Category Archives: Senza categoria Newsletter on Culture, Environment, Open Innovation, and Music (June 24, 2019)

In the header, a map showing the breakdown of different types of energy sources back in 1972. The original article (from the Panorama magazine, Nov. 1973) is part of the stuff-o-theque.

Apart from this, things are spinning quite fast, so I leave you with a reminder of events for the first part of the Summer, on the notes of a crazy live version of Crazy in Love.


25 – Follonica (GR) – talk by pibinko at the Meet Music national workshop (the workshop is also on June 26 and 27)

27-30 – Zselic, Hungary. BuioMetria Partecipativa at the Light Pollution Theory, Modelling, and Measurements conference.


13 Punta Ala (Tuscany), Jug Band dalle Colline Metallifere live @ Bar Polo

16 – Milano – Outreach on Light Pollution with Wim Schmidt (NL) and BuioMetria Partecipativa

20-21 Tirli, Palla eh! Tournament

24-30 BuioMetria Summer Campaign, guest starring Zoltan Kollath

27-28, Scalvaia, Palla a 21 Tournament

Darkness Conference at the Svalbard Islands, Jan. 15/16 2019: how did it go?

by Luciano Massetti – CNR IBIMET Firenze (

DARKNESS was the topic discussed during the full arctic night in Longyearbyen, the northernmost city of the world (latitude ~ 78° N), in the Svalbard Islands, North of Norway.

Foto: Luisa del Giudice

The conference had over 90 experts from 22 countries, dealing with the topic of darkness from multiple angles.

Foto: Luciano Massetti

Luciano Massetti presented the joint activities conducted by CNR IBIMET in collaboration with the Department of Biology from the University of Pisa and the BuioMetria Partecipativa project.

BMP Interview #7: Alessandro Manfrin

Q: How did your involvement in the topic of light pollution start?

A: Everything started in 2011 when I arrived at the Leibniz-Institute IGB of Berlin. In that occasion I met Dr. Franz Hölker, mind and hand of the project “Verlust Der Nacht”,  Dr. Stefano Larsen, and Dr. Michael Monaghan  that introduced me to this topic. Before that, I have to admit, as most of the people I was not aware of how light pollution can be such an important treat for ecosystems. In 2013 I applied for a Research Fellowship of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program SMART, funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission. Together with funding also provided by the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology, Germany (BMBF-033L038A) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany (FKZ 3514821700). Everything was set to start my research study on Artificial Light at Night (ALAN).

Q: you have recently authored a publication about effects of artificial light at night in Ecology (“Artificial Light at Night Affects Organism Flux across Ecosystem Boundaries and Drives Community Structure in the Recipient Ecosystem“). Could you explain in simple terms the results you obtained?

R: This study shows that ALAN not only affect insect and spider behaviour but also changes the dynamics in ecosystems. The light attracts insects, in particularly aquatic insects, from a nearby ditch, and in turn changes the predatory communities of ground-dwelling invertebrates living in the grassland underneath the lights. Here, the activity of several nocturnal spiders and harvestmen increased under ALAN, likely indirectly attracted by the increased amount of “easy prey” in proximity of the lights. ALAN potentially can change cross-ecosystem fluxes at regional and global scales considering the number of street lights along streams and rivers and along the shores of lakes and wetlands. The presence of ALAN, as important ecological threat for natural ecosystems, should be carefully considered in landscape and urban planning as well as in restoration projects.

Q: Your plans for 2018?

Photo credits: Maja Grubisic

R: I am planning to publish more research conducted during my PhD related to how artificial light affect predator-prey interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Since August 2017, I started a postdoc at the Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld, University of Trier in collaboration with the University of Duisburg-Essen where I actually work. In this new project I am focusing my research on fish communities and river restoration, planning to bring the ALAN topic also in this field where ALAN is still rarely considered in restoration actions. I will do my best. newsletter #7: MoU with CNR IBIMET and two events in Milano

This week’s English version of the newsletter works in “retrofit” mode for the events, as they took place on Tuesday in Milano, but due to lots of things moving I was not able to send it out earlier.

Yesterday, May 30, I gave a lecture at the Politecnico di Milano in the morning, followed by an evening presentation about the BuioMetria Partecipativa project at the Lucernate public library.

A substantial news for the week was the signature of a memorandum of understanding between (the small NGO through which we manage our more experimental activities) and the Italian National Research Council’s Institute of Biometeorology. To learn more about this, please check the related post.

Ten years ago, today

On May 28, 20017, in the Grosseto Province Council hall we had a press conference concerning our palla a 21 to Chicago mission. On this occasion we announced a four-team demonstration tournament (to be held on June 30, 2007), which would have represented the final event prior to the departure of our expedition to the US of A. For readers of Italian, you may check the articles published on Il Tirreno and La Nazione back then.

Heads up for next week: next even on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 4PM to 8PM in Grosseto. More information will follow, or write to if you can’t wait.
 Newsletter #6: articles on magazines and ancient ball game construction courses

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This said, the public side of this week will be quiet, in preparation for the May 30 presentations in Milano (AM at the  Politecnico and PM at the Lucernate Community Centre).

Meanwhile you can:

Also: be sure to keep an eye on, with five events coming up in June, all in Southern Tuscany (during the Summer season we will tend to roam a bit less, so you will have more opportunities of visting us in our base in the Tuscan hills.

For more information: Newsletter #5: Pisa tomorrow, and highlight for Milano at the end of the month

If you have not yet seen the summary of the “No music allowed, episode 1” event on May 9 in Torniella, you can check it out HERE.

Then, we will be waiting for you tomorrow afternoon (May 16) at the University of Pisa, close to the leaning tower. We will give a lecture from 2PM to 4PM on research, outreach, and citizen science applied to artificial light at night, and then have a “debriefing” from 6 to 2PM at la Torre del Luppolo. The presentation of the event is HERE.

You should then take note of the two presentations we will have in Milano on May 30. In a sort of “double-feature” event we will first give a lecture at the  Politecnico di Milano (from  10.30AM to noon), and then have another talk at the Lucernate Community Hall (from 8.45PM to 10.45PM). Summing these two events you should have an exhaustive view on the projects for m(‘)appare, BuioMetria Partecipativa, and for the intertwining of culture, environment, and open innovation which we have been developing for over ten years from the Southern Tuscan hills.

The presentation wll also be the opportunity to learn directly about the + , focusing on the Summer, but already including some hints for the colder months, and providing indications on how to participate in person.

Finally, I would like to recall that there are still 47 days to contribute to the  Etruschi from Lakota crowdfunding campaign, to print their third album. The campaign is going pretty well, but is not yet complete. You can see what this is about from THIS PAGE.

For more information:

Farma Valley Winter Fest – notes from Day 1


Per avviare la giornata:

Gli articoli sul Tirreno di ieri


La prima giornata del festival d’inverno sintesi:

Code di piccoli e grandi preparativi, tra la preparazione del palco per i gruppi della sera, la stampa della bozza di mappa di comunità della Val di Farma, la realizzazione di una gigantografia di dimensioni 60×80 cm dell’articolo uscito nella pagina “Cultura” del Tirreno di sabato 17 e una trasferta a Grosseto per procurare una muta di corde phosphor bronze per Peter Seeds.

I Regars e gli Officina hanno poi allietato la serata, unendo la freschezza di ventenni appassionati di Rino Gaetano all’amarcord intramontabile dei più maturi ma sempre mordaci chiusdinesi, affiancati da Stefano Lanforti di Torniella alle tastiere.

Nel pomeriggio si è manifestata un’avanguardia degli Etruschi from Lakota: Luigi Ciampini, detto Roccia, è stato paracadutato “oltre le linee amiche” verso le 18.10. Ha quindi avuto modo di iniziare a conoscere più da vicino alcuni dei personaggi della Val di Farma, distribuire a giovani e meno giovani qualche adesivo del gruppo, e avviare un profondo dibattito musicale con Peter Seeds.

La serata si è conclusa attorno alle 02.40 di domenica con un nuovo soprannome da assegnare a Luigi: Bob ha proposto di chiamarlo “Sasso” anziché “Roccia”. Durante il proseguimento dei lavori si valuterà il da farsi.

Ricordiamo gli appuntamenti rimanenti.

NB: Vale sempre l’invito a leggere la guida al Festival.


La valle, fresca ma soleggiata, vi aspetta per escursioni e passeggiate a tema libero. Per suggerimenti di itinerari, una volta arrivati potete chiedere alla Casa del Chiodo a Piloni, o al Bar la Combriccola di Torniella.

Dalle 16 circa sarà possibile visitare la sala musica della Banda di Torniella dove, in parallelo al sound check dei gruppi del pomeriggio, alcuni componenti della banda saranno felici di raccontare la storia passata e recente di questa interessante realtà, attiva dal 1887.

Alle 18 si comincia con la musica, e dalle 21 si terranno, in parallelo a eventuali sessioni musicali improvvisate che si potrebbero sviluppare:

la presentazione della mappa di comunità della Val di Farma
la consegna dei buiometri
le anticipazioni sul calendario 2017 di e delle altre realtà associative operanti sul territorio (e qualche nota su come sostenere queste realtà).


Un programma più rifinito sarà pubblicato lunedì mattina, dato che vogliamo tener conto dell’andamento della domenica.
Si prega quindi di fare riferimento per il momento alla locandina ufficiale del festival, con l’aggiunta alle ore 19 di lunedì di una sosta di un’oretta bòna (o “di un’oretta, bòna”) al Caffé Ricasoli di Grosseto, eccezionalmente aperto di lunedì e con addobbi natalizi che fanno concorrenza a Macy’s di New York,

Comunicazione di servizio

Roccia è quasi senza benzina. A meno che non decida di stabilirsi in Val di Farma dopo questa esperienza, lunedì dovrà prima o poi tornare verso Castelnuovo Val di Cecina con il suo mezzo. Se qualcuno avesse voglia e tempo di procurare una tanichetta da 5 litri e portarcela, gli si paga e intanto noi ci si concentra sui preparativi della giornata.


p.s. la cosa che più mi ha colpito: l’espressione, tra l’incuriosito e l’attento, di chiunque abbia visto leggere gli articoli a pag. 23 del Tirreno….che ora sono anche disponibili online: vedi

p.p.s. a fine festival seguirà foto reportage