Fabiana ZOLLO

Componente del Comitato Scientifico del "The New Institute: Center fo Enviromental Humanities" (DAIS)
Delegata del Direttore per la Comunicazione
041 234 6876 / 041 234 8415
Sito web
www.unive.it/persone/fabiana.zollo (scheda personale)
Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/dais
Sede: Campus scientifico via Torino
Stanza: studio Z.B03 (edificio Zeta B)
THE NEW INSTITUTE Centre for Environmental Humanities (NICHE)
Sito web struttura: https://www.unive.it/niche
Sede: Ca' Bottacin
Research Institute
Research Institute for Complexity

Fabiana Zollo is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics where she coordinates the Laboratory of Data Science for Society. Her research investigates information and misinformation spreading, social dynamics, and the emergence of collective narratives on online social media. She collected several papers on this topic, with both national and International co-authors. Since 2019, she is serving as an External Expert to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). She is a member of the Task Force “Data Science” established by AGCOM, the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority. She was a member of the Working Group established by the Italian Presidency of Council to study the phenomenon of disinformation on COVID-19.

Bibliometrics: Google Scholar, Scopus

Dr. Zollo heads the Laboratory of Data Science for Society, a leading research team in the fields of data and computational social science. The laboratory boasts extensive expertise in investigating misinformation and information dissemination in online platforms, particularly regarding highly polarizing topics such as vaccines, migration, climate change, and politics.

Team members: 
Dr. Fabiana Zollo, Coordinator
Dr. Teresa Scantamburlo, Senior Researcher
Dr. Alessandro Galeazzi, Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Debashmita Poddar, Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Marco Delmastro, Research Fellow
Mr. Arnaldo Santoro, PhD Candidate
Mr. Anees Baqir, PhD Candidate
Ms. Eleonora Garbin, Master Student

  1. Local Principal Investigator in the project "Formare cHI V'Informa", that aims to consolidate and expand the knowledge of communication experts in the field of HIV and U=U, with particular reference to technical and scientific journalists, to promote correct information, based on current scientific evidence and free from stigma. The project is coordinated by the University of Pisa in partnership with Ca' Foscari and the Italian League for the Fight against AIDS (LILA), 2022-2024
  2. Local Principal Investigator in the research coalition IRIS aiming to understand ‘infodemics’ and promote healthy information ecosystems, in collaboration with the Vaccine Confidence Project (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), University of Cambridge, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Sapienza University of Rome, City University of London (and the Alan Turing Institute), 2021-2023
  3. Local Principal Investigator of H2020 EU project EUMEPLAT "European Media Platforms: Assessing Positive and Negative Externalities for European Culture", Grant Agreement ID: 824634, 2021-2024
  4. Country Expert and Mercator Fellow in the DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project DECIPHER “Deciphering the “pandemic public sphere”: Government communication, (social) media discourses on and citizens’ responses to Covid-19 in Europe and the USA”, 2021-2024
  5. Local Principal Investigator of EU REC project IMSyPP "Innovative Monitoring Systems and Prevention Policies of Online Hate Speech", Grant Agreement ID: 875263, 2020-2022
  6. Local Principal Investigator of H2020 EU project QUEST "Quality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology Communication", Grant Agreement ID: 824634, 2019-2021
  7. Affiliate in the program “Facebook Data for Good”, 03/2020 – Ongoing
  8. Investigator in the project "Overcoming Polarisation and Misinformation around Migration in Italy" in collaboration with London School of Economics (LSE) and Corriere della Sera, 2017-2019. The final report is available here.


  • Member of the Faculty Board and person in charge of the Minor in Digital Humanities, Ca' Foscari International College, 10/2019 – Ongoing
  • Member of the Doctoral Committee (Informatics), Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics,  10/2019 – Ongoing  
  • Delegate for Communications, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics,  10/2020 – Ongoing 


  • Member of the task force of data science established by AGCOM to investigate the phenomenon of misinformation on COVID-19, 04/2020 - Ongoing  
  • External expert at European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Working Group “COM - Social Research Methods and Advice”, 05/2019 – Ongoing
  • Member of the Working Group established by the Italian Presidency of Council to study misinformation on COVID-19, 04/2020 - 04/2021  
  • External consultant to the project PICS “Picturing the Communication of Science” coordinated by FRAME – Divagazioni scientifiche with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, 2019 – Ongoing    


  • Academic Editor
    • PLoS ONE, 2019 – Ongoing
    • Humanities and Social Change Communications (formerly Palgrave Communications) 2020 – Ongoing
  • International Expert, Spanish National Research Agency (AEI), 02/2020 – Ongoing
  • Member of the PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Network, 05/2020 - Ongoing
  • Program Committee Member
    • NETSCI 2020, Satellite “ROME 2 (Reducing Online Misinformation Exposure II
    • DisInfo’20 ((Information Disorder: Disinformation and Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior)
    • ICCSA 2018
  • CRITIS 2017, Poster Co-Chair
  • Referee/Reviewer: PLoS ONE, Nature Scientific Reports, Social Networks, Computers in Human Behavior, Neurocomputing, Complexity, Social Media + Society, Online Social Networks and Media