The 2009 edition of the "Marconi Symposium" took place in Bologna on the 9th October, the top event of the rich celebrative program for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize won by Guglielmo Marconi in 1909. During the event - organised by the Guglielmo Marconi Fellowship Foundation in collaboration with the Marconi Society and with the participation of the National Federation of the Knights of Industry, Mr. Romano Volta, chairman of Datalogic S.p.A., Knight of Industry and member of the "Marconi society" Board gave his speech.
This year the symposium, being the climax of the rich program of celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Guglielmo Marconi, aimed at discussing the theme of innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), counting on the participation of numerous scientists and businessmen, among whom indeed was Romano Volta, who have held leading roles in the actual innovation of ICT.
"I am grateful to the Board of the "Marconi Society" of which I am honoured to be a member - was Mr. Volta's introduction to his speech entitled "A World Hearing Itself: An Italian Midsummer Night's Dream" - for having chosen Bologna yet again for this important event; especially this year, which marks the hundredth anniversary of the assignment of the Nobel Prize to Guglielmo Marconi".
The chairman of Datalogic spoke of the personage of Guglielmo Marconi, "a great scientist, who did not stop at his own invention, but who skilfully excelled further, conferring continuity to scientific intuition with industrial projects, transferring awareness to the enterprise".
"As a businessman myself - Mr. Volta said - I am fascinated by his personage and above all by the perfect fusion that he expertly created between Science, Research and Industrial Application. In fact, he combined these elements with an extraordinary international foresight of business.
Mr. Volta also pointed out the topicality of Marconi, inventor and businessman, and the remarkable importance of radio communications in our daily lives: important aspects that should not be neglected by today's generations, and neither by those of the future.
"We, as businessmen - Mr. Volta continued - should be eternally grateful to this great man for what he has taught us: 100 years on, if we wish to continue developing our enterprises, we should indeed pursue the exact model that he revealed to us".
Mr. Volta ended his speech with good hopes for the economic development of Bologna and Italy, especially in these times of crisis. "Half a century ago, people and enterprises of our country, who and which grew up in a small provincial context - Mr. Volta explained - expertly made their mark around the world, creating what has been defined as the Italian miracle. This was achieved thanks to their ability to research matters that were then unknown, to communicate with faraway countries, different cultures, to create innovation, improvement and development". Faced with the heavy global crisis that the world is attempting to overcome, the chairman of Datalogic stated his hopes. "we must all get involved - he ended - to create the conditions for this micro universe under the two towers of Bologna, homeland of Irnerio, Malpighi, Luigi Galvani and Guglielmo Marconi to be able to express a renewed centrality, capable of directing the new economic dimension of our region and from here of the whole country".