Franco La Cecla
He taught cultural anthropology at the University of Bologna where he currently works at the City planning Research Laboratory (Institute of Advanced Studies DAMS), Palermo University (Faculties of Letters and Philosophy), IUAV of Venice, at the University of California at Berkeley, Verona University, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, at the Universidad Politecnica de Barcelona (UPC) at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Cesano Maderno, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is a consultant of RPBW (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) and has been a consultant for Barcelona Regional regarding the impact of the project of the Tower La Sagrera on the social fabric of the city.
His work has repeatedly dealt with the theme of the organization of contemporary space between localism and globalization, addressing in particular the threshold and the borders between different cultures. He founded in 2005 in London ASIA (Architecture Social Impact Assessment), an agency to assess the social impact of the works of architecture and urban planning. In collaboration with the Bologna Cinematheque has created a five-year project of global census of the archives on Italian emigration movies. With director Stefano Savona has made several documentaries focused on Sicilian emigration in Tunisia (Sicily, Tunisia, a boundary of mirrors, 2003) and the impact of new technologies on everyday life in India (Gestualités portables, 2005) for the Centre Pompidou Paris. For special TG1 has made the documentary "The seas inside" on the fishing community of Terrasini emigrated in Gloucester, Massachusetts (2009) which won the Coast Cultures San Francisco Ocean Film Festival (February 2010).
He created and directed some festival in Sicily, GAIA, CREOLA and organized several exhibitions for Pitti in Florence, including "Perfect and Invisible, the image of children in the media."
Along with Gianni Gebbia (sax), Diego Spitaleri (piano), Giorgia Meli (voice), he has acted in "Leave Me" at the Festival of Literature in Mantua (2009). He collaboratea as a columnist with “la Repubblica”, “Avvenire”, “Il Sole 24 ORE”.
He has held numerous roles in different contexts of the entertainment industry and TV broadcasting programs (TV guest, radio conductor, actor, voice actor, playwright, director) and as institutional-food anthropologist and foodwriter.
Credited as expert in the social history of food, he is lecturer for the Association of Italian Sommeliers.
He is contract professor of “Science of food processing” and “History and evolution of gastronomy” at the USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium) at the University of Tuscia Viterbo.
He is very active in tv programming on national broadcasters: RaiUno (1999-2000), RaiTre RADIORAI and the ongoing program on Marcopolo-TV in which he recounts his own vision of Italy as “Good-to-see and beautiful to-eat”.
He has written and participated in several talk-food ranging from wine to truffles, from mineral water to extra virgin olive oil. In 2008, he staged at the University of Teramo five theater pieces on agribusiness issues.
He is Animator of international events such as Cous-Cous Fest in San Vito Lo Capo (Trapani - Sicily), the Festa del Torrone of Cremona and "Mediterraneans" in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
In the field of journalism he is managing editor of the monthly magazine BUONGUSTANDO and author of articles published in national magazines and newspapers. He is co-author of three books in collaboration: with Beppe Bigazzi "The kitchen of Common Sense" (2007 - Rai-ERI / Mondadori), with Leonardo Castellucci "Travel in Tuscany" (2008 - Florence Packaging); with Cyrus Dressed "Spices of Health (2008 - Rai-ERI-Sperling & Kupfer).
Geologist, PhD and researcher at the National Research Council, Mario Tozzi is has worked in tv programmes since 1996, first as an expert for Geo & Geo and collaborating in 2003 with the broadcasting program “Che tempo che fa”. He is also responsible for the dissemination of the works of the Italian Federation of Earth Sciences. He chaired for five years (2006 – 2011) the National Park Authority of the Tuscan Archipelago.