World Forum Principles of Scientific Publication, Malaga, Spain, May 22 to 24, 2024

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Plenary speakers

Mercedes Siles Molina

Mercedes Siles Molina is full professor at the University of Malaga and a member of the Academia Malagueña de Ciencias (Málaga Academy of Sciences). She has been Director of the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and is associated with various scientific foundations. Her extensive research in Mathematics, particularly focused on honest algorithms for human development, has resulted the publication of more than sixty scientific papers and books. Among them, Leavitt Path Algebras, a book unique in its field.

Beyond her academic pursuits, she has held leadership positions in mathematical committees worldwide, collaborated with researchers internationally, and received recognition for her contributions. She has experience in evaluating scientific and research activity, as well as awards, in Spain, Portugal, Russia, the United States, Great Britain and South Africa.

She launched the PiDay in Spain and is curator and co-creator of the exhibitions “The taste of Mathematics” and “Parallel Universes dialoguing”. Her achievements have earned her prestigious awards, including the Prize Farola inn Science in 2019, the Dosta Prize in 2020 for supporting gypsy women, and recognition as a Top 100 Women Leader in 2019 and 2020.


Gianfranco Pacchioni

Gianfranco Pacchioni is a Materials Chemistry professor at the University of Bicocca in Milan. He has held roles as Vice Rector for Research and Director of the Department of Materials Science there. His research contributes to the field of surface science, quantum theory applied to inorganic materials, metallic clusters, nanoparticles, catalysis, and photocatalysis. With over 500 scientific publications, Pacchioni has an extensive academic background, having earned his chemistry degree in Milan in 1978, a Ph.D. from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 1984, and conducted research at various institutions worldwide, including the IBM Research Center in California, the Technical University of Munich, the University of Barcelona, the University of Paris VI, and the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin.

He has published several volumes of scientific outreach: "Ideas for Becoming a Materials Scientist: From the Invention of Paper to Nanotechnologies" (Zanichelli, 2006); "How Small the World Is: Surprises and Hopes from Nanotechnologies" (Zanichelli, 2008); "Science, Quo Vadis? Between Intellectual Passion and the Market" (Il Mulino, 2017) (English edition, Oxford University Press, 2018; Spanish edition, Alianza Editorial, 2021); "The Last Sapiens: Journey to the End of Our Species" (Il Mulino, 2019); "W is CO2: Can We Turn Lead into Gold?" (El Molino, 2021); "The Nanoworld: From Viruses to Transistors" (Dedalo Editions, 2021).