Observa Science in Society is a non-profit, independent, legally recognized research centre promoting the study and discussion of the interaction among science, technology and society, with the aim of stimulating dialogue among researchers, policy makers and citizens.

Observa’s activities are supervised by an international and interdisciplinary scientific committee.

Activities focus on three main areas:

  • Science Communication;
  • Research and Innovation Policy;
  • Science, Citizens and Technology.

Observa belongs to the main international networks actively engaged with science in society issues, including ESCoNet (European Science Communicators Training Network), Science and the City, MACOSPOL (Mapping Controversies On Science for POLitics) and the network of institutions coordinated by the London School of Economics and Political Science which monitors global trends in public perception and media coverage of science and technology. Observa also contributes to the international surveys on science and new generations ROSE (Relevance of Science Education) and IRIS (Interest & Recruitment in Science).

Through its activities, Observa has established collaborations with several national and international organizations, including the European Commission – DG Research, CERN, Lancaster University, Bielefeld University, University College London, University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, Austrian Academy of Science, Gran Sasso National Laboratory, European Association of young biotechnologists.

In line with its mission of fostering an informed debate on science in society issues, keeping a balanced and independent point of view, Observa is not affiliated to any private or public organization. Activities are funded through specific projects, members’ contributions and donations. To become a member or to be simply included in our mailing list, visit our member page or send a e-mail to info@observanet.it

Scientific Committee

Barbara Allen

Ph.D. in Science and Technology studies

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.

Massimo Mazzotti

Ph.D. in Science Studies

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.

Giuseppe Pellegrini

Ph.D., Sociology

Giuseppe Pellegrini (Ph.D., Sociology 2004) teaches Innovation, Technology and Society at the University of Trento. His main research interests are related to the study of science, technology and society issues. In this area of investigation, a specific attention he devoted to public engagement and public communication. His methodological skills are both qualitative and quantitative.

Giuseppe Testa

Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology

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.

Martin W. Bauer

Professor of Social Psychology

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.

Mariachiara Tallacchini

Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law

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.

Brian Trench

Senior lecturer journalism, science communication

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.

Massimiano Bucchi

Ph.D. Social and Political Science

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.

Steering Committee

Massimiano Bucchi

Ph.D. Social and Political Science

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.

Giuseppe Pellegrini

Observa CEO

Giuseppe Pellegrini (Ph.D., Sociology 2004) teaches Innovation, Technology and Society at the University of Trento. His main research interests are related to the study of science, technology and society issues. In this area of investigation, a specific attention he devoted to public engagement and public communication. His methodological skills are both qualitative and quantitative.

Barbara Saracino

Ph.D. in Methodology and Social Research

Barbara Saracino (PhD in Methodology and Social Research) is assistant professor of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna since 2019. Her main research interests deal with Methodology and Sociology of Science. She is expert in investigation techniques and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data.

Andrea Rubin

Ph.D. and Research

Andrea Rubin teaches Theory for the Social Sciences at the University of Bergamo. He graduated in Sociology at the University of Padua with a thesis in the sociology of science and attended a Post-Graduate Course in Science Communication at International School in Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste. For his final 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.