José S. Andrade

Universidade Federal do Cearà, Brasil

Bio: José Soares de Andrade Jr. is a Full Professor of Physics at Universidade Federal do Ceará in Fortaleza, Brazil. He was a Visiting Scholar at Boston University and a Visiting Professor (Gastprofessor) at ETH in Switzerland. His main research interests are in the areas of Statistical Physics, Computational Physics, and Complex Systems, with an emphasis on complex networks, percolation theory, critical phenomena and phase transitions, transport phenomena in irregular and disordered systems, computational fluid dynamics, pulmonary physiology, and city science.





Marc Barthelemy

CEA Saclay and EHESS Paris, France

Marc Barthelemy is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris (rue d’Ulm). After his thesis on random walks in random media, Marc focused on disordered systems and their properties, and since 1992, he has held a permanent position at the CEA. Marc is now Research Director at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (IPhT) in Saclay and a member of the Center of Social Analysis and Mathematics (CAMS) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). His research interests moved towards applications of statistical physics to complex systems such as  complex and spatial networks, and theoretical epidemiology. Focusing on both data analysis and modeling with the tools of statistical physics, Marc is also working on various aspects of the science of cities, including urban morphology, transport networks and mobility, scaling in cities, etc.  Marc published 160+ papers in international journals, and various books for Cambridge University Press (Structure and Dynamics of Cities, 2016), Springer (Morphogenesis of Spatial Networks, 2018; Spatial networks, 2022),  Oxford University Press (Statistics and Dynamics of Urban Populations, 2023),  and for the french publisher Odile Jacob (Le monde des réseaux, 2023).


Marta Gonzales

Berkeley, USA

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley,  
and a Physics Research faculty in the Energy Technology Area (ETA) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

She works in the urban science space, focusing on the intersections between people within social networks and the built and natural environments. Her goal is to design urban solutions through new technologies. To that end, she has developed tools that impact transportation research and discovered novel approaches to model human mobility and the adoption of energy technologies. Statistical physics of complex systems and network science informs her scientific approach. Gonzalez’s research includes applying big data to understanding human network behavior, with applications in transportation networks, energy efficiency planning, and disease proliferation characterization.

Prior to joining Berkeley, Marta worked as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, a member of the Operations Research Center and the Center for Advanced Urbanism. She is a member of the scientific council of technology companies such as Gran Data, PTV and the Pecan Street Project consortium.


Marco Grasso

Università di Milano-Bicocca

Bio: Marco Grasso is Professor of Political Geography at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Humanities and Social Sciences Communications and of PLOS Climate. He was a Senior Fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies (PIASt) of the Polish Academy of Science. His research interests include i)  climate change poltics, governance, ethics, ii) sustainability transitions, and iii) the normative properties and governance of global commons Through his work he aims to develop transformative, fair, and politically innovative responses to address the multiple and compounding challenges our socio-ecological systems face.


Giuseppe Longhi

IUVAV, Venezia

Giuseppe Longhi was professor of Urban Planning at the IUAV University of Venice. He is a member of a number of international networks promoted by the UNESCO Chairfor Sustainability at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, collaborates with the Center forComplexity and Biosystems at the University of Milan. He is the author of numerouspublications and projects involving metropolitan design sustainability.

Carlos Moreno

Paris – Sorbonne, Paris, France

Carlos Moreno is Scientific director of the Chair Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation (IAE Paris – Sorbonne Business School, Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University). He earned international recognition as a scientist with an innovative mind, pioneer works and his unique approach on urban issues. He is also a scientific advisor of national and international figures of the highest level. He works at the heart of issues of international significance as a result of his research, bringing an innovative perspective on urban issues and offering solutions to the issues faced by the cities, metropolises and territories during the 21st century. Some of his concepts traveled the world: the ‘Human Smart City’, the ’15-Minute City’, the ’30-Minute Territory’. In 2022, he is leading the launch of the Global Observatory of proximities at the World Urban Forum with UN-Habitat, C40 Cities, UCLG and other partners.


Luca Pappalardo

CNR, Pisa, Italy

Luca Pappalardo, born in sunny Salerno, Italy, is a senior researcher at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in rainy Pisa. With a degree in Computer Science, Luca started exploring massive datasets of human movements, publishing several papers on human mobility analysis and modelling, some of which became classics of the field. In a natural evolution of his research trajectory, Luca shifted focus to the pressing issue of urban congestion, pioneering efforts centered on designing innovative routing strategies that balance individual travel optimization with the collective well-being of a city. Luca is now broadening his scope to address the profound impact of AI on complex systems in realms like social media, conversational systems, online retail and, of course, urban environments. His overarching goal is to design next-generation algorithms that balance the individual needs of users with broader collective objectives using tools at the intersection of computer science, network science, and computational social science.


Andrea Tilche

NTNU Trondheim – Università di Bologna

Problems and opportunities of decarbonising cities

Water scientist, after 20 years of scientific career in Italy mainly at ENEA, where he founded and directed in Bologna the Wastewater treatment laboratory, from 1998 to 2018 has worked at the European Commission where he has been for long time in charge of the European research programmes on climate change, also representing the European Union at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During the Draghi government (2021-229, he worked as expert of the ecological transition with the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition and with the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and teaches “Technologies for the Energy Transition” in an international Master course of the University of Bologna. 

Author of numerous scientific publications, he recently published (in Italian) as main editor a book on “zero climate impact cities” addressing the problems of the 100 municipalities participating in the Mission “100 Climate neutral and smart cities by 2030” launched by the European Commission.