CV: Scientific Communication Officer for ESA Exhibitions and Events


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 Date Submitted:18-10-2010
 Last Modified:04-12-2017 (09:57)
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 Current job:Scientific Communication Officer for ESA Exhibitions and Events
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
 KeywordsCommunication, event organiser, public relations, networking, problem solving, ability to work in team, multicultural approach, deep knowledge of space agencies and industries

After graduating in astrophysics, I worked for 4 years in the field of scientific research, with a special focus on planetary exploration and exobiology. During this time I also pursued a strong interest in the strategic and communication aspect of space, and I joined the Communication Department of European Space Agency in 2003. Since then I define and develop communication activities – events, exhibitions, workshops - to raise awareness about European space activities. During my professional career I developed skills and experience fundamental for this position, such as:

Knowledge of the space sector in order to interact with key players in ESA, national space agencies, European space networks, industries, research institutions and academia, science centres and museums

In depth understanding European space programmes and related scientific, technological, economic, strategic and political issues;

Strong experience in defining an efficient communication strategy to catch the attention of the public according to different target audiences (internal/external, policy makers/specialist community /students/yound generations/science ce,tres and museums/general public)

Expertise to provide content to develop communication material - printed and audio-visual - for European, and national, organisations

Ability to develop events and exhibitions in coordination with PR officers

Capacity to manage events involving various contributors (scientists, engineers, astronauts, external companies)

Expertise to make scientific & technological content accessible and easily understandable by various audiences

I am also engaged in the gender equality issues as I believe in the fundamental role of space for inspiration and women leadership :

- 2013-2016, founder and leader of the the Paris group of the international association Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E)

- since 2014, WIA-E Director for Corporate Membership

- since 2015, curator of the exhibition “Space Girls, Space Women”


Scientific Communication Officer for ESA Corporate Exhibitions & Events – Serco contractor

Main responsibilities

Coordinator of the ESA projects in partnership with Ecsite – the European Network of Science Centres and Museums - aiming to raise awareness about ESA's space missions and programmes. Topics for 2016-2018:

- Europe & ISS: Living & Working in Space

- Is there life out there?

- Climate Change: Monitoring Oceans and Atmosphere from Space

Responsible of the Ecsite Space Group activities including the organisation of annual workshops and meetings

Scientific content provider for ESA corporate exhibitions and events

External contractor for Italian Space Agency - Content provider for educational activities

Main responsibilities

Supporting ASI education team in:

Defining a new structure of the education webpage

Developing educational material – including content on astrobiology - for the mission of the ESA Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Interfacing with ESA Education representatives for the creation of ESA/ESERO (European Space Resource Education Office) in Italy

Curator of the international exhibition “Space Girls, Space Women – Space as seen by Women” developed with the French photo agency Sipa Press, in partnership of ESA, CNES, ASI, Nereus network, GSA, Cite de l’Espace, Universcience, Nereus. Inaugurated in Paris in 2015, this exhibition is traveling in Europe. I am now in charge of organisation of events to promote it and looking for the new partners -

Sept 2013-2016

Freelancer in the field of Communication & Public Outreach

Communication and International Relations Officer of Italian Puglia Region Aerospace Cluster (DTA) – Project Contract

Main Responsibilities

Coordinator of regional space activities to promote them at national and European level in the frame of the Apulia Presidency of Nereus, the Network of European regions using space technologies. Special focus: organisation of events and conferences to promote Earth Observation activities and space application.

Organiser of:

NEREUS International Conference “Space4You” to highlight the role of space services in driving competitiveness and growth; 27-28 Feb, 2014, Bari, Apulia Region, Italy

Series of regional thematic workshop on Earth Observation and applications

Key interface with European institutions, national space agencies, industries & media

Oct 2004 - Sept 2013


Freelancer in the field of Communication & Public Outreach


Scientific content provider for ESA Corporate Exhibitions and Events

Responsible for developing, managing and implementing communication and strategic projects to promote ESA activities


Co-organiser of ESA events and exhibitions for the main International Space & Air Shows (Le Bourget, Paris, France; ILA, Berlin, Germany; Farnborough, UK) and International Astronautical Federation (IAF) conferences


Interface with ESA internal PR teams to provide strategic direction to external contractors and oversee audio-visual and printed content development


Responsible to create an action strategic plan in order to establish a thematic Space working group within Ecsite in order to promote ESA space programmes through events and workshops


Social media manager, content provider & editor of ESA exhibition website

Interface with external graphics designers, production companies and the ESA web team to develop communication material for distribution via the ESA exhibitions website & social media to museums, schools & universities


Series of web TV stories “Is there life out there?”- Pilot project - Responsible of the 1st development phase concept, content and management of in collaboration with ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and supported by ESA Communication Department in 2011.



Other collaborations

Developing communication & strategic plans for scientific institutions, industries and NGOs

Project manager for communication projects to mark the 15 years of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA): content provider for the institutional brochure, flyers, video clip & website

Content provider and layout designer for the ESA website dedicated to the robotic exploration of Mars

Content provider for the EGNOS webpage of the European GNSS Agency, GSA and co-organiser of events to promote GNSS related applications

Business developer for the company 4CON – For Consultancy

Scientific advisor of the conceptual design study of DOME: a facility for Design and Optimisation of Moon/Mars Explorers developed by 4CON for ESA

Scientific content provider for the permanent exhibition “Le voyage au coeur de l’Univers” at Palais del’Univers, Dunkerque, France

March 2003-October 2004


Young Graduate Trainee, ESA-HQ

External communication: Scientific content provider, iconographic research and project coordinator with graphic designers for international exhibitions and events

Internal Communication: Co-author for the ESA’s house journal, ESAToday. Co-organizer for internal events (video-transmission, guests lectures, etc.)

Scientific content provider for ESA Corporate Exhibitions and Events

Responsible for developing, managing and implementing communication and strategic projects to promote ESA activities:

Co-organiser of ESA events and exhibitions for the main International Space & Air Shows (Le Bourget, Paris, France; ILA, Berlin, Germany; Farnborough, UK) and International Astronautical Federation (IAF) conferences

Curator of the international exhibition “Space Girls, Space Women – Space as seen by Women”

Main responsibilities:

 - Developing partnerships with ESA, ASI, CNES, GSA, Nereus, Cité de l’espace and Universcience. Coordinator the inaugural events held in Paris in 2015 at Musée d’Arts et Metiers and Observatoire of Paris 

Sept - Feb 2003

Internship in the Science Directorate, ESA-HQ, to study the relationship between planetary missions searching for life in the Solar System, the robotic-human exploration programme and the planetary protection issues

1999 - 2003

Research fellow in Planetary Science and Astrobiology

International Research School of Planetary Science (IRSPS), Pescara, Italy

Observatory of Paris-Meudon, France

University of Lecce, Department of Astrophysics, Italy;

Italian National Research Centre (CNR), Bologna, Italy.



Master: ‘Didactiques des Sciences et des Techniques’, École Normale Supérieure de Cachan-Paris, France.

Main topics: Communication, Education & Museology

June-Aug 2005

Diploma - International Space University (ISU) Summer Session, Vancouver, Canada


Master in Business Management; Confederation of regional industries of Perugia, Italy.

Main Topics: Strategy, economy, management


Master in Space Systems, Centre of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS), Padova, Italy.

Main topics: Space Systems Engineering, Technology & Space Missions.


Laurea in Astronomy, University of Bologna, Italy

Main topics: Physics, Astronomy, Planetology & Astrobiology


Italian (Mother Tongue); Fluent in French and in English

Social skills and competences

Open minded, creative & enthusiastic; Transversal interests; International team spirit; Networking

Problem solving; Engaged in the gender equality issues; Ability to communicate with different target audiences; Expertise in identify, synthesise and express priorities in a clear and simple way

In-depth knowledge of scientific institutions, space agencies, industries, science centres & museums; Deep knowledge of corporate, strategic and institutional matter ; Ability to work in network, in different countries and languages

Computer skills

Very good command of CMS systems, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and MAC0SX. Good knowledge of graphic design applications (Adobe-Illustrator & Photoshop)


La vie dans l'Univers, entre mythes et réalités, Edited by La Martiniere

The world of ESA, Editors, edited by La Martiniere


Director for Corporate Memberships & Events, Women in Aerospace Europe

Member of the Space Society Committee, International Astronautical Federation, IAF

Expert in communication for the group “Space Societies Committee” of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)


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