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Structure Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Telephone 0498274317
Qualification Professore ordinario
Scientific sector SPS/07 - GENERAL SOCIOLOGY
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Il ricevimento di mercoledì 5 febbraio è sospeso.

Riprenderà regolarmente dal successivo mercoledì 12 febbraio.

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Office hours
Wednesday from 18:15 to 19:15 via Cesarotti, 12 - 2° piano, studio
(updated on 19/09/2018 19:07)

Proposals for thesis
Sono disponibile a seguire tesi che riguardino le aree di ricerca su cui lavoro (cfr sezione "Aree di ricerca"). Gli studenti che fossero interessati a discutere un possibile progetto di tesi possono venire durante l'orario di ricevimento.

Curriculum Vitae
My research field is the Science and Technology Studies, and in particular I am focused on the role of science and technologies in the public sphere and on their social representations. I am also interested in the construction processes of scientific knowledge and in the evolution of the research activities in laboratories. I have worked on biotechnology issues (in vitro fertilisation, cloning and genomic) and on nanotechnology. During the last years my research activities are addressing the relationship between big-data and scientific research activities, as well as the implications for the social sciences of the availability of large amounts of textual data through the web.
From 2008 I am the coordinator of the Padua Science, Technology and Innovation Studies research unit (PaSTIS -; in particular, I am leading the TIPS project (Technoscientific Issues in the Public Sphere), aimed at analysing the societal relevance and evolution of technoscience using the media as a source. For this purpose it has been developed a web-platform able to automatically collect, scrape, classify and analyse the content of news and posts (

Currently I am President of STS-Italia (2016-2018), Director of CIGA (Centre for Environmental Law Decisions and Corporate Ethical Certification, an interdisciplinary research centre established at Padua University for studying the societal and ethical issues related to emerging technologies) and Coordinator of the Sociology Section of Department FISPPA.
I have been co-founder and President of the research centre Observa Science in Society (2001-2015); during that period I collaborated in many research projects - both at national and international level - some of them as coordinator.

Research areas
Il principale ambito di ricerca riguarda la sociologia della scienza e della tecnologia, in particolare la comunicazione pubblica della scienza, le rappresentazioni sociali della scienza, i processi di partecipazione dei cittadini nei processi decisionali riguardanti problematiche di carattere tecno-scientifico e l’analisi delle trasformazioni del lavoro di ricerca nei laboratori.
Gli ambiti tematici su cui sto lavorando attualmente sono le nanotecnologie, il rapporto fra big-data e attività di ricerca scientifica, le implicazioni per le scienze sociali derivanti dalla disponibilità di grandi quantità di dati grazie al web.


Neresini F. (2017) «Old media and new opportunities for a computational social science on PCST», in JCOM – JOURNAL OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION, 16(2) C03_en [ISSN 1824-2049]

Di Buccio E., Lorenzet A., Melucci M., and Neresini F. (2016) «Unveiling latent states behind social indicators», in Proceedings of the First Workshop on Data Science for Social Good co-located with European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles & Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases, SoGood@ECML-PKDD 2016, Riva del Garda, Italy, September 19, 2016. (R. Gavaldà, I. Zliobaite, and J. Gama, eds.), vol. 1831 of CEUR Workshop Proceedings,

Neresini F. (2016) «The hybrid assemblages of self-tracking practices», in RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA, LVII, 4, pp.801-805 [DOI: 10.1423/85547]

Khan S.S., Timotijevic L., Newton R., Coutinho D., Llerena J.L., Ortega S., Benighaus L., Hofmaier C., Xhaferri Z., de Boer A., Urban C., Strähle M., Da Pos L., Neresini F., Raats M., Hadwiger K. (2016) «The framing of innovation among European research funding actors: Assessing the potential for ‘responsible research and innovation’ in the food and health domain», in FOOD POLICY, 62, July, pp.78-87 [DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.04.004]

Neresini F. (2015) «Quando i numeri diventano grandi: cosa possiamo imparare dalla scienza», in RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI SOCIOLOGIA, LVI, 3-4, pp.405-431 [DOI: 10.1423/8798]

Vidali P., Neresini F. (2015) Il valore dell’incertezza. Filosofia e sociologia dell’informazione, MIMESIS, Milano

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IF0313 COMMON SUP7077974 9 3rd Year (2019/20) First
SP1419 COMMON SUP3051897 9 3rd Year (2019/20) First
SP1419 COMMON SUP7079037 9 3rd Year (2019/20) Second