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Paola Catapano

Paola Catapano

Project leader & science communicator

Paola Catapano is a science communicator at CERN, science journalist, arctic and antarctic reporter, Polarquest project manager and much more.

Mike Struik

Mike Struik

Technical Coordinator & Aerial photographer

Mike Struik is an aeronautical engineer, adventure photographer, arctic reporter, delta and drone pilot.

Giovanni Acquarone

Giovanni Acquarone

Skipper - Best Explorer

Giovanni (“Nanni”) Acquarone is an extremely experienced arctic skipper and sailor.

Nicoletta Martini

Nicoletta Martini

Sailor - Best Explorer

Nicoletta Martini is a chemical engineer and expert arctic sailor.

Kevin Monneron

Kevin Monneron

Engineer and Diver

Kevin Monneron is an engineer, free diver and a scientific and technical support with a passion for adventure.

Gianluca Casagrande

Gianluca Casagrande

Scientific Coordinator & Drone Pilot

Gianluca Casagrande is an Associate Professor and the Scientific Director of Geographic Research and Application Laboratory (European University of Rome).

Christel Hassler

Christel Hassler

E-DNA & Methane/CO2 researcher

Christel Hassler is a senior scientist in charge of the E-DNA and Methane-CO2 research projects. She is scientific collaborator with the Swiss Polar Institute.

Dominik Palgan

Dominik Palgan

Oceanography & Seafloor mapping expert

Dominik Palgan is a marine geologist & oceanographer from the University of Gdansk, specialist for seafloor mapping, operating Norbit multibeam sonar and analysing data.

Elias Meier

Elias Meier

Student Environmental Sciences

Elias Meier is a student of Environmental Sciences with and is prone to outdoor-activities and affinity for eDNA. He will be helping with the eDNA and Methane-CO2 sampling.

Christian Cinetto

Christian Cinetto

Film maker

Christian Cinetto is an Italian film director, writer, and previously a Red Bull TV executive producer. He often looks for unique stories of men and women in strong environments.

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Katarina Anthony

Katarina Anthony

Science communicator

Katarina Anthony is a science communicator at the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, arctic journalist and website developer.

Aleksandra Kruss

Aleksandra Kruss

Oceanographer

A Svalbard veteran working for NORBIT_SUBSEA and CNR ISMAR, Venice, Aleksandra is a an oceanographer and underwater acoustic expert.

Cristina Agrigoroae

Cristina Agrigoroae

Science writer

Cristina is a science writer working at CERN and photo-journalist with Arctic experience.

Safiria Buono

Safiria Buono

Microplastic Mantanet operator

Safiria performed the microplastic sampling during  Polarquest2018. She became an experienced sailor and now supports our activities with  expeditions on her own boat, now in the Mediterranean.
Stefano Aliani

Stefano Aliani

Microplastic scientist

Stefano Aliani is the scientific leader of the Microplastic project, as well as a marine biologist, Microplastic international expert, and member of POLARNET.

Ombretta Pinazza

Ombretta Pinazza

Cosmic Ray Scientist

Ombretta is a researcher at INFN Bologna and working at CERN as an expert in detector control systems. She is also an expert mountaineer and amateur sailor.

Our Talks & Educational programmes

Our team of science adventurers love sharing their experiences and knowledge with people 9 to 90! Through partnered public talks, classroom sessions or science events, the team has a wide range of experience sharing their enthusiasm.

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