The Unione degli Scienziati Per Il Disarmo (USPID) ONLUS is an italian non-profit association of scientists and researchers founded in 1982 with the objective of providing information and analyses on arms control and disarmament, including information on the environmental impact and human costs of development and dissemination of weapons. USPID members are convinced that this task is a moral imperative and that it is part of their social responsibility.
USPID organizes public meetings and seminars in several cities in Italy, provides Members of the Parliament as well as Government and the public with analyses on current issues in International Relations. Since 1985, every other year, USPID organizes the International Castiglioncello Conference on major issues concerning international security.
USPID cooperates with the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) which, since 1966 organizes international higher education courses on international security, arms control and disarmament. Several members of USPID participate at the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.
Carlo Bernardini - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Carlo Bernardini is Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, University of Rome 1, La Sapienza. He was Senator---Component VII Senate Commission---during the VII Legislature. He was Director of Sapere from 1983 to 2013, year of change of Direction decided by the publisher. Under the direction of Carlo Bernardini Sapere has always published the column "Science and Armaments" and numerous articles and dossiers on the problems of peace and disarmament. He is a member of the Scientific Council of USPID.
Francesco Calogero - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Francesco Calogero is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics at Università La Sapienza in Rome. From 1989 to 1997 he was Secretary General of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, and in that capacity he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Joseph Rotblat and to Pugwash "for their actions to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in international politics, and in the long run to eliminate such weapons." (Oslo, Dec. 10, 1995). From 1997 to 2002 he chaired the Pugwash Council, of which he is still a member, ex officio. He is a member of the Scientific Council of USPID.
Marco De Andreis - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Marco De Andreis is director of statistical analysis at Italy's Customs Agency. A former European Commission official, he is a member of the Scientific Council of USPID.
Mirco Elena - Vice-Secretary General, USPID
Mirco Elena is a physicist and researcher. Journalist with multidisciplinary interests. Professionally had worked with ion beams and thin films to modify technological characteristics of materials. At present works on technical aspects of peace, and in particular on issues related to energy. Has written more than fifty technical articles on materials science. Has edited books on the transfer of technology and of weapons. Author of two books on the Chernobyl disaster. Author of one book on the similarities and differences of China and Italy. Has a forty-years-long experience in the popularisation of science, lecturing at public meetings and in schools. Author of hundreds of articles on newspapers, magazines and journals. Conductor of series of radio programs. Participation as expert in TV programs. Vice-secretary general of Uspid (Union of Italian Scientists for Disarmament). Responsible for the Trento section of Uspid. In charge of the Trento office of Isodarco (International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts)
Roberto Fieschi - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Roberto Fieschi is emeritus professor of physics at the University of Parma. Research mainly on solid state physics. Active also on the popularisation of science and the production of didactic multimedia. He is member of the Scientific Council of Unione degli Scienziati Per Il Disarmo (USPID, Union of Scientists for Disarmament)
Diego Latella - Segretario Nazionale
Diego Latella is a computer scientist. He is senior researcher of the National Research Concil of Italy, at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione ``A. Faedo'' (Institute of Information Science and Technology); his main field of research is that of formal methods for the design and analysis of systems involving digital technology. He has been member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He is National Secretary of Unione degli Scienziati Per Il Disarmo ONLUS (USPID, Union of Scientists for Disarmament) since 2010. He is a member of the Board of Directors of International School On Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO) founded in 1966 by Edoardo Amaldi and Carlo Schaerf. He has collaborated in organizing ISODARCO courses on cyberwar and netwar.
Francesco Lenci is a Physicist, retired Research Director at CNR (National Research Council), now CNR Research Associate; former Director of CNR Biophysics Institute (from 1990 to 2002) and former Member of CNR General Scientific Council (from 2006 to 2011). Member of Pugwash Conferences Council; Member of the Scientific Council of Unione degli Scienziati Per Il Disarmo (USPID, Union of Scientists for Disarmament), USPID National Secretary from 1983 to 1990; Member of the "Initiative Committee" preparing the Moscow Forum of 1987; Senior Fellow of the Centro Interdisciplinare Scienze per la Pace (Interdisciplinary Centre Sciences for Peace), Pisa University
Maurizio Martellini - Secretary General, Landau Network Fondazione Volta
Maurizio Martellini (Italy) is Secretary General of the Landau Network Fondazione Volta (LNFV), Professor of Physics at the University of Insubria (Como, Italy) and Member of the Pugwash General Conferences. He published in the fields of fundamental physics on specialized journals and authored about a hundred articles on national and international geopolitical and international affairs. He is an advisor of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a member of the Scientific Council of Limes – The Italian Review of Geopolitics. As Secretary General of LNFV, Prof. Martellini organized International Conferences, Schools and Workshops and edited publications as well as specific Case Studies. His fields of Research and Analysis are: methods in theoretical and nuclear physics; global issues concerning energy efficiency, military conversion (dual-use technologies), management and disposal of radioactive waste; scientific and technological aspects concerning international security, CBRN disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation issues; internationalization of Science and Technology as a tool of multilateral cooperative diplomacy.
Antonio Palazzi - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Antonio Palazzi is a chemist, retired professor at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry; his main field of research is the synthesis of organometallic complexes and of light emitting compounds. Author of the chapter on “Chemical armaments” in the book “The ABC of mass destruction armaments” edited in the year 2012. Responsible for the Bologna section of Unione degli Scienziati Per Il Disarmo ONLUS (USPID, Union of Scientists for Disarmament), he is now member of its Scientific Council.
Alessandro Pascolini is a theoretical physicist, senior scholar at the University of Padua, where he thought courses of theoretical physics and of arms and disarmament. He is vice-director and teacher of University’s Master in Science Communication and was member of the Board of directors of University’s Centro d’ateneo dei diritti umani. His researches regard nuclear physics, technologies related to armaments and disarmament, and science communication. For the last 30 years he has been active in projects aiming to raising public awareness of science in Europe; for these activities he has been awarded the Outreach Prize 2004 of the European Physical Society. He takes part in the activities of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affaires and is vice-president of the ISODARCO international school on disarmament and research on conflicts. He has served as secretary of the Italian Pugwash group from 1973 to 1990.
Nicola Cufaro Petroni - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Nicola Cufaro Petroni is a theoretical physicist and a Professor of Probability and Statistics at the Department of Mathematics of the University "Aldo Moro" in Bari. He is also a member of the Interdepartmental Centre for Peace Research (CIRP) of the same University. He was National secretary of USPID from 2002 to 2011, and he is now a member of its Scientific Council.
Paolo Cotta Ramusino - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Paolo Cotta Ramusino is Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and Member of the Pugwash Executive Committee. He is Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Milan. He was Director of the Landau Network's International Disarmament and Security Program - Centro Volta; He was the National Secretary of USPID, and is member of the Scientific Council of USPID
Mario Rocca - Member, Scientific Council of USPID
Mario Rocca is Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Università degli Studi di Genova and associated member of the IMEM CNR Institute. His main field of research is Surface Science and specifically gas surface interaction, catalytic reactions and surface plasmons. He is Editor of Applied Surface Science and of Surface Science Reports as well as Serier Editor of Springer Tracts in Surface Science. He has published more than 180 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the Scientific Council of USPID.
Carlo Schaerf is professor of Physics at the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (ret.). He has done experimental work in the field of Hadron Physics mostly with polarized gamma-ray beams and sometimes polarized targets. He is the founder and President of International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO). He is the author of many scientific papers on Photo-Hadronic Interactions and editor of several books on Photo-nuclear Reactions and International Security.
Carlo Trezza concluded in 2015 his mandate as Chairman of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). In 2010 the UN Secretary General appointed him as Chairman of his Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters. He served as Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Minister of Defence and Co-Director of the Institute for High Defense Studies. In 2003 he chaired the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Prior to becoming Italy’s Permanent Representative for Disarmament in Geneva, he served as Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Korea. He was a Coordinator for Security and Disarmament and Head of the Office of the Secretary General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a career diplomat he served in Zambia, Israel, Germany, Spain and in Washington DC. He is currently Senior Adviser for Disarmament and Non Proliferation of the Italian Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome