Events in english

These following events are held or might be enjoyed by english speakers.


Israeli discoveries that have influenced the world
Revolutionary visions and goals from the Middle East
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala delle Grida
25 October - 4 November
The exhibition, first set up in 2016 in the departures hall of Tel Aviv-Ben-Gurion Airport and visited by over eight million passengers from all over the world, presents the discoveries and pioneering achievements of great Israeli researchers and scientists. The Italian edition, edited by the Israeli Embassy in Italy in 2018, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of independence, aims to spread the knowledge of the fascinating range of scientific innovations, the results and future prospects of research in the country.
The Innovators Way
Revolutionary discoveries that have changed the future of mankind
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala delle Grida
25 October - 4 November
The Innovators Waypresents the revolutionary innovations devised by researchers at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. These initiatives are the result of intensive and wide-ranging scientific research, followed by the registration of patents, the marketing of products and the marketing of Israeli and international companies. The innovations on show have brought benefits to humankind in many areas, making Hebrew University a vibrant and pioneering research center in all fields of human knowledge.
Infinite curiosity
Journey into the Universe in the company of Tullio Regge
Museo di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria
25 October - 4 November
Buckle up and get ready to cross the boundaries of time and space! We will leave for the Universe, in a journey through the most fascinating and debated themes of contemporary physics. To lead us into the boundless meanders of the cosmos, Tullio Regge, one of the greatest scientists of the second half of the twentieth century. His infinite curiosity is the theme of the exhibition, which will lead to the exploration of evocative aspects of current research, offering the opportunity to reflect on the public role of men of science.
A look from the sky!
Changes in ecosystems seen by satellites
Palazzo Ducale, Munizioniere
25 October - 4 November
Let's discover how ecosystems change through the eyes of satellites! The fruit of the European research project Ecopotentialcoordinated by the CNR, this striking photo exhibition portrays the changes in natural ecosystems in 24 of the most beautiful protected areas in Europe and the world. Beautiful photos, satellite images and narrations illustrate how researchers and managers of these places work together to study and preserve mountain, arid, coastal and marine ecosystems.
Cyber Security? We'll take care of it!
NeCS - European Network for Cyber Security
Piazza delle Feste
25 October - 4 November
Simulations, examples, audio-visual media and role-playing games will guide us through the world of Cyber Security, from the use of computer systems to encryption and access management. Together we will discuss the main security issues related to the exchange of information on the Internet - sharing, cloud, social networks - and the risks involved. A special focus will be devoted to theInternet of Thingsand smart objectsthat, connected to the network, offer high potential but also problems in terms of security.
50+ Thirty, Space in Italy
Photographic journey through space/time: an all-Italian story
Palazzo Ducale, Piano Nobile
25 October - 4 November
The camera traces the unique history of the Made in Italy Space, from the first satellite in orbit, result of the economic boom and stubbornness of Luigi Broglio, to the Italian launch base in Malindi, passing through the satellites on a leash and the seven Italian astronauts, up to the constellation of satellites COSMO-SkyMed. In the background, an evolving Space: from a field of political competition to a driving force for the economic and technological growth of the country.


Israel: Host country 2018
Meeting with Liat Ben-David, Re'em Sari
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 26 October, at 15:30
Israel presents itself to the Festival audience with a program that expresses its excellence in the different fields of knowledge and underlines the importance of scientific collaboration with Italy. The first event will inaugurate the cycle of events and will feature representatives of the Israeli Embassy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and some of the most important Israeli research institutes such as the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, that will illustrate their research perspectives and vision.
Deciphering the mind with optogenetics
A new science to investigate brain function
Lectio Magistralis with Ofer Yizhar
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 26 October, at 17:30 
Ofer Yizhar, a scientist from the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), leads us to the discovery ofoptogenetics, a new science capable of investigating the as yet unknown functions of our brain. By combining gene therapy, protein engineering and optical techniques, optogenetics probes neuronal circuits in vivo at millisecond intervals to understand how information is processed and transformed between neurons. 
Galaxy Monsters
Gravitational waves and black holes: on the verge of a new scientific adventure
Conversation with Re'em Sari, Marco Pallavicini
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 26 October, at 18:00 
The recent discovery of gravitational waves and, above all, the demonstration of the direct observability of black holes by means of gravitational wave detectors have given an extraordinary impulse to research, offering an unprecedented tool for answering old questions and new enigmas. Re'em Sari, a professor at the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is leading us on this wonderful new scientific adventure.
Robots and children
How machines can learn from children
Meeting with Minoru Asada, Giulio Sandini, Alessandra Sciutti
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 2 November, at 15:30 
The researcher Alessandra Sciutti and the lecturer at Osaka University Minoru Asada are following the trail of change in the process of developing the sensory, motor and cognitive abilities of human beings, to understand how to build robots capable of learning, adapting and developing an increasingly rich intelligence, just like a child does in the early years of life. Giulio Sandini, director of the Department of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences at IIT, expert in robotics and development, moderates the event.
The new Israeli cuisine
Between tradition and innovation
Meeting with Eleonora Cozzella, Ezra Kedem
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 28 October, at 11:00 a.m. 
Israel is experiencing a very dynamic moment from a gastronomic point of view: 70 years after its foundation, a debate is being held among opinion leaders on the identity of the country's cuisine. While street kitchens and home kitchens remain a kaleidoscopic representation of the many traditions that have come together here from all over the world, haute cuisine tries to pull the strings and gives a definition to the synthesis that is gradually emerging from so much diversity. Chef Ezra Kedem explores the roots and future of Israeli cuisine. Moderator: journalist Eleonora Cozzella.
The science of climate change
Between past and future
Lectio Magistralis with Joanna Haigh
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 28 October, at 15:00 
Joanna Haigh, co-director of the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, illustrates the evidence on climate change, analyzing temperature and other significant parameters, both globally and nationally, in the context of natural climate change. Haigh will show how basic physics can be used to build computer models to investigate climate processes, and how increasing CO2 levels will change our future.
Predictable humans 
Discovering algorithms that redesign our lives
Lectio Magistralis with Nimrod Kozlovski
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 28 October, at 17:30 
China's social rating program and Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) are just some of the systems we have developed to predict our behavior. They are based on algorithms that analyze and evaluate us, questioning our perceptions of society. Algorithms that watch us, monitor actions and redesign our lives. Nimrod Kozlovski, professor of Cyber & Entrepreneurship at the University of Tel Aviv, reveals how these algorithms affect our lives and how reality is changing right before our very eyes.
A new approach to brain regeneration
Treating brain injuries with hyperbaric oxygen therapy
International dialogue with Pietro Calissano, Shai Efrati, Viviana Kasam
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 28 October, at 18:00 
Shai Efrati, director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research in Tel Aviv, and Pietro Calissano, neurobiologist at the European Brain Research Institute Rita Levi-Montalcini (EBRI), illustrate the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, looking at a new understanding of brain repair processes and response to brain damage. During the meeting, the procedures for the selection of candidates suitable for treatment and the relative personalized treatment protocols will be examined in depth. 
Acute myeloid leukemia: how to forestall it
Early diagnosis thanks to research
Meeting with Francesco Frassoni and Liran Shlush
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 29 October, at 15:30 
Liran Shlush, a researcher at the Weizmann Institute, traced the family historyof stem cells from patients with acute myeloid leukemia and identified the presence of preleukemic stem cells many years before the onset of the disease, and their persistence after chemotherapy. The researcher recounts his incredible discovery, defined by the publishers of Nature Medicineas one of the most important advances in medicine in 2014, with great clinical and scientific implications.
The magic fiddle
The TELMI project for violin education
International dialogue with Letizia Gionfrida, Alberto Giordano, Gualtiero Volpe, George Waddell, Aaron Williamon, Rafael Ramirez
Casa Paganini
on 29 October, at 18:00 
TELMI - Technology Enhanced Learning of Musical Instrument Performance- is a project funded by the European Commission, created with the intent to investigate and implement new interactive technologies to support the study of a musical instrument, specifically the violin. The meeting, with the participation of Rafael Ramirez, coordinator of TELMI, and the scientific managers of the international research units taking part in the project, will include the presentation of the interactive technologies developed, which can be tested personally by the audience.
The Messinian salinity crisis
How events change our planet
Meeting with Angelo Camerlenghi, Zohar Gvirtzman, Gianluca Valensise
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala del Telegrafo
on 30 October, at 17:30 
About six million years ago the Mediterranean Sea was transformed into a giant salt basin, one of the largest in the history of the Earth. This event, known as the Messinian Salinity Crisis, changed the chemistry of the global ocean, with a permanent impact on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of all peri-Mediterranean regions. In order to answer the outstanding questions, three generations of scientists come together with the aim of redesigning a strategy and opening the door to new discoveries. 
Science and social networks: instruments of union between peoples 
From Israel's experience at CERN in Geneva to the TheShukran app
International dialogue with Giovanni Caprara, Giovanni Darbo, George Mikenberg, Luca Bauccio
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 29 October, at 18:00 
Physicist George Mikenberg brought Israel to CERN in Geneva, believing in the dialogue that science can open and maintain even between countries divided by politics. Lawyer Luca Bauccio is one of the founders of the social network TheShukran, based on the principle of gratitude to promote a dialogue with the Islamic world. Two different stories and two different tools to promote the union between peoples, told by the voice of the protagonists, together with journalist Giovanni Caprara and Giovanni Darbo, director of INFN, Genoa.
Discovering polymeric hydrogels
Thousands of applications and new paths for medicine
Lectio Magistralis with Luca Biferale, Dror Seliktar
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 30 October, at 21:00 
Dror Seliktar, an expert in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, presents the characteristics of a new biomimetic material, capable of exploiting the inductive properties of the natural fibrinogen of blood clotting. Tested in cell-based tissue engineering applications and in vivo tissue regeneration applications with bone, cartilage, smooth muscle and heart tissues, this biomaterial has shown extraordinary results, paving the way for potential new applications and discoveries.
SESAME Project: science without borders
East and West together towards the future
International dialogue with Roy Beck-Barkai, Giorgio Paolucci, Gihan Kamel, Andrea Plazzi
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 31 October, at 21:00 
Giorgio Paolucci introduces the singularity of the SESAME project, of which he is scientific director. The international multidisciplinary laboratory located in Jordan is a meeting place for the countries of the Middle East in conflict, such as the Palestinian National Authority and Israel. Thus, SESAME overcomes political barriers by the light of reason: science. The conference will also be attended by Gihan Kamel, a member of the scientific staff of SESAME, and Roy Beck-Barkai, physicist and lecturer at the University of Tel Aviv.
The nanosatellite revolution 
New perspectives in the design of space systems
Meeting with Pini Gurfil, Paolo Gaudenzi, Giancarlo Varacalli
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 1 November, at 18:00 
Aerospace engineering has undergone significant changes in the last two decades. At the heart of these transformations is a process that has led to the creation of highly efficient small satellites, called nanosatellites. The potential of this revolution will be illustrated by Pini Gurfil, scientific coordinator of SAMSON, Roberto Formaro, head of the Technology and Engineering Unit of ASI, and Paolo Gaudenzi, professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Digital privacy
Are our data safe? Bad news on the horizon
Lectio Magistralis with Menny Barzilay
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 1 November, at 21:00 
Can personal data be used to manipulate our decision-making process? Can a top-secret Russian agency really influence the outcome of the US presidential elections? Can today's technology analyze our behavior to the point of predicting and anticipating every single move we make? World-class computer security expert Menny Barzilay leads us into the dark age of digital privacy, an extremely dangerous and, at the same time, very fascinating age.
The tomato, from the past to the future 
From ornamental plant to pride of Italian cuisine
Conversation with Haim D. Rabinowitch, Giovanni Giuliano, Claudio Barchesi, Luigi Galimberti 
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala del Telegrafo
on 2 November, at 12 noon 
Few people know that the most popular Italian tomato, Pachino, is the result of Israeli research that aimed to select a plant capable of growing in high salinity soils. If Israel created it, the encounter with Italian soil gave it the flavor that makes it one of the best Sicilian PGI products. In the meeting we will talk about plant biotechnologies but also about molecules that give typical smells and tastes to the products of the vegetable world, highlighting some successful scientific collaborations between Italian and Israeli scientists.
The life story of Enrico Fermi: the last man who knew everything
Meeting with Luisa Cifarelli, David Schwartz
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 2 November, at 17:30 
Eighty years after the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics, we retrace the life of Enrico Fermi, the father of the nuclear era. David N. Schwartz, son of Nobel Prize winner for Physics Melvin Schwartz who in 1988 won recognition thanks to Fermi’s achievements, tells the story of the man and the scientist who created the atomic bomb in Los Alamos. Luisa Cifarelli, professor of Physics, tells the story of the scientific life of the young Fermi from via Panisperna, and of the unexpected discovery of his laboratory notebook on the study of neutron-induced radioactivity.
Man and nature
A troubled relationship
Lectio Magistralis with Gilles Boeuf
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 2 November, at 18:00 
We are facing a new dark age, characterized by an economy that focuses on making money at the expense of nature and plans for infinite growth in a finite world. If there is widespread awareness of this - as proven by the rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement - why don't we do our utmost to stop the global degradation of our planet? French biologist Gilles Boeuf explores the troubled and controversial relationship between man and nature.
Care opportunities and new challenges
International dialogue with Paolo Decuzzi, Chezy Barenholz, Andrea De Censi, Dan Peer, Mirco Ponzoni
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Minor Consiglio
on 3 November, at 15:00 
The round table will focus on the successes achieved in the field of nanomedicine, the future opportunities and challenges that await us, illustrated by scientists involved in the development and application of nanoparticles. In particular, we will listen to Chezy Barenholz, one of the inventors of liposomal doxorubicin, Dan Peer, director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Tel Aviv, and, from Genoa, Mirco Ponzoni, biologist at the Gaslini Hospital and Andrea De Censi, oncologist at the Galliera Hospital. Moderator: Paolo Decuzzi, IIT, Genoa.
Mathematics and the real world
The role of the science of numbers in evolution
Lectio Magistralis with Zvi Artstein, Roberto Lucchetti
Palazzo Ducale, Sala del Maggior Consiglio
on 3 November, at 15:30 
Math is fascinating, but also  fearsome. It is "hard," they say, but also "sublime." And many people think that it is a discipline that is independent of the real world: it lives and develops in a universe of its own, inaccessible to the uninitiated, a distant hyperuranion that has no contact with reality. Israeli mathematician Zvi Artstein persuades us to the contrary, retracing the history of the science of numbers from its Neolithic origins to the present day. Roberto Lucchetti, professor at the Milan Polytechnic, moderates the meeting.
De gustibus
The other side of plant biotechnology
International dialogue with Efraim Lewinsohn, Fiorella Sinesio, Elisabetta Moneta, Giuditta Perozzi
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala del Telegrafo
on 4 November, at 12:00 
How do we perceive the often subtle differences between the many tastes we enjoy at each meal? Experts in the field will explain how you can measure the perception of taste in an objective and scientific way. We will learn how modern tools of functional genomics are used to improve the taste and aroma of plant foods: because the selection of new varieties with better agronomic characteristics would be useless if it did not go hand in hand with the selection of tasty varieties! 

Special events 

Israel at the table
Cooking show with Chef Ezra Kedem
special event
Palazzo della Borsa, Sala del Telegrafo
on 28 October, at 16:00
on 29 October, at 17:30
A tasty gastronomic itinerary to discover the flavors of Israel. To guide us, the extraordinary chef, symbol of the new cuisine of the Middle Eastern country, Ezra Kedem, who with art and skill will mix unexpected ingredients on the borderline between tradition and innovation, paying homage to Liguria in every dish. Get ready to enjoy a delicious hummus based on pine nuts with a unique and surprising taste or a typical carpaccio of Arcadia eggplants with tahini, Jerusalem olive oil and goat yogurt, or even delicious chigabulgur. Betè avon!