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Matteo Massironi (Padova, 1967) graduated in Geological Sciences in 1994 at Padua University and obtained the PhD in “Space Science and Technology” in 1998 at the same Univesity. Since December 2002 he teaches “Geological mapping”, “Satellite Remote Sensing” and “Planetary geology”at the University of Padua. From 2016 he is scientific coodinator and prime instructure for the PANGAEA geological training course for ESA Astronauts. He has been involved in several cartographic and field survey projects in the Italian Alps, North Africa (Anti Atlas Belt, Morocco), South America (Sierra Pampeanas, La Puna, Payunia, Argentina), Near East (Kura Basin; Georgia) and he contributed to the field surveys for the Brenner Basis Tunnel project transecting the Central Eastern Alps. He is deeply involved in space missions for planetary exploration beeing a team member of the following instruments mounted on ESA spacecrafts: SIMBIOSYS-Bepi-Colombo for the exploration of Mercury, (project scientist and coordinator of the “Surface and Composition Working Group” for the entire mission); CASSIS-Exo Mars for the exploration of the Martian surface (Co-Investigator); OSIRIS-WAC of the Rosetta mission to the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet (Associate Scientist) and JANUS-JUICE mission to Jovian satellites (Co-Investigator). His research interests include Remote Sensing methods, planetary geology, mountain belts tectonism, geo-structural analysis of fault zones, structural control on deep seated slope deformations. On these subjects he chaired various EGU and EPSC sessions. He is author or co-author of 105 ISI/Scopus publications and 15 geological maps. Awards: 2000-"Giuseppe and Paolo Gatto” Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei award for Alpine studies; 2017-the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 11440 after "Massironi".