The winners of the "Reaching for the moon" competition


Institutional Communication Service

26 March 2022

With the poem, "L'ultima volta che ho visto quel casco" (The last time I saw that helmet) and the photograph "Stardust", Stella N'Djoku and Anna Messina won the ideas contest "Reaching for the moon" organised for BiblioWeekend, 25-27 March 2022, an initiative promoted by Bibliosuisse, the professional association of Swiss libraries and librarians. The competition was addressed to USI academic community. It required participants to send a text, a photograph, a film or a piece of music inspired by the theme "Reaching for the moon". Up for grabs were 50 francs worth of book vouchers to be used in bookstores throughout Switzerland.

A selected jury collected and selected the different proposals submitted to the editorial office and unanimously awarded the first prize in the "Text" category to Stella N'Djoku, USI eLab collaborator and writer. The poem proposed for the competition effectively combines an evocative and commemorative dimension, in which personal imagination meets existential reflection.

The "Photo" category prize was awarded to Anna Messina, PhD student at USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, for the photograph "Stardust".

The winners presented their works to the audience during the award ceremony on Friday, 25 March 2022, in the BiblioAgorà at the East Campus Lugano.

During the evening, Paulo Gonçalves, Professor of Management at USI Faculty of Economics, held a lecture on the great projects that have marked the history of humanity (such as the landing of man on the moon), analysing the significant changes that these events have generated within the management of the projects themselves and the impact they have had on the world, revolutionising human life.

The BiblioWeekend has also been featured on social media with a competition on the Instagram stories of USI's account @usiuniversity.