Dr. Luciano Onder

The Organizing Committee of the Awards Natta and Copernicus gives, for the 2016 edition, the Copernicus Award for the scientific disclosure to Dr. Luciano Onder for his strong work of popular science producer dedicated to medical and food sciences. The science disclosure activity exerted by Dr. Luciano Onder with the famous and popular transmission Medicine 33 of RAI2 enabled a widespread dissemination of medical and food sciences at the popular level. The scientific rigor employed by Dr. Onder allowed to maintain a high level, without losing contact with the general public. Topics covered by Dr. Onder have always been extremely updated, and at the same time showed great cultural and social commitment. The different activities of Dr. Onder in science disclosure represent a whole excellent work, and have the merit of having achieved a significant fraction of the television audience with themes dedicated to health. The Award consists of a bronze statue of Maestro Carlo Zoli.

Luciano Onder (born in Rome July 11th, 1943) is an Italian scientific journalist.
From 1981 to 2014 he has directed the medicine television programme ‘Medicina Trentatrè’, realized for RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana, the Italian national public broadcasting company. He was appointed deputy director of Tg2 in 2002 and was director of Tg2 Salute. Since 2014 he has been working for the main Italian private television group Mediaset, producing news for Canale 5 newscast TG5.
He graduated in 1964 in modern history with Renzo De Felice, he was teaching professor at the La Sapienza University in Rome. He began his experience in RAI working with Sergio Zavoli at the TV series ‘Nascita di una Dittatura’ that described the origin and causes of fascism in Italy. He also collaborated in the production of other history television series broadcasted by RAI including ‘Gli anni del consenso in Italia: 1936-39’ and ‘Svastica. Le origini del nazismo’.
From 2002 to 2008 Onder directed the TV channel ‘Explora’. The channel was aimed at disseminating scientific knowledge and it was produced by RAI in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and with the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR). He was member of the board of the Committee for Biotechnology of the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri (The Presidency of the Council of Ministers) and of the Ethics Committee of the Catholic University – Faculty of Medicine.
Based on a study carried out by RAI, ‘Medicina Trentatrè’, directed by Luciano Onder for more than 30 years, was the most popular and appreciated scientific programme in tv, having a key role in the medical education and empowerment of Italian television viewers. Many medical themes were addressed by this programme involving national and international experts: ‘Medicina Trentatrè’ was the first television programme to deal with AIDS in Italy at the beginning of the ’80s.
On March 2014 he received the Honoris Causa Degree in Medicine by the University of Parma.
Working for the TG5 news from 2014, he has directed the programmes ‘TG5 salute’ and ‘La salute prima di tutto’. He also directs the scientific programme ‘La casa della salute’ for San Marino broadcasting company (San Marino RTV).