Invited Speakers


Elisabetta ARATO (Polo EASS)

Title: Training and technological transfer for sustainable energy: synergies between University and companies

Since May 2019 she is president of the non-profit consortium company Innovative Technologies for Environmental Control and Sustainable Development TICASS which includes 47 enterprises and research centers. TICASS is also the managing body of the Liguria Region Research and Innovation Center on Energy, Environment, Sustainable Development EASS (about 100 enterprises). She is currently coordinator of the PRIN 2022 Carnot project: deCarbonized And ciRcular hydrogeN prOduction Through biomass and waste gasification. She actively participates in the EU-funded projects of which TICASS is a partner:  a) Bio-Plastics Europe on the environmental sustainability of bioplastics,  for which she is the scientific responsible for the entire project. B) EcoeFISHent  on six value chains for the valorisation of fishing and fishing industry waste. C) Trineflex on the energy efficiency of hard to abate industries. 



Title: Roadmap of Italian Universities to Sustainability

Prof Michela Gallo earned her PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University of Genoa during the period of 2002-2005, and currently she is associate professor in environmental engineering at the University of Genoa. Current research activity: Life Cycle Assessment and circular economy applied to products and services (waste and wastewater management) and Ecodesign; Climate Change, GHG (greenhouse gases) calculation and monitoring and emissions reduction projects. Author of more than 70 publications on national and international journals and congress proceedings. She’s Director of the Interuniversitary Centre for the development of Products Sustainability and delegate for the International climate negotiations at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties COP. She is she National coordinator of the Working group on Climate Change of the Italian Network of Sustainable Universities (RUS - RUS - Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile (



Title: Innovation and technological transfer for risk management and security

Paola Girdinio is a full professor of electrical engineering, former dean of the engineering faculty and member of the University's board of directors. She has been a board member of Enel, of Ansaldo STS, of the Ligurian District of Marine Technologies, of Banca Carige, of the D'Appolonia company, of Fondazione Carige, of Banca Popolare di Bari, and currently holds a similar position in Ansaldo Energia, in Wsense , in the Costa Crociere Foundation and in the Amga Foundation. She is president of the National Center on the security and optimization of strategic infrastructures 4.0 and president of the National Observatory for Cyber Security, Resilience and Business Continuity of Electrical Systems. Paola Girdinio's research activity  concerns the sectors of applied superconductivity, dielectric materials at low temperatures, industrial electromagnetic compatibility, cybersecurity for the infrastructures.



Title: Information Technology supporting decision-making in energy distribution

Antonio Iavarone serves as the Head of Digital Innovation at Iren Group, based in Genoa. His role involves supporting transformation programs and leading the adoption of digital technologies and innovative practices to enhance decision-making for grid managers



Title: Process flexibility and environmental sustainability towards REIIs' decarbonization: two European case studies

Luca Moreschi is a Project Manager in Sustainability at STAM srl, where he is currently managing LCA activities in EU projects mainly concerning sustainable materials and industrial processes, sustainable cooling systems and textiles. In 2022, he earned his PhD in Chemical, Materials, and Process Engineering at the University of Genoa, where he had a 6+ years experience, with focus on Life Cycle Assessment and circular economy applied to products and services and Ecodesign, GHG calculation and monitoring, and the certification of EPDs and of other LCA-based environmental labels.


Eva TRASFORINI (CIMA Foundation)

Title: Natural and Technological risk assessment and management: the experience of CIMA Research Foundation

Eva is an environmental engineer, and she coordinates the Disaster Risk Assessment and Loss Data Department within CIMA Research Foundation since 2017. Since 2023 she is member of the 3-person Organizational Committee of CIMA. In 2004 she got her Ph.D in 2004 in Environmental Monitoring in collaboration with CIMA and the IT Department at the University of Genoa. She has been project manager for several projects funded by national or international organizations in the field of risk assessment, risk prevention and risk management. Her main interests focus on flood exposure and vulnerability characterization through the combination of global and local data, the functional vulnerability of complex systems in connection to natural hazards, and the identification of indirect impacts of disasters.


Ronald VAN NOOIJEN (Delft University of Technology)

He received a Master’s degree in Mathematics and in Theoretical Physics from the University of Leiden in 1988 and a Doctorate in Mathematics and Information Science from the University of Amsterdam in 1992. He works at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of Delft University of Technology. His research focuses on automatic control of water systems and the use of statistics in water management.  He teaches control in the Environmental Engineering Master program. He participates in national and international water management/control projects. In addition, he is interested in reliable computing, and high performance computing. He is involved with the TU Delft High Performance Computing Centre. He is associate editor of Hydrological Sciences Journal. He was chair of the IFAC TC8.3 on Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems from (2014-2020), currently he is IFAC Technical Board member and chair of IFAC CC8 Bio- and Ecological Systems.


Maria Luisa VOLTA (University of Brescia)

Marialuisa Volta is a full professor of Control Systems at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the University of Brescia (IT). Coordinator of European and national projects, she develops integrated assessment models for air quality and greenhouse gas emissions planning and control. She serves as a member of international panels for air quality and greenhouse gas policy evaluation (UNECE-TFIAM, EU FAIRMODE, ECA, WHO) and chairs the Technical Committee "Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems" at the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). She is a member of the board of the Lombardia Energy and Environment Technology Cluster (LE2C). She coordinates the PhD Program in Energy Transition and Sustainable Production Systems at the University of Brescia (IT).



Title: Models as maps: how integrated assessment tools can be used to support decision making

Fabian Wagner is the Dean for Capacity Development and Academic Training (CDAT) at IIASA, and a principal research scholar in the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program. Between 2014 and 2016, Wagner was the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. Before joining IIASA in 2004, he was a researcher with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Japan and a postdoc at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (Springer Nature).  Wagner received both his PhD (theoretical physics) and two master's degrees (mathematics, history and philosophy of science) from Cambridge University, UK.

Last update 14 May 2024