Copernicus Visiting Scientists

last modified Apr 27, 2021 03:02 PM


Each year IUSS-Ferrara 1391 invites Italian scholars resident abroad and international scholars to stay in Ferrara for one month, with the aim of achieving excellent teaching standards at an international level.

The Council invites scholars from a wide range of fields and PhD programmes.

Scholars must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have occupied the position of professor at a foreign university
  • Have received an international scientific award of a high standard
  • Have held a managerial position at an important international research institute


All persons interested in being a Copernicus Visiting Scientist should send to the following documents:

  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a one-page description of intended research project;
  • Department/area of interest.



The following professors have been appointed as Visiting Copernicus scientists:


- Year 2019

  • Mark C. Chen, "Gordon and Patricia Gray Chair in Particle Astrophysics" - Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

CV - Official seminar, April 3rd 2019: brochure

- Year 2018

  • Julian Little, Professor and holder of the Distinguished Research Chair in Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; website. Seminars will be organised at Unife, on the 1 October 2019 at 3 p.m, Room D5, Mammuth.

- Year 2017

  • Sven-Olof Yrjö Collin, Professor in Corporate Governance,
    Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden. Web site
  • Micheal Alan Livingston, Professor of Law, Rutgers-Camden School of Law, Camden, NJ (USA). Web site
  • David Hui, , University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. (Curriculum
  • Henryk Kozlowski, professore di chimica inorganica all’Università di Wrolaw (PL)
  • Wojciech Kucewicz, Professor of AGH at Department of Electronics, AGH-UST at Kraków, Poland. Website
  • Alexei Verkhratsky, Professor of Neurophysiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester. Website


- Year 2016

  • Luciano Floridi, Director of Research and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford University. Webpage ; Workshop with Unife students (Brochure)
  • Adélia da Costa Sequeira dos Ramos Silva, Professor Catedratico of Applied Mathematics and Numerical Analysis Section. Webpage.
  • Francisco Baralle, Full professor of Molecular Biology In Nova Gorica University and Honorary Professor of Biochemistry, University of Buenos Aires. CV; courses.
  • Davide Bish, Full Professor and Haydn Murray Chair of Applied Clay Mineralogy, Indiana University. Webpage.
  • Jaume Bertranpetit Busquets, Full Professor of Evulutionary Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabr, Barcelona. Webpage.
  • Brian Minty, consultant geophysicist specializing in the analysis and enhancement of airborne geophysical data. (Web page; Brochure; Pictures of the ceremony and lecture)


Year 2015

  • Christos Kotsogiannis, Professore e  Direttore del Dipartimento di Economia presso University of Exeter. picture
  • Viktor Tikhomirov, Professore di fisica nucleare presso il Dipartimento di Minsk, Belorussian Academy of Science, CV
  • Shoji Arai, Professore in Scienze della terra presso la Kanazawa Univesity, Japan. CV; diploma delivery
  • Wilfried Wittstruck, Professore di Letteratura e Didattica della Lingua Tedesca presso l’Istituto di Scienze Umanistiche e Culturali all’Università di Vechta, Germania. CVS diploma delivery
  • Sheldon Landsberger, Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA. CV.(Photos: in the lecture room;CVS diploma delivery)
  • Valsamis Mitsilegas,Head of the Departement of Law and Professor of European Criminal Law, Queen Mary University of London; CVS diploma delivery; Queen Mary Personal Website.

- Year 2014

  • Norman C. Beaulieu, Professor and iCOREResearch in Broadband Wireless Communications. (CVPicture)
  • Hermano Frid, full professor, Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics-IMPA di Rio de Janeiro (CV)
  • Mark Haacke, univerity of Toronto, Canada (CV).
  • Gjalt HuppesFull professor, University of Leiden (CV)

- Year 2013

  • Pedro Merino - Full professor in Organic Chemistry, University of Saragoza (CV)
  • Andrea Huyssen, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (CV)
  • Suzanne O'Reilly, Distinguished Professor of Geology, Macquarie University (CV)
  • Shrinivas R. Kulkarni, John D. & Catherine T. McArthur Professor of Astronomy & Planetary Science at the California Institute of Technology (CV).

Year 2012

  • Claude Blumann - professeur de droit public à l'Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris II, SUS School (EGUS Erea) (photograph)
  • Giovanni Poli - Full professor in Chemistry, University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI, SViSA School (MED-BIO Area) (photograph)
  • Richard Alan Nichols - Professor of Evolutionary genetics - Queen Mary & Westfield College University of London,

SViSA School (MED-BIO Area)

  • Tadeusz Lesiak - professor at the Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN  - Krakow, SCI-TEC School (Photograph)
  • Nikolai Shul'ga - professor at the Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (NSC - KIPT), SCI-TEC School


- Year 2011

  • Ernst Osterkamp (Institut fuer Deutsche Literature- Humbold Universitaet zu Berlin)
  • Maysoon Al-Nahar (Dipartimento di Archeologia- Università di Amman – Giordania)
  • Valder Arruda (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
  • Moe Win (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Pawan Kumar (University of Texas- Austin)

Year 2010

  • Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam-department of Media and Culture), EGUS Area
  • Shi Jin (Department of Mathematics-University of Wisconsin), SCI-TEC Area
  • Richard James (Dep.of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics -University of Minnesota), SCI-TEC Area
  • Prof. William Francis McDonough (University of Maryland), SCI-TEC Area (CV; Photograph)
  • Roberta Rudnick (University of Maryland), SCI-TEC Area

Year 2009

  • Luisa Ferretti Cuomo (Hebrew University di Gerusalemme), EGUS Area
  • Rodney Camire (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-USA), MED-BIO Area
  • Shuan Nan Zhang (Tsinghua University – Pechino), SCI-TEC Area

Year 2008

    • Mark Ellam, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre, SCI-TEC Area
    • Tunney Lee, MIT and Chinese University of Hong Kong, EGUS Area
    • Roger Fletcher, University of Dundee, SCI-TEC Area
    • Baruch Lev, Stern School University, EGUS Area
    • Dirk Pleiter, DESY-Hamburg, SCI-TEC Area
    • Gianluca Tosini, Morehouse School of Medicine,  MED-BIO Area

Year 2007

    • Moritz Bassler, Università di Muenster, EGUS Area
    • Hartmuth Frank, Università di Bayreuth, SCI-TEC Area
    • Nino Panagia, Space Telescope Institute, Baltimora, SCI-TEC Area
    • Sergey Vasilyev, Istituto per la Storia della Cultura dei Materiali, San Pietroburgo, EGUS Area

Year 2006

    • Cornelia Isler Kerény, Università di Zurigo, EGUS Area
    • John Vervaele, Università di Utrecht, EGUS Area
    • Michael Wesley Collins, Brunnel University, SCI-TEC Area