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Science journalist


I have reported on current science news in Italy since the early 90's. My main work is for weekly periodicals, in particular Science - typical issues might be science policy, eg the annual science budget, changes on the university scene, approval of major science facilities, as well as news about the latest discoveries.

I have also written many papers, reports and documents for bodies such as the United Nations and several national research laboratories.


Science reporting and writing

  1. Biggin S. A Cognitive Map of Human Change. Report presented at Industrialists' Meeting, Milan, 25 May 1991 (EEC Project)
  2. Biggin S. International Centre for Science and High Technology in the Context of European Co-operation, Trieste, ICS-PY-IR-07-91
  3. Biggin S, Faustoferri S. Plan of Action for Science, Technology, and Industry for the Mediterranean and the Middle East, UNIDO-UNESCO, Trieste, Spring 1991
  4. Biggin S, Belsasso F. Elettra - the giant microscope, AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., Oct 1991
  5. Biggin S. New Academy of Sciences emerges in the CIS. AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., March 1992
  6. Biggin S. Molecular choreography key to green combustion. AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., March 1992
  7. Biggin S, Cabrini F. Research and the recession. AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., June 1992
  8. Biggin S. Optical codes open networks to thousands. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1992
  9. Biggin S. European synchrotron - ground-state worries in Grenoble. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1992
  10. Biggin S. Synchrotron beamlines open as plans are laid for repairs. Nature, 5 Nov 1992
  11. Biggin S. Devaluation undermines Italy's budget. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1992
  12. Biggin S. INFN's new supremo. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1992
  13. Biggin S. The seeds of success? - Science parks in Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1993
  14. Biggin S. Synchrotron source seeks new funds. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1993
  15. Biggin S. Chemists and astronomers follow physics trail. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1993
  16. Biggin S. Italy's research council wrangles. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1993
  17. Biggin S. Nuclear proliferation denied. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, March 1993
  18. Biggin S. Scientists rebuff government. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1993
  19. Biggin S. Petroglyph of a protection racket. Geographical, BBC, Royal Geog. Soc. Centurion, May 1993
  20. Biggin S. Chaos needed for better accuracy. Geographical, BBC, Royal Geog. Soc. Centurion, June 1993
  21. Biggin S. Quick-step in Rome. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1993
  22. Biggin S. Grants go begging in Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1993
  23. Biggin S. Corruption probe tarnishes Elettra. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1993
  24. Biggin S. Opto board bridges the gap from CCD to micro. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1993
  25. Biggin S. Europe seeks to bolster science in the former Soviet Union. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1993
  26. Biggin S. Problems multiply in former Yugoslavia. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1993
  27. Biggin S. Three go parallel computing in Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1993
  28. Biggin S. An end to Italy's wagging tongue. Geographical, BBC, Royal Geog. Soc. Centurion, Oct 1993
  29. Biggin S. Theorists nucleate around Trento. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1993
  30. Biggin S. Virgo gets go-ahead. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1993
  31. Biggin S. Italy's research agencies feel the heat. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1993
  32. Biggin S. Physicists win Italgas prize. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1993
  33. Biggin S. Tuscan Artist with Optic Glass – The Influence of Galileo on John Milton. Proc. Congress Galileo Revisited, UNESCO, Venice, 12-13 Sept 1991. UNESCO, 1993, Prometheus, Nov 1993
  34. Biggin S. Italian universities feel the pinch. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1993
  35. Biggin S. Take that to the bank. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1993
  36. Biggin S. UNESCO to protect Dolomites. Geographical, BBC, Royal Geog. Soc. Centurion, Dec 1993
  37. Biggin S. Italy looks back to the future. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1994
  38. Biggin S. SAX gets thumbs up. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1994
  39. Biggin S. Bosnian bear refugees head for Italy. New Scientist, 12 Feb 1994
  40. Biggin S. Electro-optics spin-offs for industry. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1994
  41. Biggin S. Italy focuses on research overhaul. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1994
  42. Biggin S. Five-year nuclear plan agreed. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1994
  43. Biggin S. Italy's empty space. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, March 1994
  44. Biggin S. Psicologia, ergonomia e l'ambiente industriale. AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., April 1994
  45. Biggin S. Move from basic research expected in Italy. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 1, 13 April 1994
  46. Biggin S. Italy still waiting for election results. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1994
  47. Biggin S. Hot stuff? Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1994
  48. Biggin S. New chairman for Italian physics committee. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 6, 6 May 1994
  49. Biggin S. Italian research minister appointed. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 7, 12 May 1994
  50. Biggin S. Italy's space science shake-up. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 8, 18 May 1994
  51. Biggin S. Italy's space filled. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1994
  52. Biggin S. Situations vacant. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1994
  53. Biggin S. VIRGO gravity wave detector meets local objections. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 10, 8 June 1994
  54. Biggin S. New head for ICTP announced. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 12, 17 June 1994
  55. Biggin S. Small satellite missions. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1994
  56. Biggin S. New science chiefs take over. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1994
  57. Biggin S. Italian research ministry publishes PhD figures. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 16, 7 July 1994
  58. Biggin S. INFM awarded high status. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 17, 13 July 1994
  59. Biggin S. Italy hots up. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1994
  60. Biggin S. Civil war threat to Croat world heritage site. Geographical, BBC, Royal Geog. Soc. Centurion, Aug 1994
  61. Biggin S. Laser design tailors bandgap behaviour. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1994
  62. Biggin S. A matter of status. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1994
  63. Biggin S. Imbroglio in Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1994
  64. Biggin S. Axe falls on science in Italy again. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 18, 4 Oct 1994
  65. Biggin S. Italians get stars in their eyes. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1994
  66. Biggin S. Degrees of change in Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1994
  67. Biggin S. New orbit for radar specialist. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1994
  68. Biggin S. Italian astronomers seek firm funding. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 2, 11 Nov 1994
  69. Biggin S. Corruption scandal reaches academe. Science, 11 Nov 1994
  70. Biggin S. Do we really need the universe? New Scientist, 26 Nov 1994
  71. Biggin S. Cruise round a dead Italian's head. Audio Visuality, Nov 1994
  72. Biggin S. Newly computerised library at your service. ICTP Newsletter, ICTP publication, Nov 1994
  73. Biggin S. Energy agency faces uncertain future. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1994
  74. Biggin S. New-broom budget. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1994
  75. Biggin S. Italy keeps EMBL anxiously waiting. Science, 16 Dec 1994
  76. Biggin S. Italian astronomers look to join forces. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1994
  77. Biggin S. Informatics Special, AR (Area di Ricerca) Research and Technol., Trieste, 11/12, Dec 1994
  78. Biggin S. Italy will stay in European consortium. Science, 6 Jan 1995
  79. Biggin S. Italian committee loses its balance. Science, 20 Jan 1995
  80. Biggin S. The rise of the technocrats. Science, 27 Jan 1995
  81. Biggin S. Physicist new Italian science minister. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 15, 2 Feb 1995
  82. Biggin S. So you want promotion? Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1995
  83. Biggin S. Italian docs for the chop. Science, 3 March 1995
  84. Biggin S. Attacking corruption in academe. Science, 10 March 1995
  85. Biggin S. Fresh designs for Italy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, March 1995
  86. Biggin S. New director for ICTP. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 21, 3 April 1995
  87. Biggin S. Cold fusion? Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 24, 24 April 1995
  88. Biggin S. Mount Graham Telescope (contributing author). Science, 5 May 1995
  89. Biggin S. Italian space science needs more money. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 27, 18 May 1995
  90. Biggin S. ENEA. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1995
  91. Biggin S. Funding reform fights on against. researchers' apathy. Science, 30 June 1995
  92. Biggin S. Parliament's latest plans for Italian space agency. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 32, 30 June 1995
  93. Biggin S. Power computing in Italy. Scientific Computing World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1995
  94. Biggin S. Robots gain new freedom thanks to mirror chains. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1995
  95. Biggin S. Medical laser centre for Florence. OLE - Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1995
  96. Biggin S. Science minister addresses space shortage. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1995
  97. Biggin S. Head of Italian space agency named. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 35, 21 July 1995
  98. Biggin S. Italy to build ‘world's most powerful supercomputer’. Physics World Electronic News, Inst. Phys. UK, No. 36, 28 July 1995
  99. Biggin S. Italy's scientific supercomputer shows Europe the way. Scientific Computing World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1995
  100. Biggin S. New projects hope to solve national crisis. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1995
  101. Biggin S. Etruscan tablet interpreted. Science, 18 Aug 1995
  102. Biggin S. New face for space. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1995
  103. Biggin S. Jam tomorrow? Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1995
  104. Biggin S. New Supercomputer for Italy. Scientific Computing World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1995
  105. Biggin S. Hackers. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1995
  106. Biggin S. Italy overlooks new institute. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1995
  107. Biggin S. University appointments scandal widens. Science, 10 Nov 1995, p909
  108. Biggin S. University issues. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1995
  109. Biggin S. Small missions. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1995
  110. Biggin S. Rubbia upsets greens. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1996
  111. Biggin S. CNR. OLE – Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1996
  112. Biggin S. Science plays minor role on political stage. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1996
  113. Biggin S. Fate of tether hangs by a thread. Science. 1 March 1996
  114. Biggin S. Calls to cut international collaboration. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, March 1996
  115. Biggin S. Swiss plan next-generation x-ray source. Science, 26 April 1996
  116. Biggin S. Tether. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1996
  117. Biggin S. ECT3*. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1996
  118. Biggin S. Venice in peril. Analysis Europa, Royal Society of Chemistry, April 1996
  119. Biggin S. A second spell in the science hot seat. Science, 24 May 1996
  120. Biggin S. NOSNOM. OLE – Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1996
  121. Biggin S. Italian Space Agency head end term with a bang. Science, 28 June 1996, p.1867
  122. Biggin S. X-ray satellite takes off. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1996
  123. Biggin S. Another 48 hours. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, June 1996
  124. Biggin S. Embryo report opens old wounds. Science, 12 July 1996, p177
  125. Biggin S. Italians make a clean breast of smog problem. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1996
  126. Biggin S. Snap judgement. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1996
  127. Biggin S. National telescope for Italy. Physics World. Inst. Phys. UK, July 1996
  128. Biggin S. New Italian Space Agency head. Random Sample. Science, 9 Aug 1996
  129. Biggin S. Minister targets corruption and inefficiency. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Aug 1996
  130. Biggin S. Rubbia leaves Elettra. ScienceNow, 17 Oct 1996
  131. Biggin S. Bologna blooms. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1996
  132. Biggin S (contributing author). The Vatican's position evolves. Science, 1 Nov 1996, p717
  133. Biggin S. Naples Science City. Science, 1 Nov 1996, p727
  134. Biggin S. Naples - New science park. ScienceNow, Nov 1996
  135. Biggin S. Italy digs deep for success. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Nov 1996
  136. Biggin S. Darwin rehabilitated. ScienceNow, Nov 1996
  137. Biggin S. Italian Space Agency update. ScienceNow, 2 Dec 1996
  138. Biggin S. Renewal for European space science. Science, 6 Dec 1996, p1599
  139. Biggin S. Genetic engineering lab to open in Padua. Science, 20 Dec 1996, p2017
  140. Biggin S. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Activity Report (ICGEB, UNIDO, Trieste, Italy), Dec 1996
  141. Biggin S. Long-term plans for Italian science. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1996
  142. Biggin S. Holography in space science. OLE – Opto & Laser Europe, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1997
  143. Biggin S. Internet science prize. Science, 28 Feb 1997, p1271
  144. Biggin S. ENEA's new approach pays off. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1997
  145. Biggin S. Fingering ancient Greek potters. Science, 7 March 1997, p1425
  146. Biggin S. New CNR head for Italy. ScienceNow, 25 March 1997
  147. Biggin S. Reform begins with new CNR head. Science, 28 March 1997, p 1871
  148. Biggin S. Program funding, Italian style. Science, 11 April 1997, p191
  149. Biggin S. Italy invests in hadron therapy. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1997
  150. Biggin S. Gamma surprise. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, April 1997
  151. Biggin S. What Carlo did next. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1997
  152. Biggin S. Boost for amplifier. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, May 1997
  153. Biggin S. Genome pioneer Dulbecco to quit Italy for United States. Science, 6 June 1997, p1487
  154. Biggin S. New rules provoke scramble for funds. Science, 4 July 1997, p27
  155. Biggin S. Global network for seismic data. Sci. Comp. World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1997
  156. Biggin S. Government funds for universities stop halfway. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1997
  157. Biggin S. Concerns raised over shift to applied science. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, July 1997
  158. Biggin S. Power could be seized from research council. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1997
  159. Biggin S. Albania votes in physicist. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Sept 1997
  160. Biggin S. Crisis over for Italian Space Agency. Science, 24 Oct 1997, p567
  161. Biggin S. Italy opens particle factory. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Oct 1997
  162. Biggin S (contributing author). Pope builds telescope to find God. Sunday Times, 14 Dec 1997
  163. Biggin S. Renaissance for Italian AIDS program. Science, 19 Dec 1997, p2061
  164. Biggin S. Papal eye on the sky. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1997
  165. Biggin S. Salam honoured. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Dec 1997
  166. Biggin S. An end to red tape. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK. Jan 1998
  167. Biggin S. Space agency thinks small. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Jan 1998
  168. Biggin S. The survival of science - Amaldi in the second world war. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK. Feb 1998
  169. Biggin S. Cuts, cuts and more cuts - the 1998 budget. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK, Feb 1998
  170. Biggin S. Biggin S. Italian university appointments. Science, 31 Jul 1998, p625
  171. Biggin S. Biggin S. Reforms at final stage under new minister. Science, 30 Oct 1998, p855
  172. Biggin S. UNDP Innovative Technologies. Summer 1999
  173. Biggin S. The Linux revolution? News from ICTP, newsletter (ICTP-UNESCO), no. 89, Summer 1999
  174. Biggin S. Shook up. News from ICTP, newsletter (ICTP-UNESCO), no. 90, Autumn 1999
  175. Biggin S. Last chance lagoon. New Scientist, 25 Nov 2000, pp48-51
  176. Biggin S. MOSE advances. Science, 21 Dec 2001, p2451
  177. Biggin S. Anger in Italy. Science, 11 Oct 2002, p341
  178. Biggin S. Budget protest in Italy. Science, 17 Oct 2003, p371
  179. Biggin S. Scientists angered by new curriculum. Physics World, Inst. Phys. UK. June 2004, p8
  180. Biggin S. Italy hosts a climate research centre. Science, 24 Dec 2004, p2171
  181. Biggin S. Rescue for Italian synchrotron, Science, 28 Jan 2005, p497
  182. Biggin S. Research boost for Italy's South, Science, 4 Mar 2005, p1389
  183. Biggin S and Pasotti J. Italian science agency gets revamp, Science, 11 Mar 2005, p1543
  184. Biggin S. Universities and institutes face industrial revolution, Science, 1 Apr 2005, p35
  185. Biggin S. Venice plans sublagoon tube, Science, 22 Apr 2005, p492
  186. Biggin S. Cloned racehorse in Italy, Science, 29 Apr 2005, p628
  187. Biggin S. Iron-age shoe, Science, 23 May 2005, p800
  188. Biggin S. Italian universities raise their fists, Science Next Wave, 3 June 2005
  189. Biggin S. Carlo Rubbia dismissed from energy agency, Science, 22 July 2005, p542
  190. Biggin S. Italy scorches climate change researchers, Science, 12 Aug 2005, p1010
  191. Biggin S. Government wins fight to modernize academic appointments, Science, 4 Nov 2005, p761
  192. Biggin S. CNR reform moves ahead, but critics cry foul, Science, 31 Mar 2006, p1849
  193. Biggin S. Italian voters ponder science, Science, 06 Apr 2006, p37
  194. Biggin S, Lawler A. Iraq antiquities find sparks controversy, Science Now, 10 Apr 2006
  195. Biggin S. Iraq antiquities find sparks controversy, Science, 14 Apr 2006, p173
  196. Biggin S. A clean slate, Science, 9 Jun 2006, p1469
  197. Biggin S. Movers - Trouble in Italy, Science, 10 Nov, 2006, p903
  198. Biggin S. A microcosm of high-Tc opportunities, ScienceCareers, 17 Nov 2006 also in Special feature: high-Tc superconductors - boom or bust
  199. Biggin S. Italy's research crunch: election promises fade, Science, 24 Nov 2006, p1237
  200. Biggin S. Link through Newsmakers – Back in the fold: Carlo Rubbia dismissed from energy agency, Science, 23 Feb 2007, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5815.1061b
  201. Biggin S. Italian research shakeup pending, ScienceCareers, Science, 9 March 2007
  202. Biggin S. Newsmakers, Movers: Qualified, Science, 11 Jan 2008, p141
  203. Biggin S. Newsmakers, Science and Society: A new lens. Science, 9 Jan 2009, p191
  204. Biggin S. Ousted Italian Space Agency Head in Race for E.U. Parliament, ScienceInsider, Science, 22 May 2009


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