Dr. Gabriele Abbondanza lectures international relations and security studies at the University of Sydney. His fields of expertise include Australian and Italian foreign and security policy, middle and great powers, national power measurement, and irregular migration. His research has been published by some of the most influential journals and publishers globally, and he regularly engages with leading media and think tanks to reach the wider public. Prior to joining academia, Gabriele worked with political foundations and news media companies.
Agata Calabrese is an Italian-Australian researcher at the University of Sydney, and a senior archaeologist at Comber Consultants, with degrees from European and Australian institutions. Her research fields are the ancient history of the Middle East – in particular the Mesopotamian Bronze Age – and the use of technology applied to archaeology. Her PhD focused on geographical information systems (GIS) and the sensorial experience of Funerary Practice in Early Bronze Age North Mesopotamia. She has taken part in a number of Aboriginal, prehistorical, classical, medieval and historical archaeological excavations in both Europe and Australia.
A/Prof. Gian Luca Di Tanna is an international expert on biostatistical methods in randomised clinical trials and observational research with a specific interest on how to inform health economics evaluations. He is Head of the Biostatistics Division at the George Institute for Global Health and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. He has previously worked for Amgen in Switzerland, at the Queen Mary University of London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Birmingham, and at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Dr. Cristiana Palmieri holds a Research Affiliate position at The University of Sydney, where she completed her PhD in Sociolinguistics and Adult Education. Her research interests relate to second language learning motivation in multicultural and multilingual contexts, identity trajectories, adult education, and history of Italian migration. Dr Palmieri regularly presents at international conferences and has published widely on these subjects, including her 2019 book Identity Trajectories of Adult Second Language Learners (Multilingual Matters). Dr. Palmieri is also Head of Member Learning and Development and acting Executive General Manager at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.