I have teaching experience in the fields of science communication, Maths, and Physics.
Since February 2022 I have also been working as an associate editor at astroEDU, an open-access platform for peer-reviewed astronomy educational activities. Operating under the auspices of the Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), astroEDU provides educators and outreach professionals all over the world with educational activities they can freely review, distribute, improve, and remix. Read more in this press release of the OAE. The OAE has its main office at the Haus der Astronomie (Germany), an astronomy outreach center managed by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. My main duties are to support the peer review process of new educational activities submitted to the platform, to take part in the definition of the astroEDU editorial strategy, and to scout for new authors and educational activities.
I have also contributed to the translation to Italian of Big Ideas in Astronomy (see the list of Italian translators in the Team section). Big Ideas in Astronomy is a project of the OAE that presents eleven Big Ideas and expands on them through sub-ideas and additional information. It is designed with educators and astronomers in mind, to help them decide which topics they should address in their teaching, training sessions, outreach activities, or resource development. The original English version of the booklet and its translation to Italian (along with other languages) are available here.
Science communication workshop for QuantumFrontiers
I gave two workshops on science communication to members of the Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers.
The first workshop targeted the coordinators of the QuantumFrontiers research groups. It took place online on the 27th of November 2020 and focused on how to develop science communication strategies for their research groups. In particular, it included the identification of target audiences, key messages, and communication channels and formats.
The second workshop targeted early career researchers of QuantumFrontiers. It took place on 20 May 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover (Germany). The main goals were to raise the participants’ awareness of the importance of communicating their research work and to introduce them to science storytelling and techniques to share their activity in an engaging way.
The Cluster of Excellence QuantumFrontiers consists of six German partner institutions: the Leibniz University Hannover, the Technical University of Braunschweig, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. and the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity.
QuantumFrontiers explores light and matter at the quantum frontier, to merge quantum metrology and nanometrology and advance to the next level of unprecedented sensitivity and precision. Its research profits from an internationally unique infrastructure and contributes to the technological advancements of large international research collaborations in a range of fields: geodesy, quantum optics, laser science, solid-state physics, electrical engineering, gravitational physics, nanotechnology and quantum metrology.
Science communication training
I gave a workshop on science communication and dissemination strategies to researchers active in projects funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme of the European Commission.
The workshop was part of a larger training session organised by the FET2RIN European project. I gave it on behalf of the youris.com European Research Media Agency and the EFFECT European project (see the SciComm section).
The workshop took place on the 13th of December 2018 in Brussels (Belgium). It was based on the following EFFECT publication, which I co-developed as a project manager of the EFFECT initiative:
Maths and Physics teaching (2014 – 2016)
I have worked as a Maths and Physics teacher at the Ecole d’Humanité, a progressive boarding school in Switzerland. I taught students aged 16 – 20 taking the Swiss Matura Programme. My teaching philosophy is summarised in the following document: