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The video promotes the European Project CLOMMUNITY, lead by Marco Zennaro and Ermanno Pietrosemoli at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste. Video by Nicole Leghissa, graphics and motion graphics Ambhika Samsen, music by Luca Ciut. 



What would a world be like in which my geographical community or my community of interest could have access to information and IT applications and services stored on line in a cloud system?


A video by Nicole Leghissa promoting the European Project TREGA. Graphics: Ambhika Samsen. Motion graphics: Ernesto Zanotti.
Produced by Hyphae and commissioned by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).


Getting lost is a problem of the past, thanks to the growing use of radio signals from satellites from navigation. The newest Europe’s contribution to precise positioning is EGNOS – the first pan-European satellite navigation system. Better safety and efficiency are urgently needed in the African aviation sector. To that end the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and the European Commission teamed upper a joint educational project.


TWAS-CAS Centres of Excellence

Young scientists from the developing world find advanced research and valuable career opportunities at five Centres of Excellence organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and TWAS. A video by Nicole Leghissa, motion graphics by Fabio Bressan, produced by Hyphae with the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 


The video scans some of Beijing’s historic and contemporary settings and visits each of the five centres. Along the way, Nicole interviews CAS faculty leaders and young scientists from India, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Thailand.
Several of the scientists expressed a conviction that their time at the CAS-TWAS Centres of Excellence would lead to better science – and better lives for people.

Elsevier Awards 2015

The video has been shot in San Jose California to promote an important scientific prize: the Elsevier Award. Filmmaker: Nicole Leghissa. Production: Hyphae, with the support of the Elsevier Foundation.


The Award – given by the Elsevier publishing house in collaboration with OWSD and TWAS – recognizes the research excellence of women scientists working and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2015 it has been given to scientists excelling in physics and mathematics.


This program series, broadcasted on ARTE France and Germany, focus on sustainability and the potential of European cities in the unification process. Authors and directors: Nicole Leghissa and Bernhard Pfletschinger. Production: Kickfilm Munich, Germany.

The shows highlight some of Europe’s largest and most historic cities as well as their young populations between the ages of 25 and 35. By targeting the diversity of these interconnected urban centers and their young people, we want to get people excited about their dreams and utopian concepts for a better Europe – a “EUTOPIA”.

From Theory to Reality

A documentary about the success stories of the Abdus Salam International Centre if Theoretical Physics by Nicole Leghissa, in collaboration with Ambhika Samsen. Produced by Hyphae, with the support of ICTP.


From Theory to Reality” gives a glimpse into the lives of scientists spread across the globe but connected by the common thread of science and ICTP – The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Capturing the world of these diverse people on camera was a stereotype-shattering experience for Leghissa. “One of the most unexpected things for me, not being a scientist, was to discover that the people I met were not closed or shy”, she said. “The picture of scientists which we usually have is not the right one. Many scientists have a very rich capability to communicate, and they are excited to share their stories.”

Revolutionary Mind

A documentary about Ilaria Capua by Nicole Leghissa, written by Sabrina Morena and Nicole Leghissa. Produced by Spaesati, with the support of Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Film Fund.

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Big revolutions spring from courageous, bold decisions made by individuals, sometimes as acts of rebellion in the most isolated part of the world. Ilaria Capua’s decision to challange the international scientific system took off in North-East Italy. An incredible passionate virologist, veterinarian and visionary, Ilaria rebelled at the heights of one of the scariest pandemics the world has ever seen: avian influenza. Despite the rules set out by the WHO, Ilaria created an open access scientific information data bank, an initiative which has now been accepted globally, rewarded with international prizes, and with big positive consequences on global public health.


A documentary by Nicole Leghissa, produced by HYPHAE with the contribution of the Audiovisual Film Fund FVG and The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics. On air: RAI 3 FVG. Marco, Ermanno and Carlo climb up tall towers to secure low cost antennas, often built with waste or recycled materials. Their goal is to make communication possible between hospitals and isolated villages in Africa, between remote islands of the Galapagos and between villages scattered in the Venezuelan Andes. The documentary explores the adventures of this remarkable team, following it on one of its trips in Africa. This little story is part of the great world changes illuminated by the technological revolution and it gives food for thought on a universal subject concerning access to communication and knowledge.

Bad Times Lullabies


REPERTORIO ZERO: “Sound reactive” visual project by Paolo Atzori in collaboration with Sebastiano Barbieri for the composition of Andrea Agostini, Bad Times Lullabies

Credit: Sebastiano Barbieri, 4v image processing