17 September 2020
Europe/Zurich timezone
The presentation will take place in form of a Zoom session. Registration is compulsory (deadline: 16 September at 5 pm). Details will be shared with registered participants.


Stefano Aliani

Marine scientist

Stefano Aliani is a marine scientist who has been working on marine debris since the 90ties. He wrote the first paper ever on marine debris and ocean modelling. He has participated and lead many projects all over the world, including polar areas. He was the Head of the Section of the Institute of Marine Science of National Research Council of Italy and is the coordinator of WG 153 of SCOR on marine litter. He is currently Vice President of the Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research. Participated as member or expert to working groups of IASC, PAME and AMAP on marine science and marine litter. He wrote papers on top journals about debris in polar areas.

Gianlauro Casoli

Researcher, University of Parma

Gianlauro Casoli holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Parma and a Master of Science in Sustainability from Ashridge Executive Education - Hult International Business School where he had been researching innovative approach  on organizations and economics using the renew lens of complexity science related to sustainable economic, social, political and environmental systems. He is a permanent member of the Research Laboratory on CSR in the Department of Economics at University of Parma. He is involved in international research in implementing new circular economic models that take into account a systemic approach matching with the complexity of reality. He is also Senior Advisor and Board member of a London based financial firm, Ethicalfin Ltd, devoted to impact investment 

Paola Catapano

Head of CERN Audiovisual Productions

Paola Catapano works at CERN in the Education and Communications group as  head of Audiovisual Productions. She has a master’s degree in science journalism from SISSA Trieste and has reported on  scientific expeditions in remote locations, from Antarctica to the North Pole. In 2018 she organized the research and outreach expedition Polarquest2018 and is co-author of the related chapter in the book.

Margarita Cimadevila

President of ARSCIENCIA

The artist Margarita Cimadevila, who was born in Sada (Coruña, Spain), graduated in Chemistry. She then worked as a secondary school science teacher for the Government of Galicia for thirty years, nine of them as director. Her artistic work combines science and art on topics such as the particle physics at CERN, women in science, gender equality and eco art. She is president of the organization ARSCIENCIA and a member of AMIT (Spanish Association of Women Researchers and Technologists). Her work has been exhibited in Europe, America and China.

Shyaam Ramkumar


Shyaam Ramkumar is a PhD Candidate in Economic Sociology at the University of Milan researching the accelerated adoption of circular innovation by companies using economic sociology and social network theories. Outside of his PhD, he organizes the Milan chapter of the Circular Economy, is a Circular Innovation Expert at Tondo, an association for advancing the Circular Economy in Italy, and is a volunteer consultant with MOVOS to advance sustainable thinking among startups. Shyaam has previously worked as the Knowledge and Innovation Manager at Circle Economy in Amsterdam, has interned with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and was a sustainability consultant with Accenture's Chicago office in the United States. He has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master's degree in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Andrés Rodríguez-Seijo

PhD in terrestrial ecosystems


Andrés Rodríguez-Seijo is PhD in terrestrial ecosystems by the University of Vigo (Spain) (2016). My research was focused on the behaviour of heavy metals in mining, urban and military soils. Since 2016, I started a new research line on the impact of microplastics on terrestrial ecosystems, and now, I'm FCT Junior Researcher at CIIMAR-University of Porto (Portugal). I am author/co-author of 23 articles in WoS journals (index h of 13), six book chapters and 32 communications for national/international conferences and workshops.


 Marilena Streit-Bianchi (right)

Art and Science book editor

Marilena Streit-Bianchi, born in Rome, received a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University La Sapienza in Rome. She joined Cern in 1969 and carried out pioneristic work in the medical application of accelerators, safety training and participated to studies to evaluate the economic impact of Cern in industry before being responsible for operational and promotional activities of the newly created Technology Transfer Group. Since her retirement, after 41 years of work in the Organization, she actively engaged in Art and Science as book editor and curator of exhibitions in Europe and Mozambique.

Maris Stulgis


Maris Stulgis has completed his 5 years University level studies in Water bio resources and Aquaculture in Russia, Kaliningrad. From 1994 to 2005 Mr Stulgis worked in the Latvian public sector - in the Marine and Inland waters administration where he was dealing with national marine environment and fisheries policy implementation, monitoring and development. Since 2005 he works in the DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission. From 2005 till 2017 Mr Stulgis has dealt with the Common Fisheries Policy analysis, monitoring, development, with new fisheries control technologies development and implementation, with fisheries data management. From 2017 he works in the unit Maritime innovations, investments and knowledge with focus on marine litter problem, marine biodiversity and new ways of working.


Wolfgang Trettnak


Wolfgang Trettnak was born in Graz (Austria) and received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Graz. He undertook applied research on sensors and biosensors for several years and published a number of scientific articles. In 2002 he became a freelance artist, and his work, which comprises painting, object art, and installations, has been exhibited in Europe, America, and China. His work links science with art on subjects such as bionics, electronics, luminescence and environmental topics.