Lars Becker-Larsen is a documentary director on history of physics and astronomy. Some of his productions:
- The Moving Earth (2009). The Earth is just one planet orbiting the Sun. Starting with the decisive contributions of Tycho Brahe, an account of the revolution from Copernicus to Newton, which led to a new world view and modern science. Grand Prix 2009 Torino, Best Documentary Film 2009 Vedere la Scienza Festival, Milano & Grand Prix 2009, Prague.
- The Copenhagen Interpretation (2004). Einstein and Bohr never agreed upon the weird philosophical interpretation of quantum physics, which even today divides prominent physicists. Grand Prix 2007 Vienna & Best Educational Programme 2005 The Czech Republic.
- Theory of Everything (1998). The fascinating account of how the smallest elements of nature relate to the very first moments of the Big Bang.
- The Lesson of Quantum Physics (1991). ‘We live in a participatory universe’, as we influence nature when observing it. American physicist John Wheeler summarizes the puzzling consequences of quantum philosophy.
Marco Ferraguti is professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Dipartimento di Biologia, Università degli Studi of Milano. His main research interest is reproductive biology, in particular of invertebrates belonging to several phyla by studying gametogenesis and morphogenesis, and using spermatozoa as tools for phylogenetic analyses. He has described sperm models in Priapulida, Brachiopoda, Isopoda, Gastrotricha, Rotifera and Clitellata. Hi is the author of the first description of a dicotomous spermatogonesis in annelids.
He is a teacher in the Ph. D schools of Animal Biology, Science and Society and Foundations of Life Sciences and their Ethical Consequences. He has been the European coordinator of an INTAS project and is actually the scientific coordinator of a PRIN national research project. He is the author of 75 scientific papers and eight book chapters. For then years he has been in charge of the Biological Library of the Università di Milano. Since 2002 he is one of the Editors of Zoomorphology. He is active in scientific divulgation and likes to translate scientific books.
Ilaria Guaraldi Vinassa de Regny was born in Dublin on April 10, 1963: After several year abroad, she moved to Italy where she graduated in Geological Sciences (Paleontology)with a thesis on materials provided by the Milan Natural History Museum. She had already worked with the Museum, specifically with its Education Department, and it had been love at first sight. A firm believer in the Museum education potential, she was one of the founders of Associazione Didattica Museale (Museum Education Association) in 1994, that in the following years became responsible for the Museum Education Service, to which she gave great impetus and visibility. She has been Head of Museum External Communication since 1999. She is also project leader for Paleolab and Biolab and also for the Darwin Day at the Natural History Museum. Since its beginning, she has been a promoter of the EST Project, which she has been following in all its developments. Since December 2009 she is the Head of Education and of External Relations for the Natural History Museum of Milano. In the 2009 she has been awarded with Ambrogino d’oro.
After 2 years studying Economic Sciences, he devoted to the show business for 10 years (1970-1980), in the music and radio-TV field. In 1981-1983, at France 3, he was the producer and entertainer of the weekly rock music show (about 52 minutes) L'écho des Bananes. In 1984 he established the production and post-production firm Riff International Production, for shows and broadcast design systems of shows and TV networks. His productions include: clips (Bashung, Renaud, Indochine...), broadcast design (for France 2 and France 3), and documentary movies on historical and scientific topics.
Since 1996 he was the producer of C’est Pas Sorcier, the famous French weekly scientific education show (26 minutes) for France 3, and of several audiovisuals for museums. After leaving his management position at Riff. Int. Prod., in 2007 he became member of the board of directors of AST, Association Science & Télévision, a group of 36 companies and 60 producers, and delegate general of Pariscience, the international scientific movie festival, whose sixth edition will take place at the Natural History Museum of Paris.
Research associate professor of General Pathology at University of Milan, permanent since 2002. Member of the Department of Biomolecular science and Biotechnology of the University of Milan and of the Intra-department Centre for Research on Stem cell of the University of Milan (UniStem). Member of the Doctoral school “Patologia neurodegenerativa e sperimentale”, University of Milan, coordinator Prof. Alberto Mantovani. She spent as visiting professor short period (from 9 to three months) in many international institution in the last five years. She coordinates in Italy a young research group focused on melanoma and cancer stem cell. She published 58 papers on international Journal, more than 100 proceedings and Hindex 17. She is in the editorial board of many international Journals and she was speaker at many international conferences. She has been and she is currently PI of International and National grants. She has been the coordinator of three editions of Researcher’s Nights in the FP7, all selected by European Commission (NITLAB 2007, 2008, 2009, a night in the lab) where ordinary people were involved in simple laboratories activities in a funny way (www.nitlab.unimi.it). She organized also workshop on scientific themes like as “Let’s talk of pandemia in the globalization era”.
After a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, Andrew became a journalist with the science journal Nature. He then joined the BBC and in the 1980s led a team to produce an extended Horizon on the discovery of the W particle, with a record audience, and won the Grand Prix at the Paris International Science TV Festival with What Einstein Never Knew. In 1993 he and a colleague founded Omni Communications and the PAWS venture, to bring more science into TV drama, and later EuroPAWS its pan-European equivalent. Recently, Andrew expanded PAWS to include science in all TV and New Media genres, and to raise the profile of women in science and engineering. Andrew is currently making a film on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.