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Radio Communication Pioneer

May 22nd-October 31st, 2009
House of Sound and House of Music, Parma


On the occasion of the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize centenary, the House of Music has organised a precious exhibition on the radio to remember the great scientist.
A selection of radio sets coming from the Patané collection and containing both civil and military equipments has been exhibited in the House of Sound. There were also workshops and scientific lectures given by radio transmission experts. 

Concerts Hall at the House of Music

Tuesday, May 26th

“Guglielmo Marconi: the origins of Wireless” 
Conference by Barbara Valotti, Director of the Museum at the Marconi Foundation. 

“Radio waves from near” 
Live demonstrations by the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale (Industry Technical High School) “Leonardo da Vinci”, Parma. 
Italian Radio Amateurs Association of Parma.

Wednesday, May 27th 

“Guglielmo Marconi scientific legacy” 
Conference by Professor Gabriele Falciasecca, President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation. 

“Radio waves from near”

Guided tours of the exhibitions 
by Dr Carlo Vignali - Italian Radio Amateurs Association, Parma.

Organised in cooperation with the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, the National Committee for the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize centenary celebrations, the Inter-university Consortium for Telecommunications, the Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Leonardo da Vinci”, the Liceo Scientifico Guglielmo Marconi and the Italian Radio Amateurs Association of Parma.












Wireless Pioneer

May 18th-30th, 2009
Catholic University Péter Pázmány, Budapest

Within the Italian Festival in Hungary, under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador, Mr. Gian B. Campagnola

From May 18th to 30th


May 28th


  • Giovanni Paoloni (University La Sapienza, Rome): "Guglielmo Marconi among research, enterprise and politics"
  • Francesco Paresce (Marconi Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics; Italian Institute of Astrophysics, Bologna): "Guglielmo Marconi and the telecommunication revolution in science" 
  • György Takács (Catholic University Pázmány Péter, Budapest): "Marconi’s ideas in modern mobile networks” 

Official language: English

Italian Embassy at Budapest, Office of the Scientific Consul

in cooperation with 
Marconi Foundation Bologna, Catholic University Péter Pázmány Budapest, Institute for the International Commerce – Italian Institute of Culture















Marconi Galaxy

April 27th-28th, 2009
R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna

Technology, Cultural Models, Myth-making

Isa Topic 2009 - International Interdisciplinary Conference

Monday, April 27th, at the Sala Mozart

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Roberto Grandi, Provost of International Affairs, University of Bologna
Dario Braga, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies - ISA, University of Bologna
Gabriele Falciasecca, President, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation
Franci Giovanna, Director, Centre for Canadian Studies Alfredo Rizzardi, University of Bologna
Daniela Gallingani, Dean, Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Bologna
Keir D. Elam, Chair, Department of Modern Languages, University of Bologna
Dario Ravetti, Art Counsellor, R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna
Luigi Bruti Liberati, President, Italian Association for Canadian Studies
Martin Stiglio, Director, Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto
Barbara Crow, York University, Toronto

The Marconi Galaxy: introducing the project and the research group

Barbara Valotti, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation
Michael Longford, York University, Toronto
Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna

Guglielmo Marconi: Man, Myth, History, Heritage

Dario Braga, ISA, University of Bologna (chairperson)
Barbara Valotti, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation: Guglielmo Marconi and the Origins of ‘Wireless’: between History and Myth
Seth Feldman, York University, Toronto: Guglielmo Marconi, Canadian
Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University, Montréal: Tales from the Marconi Trail
Michael Longford, York University, Toronto: Fogo Island: Process, Communication and Change

Voices from the Past: Radio, Witnesses, Imagination 

Seth Feldman, York University, Toronto (chairperson)
Chris Brookes, Battery Radio, Toronto: The View from Signal Hill

Music in the Galaxy (Part One)

Loris Azzaroni, President, R. Philharmonic Academy, Bologna (chairperson)
Lelio Camilleri, Conservatory of Music G.B. Martini, Bologna: Sound Transmission: Electro-acoustic Music and Radio 
Riccardo Piacentini, composer & Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano: The Poetic of 'Photo-Sound'

Music in the Galaxy (Part Two)

Duo Alterno (Riccardo Piacentini & Tiziana Scandaletti): From Telescope to Telegraph, to Fotomusica (1609 -1909 -2009)
Concert performance with video-projections, set in Guglielmo Marconi's lounge.
Music by: Francesco Paolo Tosti, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Alfredo Casella, Riccardo Piacentini.
Lyrics by: Luigi Cesana, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Galileo Galilei, Trilussa, Francesco Cimmino.

Tuesday, April 28th, at the Sala Mozart

The Marconi Galaxy: Exploring the Infosphere

Francesco Paresce, Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics, National Institute of Astrophysics, Bologna (chairperson)
Gabriele Falciasecca, Guglielmo Marconi Foundation: A Few Steps into the Infosphere
Barbara Crow, York University, Toronto: Retooling for the 21st Century: Digital Citizenship
Sanja Obradovic, York University, Toronto: Archaeology of Radio Technologies and Cultural History of Imagination 
Massimo Temporelli, Museum of Science and Technology, Milan: Exhibiting Actuality: New Museum Models Mediating between Obsolescence and What Is Known 

Marconi Galaxy: Cultural Models, Imaginary, Media

Roberto Grandi, University of Bologna (chairperson)
Marilena Fabbri, Mayor of Sasso Marconi: Guglielmo Marconi and his territory: risks and opportunities in managing an 'overwhelming' brand
Peppino Ortoleva, University of di Torino/Mediasfera Firenze: The Second Marconi Revolution
Elena Lamberti, University of Bologna: Primitives of a New Sensibility: Wireless Imagination from the Radio to the Global Village
Simone Natale, Università di Torino: Magic and Occult Imagination: the Dynamic between Wireless Communication and Telepathy
Maria Cioni, writer, Toronto: The Net Generation and International Education in the Marconi Galaxy

Further Explorations

Conference wrap up and presentation of futures events and research activities

In collaboration with: 
Guglielmo Marconi Foundation; Centre for Canadian Studies Alfredo Rizzardi, University of Bologna; Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna; ISA, University of Bologna; York University, Toronto; Concordia University, Montréal; Italian Cultural Institute, Toronto; National Committee for the Celebration of the Nobel Prize to Marconi; Emilia-Romagna regional authority; University of Turin; National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan; R. Philharmonic Academy Bologna; Research Workshops on the Cities, ISS University of Bologna; ETNP, Acume2; City of Sasso Marconi








Marconi Day

April 25th, 2009
Villa Griffone, Pontecchio M. (Bologna)


Holy Mess in the Guglielmo Marconi Mausoleum.
Villa Griffone Great Hall
  • Welcome Speech by Mr Gabriele Falciasecca, President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation.
  • Welcome Speech by Mrs Marilena Fabbri, Mayor of Sasso Marconi.
  • “Guglielmo Marconi: from Villa Griffone to Stockholm” by Gabriele Falciasecca
  • “Old and New in Italian Telecommunications” by Francesco Caio, Vice Chairman Nomura International
  • Searching for Google. Meeting with Econoetica.
  • “Marconisti del XXI Secolo” (21st century's wireless operators) Prize Award Ceremony.
  • Opening of the centenary celebrations for the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize for Physics 1909-2009, in the presence of Elettra Marconi Giovanelli.
  • “Guglielmo Marconi” International Prizes for Painting, Sculpture and Electronic Art - Award Ceremony.


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ICT Global Forum

April 22th-24th, 2009
Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna


Wednesday, April 22th

  • The digital challenge: no more physical barriers
  • ICT and Networks: driving the development of global economy
  • TooWay ™ satellite system applications
  • "VoIP for everyone". Networks convergence and services and applications integration for business development
  • Technologies that will change our life
Thursday, April 23th
  • ICT Security. Strategies to secure corporate networks and information
  • TLC: new business, new services and new corporate needs
  • Innovation in the Public Administration: the challenge of “dematerialization”
  • Internet governance in the future

Friday, April 24th 

  • Virtual ICT: real value. Theory, practice and impact on business of a technology that is changing the IT world 
  • Public Administration, Communication and new Technology
  • Telecom for the cultural heritage
  • Ubiquitous and connected: mobile & wireless, where are we now? From mobile phones to the new GPS generation, wimax and broadband wireless communication
  • Girl Geek Dinner Bologna
  • Is it changing? And how? Political communication through new media and digital technology

Speakers: Sergio Cofferati, Stefano Alvergna, Oddone Sangiorgi, Roberto Azzano, Gabriele Falciasecca, Guidalberto Guidi, Ennio Lucarelli, Gerardo Mombelli, Stefano Agnelli, Mario Rinaldi, Duccio Campagnoli, Riccardo Garosci, Sergio Antocicco, Dino Bortolotto, Biagio De Marchis, Sergio Rossi, Andrea Valboni, Giovanni Cancellieri, Paolo Dalla Chiara, Walter Munarini, Alessandro Abrami, Andrea Carassai, Michele Luglio, Giorgio Rosso Cicogna, Alessandro Vanelli-Coralli, Piergiorgio Menia, Roberto Casini, Kussai Shahin, Bernt Fanghol, Fabio Fonda, Gian Carlo Corazza, Felice Monaco, Alessandro Betti, Giuseppe Cason, Giuseppe Tetti, Roberto Vacca, Marco Delfino, Arne Bergby, Ozalp Babaoglu, Giorgio De Michelis, Roberto Siagri, Rodolfo Vignocchi, Marco Zamperini, Jean Paul Ballerini, Alfredo Di Gennaro, Mattia Trazzi, Maurizio Martinozzi, Maurizio Garavello, Roberto Branz, Domenico Dominoni, Guido Frabotti, Enrico Nasi, Paolo Salin, Massimo Carlotti, Antonio Baldassarra, Claudio De Falco, Dario Amata, Giuseppe Bonacina, Claudio Chiarenza, Gianluca Cristoni, Gianluca Ferré, Elio Iadevaia, Gianfranco Laganà, Stefano Pileri, Enrico Postacchini, Carlo Mochi Sismondi, Michele Amoruso, Massimiliano Bottaro, Cristiano Cafferata, Paolo Carminati, Pierangelo Felici, Andrea Valboni, Fabrizio Fujani, Gaudenzio Garavini, Maria Pia Giovannini, Manfredi Palmeri, Stefano Trumpy, Antonella G. Pizzaleo, Domenico Laforenza, Joy Marino, Rita Forsi, Vittorio Bertola, Roberto Sortino, Maurizio Lenzi, Nicola Galante, Pietro Felisi, Lorenza De Vincenzis, Massimo Galbiati, Alessandro Gencarelli, Lella Mazzoli, Michele Ficara Manganelli, Michele Morciano, Giorgio Pacifici, Giuseppe Paruolo, Filippo Renga, Massimiliano Cariola, Roberto Giacchi, Massimiliano Parini, Mauro Felicori, Angelo Guglielmi, Francesco Braschi, Francesca Alonzo, Antonella Guidazzoli, Alfredo Ronchi, Antonia Pasqua Recchia, Nadia Scardeoni, Sergio Bonora, Stefano Festa, Franco Giovani, Vincenzo Lecchi, Gianluca Mazzini

Exhibition on new technologies 

"Innovazione 2009" (Innovation 2009) Prize Award to Lepida spa e to the Farnesina web site.



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A Nobel Teacher: Vincenzo Rosa

March 28th-April 13th, 2009
Candelo (Biella)

In the year of Marconi Nobel Prize centenary, the town of Candelo (Biella) in cooperation with the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, the Biella Radio Amateurs Association and the Florence Italradio Committee has paid tribute to its famous citizen through a exhibition and a roundtable conference dedicated to Professor Vincenzo Rosa, Guglielmo Marconi’s first teacher. 

Vincenzo Rosa was born in Turin on June 11th 1848. In 1884 he married Aurelia Pozzo, from Candelo, and died at Candelo in 1908.
It was Mr Rosa who gave Marconi his first private classes, the only person that Marconi named very often and on public occasions as his teacher of electric subjects. Rosa is one of the key figures in the education of the future Nobel prize winner. 
Mr Rosa was not only a good teacher, he was also a skilled researcher and equipments builder, he used to build complex and automatic instruments. 
Professor Rosa’s Villa is still in Candelo, it is the last mansion where he lived and where Marconi went many times when he was his student. They used to talk, study and above all make experiments. 
Marconi also visited Oropa, where he enhanced his inspiration.
Today a street, close to Via Guglielmo Marconi, has been named after the famous Candelo’s citizen. 

The exhibition


opened on Saturday, March 28th and closed on April 13th.

Still on March 28th, after celebrating the new Via Rosa (Rosa Street, named after Vincenzo Rosa) with the local Candelo S. Giacomo Band and after visiting Villa Rosa, where a plaque was set, the roundtable conference "Vincenzo Rosa, Marconi’s teacher, 100 years after the Nobel Prize to the 'father' of Wireless" was held with the participation of Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, Professor Gabriele Falciasecca, speakers from the Italradio Committee (Luigi Cobisi, Saverio Meloni, Paolo Morandotti), members of the Sella Foundation and of Professor Rosa’s family.



The Swedish Royal Family visits the Marconi Museum

March 27th, 2009
Villa Griffone, Pontecchio M. (Bologna)


In December 1909 Guglielmo Marconi was awarded the famous Nobel Prize for physics by King Gustav V of Sweden, in recognition of his studies and experiments in radio communications.

On Friday March 27th the Swedish Crown Prince Carl XVI Gustaf - great-grandson of King Gustav V - and his wife Queen Silvia visited the Marconi Museum at Villa Griffone to commemorate the great Italian inventor.

They visited the first laboratory of the young Guglielmo, the silkworms room, and then attended a brief science conference in the Great Hall of the Villa.
Speakers at the conference were Mrs Marilena Fabbri, Mayor of Sasso Marconi, Mr Gabriele Falciasecca, President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, Mrs Barbara Valotti, Director of the Marconi Museum and Mr Cesare Avenia, Managing Director of Ericsson Italia, whose participation proved the scientific cooperation between Italy and Sweden.

The Swedish Royal Family tribute to the city of Bologna and to one of its most famous citizens, on the occasion of the Family official visit to Italy, has held great significance for the centenary opening.



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Radio Man

March 26th-29th, 2009

Duse Theatre, Bologna

Marconi, a story of the man who changed the world

Script and Direction: Giorgio Comaschi
Actors: Giorgio Comaschi and Alessandro Pilloni

Set Designer: Matteo Soltanto
Lights Manager: Matteo Nanni
History and Science Consultants: Maurizio Bigazzi e Barbara Valotti

Produced by Procope Studio
Supported by the Monte di Bologna e Ravenna Foundation and the Emilia-Romagna regional authority

After his lucky debut in Australia and before moving to Canada for a new tour, Comaschi has presented in Italy his play-monologue which goes through the main steps of Marconi’s life and scientific career, using images and films of Marconi’s time.

The play tries to understand some of the human aspects of the scientist’s extraordinary adventure, and reflects in particular on Marconi’s relationship with his mother, Annie Jameson, and on his cultural and geographical background, Bologna’s province, which was the birthplace of the great radio telegraphy discovery.


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The Scienza in Piazza Events

March 12th-22th, 2009
Piazza Maggiore - Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna

The Scienza in Piazza events are a Marino Golinelli Foundation’s project whose goal is «involvement, dialogue and participation: watching, touching and loving science». The events, now reaching their 4th year, propose together with Bologna City Council a series of meetings and activities including the exhibition


The exhibition describes in 13 panels the scientist life and the main steps of his career of discoveries and brings into life Marconi’s pioneering spirit of tireless researcher for which he became one of the key figures of the 20th century.

The exhibition has been organized by the Marconi Foundation.




The Joy of Research

March 18th, 2009 - Liceo Scientifico Elisabetta Renzi, Bologna

The Liceo Renzi hosted a lecture-lesson with Francesco Paresce

within a series of interdisciplinary events entitled “Guglielmo Marconi, Nobel Prize for physics 1909-2009. A century of creativity from wireless telegraphy to wireless communications”, promoted by the students and teachers of the Liceo Renzi of the Scuole Maestre Pie (High School Renzi of the Maestre Pie Schools) to remember the great Bolognese scientist’s passion and genius.

Mr Paresce, worldwide famous physicist and astronomer, and Marconi’s grandson (son of Marconi’s daughter Degna), met the students from the Liceo Renzi of Bologna and from the Liceo Haganässkolan of Älmhult, who came on a study trip from Sweden.

Topic of the lecture was


Paresce spoke about the sky observation and the rapid progress of the astronomy tools (from Galileo’s spyglass to the Hubble telescope) in order to introduce the students to some of the key topics of the scientific research, which for too many years in Italy have been disregarded or even looked with suspicion. With quiet words and light humour Paresce described the condition of the researcher who alone faces the vast Universe, and urged the students to practice science without hesitation because it can bring great joy and satisfaction.


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