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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:29:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:47:00 +0100
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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
A UK company has been selected to undertake the Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) for a satellite which will help tackle climate change, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with the UK Space Agency to work on MicroCarb, a joint UK-French satellite mission which will measure sources and sinks of carbon, the principal greenhouse gas driving global warming. It is the first European mission intended to characterise greenhouse gas fluxes on Ear...
Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 8 Nov 2017 22:05:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:20-04-2011
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     Current job:Copywriter / Journalist
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     Keywordstext writing, event coordination and organization, ghost writing, web initiatives, media contacts, organization of media requests, advising the Director on communication and PR activities, social media management.
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    CURRICULUM VITAE
     
    DATE OF BIRTH
    May 12th 1974
    PLACE OF BIRTH
    Rome, Italy
     
     
     
    EDUCATION
     
    2000 – 2002
    Master in Science Communication, International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy. Thesis on science and the radio. Mark: 30/30.
     
    1993 – 1998
    Degree in Astronomy, University of Bologna, Italy, and University of Bonn, Germany (Mark: 110/110 magna cum laude). Title of the thesis: “Distribution of CO in blue compact dwarf galaxies”.
     
    1991 – 1992
    One year as exchange student at Athens Drive High School, NC, USA.
     
    Scholarships
    Two courses at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London (2010); Course on Environmental Journalism, sponsored by El País, Miraflores de la Sierra (2008); European Initiative for Communicators of Science, Max-Planck-Institut, Göttingen (2007); Harvard-Armenise Foundation, Harvard Medical School, Boston (2004).
     
     
    LANGUAGES
     
    Italian, native
    English, fluent 
    Spanish, fluent 
    German, very good
    Catalan, elementary
    French, elementary
     
     
    CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
     
    Copywriter/Journalist
    European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), Directorate of Human Spaceflight, The Netherlands
    Responsibilities: text writing, event coordination and organization, ghost writing, web initiatives, media contacts, organization of media requests, advising the Director on communication and PR activities, social media management.
     
     
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATION
    Freelance journalist, radio presenter, science writer
     
    Project leadership
    Global ESOF (www.globalesof.com) Catalan communication project within ESOF 2010 (2010)
     
    Radio
    Radio3 Scienza (2003 – 2009) & Le oche di Lorenz (2002) Presenter and editorial staff member of these daily science programs for RAI – Italian Radio Television
    Radio Popolare (2002) Collaboration with science and news oriented programs
     
    Daily national newspapers
    Il manifesto (2002 – 2005)
    Liberazione (2005 – 2010)
    l’Unità (2002)
     
    Magazines
    D (weekly of la Repubblica) (2009)
    Io Donna (weekly of Il corriere della Sera) (2008)
    IL (monthly of Il Sole 24 ore) (2009)
    Le Scienze (Italian version of Scientific American) (2008)
    Micromega (reference magazine of political science) (2009)
    L’astronomia (monthly dedicated to astronomy) Member of the editorial staff and Scientific and Journalistic Counsellor to the director (2002 – 2003)
    Scienza Esperienza (bimonthly dedicated to science and society) (2003 – 2004)
     
    Web
    Global Talent Corresponding author for Italian science issues on Catalan portal (2009 – 2010)
    lascienzainrete.it (portal dedicated to science and society) (2010)
    gay.it (portal of news for the LGBT community) (2008 – 2010)
    vialattea.net (dedicated to the vulgarization of science) (2001 – 2002)
     
    Corporate communication
    Science Program Communication Service - ESA (Noordwijk, Netherlands) (2001 – 2003)
    Gemelli Hospital – Catholic University (Rome) (2007 – 2010)
    PhD Students Association – ADI (2001 – 2002)
    Hubble Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (Garching, Germany) (2001)
     
    Author of one entry in the Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication by SAGE (2010)
     
    Author of the volume entitled Cosmos for the series Frontiers of Science for Art Servizi Editoriali (working on behalf of Mondadori) (publication date to be determined)
     
    Member of the editorial board of the book Cervelli in fuga (Brains on the run), Avverbi Edizioni, (2001)
     
    Invited speaker as expert on science and/or radio communication:
    • International Short Film Festival in Barcelona. Seminar on documentaries and environment organized by Cosmocaixa (2010)
    • National Convention of ARG - Environment, Research, Young People (2008, 2009)
    • Urbino School of Journalism (2007, 2008)
    • Master in Science Communication - International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste (2003, 2004)
    • Master in Science Communication and Popularization - Federico II University, Naples (2004)
    • Master in Language, Production and Marketing for the Radio – La Sapienza University, Rome (2006, 2007)
    • PhD course within the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry - University of Palermo (2006)
    Member of the Communication Committee of Euro Science Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 (Barcelona) and 2010 (Torino)
     
    Member of the Italian Journalist Association (2003) and of the Catalan Journalist Union (2010)
     
     
    OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
     
    February 2010 – June 2010
    Teacher in the Istituto Europeo del Design (Barcelona). Courses: Audio contemporary communication (Area: Visual Art) and Project 1 (Area: Communication)
     
    May 2009 – April 2010
    Passengers’ ground service, Flightcare & Menzies Aviation (Easyjet), Airport of El Prat (Barcelona) 
     
    May 2004 – August 2007
    Translator of the following books into Italian:
    The birth of the mind by Gary Marcus (Codice Edizioni, Torino, October 2004)
    Human-built world by Thomas P. Hughes (Codice Edizioni, Torino, May 2006)
    The math instinct by Keith Devlin (Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milan, November 2007)
     
     
    CAPACITIES & COMPETENCES
    Expertise in journalism and science communication; significant experience in public relation, event promotion and organization; excellent PR capacities; motivated and enthusiastic, team worker, easily adaptable, empathetic. Relevant experience with NGOs as volunteer. Lived in Italy, U.S., Germany, Spain.
    Driver’s licence: European type B-1; Dubbing: Titania School, Rome (2007 – 2008).

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