The 2019 call for proposals is now closed.

This call aims was to receive proposals about exhibition, workshops, shows, special events or talks that could be part of the 2019 Genoa Science Festival programme. We recieved 327 proposals.

The keyword of the Festival of Science 2019 will be Elements. A word that refers to concepts that are the basis of theories and experiences in every field of scientific knowledge. 150 years after the formulation of the classification system proposed by Mendeleev, 2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. A long journey was made by chemistry, from the four Aristotelian elements to the modern periodic systems, whose elements were then broken through the discoveries of physics into increasingly elementary particles and recomposed, thanks to biology, into basic elements of the structure of DNA, molecules, cells, organs and organisms.

The term element in mathematics corresponds to abstract concepts that are the basis of fundamental theories such as set theory, geometry and infinitesimal calculus. Elements are the individuals of a community, the fundamental principles of a science, an art or a technique, the components with which we describe the environment populated by living beings that grow, develop and evolve.

Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, when asked what was the most important scientific idea to be preserved, if only one could be preserved, answered “the idea of atom”, in the etymological sense of term, or the idea that matter is made up of “elementary” components that interact with each other.

The reductionist paradigm, typical of Galileo’s scientific method, expresses the idea that increasingly complex objects obey fundamental laws that govern the elements that make them up. On the contrary, many anti-scientific theses often have an anti-reductionist foundation based on outdated holistic ideas, which modern science has proven to be wrong. And, however, it is precisely the awareness of the enormous distance between current knowledge and the knowledge necessary to understand the complex systems that populate our universe and our daily world that pushes scientists every day to seek elementary laws, capable of formalizing and deciphering nature.

Your projects will allow exploring with scientific rigor and creativity this important keyword and its infinite and possible declinations.

International year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (UNESCO)
International year of indigenous languages (ONU)
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210 years from Darwin’s birth
200 years from Melville’s birth
150 years from Gandhi’s birth
200 years from Kubrick’s death
30 years from Sakharov’s death
110 edition of Giro d’Italia
100 years from Fausto Coppi’s birth
90 years from Anna Frank’s birth
100 years from Primo Levi’s birth
50 years from the first Moon landing
90 years from the crash of the New York Stock Exchange
2019 was year of setting of Blade runner
500 years from Magellan’s circumnavigation