Francesco Stoppa, PhD, is a full professor of Volcanology and Geochemistry at the G. d\'Annunzio University of Chieti, Italy. He specializes in the alkaline, mafic-ultramafic volcanism with particular emphasis on its geodynamic properties. He maintains long-term collaboration with famous English petrologists, such as Ken Bailey, Keith Bell, and Alan Woolley, and leads high-profile scientific exchange and research with Russian and Chinese specialists, experimenting in new approaches to the major challenges that the volcanic phenomenon poses to humans. He discovered a number of carbonatites in Italy, publishing his work in widely circulated international journals. He is an activist in organizing international conferences and excursions on the alkaline volcanoes of Italy and Spain. He is also engaged in conservation programs of volcanic areas and in the mitigation of seismic and volcanic risk. He devotes much of his research in Italy to the monogenic intra-Apennine ultra-alkaline volcanoes, as well as to Mount Vulture Volcano and to the Roman province. His main research areas outside of Italy are Uganda, Canary Islands, and Calatrava in Castilla-La Mancha.