Category Archives: International

Apr. 13, 2020:Participatory Geology project in time of Covid-19 | Italy

An article on Participatory Lithology for the Culture360 site of the Asia-Europe Foundation:

Note: the article was sent to ASEF on March 25, so it does not account for various developments occurred over the following couple of weeks, but it is perfect as an introduction.

For updated news:

Lithology: Public and Geologists Collaborate (Science Connected, Apr. 13, 2020)

An article by Andrea Giacomelli (pseudonym used by Jack O’Malley when he plays as environmental engineer) about the Participatory Lithology project, written for Science Connected Magazine:

Per more information:

Participatory Lithology presented on

S+T+ARTS is a European Union initiative focused on the promotion of projects where science, technology, and arts are integrated to raise awareness of the societal challenges and global concerns we are facing (see the site for details). published an article about participatory lithology, presenting it as ” a rocky initiative launched by network” (and with the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band side of our project we are honoured about the “rocky” reference).

The article is availavble from this link.

For more information: or

#art&technology: The Metalliferous Hills Jug Band from Southern Tuscany (

An article written for the Asia-Europe Cultural Foundation by Jack O’Malley, setting the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band (i.e.Jug Band Colline Metallifere) in the “arts & technology” stream, and some personal anecdotes.

The article is available here.

For more information on the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (and to inquire for a performance): or (site in English, Italian, and German)

Nov. 21, 2018: brief Talk on bottom-up Activities at the Workshop on Citizen Science and Environmental Monitoring: Benefits and Challenges

A one-page presentation of the network activities, in particular with reference to the collaboration with the Farma Valley, Tuscany, communities and the Metalliferous Hills Jug Band was included in the scene setting presentations of a workshop on Citizen Science and Environmental Monitoring: Benefits and Challenges held on Nov. 21-22 at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.

You will find the slide at the end of a long but interesting series on this page, or -if you are in a hurry- in the screenshot below. You may also check out the 2018 activity summary (4-page PDF), if you would like to learn more.

Thanks again to Marina Manzoni for the invitation.

Interview for “The Florentine” on the 2012 flooding in Albinia (Southern Tuscany)

theflorentine-allIn early 2013, following a talk I gave in Manciano, Southern Tuscany, on Mapp(ear)ing Maremma in December 2012, I was contacted by The Florentine to answer some questions about a recent flooding event in Albinia, a small village in the plain of the Albegna river.

Initially I was surprised of being contacted to talk about hydrogeologic hazards and extreme event mitigation, on the basis of a presentation where I was talking about participatory mapping and light pollution. Nevertheless, I went back to my notions about “water flowing without pipes”, as I call Hydrology, and I gave my fair input to the magazine.

The interview is available online (I found out in June 2015), and is called: Water, water, water everywhere