• 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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  • Erica Villa

    Science Communications Manager

    Erica graduated with a degree in Biology at the University of Padua and completed her Master’s Degree in Science Communication at the SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), Trieste. She has worked as cultural mediator for the UNESCO project “La Navigation du Savoir” in Villefranche-sur-mer (France), where she had previously spent a year as undergraduate oceanography researcher. After her master’s degree she worked for Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, a scientific and medical well known publishing house. She also worked in the press and communication office of the Italian National Institutes of Health and of the Italian National Transplant Centre, part of the Ministry of Health. She is a member of SWIM, the Italian association of science writers and currently works as communications manager both at Science Gallery Venice and at the Management Department of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She is a soprano singer in the Big Vocal Orchestra, loves to dance tango and writes short science stories for young children.

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