logoTo help coagulate elasmobranch science in Italy, in 1995 I organised at the Milan City Aquarium the first Italian Conference on Elasmobranchs, where an informal group, GRIS (Gruppo Ricercatori Italiani sugli Squali) was founded.

In 1997 I participated in representation of GRIS to the founding and 1st Annual General Meeting of the European Elasmobranch Association (EEA), having the objectives of advancing the conservation of sharks, rays and chimaeras in European and international waters for the public benefit, through education, promoting and disseminating research, and seeking to achieve their sustainable management.

I later participated to several meetings of the EEA (e.g., Lisbon, 1998; Livorno, 2000; San Marino, 2003; Milano, 2012).

I was also a member of the organising committee of the 2003 San Marino and 2012 Milano meetings.