The CICAP – (Italian Committee for Monitoring Allegations of Pseudoscience) is an educational and educational association founded in 1989 by Piero Angela and other figures from the world of science and culture including Margherita Hack, Umberto Eco, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Silvio Garatini, Carlo Rubbia and Umberto Veronese to promote the spread of the scientific mindset and the fight against pseudoscience and irrationality and superstition – declared that the fifth edition of CICAP . FestivalFestival of Science and Curiosity In Padua from 3 to 5 June.
The chosen theme for 2022 is The science of the coming world. 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? How does science help us and how will it help us confront the tangible dangers facing humanity and the planet?
“This year we decided to dedicate the CICAP Festival to trying to understand and imagine the ‘science of the world to come,'” he explains Massimo BolidoroFestival Director. “With a world changing more rapidly, much of our knowledge may very soon become very outdated, and so we will ask ourselves how science, with its ability to explain reality, can help us keep pace with the evolution of society.”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,” he explains. Daniela Ovadia, Scientific Coordinator of the CICAP Festival. “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 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 the professor. Telmo BivaniDelegate for communication and scientific publication at the University of Padova. 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. CICAP Fest 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 read through the lenses of science, rationality and curiosity.”
The festival is divided into different threads that will develop in this edition around the theme of the world to come. 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 CICAP Fest has always distinguished, namely moments dedicated to intelligent entertainment, in the awareness that good publishing goes hand in hand with entertainment and entertainment.
Among the many international guests of the festival: 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 Manna climatologist 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 Sousadirector 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.
Next to More than 120 meetings It is hosted by the numerous and prestigious festival venues, moreover, as usual, there are also many activities and workshops for families and children, in-depth workshops for teachers, enthusiasts and magicians, guided tours of the city’s scientific premises, meetings in squares and courtyards, interviews flying in the street in a wheelchair, Illusion demonstrations, comedy entertainment and much more.
So Piero Angela presented this year’s edition: “Thinking about the future, 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 changes and I am very sorry that I cannot see everything that is going to happen: big problems of course, but also great innovations and so many opportunities.”