SCIENCE, A PASSION THAT KNOWS NO AGE

Piero Angela, a life in science communication and technology, Amalia Ercoli Finzi, in charge of space projects and a scientific consultant for NASA NASA, ISA and ESA and Luca Perri, a young researcher and populariser: what have these three apparently so distant figures in common? What is the spirit that blows from within and makes them so lively and empathic? Is it a primeval drive to learn which then becomes a method and lastly a passion for science and research? A sort of non religious spirituality, a vocation stemming from the awareness that science is a social enterprise which needs to be studied and nurtured especially where young people are concerned. It will be an unusual evening to help us rediscover science and research as a meeting place among people and visions of the world.

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Piero Angela

Journalist and Writer

Piero Angela

Journalist and writer, son of the antifascist doctor Carlo Angela, he worked for Rai, the Italian national radio and television in the 1950s, was a correspondent from Paris and Brussels and then a News caster. He became very well known for his investigative journalism and programmes on science and other topics, which he directed for Rai. “Quark” and “Superquark” were the two programmes he was best known for. He has written about thirty books and is the recipient of prizes and awards such as the Unesco Kalinga Prize for the popularization of Science and the Italian Presidential Gold Medal for Culture. He has been awarded nine honorary degrees. Asteroid 7197 has been named Pieroangela, and a gastropod mollusc of the Sea of China is called Babylonia pieroangelai. He is a founding member of the the Associazione CentroScienza.

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Amalia Ercoli Finzi

Milan Polytechnic

Amalia Ercoli Finzi

Academic, scientist and aerospace engineer outstanding woman and mother. She is one of the foremost international experts in aerospace, NASA, ISA and ESA consultant , principal investigator of the SD2 drill aboard the Rosetta Spacecraft which landed on a comet. She has taken part in many space programmes, from the space tether missions to the SAX orbiting observatory and the Spider. She was the first Italian woman to graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from the Milan Polytechnic where she worked as a researcher and lecturer, and then led the Department of Aerospatial Engineering.

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Luca Perri

Astronomer and Science Populariser, Insubria University and Brera Observatory

Luca Perri

Doctoral student in astrophysics at the Insubria University and of the Brera and of the Merate Observatories. For the past ten years he has been involved in the popularization of science on radio, television, print, festivals and social networks. He has worked with RAI, the National Radio and Television Broadcasting System, DeAgostini, Repubblica, Focus, Focus Junior, Pikaia and CICAP. He is the Italian champion and finalist for FameLab 2015, a talent show on science popularisation. He writes and leads a number of sections in several Rai School Programmes. He has published “La pazza scienza” (Sironi Publisher), “Errori Galattici” (DeAgostini) and “Astrobufale” (Rizzoli).