Telmo Pievani (1970) is Ordinary Professor at the Biology Department of the Università degli studi di Padova, where he teaches the first course in Italy of Philosopy of Biological Sciences. He also teaches Bioethics and Naturalistic Communication in the same Department. Since 2016, he’s the Rector’s Delegate for Institutional Communication at the Università degli studi di Padova. He’s member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, for the Science class, correspondent Member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino, for the class of Science, and non-resident Member of the Accademia Olimpica di Vicenza, for the class of Science and Technology. Since 2015 he’s the vice-President of the Società Italiana di Biologia Evoluzionistica. Between 2001 and 2012 he was in service at the Università degli studi di Milano Bicocca.
As a philosopher and historian of biology, and an expert of evolution theory, he’s signed many national and international publications in the field of science (the full list of the 218 publications is available on the Cineca database). Some of these volumes were translated or are being translated in foreign languages; among these, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Korean.
He’s a member of the Ethical Committee and the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi for the progress of science. A member of the Direction of the Istituto Italiano di Antropologia, he takes part in the Editorial Board of international scientific reviews like Evolutionary Biology and Evolution: Education and Outreach. Since 2014, he’s a member of the Editorial Board of the Rendiconti Lincei per le Scienze Fisiche e Naturali. He’s the director of Pikaia, the Italian portal on evolution, and he created La Mela di Newton, the scientific online magazine of Micromega. Between 2003 and 2011 he’s been secretary of the Scientific Council of the Festival della Scienza di Genova. He takes part in the Scientific Committee of BergamoScienza since 2013. Since 2014 he’s a member of the International Scientific Council of MUSE, the Museo delle Scienze di Trento.
Together with Niles Eldredge, he’s been the scientific director of the encyclopedic project “Ecosphera – The future of the planet” for UTET Grandi Opere (2008-2010). With Niles Eldredge and Ian Tattersall he was the curator of the Italian edition of the international exhibition “Darwin. 1809-2009” (Roma-Milano-Bari 2009-2010). With Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforza he was curator of the international exhibition “Homo sapiens: the great story of human diversity” (Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 2011-2012; Trento, 2012-2013; Novara, 2013). In 2014 he was curator of the permanent scientific exhibition (“Man and plants”) of the Giardino della Biodiversità in the Orto Botanico di Padova. In 2017 he was the co-curator of the international exhibition “DNA. The great book of life from Mendel to genomics” (Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, February-June 2017). He’s the author of theatrical and musical scientific projects with Banda Osiris and Federico Taddia. Among these, “Finalmente il Finimondo!” (2012) and “Il maschio inutile” (2015).