Kalinga Prize laureate


Stefano Fantoni

In recognition of his role to improve communication between the scientific community and the general public

Born in Taranto (Italy) in 1945, Stefano Fantoni obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. in Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa (Italy). Since 1992, he has been Professor of the Theory of Nuclear Interactions at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste (Italy) where he was responsible for launching a master’s degree in Science Communication at the School in 1994. In addition, since 2004 he has been the Director of SISSA. Fantoni has also been a visiting scientist at the Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), the Department of Physics, Koln (Germany) and visiting Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Illinois and the Jefferson Laboratory, Virginia (USA). His research areas include nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics and low temperature physics. Fantoni has authored and co-authored over 200 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. These papers have more than 1,500 citations from more than 600 other scientific articles in international literature over the past 10 years.

Fantoni has proclaimed that the popularization of science is today becoming a fundamental issue in the political strategies of the development of countries all over the world. Our modern societies, all strongly based on technological improvements, consistently demand a solid scientific and technological knowledge from those who wish to be considered citizens. Democracy cannot then be considered to be fully achieved if we cannot guarantee that the people have an understanding of the major scientific strategies as well as a high level knowledge of technological expertise. In the domain of the popularization of science, Fantoni has authored several articles in newspapers, journals and research papers on science communication; and has been the Co-Editor of more than 20 books that popularize science. He also recognizes the importance of keeping close media relations to communicate science effectively to the public, and he has made a point of collaborating with the Italian media. Fantoni has also launched a number of innovative communication tools which include a multimedia journal entitled Jekyll on Line and research work on science communication.

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