The winners of Italy’s first Regional Heat held at the Città della Scienza in Naples are:

Olimpio Ritota, a high school teacher, who fascinated the judges by using a “Cartesian devil” to illustrate Archimede’s principle of density and Pascal’s law of fluid-pressure, and Maria Grazia Filippone, a doctoral student in genetics and molecular medicine, who spoke about the effects of sun radiation on unprotected skin. Both contestants have won a place at Italy’s FameLab national final which will take place in Perugia on 4 May.

The Città della Scienza our partner and venue for the Naples’ heat is home to a splendid science museum for young and old. The judging panel was comprised of Giulio Baffi, expert in theatre production, Pietro Greco, science writer and journalist and Danilo Russo, researcher in Ecology at the University of Naples.