• Ariane Koek


    Ariane Koek is Science Gallery Venice’s first Director. She has a love of and expertise in imagination and creativity in arts, science and technology.  She initiated and designed  as the Founding Director for nearly 5 years  Arts At CERN  – the international interdisciplinary arts/science/technology programme based at  the world’s largest particle physics public research laboratory in Switzerland. Prior to that she was given the Clore Fellowship -  an international cultural leadership award for her work  in culture, including as an award-winning staff producer in BBC radio and television known for working across disciplines. Ariane enjoys writing about interdisciplinarity and artists and their work – with essays for exhibitions including those by  Pipilotti Rist, Goshka Macuga and Bill Fontana.  She is on the  Advisory Boards of the House of Electronic Arts (HEK, Switzerland)  Arts At CERN, and the Joint Research Council’s sci-art programme based at ISPRA, Italy.

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  • Marco Sgarbi

    Head of Project Delivery

    Marco Sgarbi (Mantua, 1982) is associate professor of history of philosophy and vice-provost for communication and development at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He is the PI of the ERC Starting Grant 2013 on "Aristotle in the Italian Vernacular: Rethinking Renaissance and Early-Modern Intellectual History (c. 1400–c. 1650)".  He has been a Jean-François Malle-Harvard I Tatti Fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies; Frances A. Yates Short-Term fellow at the Warburg Institute. He is the editor of Philosophical Readings, a four-monthly on-line journal, and of the Bloomsbury Studies in the Aristotelian Tradition. HE is part of the editorial board of Lo Sguardo, Estudios Kantianos, philosophy @ lisbon, Etica & Politica.

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  • Erica Villa

    Head of Communication and Engagement

    Erica holds a degree in Biology at the University of Padua and a Master’s Degree in Science Communication at the SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste). She has worked as (bio-med) science writer for 15 years, as freelance, for the Italian National Institutes of Health and the Ministry of Health, and now she is happily in charge of coordinating SGV communications and the Young Voices programme.

    She is a member of SWIM, the Italian association of science writers and currently works as Head of Communications and Public Engagement also at Ca' Foscari University of Venice Foundation. She is a soprano singer in the Big Vocal Orchestra, she loves to dance tango and writes short science stories for young children.

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  • Gloria Bondi

    Fundraiser and Development Manager

    Gloria graduated in Ancient Literature at La Sapienza University in Rome and holds a Master’s Degree in Classical Archeology from the same university. She has been taking care of Corporate Social Responsibility and fundraising since 2005, working both for non-profit organizations such as Telethon and for public companies such as Luxottica Group, managing local as well as international projects. Professional activities include corporate fundraising, event-planning, institutional relations and partnerships development, people engagement initiatives and development of volunteering opportunities. Previous experiences include Press Office and External Relations manager in the field of fashion and luxury goods (Swatch Group and the Italian jeweler, Bulgari).

    Gloria is a yoga addict, she travels as much as possible, loves art, music and cooking for her friends.

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