Invited speakers

Dr. Ivan Löbl

Prominent entomologist. Emeritus curator at the Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva.

Education: Studied Biology at University of Bratislava and 1968 defended PhD degree in Natural Sciences, University of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

Career: 1962-1968 Assistant Professor at National Museum, Bratislava; 1968-1992 worked as a researcher at Muséum d'histoire naturelle, Geneva; since 1993 he had been head of the Entomological department there. After his retirement in 1999 he remained Emeritus curator at the Muséum.

Fellow Swiss Zoological Society, Swiss Entomological Society. Member Revue suisse de Zoology (president since 1993).

Research activity: Work on beetles Coleoptera. Especially on family Staphylinidae: Scaphidiinae and Pselaphinae. He has published over 300 taxonomical studies and described nearly 1400 taxa (species and genera ). In his name are dedicated over 300 other taxa, described by over 150 specialists. He was author and editor of the series of eight volumes of the Catalog of Palearctic Coleoptera, where references about taxonomy and distribution of more than 100 000 beetle species were given.

Ivan Lobl

Dr. Anthony Herrel 

Permanent researcher employed by the French CNRS and working at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. I am currently head of the FunEvol equipe (FunEvol) at the MNHN. 

His main research interest concerns the evolution of complex integrated systems. By combining a variety of experimental approaches and techniques (e.g. electromyography, high-speed video and cineradiographic recordings, nerve transection experiments, muscle physiology, biomechanical modelling, ...) in an explicit comparative framework, he try to gain insights into the evolution of such systems. As model systems, he have chosen the feeding and locomotor system in vertebrates. He is especially interested in the role that constraints and trade offs may play in shaping the evolution of the feeding and locomotor systems in vertebrates. 

In addition to experimental lab-based approaches, he investigate performance traits associated with the feeding and locomotor systems (e.g. bite force, sprint speed, endurance capacity, etc...) in an ecological and evolutionary context. In collaboration with colleagues in France and abroad he will also include developmental and genomic approaches to study the mechanisms allowing rapid phenotypic diversification in natural populations.

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Dr. Antonio Perna

Professor of Economic Sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Messina and former Councilor for Culture of the Accorinti council.

Since 2005 he has been part of the international scientific committee on fair trade coordinated by the Dpt of Social Sciences of the University of Montreal. From 2000 to 2005 he was president of the Aspromonte National Park. At that time he, developed an anti-fire system that has become a model at European level. He also did the first local currency (L'Ecoaspromonte) to have been issued by the Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato in Italy.

In 1998 he conceived and coordinated the design of the Ecolandia park, an environmental-technology park inspired by the myths of Magna Graecia. In the same year he conceived and won, as director of C.R.I.C. the announcement dedicated to the Literary Parks, from which the Horcynus Orca Literary and Scientific Park were funded.

From 1998 to 2002 he was president of the Ethics Committee of the Banca Popolare Etica di Padova. In 1999 he won the European competition for literary parks with the design and design of Horcynus Orca which is located between Sicilla and Ganzirri (Messina).

From 1983 to 1998 he was president and then director of the C.R.I.C (Regional Intervention Center for Cooperation) of Calabria region, for many years the most important NGO in the South Italy.

From 1994 to 1999 he worked for the Institutions of Economics at the Faculty of Architecture, Degree Course in Urban Planning, of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria.

He dealt with the problems of child labor, the Southern Italian problems, the North-South Italian relationship and international cooperation, consumer behavior, models of development and environmental protection.

He partipates in the scientific advisory committee for the organization of the "TERRAFUTURA" exhibition-conference in Florence, an annual event that has reached its seventh edition, on good life, government and business practices towards a fair and sustainable future.

He is among the founders of the "Altreconomia" journal, based in Milan, the first attempt in Italy to bring together international cooperation, fair trade and critical consumption.

Wrote hundreds of articles both scientific and journalistic-popular (he was an editor of the Daily newspaper of Calabria and the "Il Manifesto") and numerous essays including:

  • Mercanti, imprenditori, consumatori. Dipendenza e questione alimentare. Franco Angeli, Milano, 1984
  • Emergenza e solidarietà internazionale  (insieme a P.L. Trombetta),  Franco Angeli, Milano 1988
  • Lo sviluppo insostenibile . La crisi del capitalismo nelle aree periferiche: il caso del Mezzogiorno Liguori, Napoli, 1994
  • Passage to the West, (a cura di), Dora d’Istria, Tirana, 1995.
  • Fair trade. La sfida etica al mercato mondiale . Bollati Boringheri, Torino, 1998 (tre ed.)
  • Aspromonte. I parchi nello sviluppo locale. Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2002
  • Destra e Sinistra nell’Europa del XXI° secolo, Terre di Mezzo , Milano, 2006
  • Il manuale del piccolo usuraio, Altreconomia ed. , Milano, 2008
  • Dell’usura. La persistenza nello sfruttamento dei bisogni umani  (a cura di), Rubettino ed, Soveria Mannelli, 2009
  • Eventi estremi, Altreconomia ed., Milano, 2011.

Wrote few scenarios for theaters, as well novels.


Dr. Pavel Stoev

He is Editorial Director of Pensoft, and oversees the Journals Department. Besides his editorial responsibilities, he also holds a position of Professor of Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia. Having graduated from Sofia University in 1998 he completed his PhD in Zoology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2003. Since then he has specialized in research institutions in the USA, Denmark, Germany, UK, France, Switzerland, Russia, The Netherlands, Hungary, etc. His research involves systematics, ecology, functional morphology and evolution of cave and soil-dwelling arthropods, life in extreme environments – caves, high mountains, deserts – biological invasions, novel methods and tools for publication and visualisation of biodiversity data. Pavel has published more than 100 articles and (co-)authored or (co-)edited several monographs. He has also taken part in the development of all open access journals of Pensoft. Pavel is involved in several EU research projects, and is a member of the IUCN SSC Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group.

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