Alberto Candiani, President of Candiani Denim, was honored with the Capo d’Orlando Prize for being one of Italy’s key players in sustainable fashion. The Campanian Mineralogical Museum – Discepolo Foundation organized the event to present the international scientific award, which took place on Friday, October 7, 2022, in Vico Equense, close to Naples.
Candiani Denim is one of the main Italian textile mills committed to sustainability in fashion
Alberto Candiani was awarded the Capo d’Orlando Prize in Science and Manufacturing “for the forward-looking guidance of his famous company, a symbol of Made in Italy in the fashion industry, and for combining innovative production technologies and environmental safeguard”. As explained by the event organizers, Candiani Denim is one of the leading Italian textile mills enhancing responsible innovation and sustainability in fashion. A key example is our patented COREVA™ stretch technology, the world’s first biodegradable and compostable stretch denim.
What is the Capo d’Orlando Prize?
The Capo d’Orlando Prize is an international scientific award. Umberto Celentano, Director of the Vico Equense Museum, thought about this prize in 1998. Its first edition was organized in 1999. Some very prestigious names appear in its hall of fame, such as John F. Nash, the mathematician who inspired the famous movie A Beautiful Mind; James Watson, the biologist who co-discovered DNA; and Andrej Gejm, the physicist who discovered graphene and donated some samples of it to Vico Equense Museum. Since 2020, Sir Paul Nurse has been the Honorary President of the award. He won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2001 and is the Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London.
Who was awarded the Capo d’Orlando Prize 2022?
The award ceremony of the Capo d’Orlando Prize 2022 was held at the historical Castle Giusso. It was chaired by Matteo Lorito, dean of the University of Naples Federico II, which patronizes the event with CNR (the Italian national council for research), UGIS (the Italian union of scientific journalists), the Campanian region and the municipality of Vico Equense. The moderator was the journalist of Corriere della Sera Anna Meldolesi.
The other award winners of this 24th edition are:
- Emmanuelle Charpentier, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020 and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, for Science
- Gennaro Sangiuliano, journalist and TG2 Director, creator of a specialist program about Italian museums, for Multimedia Communication
- Enrico Alleva, Vice-President of the Superior Health Institute, for Information
- Fabio Pagano, Director of the Campi Flegrei Archeological Park, for Cultural Management
- Carla Ferreri, first researcher at CNR, primary expert of lipidomics in Italy, author of over 220 publications, 3 books, winner of the ITWIIN Prize for inventor and innovator women in 2010 as Best Italian Innovator and a prize for talented women in 2021, for Science and Food
“We are happy to receive some illustrious key players of science, information, and culture, who will make the hall of fame of our event even more prestigious. In a world that is more and more complex and characterized by numerous challenges, scientific as well, knowledge and the correct dissemination of information are necessary tools to understand and be able to move in the right direction”, Umberto Celentano explained.
Here is the interview with Alberto Candiani (in Italian):