Marco Bersanelli

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Marco Bersanelli is full professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and director of the PhD School in Physics, Astrophysics and Applied Physics at University of Milano. His main field of research is Cosmology, and he has 25-years experience in measurements of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the first light in the universe. After graduating in Milan (1986), he worked as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, in the group of George Smoot (2006 Nobel Prize in physics). He worked on several CMB experiments and participated in two scientific expeditions to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. In the 1990’s he also worked on studies of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN’s) with optical and IR observations. He is one of the leading scientists in the ESA Planck space mission since its very conception in 1992. Planck was launched on 14 May 2009 and in 2013 delivered results of unprecedented precision in cosmology and mm-wave astrophysics. Professor Bersanelli is Deputy-PI and Instrument Scientist of Planck-LFI, one of the two instruments onboard the Planck satellite, and a member of the Planck Science Team. He is author of about 300 scientific papers, more than 170 published on international refereed journals, as well as of a number of essays, articles on science in an interdisciplinary context (including From Galileo to Gell-Mann, Templeton Press 2009; Infinity and the nostalgia of the stars, Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is science director of the Euresis association and he promoted and lead a series of international workshops on interdisciplinary frontier topics in science (San Marino Symposia, 2007-11). He has been a member of the Scientific Committee of INAF (2005-06), since 2003 he is vice-president of CIFS, and in 2010 he was appointed in the Search Committee for ANVUR. Since 2011 he is advisor in the Italian Delegation at the Science Programme Committee (SPC) of ESA. Since 2012 he is president of Fondazione  Sacro Cuore for the education of the young people.