Furio Honsell, full professor of Informatics, married, with two children, was born in Genova (Italy) on 20th August 1958. He graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pisa in 1980 and was awarded the Diploma in Mathematics at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 1983. He has served as a Researcher at the University of Turin, at Edinburgh University. In 1990 he was appointed full professor at the University of Udine, where he was first elected Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computing, and then Dean of the Faculty of Natural Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
From 2001 to 2008 he served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Udine, and from 2001 to 2010 he was President of the Science and Technology Park of Udine and vice-president of the National Association for the Promotion of European Research. Besides having written a large number of scientific publications Honsell has carried out also a very intense activity for popularisation of Science, also on the Italian National Television. Since 2009 he has edited the survey “Matepratica” on the Italian edition of the magazine “Wired”.
In 2008 he was elected Mayor of the Municipality of Udine, for the centre-left party. In May 2003 he was re-elected Mayor of Udine for another five-years term. Furio Honsell is President of “Giona”, the national association for “Cities in Play” which promotes toy libraries, and vice-president of the Italian W.H.O. “Healthy Cities” Network.
He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Edinburgh University, and principal coordinator for many European scientific projects and coordinator of cooperation projects with cultural institutions in Europe and India.