Universitá di Firenze, Italy
Roberta Sessoli is a pioneer in the field of molecular magnetism. Her research work on low dimensional molecular materials led to the breakthrough discovery that a few paramagnetic metal ions in a molecule can behave like a magnet. An ERC Advanced Grant allowed her to establish a new research team working at the interface between surface science and molecular magnetism. Roberta Sessoli was appointed a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council created in 2012 by the President of the European Commission. In that function, she has contributed to the drafting of documents about science for an informed, sustainable and inclusive knowledge society and about science for the future of Europe.