Animators

Patrizia
La Fonte

International Theater Academy of Rome

Patrizia La Fonte is graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Art S. D'Amico (1978). She experimented different languages ​​of entertainment in Italy and New York and she combines the activity of actress with that of author and trainer. Furthermore, Patrizia is a teacher at the International Theater Academy of Rome. Patrizia published “Giusto per dire, guida poco teorica e molto pratica per l’italiano parlato”. Often interpreter of her dramaturgy, she presents the show " Maturina fantesca, erede di Leonardo da Vinci " in Italy and abroad.

Henrik
Rudolph

Editor in Chief, Applied Surface Science - Elsevier

Henrik Rudolph (Frederiksberg, Denmark 1958) received a Ba in Chemistry and a MSc in Physics from the University of Copenhagen and subsequently obtained a PhD from California Institute of Technology (USA). In 1990 he joined Utrecht University (the Netherlands) as an associate professor of physics and in 2001 he became full professor in atomic and molecular physics. Since 2012 he is employed by the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands. His research interests include plasma surface interactions, functionalization of surfaces as well as detailed chemical reactions at surfaces.

Marialuisa
Aliotta

Edinburgh University

Marialuisa Aliotta obtained her PhD in 1999 from the University of Catania . She then spent two years at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow before taking up a permanent Lecturership position at the University of Edinburgh in 2001. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. Marialuisa’s research interests are in the area of experimental nuclear astrophysics and she performs studies of nuclear reactions important for stellar evolution at various national and international laboratories, including at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) of the Gran Sasso.

Boris
Behncke

Volcanologist (INGV-OE)

Volcanologist at the Osservatorio Etneo of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV-OE), Behncke works predominantly on the Sicilian volcanoes, on their histories, their eruptions, and the impact of their activity on nearby populations. He is coordinator of the working area “Observation of volcanic phenomena”, and key contact person for Communication and Information during volcanic emergencies via Internet and social media. He furthermore is part of the Communications and Public Outreach group at the INGV-OE, which organizes events and conducts activities with schools and the general public, besides dissemination of information via television, blogs, and social media. Behncke is part of the INGV-OE staff that regularly does surveillance and on-duty shifts.

Frank
Monahan

University College Dublin

Frank Monahan is Professor of Meat Science in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at University College Dublin.   His research interests are in meat authentication and in the relationships between animal production factors and the sensory and nutritional quality of muscle foods, with a particular focus on fatty acids and antioxidants. He has over 150 published peer reviewed articles.  His undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is primarily in Meat Chemistry and Technology and in Food Analysis.  He is currently Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Agriculture and Food Science..

Giovanni
Sturiale

Cutgana - University of Catania

Giovanni Sturiale (PhD in Geological Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Catania) is the director of the C. Immacolatelle e Micio Conti natural reserve, managed by Cutgana, a research centre of the University of Catania. In the past he made teaching activities for courses in Geology, Environmental Geology and Geography of the Degree Course in Environmental Sciences at University of Catania. He has over 80 published peer reviewed articles and geological maps.

Sandro
Privitera

Cutgana - University of Catania

Sandro Privitera, is Geologist, PhD in Environmental Sciences. He has been consultant of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the EULA Center-Italy International Cooperation Project at the University of Concepciòn (Chile), and in other research projects in Italy and abroad (Spain, Bulgaria, etc.). Consultant to the European Parliament for coastal erosion in EU. From 2001 to 2015. Director of the Strict Natural Reserves “Grotta Monello and Grotta Palombara” in the Province of Syracuse (Sicily-Italy). Sandro is author of several publications on Environmental Sciences, Etna, coastal erosion and tourism; has carried out lectures and seminars in various universities in Italy and abroad. He has worked as expert of the sicilian territory for many international and national TV’s (CNN, ITN, Discovery Channel, ZDF, Rai1, Rai3, etc.). Since the last three decades he is guide and is leading with passion tourist on Mount Etna and other Regional Parks and Nature Reserves in Sicily, as well is official tourist guide in the historical sicilian towns and archeological areas.

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