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Paul Davies

Arizona State University, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, P.O. Box 871504, Tempe, AZ 85287-1504 USA

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist. He is Director of ’Beyond’, a new interdisciplinary research institute at Arizona State University devoted to the study of fundamental concepts in science. Part of the mission of Beyond is to establish new trans-disciplinary lines of research. Davie’s own research ranges from the origin of the universe to the origin of life. The main focus has been on the theory of quantum fields in curved spacetime, with the applications to the very early universe and the properties of black holes. He has also worked in complexity theory, the nature of time and the theory of emergent phenomena. He is the author of 27 books, the latest of which is "The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the universe just right for life?" His earlier book, "The Mind of God", was an international best-seller. 

Giorgio Dieci

Department of Biochemistry, University of Parma, Italy

Giorgio Dieci is Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Parma, where he does research in molecular biology. He is particularly interested in the molecular mechanisms and regulation of gene transcription and small RNA biogenesis in eukaryotes. After graduation and Ph.D. studies at the University of Parma, he was EMBO post-doctoral fellow at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (Saclay, France). He later continued his studies at the University of Parma, where his research extended to yeast and human genomics and epigenomics. He set up and coordinated an international team that was supported by the Human Frontier Science Program. In 2001, he was recipient of the “Ettore Bora” Award, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome), for the Biological Sciences and their applications. 

George Ellis

Department of Mathematics, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South Africa.

George Ellis FRS is  Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town. After a B.Sc. at Cape Town University, he studied at Cambridge University under Dr. Dennid Sciama, and taught there from 1967 until 1973, when he returned to Cape Town as Professor of Applied Mathematics. He has been visiting professor at several universities including the University of Chicago, Boston University, as well as Professor of Cosmic Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste. He is presently Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was awarded the Herschel Medal of the Royal Society of Saouth Africa in 1984. He has Honorary Degrees from a number of international universities and was awarded the Star of South Africa Medal by President Nelson Mandela in 2001, the Templeton Prize in 2004, and the Order of Mapungubwe, by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006. He is Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, London. His books include The Large Scale Sturcture of Spacatime, with Stephen Hawking and On The Moral Nature of the Universe: Cosmology, Theology and Ethics, with Nancey Murphy, among others.

Costantino Esposito

Dept. of Philosophy, Universita degli Studi di Bari, Palazzo Ateneo, Piazza Umberto I - 70121 Bari, Italy.

Costantino Esposito is full professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Bari since 2000. Since 1998 he has worked as an associate professor at the University of Cassino. On various occasions he has carried out research in Germany, at the University of Freiburg. His main research interests are: the thought of Martin Heidegger; the philosophy of Immanuel Kant; and the metaphysical works of Francisco Suarez. Costantino is a member of the Editorial Board of several International Journals, such as "Heidegger Studies", "Viator", and "Dilthey Jahrbuch." He lectured at conferences in Europe, USA, South Africa and Japan, and taught graduate courses at the Universidad Catolica de Buenos Aires, among others. He is Distinguished Visiting Scholar of UCLA "Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies", Los Angeles, CA. Since 2001 he has worked as editor of "Quaestio - International Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics." Among his latest works is a Philosophical Textbook for Laterza Publisher entitled "Filosofia" (vol.1 - antica e medievale; vol. 2 - moderna, vol. 3 - contemporanea).

Stefano Forte

Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Milano, via Celoria 16, I-20133 Milano, Italy.

Stefano Frote graduated from the M.I.T., and was a Research Fellow at Saclay and CERN. From 1990 to 2002 he was a staff Physicist at the INFN in Torino and Rome. Since 2003, Stefano Forte is a full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Milan. Forte has been a visiting professor in Barcelona and a visiting Fellow in Edinburgh and at the Ècole Polytechnique, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Ècole Normale Superieure de Lyon. Currently he is a scientific associate of the Discovery Center of the Niels Borh Institute and the Higgs Centre in Edinburgh and member fot eh editorial board of Journal of Physics G. Stefano Forte’s research focuses on theory of strong interactions and perturbative QCD. Dr. forte has played a role in some particle physics experiments as member of the SPS committee at CERN, and as a member of the steering committees for the HERA-LHC and PDF4LHC workshops as well as the future experiment LHeC.