Affiliation: University of Padua, IT

Keywords: Security, Privacy, Networking, Blockchain and DLT

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Mauro Conti is Full Professor at the University of Padua, Italy. He is also affiliated with TU Delft and University of Washington, Seattle. He obtained his Ph.D. from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2009. After his Ph.D., he was a Post-Doc Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2011 he joined as Assistant Professor the University of Padua, where he became Associate Professor in 2015, and Full Professor in 2018. He has been Visiting Researcher at GMU, UCLA, UCI, TU Darmstadt, UF, and FIU. He has been awarded with a Marie Curie Fellowship (2012) by the European Commission, and with a Fellowship by the German DAAD (2013). His research is also funded by companies, including Cisco, Intel, and Huawei. His main research interest is in the area of Security and Privacy. In this area, he published more than 350 papers in topmost international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is Area Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, and has been Associate Editor for several journals, including IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. He was Program Chair for TRUST 2015, ICISS 2016, WiSec 2017, ACNS 2020, and General Chair for SecureComm 2012, SACMAT 2013, CANS 2021, and ACNS 2022. He is Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM. He is member of the Blockchain Expert Panel of the Italian Government.

Webinar on Research integrity: how can we support and protect early-career researchers in cases of scientific misconduct?

Please join our webinar on 22 March at 15:00 CET titled ‘Research integrity: how can we support and protect early-career researchers in cases of scientific misconduct?’. This webinar will be organized by the YAE in collaboration with Academia EuropaeaSAPEA and the European Group on Ethics.

The event is open to everyone and will include a Q&A session, where the audience will be able to interact with the panelists. During the webinar several questions will be addressed, including: ‘What processes are in place to address potential problems of malpractice?‘,  ‘What actions might be taken, at individual, institutional and government levels to facilitate the process of investigation and, where necessary, protect those involved?‘.

If you are interested in answering the above and other questions, join the free webinar by registering here:

To find out more, visit the Academia Europaea’s website.

Font Paz

Affiliation: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, ES

Keywords: Gender, Early modern period, Women’s writing, Global intellectual history, Textual misogyny, Cultural heritage, Epistemic balance



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Carme Font Paz is Research Professor of English literature in the English Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She is also Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS). She completed her postdoctoral stage with research grants both at UCLA and Harvard University.

In 2018 Dr. Font was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her project WINK, “Women’s Invisible Ink: Trans-Genre Writing and the Gendering of Intellectual Value in Early Modernity”.

Font’s research studies the marginalization and recovery of women’s thought in the early modern period. Her research group is concerned with both local and comparatist approaches, as well as theoretical aspects of early modern women’s intellectual history and socio-economic considerations to early modern textual production, from manuscript poetry to political prose, letters, spiritual writing, miscellanies and novels. Her research integrates social history, historiography (debates on the canon), history of ideas (the need to trace a genealogy of women’s contributions to global thought), cognitive literary theory, religion and secularism in Reformed and counter-Reformation Europe, reception and textual analysis.

In addition to numerous short-term grants, publications, and participation in international research groups and networks, Font is editor of the book series Early Modern Women Writers in Europe: Texts, Debates, and Genealogies of Knowledge (Brepols) and sits in the editorial board of Prose Studies (Routledge). Her research has enjoyed wide media coverage in international outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, or El País.

Apart from her participation in conference panels, Font is often invited to seminars and talks, such as Women of the Book in Johns Hopkins University, the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (Aix-Marseille Université), Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, or the New Historia Symposia at the New School, New York.

Aside from her research activity, Font also has a background in literary translation, reading for international literary awards and creative writing.

Research interests: early modern women’s writing, Renaissance, global intellectual history, gender, feminism, textual misogyny, book history, cognitive literary theory, cultural heritage, epistemic balance.

Prof. Giulia Grancini a panelist at 6th International Day of Women & Girls in Science Assembly

YAE Board member Prof. Giulia Grancini has been invited as panelist at the 6th International Day of Women & Girls in Science Assembly at the United Nation. The event will take place online on the 11th of February.
The 6th Assembly theme is “Beyond the Borders: Equality in Science for Society”, with a special focus on the value of the social aspects and cultural dimensions in Science, Technology and Innovation to enhance sustainable development programs.
To find out more about the event and the program, please visit the United Nation’s and the event’s website

Invitation to ISE webinars on Precarity in Academia

Initiative for Science in Europe will held a series of three webinars on 18 February, 4 & 18 March 2021. These webinars are specifically designed for policy makers, funders, universities, international organizations, and journalists. The following topics will be covered during the webinars: European funding: finding solutions to systematic challenges, Research assessment practices, Research grant evaluation. More information about each webinar can be found here: Invitation ISE webinars and under the following registration links:

European funding: finding solutions to systematic challenges

18 February 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm CET


Research assessment practices

4 March 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm CET


Research grant evaluation

18 March 2021, 2pm – 3:30pm CET


Bridging the gap in knowledge on animal experimentation

First YAE event of 2021: a brainstorming session on ‘Bridging the gap in knowledge on animal experimentation’ was held online on 12 February.

The topic of animal experimentation is highly controversial and generates strong opinions and emotions. As for many other controversial topics (environmental changes, genetic manipulation, use of technology to control the mind and the body, etc.) it is of fundamental importance that people form their opinions upon robust, verifiable and actual information.

In particular now, at a time when many governments are taking decisions that will determine how bio-medical experiments can be performed, offering transparent information on common praxis and regulation in these fields is important.

From 2021 we therefore aim at developing a series of webinars aimed at assembling and disseminating robust, verifiable and actual information about some of these controversial topics, starting with animal experimentation. We think that this topic can be of interest to YAE members across all diverse disciplines and backgrounds and we encourage broad participation, not only from those working in the life sciences.

As an initial step toward the development of the webinar structure, we organized a brainstorming session on “Bridging the gap in knowledge on animal experimentation”.

The aims of the brain storming was to:

1) Develop and Plan a series of webinars that would discuss goals, regulations, benefits and caveats, and alternatives to animal research in different Life Science fields. During the brainstorming session we welcomed thoughts on what information people need to make well informed decisions, on which information is already available in different formats, on the ways to make information available to different publics, and look for volunteers ready to take part in this activity

2) Identify ways to understand what questions people have about animal experimentation and what kind of information they can currently access. Ideally, we’d like to perform a survey of publics that measures the level of knowledge around animal research, but there may be other approaches. We are particularly interested in finding out what the public does (and does not) know about animal welfare and regulations governing the ethical use of animals in research. During the brainstorming session we welcomed feedback on how to perform such research. YAE members from social sciences and humanities would be particularly welcomed to give their input.


Affiliation: University of Girona, ES

Keywords: Cell Biology, Reproductive Biology, Cryobiology, Infertility, Sperm, Oocyte, Embryo, Animal Reproduction, Human Reproduction



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Marc graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Girona University, an MSc in Biotechnology, and earned a European PhD in Reproductive Biology. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Political and Social Sciences from UNED. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (2006-2007) and was promoted to Assistant Professor of Cell Biology at the Faculty of Human Medicine, University of Girona (2008). In 2011, he moved to the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Autonomous University of Barcelona, as a Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He lectured Reproductive Technology and Physiology of Obstetrics, and Animal Reproduction at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In 2014, Marc joined the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford, as a Marie Curie Fellow, and began to lecture in the MSc in Clinical Embryology, in which he is still involved. In 2016, he moved back to Girona University as a Senior Research Fellow (Ramón y Cajal). Currently, Marc is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the Department of Biology, University of Girona, and Director at TechnoSperm, TECNIO Centre for Reproductive Biotechnology. He teaches at the Faculties of Human Medicine, Nursing and Sciences, at the Polytechnic School, and for the MSc in Food Biotechnology, and in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine. In addition, he has been a Guest Lecturer at Oxford University (UK), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), University of Alicante (Spain), Antonio Nariño University (Colombia), Federal University of Lavras (Brazil) and University of Murcia (Spain).

Marc is a Senior Editor of Scientific Reports (the multidisciplinary journal of Nature publishing group); an Associate Editor of Reproduction, Fertility and Development (CSIRO Publishing), Frontiers in Physiology (Frontiers), Frontiers in Endocrinology (Frontiers), and Animal Reproduction Science (Elsevier); a Section Editor of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences (MDPI) and Biology (MDPI); and an Editorial Board Member of Theriogenology and Cryobiology (Elsevier). He has been a peer reviewer for more than 90 scientific journals, and an expert evaluator for research grants at different funding agencies, including AEI, Spain; BBRSC, UK; Teagasc, Ireland; Marie Curie-COFUND, EU; NSERC, Canada; CONCYT, Argentina; MRC, UK; NSC, Poland; Lalor Foundation, USA; NWO, The Netherlands; and GACR, Czech Republic.

His research has tackled different angles of Reproductive Biology in mammals (including humans, pigs, cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, mice, cats and dogs): sperm physiology (including sperm capacitation), interactions of sperm with epithelial cells from different reproductive tissues (epididymis and fallopian tube/oviduct), presence and growth of microbes in semen and implications for its preservation, sperm cryopreservation, cryopreservation of oocytes and embryos, genetics of infertility, oocyte activation deficiency, in vitro maturation of oocytes and fertility preservation.

Marc’s track-record includes more than 270 publications: >160 papers and >90 abstracts in SCI/JCR-indexed journals, mostly Q1-ranked. In addition, he has authored 5 articles in non-scientific, dissemination journals, 12 book chapters (editor in 3), and >180 contributions to congresses (20 as invited, plenary speaker), and is an inventor of a patent. He has taken part in more than 100 research grants and contracts with companies (national and international), including funding from the European Commission (FP7 and H2020 schemes), retaining the PI role in >35. Thus far, Marc has supervised 8 PhD students, 5 post-docs, 21 MSc students and >40 undergraduate students.

Finally, Marc’s teaching and research activities have been recognized at both national and international levels. He was habilitated as a Full Professor by the Catalan Agency for Quality Assessment of Universities (AQU) and by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation, Spain (ANECA), and was awarded with the I3, Outstanding Research Certificate (Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, Spain) in 2019. In addition, he was elected as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA, UK) in 2015, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB, UK) in 2020.


Affiliation: Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (I.S.I.S.), Université de Strasbourg & CNRS, FR
Visiting Professor at Center for Advanced Technologies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, PL

Keywords: 2D Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry, Functional Hybrid Structures, Sensing, Energy

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Artur Ciesielski obtained his M.Sc. degree from Adam Mickiewicz University, followed by his PhD degree from the University of Strasbourg (P. Samorì). In 2016, he became a research associate at the Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires (ISIS) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). In 2018 he has been appointed as visiting professor at the Centre for Advanced Technologies of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). His broad area of research interest lies in design of hybrid supramolecular systems, self-assembly of nanopatterns, and production and chemical modification of 2D materials by exploiting supramolecular approaches and their exploration in (nano)devices including health monitoring and environmental sensing as well as in energy storage/conversion. He has been awarded twice with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Pole in France award’ in science (2015 and 2019).


Affiliation: University of Stuttgart, DE

Keywords: Quantum physics, Quantum technologies, Ultracold quantum gases, Cold molecules, Quantum many-body systems



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Dr. Tim Langen is the head of a research group at the 5th Institute of Physics of the University of Stuttgart, where he studies atoms and molecules at temperatures close to absolute zero.  Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at JILA in Boulder, and studied physics in Vienna, Paris, Mainz and Marseille.
Tim Langen has made a large number of important and widely recognized contributions to many aspects of atomic, molecular, and quantum physics. These include the observation of a novel supersolid state of matter, advances in direct molecular cooling and landmark studies of the non-equilibrium dynamics of quantum many-body systems. He has received several prestigious international prizes and fellowships, among them an ERC Starting Grant, the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 2019, the Runner-up New Journal of Physics Early Career Award 2017, and the QEOD Thesis Award of the European Physical Society 2015. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and is an Editorial Board member for New Journal of Physics.