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Marconi and the Radio

June 13th-28th, 2009
Villa Nobel, Sanremo (Imperia)

Nobel winners at Villa Nobel



Friday, June 19th
At the Opera Theatre of Sanremo Casino

round table conference
Joseph H. Taylor Jr.
Piergiorgio Odifreddi
Gabriele Falciasecca
Renzo Arbore

special guest:
Elettra Marconi Giovanelli

Roberto Giacobbo



















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From Meucci to Marconi

June 7th, 13th, 14th, 2009
Borgo Malanotte
Tezze di Piave - Vazzola (Treviso)
during the traditional festivities "Cose dei tempi antichi" (Things of ancient times)


An event in which telephone and radio shine have shown themselves in a superlative way. In our era where we feel close even if separated by thousands of kilometres and, at the same time, are immersed in a world made of mobile phones, radio stations and research on electromagnetic waves, it is interesting to look back in time – even for just a moment – and rediscover that two Italian geniuses, Antonio Meucci and Guglielmo Marconi, have been the fathers of modern communications.

Their stories, their inventions and the evolution of their discoveries have been put on display for the public at Borgo Malanotte during these festivities, precisely in the year in which we have celebrated the centenary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Guglielmo Marconi. The event has helped us remind that our future is profoundly linked to our past. Thus it is not by chance that telephone and radio have been brought together in order to be rediscovered and to remember their origins, which date back to the second half of the Nineteenth century.

 It was at that time that Antonio Meucci conceived the telephone, as was officially recognized, even if 150 years later, by the American Supreme Court. Some years down the line it was Guglielmo Marconi who gave life to the radio and pioneered in wireless communications.
 What has been proposed by "Cose dei tempi antichi" is thus a leap in the past that spurs us to go forward, and savor with trust what the communication world is holding for us.

Curated by the 
Radiantistica Trevigiana Association



















Italian Republic Day

June 2th, 2009
Swiss Museum of Sound and Image, Montreux

The celebrations for the Guglielmo Marconi Nobel Prize centenary took place on the occasion of the Republic Day reception offered by the Italian Consul General for the Cantons of Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud.

The celebrations were attended by Consul Adolfo Barattolo, the President of the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, the Mayor of Montreaux, the Director of the Swiss Museum of Sound and Image and Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, Guglielmo Marconi’s daughter.

On the occasion, soprano Véronique Mercier sang both Italian and Swiss national anthems.























Tesla and Marconi

June 16th, 2009
Faculty of Engineering, Bologna

Isa Topic 2009


Prof. W. Bernard Carlson
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia

Carlson, great expert in History of Electricity and Technology has long been working on a biography of Tesla. In his magisterial lecture at Bologna, Carlson has told and compared the stories of both inventors, Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi, one in the United States and the other in Europe, who were the first to experiment with the hertzian waves trying to transmit at distance.

Tesla, born in 1856, had already proved in 1892/93 that electric impulses could be sent from a point to another within few metres without the support of cables. Marconi, born in 1874, had instead transmitted in 1895 a true signal, that is an impulse containing a message, over a natural obstacle. From that point their routes started to diverge year by year. Tesla planned to sprinkle wireless electric power all over the earth (through the ground in emission and through the air in remission). He retired at Colorado Springs where he tried to build a great transmitting station. Marconi worked constantly at developing his wireless communication system (through the air in emission and through the ground in remission) and experimented step by step until 1901 when he could transmit a signal across the Atlantic.

Marconi was successful, because he had clear in his mind both the goal and the means to attain it, whereas Tesla’s idea was vague and, as far as we know today, also unfeasible. Nevertheless Tesla, before Marconi, was able to send hertzian waves at distance. There is thus no doubt that Marconi was the pioneer of wireless telegraphy, while Tesla was that of wireless power connection.














Three Centenaries

May 23rd, 2009
Bologna/Rai Sport tv

The curious coincidence of THREE CENTENARIES (birth of Bologna Football Club, birth of the Giro d’Italia - the Tour of Italy bicycle race - and Nobel Prize to Guglielmo Marconi) has been commemorated during the Giro stage at Bologna.

In the morning, Francesca Menarini (President of Bologna Football Club), Angelo Zomegnan (Director of the Giro) and Stefano Alvergna, representative for the Nobel Prize Centenary Committee, have held a meeting in the beautiful setting of the Farnese Chapel. 

The union of the three centenaries has also been sealed by joining a postal cancellation.

In the afternoon, after a live special dedicated by Rai (Italian State Broadcaster) to Marconi and Villa Griffone, Francesca Menarini and Giancarlo Corazza have rewarded the stage winner with a plaque and a medal in memory of this triple centenary.






















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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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