An audiovisual communication professional since 1995, member of Spain’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a writer specialising in the Italian Renaissance via works of historical fiction and international scientific dissemination.
Lecturer at the Speakers Bureau and a member of the Leonardo DNA Project, an international initiative aiming to create a genetic profile large enough to understand the origin of Da Vinci’s abilities, visual acuity and facial features. As a project member, he works in collaboration with, among others, the Paris Institute for Human Paleontology, The Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology and Paleogenetics of the Biology Department at the University of Florence, the J. Craig Venter Institute and Human Longevity Inc., the Genetic Identification Laboratory of the University of Granada, The Rockefeller University and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
He is a member of ICOM Spain (International Council of Museums), AEM (Spanish Association of Museologists) as well as the AAM (American Alliance of Museums) and an ambassador for the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases (FEDER). He has received several awards during his more than ten years at the forefront of Spain’s leading cultural TV panel show ‘Pasapalabra’ including the Protagonistas Award for best television presenter, the Antena de Oro Award in the category of Television and the Iris Award 2017 for best presenter of television programmes given by the Academy of Television Arts.
His book “Face to Face with Leonardo da Vinci” was awarded the Special Jury Prize 2018 at the IV edition of the Concha García Campoy Scientific Journalism Awards.
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Holder of a first-class degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from Northwest University (Toronto, Canada), he curated the exhibition held at the G7 summit in Taormina, where the Tavola Lucana was the star of the show.He is also the scientific director and curator of the Museo delle Antiche Genti di Lucania, discoverer of the Tavola Lucana, close collaborator of Professor Carlo Pedretti and author of numerous works on Leonardo da Vinci. He was awarded the honorary title of Ambasciatore campano di arte e cultura nel mondo (global ambassador for Campania’s art and culture) in 2015.
Canadian novelist and writer of bestselling essays on art. In tandem with his writing, Ross is an active fundraiser for the arts as well as a passionate teacher and tour guide. He serves on the Council of Academic Advisors of Friends of Florence (FoF), the charitable foundation that works to guarantee the survival of Florence’s artistic and architectural treasures. He has taken part in numerous FoF study trips throughout Italy, including Rome, Assisi and Milan. He is a regular participant in seminars on the Italian Renaissance at the Aspen Institute, and has organised impressionist tours of Paris, Normandy, Brittany and Provence. He has lectured at many American museums, including the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick collection and the National Gallery of Art.
José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec
Professor of Medieval History at Barcelona’s Universidad Autónoma (UAB). Historian specialising in the Middle Ages, European culture and the Mediterranean heritage. He joined Barcelona’s Real Academia de Buenas Letras in 1996 and Catalonia’s Real Academia de Doctores in 2001. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Genoa and Poitiers as well as teaching postgraduate courses at the European Institute of Humanistic Studies in Florence. He is a member of the scientific committee of Turin’s Storia Festival and a permanent member of the international jury of the Finale Ligure prize for history.
Elisa Ruiz García
Holder of a PhD in Classical Philology from Madrid’s Universidad Complutense (UCM), she completed her academic training at the universities of the Sorbonne (Paris) and La Sapienza (Rome), and was awarded highly specialised diplomas in Palaeography, Diplomatics and Codicology by the Scuola Pontificia Vaticana. Currently Professor Emeritus of Palaeography and Diplomatics at UCM, she is also a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History and a member of various international institutions with over a hundred publications to her name.
She is curator of the entrance hall to the reading room of the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE).
José Antonio Lorente Acosta
Professor of Legal and Forensic Medicine and director of the Genetic Identification Laboratory at the University of Granada, Spain, with which he collaborates in the Leonardo DNA Project. Director of GENYO (Pfizer-University of Granada-Junta de Andalucía Centre for Genomics and Oncological Research), member of Spain’s National Specialty Commission of Legal and Forensic Medicine, scientific director of the project to genetically identify the remains of Christopher Columbus, and scientific director and promoter of the DNA-Prokids programme to genetically identify missing children and fight against the trafficking of human beings.
José Manuel Querol
Professor with a doctorate in Hispanic Philology from Madrid’s Universidad Autónoma, specialist in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature. He currently combines his critical and investigative work (he has studied the list of volumes of Leonardo included in the Madrid Codices) with teaching at Madrid’s Universidad Carlos III.
Juan Manuel García López
Synergologist and morphopsychology expert for the Central Operative Unit (UCO) of Spain’s Guardia Civil specialising in the investigation of homicides and kidnappings since 2007. Trained in the analysis of behaviour in violent crime by the FBI and educator in the field of Synergology and Negotiation for the Guard Civil and Mossos d’Esquadra. He has recently applied his knowledge in facial morphology to make an exhaustive comparison between the known portraits attributed to Leonardo da Vinci.