Chairs and Speakers – F

Chairs and Speakers – F


Maria Angela Falà
Main position/role:
President Maitreya Foundation, Institute of Buddhist Culture, and President of the Interfaith Council of Rome, Italy
Maria Angela Falà, is President of Maitreya Foundation, Institute of Buddhist Culture, and President of the Interfaith Council of Rome. Graduated in philosophy, she is author of essays and translator of Buddhist texts: Salute, malattia e morte nelle grandi religioni, Torino 2002; Viaggio tra buddhismi reali e immaginari in Italia, Naples 2016, Vivere in dialogo. L’esperienza del Tavolo Interreligioso di Roma, Rome 2019. She has been a lecturer at Master Immigrants and Refugees, Faculty of Sociology – La Sapienza University, Rome, Lecturer course Global Governance through Interreligious Dialogue LUISS Rome; lecturer courses on interculturality for teachers and for health workers.


Marco Falcone
Main position/role:
Associate Professor Infectious Diseases, University of Pisa, Italy
Dr Marco Falcone is Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at University of Pisa (Italy). He received his medical degree from the University of Roma “Sapienza”. His research focuses on the clinical and molecular epidemiology of infections with with multi-drug resistant (MDR) organisms, with the intent of translation of knowledge into optimal prevention and treatment of these infections. He has participated as principal investigator in national and international clinical studies on anti-infective agents, and has published several studies on endocarditis, bacteremia, pneumonia and other infectious syndromes caused by MDR microrganisms. Invited speaker in several national and international conferences and congresses. To date he published more than 180 indexed articles, with 6579 citations and a H-index of 43 (Scopus access).
He is Secretary of the Italian Society of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (SIMIT) and Chair of the ESCMID Study Group for the Infections in the Elderly (ESGIE). He works as Infectious Diseases consultant at Pisa University Hospital, Pisa (Italy).

Robin Fears
Main position/role:
Science Policy Consultant
He has a background in biochemistry, nutrition and medical research with experience in pharmaceutical industry R&D in the cardiovascular and neuroscience therapeutic areas. Subsequently, during the past two decades, he has provided advice on biosciences policy issues to a range of public sector organisations, particularly academies of science and medicine and their international networks, parliamentary groups and industry. In recent projects for the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and InterAcademy Partnership he has worked on multiple issues for climate change and health with particularly regard to the inclusive and multidisciplinary search for solutions for mitigation and health adaptation.

Oliver Feeney
Main position/role:
Researcher in Ethics and Governance of Genome Editing, University of Tübingen, Germany
Dr. Feeney’s primary research is on ethical, legal, and social (justice) implications of biomedical technologies, particularly the ethics and governance of genome editing; ethics of human enhancement; trust in science and medicine, and the role of patents in new technologies. His PhD on Genetics and Justice (2009) was awarded Ireland’s Basil Chubb Prize for best PhD thesis in politics. He is member of the Royal Irish Academy Life and Medical Sciences Committee and involved in networks in Ireland, Germany and across Europe. His publications include Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics and The American Journal of Bioethics.