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Authors: Locritani, Marina* 
Stroobant, Mascha* 
Merlino, Silvia* 
Talamoni, Roberta* 
Garvani, Sara* 
Title: A Gulf of Poets and Scientists: the experience and challenges of the Scientific Dissemination Group of La Spezia (Liguria –Italy)
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/11582
Keywords: Scientific outreach
Subject ClassificationOcean Literacy
Abstract: In the Northern part of Italy, in Region Liguria, there is a Gulf, which is known also as the “Gulf of the Poets”. Why? Because through the centuries, many famous poets, writers and artists spent their holidays or part of their life in the villages and small towns surrounding the city of La Spezia. Among the others, the poet Lord Byron and the writer Percy Bysshe Shelley together with his wife Mary, the clever creator of Frankenstein (a novel that some claim to be the first legitimate example of the genre we now call science fiction, and that maybe started during the author’s stay in the Gulf - until otherwise proven). But apart from anecdotes, indeed, the Gulf of Poets is, indeed, also a Gulf of Scientists: La Spezia (the second Ligurian most important town), has a long maritime tradition that deserves to be kept alive and cultivated within its own community.
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