The International Marketing and Media Committee is responsible for ESOF2020 promotion and the the elaboration of the overall communication & media strategy.
Luca De Biase
IlSole24Ore and Nova24, Innovation Editor
Luca De Biase is an Italian journalist and essayist. He is innovation editor at Il Sole 24 Ore and Nòva24 (which he founded in 2005 and led until June 2011; and which he has been leading again since July 2013), and editor at La Vita Nòva, an award-winning tablet magazine. He is a Visiting Professor in innovation journalism at Padua University; a member of the Scientific Committee at Master in Science Communications at Sissa Trieste; a member of the Scientific Committee at Master in big data analytics at Luiss University, Rome.
His recent advisory roles include, among others, being a member of the Big Data Committee at Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, being a member of the Commission for rights and duties on the internet, Chamber of Deputies at the Italian Parliament 2014-2016; a member of the Big Data task force at Ministero Istruzione, Università, Ricerca; Luca has been a member of the permenent committee for innovation and the Italian digital agenda, 2014-2015; Luca has been an advisor to the Prime Minister for the Digital Agenda in 2013-14; in 2012 Luca has been working with the Italian Ministry for Economic Development in a task force aimed at improving the innovative-startup ecosystem.
Founder, CEO at SciCom - Making Sense of Science
Aidan Gilligan (Irish) is Founder and CEO of SciCom, a Brussels-based science diplomacy agency with Associates in Cape Town, Copenhagen, Geneva, London and Paris, striving to make greater sense of science-policy-making for public, private and cause-related groups.
An EU affairs and legal expert, Aidan spent four years as Director of Communications at the College of Europe and ten years at the heart of the European Union’s in-house science services. He was also seconded to the Office of the Irish Chief Science Adviser.
Aidan is an elected member of the EuroScience Governing Board 2015 – 2018 and has been an active member of the International Media & Marketing Committees for the Dublin, Copenhagen, Manchester and Toulouse ESOFs, Vice-Chairing the past two.
Current science diplomacy roles include, amongst others, International Adviser to the Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST); Co-creator and Adviser to the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA); International Adviser to the Latin American & Caribbean Open Forum (CILAC); International Media Partner for The World Science Forum 2015 Budapest & 2017 Jordan; Regional Contributor, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Regional Assessment for Europe; and a Planning Group Member of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA).
Vice President Academic & Research Relations for the EU, Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier, Member of Euroscience Governing Board
Stephane Berghmans is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine who obtained his Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Liege. He then became a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School where he established zebrafish as a cancer model at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He moved to the biotech sector in Cambridge (UK) in 2004 where he headed zebrafish drug discovery for early in vivo compound screening. He moved to Portland (Oregon, USA) in 2008 where he joined Znomics as Director of Biology. He joined the European Science Foundation in 2009 as Head of the Biomedical Sciences Unit, managing the secretariat general for the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) with activities in science management, policy and strategy. Stephane joined Elsevier in 2013 as VP of Academic Relations in Brussels, responsible for relationships with research organisations and EU institutions. Since 2015 Stephane is a member of the EuroScience Governing Board.
Central European Initiative (CEI), Senior Executive Officer,
Graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Trieste, Barbara Fabro is Senior Executive Officer at the Central European Initiative - Executive Secretariat (CEI-ES). She is responsible for the CEI activities in the fields of culture and media as well as for communication and media relations. She runs the CEI partnership with the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) for the organisation of the annual South East Europe Media Forum and coordinates the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Journalism. She is in charge of the assessment and supervisory of proposals and allocation of grants for activities submitted by private and public institutions, mainly involving academics, researchers, cultural operators, media representatives and government officials in the framework of training activities, seminars, summer schools and conferences.
Financial Times (UK), Science Editor,
Clive Cookson has worked in science journalism for the whole of his professional life. He graduated with a First Class degree in chemistry from Oxford University in 1974. After journalism training on the Luton Evening Post, he became science correspondent of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London and then spent four years in Washington as American Editor of THES. He returned to London in 1981 as technology correspondent of the Times and moved to BBC Radio as science correspondent in 1983. He joined the Financial Times as technology editor in 1988 and has been Science Editor of the FT since 1991. He has won several science journalism awards, most recently Media Commentator of the Year at the European Mediscience Awards 2017, and is an honorary member of the British Science Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Region FVG, Trieste Area
Press and Communication Office Manager (ad interim),
He is Executive Director of the communication, statistical and planning departments of the autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. He holds a degree in Political Science and Economic and Business and manages the Internet, social media and press office of the Region. As head of the management audit department he supervises the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region programs and has drafted the Region’s strategic plan since 2014.
Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), Head of Science Department,
TV Producer - Journalist in Chief,
Main Author and Director of Science Documentaries. Chief Editor, Script Writer, Producer and Presenter of the popular scientific TV program “Matière Grise”, on RTBF and TV5-Monde, the worldwide French-speaking TV network.
In addition, he provides regular Science columns on the diverse RTBF’s radio channels, as well as specific Digital contents for New Medias platforms. Expert to the European Union, he evaluates projects of communication and popularization of Science. Mentor at the World Federation of Scientific Journalists, he provides mentoring and training of journalists from African countries. Audiovisual media consultant to the authorities for the Euro Science Open Forum, the biennial scientific conference of Europe. Member of the Coordination Committee of the Science & Knowledge Expert Group of the European Broadcasting Union. Support of the Re-Source Association, the first global center to support people affected by cancer in Brussels. Volunteer animator of the Congress of the Foundation against cancer. Volunteer anchorman of Cap48 annual conferences concerning research on arthritis of children and young adults. Passionate about the transmission of knowledge, he regularly gives conferences and workshops regarding science journalism, in Belgium and abroad, to students and the general public. And he frequently participates in the constitution of juries for international festivals and competitions devoted to science and audiovisual.
Jožef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), Professor (Associate),
Researcher in material science at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
her research interests include advanced structural materials for nuclear fusion, biomaterials and colloidal processing. She’s a Lecturer of science communication at the Jožef Stefan Postgraduate School and also the Vice-president of the Slovenian Academic Society for Science and Engineering (SATENA). Her science communication effort include being a member of the European network of fusion public information officers FuseCOM, being the coordinator of the science promotion project Science on the Street the co-organiser of Science Slam, public talks and round tables.
She was awarded State (Zois) recognition for significant scientific achievements in material science in 2013 and the Slovenian Science Foundation’s Certificate of recognition for science communication in 2014.
She’s also the Author or co-author of 110 scientific papers and 36 popular articles on science
InfoFACTORY S.r.l., Co Founder
Nature Research, News editor
Mico Tatalovic is environment and life science news editor at New Scientist magazine. He is also the chair of the board of the Association of British Science Writers and is actively involved in promoting science journalism in South-East Europe.
Johnson & Johnson Research & Development, Senior Director
Frederik Wittock studied history, political science and communication at Ghent University in Belgium, and then worked for nine years as spokesperson and advisor to several Belgian Ministers in science policy, social affairs and public health. Following that, he was Head of North European Union (E.U.) Communication in the vaccine company Aventis Pasteur MSD for five years. Frederik joined Johnson & Johnson Research & Development in 2004 first as Director of E.U. Communications and later as Senior Director. In his current portfolio he supports Discovery Sciences and Janssen Diagnostics.