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Exploration: Seventeenth Edition of the Rome Science Festival

From tomorrow, November 21 until November 27, the Rome Science Festival returns to the Parco della Musica “Ennio Morricone” with its seventeenth edition.

EXPLORE is the theme of this edition dedicated to physical and mental explorations of the reality that surrounds us, to research that has led to great scientific discoveries and changed the way we look at the world.
Pandemics, climate change, and environmental crises make clearer the importance of new looks at the present and new visions of the future. To explore it it is not enough to simply study, but it is also necessary to know how to listen, to recognize one’s faults, to question what one takes for granted, and to be critical of one’s ideas. Only in this way can explorers be exposed to new scenarios and find new solutions to problems.

Produced by the Musica per Roma Foundation, in planning partnership with Codice Edizioni, the Rome Science Festival is promoted by Roma Capitale – Department of Culture. Done with ASI – Italian Space Agency and INFN – National Institute of Nuclear Physics, with scientific partners CMCC – Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change, CNR – National Research Council, ENEA – National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, ESA – European Space Agency, GARR Network, GSSI – Gran Sasso Institute of Sciences, Human Technopole, IIT – Italian Institute of Technology, INAF – National Institute of Astrophysics, INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, Galileo Museum – Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Dome Celestial in Rome Capitale, Anton Dohrn Zoological Station. The cultural partners are Fablab for Children, Fondazione Sylva, G.Eco, Ludo Labo, GAME Science Research Centre, Multiversi, Parallelozero, SMAILE, Technotown and Assipod – Italian Podcast Association. With the participation of the Libraries of Rome, Bioparco of Rome, Municipio II – Roma Capitale, Sapienza University of Rome, Lazio Region.
Central to the festival’s realization is the support of our partners, including Rome Airports, Autostrade per l’Italia, ENAV, ENEL, Leonardo and sponsor Zurich. Partnership with Radio3 Scienza confirmed.

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Through a program that spans five thematic areas – Spaces, Society, Life, Minds and Futures – internationally renowned scientists, journalists and thinkers will find themselves, with that interdisciplinary and transversal approach that characterizes the Rome Science Festival, to confront the many forms of exploration, in a place that in recent years has become itself A space for exploration, thanks to meeting people from all over the world and a possibility for the public to experience the most diverse disciplines and arts.

More than 400 events are scheduled, including meetings, fairs, exhibitions and special events that will take place entirely in attendance and, in some cases, also in live broadcasts. More than 120 guests will come to Rome from India to the United States, from England to Botswana, among them: Jim El Khalili, Samir Zaki, Mary Fitzdoff, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, Tlotlou Tsamasi, Agnieszka Wijkoska, Barbara Galavotti, Natalie Tucci, Giulio Tononi, Guido Barbugani , Ersilia Voodoo, Paolo Zellini, Daniela Locangeli, Igiappa Segou, Manlio Castagna, Barbara Mazzolai, Giuseppe Remozzi.

The festival will be opened on Monday, November 21 at 9:30 by Antonello Pasini, senior researcher at the CNR Institute for Air Pollution, and young activist Agnese Casadei, spokeswoman for Friday for Future, with a climate dialogue “Climate changes, between the present and the future”, A discussion about climate change and the actions that society and politics can take to address it. The meeting will be moderated by science journalist and interviewer Sylvia Bencivili.

On climate and climate change, a comparison between the past and the present, to prepare the young generations for the future in a responsible way, at 11:30 in Sala Petrassi (and in the live broadcast for schools) Elisa Palazzi, climatologist and professor of climate physics at the University of Turin, and David Coero Borga, science interviewer, author and presenter Television programs, in a meeting of young people entitled “How is the Earth?” (Beaver).

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At 18:00 Teatro Studio will host the “Science in Rome” meeting, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The meeting will open by exploring the role of science in Rome’s bid for Expo 2030, with the presentation of the short film Scienza Capitale. The future is now made by MAECI. The meeting will be attended by Cecilia Piccioni, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers at MAECI, Matteo Gatto, Artistic Director, Expo Rome 2030, Daniela Di Leo, Vice-Chancellor for Public Engagement, Sapienza University of Rome, Sandra Savaglio, Astrophysicist, University of Calabria, Maria Chiara Carrozza, President of the CNR (Video Message), and Maurizio Filluccia, Urban Planning Advisor at Roma Capital. The second part will be devoted to the Science Museum of Rome project, with the participation of Giorgio Manzi, Coordinator of the Science Museums Committee of Lincei and Professor of the Sapienza University of Rome, Michele Lanzinger, Director of the Museum of Trento, Francesca. Scianitti, Head of Public Engagement Activities at INFN, and Catherine French, Executive Director of Ecsite (in connection with). Hosted by Vittorio Bo, Festival Director.

At 21:00 in Sala Petrasci, the conference “Margherita Hack, interstellar cycling” sponsored by INAF, is dedicated to, with Paolo Molaro, astronomer at the INAF Astronomical Observatory in Trieste, and Roberta Palestrucci Fancello, author of the homonymous graphic novel, Italian astrophysicist The great one hundred years after his birth. It is moderated by Caterina Boccato, Director of Education and Publishing at INAF.

In an unusual and symbolic place, the Schengen departure area of ​​Rome Fiumicino Airport, at 14:00 it will be possible to attend an informal conversation with six Italian researchers, Martina Di Sanctis (GSSI), Stefania Ragozzino (IRISS CNR), Anna Di Ciaccio (INFN) Francesca Giordano (ISPRA), Ugo Rossi (GSSI), Francesco Petracchini (IIA CNR), at the event “Research says: Cities and Travel of Tomorrow”, in collaboration with Aeroporti di Roma.

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