Institutional bodies


Marco Andreatta​​
Full Professor of Geometry at the University of Trento. Internationally renowned in the field of Algebraic Geometry, he published over 50 articles on the best specialized journals and took part to numerous international conventions. He was Professor at the State University of Milan, Visiting Professor in many international research centers such as Mathematical Science Research Institute, Berkeley, Max-Planck-Institute, Bonn, and Newton Institute for Mathematics, Cambridge.
He is Director of the International Center for Mathematical Research (CIRM) of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, as well as of the Local Research Unit of the National Institute of Advanced Mathematics (INDAM). He was Dean of the Science Faculty in Trento.

Piergiorgio Cattani
Born in Trento on May 24th 1976, he graduated in Modern Literature (1999) and then in Philosophy and modern languages (2005) at the University of Trento. He works as a journalist and freelancer. He is a columnist for the newspaper "Trentino" and for the weekly publication of the Trento diocese "Vita Trentina". He collaborates with other local and national journals, such as the monthly publication "Il Regno". He directs the online news portal "Unimondo" (, a project of the Fontana Foundation concerned with peace, environment, human rights, and international cooperation. He is communication assistant of the Martino Martini study center, an association dealing with relationships between Europe and China. He is active in volunteering and culture as president of the Oscar Romero Association and as an editorial board member of the publishing company "Il Margine". He wrote numerous essays and books on philosophy, religious, ethical, and political topics.
​​Antonio Giacomelli
Supreme court attorney, he owns two private studios. After his educational experience in the United States and the Netherlands,  he was honorary Vice-Magistrate in Rovereto and President of the Arbitration Board of the Province. He was a member of the boards of directors of the following companies: Tecnofin Trentina S.p.A., Nuova Panarotta S.p.A., Legoprint S.p.A., Mariani S.P.A., Tesino S.p.A., Cassa Rurale di Castello Tesino Scarl, Tecnofin Service Center S.p.A.​, Development Agency S.P.A., Alta Val di Non S.p.a., Pejo Cable Railways S.p.A., Carosello Ski Folgaria S.p.A., Tre Valli Cable Railway S.p.A., Eurocoating S.p.A., A.S.P.E. Special Energy Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento. For 11 years, he was president of the Public Agency for Personal Care Service of Castello Tesino and for the last 7 years he has been president of UPIPA - Union of Welfare Institutions of the Autonomous Province of Trento. He is vice-president of MUSE.

​Francesca Maffei
She graduated in International Management at the University "Sacro Cuore" of Milan, specializing in marketing and communication at Michigan State University (US) and the Sole 24 Ore Business School of Milan. She perfected her education in Austra, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Ireland and UK. Since 2008, she has been working for 4 and 5-star hotels in the major Italian cities and for an American benchmarking and data analysis multinational company. She collaborates with a consultancy and education firm in Alto Adige and she is a 3rd-generation hotel manager in the family business. Since 2012 she is a journalist for the Sole 24 Ore - Pianetahotel Group and other specialized journals. She is vice-president and education delegate for 2011-2016 of the National Youth Committee of Federalberghi. She leads the Young Hoteliers of Trentino, holds a position in the Provincial ASAT council and in the Hotelier Board of Madonna di Campiglio. She is a member of the Executive Board Wrooom–Ferrari & Ducati press ski meeting, she is in charge of communication for the Committee 3 Tre FIS Ski World Cup.
Adriana Stefani
After her graduation in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Bologna, she obtained a Master in the fields of cultural heritage promotion and communication and Europlanning. She works as a freelance in the field of cultural promotion, popular culture and ethnography especially concerning participatory planning and fundraising.
Since 2002, she collaborates with the eco-museum entities in the province of Trento and since 2011 she coordinates the Eco-museum Network of Trento, consisting of the eight eco-museums acknowledged by the Province.
The Scientific Committee is an advisory board of the museum composed of a minimum of three to a maximum of five people, appointed by the Board of Directors, based on a proposal from the Director. It includes experts with certified scientific training, skills and experience.
The committee remains in office for the term indicated by the board of directors, giving scientific and technical advice especially to:
- help define the general guidelines of the museum's scientific activities;
- express opinions and evaluations of the annual and multi-annual program of activities as well as individual scientific initiatives or cultural exchanges.
Roberto Battiston
In 1976, he gains access to the Science Class at the Scuola Normale di Pisa. In 1982, he obtains the PhD at the University of Paris IX. In 2012, he moves to the Department of Physics of Trento to build TIFA (Trento Institute for Fundamental Physics and Applications) a new INFN National Center dedicated to space physics and technology in the astroparticle field. In Trento, he teaches Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics. In over 30 years he took part to international scientific collaborations, first in the field of experimental physics of fundamental interactions in accelerators and, in the last two decades, in the space sector, investigating cosmic rays. 
In 2003 he starts a research program with the aim of explaining the Van Allen Belts as detectors for large-scale geophysical and astrophysical phenomena. In 2005 he realized and launched the LAZIO-SIRAD experiment on the International Space Station, a technological demonstrator dedicated to investigating the stability of particles trapped in the Van Allen belts and to space observation of geophysical phenomena. In 2007 he contacted the Chinese Space Agency to propose Italy as a possible cooperator for the realization of the high-energy particle detector of CSES, the first Chinese satellite to monitor seismic events from space. After receiving an initial ESA grant, in 2012 he was appointed coordinator for a three-year project with FP7-SPACE. A passionate scientific popularizer, he collaborated with La Stampa and Il Corriere della Sera. He has been cooperating with the journal Le Science for 7 years, with the monthly column "Astri e Particelle" on astroparticle physics, and a blog of the same name on the journal portal. He was scientific director of POST, the Science Museum of Perugia (2000-2003). In 2011 he founded the Science and Philosophy Feast in Foligno, with Edoardo Boncinelli and Giulio Giorello.
Barbara Mazzolai
​In the years 1999-2004 was assistant researcher at the Microtechnics Research Center (CRIM Lab, now the Bio-robotics Institute) and from 2004 to 2009, she was assistant professor in Biomedics Engineering at SSSA. She has co-founded the Research Center in Marine Tecnhologies and Marine Robotics of SSSA in Livorno. From 2009 to 2011 she was team leader at the Micro-Biorobotics Center of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), and since 2011 she is the coordinator. In 2010 she was granted the "Marisa Bellisario" award for her scientific activities and for the management of the European project DustBot aimed at improving urban hygiene and citizen life quality. In 2013 she received a medal from the Senate of the Italian Republic for her scientific work in biomimicry and biorobotics.
Her current scientific activity focuses on Soft Robotics. Plants and animals are the main biological models of her concern and are studied with the aim of designing and developing new bio-inspired technologies and robotics solutions, thus improving our understanding of model biological systems. She coordinates the European project PLANTOIDE-FET.
She was a member of the European Commission during the Seventh Framework Program in the Robotics and ICT fields, and of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation in the fields of environment and health. She is associate editor for the Micro-BioRobotics journal and for the Frontiers of Bionics and Biomimicry journal. She is a member of the editorial boards of the Soft Robotics journal and of the International Journal of Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, of IEEE, of the Society of Engineering in Medicine, and of the Robotics and Automation Society.
Telmo Pievani
He is Associate Professor at the Department of Biology of Padua University, where he holds the first Italian chair of Philosophy of Biological Sciences and Anthropology.
As a philosopher of biology and expert of evolutionary theory, he wrote over 150 articles in the field of epistemology. He is part of the Ethical Committee of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. He is a corresponding member of the Venetian Institute for Sciences, Literature and Arts for the Science class as well as of the Turin Science Academy. He is also a member of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology and of the board of the Italian Institute of Anthropology. He holds a position in the Editorial Board of international scientific journals such as Evolutionary Biology and Evolution: Education and Outreach.
He is the director of Pikaia, the Italian evolution portal, and a member of the Scientific Council of The Genoa Science Festival. He collaborates with several publishing companies as a scientific consultant. Together with Niles Eldredge, he was the scientific director of the encyclopedic project "Ecosphera - Il futuro del pianeta" published by UTET Grandi Opere (2010). He was the editor of the eight volume, dedicated to science and technology, of the encyclopedia “La Cultura Italiana” published by UTET Grandi Opere (2010), directed by Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza. Together with Niles Eldredge and Ian Tattersal he supervised the renewed Italian edition of the International exhibition “Darwin. 1809-2009” (Rome - Milan - Bari 2009-2010). Together with Luca Cavalli Sforza he curated the international exhibition “Homo sapiens: la grande storia della diversità umana” (Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 2011-2012; Trento, 2012-2013; Novara, 2013). Ho writes for Il Corriere della Sera, Le Scienze, Micromega, and L’Indice dei Libri.
Prof. Roland Psenner
Since 1997, he has been full professor of limnology at the University of Innsbruck where he was Dean of the faculty of Biology from 2008-2012 and is currently Vice-Director. He is an expert in biochemistry of aquatic systems in Alpine environments. Starting from a research background in biochemistry and microbiology, he gradually shifted his focus towards Alpine systems, in a global framework and in the context of climate change. He is president of the International Scientific Committee of Alpine Research and is a part of the research program Alpine Space – Man and Environment, dealing with alpine ecosystems. He published over 130 scientific papers and 30 chapters of books.
Prof. Luigi Boitani
He is full professor of Conservation Biology and Animal Ecology at the University "La Sapienza", in Rome. A world-renowned zoologist, especially for his research on wolves and big carnivores carried out since the 1970, he was president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is member of the board of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Geneva) and president of the SSC/IUCN, Switzerland as well as of the Institute for Applied Ecology, Rome, since 1987. He published 10 books, over 300 scientific essays on journals and books, about as many conference speeches, and about 80 technical reports.
Marco Viola
Stefano Angheben
Alberto Bertamini
Michele Lanziger
The Museum is directed by Michele Lanzinger, who has a degree in Geology and a PhD in Anthropological Sciences. His area of research concerns the human population of the Alps in prehistoric times, an area in which he has carried out field studies and has published numerous scientific articles.
He was appointed curator of the Section of Geology and Paleontology of the Museum of Human Sciences in 1988, and became Director in 1992. Since then, Lanzinger has developed an intensive program of temporary exhibitions which led to a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Museum. He promoted the Museum's teaching program, which is now followed by 70% of the school population in Trentino (figures from 2010).
From 1997 to 2004 he was president of the National Association of Science Museums (ANMS). Since 2011, he is the only Italian representative on the Board of ECSITE, the European network of science centers and museums.