Interdisciplinary Laboratory

The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Natural and Humanistic Sciences


The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Natural and Humanistic Sciences (Laboratorio Interdisciplinare Scienze Naturali e Umanistiche) was founded in 1989 to experiment new links between science and humanities and investigate the various aspects of science and society issues. Its main aim is to explore intercultural connections among art, ethics, history, philosophy and science.

Since 1993, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory has been running a Masters Course in Science Communication, which has formed more than 250 scientific journalists, press officers, museum curators and actors in the field.

Within the Interdisciplinary Laboratory, the Innovations in the Communication of Science group (ICS) is one of the few Italian groups focused exclusively on research in science communication. ICS contributes to the production of JCOM - Journal of Science Communication and to the organization of the National Italian Conference on Science Communication.

The Interdisciplinary Laboratory has been involved in several European projects, such as SCIRAB (Science in Radio Broadcasting), DOTIK (European Training for Young Scientists and Museums Explainers), GAPP (Gender Awareness Participation Process) and ESConet, the European Science Communication Network focused on original communication training workshops for scientists.

The Interdisciplinary Laboratory has coordinated the FP7 Health project bid - brains in dialogue, aimed at fostering the dialogue among key stakeholders in neuroscience and raising public engagement.

Presently, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory is involved in two Europen projects: CommHERE (Communicating Health Research in Europe) as national coordinator for Italy and NERRI (Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) as a partner. The main goal of CommHERE is to promote and disseminate the results of the European health research achieved thanks to EC fundings. CommHERE communication strategy involves press and journalism, video productions and the extensive use of social networks. CommHERE also leads an interesting experimental group dedicated to the organization of innovative outreach events for the lay public. Examples of CommHERE dissemination can be found in Italian on Ricerca&Medicina online magazine and in English on NERRI aims to contribute to the introduction of Responsible Research and Innovation in neuro-enhancement in the European Area. The purpose of NERRI is to promote a broad societal dialogue about the issues related to the use of drugs and medical devices to improve cognitive performance (neuro-enhancement).