Ancona – This year also saw great public participation in the 10th edition of “Sharper, the European Night of Researchers” held in the squares of Ancona and Fermo, Friday 29 September 2023. Sharper is one of the main events of international initiatives dedicated to the dialogue between research and territory, which is promoted Within the Marie Curie procedures. The Polytechnic University of Marche accepted the challenge and for the tenth year proposed more than 100 events including art, nature, games, health, technology and innovations, with 170 researchers. Sharper includes 14 Italian cities while 300 European cities celebrate Seekers’ Night.
“Arte in gigapixel” begins this special edition with a special digital tour at the Pinacoteca Civica di Ancona, Thursday 28 September; Then the wonderful site of the Ridotto delle Muse welcomed “Sea Health and the Human Footprint”, an interview about the state of the sea with the voices of heroes from the worlds of research, sports and communications: Marco Castellazzi, author of the book Geo on Ray Tree, Ilaria Molinari, freediving champion, Professor Francesco Regoli, director DiSVA and testimonials of Giovanni Soldini and Alex Bellini.
The Scharber Day on September 29 welcomed many people of all ages with outdoor laboratories, competitions, games and experiments, starting at 5pm to spread the scientific value of research, in Piazza Roma and Piazza del Plebiscito. Such as “reality before reality”, where the visitor is immersed in a virtually reconstructed building or urban space and is able to see how to get to safety in the event of an emergency, flood or earthquake. On the other hand, “Sustainable Future” is a project that aims to make people understand, through interactive activities, the problems associated with the adoption of sustainable business models and the impacts (positive and negative) they can have on consumption habits, to think about how consumers want to become agents of change. Positive. The book “The Plant Talks to Us” showed the different ways in which plants communicate through special sensors. The appointment with the “Health Check-up” for prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles and the journey to INRCA research is not to be missed. Among the outdoor laboratories were “New Food for European Citizens” to taste what we will eat in the future, “VulnerAbility” to become aware of risks, and “Che aria Pesante” to discover the quality of the air we breathe.
Inside Sharper, CNR-IRBIM activities were present again this year, while in Piazza del Plebiscito, “Writings in the Drawer” were on display, unpublished stories published in a book to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the University Leisure Club. At 7 p.m., an awards ceremony was held for male and female student-athletes participating in the “Dual March” program, which is a unified event that celebrates the university sports experiences of male and female students at the university. We remembered how, a few days ago, sport was included in the Constitution of the Italian Republic as one of the values protected by the Charter. In fact, last September 20, a historic date, the Chamber unanimously agreed to amend the article. Article 33 of the Constitution includes a new paragraph: “The Republic recognizes the value of educational, social, and psychophysical well-being of sporting activity in all its forms.”
At 9:30 p.m., a meeting with Paolo Ruffini entitled “From Social to Social” was held in Piazza del Plebiscito: actor, director, author and producer, Ruffini is among the protagonists of comedies and auteur films on the big screen, and has achieved many successes in the role of Cinema.
A theater actor with a long career, his fields range from entertainment to improvisation. He has always been involved in social issues, with many projects dedicated above all to the themes of precarity and inclusion. The event created for Sharper 2023 started from the story of these projects through a talk (curated by Gilberto Santini), and video contributions (in particular dedicated to the presentation of Up & Down, a comedic and poignant journey that aims to share the beauty that lies in diversity starting with the diversity of the injured actors (with Down Syndrome who co-star with Ruffini himself) and the stories entrusted to his irresistible storytelling ability.
The night continued with open laboratories in Piazza del Plebiscito on sustainability by the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences and with the long-awaited “Crime Scene” with the Marche and Abruzzo Scientific Police. Various events organized in Fermo: Fermo Adventure entertained school girls and boys with an interactive and immersive game set in Fermo in the time of Desio Azzolino and Queen Christina of Sweden. Then the Fermotech tour to discover this distinguished technological center and finally the research test in Piazza del Popolo, at the end of which the Fermo Adventure game awards ceremony was held.
Upcoming Sharper events: “Il Sottobosco Festival”, a music event celebrating independent music and the beauty of nature, organized with the Municipality of Ancona, at the Selva Botanical Garden in Gallignano, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. Before each ceremony there will be a tasting event for Univpm farm products.
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