G.iovanna Lucia Piangiamore, born 46 years ago in Catania, is a researcher at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. She has a degree in Geology, a doctorate and a master in Geophysics, then a master in Institutional Communication of Science, she led her to organize scientific events on sustainable life choices for the protection of the territory and of those who live there. You are also involved in projects to educate children and young people to reduce natural risks (floods, landslides, earthquakes). Among these is the active path of discovery It’s raining ideas!, dedicated to climate change and hydrogeological risk. He is the referent of the Geophysical Museum of Duronia (Campobasso).
«When I wake up everything is ready from the night before for the“ family ”breakfast and before leaving I quickly arrange the house and prepare lunch for the husband and son. Then, by car, I go to Lerici to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), listening to music. My moment of relaxation. Antistress effect amplified by imagining the sea at sunset in Marina di Palma (Agrigento). I go back every summer ».
«Drawing up research plans and finding funding: that’s what I do. In addition to keeping in contact online with colleagues from other INGV offices. Of the four projects I am now following, one is the mapping of Central Italy to assess in real time the risk of disruptions or blackouts in the event of geomagnetic storms. Another is based on what is known about remote or more recent earthquakes and tsunamis and will allow people connected with a virtual reality device to experience the sensations. Part of my job is also participating in scientific reviews, such as La Planet Earth Week which has just affected the whole country with over 100 events. Or the Genoa Science Festival ongoing until November 1st. I speak to the citizens of territorial protection and security ».
«I burn my lunch break by eating a sandwich while I take a walk with my colleagues from Cnr and Enea. Eating together helps to get to know each other but also to develop new ideas ».
«The afternoon is dedicated to the communication strategies of the Institute’s projects. One of these is Future Responsible Citizens 2.0, a path aimed at Sicilian schools of all levels, for a multidisciplinary training on environmental sustainability. It is a project born and raised during the pandemic, which was reported at the Basile Award (dedicated to trainers) in 2021 and 2022. Creativity also means finding new tools to train children. An example? Video games. We have produced a new adventure of the GeoQuest video game that develops scientific knowledge of climate phenomena in children aged 13 to 18. For the same purpose we are designing a board game integrated with the videogame ».
“Family reunited for dinner. I love to cook but I only have time to do it right on weekends. The most successful dishes? Eggplant caponata or vastedda cu ‘sambucu, a savory pie made with elderflower, eggs, Sicilian tuma and local cured meats. After dinner my husband and I watch TV with my son or read something with him ».
“My evening begins. After a phone call to my parents in Sicily I relax by watching some series on TV, usually thrillers. But I also like those with a scientific theme: how Da Vinci’s Demonswhich tells with a little imagination the great Leonardo as a young man, in his genius and humanity ».
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