Massimo Pietroni teaches astroparticle physics at the University of Parma. He worked at the DESY laboratories in Hamburg, at CERN in Geneva and at the National Institute of Nuclear Physics in Padua. He conducts research at the turn of particle physics and cosmology, convinced that the universe is the most precious laboratory of fundamental physics at our disposal. In particular, he would like to understand more about the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and how these two mysterious entities have influenced the history of the universe. He has written numerous publications in international journals.