The eighth edition of the Scienza e Virgola Festival

The Science&Media Festival organised by SISSA's Interdisciplinary Laboratory returns from 16 to 21 May 2024
Scienza e Virgola

With "Diversity" as its keyword, from 16 to 21 May 2024 Scienza e Virgola, the Science&Media Festival organised by SISSA's Interdisciplinary Laboratory, returns. Diversity means that variety of viewpoints that makes the world more interesting and freer, but which also concerns research and trust in it.

Under the artistic direction of writer Paolo Giordano, the eighth edition will be a six-day programme of meetings, dialogues, experiential events, and a vast focus on scientific books. But also shows, films, tastings, and workshops for adults and children. An ambitious programme that will also involve theatres and bookshops, schools, libraries, cafés and places new to the Festival, such as the Casa Circondariale Ernesto Mari in Trieste.

Among the guests attending the festival will be writers Chiara Valerio and Olivia Laing, psychotherapist Stefania Andreoli and journalist Cecilia Sala, who will dialogue with Paolo Giordano in three different encounters. Harvard astrophysicist Lisa Randall will be interviewed by Barbara Gallavotti in an event promoted with the ICTP-International Centre for Theoretical Physics "Abdus Salam".

The program will also include writers Claudia Durastanti and Federica Manzon, science communicators Gabriella Greison and Massimo Polidoro, LUISS University Rector Andrea Prencipe, and journalist Massimo Sideri. But that's not all! We're thrilled to welcome CERN's Director of Theoretical Physics, Gian Francesco Giudice, and mathematician-philosopher Daniel Andler from Sorbonne University, both presenting their latest books at the festival.

To enrich the program, the SISSA Open Day on Friday, May 17, will take place at the school's headquarters on Via Bonomea 265 in Trieste, featuring meetings, guided tours, workshops, games, conferences, and theater in an open event for the city.

Partners of Scienza e Virgola are Cooperativa Teatro Miela/Bonawentura di Trieste, Associazione Casa del Cinema of Trieste, Antico Caffè e Libreria San Marco, Triestebookfest. The Festival is realised thanks to the contribution of Fondazioni Casali, Fondazione CRTrieste, Fondazione Pezcoller, AcegasApsAmga, Fondazione AIRC per la Ricerca sul Cancro, iNEST – Interconnected Nord-Est Innovation Ecosystem, and Istat - Istituto Nazionale di Statistica. 

The Festival’s media partners are RAI Radio 3, RAI FVG e Gruppo nord/est multimedia.

Science and Virgola 2024 is organised in collaboration with: Biblioteca comunale Lina Marii Marinelli, Trieste; Biblioteca comunale Quarantotti Gambini, Trieste; Biblioteca Tram dei Libri, Opicina; ICTP-International Centre for Theoretical Physics Abdus Salam; ISIS Giosuè Carducci -Dante Alighieri, Trieste; ISIS Michelangelo Buonarroti, Monfalcone; ITS Grazia Deledda-Max Fabiani, Trieste; Libreria Lovat, Trieste; Libreria Ubik, Trieste; Nido la SISSA dei Piccoli-Cooperativa Or. s.a.; Scuola dell'infanzia di Melara, Trieste; Scuola primaria Attilio Degrassi, Opicina; Scuola secondaria di I grado Italo Svevo, Trieste; SISSA Medialab; Trieste Next.

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