Fabio Cian

Fabio Cian


Fabio Cian

Climate Change Researcher & Photographer


Photographer and climate change scientist, wants to use satellites for socio-economic studies and photography to communicate climate science and raise awareness on climate change.

Likes long breakfasts with music and strong smell of coffee. Affected by wanderlust. Unlimited love for music, books and old dirty cities.

I graduated in Space Engineering in 2009 at Sapienza University of Rome. I worked at the European Space Agency (2009) and at the German Aerospace Center (2009-2012). Since 2013, I work as a researcher at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, where in 2017 I received a PhD in science and management of climate change. I monitor disasters through satellite images. I study mainly water related disasters in relation to climate change to understand the future risk for people and economic assets.

I discovered photography in 2008. From a nice hobby that filled my free time, after few years I realized that photography was becoming something different. It was allowing me to express myself, my feelings, to capture the way I see the world and to show it to others. This was something I could not do with science and something that I felt and feel the urge to do. Therefore, I decided to commit to photography with a greater effort and in 2016, I followed a course on Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.

My scientific knowledge and my ever-growing passion for photography, made me decide to commit to use photography not only for my most personal and intimate interests, but to also communicate climate science and climate change. Science can deliver facts and numbers but cannot reach people’s emotions. Photography can help making this connection and raise awareness on this important issue.

I look for harmony when I shoot photos. In the huge mess that populates this world, I look for a sort of order, of balance. I like the idea of fixing things I find on my path. Taking a photo is like to adding some order to the world, to clean, to tidy it up. I think this is what connects photography to my scientific background.


2016 Documentary Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2013 – 2017 PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change, Ca’ Foscari Univeristy of Venice, Venice, Italy
2006 – 2009 MEng Space Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
2001-2006 BEng Aerospace Engineering, University of Padua, Padua, Italy

Photography Awards

2019, Rachel Carson Fellow, “Climate Labs: the backstage of climate change”

2015, winner of the contest “Climate Change: the grand challenge” organized by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, on the communication of climate change with “A tyhoon in my backpack”, a reportage from Tacloban, Philippines, after the typhoon Haiyan


2018, “Climate Labs”, (climate) Change, Challenge School, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Italy)

2017, “Climate Labs”, (climate) Change, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Italy)
2017, “What’s your dream?”, Resonances II, Curator: Adriaan Eckels, Museum of Science and Technology of Milan (Milan, Italy)
2017, “What’s your dream?”, Resonances II, Curator: Adriaan Eckels, European Commission, JRC (Ispra, Italy)

2015, “A typhoon in my backpack”, European Researchers’ Night (Venice, Italy)
2015, “A typhoon in my backpack”, Cologne University of Applied Science (Cologne, Germany)
2015, “A typhoon in my backpack”, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Venice, Italy)