MAXXI & SONY CSL Paris
Director and President, CineGlobe Film Festival at CERN
With a mechanical engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Neal has worked as an engineer at CERN, the European Laboratory for High Energy Physics, for 20 years. He has been actively involved in science/art outreach since 2007, and co-founded CineGlobe, the International Film Festival at CERN, showcasing films of all types inspired by science and technology.
He served as director of production for TEDxCERN for five editions, and worked as a local producer for TED Global>Geneva. Chairman of the World VR Forum in 2017, Neal has organised multiple events in virtual reality, and conducted a year of research into virtual reality at the Swiss Polytechnic University in Lausanne (EPFL). He is also a founding member of the Foundation Board for the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF). With degrees in both engineering and film directing (from the University of Westminster), Neal’s passions are equally shared between art and science. Since 2020 Neal has been director of Science Gallery Venice, the Italian node of the international Science Gallery Network.