Barbara Allen (Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA, 1999) is Director of the Graduate Program in Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech’s Washington, DC area campus. She teaches courses on the sociology and cultural studies of science and technology as well as classes on risk, environmental issues, and citizen participation in science. As a native of New Orleans, she has written many articles on the environmental justice social movement in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley” and about post-Hurricane Katrina issues. Currently she is completing a comparative study of environmental health and policy issues in the Marghera chemical region and is also interested in informal science networks and science-citizens alliances in Italy. She has published articles in journals such as Social Studies of Science, Technology in Society, Technology and Culture, Science as Culture, and also a book, Uneasy Alchemy: Citizens and Experts in Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor Disputes (MIT Press: 2003).

Martin W. Bauer studied psychology and history at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and hold a PhD from the University of London. After a post-doctorate at the Science Museum in London, he joined the LSE’s Institute of Social Psychology. His research is on social representations, scientific literacy and public attitudes to science and technology. Book publications include ‘Resistance to new Technology’ (Cambridge University Press, 1995); ‘Biotechnology – the making of a global controversy’ (Cambridge University Press, 2002; with G Gaskell).

Massimiano Bucchi (Ph.D. Social and Political Science, European University Institute, Florence 1997) teaches Science and  Technology in Society at the University of Trento, Italy; he has carried out research and given seminars at several research institutions, such as Sussex University, ETH Zurich, University of Wisconsin, University of California Berkeley, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, University of Edinburgh, University of Tokyo, Museu da Vida Rio de Janeiro. He received several awards and recognitions including the RAI television prize for research in mass communications (1996), the Mullins award for the best Sociology of Science graduate paper (1997), the Lelli prize for the best Sociology dissertation discussed in Italy (1998) and the Merck Serono Jury Special Prize for Science Books (2007). He is member of the International Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Scientific Committee. He has published articles in international journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Nature, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences and The British Journal of History of Science and several books, including Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (ed. with B. Trench, Routledge, 2008), Journalism, Science and Society (ed. with M.W. Bauer, Routledge, 2007) , Beyond Technocracy. Science, Politics, Citizens (New York, Springer, 2009), Science and the Media (Routledge, 1998) and Science in Society. An Introduction to Social Studies of Science (Routledge, 2004).

Andrea Lorenzet, PhD in Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento (2008), is a sociologist of science and technology and expert in science communication. He is now post-doc researcher at the University of Padova, where he studies the relationship between science and democracy in technoscientific controversies, i.e. the public debates on research and innovation such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, and renewable energy, with particular attention to the issue of scientific information in the era of Web communication. He has been collaborator of Observa Science in Society since 2004, for the evaluation of several European projects regarding science communication, such as Physics on Stage 3, Biopop, and Decide.

Massimo Mazzotti (PhD Science Studies 2000, University of Edinburgh) teaches history of science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has held postdoctoral positions at MIT and at the University of Toronto, and has taught sociology of science at the University of Exeter, where he is also research associate at Egenis, the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society. In Italy, he has a long-lasting collaboration with the CIS, at the University of Bologna. His main research interests are the politics of science and technology in the age of Enlightenment, the interaction of religion and science, the history of logic and mathematics, and the social dimension of industrial design. He is the author of The World of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Mathematician of God (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), Knowledge as Social Order. Rethinking the Sociology of Barry Barnes (ed.; Ashgate, 2008), and of several articles in international journals including Isis, The British Journal for the History of Science, Technology and Culture, Actes de la Recherche en Science Sociales. Outside academia, he has acted as a consultant for exhibitions on the history of science at the New York Public Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and for BBC television documentaries.

Giuseppe Pellegrini (Ph.D., Sociology 2004) is lecturer of Science and Public Engagement at the University of Padova. He is the President of Observa Science in Society and founder of the Italian Science and Technology Society. His current research focuses on public participation and science communication with specific regard to technoscientific issues. Recent publications: Pellegrini G. (2017), Climate change as a political challenge: a new vision of public engagement, in Fiorani L., Roman Z., Falcioni V., Geremia F., Relationality: between environmental awareness and societal challenges, ENEA, Roma; Oliveira G., Bizzo N., Pellegrini G. (2016) Biological evolution and students: a comparative study in Brasil and Italy, Ciência & Educação, 22, 3, 689-705. Email:

Andrea Rubin graduated in Sociology at the University of Padua with a thesis in the sociology of science. He attended a Post-Graduate Course in Science Communication at International School in Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. For his ¡nal thesis, he won the “best thesis award in memory of Franco Lutman – 2017 edition. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, organization, culture at the Catholic University of Milano. His Ph.D. studies are focused on the social representation of food and science in the media. His research interests are science and technology studies, public perception and public communication of science, citizens engagement in the governance of science and innovation. He regularly write for local magazines and for popular science journals.

Barbara Saracino graduated in Sociology at the University of Naples “Federico II” and holds a Ph.D. in Social Research Methodology from the University of Florence. She collaborates with the Department of Sociology in Naples and the Department of Sociology and Political Science in Florence, with the “Centro Studi Minori e Media” and, since October 2009, with Observa – Science in Society. Her main research interests deal with social methodology, history and sociology of science. She is currently completing a research begun during her Ph.D. dissertation on the construction and use of the Bell Curve.

Mariachiara Tallacchini teaches Philosophy of Law at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Piacenza and Bioethics, Biotechnology and Law at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the State University of Milan. She collaborates with the Faculty of Medicine and the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Milan on legal problems related to tissue engineering and the use of laboratory and transgenic animals. She also collaborates with WHO on the topic of environmental health. In 2000/2001 she has been a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), in the programme “Reframing Rights: Constitutional Implications of Technological Change” (Prof. Sheila Jasanoff), and she is working on informed consent and public participation to xenotransplantation. Her main interests focus now on the relationships between science and law. She is author and/or editor (or co-editor) of several books on the environment, on biotechnology, and the law: Diritto per la natura, Giappichelli, Torino 1996 (Law for Nature); Biotecnologie e consenso informato, Politeia, Milano 1999 (Biotechnology and Informed Consent); Politica della scienza e diritto: il rapporto tra istituzioni, esperti e pubblico nelle biotecnologie, Politeia, Milano 2001 (Policy of Science Law); “Ethics and Genetics. A Workbook for Practitioners and Students”, Berghahn Books, Oxford-New York 2003 (with G. de Wert, R. ter Meulen, R. Mordacci) Le biotecnologie. Aspetti etici, sociali e ambientali, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2004 (Biotechnology: ethical, social and environmental aspects; with . F. Terragni).

Giuseppe Testa (Ph.D in molecular and cellular biology at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg 2002) is group leader at the Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetic of the European School of Molecular Medicine (European Institute of Oncology, Milan). Previously, he worked as postdoctoral fellow at the Technische Universität Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics. He won the Italian prize “Luigi Casati” from the “Accademia dei Lincei” for the best graduation thesis in Medicine defended during the year 1996 and the “European Doctorate in Biotechnology” awarded by the European Association for Higher Education in Biotechnology (HEduBT) for excellence of research in the Field of biotechnology. In 2003 he received the Roche Prize for the most outstanding lecture at the Roche “Symposium for Leading Bioscientists of the Next Decade and the Society in Science Branco-Weiss-Fellowship. awarded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Society-in-Science initiative. He is founder the Dresden Forum on Science and Society of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, which aims at promoting public awareness and discussion on the social relevance of life sciences. Information on his publications and current researches are available at his homepage

Brian Trench is a senior lecturer in journalism and science communication and former Head of School in the School of Communications, Dublin City University. Before joining the university in 1992, he was for twenty years a full-time journalist, specialising in science and technology from the mid-1980s. He has supervised or participated in research and training projects on professional issues in Internet journalism, European media coverage of science, establishing a journalism archive, communication training for scientists, Irish science web sites, formation of Irish science policy, theoretical perspectives on the information society, and many more topics. Recent publications include book chapters on 1. impacts of the Internet on science reporting, 2. impacts of the Internet on professional and public science communication, 3. an analytical framework of science communication models, 4. Irish media representations of science, 5. Irish media coverage of the ‘knowledge economy’. Brian was co-editor with Massimiano Bucchi of Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (Routledge, 2008). He is a member of the scientific committee of the international PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) network.

Alessandra Zambonin graduated in Science of Communication at Università degli Studi di Padova (Padua, Italy). Her degree dissertation was about the role of the museum in cultural promotion. She also studied in Germany, at Ruprecht Karls Universitaet of Heidelberg and at Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet of Munich. She attended a Master in Culture Management organised by Fondazione Fitzcarraldo (Turin, Italy) and ICCM International Centre for Culture and Management (Salzbug, Austria). As consultant she contributed to realize art exhibitions in “La Triennale di Milano” Foundation and in “Galleria Carla Sozzani”, both of them situated in Milan and she cooperated with the Rome Municipality – Department of Cultural Policies (Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali), carrying out a study on supply and demand on culture in Rome. Currently she teaches at the Master Course on Arts and Cultural Heritage Management – Cultural Planning, organized by the “Istituto Europeo di Design” in Venice and collaborate with Observa in research fields related to scientific museums.