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CREF promotes original and high-impact lines of research, based on physical methods, but with a strong interdisciplinary character and in relation to the main problems of the modern knowledge society.

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The CREF was born with a dual soul: a research centre and a historical museum. Its aim is to preserve and disseminate the memory of Enrico Fermi and to promote the dissemination and communication of scientific culture.

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Ritratto di Miriam Focaccia

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Miriam Focaccia

Researcher at CREF in Rome, I collaborate with the Universities of Bologna and Sapienza of Rome. As a historian of science, my main scientific interests concern the history of scientific institutions and research laboratories between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the biographies of some protagonists of post-unification science, and the history of medicine between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries; I am also interested in the relationship between women and science in Italy starting from the 18th century.

I have been collaborating in conceiving, organising, and realising numerous historical-scientific exhibitions and events to disseminate scientific culture.

Within CREF, I coordinate the History of Physics project and the technical-scientific committee of the Enrico Fermi Museum; I am also part of the working group to implement the GEP.

In 2016 I obtained the Prize for the History of Physics and in 2021 the Prize for Scientific Communication received from the Italian Physics Society. I am part of the editorial committee of the Giornale di Fisica and Quaderni di Storia della Fisica, the Italian Physics Society magazines.

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