Steering Committee 2022

The ESOF 2022 programme is carefully selected by leading individuals in science teaching and research, business and innovation, and communication. 
The Steering Committee oversees the overall preparations for ESOF 2022. They are responsible for making strategic decisions about the conference as well as managing and monitoring the event.

Stefano Fantoni

Biography Stefano Fantoni

Stefano Fantoni is a renowed physicist and nuclear astrophysicist. In July 2007 he was awarded The Feenberg Medal for his contribution to Nuclear Physics and for the development of the Fermi Hyper Netted Chain Theory. A passionate advocate for the need for greater dialogue between science and society, and founder of the first Italian Master in Science Communication at SISSA (Trieste, Italy), he has been engaged in several outreach and research activities in this field, receiving the Kalinga prize from UNESCO in 2001. Other prizes: Piazzano prize in 2002, 2004 Pirelli International Prize, 2005 Capo d’Orlando Prize, Award 2008, Silver Rose Award 2010 Barcola city of Trieste. He was the Director of SISSA from 2004 to 2010, President of the National Agency for the evaluation of the Universities and the Research Institutes (ANVUR) from 2011 to 2016 and President of FIT from 2008 to 2011 and from 2016 to now.

Rongping Mu

Biography Rongping Mu

Mu Rongping, received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Science and Technology of China, Ph.D from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Mu is Professor of CAS Institute of Science and Development (formal CAS Institute of Policy and Management, CASIPM), Director of CAS Center for Innovation and Development, editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science Research Management, President of the China High-tech Industry Promotion Society and the Chinese Association for Science of Science and S&T Policy Research. He was Director-General of CASIPM (2004-2014). Mu has published more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and several books concerning Technology Transfer, Technology Foresight, and Innovation Development, and Industrial Competitiveness.

Romain Murenzi

Biography Romain Muranzi

Romain Murenzi serves as the Executive Director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in developing countries, based in Trieste, Italy. He also oversees the administration of OWSD, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World with over 6,000 members; of IAP, the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of some 130 academies of science and medicine; and of GenderInSITE (GIS), international initiative to promote the role of women in science, innovation, technology and engineering.

Murenzi initially joined TWAS in April 2011 for five years. He then spent 14 months at UNESCO, Paris, directing the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building in the Natural Sciences sector. On 1 September 2017 he was transferred back to TWAS. Before that he served as Rwanda’s Minister of Education, S&T and Scientific Research (2001-2006), and as Minister in the President’s Office in Charge of S&T, and Scientific Research, with responsibilities including ICT (March 2006 – July 2009). Murenzi was born in Rwanda in 1959 and raised in Burundi: BSc from National University of Burundi in 1982, MSc (1986) and PhD from Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium (1990). He currently serves as member of the External Science and Technology Advisory Board of the International Monetary Fund.

Michael Matlosz

Biography Michael Matlosz

Professor Michael Matlosz was born in 1957 in Elizabeth (New Jersey, USA). He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a PhD in electrochemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

He began his professional research career in 1985 in the department of materials science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne (Switzerland), prior to appointment in 1993 as university professor of chemical process engineering at the National School for Advanced Study of the Chemical Industries (ENSIC), the chemical engineering and applied chemistry faculty of the University of Lorraine in Nancy (France).

A specialist in the application of microtechnologies for industrial performance enhancement and sustainable development, he initiated and directed from 2005 to 2009, with support from the 6th European Research Framework Programme, a major public-private partnership collaboration, IMPULSE, dedicated to innovation in the chemical process industries.

Professor Matlosz was Director of ENSIC-Nancy from 2006 to 2011, Head of the Department of Exploratory and Emerging Research of the French National Research Agency (ANR) in Paris from 2011 to 2014, and President and Chief Executive Officer of ANR from 2014 to 2017. An elected member of the National Academy of Technologies of France since 2011, Professor Matlosz was also President of Science Europe, the Brussels-based advocacy association for European research performing and research funding organisations, from 2015 to 2017.

Currently a distinguished professor of chemical engineering at the University of Lorraine, Professor Matlosz was elected President of EuroScience in 2018 for a four-year term.

Ernst Lutz

Biography Ernst Lutz

Ernst Lutz studied Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA, USA, where he received his PhD. In addition he holds a master´s degree in Business Management. He has been working in the metals and mining industry for 16 years (alusuisse, Alcan, RioTinto), during which he has held various technology management positions globally. In 2011 he relocated from Shanghai to Winterthur to become corporate Chief Technology Officer of Sulzer. Since September 2015 Lutz has taken over new responsibilities as CEO of EIT Raw Materials, located in Berlin.

Fernando Ferroni

Biography of Fernando Ferroni

Full Professor of Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome and President of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) since 2011. Member of the Governing Board of Science Europe. He has focused his scientific studies on experimental particle physics, starting his research at CERN Laboratory where he investigated the nucleon structure functions from neutrino scattering and participated at the L3 experiment at the LEP accelerator. In the early nineties he joined the BABAR collaboration as a visiting scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre (SLAC). Inside the collaboration he covered relevant responsibility roles such as executive board member, technical board member, physics coordinator and system manager of the muon detector. Since 2004 he is exploring the neutrinoless double beta decay with an experiment at the Gran Sasso Laboratories called CUORE and with an innovative project (Lucifer) on the same subject. He is the author of several hundred articles in scientific journals, he has served as member in numerous international scientific boards and chaired many committees in the field of high energy physics.

Sergio Paoletti

Biography Sergio Paoletti

Sergio Paoletti graduated cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Trieste in 1972. He was appointed Full Professor of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sassari in 1994 and from 1995 at that of Trieste. He was a member of the Board (2006-2009), Vice-Rector (September 2009- May 2013) and acted as Rector of the University of Trieste (May-July 2013).

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian University Consortium for Biotechnology, CIB. He has been dean of the BSc in Biotechnology and MSc in Medical Biotechnology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Trieste.

He has been an expert of the EU Commission (Algal Polysaccharides). He has been a member of the Scientific Council of PortoConte Ricerche SCRL (Sassari) and of the Consortium for Molecular Biomedicine (CBM), Trieste. He has been the director of the Life Learning Center in Trieste, LLC, advanced teaching laboratory in the field of life sciences.

He has been general secretary of the International Council of Human Duties (Chairman: Prof. Rita Levi Montalcini).

Maria Cristina Pedicchio

Biography Maria Cristina Pedicchio

She is President of the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (from 2011) a research institution of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. She was (2004-2012) President of the Cluster in Biomedicine (CBM), a public-private institution that manages the Technology District in Molecular Biomedicine and President (2002-2006) of the AREA Science Park of Trieste, the leading Science and Technology Park in Italy.  She had and still has several collaborations within the European Commission (Member of the Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation, member of ERAB – European Research Area Board).

Main sectors of interest:  research and innovation policy, international cooperation, training, international mobility, science diplomacy and public private-partnerships.  Commander, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Stefano Fantoni

Biography Stefano Fantoni Stefano Fantoni is a renowed physicist and nuclear astrophysicist. In July 2007 he was awarded The Feenberg Medal for his contribution to

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Rongping Mu

Biography Rongping Mu Mu Rongping, received his B.S. and M.S. from University of Science and Technology of China, Ph.D from Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Mu

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Romain Murenzi

Biography Romain Muranzi Romain Murenzi serves as the Executive Director of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in developing countries,

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Michael Matlosz

Biography Michael Matlosz Professor Michael Matlosz was born in 1957 in Elizabeth (New Jersey, USA). He holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the

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Ernst Lutz

Biography Ernst Lutz Ernst Lutz studied Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA, USA, where he received his PhD. In

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Fernando Ferroni

Biography of Fernando Ferroni Full Professor of Physics at the Sapienza University of Rome and President of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) since

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