Scientific Advisory Board
The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), set up during the Kick-Off Meeting, is composed by external experts not directly involved in the project with a very good depth and breadth of expertise. The SAB consists of at least 3 members identified at the beginning of the project within the international scientific and the African socio-economic communities. The main function of this body is to advise on technical and scientific issues and constraints, and provide guidance regarding future work. They will recommend on local needs, possible dissemination routes, formats for research outputs and highlight scientific opportunities to the project team. Participation will include informal telephone and email communication with work package leaders, attendance to occasional meetings and participation in the main meetings of EWA-BELT. The SAB provides the Coordinator with periodic internal reports advising on the state-of-the-art of the project activities.
Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board
I founded the Desertification Research Centre (NRD-UNISS) in 1991 of which I was Director until 2008, then I chaired the NRD Scientific Committee until 2019; I am currently Scientific Advisor of the Center. Director and then President of Istituto Sperimentale Italiano Lazzaro Spallanzani for 25 Years and full Professor on Animal Science since 1990. I am Founding Member of the European DesertNet and DesertNet International network which I chaired for two years; currently I am Member of the Advisory Board of DesertNet International and member of the Roster of Experts of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the UNCCD (United Nations Convention for the fight against Drought and Desertification) - Bonn.
Member for several years of the Strategic Orientation Committee of the OSS (Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel) – Tunis. Member of numerous National and International Scientific Societies. My scientific interests and expertise concern Educational Policy, Animal Science, Endocrinology and Cryobiology, Waste Management, Environmental Science, Land Use Planning, Land Degradation and Desertification. In EWA-BELT I am the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board.