Mr. Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini

President, Atomium Culture

Michelangelo Baracchi Bonvicini was born in London and grew up in Italy, where he completed his classical studies. He graduated in History at the University of Bologna. After pursuing journalism within the field of foreign correspondence, which brought him to Kosovo and Albania (1999), Israel and Palestine during the second Intifada (2002), Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran (2003), he dedicated himself to historical research, with special attention given to the European issues.

Scholar of European integration, his latest research on the subject is on the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe where the accounts of the meetings with the President of the European Convention Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and with the Italian Vice President Giuliano Amato are included (2003-2004); a comparative study on the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe and the Constitution of the United States of America (2004); the reconstruction policy of Republican Italy, with special reference to the political -and European Policy- thinking of Alcide De Gasperi, where his interviews with the Italian Senator Giulio Andreotti are included (2005).

From 2006 to 2009, together with the current French Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire, he promoted and coordinated a start-up for an independent european and non-profit platform that saw the engagement of some of the most authoritative universities, media and businesses in Europe. In November 2009, during the first conference held at the European Parliament, he publicly launched Atomium – EISMD together with the Honorary President Giscard d’Estaing and the leaders of the institutions engaged. Baracchi Bonvicini and Giscard d’Estaing were awarded, in 2011, the medal “Plus Ratio Quam Vis” from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow for “their contribution to the European academic community by founding Atomium”.

Currently is President of Atomium – EISMD and, together with President Giscard d’Estaing, Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of REIsearch, a non-profit European initiative co-funded by the European Commission, Nokia, Elsevier, and other Atomium partners. REIsearch intends to demonstrate how a technological tool, coupled to a broad network of leading media, research institutions, researchers, civil society organisations, and citizens, can help policy makers to make better use of current scientific research.