CNR – National Research Council of Italy 

Dr. Nicola Armaroli

He is a Research Director of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) at the Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity (ISOF). His activity is concerned with light-induced processes in supramolecular systems, coordination compounds, carbon nanostructures, with focus on the fundamental processes of sunlight energy transformation: light harvesting and photoinduced energy/electron transfer, to be investigated with advanced laser spectroscopy. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters (> 16800 citations, h-index 67) and 7 monographs on energy and sustainability He is member of several international scientific and editorial boards (e.g., Chem.-Eur. J., Photochem. Photobiol. Sci.). He has been coordinator of the FP7-ITN project FINELUMEN and FP7-IIF GELBRID and CNR PI in several other EU collaborative projects within FP5/6/7 and Horizon 2020.

He is elected member of the Executive Board of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), after having served seven years as chairman of the Working Party on Chemistry and Energy. He is the EuChemS delegate in the overseas missions of the European Commission on Circular Economy. He has given over 100 invited lectures at international conferences, universities and research centres worldwide and is a consultant for public institutions and private companies on the issues of energy and natural resources. On these topics, he is also an active science communicator for the general public and serves as director of “Sapere“, the first Italian science periodical, established in 1935. He was awarded several prizes including the Grammaticakis-Neumann International Prize in Photochemistry (2001), the Premio Letterario Galileo for science dissemination (2009), the Gold Metal “Enzo Tiezzi “of the Italian Chemical Society (2017), the Chemistry Prize of the Academy of Sciences of Turin (2019). Dr. Armaroli serves as the leader of WP1 of the SUNRISE CSA.

Dr. Andrea Barbieri

Senior Scientist at the CNR, he is a physical chemist experienced in steady-state and time-resolved optical electronic spectroscopy. His research activity is mainly concerned with the study of the excited states in transition metal inorganic and organometallic complexes and of photoinduced energy transfer processes in supramolecular systems. He has published 88 papers on ISI journals and 2 book chapters collecting >3000 citations (h-index 27). He is or has been Coordinator in H2020-MSCA-IF WHITELIGHT and PI in H2020-MSCA-RISE INFUSION, ESF-EUROCORES SOLAR-FUELTANDEM and FP6-STReP STRING projects.

Dr. Alessandra Sanson

She is a material chemist leader of the materials and processing for energetics of the Institute of Science and Technology for Ceramics (ISTEC) of CNR. Her main expertise is on the processing of inorganic materials for improv-ing their electronic properties and their integration on the final devices. She has published more than 60 papers on ISI journal and holds two patents. She is the coordinator of the DSSC lab of the Emilia Romagna re-gion and PI for ISTEC in different EU and National projects. She is the Italian Representative in Mission Innovation for the Challenge 5: converting sunlight.

Dr. Francesco Loreto

Research Director at CNR, he has directed the Institute for Plant Protection (CNR-IPP, 2009-2012), and is now the director of the Department of Bio- and Agri-Food Sciences (CNR-DISBA) coordinating the activities of nine CNR Institutes and more than 800 researchers and technologists all over Italy. Dr Loreto has been a delegate of the Italian Ministry of Research and Education at the European Commission FP7 “Bio-economy” panel; and is a member of the scientific steering committee of the “Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Process Study programme” (iLEAPS), a core-programme of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Dr Loreto has published so far (June 2018) > 200 papers on peer-reviewed ISI-indexed international journals, with a total number of cita-tions > 16000, and a H index = 68. He has also published 11 book chapters, and is editor of the book “Terrestrial photosynthesis in a changing environment” (Cambridge Press, 2012). He is an expert on biosphere-atmosphere interactions and studies focus on the biosynthesis and emissions of volatile organic compounds, and on the impacts of abiotic and biotic stressors on primary and secondary plant metabolism.

Dr. Roberto Azzolini

He has been working over many years in physical Oceanography at the CNR. From 1993 to 2010 he was member of the National Scientific Committee for Antarctic Program of the Italian Ministry of Science and Education and national coordinator of atmospheric research programmes. From 1995 to 2009 was CNR representative in the European Polar Board. From 1997 to 2009 he has been executive director of the CNR’s Arctic Station “Dirigibile Italia” at Ny-Aalesund, Spitzbergen. He has been Italian representative at the International Arctic Science Committee. He promoted and directed the CNR Network of Polar Research POLARNET. From 2012 to 2015 he has been serving as European Polar Board Executive Secretary with headquarters in Strasbourg and consultant of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Arctic issues.

Dr. Luca Moretti

Since 2009, he has been the Director of the Brussels office of the CNR and the delegate of the Italian Research Minister to the Strategic Program Committee of Horizon 2020. He is a technologist and started at CNR in 1991 as consultant, dealing with technology transfer and exploitation. From 1995 to 2005 he managed hundreds of projects, from FP4 to Horizon 2020. From 2010 to 2016 he served as counsellor for research and innovation at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU in Brussels. In this position he negotiated the H2020 Programme. During the Italian semester of Presidency of the EU, he acted as the President of the Research Working Party to the Council of the EU.