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Hipácia – Associação dos Investigadores Italianos em Portugal

Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown
Av. Brasília, Doca de Pedrouços
1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
NIPC: 515260576



Davide Accardi


Davide Accardi graduated cum laude from the University of Palermo in Marine Environmental Science in 2005.
After three years spent as researcher and assistant professor at the zoology department, he moved to Germany to start his PhD at the Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology and Genetics of Dresden, where he studied the self-organisation and dynamic of intracellular molecules.
The biophysical project, carried on under the supervision of Dr. Iva Tolic, was successfully completed in 2012, when Dr. Accardi graduated cum laude from his PhD.
After the doctorate experience he decided to deepen his knowledge in the physics field and in particular in optics, joining the microscopy platform of the Max Planck Institute as postdoc specialised in imaging and imaging analysis. During that experience he contributed to the development of the light-sheet microscopy technology, which was recognised “method of the year” by the journal Nature Method in 2014.
Since August 2017 Dr. Accardi is director of the microscopy department of the Champalimaud Institute in Lisbon where, together with his team, he follows and provides support for approximately 200 scientific projects in in the fields of Neuroscience and Cancer research.

Andrea Zille


Andrea Zille graduated in Environmental Science with Biochemistry specialization from the University of Venice (Italy) in 2000. Later, in 2005, he completed a PhD in Textile Chemistry Engineering at the University of Minho (Portugal). Nowadays, he leads the investigation line “Bio- and nano-technology applied to materials” as senior researcher at the Centre for Textile Science and Technology (2C2T) of the University of Minho consolidating his research line on the antimicrobial and antifouling properties of enzyme- and nano-coated polymeric materials. Between 2017 and 2019 he was Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories for the textile greenhouse fluorinated gas emissions chapter in the IPCC refinement 2019.

Maria Alessandra Bilotta

voting member

Maria Alessandra Bilotta is an art historian, medievalist, researcher of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at NOVA University in Lisbon and integrated researcher at the Institute for Medieval Studies (IEM) of the same university. Currently, her research focuses on the medieval illuminated legal manuscripts from the South of France, on illuminated medieval legal manuscripts preserved in Portugal, and on the circulation of foreign legal manuscripts (particularly from southern France) in the Iberian Peninsula. Her research interests also include the study of medieval liturgical manuscripts, the analysis of artistic transfers, and the archaeological aspects of medieval manuscripts. Her doctoral thesis focused on the production of illuminated manuscripts for use of the papacy during the Middle Ages (6th-13th centuries) and was published by the Vatican Library in 2011. She was scientific curator of the following exhibitions: “Le parement d’autel des Cordeliers de Toulouse: Anatomie d’un chef d’oeuvre du XIVe siècle” (Toulouse, Musée Paul Dupuy, 13 March – 13 June 2012); “A Circulação do Direito na Europa Medieval: Manuscritos Jurídicos Europeus em Bibliotecas portuguesas” (Lisbon, Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal, 26 of February – 31 of May of 2016). Among the several international workshops and conferences she has organised and coordinated are: “O estudo dos manuscritos iluminados e dos artefactos na Arqueologia da Idade Média: metodologias em comparação” (Lisbon, February 13, 2015); “Circulations juridiques et pratiques artistiques, Intelectuais et culturelles en Europe au Moyen Âge (XIIIe – XVe siècle) – Medieval Europe in Motion 3” (Lisbon, FCSH-UNL – National Library of Portugal, 25-27 February 2016).

Mónica Di Berardino

secretary of the general assembly

Mónica Di Berardino received a degree in environmental engineering from Universidade Lusófona. She was a researcher at Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (INETI, currently LNEG) on the topic of industrial wastewater treatment. She also conducted research at Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica (IDMEC), Instituto Superior Técnico, studying biodegradable waste treatment. She is currently a financial analyst at Siemens.

Giovanni Saponaro

president of the general assembly

Giovanni Saponaro received a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal in 2019. Previously, he received a BSc degree in Computer Engineering and an MSc degree (honors) in Computer Engineering–Artificial Intelligence Systems from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 2005 and 2009, respectively. His research interests include visual scene understanding and robot decision algorithms that support human–robot interaction. He participated in the international research project POETICON++, together with linguists, computer vision experts, neuroscientists, and roboticists. He has published papers in the diverse areas of cognitive systems, developmental robotics, visual perception of objects and of human body gestures for action recognition. He is currently a Computer Vision Software Engineer at AlgoFace, where he develops software for face analysis.

Davide Masoero

single auditor

Davide Masoero completed his PhD in Mathematical Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA, Trieste) in 2010. In the same year, he moved to the Group of Mathematical Physics of Lisbon University, where he has been working since then – but for a brief period as a Research Associate at the University of Sydney. He is currently a FCT Researcher at the Faculty of Science of the Lisbon University and the Principal Investigator of the FCT research project “Irregular Connections on Algebraic Curves and Quantum Field Theory”. He is a leading expert in the asymptotic analysis of irregular singularities.