Silvia Rosa Brusin
The Natta and Copernicus Promoters Committee conferes the Copernicus Prize for Scientific Disclosure, 2017 edition, to Dr. Silvia Rosa-Brusin for her excellent work as a scientific disseminator of basic and applied sciences and innovative technologies. The scientific disclosure of Dr. Silvia Rosa-Brusin, with the significant and important television program Leonardo of RAI 3, allows to reach a wide spectrum of viewers, encouraging the enjoyment of important scientific and technological knowledge of different topics. The Leonardo RAI 3 broadcast, beautifully organized by Dr. Silvia Rosa-Brusin, makes simple, difficult scientific discoveries, without ever coming to the trivial. The rigor made by Leonardo favors correct information for all viewers of any cultural level. The topics chosen by Dr. Silvia Rosa-Brusin are constantly drawn from scientific literature with the highest level of impact. The many activities of Dr. Silvia Rosa-Brusin in the field of scientific disclosure, always of excellent level, allow the Jury to award the Copernicus Prize for scientific dissemination. The prize consists of a bronze of a Master of Art.
Silvia Rosa-Brusin is a Deputy Chief Editor RAI, responsible for TGR “Leonardo”. She has completed classical studies at the University of Turin, Faculty of Letters, artistic and archaeological address. She is a professional journalist since 1985. She worked for the Gazzetta del Popolo and collaborated with La Stampa and Stampa Sera. She joined RAI in 1987. In the 1992 she was part of the small pioneer group that, under the guidance of Roberto Antonetto, gave life to “Leonardo”, which is a daily newspaper of science chronicle, a unique experiment in the Italian television. She has achieved listening among the highest in the Third Network and constitutes the specialist point of reference for other RAI newsstands. In its primary task, the “Leonardo” daily design and development has been accompanied by a large amount of topics, following the most significant scientific events in the world: from genetically modified organisms, to stem cells, to gene therapy. She is specialized in the space industry, including live broadcasts from the United States, in collaboration with TG2 and TG3, for Shuttle missions. She was chosen as the only representative of Italian TV for the first visit of Western journalists after the fall of the Berlin wall to the cosmonaut training center at Zvyozdny Gorodok, Star City near Moscow, and the Baikonour cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 1995. In 2001, at the President’s residence of Castelporziano, she coordinated over the TV channel, the first dialogue between the President of the Italian Republic, Azelio Ciampi and the astronaut Umberto Guidoni, aboard the International Space Station. In the same year, for “Marconi Day”, she made a direct link between the President of the Republic and Canada on the occasion of the centenary of the first transatlantic radio broadcast. She worked on numerous “special” large monographic television broadcasts: in 2004 on the arrival of the Cassini probe around Saturn, in 2005 by Kazakhstan on the launch of the Mars Express probe in the same year by the United States on the Martian exploration adventure in 2009 about 40 years of landing on the Moon with interviews with astronauts protagonists of that epic (TG2 Dossier and TGR). In 2012, thanks to her initiative, NASA brought a digital copy of the Code of Flight of Birds and Leonardo’s Retention Book kept at the Royal Library of Turin to Mars on board the Rover Curiosity. In the wake of that event, the Foreign Ministry decided to expose the Code to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, on the occasion of the year dedicated to Italian culture in the US (2013). The Italian Embassy in Washington committed to her the official video of the event. Other “specials” in 2012, among which, live on Rai3, the arrival of Curiosity on Mars and two one-hour bouts dedicated to Italian talents abroad, “Talenti d’Italia”, produced for Rai2 in collaboration with TGR. In the same year, the European Space Agency wanted her as an official commentator for the first launch of the Vega rocket, from the French Guiana base space: a major technological challenge to Italy. In 2015, Electa Mondadori publisher edited “Earth from Space”, an original account of planet changes through satellite imagery and direct tales of scientists. Her most recent commitment (September 2017, TG2 Dossier) is the 50-minute documentary “Infiniti mondi”, the first reportage of Italian TV on the discovery of extra-solar planets. The International Astronomical Union has honored her devoting an asteroid with her surname (7396 Brusin), whereas the European Commission has asked her to coordinate several important technical meetings. She held many conferences in Italy and abroad.