The EuroScience Open Forum is traditionally accompanied by one of the largest science festivals in Europe. Conceived as a bridge between ESOF and European citizens, dozens of Italian and foreign researchers will meet citizens to respond to their curiosity and their desire for knowledge and to discuss the perspectives for sustainable development. The festival involves citizens and the economic and political world, as well as artists, poets, science communicators and teachers in an exceptional direct dialogue. As the title Collisions suggests, the festival’s objective is to encourage a creative and surprising exchange of ideas, projects, knowledge and points of view: “Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, participation by people from the city and the region has been considerable and surpassed expectations, and we are very grateful for that,” says Paola Rodari, the Festival Programme Manager. “Hundreds of associations, scientific and university institutes, theatre groups, artists and professionals, cultural centres and individuals will animate the city of Trieste, the region and also the virtual spaces. This participation, supported generously by the public administration, first and foremost by the Municipality of Trieste and the Autonomous Region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, will allow for mutual awareness of local excellence of all kinds, which, hopefully, will continue with further collaboration in the future.”
From 5 July onwards, the Science in the City Festival will energise the regional capital and the its provinces with 26 exhibitions and over 180 shows, guided visits, conferences, informal meetings and science cafés hosted in the most beautiful parts of the city and the region, as well as virtually.
Worthy of note are two large exhibitions: Cyborn, the birth of the human machine at the Salone degli Incanti exhibition hall (co-organised by the Municipality of Trieste, Fondazione Internazionale Trieste, the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and the Italian Institute of Technology); and XTREME, the exploration of extreme environments at Magazzino delle Idee - the warehouse of ideas (co-organised by the Regional Institute for Cultural Heritage of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the National Institute for Astrophysics INAF – the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste , the Regional Federation of Speleology of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the National Antartic Museum “Felice Ippolito”, with the support of INAF – Astronomical Observatory of Padua, the University of Padua and the University of Tuscia, and under the patronage of the Italian Society of Astrobiology).
Outreach exhibitions curated by regional research, art and science institutes will be set up in the exhibition areas of the Trieste Convention Centre, where researchers and citizens can meet and exchange directly. The exhibitions include Both Ways, which is both live and digital and which will allow visitors to discover artistic installations on show simultaneously in Rijeka (Croatia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Bucarest (Romania), Timisoara (Romania), Belgrade (Serbia) and Budapest (Hungary), as well as the International Robotics Festival.
There will be other events in other parts of the region as well, such as an event on 1 September in Udine, where the neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti, who discovered mirror neurons, and the Artistic Director of Mittelfest Haris Pašović will debate the topic of empathy in science and art.