Advisory Board

Mauro Cozzolino of Italy


Mauro Cozzolino, Psychologist-Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist, is Professor of General Psychology at the University of Salerno (Italy).

In several contexts, since 1998 he has carried out training and intervention activities on different areas of psyhology, in educational and clinical context. He is Scientific Director of the International Center for Psychology and Strategic Psychotherapy (CIPPS) of Salerno (Italy). He is also a teacher at the School of Specialization in Psychotherapy with an Integrated Strategic Approach Seraphicum of Rome (Italy) and he’s part of its Scientific Committee. In 2017, together with Giovanna Celia, they were chosen as a couple by the official journal of the Milton Erickson Foundation as protagonists of the column “The Power of Two” for the contribution they have given to the advancement and evolution of clinical psychology, hypnosis and psychotherapy.

Valentina Castello of Italy


University of L’Aquila – SMEs Competitiveness and Gender Balance

Valentina Castello, degree in Economics at Luiss Guido Carli and PhD in Business Economics and Management of Health Care Organizations at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Since 2000 she has been teaching business management subjects at DIIIE Department of University of L’Aquila; at the same University, at DSU, she teaches “Social Services Programs Evaluation and Monitoring”. Trainer, consultant and researcher since 1996, she has more than 15 years of experience as researcher/project manager in national and international projects. Main current research interest are related to the enhancement of “inclusive sustainable system” (including social impact evaluation and policies; female/inclusive entrepreneurship and so on).

Virginija Šidlauskienė of Lithuania


University of Šiauliai – Gender Study Centre

Virginija Šidlauskiene, has a background in physics and is an associate professor of social science in pedagogies. She is a researcher at the Institute for Gender Studies of Siauliai University, and teaches at the Universities of Siauliai and Vilnius. She is a member of the Expert Forum of The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the Group of Specialists on Gender Equality Standards and Mechanisms at European Council, the EU expert on gender equality issues, indicators and equal opportunities and Lithuania’s national gender equality policy expert.

Her latest work is on standards and mechanisms to indicate government commitment to gender equality in research, education and culture with the European Council expert group, and the draft of the National Action Plan Women in/and Science 2006-2007 (NAP) Gender Equality in Science of Lithuania 2007-2014, and newest one 2015-2021.

Curt Rice of Norway


Curt Rice is Rector of the Oslo Metropolitan University. He leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research, and  helped create the BALANSE program at the Research Council of Norway, which is designed to increase the numbers of women at the highest levels of research organizations. He is on the Advisory Board of the European Commission projects EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia) (FP7) and LIBRA (H2020). He was on the Science Leaders Panel of genSET (FP7), in which the European Commission was advised about gender in science, and he is a member of the Steering Committee for the Gender Summit.

He created the crowd-sourced alternative contest to the European Commission’s Science: It’s a girl thing! teaser video.

Gabriella Rossi of Italy


Aerospace District of Campania – Research Project Manger

Gabriella Rossi is Chemical Engineer, PhD in Chemical Engineering. She is Researcher at ENEA, dealing with Smart Grid Research and Innovation projects. Furthermore, she is involved in research activities on the durability analysis of coating materials for concentrated solar power technologies. She worked for European Commission as Expert Evaluator of chemical engineering research and innovation projects and of R&D and innovation projects submitted within Horizon 2020 and at different levels in FP 5, 6 and 7. She was research Fellow at University of Salerno from September 1st to August 31st, studying new flexible and transparent materials with high barrier properties.

Francesco Niglia of Italy


Francesco Niglia is the research director of a private ICT R&D Lab, he worked more than 10 years as consultant for Technology Transfer and holds focus expertise in the ICT for government solutions domain applied to the analysis of the sustainability and socio-economic impact of the innovation. He is responsible for the development and validation of eGovernment indicators for measuring the application of User Centricity methodology in services to citizens. He provides technical support for technology intelligence and activities to develop new technologies and innovative solutions as well as supports the development of studies focused on the implementation of good practices. He is also member of the European Skills/Competences, qualification and Occupation Board and delivered two European Standards for the CEN – European Committee for Standardization.