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Un Nobel senza fili

December 15th, 2009
Auditorium Biagi, Sala Borsa, Bologna

presentation of the volume

speakers: Gabriele Falciasecca, Barbara Valotti, Alessandro Zucchini
chairmanr: Fabio Raffaelli

The volume has been conceived and completed for the centenary of the Nobel Prize for Physics to Guglielmo Marconi, together with the exhibition "Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize Winner 1909-2009" that was inaugurated on Thursday December 10th in the Sala d'Ercole of Palazzo d'Accursio in Bologna.
The book contains a bilingual version of the two official speeches of the award ceremony (December 10th 1909) as the Nobel Lecture given by Marconi on the following day, both held in Stockholm. Additional references accompany these three documents and help contextualize the event. Five scientific contributions analyze the appearance and progressive popularity of wireless communications and its principal creator, Guglielmo Marconi. Twelve color plates illustrate some of the instruments employed by Marconi during the first years of his scientific and technical career. 
These essays are written by Gabriele Falciasecca, Anna Guagnini, Barbara Valotti, Giancarlo Dalle Donne and Massimo Temporelli.
The volume has been published by Bononia University Press.

The publication was promoted by Emilia-Romagna Regional Authority, Bologna City Hall, the Marconi Foundation, with the scientific contribution of the “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology, sponsored by Bologna Provincial Authority, Sasso Marconi Town Hall, Bologna University, Emilia-Romagna Educational Office, and with the subsidies of Telecom Italia, the Ministry for Arts and Culture – Regional Direction for arts and culture and landscape of Emilia-Romagna, the Monte Foundation, Bologna Chamber of Commerce for Industry, Trade and Agriculture.











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Il pioniere del wireless

December 12th 2009
Cinema Lumière, Bologna

Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937

National preview of the documentary film on Guglielmo Marconi’s life, inspired by Giorgio Comaschi's theatrical performance Quello della radio (The Radio Man).

Directed by: Enza Negroni
with Giorgio Comaschi
and Alessandro Pilloni
photography: Andrea Dalpian
filming: Andrea Dalpian, Stefano Muti
editing: Giusi Santoro
music: Riccardo Nanni, Giancarlo Di Maria

produced by POPCult
in cooperation with Emilia-Romagna Regional Authority, the Marconi Foundation and Bologna University

A Wireless Pioneer is a documentary on the life of one of the greatest inventors of our time: Guglielmo Marconi.
Giorgio Comaschi, narrator and eyewitness of an extraordinary existence, alternates between moments of joviality, romanticized anecdotes, reflections on the great bolognese inventor and accounts of Marconi's life, highlighting the importance of his discoveries, that today allow us to use mobile phones, remote controls, electronic toll collector and satellite technology.
Director Enza Negroni takes on a weaving of theatrical dramaturgy, cinematographic techniques and journalistic reportage, recreating a collective memory of Marconi's life and the places he frequented from his first discoveries and successes, to the moments of great suffering, his change in character and lifestyle, the international repercussions of his career, up until the final chapter.
Beyond the stage, the play transforms itself into a true movie script that adheres to the needs of cinematographic language utilizing photographs as well as visual and sound repertory of that time period.
The result is a portrait of a different and unknown Marconi, in many ways more human. Alongside the faults of common men, what transpires, however, is the ingeniousness of one of the greatest inventors of our era.












Marconi, Radio, Nobel Prize

December 11th, 2009
Protomoteca del Campidoglio
Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome


in the presence of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano


Enrico Manca, President of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation
Mauro Cutrufo, Vice Mayor of the city of Rome
Claudio Scajola, Minister of Economic Development

The challenges of research

Carlo Rubbia, Physics Nobel Prize Winner (1984)
Gabriele Falciasecca, President of the Marconi Foundation

Guglielmo Marconi, launching the era of Telecommunications

Piero Angela: Biographical excursus with audiovisual documents

ICT: economic development, competition, rules

Giuseppe Richeri, Lugano University – Scientific Committee Ugo Bordoni Foundation (Chairman)

Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union
Andimuthu Raja, India’s Minister of Telecommunications  
Shi Tong Yu, Director of Media Research China's Academy of Social Sciences (in audio-video) 
Fernando Rodrigues Lopes de Oliveira, Brazil’s Executive Secretary of Ministry of Communications 
Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Radio  
Robert McDowell, Head of the US Federal Communication Commission (in audio-video)  
Fabio Colasanti, Chief Executive of Information Society & Media of the European Commission
Corrado Calabrò, President of the Communications Regulatory Authority

The enterprises that have changed our way of communicating

Gianni Letta, Undersecretary of the Presidency of the Council of Ministries (Opening)
Gianni Riotta, Director of Il Sole 24 Ore (Chairman)
Maurizio Dècina, Politecnico di Milano (Introduction)

Franco Bernabè, Telecom
Paolo Bertoluzzo,Vodafone
Mauro Crippa, Mediaset
Paolo Garimberti, Rai  
Luigi Gubitosi, Wind
Vincenzo Novari, 3 Italia
Stefano Parisi, Fastweb
Giuseppe Veredice, Telespazio

Paolo Romani, Vice Minister of Economic Development - Communications

Research, innovation: a path for the future of new generations

Mario Frullone, Research Director of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation (Chairman) 
Luciano Maiani, President of the National Research Council (Introduction)
Leonardo Chiariglione, Ceo of Cedeo.net – Scientific Committee of the Ugo Bordoni Foundation

Cesare Avenia, Ericsson
Gianni Vittorio Armani, Terna
Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, Finmeccanica
Stefano Lorenzi, Alcatel-Lucent
Mauro Moretti, Ferrovie dello Stato
Leonardo Maugeri, ENI


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






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














invito p.marconi 1988 2009 fronte

David Sarnoffsarnoff

Marconi was the creator of the present day civilization of the radio. All of those who, with spirit of initiative and perseverance, have brought us to the present stage of development have built on the foundations laid by Marconi. Everyone considered him the tutelary genius of their work.


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