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Roberto Battiston – University of TrentoPrimo piano di Roberto Battiston

Roberto Battiston is an Italian physicist, and full professor of Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Trento. He was president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) from 2014 to 2018. He specialises in the field of fundamental and elementary particle physics and is a leading expert on cosmic rays.

He coordinated together with Nobel laureate Samuel C. C. Ting the construction of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, operating on the International Space Station since 2011 and dedicated to the search for antimatter and dark matter.  

He conducts research in geophysical remote sensing from space with the CSES satellite.

He has published more than 540 scientific articles in leading international journals. A columnist for La Stampa, Repubblica and L'Adige, he carries out an intense activity as an essayist and populariser. He has written The Alphabet of Nature (2022), The Mathematics of the Virus (2020), The First Dawn of the Cosmos (2019), Making Space (2019), Dialogue between an Artist and a Scientist (2012).


Myrka Zago – University of Rome Tor Vergata Primo piano di Myrka Zago

Myrka Zago is a bioengineer and a full professor of Physiology at the Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is the Director of the Center for Space Biomedicine at the same University. She studies and teaches space physiology.

She discovered along with her colleagues the brain mechanisms involved in the representation of the effects of gravity on the body. She performed experiments on more than 20 astronauts flying on board the Space Shuttle or the International Space Station.

Her research has been published in the most important international journals, including Science, Nature Neuroscience and npj Microgravity (Nature portfolio).

She applies the results of her research to the development of new neurorehabilitation protocols for patients at the IRCCS Santa Lucia Foundation in Rome.

PhD programme committee

The PhD Program Committee organizes the courses and activities of the PhD program, defines the curricula, and approves new member admissions. It oversees the preparation of the Study Manifesto, which includes the educational activities and schedule. The committee monitors the research progress of each doctoral student to ensure the acquisition of scientific research methodology. It approves the annual educational programs of the PhD students, including timing and methods for the presentation and evaluation of any intermediate work.

The committee assigns each doctoral student a supervisor and one or more co-supervisors and authorizes students to undertake periods of training abroad or internships lasting more than six months at public or private institutions. It approves thesis co-supervision programs and authorizes any supplementary, integrated, or extracurricular teaching and research activities. It evaluates the activities of doctoral students annually and decides on admission to the next academic year or on thesis referee approval for degree attainment. The committee approves the Coordinator's annual report and fosters connections with other universities and public and private entities to enhance research activities. It proposes to the Rector the members of the committees for PhD admission and final examination.

The committee
Surname and name Scientific area (SSD) Institution
ALOISIO Roberto FIS/02 Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)
BACCIGALUPI Carlo FIS/05 International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
BALDINI Luca FIS/01 University of Pisa
BATTISTON Roberto FIS/01 University of Trento
BERRILLI Francesco FIS/06 University of Rome Tor Vergata
BERSANELLI Marco Rinaldo Fedele FIS/05 University of Milan
BLEFARI MELAZZI Nicola ING-INF/03 University of Rome Tor Vergata
BORTOLUZZI Daniele ING-IND/13 University of Trento
BRUZZONE Lorenzo ING-INF/03 University of Trento
BUONGIORNO Maria Fabrizia GEO/10 National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV)
BURIGANA David SPS/06 University of Padua
BUSACCA Alessandro  ING-INF/01 University of Palermo
CAO Giacomo ING-IND/24 University of Cagliari
CAPOLONGO Domenico GEO/04 University of Bari “Aldo Moro”
CAPORALI Stefano ING-IND/22 University of Florence
CARBONE Vincenzo  FIS/06 University of Calabria
CARRERA Erasmo ING-IND/04 Polytechnic University of Turin
COLPI Monica FIS/05 University of Milano-Bicocca
COLUCCIA Angelo ING-INF/03 University of Salento
DE MITRI Ivan FIS/01 Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI)
DE PALMA Francesco FIS/01 University of Salento
DI PASQUALE Fabrizio Cesare Filippo ING-INF/03 Sant'Anna School of Advanced studies Pisa
ESPOSITO Francesca BIO/19 National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)
ESPOSITO Paolo FIS/05 University School for Advanced Studies – Pavia
FANUCCI Luca ING-INF/01 University of Pisa
FIORE Fabrizio FIS/05 National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)
FORNENGO Nicolao FIS/02 University of Turin
GAGLIARDI Maria IUS/01 Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Pisa
GARGANO Fabio  FIS/04 National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)
GIORDANO Francesco FIS/01 University of Bari "Aldo Moro" 
GREGORIO Anna FIS/05 University of Trieste
GRONCHI Giovanni Federico MAT/07 University of Pisa
IUPPA Roberto FIS/01 University of Trento
KRACHMALNICOFF Nicoletta FIS/05 International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
LORENZINI Enrico ING-IND/12 University of Padua
MACCARRONE Mauro BIO/10 University of L’Aquila
MALAGÙ Cesare FIS/01 University of Ferrara
MANTOVANI Fabio FIS/06 University of Ferrara
MARCONI Alessandro FIS/05 University of Florence
MAROTTA Anna Maria GEO/10 University of Milan
MARSELLA Giovanni FIS/01 University of Palermo
MARTORELLA Marco ING-INF/03 University of Birmingham
MAZZARELLA Giuseppe ING-INF/02 University of Cagliari
MITRI Giuseppe FIS/05 University of Chieti-Pescara
NATOLI Paolo FIS/05 University of Ferrara
OTON NIETO Claudiojose  FIS/01 Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Pisa
PAGANO Davide FIS/01 University of Brescia
PALLAVICINI Marco FIS/01 University of Genoa
PATERNOSTER Giovanni FIS/01 Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)
PERROTTA Francesca FIS/05 International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
PIERSANTI Mirko FIS/06 University of L'Aquila
PIGHIN Stefania M-PSI/01 University of Trento
PIOTTO Giampaolo FIS/05 University of Padua
PRATESI Giovanni GEO/06 University of Florence
PUGLISI Giuseppe GEO/10 National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV)
PUGLISI Giuseppe FIS/05 University of Catania
PUGNO Nicola ICAR/08 University of Trento
RICCI Raffaella Giovanna Nella M-PSI/02 University of Turin
RICCIARINI Sergio Bruno FIS/01 “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics (CNR-IFAC) 
RIGON Riccardo ICAR/02 University of Trento
RIZZO Angela Maria BIO/10 University of Milan
SACCOMANDI Giuseppe  MAT/07 University of Perugia
SANTARCANGELO Enrica Laura BIO/09 University of Pisa
SERIANI Stefano ING-IND/13 University of Trieste
SPARVOLI Roberta FIS/04 University of Rome Tor Vergata
TERRACINI Susanna MAT/05 University of Turin
TIENGO Andrea FIS/05 University School for Advanced Studies – Pavia
TONETTA Stefano ING-INF/05 Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK)
VALENTINI Francesco FIS/03 University of Calabria
ZAGO Mirka BIO/09 University of Rome Tor Vergata

Student representative

PhD student representatives are elected in a number of two from among those enrolled in the PhD Course.

The duration of their office is two years; in the case of forfeiture or resignation during the two years, they shall be replaced by the first non-elected; if there is no candidate in the list of elected members, a new vote shall be held; pending the holding of the vote, the Board of Lecturers shall remain validly constituted.

The representatives of the doctoral students shall attend the meetings of the Board, limited to matters concerning the general progress of the doctorate and the training courses.

The representative
NOSSEIR Ahmed Emadeldin Sayed ahmed.nosseir [at] Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna - Pisa
SIRLETTI Salvatore Samuele salvatore.sirletti [at] University of Ferrara - Ferrara

Executive committee

The Executive Committee assists the Coordinator in their duties and deliberates on matters delegated to it by the PhD Program committee, to which it reports on its activities.

The committee
  • BATTISTON Roberto – University of Trento 
  • BACCIGALUPI Carlo – International School for Advanced Studies (Sissa) 
  • BURIGANA David – University of Padua
  • CARBONE Vincenzo – University of Calabria
  • GARGANO Fabio – National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)
  • MAZZARELLA Giuseppe – University of Cagliari
  • PRATESI Giovanni – University of Florence
  • ZAGO Myrka – University of Roma Tor Vergata

Self-assement panel

The PhD course self-assement panel supports the coordinator in annual monitoring and periodic review activities, as well as in the preparation of related documents. It assesses the course's overall progress, examines student outcomes, and ensures that policies and procedures comply with academic standards. The group provides support in preparing documents such as progress reports and recommendations for future improvements, ensuring the program's quality.

The panel
  • BATTISTON Roberto – University of Trento 
  • BACCIGALUPI Carlo – International School for Advanced Studies (Sissa) 
  • CARBONE Vincenzo – University of Calabria
  • ZAGO Myrka – University of Roma Tor Vergata
  • SIRLETTI Salvatore Samuele

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board assists the PhD Program committee in the design and implementation of the course as a whole, particularly by providing advice and suggestions on the research and training activities proposed by the curriculum councils and by participating in the planning of consultations with stakeholders regarding the training path and research guidelines of the PhD program. Additionally, the Advisory Board deals with the skills that the PhD program intends to provide, the actual employment opportunities in the identified professional sectors, and collaborates in planning consultations with stakeholders regarding the training path and research guidelines of the PhD program.

The board