The current Board of Directors is represented by:

Nicola Pajola (President)


Nicola Pajola, geologist, is currently “Global Geophysics Advisor forAmericas, Northern Europe, Russia and FSU” in Eni Upstream and Technical Services with over 25 years of experience. He has covered various positions in Italy and abroad within the oil exploration area in Eni.
Among recent experiences, he held the role of Seismic Planning & Feasibility Study Manager in Eni Milano, Geophysical Operations Manager at Agip KCO, Kazakhstan, Seismic Operations Manager n Eni Milano and Geoscience Manager and Global Geophysics Advisor for Americas at Eni Petroleum, Houston, Tx.
He is Chartered Geologist at the Geological Society of London.
He held the role of Vice President of the Italian EAGE-SEG section in the 2018-2020 period.
In addition to technical skills, he also developed management skills, holding the role of Area Knowledge Coordinator for the professional geophysical family.



Andrea Tognarelli (Vice President)


Andrea Tognarelli graduated in 2007 at the University of Pisa. He has worked at the University Consortium for Research Geophysics from 1 October 2008 to 20 December 2011.
Since 2011 he has been working at the University of Pisa as Assistant Professor. He teaches the course Laboratory of Seismic Acquisition and Processing and Fondamenti di Geofisica at the Earth Sciences Department of Pisa.
Experiences: 2D/3D marine and land data analysis and processing; Analysis and processing of multicomponent data; Full Waveform Inversion of marine and land data; Sub-basalt data analysis; Array simulation; Focusing analysis; Wavelet-based analysis; Machine Learning.
Computer skills: Linux and Linux Cluster administrator, Matlab, Bash scripting, SeisSpace ProMax 2D/3D.


Umberta Tinivella (Treasurer)

Since 1996 she is an employed at OGS with present position as senior geophysicist performing research activity using techniques and approaches of oil&gas upstream in the field applied geophysics, petrophysics, basin analysis, focusing on natural gas hydrates in marine and permafrost environments. In 1998 she received the Cagniard Award for the poster presented at the EAGE Conference. She performed simulation of acoustic wave propagation along the drill string considering the border condition (formation, mud, variable geometry, etc.). She studied the possibility to predict overpressure zones from analysis of seismic, log and laboratory data, by using elastic theories, which relate physical properties of rocks to pore pressure in the frame of EU project. In 2005, she received the Best Poster Presentation at the Near Surface Conference. Presently, she works on gas hydrate topic, considering standard and non-conventional processing of seismic data, such as pre-stack depth migration, Amplitude Versus Offset, seismic inversion, modeling and theoretical models to describe the physical properties of gas hydrate- and free gas-bearing sediments. She developed a procedure to estimate the concentrations of gas hydrate and free gas from seismic and well data. She is/was the leader of several Gas Hydrate Project supported by Italian government, Oil Company and EU. She is the author of many technical reports and papers on gas hydrate topic and she received several invitation to present her work. Moreover, she is active on dissemination of her research.

Keywords: gas hydrate, pore fluid, overpressure, modeling, advanced seismic processing, integrated geophysical approaches, theoretical modeling.

Researcher unique identifier: ORCID:0000-0003-2013-6645, SCOPUS: 6602859093

2016 – Vice-Director of Geophysic Dept. (OGS)
2009 – Senior Researcher and head of the Research Group GIANT (Geophysical Integrated Analysis and New Technologies), Geophysic dept., OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Italy

1998 – 2008 Researcher (permanent position from 2003)
Geophysics Department, OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Italy
1994 – 1995 Assistant Research of the Physics Laboratory II
Ecole Politecnique Federale de Losanne (EPFL), Switzerland

2005 Best Poster Presentation Award at the Near Surface Conference, 11th European EAGE Meeting of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.
1998 Cagniard Award for the best poster presented at the 60st European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) Conference.
1996-1998 Fellowship
Geophysics Department, OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Italy
1993 Fellowship
National Institute of Material Physics (INFM), Italy


Federico Cella (Officer)

Federico Cella is Research Associate in Applied Geophysics, at the Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences (DiBEST) of the University of Calabria, Italy, since May 1999. Assistant Professor of Geophysical Prospecting in Master Degree in Geological Sciences and former Professor of Applied Geophysics in Bachelor Degree in Geological Sciences and Degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, (Università della Calabria). His research field is mainly in potential field processing and interpretation, including: − Inversion methods of potential fields and multi-scale techniques applied to the boundary analysis and 3D imaging of source distributions; − 2D/3D modeling of volcanic/tectonic crustal structures and seismogenic fault geometries; − High resolution potential field surveys for near surface geophysics; − New algorithms for gravity data reduction. EAGE and GNGTS member and Associate Editor of the ISI journals Near Surface Geophysics (EAGE) and Journal of Applied Geophysics (Elsevier). Awarded with (a) the “EGS Young Scientists’ Publication Award 2000” of the European Geophysical Society (coauthor of the awarded publication) and (b) the Loránd Eötvös Award 2010, April 14, 2010, of the European Association of the Geophysicists and Engineers (EAGE). Invited lectures at China University of Geosciences, Beijin, at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan and at Gran Sasso Science Institute for the 105th SIF National Congress 23-27 September 2019. Author of about 80 international publications on ISI Journal/book chapters and conferences. Coordinator of RESEARCH PROJECTS: (1) MIUR PRIN 2005 (D.M. n. 291-22.12.2005); (2) MIUR PRIN 2009 (4-07-2011 n. 404/ric). ASN habilitation as associate Professor (from 07/02/2014 to 07/02/2020 and from 14/01/2020 to 14/01/2029) and full professor (from 28/08/2018 to 28/08/2024).

Benedetta Ulivieri (Officer)

Over 18 years’ worldwide experience in Oil & Gas exploration offshore/onshore projects of which 11 years spent offshore with different operative roles onboard the geophysical and seismic vessels as Navigator, Party Chief and finally Company Supervisor. Since employment in Eni in 2008, several experiences as Seismic Coordinator during onshore/offshore acquisition projects until the role of Seismic Operations Manager and starting from 2019 Geodynamic and Geophysical Monitoring unit Manager.


Giovanni Florio (Past President)


Giovanni Florio is Associate Professor of Geophysics at the Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Sciences of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’. His research interests include the development of data interpretation methods of potential fields (multiscale methods, constrained inversion, signal enhancement methods) and their application to the study of geological (large and small scale), archaeological and engineering interest. The most recent research topic concerns the definition of innovative approaches for the non-linear modeling of gravimetric or magnetic data aimed at reconstructing the morphology of the basement buried in sedimentary basins. He is a member of the Board of Professors PhD in Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II. He is also a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). He has been President of the Italian Section EAGE-SEG. He is a member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the annual national conference of the National Group of Geophysics of the Solid Earth (GNGTS). He is Deputy Editor of ‘Geophysical Prospecting’ (for the Potential Field methods section) and Associate Editor of ‘Geophysics’ (for the Gravity Exploration and Magnetic Exploration sections). He is the author of more than 55 publications in indexed international journals, and of many presentations at international and national conferences. In 2011 he was the winner of the Loránd Eötvös Award established by the EAGE. In 2018 he was Invited Lecturer at China University of Geosciences, Wuhan and China University of Geosciences, Beijing.


Dario Chisari
Dario is an MSc currently employed at Eni as Explorationist – Major in Geology and Subsoil Resources, he received a B.Sc in Geology from the University of Milano-Bicocca and a MSc in Geology and Subsoil Resources from University of Trieste (Italy). After his graduation in 2011 he joined TGS as Junior Geophysicist and worked on various 2D and 3D regional interpretation and prospectivity studies across the W-African Margin (NWAAM, Angola and Namibia), N-Brazil (Foz do Amazonas, Parà-Maranhao and Potiguar), Norwegian-Danish Basin, US GoM. As Advanced Geophysicist, still at TGS, he collaborated with the Italian authorities for a seismic acquisition permitting process and worked on the seismic interpretation of the Mexican GoM “Gigante” survey, focusing on Campeche-Salina del Istmo and Mexican Ridges Basin. He started as Processing Geophysicist within Eni’s AESI division in Dec. 2016 and moved to the Americas Exploration Team (ESAM) in January 2018.


Marco Mariotti (University Communication and Relations)
Marco Mariotti has been supporting the board of directors since January 2020, as a University Relations Specialist.
Marco received a Bsc in Geology and a Msc in Exploration and Applied Geophysics at the University of Pisa, respectively in 2015 and 2018. In the autumn of 2017 he carried out an internship at Eni aimed at the study of a super -giant in Venezuela. In 2018 he worked at I.D.S Georadar for a post-graduate internship, carrying out Customer Care and post-sales assistance tasks. During this experience, he works with Leica Geosystems CH for a study in collaboration with the Federal Swiss Railways. Furthermore, he participates in INTERGEO 2018 as an exhibitor.
In 2019, Marco was hired by Eni’s Upstream Technical Services Division for exploration as a Junior Geophysicist, starting to work in the field of Seismic Inversion. In January 2021 he obtained a Master in Finance at the 24Ore Business School cum laude.