Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Fabrizio Frontalini University of Urbino, Italy

Fabrizio Frontalini is a temporary researcher (RTD-b) at Urbino University. His research activity focuses on recent benthic foraminifera as environmental bioindicators of pollution and as oceanographic, environmental and climatological proxies. He also works on advance statistical technique applied to environmental micropaleontology. His classical research on benthic foraminiferal as proxy of pollution and for paleoenvironmental changes in the Cretaceous and in Paleogene has greatly advanced the knowledge in these domains. Recently, his research has focused on laboratory experiments to better calibrate the application of benthic foraminifera in pollution biomonitoring by using standard and molecular analyses. He is author of more than 90 scientific paper published in international journals. He received several recognitions for the research activity including the “Maria Umberta Corrado Delmonte” by Italian Society of Protistologists in 2010, the “Alan Higgins Award” by The Micropaleontological Society in 2016 and the “Giorgio Dal Piaz” by Italian Geological Society in 2016. He was awarded with the prestigious “Debut in Research Prize-ENI Award” and the Gold Medal conferred by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in 2011. He serves in the editorial boards of PlosOne, Micropaleontology, Stratigraphy, Revue de Micropaléontologie, and Journal of Sedimentary Environments. Since 2008, he has been the Scientific Co-Director of the International School on Foraminifera  ( that is yearly organized in Urbino.

Prof. Dr. Jan Pawlowski University of Geneva, Switzerland

Jan Pawlowski is leading the research group on molecular systematics and environmental genomics at the Department of Genetics and Evolution, University of Geneva

His scientific interests range from phylogeny and systematics to biogeography and genetic diversity of benthic foraminifera. Large part of his activities is devoted to DNA barcoding and metabarcoding. Currently, he is working on the development of eco-genomic tests for biomonitoring and bioassessment of marine ecosystems focusing on foraminifera and other eukaryotes.

He is the chair of the Swiss Barcode of Life (, a co-chair of DNAqua-net WG2 ( and the co-founder of ID-Gene ecodiagnostics Ltd (

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13 to 15th May 2019

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