Guest speakers

World-class guest speakers will contribute in the event with prestigious guest lectures and speeches. Have confirmed their presence:


Luisa Cifarelli – Fundamental Physics

Former President of the European Physical Society (EPS) and current President of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) and the Centro Fermi, Luisa Cifarelli is Full Professor at the University of Bologna. Her research interests have always been in the domain of very high energy subnuclear and astroparticle physics, in the framework of international collaboration experiments at major European laboratories such as CERN, DESY and INFN LNGS. Today she is a member of the ALICE Collaboration at CERN and is involved in several editorial activities within EPS and SIF.


Luciano Maiani – Fundamental Physics

Luciano Maiani is one of the most important particle physicists in the world, known for his contribution to the GIM Mechanism, which he theorised together with Sheldon Lee Glashow and John Iliopoulos, leading to the prediction of the charm quark, first observed in 1974 at the SLAC and BNL laboratories. Maiani is a former CERN Director-General and a former Italian INFN and CNR President. He has been a Full Professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza since 1976 , and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.


Antonio Zoccoli – Fundamental Physics

Antonio Zoccoli is the current Vice-President of the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and is active in the experimental field of fundamental physics. He has been involved in the Muon Catalysed Fusion Collaboration, in the OBELIX Collaboration, and at CERN,  as well as in the HERA-B Collaboration at DESY.  He has been a Full Professor at the Universy of Bologna since 2003, and a member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN since 2005, contributing to the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012.


Giuliano Pancaldi – History of Science

Giuliano Pancaldi is Professor of the History of Science and Technology in the School of Arts of the University of Bologna. He has always been interested in interpreting the relationship between science, technology and the public. He firstly worked on the activities of Alessandro Volta and then he addressed the same themes in the context generated by the rise of the first electrical industries in the mid-nineteenth century. Today he is active in the meticulous reconstruction of the “daily life” in the laboratory of “natural philosophy” created by William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) at the University of Glasgow.