During the Science in the City Festival visitors will be able to attend dozens of conferences and talks on various topics related to science and its relationship with society, art and more. Some of them will take place in different venues all over Trieste, some will be held in presence with streaming, and others will be held online only.
One of the fields of science most relevant for general public, and thus one of the most present at Science in the City Festival, is health. Mental health, disabilities, aging, neuroscience and medical technology are some of the themes that will be explored in conferences throughout the Festival. “Of chicks and babies. How to build a social brain” (August 26th, 4.00 pm, Auditorium Museo Revoltella) will illustrate the differences between innate and learned knowledge as studied in babies and chicks. “Nanotechnologies and Nanoelectronics to Cure the Brain” discuss technologies that will allow to treat some pathologies of our brain, in a not too distant future (September 2nd, 6.30 pm, Auditorium Museo Revoltella). “Disability nowadays: Technologies and other Supports” (September 4th, 3.30 pm, Istituto Regionale Rittmeyer per i Ciechi) presents how new technologies that can aid visually impaired people in performing tasks. The same day “Extending the Body into Intelligent Technologies. An Evolutionary Approach” will be held at the Auditorium of the Museum Revoltella, 6.00 pm.
Another major issue of the 21st century is the climate crisis, to find solutions for the environmental protection but also energy production and supply. At Science in the City Festival this subject will be explored in various conferences within the “Physics&Arts against CO2” and “GC4Y” project. International experts will discuss the state of the energy transition in the talk “Energy as a global challenge: how to avoid the ‘perfect storm’”( August 23rd, 5.00 pm, Auditorium Museo Revoltella).
One of the biggest lessons of last decades is that science and society are not separate world, but must learn how to interact in order to tackle current crises and bring positive changes. This is crucial when it comes to gender inequality in the STEM fields, an issue that will be discussed in “Women in Science – Special Edition ESOF 2020” (August 31st, 3.00 pm, Auditorium Museo Revoltella), or when we consider all the new legal issues that come with important scientific breakthroughs, topic of the conference “Scientists and Lawyers: what they can tell each other?” (September 5th, 4.00 pm, Auditorium Museo Revoltella).
The Science in the City Festival can also be a chance to simply learn something new about a scientific subject, in a fun way. A great opportunity is “FameLab Talking Science – 2020 National Final Competition 2020 & International All Star” (August 31st, 8.00 pm, Sala Assicurazioni Generali Politeama Rossetti) the national final event of the international science communication competition where brilliant scientists go on stage to explain a scientific concept in just 3 minutes.
All the other conferences and additional information can be found at https://events.scienceinthecity2020.eu/