Under the patronage of
and with the financial support of
Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
Provincia di Trieste
Comune di Trieste

With the participation of



This multi and interdisciplinary conference is fostered and sponsored by several international organisations. Participation of over 100 researchers from Central and Eastern Europe and at least 50 official speakers is planned.

The main purposes of this multi and interdisciplinary conference are

  • to gather former and current Alexander von Humboldt fellows from Italy and Central European countries, as well as representatives of the von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn

  • to analyse forthcoming trends in several advanced fields of research

  • to overcome the separation between natural and human sciences by highlighting mutual and overlapping connections and to create a platform for international exchange of ideas and methods

  • to improve scientific cooperation between the cultural and research institutions which make up the "Trieste System" and similar institutions in Central and Eastern Europe


How to reach Trieste: english - italian

University of Trieste, Piazzale Europa, H3 building: map , the campus
Miramare campus, Strada Costiera 11, ICTP and SISSA: map , how to reach

Practical informations

Administrative Secretary
Department of Political Sciences,
University of Trieste
ph./fax: +39 040 5587829
E-mail: dsps@amm.units.it

Organizing Secretary
Smile Tech
ph.: +39 040 3481631
fax: +39 040 3487023
mobile: +39 335 8373440
E-mail: info@smileservice.it

With the collaboration of:
Dipartimento di Letterature straniere, Comparatistica e Studi culturali, University of Trieste
Dottorato di ricerca in Filosofia, University of Trieste
Assessorato Educazione, università e ricerca, Comune di Trieste

Languages: italian, english and german (simultaneous translation)
except the Miramare session on Thursday afternoon (working language: english).

Touristic information
Weather forecasts

Main topics and program draft

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Wednesday 27 June
Thursday 28 June
Friday 29 June
Morning - University of Trieste
piazzale Europa 1, H3 Building
8.45 - 9.00

9.00-9.45 Aula Magna
F. Peroni, Rector University of Trieste

9.45-10.00  Aula Magna
F.Longato, Trieste

10.30-12.30 Aula Magna
Plenary Session

Intersections and Interplay among the Languages of the Sciences
J.Nida-Rümelin - A.Corbea-Hoisie - A.Venturelli - M.C.Foi (Chair)

Morning - University of Trieste
piazzale Europa 1, H3 Building
9.00-10.30 Aula Magna

Ethical and Juridical Issues in Biotechnologies and Nanotechnologies
P.Battaglini - M.Giacca -
S.Patti  - M.Prato - W.Vossenkuhl (Chair)

11.00-12.45 Aula Magna
Thematic Session

Role of International Partnership in Research and Cooperation Projects in the New Europe
J.Bonnin (European Commission DG Research, Bruxelles) - S.Baszio (Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Bonn)

Morning - University of Trieste
piazzale Europa 1, H3 Building
11.00-12.30 Aula Magna
Plenary Session
Individuals and Community: New Social and Economic Philosophies
W.Vossenkuhl - S.Zamagni - M. Mori (Chair)

Afternoon - University of Trieste
piazzale Europa 1, H3 Building
Thematic Session

Sciences and the Thought of Life

Parallel workshops:

Aula 1C

Embodied Cognition: Evidence from Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging
C.Corradi Dell’Acqua - I.M.Havel - C.Luzzatti - B.Tomasino - R.Rumiati (Chair)

Aula Magna
Theory and Experience in the Life Sciences: modern and contemporary issues
T.Bach - C.Ferrini - A.Piazza - T.Pievani - E.Spinelli - S.Poggi (Chair)

Aula 3B

The Future of Life: Medicine, Biochemistry and Bio Engineering
W.Bogdanowicz - M.Giacca - V.Glisin - D.Hranueli - I.Pajeva - D.Platikanov (Chair)

17.30-19.00 Aula Magna

Beyond the Boundaries separating the Sciences
A.Cangiano - G.Ghirardi - R.Pozzo - G.Vallortigara - F.A.Gianturco (Chair)

Afternoon - Miramare Campus
Plenary Session
Explaining Reality: Models, Languages and Information in Advanced Research

ICTP, Strada Costiera 11
Main Lecture Hall
D.Petz - A.Smirnov - K.R. Sreenivasan - L.Dabrowski (Chair)

SISSA, via Beirut 2-4
Aula Magna
G.Dell'Antonio - S.Doplicher - S.Fantoni - L.Dabrowski (Chair)

Afternoon - University of Trieste
piazzale Europa 1, H3 Building
Thematic Session
Culture and Recognition

Parallel workshops:

Faculty of Economics
Sala Conferenze

National State, Constitutional Heritage and Citizenship
E.Denninger - L.Garlicki - S.Mangiameli - R.Scarciglia - S.Bartole (Chair)

H3 Building, Aula Magna
Constellation of the Human: Philosophical Perspectives
H.Burger - N.Dmitrieva - M.Ferrari - W.Henckmann - K.Neumer - R.Martinelli (Chair)

H3 Building, Aula 1C
Literary Imagination and Scientific Models
E.Agazzi - E.Kocziszky - A.Stašková - F.Vercellone - D.Goltschnigg (Chair)

17.30-19.30 Aula Magna
Responsability of the Knowledge Society in the Process of European Integration
R.Cosolini, Regional Assessor, University and Research, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia - C.Borri, CRIACIV - S.Fantoni, SISSA - G.Michellone, AREA Science Park - C.Rizzuto, ELETTRA Synchrotron - C.Tuniz, ICTP - F.Ruzzier, University of Trieste (Chair)

M.Budin - International Trade Undersecretary

A. Corbea-Hoisie
Ambassador of Romania to Austria

S. Fantoni
Director SISSA

Director ICGEB

H. Kreid
CEI Director General

G. Michellone
President AREA Science Park

F. Peroni
Rector University of Trieste

K.R. Sreenivasan
Director ICTP

F. Longato (Head)
University of Trieste

L. Dabrowski
SISSA Trieste

C. Ferrini
University of Trieste

M. C. Foi
University of Trieste

R. Martinelli
University of Trieste

R. Rumiati
SISSA Trieste