Silvia Bencivelli

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Bencivelli has a degree in medicine and surgery, as well as a masters in science communication from SISSA in Trieste. She is a scientific journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines including La Repubblica, D di Repubblica, il Venerdì, Le Scienze, Focus and Wired.

She is one of the presenters of Tutta Salute on Rai3 and has worked for Radio3 Scienza, the daily scientific programme on Radio Rai3, for more than ten years. She has taken part in Memex and Nautilus (Rai Scuola), and collaborated with Presa Diretta and Cosmo, on Rai3, and is one of the producers and hosts of Rai Scuola.

She has published several books, most recently Eroica, folle e visionaria. Storie di medicina spericolata [Visionary, Heroic, and Totally Mad. Tales of Reckless Medicine] (Bollati Borighieri, 2023), Sospettosi. Noi e i nostri dubbi sulla scienza [Suspecting: Us and Our Doubts about Science] (Einaudi, 2019), which was a quarter finalist for the Premio Estense 2020. Before that, the novel Le mie amiche streghe [My Witch Friends] (Einaudi 2017), a finalist for the Premio Chianti prize in 2018. Before that, titles include È la medicina, bellezza! Perché è difficile parlare di salute [That’s Medicine, Beautiful!: Why It’s Hard to Talk about Health] written with Daniela Ovadia (published by Carocci), which was short-listed for the Premio Galileo, and Perché ci piace la musica [Why We Like Music] (Sironi, 2007, 2012, which has been translated into three languages).

She has produced many radio series for Radio3 Rai (such as “The Universal Health Revolution” in 2018 and “Four Intellectuals Fleeing Fascist Italy,” for Lives That Are Not Yours, in 2021) and podcasts with Chora, including Space with Samantha Cristoforetti in 2022.

She collaborates with communication schools and master’s programs, as well as teaching science journalism at the Master’s program “Science in Journalistic Practice” at La Sapienza University in Rome, at the Lumsa Master’s program in Journalism in Rome and elsewhere.

Bufale, bufalicchie e mezze verità: scienza vs. giornalismo | Silvia Bencivelli | TEDxSiena

La scienza, perché? | Silvia Bencivelli