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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.

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.

Gaspard Durieux

Gaspard Durieux

Professional Sailor

Gaspard Durieux is a water management specialist and sailing instructor. He has been investigating water issues in Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Kevin Monneron

Kevin Monneron

Engineer and Diver

Kevin Monneron is an engineer and free diver with a passion for adventure.

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.

Katarina Anthony

Katarina Anthony

Science communicator

Katarina Anthony is a science comminicator, arctic journalist and website developer.

Gianluca Casagrande

Gianluca Casagrande

Scientific Drone Pilot

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

 

Safiria Buono

Safiria Buono

Microplastic Mantanet operator

Safiria Buono is an experienced sailor and student for Polarquest’s microplastic project.

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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