Benedetta Giovanola

holds the Jean Monnet Chair “Ethics for inclusive digital Europe” and is Full Professor of Ethics at the University of Macerata (Italy), where she also served as Deputy Rector and Vice Rector for International Relations (2016-2022). She is also a regular visiting professor at Tufts University (US).
She has been visiting professor at the UIBE - University of International Economics and Business (Beijing, China), MGIMO (Moscow, Russia), KU Leuven (Belgium) and Huygens Fellow at the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
She is the Vice President of the Italian Association for Moral Philosophy and the Director of a Lab on Cybersecurity in the framework of the Interuniversity National Consortium for Informatics in Italy.
Her research interests are in moral, social and political philosophy, with a focus on issues of social justice; in media ethics, with a focus on the role played by social media in contemporary societies; and in digital ethics, with a focus on issues of fairness and inclusion in artificial intelligence, and with particular regard to the domain of health.
She has been PI or member of a number of research projects on media ethics, digital ethics, and economic ethics. She has given more than 100 talks in academic institutions in Europe, Asia and North America, has published 7 books and more than 100 articles in leading international journals and collections.

Gianluca Busilacchi

is Assistant Professor in Economic Sociology at the University of Macerata. His main research interests are: social policy in a comparative perspective, poverty, healthcare policies. During the last ten years he has been Regional Councillor at Marche Region, where he has been President of the Healthcare policies Committee and President of the Policy evaluation Committee. Since 2020 he is the Ministry of Health representative in “Italia Longeva” (National Association on Ageing and Active Longevity).

Francesca Spigarelli

is Vice Rector for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer and for the European Research Policy at University of Macerata (since 2012). She is full professor of Applied Economics and specialized in Policies for Third Mission, Innovation and Local Development. She has an extensive experience in coordination and research in European Funded project, with specific reference to health industry, entrepreneurship and innovation. She is author of many scientific papers and books. She is coordinator of the University of Macerata Laboratory for Innovation and Creativity (LUCI).

Emmanuele Pavolini

is Full Professor in Economic Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Macerata. As an economic sociologist he has focused his research interests in two fields: a) welfare state studies from a comparative perspective, with specific attention to the Italian and Southern European welfare states, social policies, inequalities in the access to welfare state provision, occupational welfare, welfare mix and third sector organizations; b) labour market research and economic development, with a focus on the changing roles of professionals, networks among enterprises, strategies for competitiveness, and the role of migrants in the labour market. He is a National Expert for Italy of the European Commission Expert Network ESPN (European Social Policy Network). He is currently co-editor of the Journal of European Social Policy.

Alessia Bertolazzi

Ph.D., is assistant professor of Sociology at the University of Macerata. Her area of interest is medical sociology, and her current research activities focus on the social impact of health technology. She has been involved as experienced researcher in several national researches promoted by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Work. In 2019, she was visiting professor at Marie Curie Sklodowska University. She wrote more than 50 articles in scientific journals and books.

Alessio Bartolacelli

holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Business Law in the European Union and Sustainable Economy and has been an Associate Professor of Business Law and European Company Law at the University of Macerata, Italy, since 2018. He has also been a Marie Curie & TRENTINO Fellow at the University of Trento, with a grant awarded by the European Commission and the Autonomous Province of Trento. His main research interests are in Company Law, with a special focus on SMEs.

Chiara Bergonzini

is Lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University of Macerata, where she teaches New Technologies and Constitutional Law and Data Protection, Privacy and Internet Law. Her research activity concerns Constitutional Law and in particular Public Law and Economics. She is currently focusing her studies on the so-called Digital Era's new challenges to fundamental rights, paying particular attention to Big Data, starting from contact tracing apps.

Giacomo Gistri

is a Full Professor of Marketing at the Department of Political Sciences, Communication and International Relations, University of Macerata (Italy). He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (IL, USA) and at Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (IL, USA). His research interests include consumer behavior and marketing communications. He has published in academic journals, including the International Journal of Advertising, Marketing Letters, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Marketing Communication, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Journal of Brand Management.

Simona Tiribelli

is research fellow in Moral Philosophy and Ph.D. candidate in Global Studies. Justice, Rights, Politics at the University of Macerata (Italy). Former Fulbright fellow in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the MIT Media Lab (MIT, U.S.), she is Director for Ethics at the MIT-Harvard Institute for Technology and Global Health (Boston, U.S) and also AI Ethicist at PathCheck Foundation, a spin-off from MIT focused on developing digital solutions to help contain COVID-19 pandemic while preserving privacy, individual rights, and civil liberties. Her expertise is on the moral questions raised by artificial intelligence and the ethical dimension of algorithms-based technology.

Lorenzo Compagnucci

Ph.D., is Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Economics at the Department of Law of University of Macerata. His research focuses on the Third Mission of the university, entrepreneurship and innovation, blockchain, sustainability, cultural and creative industries, China. He is member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Economic and Industrial Policy (SIEPI) and of the c.MET05 National University Centre for Applied Economic Studies. He collaborates with the Office for the Valorisation of the Research (ILO) and Placement of University of Macerata. He is a lawyer. He has (co-)authored peer reviewed papers in international journals that he has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia, Africa and USA.

Dominique Lepore

Ph.D., is Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Economics at the Department of Law of University of Macerata and assistant professor at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on regional policies and innovation intermediaries supporting the adoption of digital technologies among SMEs, with a particular focus on Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH). She is recognized as a DIH expert in the research network of the Kosciuszko Institute in Poland. She is member of the c.MET05 National University Centre for Applied Economic Studies and of the Italian Society of Industrial Economics (SIEPI).

Barbara Chiucconi

is head of the Grant Office at the University of Macerata. She is an experienced project manager of 7FP and Horizon 2020 projects and she also has a remarkable expertise in EU project design. Since 2012 she has organized or held as teacher training activities for the benefit of PhD students and Post docs on transversal skills. She is contact person at University of Macerata for the European Commission for Human Resources Strategy Group for Researchers Initiatives