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Marco Bersanelli

Department of Physics, University of Milan, 201333 Milan, Italy

Marco Bersanelli is Full Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and Director of the PhD School in Physics at the University of Milano. He worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, and then as Researcher and Senior Scientist at IFC-CNR, Milano. His main research interests are in observational cosmology. He contributed to several experiments on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), including two expeditions to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Since 1992 he worked at the development of the ESA Planck space mission, launched in 2009, and dedicated to precision measurments of the CMB. He is the Instrument Scientist of Planck-LFI and a member of the Planck Science Team. He is currently member of the Italian Delegation at ESA SPC and Science Director of the Euresis Association.

Enrico Bombieri

Institute for Advanced Studies, Einstein Drive, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, USA.

Enrico Bombieri is the IBM von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Bombieri is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on number theory and analysis. Born in Milan, Italy, Dr. Bombieri earned his doctoral degree at the University of Milan in 1963. He taught at the University of Pisa before joining the Princeton Institute in 1977. In 1974, when he was a visitng member of the Institute for Advanced Study, he received the Fields Medal, the highest award given in the mathematical sciences. He was cited for his work in number theory, the study of integers and their relation to one another, and minimal surfaces, as well as the study of multidimensional surfaces. In addition to the Fields Medal, his awards include the Feltrinelli and Balzan Prizes.

Giorgio Buccellatti

Cotsen Institute of Archeology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510, USA.

Giorgio Buccellati is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He founded the Institute of Archeology at UCLA, of which he served as first director from 1973 until 1983 and where he is now Director of the Mesopotamian Lab. He is currently Director of IIMAS, the International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies. His research interestes include the ancient languages, literature, religion, archeology and the history of Mesopotamia, as well as the theory of archeology. He has published a structural grammar of ancient Babylonian, and is working on a detailed, computer-aided system for exacavation recording. He is also constructing a major website on the Urkesh excavations. As a Guggenheim Fellow, he has travelled to Syria to study the history of the ancient Amorites. With his wife Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, he has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. They are at present co-directors of the archeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They served as visitng professors in various European universities.

Marc Buehner

School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, 70 Park Place, CF10 3AT Cardiff, UK.

Marc Buehner is a cognitive psychologist who obtained his undergradiate degree from Universität Regensburg, Germany. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and later obtained a Ph.D. in Psychology from Sheffield University. He has been at Cardiff since 2002, where he is a reader since 2011. His early research founf that humans convert statistical information into causal knowledge in ways that honour the assumption that causal power exist in the world, but are not directly perceivable. Importantly, ghis research showed that human causal learning cannot be reduced to mere association formation. More recently, Marc has begun examining the phenomenon of ’causal binding’, whereby the presence of a causal relation in the environment leads to systematic distortions in people’s perception of space-time.

Marcello Buiatti

Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, Universita degli Studi di Parma, 50125, Parma, Italy.

Marcello Buiatti holds a Ph.D. in agricultural sciences from the University of Pisa (1959). In 1981 he became a Full Professor of Genetics at the University of Pisa. Prof. Buiatti was President of the Inter-Departmental Centre of Biotechnology in Florence (from 1990-2010) and between 2006-09 was President of the National Council of Research in Agriculture. He has published more than 250 scientific articles and essays and nine books, and is in the editorial board of a number of scientific publications, among which the Theoretical Biology Forum, where he is associate editor. He is currently President of the National Association for Environment and Labour, the Inter-university Centre of Philosophy of Biology, "Res Viva", the Italian National Governmental Council for the Environment, among others. His scientific interests are mainly in the field of genetic and molecular studies and mathematical modelling of developmental and evolutionary processes. He actively works also in the fields of philosophy and history of Biology.