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AL SÂS - Marconi Special

January 25th 2010
Sasso Marconi Town Hall (Bologna)

al sâs n. 20

A special issue of the magazine AL SÂS, published by the association “Progetto 10 righe” in cooperation with the Guglielmo Marconi Foundation, was presented at Sasso Marconi town hall.

The issue, entirely dedicated to the famous scientist, contains articles by the following authors: Cinzia Cavallari, Gabriele Mignardi, Gabriele Falciasecca, Glauco Guidastri, Giancarlo Dalle Donne, Annamaria Patacchia, Carla Cenacchi, Franca Foresti, Paolo Michelini, Barbara Valotti, Gian Marco Ganna, Mario Giorgi, Alessandro Onofri, Dario Zanini, Cecilia Pelliconi Galetti, Giovanna Bassi, Gianni Beccaro, Maurizio Finelli, Mara Cini, Elena De Angelis, Maria Denti, Luigi Ropa Esposti.

Also documents, photographs and images plus 10 “marconian questions” to Stefano Mazzetti, Mayor of Sasso Marconi.




















Conference on Marconi

January 19th, 2010
Hunting Club, Rome


Professor Gabriele Falciasecca has given a conference at Rome’s Hunting Club to remember the centenary of the Physics Nobel Prize awarded to Guglielmo Marconi.

The conference was attended by the inventor's daughter, Mrs Elettra Marconi Giovanelli.



















Marconi Nobel Prize Winner

December 19th, 2009 
"Aldo Ducci" Auditorium, Museo dei Mezzi di Comunicazione (Museum of Mass Media), Arezzo 

a day of study

coordinator: Fausto Casi, Director of the Museum of Mass Media

welcome speech from the Town Hall Administration

Fausto Casi - Introduction and presentation of the subject
Massimo Temporelli, Curator of the Telecommunications sector of the "Leonardo da Vinci" National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan
Claudio Gatti, Member of the A.I.R.E. Board of Directors (Italian Association for the Antique Radio)
Nerio Neri, A.I.R.E. President

other speeches

conclusions and announcement of the A.I.R.E.'s Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations (June 1990 - June 2010)

showing of a holographic film with three-dimensional effect

showing of a holographic film on Galileo Galilei

Promoted by: “il Mondo in Casa” Cultural Association, Arezzo Museum of Mass Media, the Italian Association of Antique Radios - A.I.R.E., Tuscany Regional Authority, Arezzo Provincial Authority and Arezzo Town Hall.

Sponsored by: the Ministry of Education, University and Research (Dept. of Tuscany Regional Authority), “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology (Milan), University of Arezzo, University of Siena, Arezzo Faculty of Literature and Philosophy, Galileo Museum (Institute of the History of Science – Florence), Guglielmo Marconi Foundation (Pontecchio M., Bologna), Science and Technology Foundation (Florence).









Radio Ritmo

December 19th 2009
Farnese Chapel, Palazzo d'Accursio, Bologna

Atti Sonori

RADIO RITMO (Radio Rhythm)
Voices and Sounds from the Ether

Atti Sonori Ensemble
Mirko Rizzotto and Massimo Sceusa, reciting voices
Giambattista Giocoli, clarinet
Stefano Bussoli, percussion instruments
Lorenzo Meo, piano

music by
Béla Bartók, George Gershwin, Gustav Mahler, Sergej Rakmaninoff, Paquito D'Rivera, Giora Feidman

artistic director, Giambattista Giocoli
organisation, Nella Belfiore
technical direction, Antonio Di Virgilio
organisation assistant, Paola Perrone

On October 30th 1938 Orson Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds panicked the American public because it suggested that an interplanetary conflict had begun with an alien invasion in New York. Inspired by Welles' experience, "Radio Rhythm - performance of voices and sounds" wishes to remember the impressive communicative power of the radio, a prima donna in the communications world at the time. In "Radio Rhythm" one rediscovers the extraordinary absorbing capacity of sounds and voices that were still autonomous from images. A capacity that we feel has remained unchanged even today.












radio ritmo front

First Centenary since the Nobel Prize to Marconi

December 18th, 2009
Great Hall - IPSIA “M. Laeng”, Osimo (Ancona)


Welcome speech from the Headmaster Prof. Giovanni Giri
Welcome speech from the Mayor of Osimo Dr. Stefano Simoncini

Speeches to follow by:

Ambassador Luigi Solari, homonymous nephew of Marconi’s collaborator
Prof. Francesco Paresce Marconi, Internationally renowned physicist
Dr. Barbara Valotti, Director of the Marconi Museum of Bologna
Dr. Mirco Palmieri, Director of Raiway

Chairman: 1° M.rs. L.gt MM Filippo Pacelli, coordinator of the Rear-Admiral Guglielmo Marconi Museum Pole of Ancona















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.











presentazione volume

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.








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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