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Postcards from Pontecchio

September 12th-20th, December 10th -13th 2009
Dehon Theatre, Bologna


Alessandro Fornari, Marco Marconi, Aldo Sassi, Sebastiano Spada, Federica Tabori, Andrea Zacheo

script and direction
Guido Ferrarini

A multimedia show largely based on the use of new technologies and with very special effects. Eleven visual pictures depicting Marconi’s stubbornness as inventor and his intelligence and intuition as a man. 
The show is not a biography, much more than that it wants to be the archetype of the never ending human desire to attain knowledge. The story starts a hundred years ago in a place between Livorno and Pontecchio, and ends with the famous gun shot. 
You will be moved by the humanity of Professor Rosa, Marconi’s first teacher, and by Nello Marchetti, a blind telegraphist who teaches him the use of the telegraph key. You will be smiling at the incredulous and stupefied looks of the attendant Marchi, who helps Marconi during his experiments, or at the groundless fears and silly disbelief and superstition of the Pontecchio peasants, who watch Marconi while he is handling odd and noisy equipments.
Still, you will be more than else suffering with this twenty years old boy, who is longing to prove that the pretentious theories of the great scientists are not always right, especially when compared with the intuition, strong will and intelligence of the gifted.
Finally you will be happy as he is, when from the distant valley comes the powerful and innovative echo of the famous gun shot. From that very moment onwards, communications will be available all over the world. 
All that happens under the cold and merciless eye of the computer and its virus.















Requalifyng Marconi Sites


The renovated Marconi Museum located in Villa Griffone (Marconi residence at the middle of the 19th century), has attracted an increasing number of visitors over the last few years. Its grounds host the Mausoleum that contains the scientist’s remains. Both buildings are a national monument and will surely attract many more visitors during the centenary celebrations.

Thursday December 10th, 2009
Opening of the monumental area of Villa Griffone and the Marconi Mausoleum to celebrate the completion of the restoration works and the Centenary of the Physics Nobel Prize award to Guglielmo Marconi.
From 11:00am: speeches by authorities, cutting of the ribbon, toast of good wishes.
Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the Mayor of Sasso Marconi Stefano Mazzetti and sponsors of the renovation works were present.
Commemorative philatelic cancellation organised by the Philatelic Club “G. Marconi” from 9:30 to 12:30.

Architect Ferdinando Forlay’s idea of building an underground Auditorium in the area that stretches from behind Villa Griffone to the foot of the famous Celestini hill, which saw the birth of wireless telegraphy in the distant 1895, is now being seriously contemplated. It would have to be a strong and prestigious design capable of offering aesthetic solutions which will in no way detract from the architecture and landscape of the Marconi site. It must in no way disturb, It should perfectly integrate with the landscape and enhance it by offering new attractions. The idea has immediately aroused the interest of Sasso Marconi Town Hall which is strongly in need of a space where people can meet and communicate.

In the light of these considerations and on the occasion of the centenary celebrations, an international and public competition has been instituted to collect ideas for requalifying the Marconi sites. This competition, launched in the name of the scientist who revolutionized communication technology, should bring together the best energies and resources in the field of architecture and design of public spaces. This competition is aimed at improving the access to the Foundation’s cultural facilities through the design of an external underground structure for cultural events, and at integrating the Villa’s functionality to the museum space in order to create a new and more organic path for visitors.

Sasso Marconi Town Hall is committed to creating new services for tourists in the area of the Marconi Mausoleum situated at the foot of the Villa.








A Wireless World

December 4th, 2009
Tekniska Museet, Stockholm

The Italian Contribution to Telecommunications, One Hundred Years since the Nobel Prize to Marconi

Ann Follin, Director of the Tekniska Museet
Anna Della Croce, Ambassador of Italy
Åsa Torstensson, Swedish Minister of Communications
Paolo Romani, Italian Deputy Minister of Communications
Gabriele Falciasecca, President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation
Franco Angotti, President of the Committee for Antonio Meucci celebrations
Enrico Manca, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation
Karl Grandin, Director of Center for History of Science of the Royal Academy of Sciences
The awarding process and motivation for Nobel Prize
Luciano Maiani, President of the Italian National Research Council (CNR)
Guglielmo Marconi as CNR President: his commitment for the acknowledgement of the Italian contribution to telecommunications
Guglielmo Marconi: the men of the third millennium, screenplay of the documentary from RAI Educational

Stefano Selleri, University of Florence
The early history of radio communications through the photos of the Italian Navy archives
Gaspare Galati, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
The Italian way to radar: Guglielmo Marconi and Ugo Tiberio
Mary K. Macleod, University of Cape Breton
Whisper in the Air - Marconi: The Canada Years 
Nils Olander, Curator of Tekniska Museet
Introduction to the exhibition and the history of the "red tent" radio 

Opening of the exhibition and tranmission of a worlwide radio message

Enrico Del Re, University of Florence
Meucci and Marconi: from a wired to a wireless world, today and tomorrow 
Håkan Eriksson (TBC), Senior Vice President Ericsson
Evolution and perspectives of wireless mobile communication
Östen Mäkitalo (TBC), KTH Radio Communication Systems
The future of communications and research on electromagnetic waves

Francesco Paresce Marconi, Institute of Space Astrophysics
From Galileo to Poldhu and Beyond
Enrico Saggese, President of the Italian Space agency
Waves in space: the space communication and Earth observation with radar 
Olle Norberg, Director General of the Swedish National Space Board
Space communication facilities and competencies in Sweden 

Organised by the Embassy of Italy in Stockholm, the National Museum of Sciences and Technology (Tekniska Museet), the MarconiCentenarioNobel Committee, the Committee for Antonio Meucci celebrations.
Supported by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences



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Wireless, Telecommunications, Space

December 3rd, 2009
Espace Monte Paschi, Brussels



  • H.E, Ambassador Sandro Maria Siggia, Welcome adress
  • Barbara Valotti - Director, Marconi Museum, Pontecchio M., The origin of wireless: Guglielmo Marconi, 1909 Nobel laureate in Physics
  • Luciano Maiani - President, CNR, Rome, Marconi scientist and the early National Research Council of Italy
  • Véronique Halloin - Secretary General, Fonds de la Recherche Scientifiche (FRS-FNSR), Brussels, The role of FRS-FNRS in Belgian physics research
  • Elisabeth Monard - Secretary General, Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), Brussels, FWO: Where discoveries begin...
  • Gabriele Falciasecca - President, Marconi Foundation, Pontecchio M., Invention and innovation: the case of Marconi and wireless communication
  • Rodolfo Zich - President, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, and Department of Electronics, Polytechnic of Turin, Radio-based processes: a constitutive role for the future
  • Jean Marie Frère - Director, Department of Theoretical Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, From radio waves to elementary particles and the universe
  • Francesco Paresce Marconi - Italian National Astrophysics Institute, Rome, From Galileo to Poldhu and beyond
  • Christoffel Waelkens - Director, Department of Astronomy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Observing the universe: a Wonderful Wireless Web
  • Giuseppe Virgilio - President, Telespazio S.p.A., Rome, The achievements and the research projects of the Italian space industry
  • Gian Carlo Coletta - Director, Vitrociset Belgium, From spacecraft to the satellite integrated applications: the venture of an Italian subsidiary in Belgium
  • Pier Paolo Campostrini - Director, Consorzio Ricerche Laguna Venezia (CORILA), and Nereus European Network, Satellite applications for regional territory management: the case of Venice lagoon

organised by the Embassy of Italy in Brussels

in cooperation with Finmeccanica, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Enel











Our Wireless World

November 23rd, 2009

The Institute of Physics, London

Celebrating the centenary of the Nobel Prize to Marconi

In 1909 the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Guglielmo Marconi for his pioneering experiments in wireless telegraphy, including a number of key milestones achieved in the UK. Marconi was not only a great scientist but also a successful entrepreneur, founding a company which was a major force in technological developments throughout the 20th century, and still exists today.
His breakthroughs in wireless communication triggered a revolution in the way we live our everyday lives. Long range communications, radio and TV broadcasting, GPS, telemedicine… so many of the technologies we take for granted today are the direct consequences of that faint signal sent from Cornwall and captured by a remote antenna in Newfoundland more than one hundred years ago.
This event celebrated the award of the Nobel Prize to a great Italian scientist, and his connections with the UK. It also provided an opportunity to review the practical impact of his discoveries, and to hear from scientists and engineers working on new frontiers in the field of wireless communications.
  • Marconi: a pioneer - Marconi and CNR
  • Marconi’s legacy: a view from industry
  • Technology at work: bringing science to industry
  • Current applications: Mobile communications -Telemedicine
  • New frontiers: Optoelectronics - Frontier Research

Posters about Marconi’s activity and documents from the Italian Navy’s archives.

Organised by the Italian Embassy in London, the Institute of Physics, UK, the Marconi Foundation, Italy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, CNR (National Research Council), Italy, and sponsored by Ericsson.














A Nobel Century

November 21st - 29th, 2009
"G. Marconi" Institute, Pescara


A multidisciplinary project, sponsored by MIUR-USR Abruzzo (Department of Education - Regional Office), in cooperation with Pescara Museum of the People from Abruzzo, the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation in Bologna, Di Renzo Publisher in Rome, General Francesco Cremona (the largest worldwide collector of Marconi antiques), Pescara Art Institute “V. Bellisario”, the Marconi Association in Pescara, and with the subsidies of Pescara Town Hall, Pescara Provincial Authority, Abruzzo Regional Authority, the Pescara-Abruzzo Foundation and the Rotary Club Pescara Ovest.

The exhibition was inaugurated on November 21st at the Caffè Letterario in the Museum of the People from Abruzzo with the participation of the President of the City Council Licio Di Biase, the Marconi Institute Headmaster Angelo Lucio Rossi, the Museum Director Ermanno De Pompeis, the event organizers Fiorella D'Amico and Cesidia Bruno, the local authorities and of course, the students of the Marconi Institute.

The exhibition was visited by city residents as well as students from secondary schools. For the entire period of the showing, the exhibition dedicated to Marconi was organized and presented by students as part of a technical and scientific program on the history and evolution of technologies, on instruments and work methods, on the mechanization of productive processes and the ability to develop the territory's resources at their best.

The book “Marconi my father” by Degna Marconi Paresce - published by Di Renzo Editore - was presented on November 24th in the Auditorium of the Museum of the People from Abruzzo in Pescara, and organised by the Marconi Association. The event was attended by the local authorities, the Marconi Institute headmaster Angelo Lucio Rossi, the Museum Director Ermanno De Pompeis, the project organizers Fiorella D'Amico and Cesidia Bruno, the President of the Marconi Association Giuseppe Ciardulli, as well as Marconi's nephew and astrophysicist Francesco Paresce and of course, the students of the Marconi institute.

The conference-debate was held on November 25th at the Cinema Teatro Massimo in Pescara in the presence of all of the “Marconi” students and their families. The main themes were: “Man and scientist”, “Marconi and Astrophysics”, “Young people and science”. The conference was attended by the Executive Director of the USR – Abruzzo Carlo Petracca, the President of the City Council Licio Di Biase, the Headmaster Angelo Lucio Rossi, the project organizers Fiorella D'Amico and Cesidia Bruno, Marconi's nephew the Astrophysicist Francesco Paresce, the scientific journalist and physics teacher Marco Gargantini, and the local authorities.










Marconi Art Prize

November 14th-28th, 2009
Sala d'Ercole di Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna


Exhibition of the Artists Winners of the G.M. Art Prize from 1988 to 2009.

Organised by Claudio Cerritelli and Bartolomeo De Gioia.
Design by Franco Savignano.


Comune di Bologna, Circolo Artistico di Bologna, Comitato Marconi Centenario Nobel, Provincia di Bologna, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna














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Radio e cultura di Marca

For over thirty years a series of events organised by A.R.T. (Associazione Radiantistica Trevigiana) have involved over a fourth of the communities in the Province of Treviso as well as other areas of the Triveneto, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany.

RADIO E CULTURA DI MARCA (The Top of Radio and Culture) is involved in communicating and conveying the history and fascination of the discoveries pertaining to the wireless world and to its inventor Guglielmo Marconi.

This year Galileo Galilei has also been celebrated, 400 years since the first telescope was used to observe the universe just a few kilometres from the event location, and precisely in Padua.

Since its beginning, the winning card of these events has been their alliance with volunteers and their focus on solidarity. All the streets, squares and towns where the events take place, have become over the years, and continue to be, the perfect sites to promote the beauties and products of the Trevigian territory.

November 13th, 2009
Sala Polifunzionale, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi

“Radio e cultura di Marca”
presented by: Luigi Bacialli (director of Rete Veneta)
Prof. Francesco Paresce (astronomer) in International Video connection: 
“From Galileo Galilei to Guglielmo Marconi”
“From the earth to the sky: 40th anniversary of man landing on the Moon”
Presentation of the Marconian Calendar 2010
 inspired by an idea of Gianni Miraval: “An antenna for everyone”
life and history of independent radio stations in the Province of Treviso from the 70's till today narrated through the Flavio Vendramini collection - drawings by Ivan Toninato and written work by Giuseppe Corba
Award Ceremony Bravissimo 2009
Praiseworthy Students of the San Fior Community
Award Ceremony Coherence Prize 2010

November 14th, 2009
Palablù, Via Calle (school zone)

“Radio e cultura di Marca” in the world of education
from Galileo Galilei to Guglielmo Marconi
in collaboration with the Istituto Comprensivo di Codognè
Prof. Francesco Paresce (astronomer)
 “400° Galileo Galilei”
International Year of Astronomy
40th anniversary of man landing on the Moon
Presentation of the Marconian Calendar 2010
Exhibition of new generation static equipment
7th Regiment Transmissions from Sacile
Balloon launch with messages dedicated to Galileo Galilei and Guglielmo Marconi

organised by Associazione Radiantistica Trevigiana



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Once upon the Time the Radio

November 10th, 2009 
Théâtre des Variétés, Monaco

Celebrating the Centenary of the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize for Physics

Stories and discoveries from Guglielmo Marconi till today

Transmission Radio télégraphique, fusion sociale, éducative et culturelle. Et maintenant? (conférence)

Guglielmo Marconi, homme, mari et père (vidéos et témoignages inédits)


With Marina Como (Journaliste RAI 1), Bernard Spindler (ex-directeur RMC), Luisella Berrino et Maurizio di Maggio (Journalistes RMC), Awana Gana, Monsieur Gabriele Falciasecca, Président de la Fondation Marconi de Pontecchio (BO), Madame Barbara Valotti, Directrice du Museo Guglielmo Marconi de Pontecchio (BO). Egalement présente Elettra Marconi Giovanelli.














The Future Challenges of Telecommunications

November 9th, 2009
"Giovanni Spadolini" Library of the Senate, Hall of the Parliamentary Acts, Piazza della Minerva, Rome


Introduction by Enrico Manca, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation
Letter of the President of the Republic


Renato Schifani, President of the Senate of the Republic
Enrico Manca, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation

Guglielmo Marconi: the man who initiated modernity

Angelo Maria Petroni, La Sapienza University, Rome
Maurizio Gasparri, Senator
Paolo Gentiloni, Congressman

Information Society and economic development

Sandro Frova, Bocconi University
Luigi Prosperetti, University of Milan

The new governance of telecommunications

Roberto Viola, Radio Spectrum Policy Group

New juridical models for the ICT market

Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich, University of Rome (Roma 3)


Paolo Romani, Vice Minister of Economic Development - Communications

Events dedicated to the study of Marconi organised by the Ugo Bordoni Foundation










Social Foundation





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