York city. Trained in archeology and anthropology at Cambridge, and in geology and vertebrate paleonthology at Yale, Ian has concentrated his research since the 1960s in the analysis of the human fossil record and its integration with evolutionary theory. He has conducted fieldwork in countries as diverse as Madagascar, Vietnam, Surinam, Yemen and Mauritius. He is author of over 300 scientific papers, and in collaboration with Jeffrey Schwartz wrote the multivolume "Hominid Fossil Record." Ian is also a proeminent interpreter of human paleonthology to the public, with several books to his credit, among them Masters of the Planet (2012), Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth (2011), The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (2008), Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness (1998), among others. He lectures widely and, as a curator, has been responsible for several major exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, including the recent "The first Europeans: Treasures from the Hills of Atapuerca" (2003), and the highly acclaimed "Hall of Human Biology and Evolution" (1993) and its successor "Hall of Human Origins" (2007).
Charles Townes, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
2009 - Charles Townes (deceased, 27 January 2015) was Professor in the Graduate School at the University of California, at Berkeley, and 1964 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics for basic work on the maser and the laser. He earned a Ph.D. in physics from the California Institute of Technology. After work at the Bell Labs 1939-1948, he became professor of physics at Columbia University, and served as chairman of the department 1952-1954. He was provost and professor of physics at MIT, director of the Enrico Fermi International School of Physics, and university professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has chaired the advisory committee for the first lunar landing. Dr. Townes was awarded the 2005 Templeton Prize.
GIuseppe Trautteur, Dept. of Computer Science, University of
Napoli “Federico II”
2011 - Giuseppe Trautteur. Natively attracted by all kind of artefact – clocks, railroads, vehicles, optical, acoustical, electronic contraptions, etc. –, Giuseppe Trautteur (born Napoli, Italy 1936), began life with strong philosophical interests, became a physicist in Rome, but soon turned to Cybernetics and requalified at the University of Michigan.
Upon retirement in 2010 he was teaching Theoretical Informatics with the Dipartimento di Scienze fisiche of the Università di Napoli Federico II and was working – as ever – at the material/symbolic/computational substrate of the mind in order to discern, if it is there, the articulation between mind and body.
From the beginning he serves as consultant to the publishing house Adelphi Edizioni, Milano.
Constantino Tsallis, Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rio de Janeiro
2008 - Professor Constantino Tsallis, is head of the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, in Rio de Janeiro, and head of the National Institute of Science and Technology for Complex Systems of Brazil. His work focuses on entropy and the foundations of statistical mechanics. In 1988 Tsallis proposed a generalization of the Boltzmann-Gibbs entropy and statistical mechanics known as non-extensive thermodynamics. Prof. Tsallis’ contributions have received over 10,000 ISI citations, which currently makes him one of the most cited scientists of all times in Latin America. He has received many international and national distinctions (Guggenheim Foundation Award, Mexico Prize for Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro Prize of Science and Technology, among many others), and has been given in four occasions the title of Doctor Honoris Causa. He is member of the Academy of Sciences of Brazil, as well as of the Academy of Economical, Political and Social Sciences of Brazil. He is main editor of Physica A Elsevier (Amsterdam).
Peter van Inwagen, University of Notre Dame, Dept. of Philosophy
2007 - Peter van Inwagen was born in September 1942, in Rochester, N.Y. He received a B.S. from Renssealaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965 and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1969. He taught at Siracuse University for many years, and since 1995 has been the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He has held visiting positions at the University of Rochester, the University of Arizona, and Rutgers University. His books include: "An Essay on Free Will", "Mystery: Essay in Philosophical Theology", and "Ontology, Identity and Modality: Essay in Metaphysics." He is the author of about 130 papers and critical studies. He has lectures at many universities and academic meetings, including the Maurice Lectures at King’s College, London; the Wilde Lectures on Natural Religion at Oxford University; and the Stewart Lectures at Princeton University. In 2003, he delivered the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University, later published by the Oxford University Press in 2006 under the title "The Problem of Evil." He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005. His latest book is "Being: A study in Ontology.
Keith Ward, Faculty of Theology, Oxford University,
2007 - Born 1938, lectured in philosophy at the Universities of Glasgow, St. Andrews, Cambridge and London. He was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, University of London, and Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford. He is now at Christ Church, Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College, London. K. Ward is a priest of the Church of England and a Fellow of the British Academy, and he is on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Main recent books include: Re-thinking Christianity (Oneworld), Christianity, a guide for the Perplexed (SPCK), Pascal's Fire (Oneworld) and God, a Guide for the Perplexed (Oneworld).
John Wood, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London
2008 - John Wood, Ph.D. Cambridge University, is professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Imperial College London. John Wood was previously Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils (CCLRC) from 2001 to 2007. He was Cripps Professor of Materials Engineering at Nottingham University and Dean of Engineering at that University. His research has been in the area of materials processing of non-equilibrium structures where he has over 240 publications and 14 patents. During his career John Wood has held a number of directorships and consultancies within industry and acted as an adviser on materials issues to different governments. He is currently chair of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and chair of the Committee for the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser. He is on the Advisory Board of the British Library. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has won the Grunfeld and Ivor Jenkin's prizes of the Institute of Materials and was awarded the prestigious "William Johnson Gold Medal" in 2001 for "a lifetime's achievement in materials processing". He was honoured in the 2007 Queen's New Year list with a CBE.
Linda Zagzebski, University of Oklahoma, Dept. of Philosophy
2007 - friedmanLinda Zagzebski is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Philosophy and Kingfisher College Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Oklahoma. She is President of the Society of Christian Philosophers and past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. She has given many endowed lectures, including the Romanell Lectures of Phi Beta Kappa and the McCarthy Lectures at the Gregorian University. Her books include The Dilemma of Freedom and Foreknowledge (Oxford University Press), Virtues of the Mind (Cambridge University Press), Divine Motivation Theory (Cambridge),and Philosophy of Religion: An Historical Introduction (Blackwell), as well as many other articles in virtue epistemology, philosophy of religion, and virtue ethics.
Gal Zauberman, The Wharton School, Marketing Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
2013 - Gal Zauberman is a Professor of Marketing and Psychology at The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. His academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from The University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill (1994), and a PhD in Marketing from Duke University (2000). Professor Gal Zauberman studies consumer judgment and decision making, and in particular, time in decisions. He won numerous awards, including the 2007 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Consumer Psychology. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals and received international media coverage, including the New York Times, Scientific American, among others.