Francesca Malfatti, PhD: I am a microbial ecologist and a biogeochemist, tenured associate professor in microbiology. I hold a Ph. D. degree from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD, USA) in marine microbial ecology. From 2009 to 2014, I have been a post-doctoral fellow at SIO (UCSD, USA) in the Dr. Azam laboratory. From 2014 to 2016, I have been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Researcher in OGS in Italy. Currently, I am a level III Researcher in OGS and a Research Scientist at the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment, CAICE, UCSD, USA. In 2010, I have received the international scientific award IRPE (International Recognition of Professional Excellence) in Oldendorf Germany (http://www.int-res.com/ecology-institute/irpeprize/) for my research focusing on small-scale bacteria-bacteria interactions. Since 2004, I have published more than 25 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals. I serve on the European Marine Board on Citizen Science committee and on the UNESCO initiative Ocean Literacy-Italia group and I am affiliated as visiting oceanographer at SIO in the Climate, Atmospheric Sciences, and Physical Oceanography department. I am active in outreach and dissemination activities in my local community.