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Last updated at 12:57 (UK time) 15 Oct 2010

Giovanna Tinetti

Giovanna Tinetti

Giovanna Tinetti is a widely respected Astrophysicist.

Originally from Italy, she has worked in both the US and Europe and is now a lecturer at University College London (UCL), an institution which attracts some of the best scientists from around the world.

She believes the UK’s ability to harness the best from the past whilst looking to the future has created the perfect conditions for great scientific innovation.

In her See Britain short film Giovanna talks about how much she enjoys working for both UCL and the Royal Society. Giovanna recalls trips to the Society where portraits of great scientists like Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Boyle adorn the walls, willing on the subsequent generations of scientists who have followed them.

Moving to the UK she was immediately struck by how international and open the culture was. She believes the UK’s multicultural society helps attract talent from all over the world and its meritocratic culture helps ensure people are rewarded for hard work.

Giovanna finds the UK university model strikes the right balance between competition and co-operation. All this creates a stimulating working environment and as a result she says she would be happy to stay in the UK for the rest of her career.

Giovanna boasts an impressive CV. She studied at the University of Turin and was awarded her PHD in 2001. Since that time she has enjoyed fellowships at the European Space Agency and NASA among others.  Her work has attracted considerable interest amongst the science community and she has won numerous awards.

The Italian Society of Physics awarded her the best young Italian physicist in 1999 she went on to win many prizes over the next decade culminating in 2009 with the NASA Group Achievement Award alongside colleagues Mark Swain and Gautum Vasisht .

Giovanna has lectured at University College since 2007/08 and is invited to speak at and attend conferences around the world.

Giovanna is also a research fellow at the Royal Society, one of the world’s oldest scientific academies that has its home in the UK. The institution marks its 350th anniversary this year but its work is as important and relevant as ever.

The Royal Society is a fellowship of around 1450 individuals representing all areas of science, engineering and medicine and forming a global scientific network of the highest calibre. 

Its purpose is to expand knowledge; support science and guide policy in the UK, Commonwealth and across the world; and to champion the development and use of science, mathematics, engineering and medicine for the benefit of all across the world, including industry.

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