Outreach & Community service

SEMINAR SERIES: MIT Microbial Systems Seminar

Co-organizer of the MIT (Massachusetts instute of technology) Microbial System Seminar series, with Tami Lieberman (Assistant professor, CEE) Julia Schwartzman (Postdoc, Cordero Lab). This series is organized by postdocs and graduate students at MIT with the goal of bringing together the vibrant community of researchers in the greater Boston area with shared interests in microbiology, particularly research that intersects in some way with microbial ecology and evolution.

link: https://mss.mit.edu/

SHORT DOCUMENTARY at the Global Science Film Festival

This short movie was selected for the Global Science Film Festival link for the category Scientist as Filmmakers. The movie is intended to explain the importance of bacteria in the everyday life. Power of the small: Microbes are the underappreciated movers and shakers of the world, as a visitor of a fancy restaurant learns the hard way in this short film. After he unintentionally drives the microbes to go on strike, things quickly go from bad to worse. Idea, director, script, music, camera, sound, the angry bacterium.

Davide Ciccarese, Flurin Sturzenegger ,Helmut Burgmann, Mashid Gazorpak

Teaching how to grow your own food.

Teach to anybody how to grow food to actually teach science.

I thought for more than 10 year how to grow food for multiple non-profit organizations (included WWF italy, AIAB, Legambiente italia, Oikos, ACLI) for more than a thousand of people of all the ages from 5 to 80 years old .

Besides doing science I taught to any sort of people how to grow their own food. I’m convinced that this is a great way to talk about science and more importantly to explain in a simple and effective way how the environment works. This pictures was taken at Cascina Cuccagna, a project in which I contributed to its foundation with many other dreamers. Over the last decade I’ve taught to more than a thousands* of adults and children, wrote 6 books on food and environments and founded a non-profit organization to promote the knowledge about food, agriculture, ecology and sustainability Nostrale.it (website here).

*Yes, that is the number of people that I’ve met and taught to over the last decade (3000 to be precise). The secret was working with a team of highly motivated and passionate people that helped me to transfer the knowledge. This experience is one of the main reason that guided me till today: teaching the knowledge that enable people to realize things that were only few ideas sketched on a paper.