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Marco Beretta

Full Professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Academic discipline: M-STO/05 History of Science and Technology

Curriculum vitae

 

  • PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Beretta, Marco

    Researcher unique identifier: orcid.org/0000-0002-4102-571X

    Date of birth: 20/09/1962

    Nationality: Italian

    Website: https://www.unibo.it/sitoweb/marco.beretta/en

    • EDUCATION

      1994

      PhD in History of Science and Ideas, Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, Sweden

      1986

      BA with honours in History of Science, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Milan, Italy

    • CURRENT POSITION

      2005 –

      Professor of History of Science, Department of Philosophy and Communication, University of Bologna, Italy

    • PREVIOUS POSITIONS

      2004 – 2012

      Vice director of the Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy

      2000 – 2005

      Associate Professor of History of Science, University of Bologna, Italy

      1995 – 2000

      Research fellow at Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy

      1994

      Research fellow at the Office of History of Science, Uppsala University, Sweden

    • FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

      2019 –

      PI of a national research project (Prin 2017) coordinating four University teams of researchers (Bologna, Cagliari, Insubria, and Pisa, Italy)

      2019

      Invited Professor at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA

      2017 –

      Co-director (with P. Brenni) of a scientific project at the Musée des arts et métiers, Paris, France

      2015

      Invited Professor at the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine, CNRS‐ENS‐Paris 1, France

      2006

      Honourable mention winner of the Dibner Award for outstanding museum work by the Society for the History of Technology (exhibit: Arts et sciences. Le verre dans l’Empire romain, Paris la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, France)

      2005

      Research fellowship of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Centre for the History of science, Stockholm, Sweden

      2001

      Invited Professor at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan

      1998

      Post rouge at the Centre de Recherche en Histoires des Sciences et des Techniques, CNRS, Paris, France

      1995 – 1997

      Research Fellowship at the Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy

      1995

      Prize for young historians awarded by the International Academy of History of Science

      1995

      Lindroth & Nordström Prize for best PhD thesis

      1992

      Research Grant, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA

      1992 – 1994

      Research Doctoral Fellowship, Office for History of Science, Uppsala University, Sweden

      1990

      Partington Prize awarded by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry for best essay in the history of chemistry (published in Ambix the same year)

      1989

      Research Fellowship awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair

      1987

      Scholarship of the Swedish Institute for research at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University, Sweden

      1986

      Scholarship awarded by the Fondazione Confalonieri, University of Milan, Italy

    • SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

      2000 – 2020

      I have supervised more than twenty Masters and PhD thesis.

    • TEACHING ACTIVITIES

      2000 – 2020

      Courses in History of Science (introduction, BA); History of Science and Technology in Classical Antiquity (advanced, MA); History of Medieval Navigation (advanced, MA); The Scientific Revolution through its Instruments (advanced, MA), Informatics and History of Science (Master in scientific museology), Material History of Science (PhD seminars)

    • ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

      2007

      The Accademia del Cimento in the European Context (1657-2007) (Museo Galileo)

      2007

      Seneca e le scienze naturali (University of Bologna)

      2006

      Lucrezio. La natura e la scienza (University of Bologna)

      2003

      Lavoisier in Perspective (Deutsches Museum)

      2002-2005

      Chair of the international network New Perspectives in the Enhancement of Scientific Heritage promoted by the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg. Four workshops were organised in Strasbourg, Ravenna (University of Bologna), Oxford, and Paris

      2001

      Reconstructing Science: Contributions to the Enhancement of European Scientific Heritage (University of Bologna)

      1998

      Informatique et Histoire des Sciences (CNRS)

      1997

      Journals and History of Science (Institute and Museum of History of Science, Florence)

      1995

      Sidereus Nuncius & Stella Polaris: The Scientific Relations between Italy and Sweden in Early Modern History (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)

    • INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

      2019 –

      Elected member of the Scientific Committee of the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy

      2016 –

      Director of CIS - International Centre for the History of the Universities and Science at the University of Bologna, Italy

      2016 – 2019

      Coordinator of PhD Programme of Philosophy, Science, Cognition, and Semiotics (PSCS), University of Bologna, Italy

      2009 – 2012

      Manager of the new website of the Museo Galileo, Italy www.museogalileo.it

      2001 – 2017

      Elected (three times) member of the Scientific Council of the Museo di Palazzo Poggi of the University of Bologna, Italy

    • REVIEWING ACTIVITIES

      2011 – 2012

      Elected member of Group of Experts for the Evaluation of Research of the ANVUR - National (Italian) Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes

      2006 – 2018

      Member of the advisory board of Science History Publications/USA

      1994 –

      Member of the Comité Lavoisier at the Académie des Sciences (Paris)

    • MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES

      2006 –

      Elected corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of Science

      1999 – 2002

      Member of the steering committee of the international association STEP (Science and Technology in European Periphery)

      Ten years track-record

      I am a prize-winning historian of science with an outstanding international reputation, reflected in my visiting professorships in France, Japan, Sweden and the US. I am the author of 6 research monographs, 23 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, 34 book chapters, and 3 editions of texts; I am the editor or co-editor of 17 collections of essays (most of which in English), the editor or co-editor of 5 exhibition catalogues, and the co-editor of 3 published data-bases. For the past 12 years I have been the editor of an international journal (Nuncius) and I am the co-editor of an international book series (Nuncius series). I have always been particularly interested in studying the history of science from different disciplinary perspectives. Since the late 1980s I have worked extensively with large scientific collections in archives, museums, and libraries. This training has brought to light three distinctive qualities in my approach to the history of science: 1. the ability to manage and organise large numbers of different types of historical sources; 2. the determination to make these resources available to the research community and the general public; 3. the devising of appropriate strategies to achieve these goals. I enjoy working as part of a team on complex projects, and have demonstrated from the beginning of my career that I am able to achieve the desired objectives.

    • TEN REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS (2011-2020) (of which I am the sole author)

      1. “Lavoisier and the French Chemical Heritage at the Musée Centennal of the Paris World Exhibition (1900)”, in M. Beretta, E. Canadelli, L. Ronzon ed., Behind the Exhibit: Displaying Science and Technology at World’s Fairs and Museums in the Twentieth Century (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2019), pp. 2-14; 2. “Names as Rewards The Ambiguous Role of Eponyms in the History of Science”, Nuncius, 34 (2019):219-235; 3. “Glassmaking Goes Public: the Cultural Background to Antonio Neri’s L’Arte Vetraria (1612)”, Technology and Culture, 58 (2017):1046-1070; 4. “Heroes, Martyrs and Saints: the Perilous Fate of Savant Relics”, in M. Beretta, M. Conforti, P. Mazzarello, ed. Savant Relics: Brains and Remains of Scientists (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications/USA, 2016), pp. 1-42; 5. “Between the Workshop and the Laboratory: Lavoisier’s Network of Instrument Makers”, Osiris, 29 (2014):197-214; 6. “Immaginare Lucrezio: note storiche sull’iconografia lucreziana”, in M. Beretta, F. Citti, A. Iannucci ed., Il culto di Epicuro: testi, iconografia e paesaggio (Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 2014), pp. 193-225; 7. “Transmutations and Frauds in Enlightened Paris: Lavoisier and Alchemy”, in M. Beretta, M. Conforti ed. Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Science (Sagamore Beach: Science History Publications /USA, 2014), pp. 69-108; 8. “Material and Temporal Powers at the Casino di San Marco (1574-1621)”, in S. Dupré, ed., Laboratories of Art (Cham: Springer, 2014), pp. 129-156; 9. “The Rise and Fall of the Glassmaker Paul Bosc d’Antic (1753-1784)”, Annals of Science, 69 (2012):375-393; 10. “The Changing Role of the Historiography of Chemistry in Continental Europe since 1800”, Ambix, 58 (2011):257-276.

    • RESEARCH MONOGRAPHS

      1. Scienza e rivoluzione: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794) (Milan: Editrice Bibliografica, 2019); 2. La rivoluzione culturale di Lucrezio (Rome: Carocci, 2015).

    • EXHIBITION CATALOGUES AND EDITIONS OF TEXTS

      1. (ed.), Icone di scienza: autobiografie e ritratti di naturalisti bolognesi della prima età moderna (Bologna: BUP, 2020); 2. Introduction and edition of Lucretius, De rerum natura, editio princeps (1472-73) (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2016).

      2019

      “Politics, Science and Display: A Geohistory of Lavoisier’s Collections (1794-1994)” STS Department (Cornell University)

      2019

      “The Material Realm of Lavoisier’s Chemistry”. Keynote speaker at the 12th International Conference in the History of Chemistry (Maastricht)

      2018

      “How Oxygen Conquered the World: Authority and Revolution in Lavoisier’s Reform of Chemical Nomenclature” (École Française de Rome)

      2017

      “The Chemical Revolution on Stage: Two Centuries of Uses and Public Exhibits of Lavoisier’s Collection of Instruments” (Centre Koyré, Paris)

      2016

      “Alchemy, Art and Manufacture in 16th Century Florentine Glassmaking” (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

      2016

      “Glass-Making Goes Public: the Cultural Background of Antonio Neri’s L’Arte vetraria (1612)” (Freie Universität Berlin)

      2015

      “Mapping Lavoisier’s Chemical Laboratories: a Preliminary Survey” (Centre Koyré, Paris)

    • ORGANISATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES (a selection)

      2020

      (co-chair of the organisation) 9th ESHS Conference “Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science” (University of Bologna)

      2019

      (co-chair of the organisation in collaboration with Centre Koyré Paris) “Gendered Touch: Women, Men, and Knowledge-Making in Early Modern Europe” (University of Bologna)

      2018

      (co-chair of the organisation) Leonardo 1939: la costruzione del mito (Museo Nazionale della Scienza Milano)

      2016

      (co-chair of the organisation) Prizes and Awards in Science before Nobel (Nobel Museum, Stockholm)

      2015

      Savant Relics: Brains and Remains of Scientists (University of Pavia)

      2014

      Fakes!? Hoaxes, Counterfeits and Deception in Early Modern Science (Museo Galileo)

      2012

      Tennis and the Scientific Revolution (Museo Galileo)

    • PRIZES AND ACADEMY MEMBERSHIP

      2018

      Franklin-Lavoisier Prize awarded by the Fondation de la Maison de la Chimie (Paris) and Science History Institute (Philadelphia) to the Comité Lavoisier

      2014 –

      Elected effective member of the International Academy of the History of Science

      2013

      Paul-Bunge-Prize awarded for my monograph The Alchemy of Glass (pub. end 2009)

    • COMMISSIONS OF TRUST

      2018 –

      Elected member of the editorial board of the Archives internationales d’histoires des sciences

      2017 –

      Editor of Storie di scienza (book series published by Editrice Bibliografica, Milan)

      2016 –

      Member of the International Advisory Board of the ERC grant AlchemEast

      2016 –

      Co-editor with Sven Dupré of Nuncius Series: Studies and Sources in the Material and Visual History of Science (Brill)

      2016 –

      Elected member of the editorial boards of Substantia: International Journal of History of Chemistry, of Nuncius and of Organon

      2015 –

      Elected member of the editorial board of Lychnos: An Annual for History of Ideas and Science

      2012 – 2016

      Member of the International Advisory Board of the project Science and Modernization in Sweden, promoted by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

      2010 –

      Member of the scientific committee of the book series Scholarly Communication (Brill)

      2010 – 2014

      Member of the co-ordinating committee of the 5-year international project Sites of Chemistry 1600-2000 promoted by the Wellcome Trust

      2008 – 2014

      Member of the International Advisory Committee of the Centre for History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm

      2005 – 2016

      Editor of Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science

    • MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE EARLY CAREER OF EXCELLENT RESEARCHERS
    • INVITED PRESENTATIONS (a selection)

    I have supervised several PhD students. Among them Matteo Martelli (recipient of an ERC consolidator grant in 2016), who was appointed full professor in 2020; Francesco Barreca, a research fellow at the Museo Galileo; Gerardo Ienna, a research fellow at the University of Venice; and Alice Graziadei (PhD 2020), who has won a scholarship at the Montessori Archive Institute in Amsterdam. I am currently supervising PhD candidates Francesca Antonelli, who works on Marie-Anne Lavoisier, and Noemi Di Tommaso, working on Ulisse Aldrovandi’s correspondence. Regarding post-doctoral researchers I am currently the co-tutor for José Beltran (Marie Curie grant, EHESS Paris – University of Bologna) and the tutor of Luca Tonetti (postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bologna).