CICAP Fest, the festival of science and curiosity, is back

Padua, from From 3 to 5 June.

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 future, between utopian aspirations and current realities? what will they be Discoveries and inventions That will change human life and the planet – from health to nutrition, from technology to space exploration? Something that once seemed lonely Science Fiction It became a reality, and in the same way, what would science fiction look like today that would someday be real? How science helps us and how it can Help us face real dangers Faced by mankind and the planet? These and many other questions that CICAP . Festival The response will be proposed during the 2022 edition, discussing the social, political and cultural aspects of science, necessary to prepare society for scientific developments and direct science in a direction consistent with what citizens want for their future.

CICAP . Festivalpromoted CICAP In cooperation with Padova MunicipalityL’University of PadovaThe Padova CountyThe Chamber of Commerce of Padua and Venice PromexIt will be opened Friday, June 3 at 5:30 pm In Aula Magna, in Palazzo del Bo, with an event that is part of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the University of Padua: After the institutional greetings, Vicente Ferez BencomoThe director of the Cuban team that developed the Sopirana anti-Covid vaccine will say: “The vaccine made in Cuba: a success story”a meeting run Sergio Della SalaProfessor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. The festival will continue until June 5 with presentations, workshops, meetings and performances, ending on Sunday, at 5.30 pm, again at Aula Magna, in Palazzo del Bo, with an intervention by the philosopher of science and evolution Telmo Bivani On the topic of serendipity in science, to understand how the great accidental discoveries of the past, and therefore future discoveries as well, depend not only on luck but also on the interweaving of cunning, curiosity, prudence, imagination, and accidents being discovered by the fly. A final message of optimism, to discover what we didn’t know we didn’t know.

This year we decided to dedicate the CICAP Festival to trying to understand and imagine “the science of the world to come” explain Massimo BolidoroFestival Director. “With a world changing faster and faster, much of our knowledge may become very outdated very soon, and thus, 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 mark, or simply their opinions, to scientific progressexplain Daniela Ovadia, Scientific Coordinator of the CICAP Festival. “there Scientific citizenshipor scientific citizenship, along with Citizen sciencei.e. the participation of science, seems to provide the possibility of direct participation of citizens in research, but it also assumes that citizens are invited to discuss scientific issues and that they have their own space for training and discussion: we will see how, therefore, the community itself can contribute to the advancement of scientific research, and thus to the improvement of everyone’s life“.

Science navigates in uncertainty and often arrives at unexpected discoveries, but sometimes manages to make reliable predictions and above all to warn us of the dangers we face.» says the professor Telmo BivaniDelegate for communication and scientific publication at the University of Padova. “Models on Climate change They always expected what would happen today. The epidemic was predicted in detail ten years ago, but we do not pay enough attention to this data. CICAP Fest 2022 returns with wonderful guests, in a special edition over 800 years from the University of Padua, to talk about the future, a future that reads through the lenses of science, rationality and curiosity.

Building on the success of the digital version 2020 and the hybrid version 2021, this year too CICAP . Festival Provides a schedule for more than 120 sessions In being in Padova, which will also be partially broadcast through the social channels of CICAP Born in CICAP . Festival.

Like every year, the The festival is divided into different threads that will be developed in this edition around the theme of the next 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 misinformation and pseudoscience. Without forgetting what always distinguishes CICAP . Festivalthat is, 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 Marmotdirector of the UCL Institute for Health Equality in London, Simonetta Di Beboastrophysicist, former director of human flight at the European Space Agency and director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna, Michael Mann, A climate scientist and geophysicist, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, Edith Widderan oceanographer and marine biologist, and CEO and chief scientist at the Society for Ocean Research and Conservation, Mitchell Valdes Sosa, Director of the Institute of Science in Havana, Cuba, Susan Schneidera biological psychologist at the University of the Pacific, California, Peter Godfrey SmithPhilosopher of Science at the University of Sydney, Australia, Sheila JasanoffProfessor of Technology Ethics at Harvard Kennedy School, Lee McIntyrea philosopher and researcher at the Center for Philosophy and the History of Science at Boston University, and a lecturer at Harvard University, Julia GalifFounder of the Center for Applied Rationality and many others.

Also, especially Speaker’s Cornerplanned in the historic Caffè Pedrocchi booths, researchers and scientists answer in 15 minutes the “big questions” posed by the public on CICAP social media regarding the sciences of the future: genetics, medicine, space, technology, sociology, neuroscience … In the chain of appointments managed by the caller Marco Martinelli.

L ‘culture consultant Padua Municipality confirms: “The relationship between science, technology and fantasy has always been very close: just think of the phenomenal success of the novels of Jules Verne, who, surprisingly not considered the father of science fiction literature, and who in addition to fascinating generations of readers also inspired scientists and inventors from later periods. Today, in the face of a world that is changing more rapidly, thinking about the role of science and its ability to step in and imagine the future is very exciting. But in parallel, in order for the contribution of science to build our future to be fully understood in terms of its importance and the opportunities it offers, it is essential that the public have a greater knowledge of it. This is exactly what CICAP in its fifth edition does perfectly, as it is keen to provide not only the tools to understand the science, but also the tools to distinguish “good” communication from fake news. So we thank the organizers who once again gave us 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 investigation. – Announces Fabio Boymayor of the county of Padua – Above all, chance arises from the interweaving of cunning, curiosity and prudence. This is the meaning expressed by the title of the CICAP Fest 2022 edition, which will make us reflect on the fact that science is not an absolute truth, but rather the constant and systematic search for explanations. As a province, we enthusiastically participate in this new edition that will be able to convey a message that is always motivating and full of food for thought to all generations.

The CICAP Festival is an unmissable opportunity for the Chamber of Commerce to favor – with the support of Venicepromex, the regional agency for internationalization – the recovery of the tourism sector and economic activities in the city center and to encourage and encourage the rediscovery of excellence in the city. Region»attached Antonio SantoconPresident of the Padua Chamber of Commerce.

During the festival, the exhibition is sponsored by AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research: Research Cube – All the 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.

Next to More than 120 meetings It is hosted by numerous and prestigious festival venues, moreover, as usual, various activities are also planned and Labs Aiming at – Aiming at families and ai boysAnd Workshop In-depth study of Teachers, enthusiasts and magiciansAnd Tours In the scientific places of the city, Meetings in the squares And in the squares, interviews flying in the street on a sofa on wheelsDemonstrations illusionentertainment cartoons And so on.

Moreover, this year CICAP . Festival He leaves Padua and also arrives in Rovigo: on the occasion of the exhibition dedicated to Giovanni Miani, in the Palazzo Roncal, two meetings were organized with the support of Kariparo Foundation. Massimo Bolidoro He will accompany us in the discovery of the past, the mysterious places and structures on our planet that generate many questions and constitute a constant stimulus for research and the human need for knowledge; The past What a geneticist will tell us about Guido BarboganiInstead, it is within us: traces of various human forms, prehistoric migrations, starting in Africa, where our ancestors spread across the planet.

Thinking about the futurenotice Piero AngelaCICAP Founder and Honorary President, who will speak at one of the most anticipated events, “I can’t help but remember that the new century we live in belongs to the youth. In 2050, the year that seems very far away, they will be 40/50 years old. In the year 2090, which seems far-fetched, they will be less than my age today. It will be a century full of change and I am so sorry I can’t see everything that is going to happen: big problems of course, but also big innovations and so many opportunities.“.

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