Francesca Malfatti, PhD: I am a microbial ecologist and a biogeochemist. I have received my Ph. D. degree at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD, USA) in 2009 in marine microbial ecology. From 2009 to 2014, I have been a post-doctoral fellow at SIO (UCSD, USA) in the Dr. Azam laboratory same as in my graduate studies. From 2014 to 2016, I have been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow Researcher in OGS in Italy (Italian Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics, Trieste). Currently, I am a Researcher in OGS. 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 25 papers in internationally peer-reviewed journals (metrics present in Scopus and Google Scholar). Currently, 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 scientist at the Colorado State University in the Atmospheric Science department. For 12 years (2002-2014), I have been a teaching assistant (TA) to the graduate level class of Dr. Azam at the SIO (UCSD, USA) on “Marine microbial ecology”. I have been a TA and I have led for 3 years the laboratory part (2010-2013) at the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, UCSD (USA). I am very active in outreach and dissemination in my community including the initiative of the University of Trieste (Italy): Caffè delle Scienze 2016 and 2017 edition.