Science Festival

SCOOL every year organizes and promotes some scientific festivals in the Italian territory.


Iglesias Festival Scienza
6th Edition

 24 - 26 November 2022, Iglesias (Italy)
"Science & Technology" will be the theme of a series of free activities aimed at a heterogeneous audience and school students. G. Introzzi and B. Bottino will bring the public closer to the most fundamental aspects of physics, through a journey that will start from the most ancient concepts up to current research aimed at the discovery of dark matter; A. Saccone will present carbon, a chemical element as fundamental for life as it is important for its various technological applications; its impact on energy consumption, on environmental health and on the possibility of producing clean and sustainable fuels will be the subject of the seminar by G. Pacchioni. Sustainability, in our daily practices, will be a further subject of the seminar that will be presented by C. Fontaneto while with E. Polo we will travel in search of plastic islands to find out what we can do to improve the state of our seas; during the afternoon stops we will be able to take advantage of the scientific aperitifs: curious about the Poetry slam? P. Piccardo and A. Doro are waiting for you for a purely scientific version of the format while with D. Peddis we will talk about chaos, entropy and systems that in nature show to self-organize. There will also be an important announcement during the second aperitif, an event that will see the students as protagonists.
There will also be workshops designed and created by students and teachers from the Istituto Minerario Asproni-Fermi and the Liceo Scientifico G. Asproni.
Conferences and workshops will thus animate the Iglesiente area in a three-day event dedicated to demonstrating the importance of research and the development of increasingly high-performance technologies.
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Festival "Scienza sotto la Cupola" di Novara
1st Edition

31 May - 1 June 2022, Novara (Italy)
The festival covered various themes in order to involve citizens and especially young students, making them participate as much as possible in discussions and experiments.
With S. Sanna we talked about collective quantum phenomena and superconductivity thanks to which, for example, levitation trains, energy applications and quantum computers are created, while with G. Chinnici we covered the various stages that led to modern science, starting from atomism of Democritus. G.B. Appendino guided us towards a new awareness of city biodiversity and how it can help us live better. With E. Gianotti and A. Quincoces Loren we focused on the intertwining between Chemistry and International Literature to find all the combinations of the future. 
In the afternoon it was possible to participate in scientific aperitifs. C. Marras, at the Council Chamber of Palazzo Natta, told us with a vocabulary of words and images the path that led to the photographic exhibition "4.404 km: suolo e sottosuolo. Ny-Ålesund colors" (available at the Quadriportico of Palazzo Natta from 4 to 24 June); while P. Piccardo described the role of the writer, reader, present and projection of the future in the creation of the story and in relation to the impact on society.
There was no lack of educational workshops: the morning workshops designed by UPO and created in collaboration with students and teachers of the I.T.I. "G. Omar" and Convitto "C. Alberto", the  workshops afternoons by UPO.
In these two days, the meetings animated the Novara area, demonstrating the importance of research and the pleasure of discovery.

Two online events anticipated the festival:
Webinar titled "La musica delle stelle", held by M.P. Di Mauro (INAF-IAPS). Video recording here;
Webinar titled "Un viaggio tra farmaci e vaccini: scienza, storia e letteratura", held by A. Genazzani (UPO). Video recording here.


25 - 27 November 2021, Iglesias (Italy)
“La Scienza tra speranze e scoperte” was the theme of a series of activities aimed at a heterogeneous audience and school students. With P. Dambruoso we talked about critical raw materials and their impact in our daily life, while E. Mello explained to us the importance of safeguarding cultural monuments in order to give historical value to the context in which they live. We traveled in time: with G. Chinnici, along the various steps that led to modern science, starting from Democritus' atomism; F. Cassata told us about Primo Levi's attempt to build a bridge between scientific and humanistic cultures, while with F. Verso we outlined the socio-technological and political-economic scenarios of the next 30-40 years. With D. Comoretto we focused on the physical phenomena that generate color in the absence of pigments; moreover, during a scientific aperitif we observed the optical and fluorescence response of some common drinks.
Didactic exhibition and workshops were also held by students and teachers of the Asproni-Fermi Institute in Iglesias. Another interesting workshop, curated by F. Russo, concerned the lightpainting techniques. Conferences and workshops animated the Iglesiente area in a three-day event entirely dedicated to demonstrating the importance of research and the pleasure of discovery.

Festival "Scienza sotto la Cupola" di Novara
Online Edition

5 February - 24 September 2021, On-line events
The Festival will embrace various themes in order to involve citizens and especially young students, making them virtually participate in discussions and experiments.
The scheduled events are:
  • Webinar titled "I primi 150 anni della Tabella Periodica degli Elementi Chimici tra Chimica, Storia e Letteratura... e attualità", held by G. Cevasco (Italian Chemical Society, University of Genova). Video recording here;
  • Webinar titled "L'isola che non c'è - La plastica negli oceani fra mito e realtà", held by E. Polo (National Research Council, University of Ferrara). Video recording here;
  • Inauguration of the photographic exhibition "Dark Matter" by E. Sacchetti, award-winning international photographer, specialized in scientific photography: detectors and accelerators for the study of particles and gravitational waves, but also of telescopes and radio telescopes for the exploration of the universe, who want to bring the public closer to these majestic buildings conceived by man. Video recording here.


26 - 28 November 2020, On-line events
“Dalla parte del Pianeta” was the theme of a series of activities aimed at a heterogeneous audience and school students. We started from the exploration of the North Pole, with evocative stories and images on the environment, landscape and mining work (C. Marras), arriving at the South Pole where the evolution of the climate and the reaction of our planet to climate change was addressed (P.F. Rivaro). We spoke with M. Lumini on digital innovation, nanotechnologies, robotization and the risks of a complete artificialization of the Planet and its ecosystems. We have deepened with C. Fontaneto a path of environmental sustainability that allows us to reduce waste and encourage the reuse of contaminated water. Other aspects of chemistry on which we have focused are the development of Photochemistry, essential for many natural and non-natural reactions (A. Basso); and the development of new methods to describe atoms and molecules, important for studying their properties and transformations (G. Mancini).
With A. Perniola we discovered how man managed to conquer the sky and space; we concluded with an evocative narration, by P. Piccardo, in which a group of young people revealed the mystery that hovers around the first colony on the red planet.
Click on the speaker's name for the video recording.
4 June 2020, On-line event
The Education Office of the Province of Novara in collaboration with the "Science is Cool" association of Rome have organized the "Scienza sotto la Cupola" festival for the school year 2020-2021.
During the launch event, G. Pacchioni of the University of Milan "Bicocca" and G. Tesio of the University of Eastern Piedmont, addressed the theme of the relationship between man and nature in relation to highly topical topics such as intelligence, artificial, neuroscience, nanotechnology and genetics.

Video recording here.

Press Conference 26 May 2020 here.


28 - 30 November 2019, Iglesias (Italy)
"Scienza è cultura" was the theme of a series of activities aimed at a heterogeneous audience and school students. From the profound meaning of infinity, in mathematics and philosophy (G. Chinnici), we moved on to the surprising sculptures of J. Angelino. While C. Fontaneto has proposed a path in which the pictorial palette, developed for the blind, is based on the chemistry of foods and the colors present in them. Fascinating was also the close encounter with the Moon, who has always been the inspiring muse and protagonist of the cinema of yesterday and today: it was P. Piccardo of the University of Genoa who told us about it. A great tribute to chemistry was given by the National Vice President of the Italian Chemical Society, G. Cevasco, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table. Ideas and science, imagination and ingenuity come together in personalities like that of Leonardo da Vinci, protagonist of the didactic exhibition and of the workshops curated by M. Lumini.

Preview of Iglesias FestivalScienza

3 August 2019, Iglesias (Italy)
The events were held in the historic center of the city of Iglesias, with the prolonged opening of the shops until midnight.


29 November - 1 December 2018, Iglesias (Italy)

"Scienza e risorse" was the theme of a series of activities aimed at a heterogeneous audience and school students. One of the events characterizing this edition was the presentation of the Dark Matter exhibition by photographer E. Sacchetti, in which 15 double-sided panels were exhibited with the color printing of photographs of high visual impact and, at the same time, scientific content. During the second evening event the CNR researcher M.C. Castrovilli told of her experience in the creation, together with the well-known cartoonist Zerocalcare, of a comic published by CNR Edizioni. The third day ended with L. Bindi's seminar on the chemistry of quasicrystals.