The Science in the City Festival takes shape

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The Science in the City Festival is beginning to take shape, while it will be possible until 31st December 2019 to submit proposals to be included in the rich programme of scientific dissemination events that will animate Trieste from 27th June to 11th July 2020. The new web site has now been online for a few days making it possible to see updates to the programme and, of course, up until the deadline, to submit new proposals for events to be added to the over 100 that have been received until now.

The Science in the City Festival is dedicated to people of all ages and aims to bring citizens closer to the world of science and technology. Various formats are available, ranging from shows and workshops to literary cafés, including conferences, guided tours and concerts.

Over the space of a fortnight, more than 150 events will be held involving many locations spread across the city of Trieste and beyond. This is especially thanks to the fundamental collaboration with the Municipality of Trieste who have made available, free of charge, public spaces, museums and theatres acting as the Festival’s containers, including the whole museum complex in the Old Port (Porto Vecchio), the new Trieste Convention Centre and the “Salone degli Incanti” (former fish market).

Visitors are expected mainly from the Triveneto area and from Italy, but also from the neighbouring Slovenia and Austria, given that the Festival will be international and multilingual. The Festival will also be a way to provide a cultural offering to the many tourists in the city at that time.

“We have titled this edition of the Festival “Collisions” – explains Paola Rodari, Science In The City Programme Manager – to highlight that it is not just a matter of bringing researchers and citizens of all ages together but to also include people of letters and poets, artists, actors, musicians and so on in a creative dialogue on science and technology. More than 50 public and private entities are contributing to building the event, including theatres, art galleries, associations, research institutions, local authorities and others too. The scientific institutes of the Trieste Science System will participate in various ways: opening the doors to their research centres, proposing exhibitions, organising science cafés and conferences, and other special events with gastronomy and taste or cinema as the co-stars.”

A new temporary exhibition area for the duration of the Festival will be available on the ground floor of Warehouse 26, which will host a fully-fledged Science EXPO with exhibitions by ICGEB, Elettra and the European network of synchrotrons, ARPA FVG (Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment -- Friuli Venezia Giulia) and also Fondazione Veronesi, Fincantieri and many others.

A number of indications were presented during the press conference, beginning to outline the shape of the Science in the City Festival, among which, with reference to the leading names of those expected to participate, the Nobel Laureate for Physics 2019 Didier Queloz.

Here are some examples:

Maker Faire Trieste. During the first weekend of the Festival, on 27th and 28th June 2020, makers, inventors and creatives from all over Italy and abroad, especially from Central-European countries such as Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, will come together in Trieste. Exhibitions, performances, demonstrations and workshops for adults and children alike will bring them into direct contact with the world of technological innovation and science.

TriesteACT – International theatre festival. From 5th to 11th July 2020, during the second week of the Science in the City Festival, ten young theatre companies, in total around one hundred artists under 35 from all over the world, will put on a week of theatre performances open to all. The troupes, chosen after calls for proposals, will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices in a programme of dedicated workshops. In this special edition of TACT for Science in the City Festival, most of the shows will have science and innovation as their protagonist.

ShorTS International Film Festival. From 26th June to 4th July 2020, Trieste will host ShortTS IFF, a competitive festival dedicated to short films from all over the world and to Italian independent cinema, also with, among others, a section dedicated to the best international short films made using virtual reality technology.

Science Greeters, a Fondazione Pittini project in collaboration with ESOF2020 Trieste, UNITS and other scientific bodies to train university students as specialised guides – in economics, history and science – during the two weeks of the Festival.

Science Show Big Parade, a festival of street animated shows from all over Europe, with the participation of Copernicus Science Centre Warsaw, Hands-on Science Centre Ljubljana, Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Centre Győr (Hungary) and others from France and Italy.

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