Prof. Dr. Massimo Aria
Universita‘ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

Massimo Aria is a full professor in Statistics for Social Sciences at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Naples Federico II and Ph.D. in Computational Statistics.
His main research fields are bibliometrics, science mapping, systematic literature reviews, and machine learning. He led several statistical surveys about economic, social, ethological, and healthcare phenomena.
He is co-founder of the academic spin-off K-Synth and author of four open-source statistical software:

  • Bibliometrix R Package
    An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis and quantitative research in scientometrics and bibliometrics.
  • pubmedR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from the ‚PubMed‘ database using the ‚NCBI‘ REST API.
  • dimensionsR
    A set of tools to extract bibliographic content from ‚Digital Science Dimensions‘ using ‚DSL‘ API.
  • PLS-SEM Matlab Toolbox
    A Matlab/Octave package to estimate Structural Equation Models with Partial Least Squares algorithm (SEM-PLS, PLS-SEM, or PLS Path Modeling).

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Qu66YZQAAAAJ&hl=it

Alick Bird, MPhil
International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR), Elsevier

Alick Bird is a Junior Data Scientist at the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) at Elsevier, and supports researchers using ICSR Lab, a computational platform used for analysis of large bibliometric datasets. He previously worked in a statistics and modelling team at Oxfordshire County Council, and has a MPhil in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Dr. Corrado Cuccurullo
Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

Corrado Cuccurullo, Ph.D., is a full professor in Accounting and Corporate Governance at the Department of Management and Economics of the University of Campania – Luigi Vanvitelli.
He has an extensive teaching, research, managerial and consulting experience. He currently is the Chairman of State-Owned enterprise (1.3 billion in turnover) that operates in purchasing, technological infrastructure, and digital innovation in healthcare and public administration.

Together with Massimo Aria, he founded the academic spin-off K-Synth and designed Bibliometrix (2016). He founded, with other colleagues, other digital start-ups and designed other business intelligence and data analytics software.

Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=it&user=mfW3fRwAAAAJ

Dr. Nicola De Bellis
Bibliometric Office (CSBA) – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

Graduated in philosophy at the University of Bari, Italy, De Bellis obtained a PhD in history of science in 1998 with a doctoral dissertation on Renaissance natural history. Seven years later, that job provided the background for an Italian prize-winning manuscript on the role of bibliographic citations in the scientific communication system. Having joined a medical library in 2002, he has been working since then on the boundary line between information science, history and philosophy of science. He is currently contract professor of information science for the Department of Education and Humanities and runs a full time bibliometric office supporting research evaluation activities at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Silvia Dobre, MBA
International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR), Elsevier

Silvia Dobre is Research Evaluation Manager for the International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) at Elsevier, responsible for conducting research projects with external collaborators to develop and enhance research evaluation and supporting researchers using ICSR Lab. Prior to this Silvia was Research Information Manager at the University of Kent, leading on sourcing, analysis and visualisation of research-related data, platforms, and intelligence tools. Her work was focused on promoting the responsible use of bibliometrics / altmetrics indicators for research evaluation, advising on international collaborations and supporting the REF2021 submission. As a member of the JISC Lis-Bibliometrics Committee she contributed to the development of the New Competencies Model for Bibliometrics. Silvia has an MBA from the University of Warwick and she previously worked in market research and business intelligence roles.

Adriana Filip
Senior Manager, Customer Success Consulting, Clarivate

Adriana Filip is a Solutions Specialist for Clarivate. Her main role is to provide support for research analytical and discovery tools such as Web of Science, InCites Benchmarking & Analytics or Journal Citation Reports, and also to share an understanding and promote bibliometrics. She works with researchers, academics and librarians at all levels and cooperates with governmental and corporate institutions offering consultancy services.

Prof. Dr. Fabrizia Giuliani
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Fabrizia Giuliani teaches Philosophy of Language and Gender and Language in Sapienza University of Rome, where she received her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees. She spent two years at Harvard University as a Visiting Graduate Studentand as Fulbright Fellow.
She has been Member of Parliament from 2013 to 2018 – elected with the Democratic Party-, member of the Justice Commission and Speaker for the main laws against Gender-based and domestic violence. Since 2022 she has coordinated the CTS – Technical and Scientific Committee of the National Observatory on Violence against Women. She has given invited talks in the Boston, Bruxelles, Utrecht, Berlin, Tokyo and more than ten Italian Universities. She is member of the Executive Committee of the next XXV World Congress of Philosophy.
She works on Semantics, the History of linguistic ideas, Women’s studies and gender studies. Among her recent works: Espressione ed éthos, il linguaggio nella filosofia di Benedetto Croce (Il Mulino 2002), Il peso delle parole (2013), Le parole per non dirlo (Franco-Angeli 2021), On the life of language (2022).
She collaborates with national and International Scientific Journals –
“Rivista Italiana di Filosofia”, “Bollettino della società filosofica”, “Nuovi Argomenti”, „Die Philosphin”, “Ethics and Politics”, “Diogène”- and contributes regularly to the cultural section of the Italian national daily newspapers La Stampa, Il Foglio and The Review.

Prof.Dr. Roberto Navigli
DIAG Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Roberto Navigli is Professor of Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he leads the Sapienza NLP Group. He is one of the few researchers to have received two prestigious ERC grants in AI on multilingual word sense disambiguation (2011-2016) and multilingual language- and syntax-independent open-text unified representations (2017-2022), selected among the 15 projects (out of 10,000) through which the ERC transformed science. In 2015 he received the META prize for groundbreaking work in overcoming language barriers with BabelNet, a project also highlighted in The Guardian and Time magazine, and winner of the Artificial Intelligence Journal prominent paper award 2017. He is the co-founder of Babelscape, a successful company which enables Natural Language Understanding in dozens of languages. He served as Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (2013-2020) and Program Chair of ACL-IJCNLP 2021. He will serve as General Chair of ACL 2025.

Angelisa Picciolo
Solutions Sales Manager & Customer Consultant, Elsevier

Angelisa Picciolo is Solutions Sales Manager and Customer Consultant for the Mature Europe team at Elsevier, responsible for penetration of research intelligence solutions.
Angelisa is responsible for maximizing the value of Elsevier solutions for the customers by getting a solid understanding of the researcher’s needs and engaging with them to help them use the solutions even better.
Angelisa represents Elsevier’s commitment to being a trusted and valued partner for customers and communities, driving the core solution post-sales experience, to have a positive and measurable impact on customer loyalty, satisfaction, value-perception, lifecycle experience.
She works with researchers, funders, academics and librarians at all levels and cooperates with governmental and corporate institutions offering consultancy services.

Sebastiano Rossitto
Senior Customer Consultant, Elsevier

I am Sebastiano Rossitto a Senior Customer Consultant at Elsevier for Italy and Israel. I have particularly specialized myself in developing compelling data stories. Through my expertise in data storytelling, I have the ability to transform complex information into accessible and engaging stories that resonate with customers. I understand the power of data-driven insights in driving decision-making and can effectively communicate the value and significance of data to clients.

Next to this, I provide support and training and support to the Italian and Israeli researcher community and Librarians. The main products are Scopus, a world class abstract and indexing database, providing researchers, information mangers, and funding bodies with a wealth of information. And ScienceDirect which is the main hosting platform for Elsevier’s books and journals, and provide users with an unmatched research experience, with auxiliary services like Topic Pages, Author Pages, and seamless integration of other Elsevier solutions.

Prof. Dr. Andy Stirling
SPRU, University of Sussex, UK

Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, where he co-directed the ‚STEPS Centre‘ for sixteen years. Working on issues of power, uncertainty and diversity in science and technology (especially around energy and biotech), he has served on a number of UK, EU and wider governmental advisory committees including (presently) as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Asst.Prof. Dr. Bart Thijs
Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM), KU Leuven, Belgium

Bart Thijs is a research expert in bibliometrics at the Centre for R&D Monitoring (ECOOM) and professor at the department of Management, Strategy and Innovation both at KU Leuven. His main research focusses on application of network analysis techniques in areas like Science Mapping.
In 1999 he graduated at the same university in Psychology with a specialization in Statistics. He spent several years in industry as a statistical consultant, there he gained experience in the application of automated data analysis. In 2002 he joined the newly created policy research centre on R&D statistics at the KU Leuven. In 2010 he received his PhD from the Leiden University.
He co-authored more than 60 journal and conference contributions on a broad range of topics in scientometrics. Along his research he also teaches a course on large scale network analysis at the Master of Artificial Intelligence program at KU Leuven.

Dr. Jürgen Wastl
Director Academic Relations and Consultancy, Digital Science

Jürgen Wastl leads the Digital Science Consultancy, supporting research institutions, funders, governments and other institutions with research capabilities to make better use of data to inform their strategies and decisions. He also currently works on improvements in research classifications, most notably UoA (UK REF) and UN SDG (Sustainable Development goals). Since October 2019 he is also Associate Director at the Research on Research Institute (RoRI).
Before joining Digital Science, he headed the research information team in the Research Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge where he deputised for the PVC Research in national and international committees in all matters Research evaluation, assessment and interoperability. In his role as Deputy REF Manager he has been responsible for the development and advancement of tools and applications to meet a diverse set of research information needs. He supported the University’s extensive Strategic Research Review process with analyses and reports.

As president of the ISSI (International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics) I highly welcome the esss initiative. The advantages and opportunities arising from collaboration and participation by members of several leading European institutes are manifold. Surely, students and workers in the field will benefit greatly, not only from the contents of the courses themselves but also by participating in a network of interested parties.
I wish all involved a successful partnership.

— Prof. Ronald Rousseau, President of ISSI KHBO (Assocation K.U.Leuven), Industrial Sciences & Technology

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