by Panos Charitos. Published: 17 May 2013

Congratulations to Eugenio Nappi who has recently been elected co-Editor in Chief of EPJ Plus (the European Physical Journal Plus), alongside Luisa Cifarelli.

EPJ Plus is a newcomer of the renowned European Physical Journal (EPJ) (, a series of peer-reviewed journals covering a wide spectrum of physics and related fields. Eugenio emphasizes that "The aim of this new journal is to be a forum for the setting and improvement of standards, procedures and performance in experimental and observational physics; numerical techniques and simulations, including technical performance studies and similar benchmark calculations for computational physics; relevant mathematical tools and techniques for theoretical physics".

"A peculiar feature of EPJ Plus are the "Focus Points", a collection of topical papers that periodically encompasses the most effective results achieved in specific hot issues. "The first Focus Point published by EPJ Plus, for which I had the privilege to be the editor, was devoted to the data handling in high energy physics in the era of the LHC. ALICE played a relevant role in this focus point through the papers written by L. Betev, R. Brun, P. Buncic and F. Carminati, just to mention some of the ALICE authors." Eugenio adds.

Eugenio, who is currently director of research at INFN, has always been aware of the importance of educating young people in physics and innovative technologies but also of communicating science and inspiring a passion for research.

Eugenio Nappi started his career at INFN as a staff researcher in 1983 and since 2002 he has been Director of Research. In 2006 he was appointed director of the INFN Section of Bari and was responsible for the participation of Italy in large international collaborations, including the NA35, WA97 and NA57 experiments on SPS and the ALICE experiment at the LHC. Since the beginning of his career he had a strong interest in CERN's programme of ultra-relativistic collisions of heavy ions.

Eugenio Nappi is an expert at the international level of detection techniques of Cherenkov radiation. In 2000 he became project leader of the Cherenkov system, named HMPID, the largest CsI Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector ever built. In the same year he joined the HERMES experiment at HERA-DESY. During his career he has also promoted various R&D initiatives in this area under the National Commission V of INFN and the framework programmes of the European Community. He has also contributed significantly to the realization of Cherenkov detectors of the second generation of the HERMES experiment at DESY and STAR at BNL.

In recent years he applied his knowledge in electronics in the testing of innovative devices for medical diagnostic imaging, giving a substantial contribution to the realization of a novel positron emission tomography (PET), high sensitivity detector (AXPET project).  The aim of AXPET is to carry on an R&D programme focused on a parallax-free 3D reconstruction of the positron source distribution with high spatial and energy resolution over the complete Field of View.

Today Eugenio is an author of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers while he is also a member of the Executive Board of INFN, the ICFA Panel on Instrumentation, the CST of CNRS-IPN Orsay, the ECE (Expert Committee for the Experiments) of FAIR and the STC (Steering Committee) OF ESS (European Spallation Source).