Cicapfest in Padua, from 3 to 5 June with “The Science of the World to Come”

Padua. Cicapfest, the festival of science and curiosity, returns to Padua from June 3-5 for its fifth edition.
The chosen topic this year is the science of the world to come. From sci-fi dreams to global challenges: what awaits us tomorrow? What role will science and scientific culture in general play in determining the future between utopian aspirations and the reality already in progress?

What will be the discoveries and inventions that will change human life and the planet – from health to nutrition, from technology to space exploration? What seemed like science fiction became reality, and what would today look like science fiction will one day be real?

Massimo Bolidoro explains Ccapfest

Massimo Bolidoro presents Ccapfest 2022 with 120 matches

How does science help us and how will it help us confront the tangible dangers facing humanity and the planet? These and many other questions that Ccicapfest will aim to answer during the 2022 edition, discuss the social, political and cultural aspects of science, needed to prepare society for scientific developments and to guide science in a direction consistent with what citizens want. their future.
Promoted by Cicap in collaboration with the Municipality of Padua, the University of Padua, the Province of Padua, the Padua Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Promex, Cicapfest will open on Friday 3 June at 5.30 pm in Aula Magna, Palazzo del Bo, with an event that is part of the festivities throughout 800 Years of the University of Padova: After the institutional greeting, Vicente Ferez Bencomo, director of the Cuban team that developed a vaccine for Covid soberana, will say: “The vaccine made in Cuba: a success story,” an interview moderated by Sergio della Sala, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.

The festival will continue until June 5 with presentations, workshops, meetings and presentations, ending on Sunday, at 5.30 pm, again at Aula Magna, in Palazzo del Bo, with an intervention by philosopher of science and evolution Telmo Pievani on the topic of serendipity in science, to understand how discoveries are The great contingency of the past, and therefore future discoveries as well, depends not only on luck but also on the intertwining of cunning, curiosity, prudence, imagination, and accidents that have been discovered fly. A final message of optimism, to discover what we didn’t know we didn’t know.

Massimo Polidoro, Festival Director, explains: “This year we decided to dedicate Cicapfest to trying to understand and imagine the ‘science of the world to come’. “With a world changing more rapidly, much of our knowledge is at risk of becoming very outdated very soon, and so we will ask ourselves how science, with its ability to explain reality, can help us keep pace with the evolution of society.”
“We will also ask ourselves how citizens can give their fingerprint, or simply their opinions, to scientific progress,” explains Daniela Ovadia, Cicapfest’s science coordinator.

“Scientific citizenship, along with citizen science, or participatory science, seems to offer the possibility of direct participation of citizens in research, but it also assumes that citizens are invited to discuss scientific issues and have their own space for training and debate: see how the community itself, therefore, can It contributes to the advancement of scientific research, and thus to the improvement of everyone’s life.”
“Science navigates in uncertainty and often makes unexpected discoveries, yet it sometimes manages to make reliable predictions and above all to warn us of the dangers we face,” says Professor Telmo Pivani, Delegate for Communication and Scientific Publishing at the University of Padua. Climate change models have long predicted what is happening today. The epidemic was predicted in detail ten years ago, but we do not pay enough attention to this data.

Cicapfest 2022 returns with wonderful guests, in a special edition to mark the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua, to talk about the future, a future seen through the lenses of science, rationality and curiosity.”
Building on the success of the 2020 digital edition and the 2021 hybrid edition, this year’s Cicapfest also includes a schedule of more than 120 meetings in Padua, which will be broadcast in part via broadcasts via Cicap’s social channels and Cicapfest.
As in every year, the festival is divided into different areas, which, in this version, will develop around the theme of the upcoming world. With scientists, promoters, writers, philosophers, personalities from the world of research, literature, culture, entertainment, topics related to health, environment, medicine, innovation, technology, space exploration and of course how to deal with the spread of disinformation and pseudoscience.
Without forgetting what has always distinguished Cicapfest, moments dedicated to intelligent entertainment, in the realization that good publishing goes hand in hand with entertainment and entertainment.
Among the festival’s many international guests are: Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the UCL Institute for Health Equality in London, Simonetta Di Pippo, astrophysicist, former Director of Human Flight at the European Space Agency and Director of the United Nations Office for Vienna Otter. Space Affairs, Michael Mann, climatologist and geophysicist, director of the Center for Earth System Sciences at Penn State, Edith Widder, oceanographer and marine biologist, CEO and chief scientist of the Ocean Research and Conservation Society.

But also Mitchell Valdes Sosa, director of the Havana Institute of Science, in Cuba, Susan Schneider, biological psychologist at University of the Pacific, California, Peter Godfrey Smith, philosopher of science at the University of Sydney, Australia, Sheila Jasanoff, professor of technology ethics at Harvard Kennedy School, and Lee McIntyre , philosopher and researcher at the Center for Philosophy and the History of Science at Boston University, and professor at Harvard University, Julia Galife, founder of the Center for Applied Rationalism and many others. Moreover, in a special “speaker’s corner”, planned in the historic Caffè Pedrocchi booths, researchers and scientists respond in 15 minutes to the “big questions” posed by the audience on CICAP social media about the science of the future: genetics, medicine, space and technology, sociology and science Nerves… in a chain of events run by the famous Marco Martinelli.
The Culture Counsellor at the Municipality of Padua confirms: “The relationship between science, technology and imagination has always been very close: just think of the phenomenal success of the novels of Jules Verne, who, not surprisingly considered the father of science fiction literature, have fascinated generations of readers, they have also inspired scientists and inventors In later ages.Today, in the face of a world that is changing more rapidly, to think about the role of science and its ability to intervene and imagine the future is very exciting.But in parallel, for the contribution of science in building our future to be fully understood in terms of its importance and the opportunities it provides, It is imperative that the public have more knowledge of it.And this is exactly what Cicapfest in its fifth edition does perfectly, it is also keen to provide not only the tools to understand science, but also the tools to distinguish between “good” communication and fake news.So we thank the organizers who They once again presented us with a festival with excellent and rigorous contents proposed in a very interesting way.”
“In the history of science, many great discoveries have occurred in a completely random way thanks to the exploration of the world, perhaps during scientific research directed towards other areas of research – stated Fabio Bui, President of the Province of Padua – above all, chance arises from the interweaving of cunning, curiosity and prudence. This It is the meaning expressed by the title of the Cicapfest 2022 edition, which will make us reflect on the fact that science is not an absolute truth, but rather the continuous and systematic search for explanations. for all generations.”

“Cicapfest is an unmissable opportunity for the Chamber of Commerce to encourage – with the support of Venicepromex, the regional agency for internationalization – the revival of the tourism sector and economic activities in the city center and to promote and encourage the rediscovery of the territorial concession” comments Antonio Santocono, President of the Padua Chamber of Commerce.
During the festival, the exhibition organized by the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research will be previewed: “Ricercaalcubo – All Faces of Cancer Research”. An interactive exhibition that allows, through multimedia facilities and under the supervision of science communication experts, to discover stories ranging from first observations and attempts to treat oncology to the latest research conducted by scientists and scientists in laboratories around the world. The almost never straight paths and stories of discoveries and research, which intersect and converge in laboratories conducting basic research, will lead visitors to discover some of the key stages of knowledge in the fight against cancer.
In addition to more than 120 meetings hosted by the numerous and prestigious festival venues, there are also, as usual, various activities and workshops for families and children, in-depth workshops for teachers, enthusiasts and magicians, guided visits to scientific sites in the city, meetings in squares and courtyards, interviews flying in the street on a chair Animated, illusion demonstrations, comedy entertainment and much more.

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