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Scientific Board

Members of the Scientific Board bring their scientific and  professional expertise to NORIA. The board has a central role in the strategic guidance of NORIA as well as in supervising the overall scientific activity. The board is responsible for direct intervention in scientific decisions necessary or useful to the pursuit NORIA purpose; it acts  as a custodian of the mission of the organization.


Jacques Bus

Digital Enlightenment Forum

Jacques Bus received his PhD in Science and Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a researcher for 12 years and subsequently as research program manager for 5 years at CWI/NWO in Amsterdam (NL).

From 1988 he worked at the European Commission in leading positions in various parts of the Research programmes ESPRIT and ICT, including IT infrastructure, program management, software engineering and since 2004 in trust and security. Since 2010 he works as an independent advisor on Trust, Security,


François Géré

Institut français d’analyse stratégique

François Géré  is a French historian specializing in geostrategy, is notably the founding president of the French strategic analysis institute, the Institut français d’analyse stratégique (IFAS). He is also an official representative for the French Institute of Higher National Defense Studies, the Institut des Hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) and research director at Paris III University. He was awarded the distinction of Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2005.


Edwin Black

Investigative Journalist 

Edwin Black is an American syndicated columnist and investigative journalist. He specializes in human rights, the historical interplay between economics and politics in the Middle East, petroleum policy, the abuses practiced by corporations, and the financial underpinnings of Nazi Germany. His 2001 book, IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation,  details the business dealings of the American-based multinational corporation International Business Machines (IBM) and its German and other European subsidiaries with the government of Adolf Hitler during the 1930s and the years of World War II.


Anat Gesser-Edelsburg

University of  Haifa

Anat Gesser-Edelsburg  is associate professor at University of Haifa.  Her background is community theatre studies and health communication. She is the head of the Health Promotion Program, School of Public Health, and the Founding Director of the Health and Risk Communication Research Center at the University of Haifa. She is the Chairman of the Management Committee of The Center for Evaluation of Health Promotion Interventions,  researcher at The Center for Evaluation of Health Promotion Interventions, the The Em ili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, and Deputy Head Medicine and Public Health Group at The National Knowledge Center for Disaster and Emergency Management, University of Haifa.


Leonhard Hennen

Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)

Leonhard Hennen studied sociology and political sciences, Dr. Phil. in sociology from Technical University Aachen, Germany. After five years as a social scientist at the department of "Technology and Society" at the National Research Centre Jülich (projects on "technology and everyday life", "risk-communication"), he was (1991 to 2005) project manager at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament, which is run by the Institute of Technology Assessment, Research Centre Karlsruhe. He has been responsible for TA projects on Genetic Testing, Pre-implantation Diagnostics, and Brain Sciences as well as for projects on public acceptance of technologies and technology controversies, Sustainable Development, Research Policy and others. He participated in several European projects on concepts and methods of TA (Europta, TAMI). Since 2006 he has been coordinator of the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG). Research interests: Sociology of Technology, Technology Policy, Concepts and Methods of Technology Assessment, TA in the field of Biomedicine. 


Gary T. Marx

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Gary T. Marx is Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has worked in the areas of race and ethnicity, collective behavior and social movements, law and society and surveillance studies. He is the author of Protest and Prejudice, Undercover: Police Surveillance in America, Collective Behavior and Social Movements (with Doug McAdam) and editor of Racial Conflict,Muckraking Sociology, Undercover: Police Surveillance in Comparative Perspective (with C. Fijnaut), Windows Into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and other books. With Norman Goodman, he revised Society Today and edited Sociology: Popular and Classical Approaches. He is a contributing author to Harvest of American Racism (University of Michigan Press, 2018.)


Gustavo Mesch

University of Haifa

Prof. Gustavo Mesch  the rector of the Haifa University. He is a world renowned expert in the field of technology and society, specifically in Cyber and society, social effects of new media, youth internet culture, internet crime and deviation, and parent-child relationships in the new media.  Prof. Mesch holds a PhD from Ohio State University (1993).  He is a published author and has published dozens of articles in scientific publications. 

Prof. Mesch has served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences between the years 2013-2016 and under his leadership the Faculty has reached many achievements: the Faculty has been ranked as one of the top Faculties in Israel under international standards including the prestigious Shanghai Ranking. 

Prof. Mesch has served as Chair of the Information & Communication Section of the American Sociological Association, and Editor-in-Chief of the Sociological Focus, the official Journal of the North Central Sociological Association (U.S.).  He also served as the editor of the section on Communications and Media in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Amongst others, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Internet Association.  


Fabrizio Turoldo

University Ca' Foscari - Venice

Fabrizio Turoldo is Full Professor of Moral Philosophy - Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage - Ca' Foscari University of Venice and 

President of the Humanities Area Library. His studies and teaching activities are mainly focused on Bioethics and Social Ethics. He teaches Bioethics in the undergraduate and graduate courses at the Faculty of Philosophy and also Social Ethics and Bioethics in the undergraduate course at the Faculty of Social Work.  Among his recent books, one is specifically devoted to some bioethical issues (L’etica di fine vita [End-of-life Ethics], Città Nuova, Rome 2010, 2° ed. 2011), one to social issues (Le malattie del desiderio. Storie di tossicodipendenza e anoressia [Diseases of Desire. Stories of addiction and anorexia] , Cittadella, Assisi 2011) and one is exactly at the borderline between Bioethics and Social Ethics (Bioetica ed etica della responsabilità [Bioethics and ethics of responsibility], Cittadella, Assisi 2009 – 2° ed. 2011).

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