Valeria delle Cave is the person in charge of science communication at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, where she works since 2010. She coordinates activities with the mass media, operates as senior science writer, gives support to the organization of public events and participates in the definition of IIT communication strategy.
She has a degree in Physics got at University of Milan and a PhD in Science and Society earned at University of Milan and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste. During her PhD program she spent a semester as visiting student at the School of Communications of Dublin City University, in Dublin, and she attended various courses in science communication, such as the Second International Advanced Course in Public communication & Applied Ethics of Nanotechnology, in Oxford. Her research studies focused on the public discourse, risk communication and media coverage of nanotechnology. She held seminars and participated to national and international conferences about science communication and science and society studies.
In 2010 she managed dissemination activities of the European FP7 "Single Molecule Detection" project coordinated by IIT. And in 2012 she was person in charge of the WP-Dissemination for the FET Flagship proposal “Robot Companions for Citizens” (RCC) coordinated by IIT and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
She also worked as science explainer and science writer with a particular focus on the history of physics and on nanotechnology. She was author of popular science book and book chapters: “Giuseppe Occhialini e Bruno Pontecorvo”, in Scienziati d'Italia (Codice Edizione, 2011); “Nanotecnologie, tra scienza e società”, in Futuro della Terra (Utet, 2010); Giuseppe Occhialini. Biografia di un fisico italiano, (Muzzio Editore, 2009). She is currently member of the Italian association of science communicators Science Writers in Milan, in Italy (SWIM).