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Antonio Acín

Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO), Mediterranean Technology Park, 08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain.                                                             Institució Catalana de Recerça i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), 08010 Barcelona, Spain.

Antonio Acín is Professor of Quantum Information Theory at the ICFO and ICREA in Barcelona, Spain. He holds a degree in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He got his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2001 from the UB. After a post-doctoral stay in Geneva, with the group of Prof. (Gisin - GAP-Optique), he joined ICFO in 2003, where he leads the Quantum Information Theory Group. He was awarded a Starting Grant and a Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC), starting in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He has later been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2013.

Roberto Andreoni

Conservatorio di Musica N. Piccinni, Via Cifarelli 26, 70, 124, Bari, Italy.

Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Scripps College for the Fall semester 2010, Roberto Andreoni earned his degree in Music Composition from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan. From 1989 to 1992 he studied and taught at the University of California Berkeley, where he earned his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) in Music. While in the USA he recorded some of his solo, chamber and theatrical works, which have been broadcasted by RAI, BBC, KKSF and Vatican Radio, among others. From 1993 to 1996 he was Diretcor of the Scuola Civica di Musica in Assago, as well as Instructor of History of Mucial Forms and other subjects at the International Education of Students (IES Abroad), Milan Center, through the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He subsequently taught at the Conservatory of Trento and the civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, which he also directed between 200 adn 2004. He is now Full Professor of Composition at the Piccinni Conservatorio of Bari. Andreoni is also an award-winning composer (BEA Award 2009). His works have been played worldwide at such renowed venues as the Carnegie Hall in New York, La Scala in Milan, the Biennale in Venice, among others. His Opera Sì was succesfully staged in Bergamo. 

Gennaro Auletta

Pontifical Gregorian University, Piazza della Pilotta 4 - 00187 Rome, Italy.

Gennaro Auletta is an Aggregate Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, and a philosopher of science mostly concerned with the foundations and interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.  He is also active in the field of debate between science, philosophy and theology. Gennaro Auletta graduated from the La Spaienza University of Rome. From 2003 to 2012, Prof. Auletta was the Scientific Director for Science and Philosophy at the Gregorian University, as well as, from 2003-2010, the Scientific Coordinator for the  STOQ Project (Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest, under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture and supported by the John Templeton Foundation). Since 2009, Auletta is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and of the International Society for Science and Religion. His interests in information theory have largely focused his research on the way in which biological and cognitive systems deal with information. Gennaro Auletta has been vice-director of the international conference on ’Biological Evolution: Facts and Theories’ held at the Pontifical Gregorian University on March 2009.  

Ulisses Barres de Almeida

Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22290-180, Brasil.
Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Foehringer Ring 6, Munich 80801, Germany.                                                                                                                 Institute of Advanced Study, University of Durham, Palace Green DH1 3RL, UK.

Ulisses Barres de Almeida is an Astrophysicist at the Brazilian Centre for Physics Research (CBPF), and a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics, Germany, where he worked as a post-doc between 2010-12. He holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Durham (UK), having worked in the H.E.S.S. Experiment. Currently he is a member of the MAGIC Collaboration for VHE Gamma-ray Astronomy and one of the responsibles for the Brazilian group in the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), an international Consortium to build the next-generation array of Ground-based Gamma-ray Telescopes, where he is working on the design and construction of the LST Telescopes, dedicated to observations below 100 GeV. His research concentrates in Astroparticle Physics, and High-Energy Extragalactic Astrophysics. He is Editor-in-Chief of Euresis Journal, and since 2014, a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS/Durham), dedicated to interdisciplinary research. In 2013 he was in the Local Organizing Committee for the XXXIII International Cosmic Ray Conference, held in Rio de Janeiro.

Tommaso Bellini

Department of Biochemistry, University of Milan, 20090 Segrate (MI), Italy

Tommaso Bellini is Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Milan. He is also Professor of Physics and Physical Technologies for the degree course in Biotechnology. His research concentrates on the properties of complex fluids (such as liquidcrystals, polymers, suspensions of nanoparticles) and particularly on the physical properties of molecules and macromolecules of specific interest.