Teachers

Bruno Neri

Bruno Neri was born in 1956, since 2000 he is Full Professor of Electronics at University of Pisa, where he has been Director of the Department of Information Engineering and of the Master program degree in Electronic Engineering.  His primary research activity has been in the field of microwaves and wireless systems. Presently he is engaged in a research program concerning the effects of meditation on brain activity, in cooperation with the Tibetan Monastic University of Sera-Jey (India). In September 2017 he was co-chair of the Symposium “The Mindscience of Reality” in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama participated as a guest of honor. Bruno Neri is the co-author of about 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conference proceedings.

Sean O Nuallain

Sean O Nuallain holds an M.Sc. in Psychology from University College, Dublin (UCD) Ireland & a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of a book on the foundations of Cognitive Science: “The Search for Mind” (Ablex, 1995; 2nd ed Intellect, 2002; Third edition Intellect, 2003 and co-editor of “Two Sciences of Mind” (with Paul Mc Kevitt and Eoghan Mac Aogain (Benjamins, 1997); editor of “Spatial Cognition”; co-editor of “Language, Vision, and Music” (Benjamins, 2002) and of “Ireland: a colony once again” (CSP, 2012). His “Being Human: the Search for Order” (Intellect, 2002) sold out its first print-run immediately and has been published in a second edition (2004), launched at Stanford bookstore in May, 2004. Sean is the author of the cognitive science text the search for mind and many other monographs and edited collections including most recently seven volumes of proceedings from 2014 to 2019 with his group called Foundations of Mind.

Pierluigi Barrotta

Pierluigi Barrotta is currently Full Professor of Philosophy of Science (“Galileo Galilei” Chair) and Director of the Department of Civilizations and Forms of  Knowledge  of the University of Pisa. He is the author of seven books, editor of twelve volumes and has published over 40 essays in Italian and foreign magazines. His academic interests range from the relationship between science and society, to the history of science, to the theories of scientific rationality, to the epistemology of economic and environmental sciences. His latest book on “Science and Democracy” was published by the Carocci publishing house.

Tania Re

Tania Re, Clinical Psychologist, Medical Anthropologist and Complementary Therapist (CH). She is founder member of the Unesco Chair “Health Anthropology, Biosphere and Healing systems” inside the University of Genoa (IT) and she is currently researcher by the Integrative Medicine Centre at the Careggi Hospital in Tuscany (IT). She teaches Ethnomedicine and Medical Anthropology at the Clinical Herbal Medicine Master at the University of Florence, and to nurses at the Faculty of Medicine in Turin. Her research interests are focused to understand the traditional healing systems processes connecting mind, body and spirit in different cultures with an interdisciplinary groups that involve physicists, medical doctors and anthropologists.

Franco Giorgi

Franco Giorgi graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Pisa in 1969. He then obtained a PhD in Epigenetics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1975. From 1980 to 1990 he has worked as Associate Professor of Developmental Biology in the Faculty of Science, University of Pisa (Italy). On 1990, he became Full Professor of Biology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Pisa. Over the years, Franco Giorgi has studied several morphological and functional features of the ovarian and embryonic development with particular reference to the processes of receptor mediated endocytosis and post-endocytic ligand modification. He has also worked on several research projects dealing with wound healing, collagen degradation and TSH receptors. After retirement he has become an active member of the International Society of Biosemiotic Studies.

Shantena Augusto Sabbadini


Shantena Augusto Sabbadini is a physicist, philosopher and a scholar of Chinese classics. As a physicist he worked at the University of Milan on the foundations of quantum physics and at the University of California on the first identification of a black hole. In the 1990’s he was scientific consultant for the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research institute founded in 1933 under the supervision of C.G. Jung. In that context he produced innovative translations of the I Ching and of the Taoist classics. He directs the Pari Center for New Learning, an international institute located in the small medieval village of Pari, Tuscany. His latest books are Pilgrimages to Emptiness (Pari Publishing, 2017), Buchi neri (Lindau, Turin, 2018) and Vacuum: The Ultimate Ground of Being, with Maurizio Consoli (World Scientific, Singapore, expected to come out in 2020).

Beatrice Lazzerini

Beatrice Lazzerini is a Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa, Italy. She teaches “Intelligent Systems” for the Master of Science in Computer Engineering of the University of Pisa, and “Computational Intelligence” for the Master of Science in Embedded Computing Systems, which is jointly offered by the University of Pisa and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. Her research interests include Computational Intelligence, with a particular emphasis on fuzzy systems, neural networks and evolutionary computation, and their applications to clustering, classification, profiling, image processing, data fusion, context awareness, risk analysis and management, diagnosis, forecasting, multi-objective optimization, multi-criteria decision making. She has co-authored seven books and has contributed to more than 230 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, books and conferences. She is a co-editor of two books. She was involved and had roles of responsibility in several national and international research projects and scientific events.

Giulia Moiraghi

Giulia Moiraghi is a post-doctoral researcher in Philosophy. After a summa cum laude Master’s Degree in Contemporary Aesthetics from the University of Milan, she completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy on Ethics and Art in post-Nietzschean thought at the University of Verona in 2010. She is the author of a book “In cammino verso la cosa. Heidegger dall’estetica all’ontologia” (Mimesis 2006) on the role of art in the thought of German philosopher Martin Heidegger and has written several essays on philosophical and artistic subjects. She is a certified yoga teacher and Y.A.N.I. member (National association of yoga teachers) and teaches yoga and meditation since 2013 in Rovereto where she founded “Fenomeno Yoga” in order to create a bridge of communication between Eastern contemplative practices and Western philosophical research. In 2017 she published with Corriere della Sera: Cura e Ardore. Il rigore e la passione della pratica yoga, RCS, Milano, 2017.

David Bernal-Casas

David Bernal-Casas studied Physics at the University of Barcelona. After finishing his studies he got a scholarship at the University of Heidelberg where he did a PhD in Computational Neuroscience. In his doctoral work he used stochastic dynamic causal modelling (sDCM) for fMRI responses to investigate the modulatory effect of genetic risk variants for schizophrenia on the prefrontal-hippocampal network and describe how these alterations influence behavior in healthy participants and patients.

Angelo Gemignani

Angelo Gemignani isa medical doctor, psychiatrist and doctor in psychology, full professor of neuroscience at University of Pisa, Director of the Department of Surgical, Medical and Molecular Pathology & Critical Care Medicine; Director of the Master in Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices; Director of Clinical Psychology branch of the Pisa University Hospital. His didactic activity includes many different topics, i.e. the psychobiological bases of human behavior, the neural correlates of mental disorders, integrative cerebral functions and clinical psychology. His research activity is mainly devoted to the study of psychobiological mechanisms of a) sleep functions, b) consciousness and its related non-ordinary states (i.e. induced by meditation), c) distress and negative emotions. (i.e. sleep and consciousness changes in healthy volunteers simulating the human flight to Mars).

Nicola Vanello

Nicola Vanello, PhD in Automatics, Robotics and Bioengineering, is Professor at the University of Pisa. His research activity is related to models and methods for biomedical signal and image processing. In particular, his skills concern the study of cerebral functions in complex cognitive tasks, and the development of exploratory and confirmatory models for data analysis, using electroencephalography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His research interests include the analysis of speech signal with a special focus in the estimation of subjects’ mood and emotional state.
He is author of several papers, contributions to international conferences and chapters in international books.

Andrea Zaccaro

Andrea Zaccaro PhD, psychologist, is currently a research fellow in psychobiology at the University of Pisa, Italy. His research is based on the investigation of the neurophysiological bases of altered states of consciousness induced by contemplative practices such as meditation and respiratory techniques (i.e. pranayama), mainly focusing on their effects at the phenomenological, cognitive, neurophysiological, and cardio-respiratory level”