The Founders

Cutted_Federico Mariotto_betaFederico Pasquaré Mariotto, President of GeoSocial, is Associate Professor at Insubria State University (Varese, Italy)  where he teaches Science Communication, Geo-environmental Hazard Communication and Geology of Volcanism. He specialized in Journalism in the U.S. and spent five years as a researcher at the Italian Environmental Protection Agency in Rome. He published 40 scientific papers, mainly in International, peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on sub-volcanic processes and the relations between volcanism and tectonics; he also published more than 50 news articles about environmental risks and media representation of climate and geological hazards.

Cutted_Alessandro TibaldiAlessandro Tibaldi, Co-founder of GeoSocial,  is Full Professor at Milan-Bicocca University (Italy) and Ad-hoc Graduate Faculty at the Michigan Technological University (USA); he obtained a PhD in Earth Sciences in 1990. He coordinated 21 national and international scientific projects of MIUR, EU, ILP, NATO, INGV, CNR, IGCP. Author of 110 scientific papers, two books, and 50 papers of popularisation and communication of science on various newspapers, he is Editor of the new scientific journal “Frontiers in Volcanology”, an innovative open-access journal part of the Nature Publishing Group family.

corrado-venturini-maggio-2016-death-valleyCorrado Venturini is Associate Professor at Bologna University (Italy), where he has been teaching Geology, Structural Geology and Geological Mapping for nearly 30 years. Beside publishing a great deal of scientific papers on the tectonic evolution of the Carnic Alps, he has been on the forefront of Earth Science popularization over the last 15 years. He has written several books aimed at communicating geology to the lay public and held dozens of conferences across northern Italy to raise awareness about the importance of geoscience. In 2004, he has also co-edited a milestone volume on Italian Cartography, titled “Mapping Geology in Italy”.

foto_geosocialFabio Luca Bonali is Junior Researcher at Milan-Bicocca University, where he does research on neotetconics and structural geology applied to volcanic terrains. One of his major interests is the relations between earthquakes and the onset of volcanic eruptions, a topic he has been shedding light on and whose results have been published in leading, peer-reviewed internationl Journals. He has published several papers on earthquake geology, subvolcanics and volcano-tectonics applied to the most diverse geological environments, from the Azores to Kyrghyzstan, from Reunion Island to Iceland, from Chile to Alaska. He also supervised dissertations of several students from Milan-Bicocca University.

Cutted_Paolo OppizziPaolo Oppizzi is the CEO of, a Swiss company involved in Applied Geology projects of strategic relevance in Europe, South America, Central Asia. His main interests are Petrology, Applied Geology, Planetology. He supervised dissertations of several students from Insubria University, in subjects such as Cultural Heritage and Environmental Communication. He published several papers on Petrology and Tectonics in international journals, among which Tectonophysics, Global and Planetary Change and the Journal of Structural Geology.

AlessandrIMG-20160430-WA0004o Simula  is an Italian Physicist, who  graduated at the University of Milan. He specialized in Astronomy at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG) of the University of São Paulo, Brasil. He is keen on Astronomy, History of Science and Physics, with a deep interest in information technology and communication through the new media.

fffffffsMichele Bertasa  is an Italian geologist, who  graduated at the University of Milan in 2005. He has been working for over 20 years as an applied geologist at Geodrill, a Consulting Geotechnical Engineering Company based in Bergamo, Italy.  His main interestes are Structural Geology, Stratigraphy, Geotechnics, Environmental Impact Assessment. Recently he has taken up the task of popularizing and disseminating Earth Sciences to the public, with a special focus on kids from primary school to junior high school age.