Public events

Genova Science Festival

FestivalScienzaGenova Science Festival is a fixed point of reference for science dissemination in Italy, a great opportunity to meet for researchers, science enthusiasts, schools and families, and one of the major international scientific events in Europe. An event for everybody: meetings, workshops, shows and conferences to tell science in a new, engaging way, crossing over traditional subject boundaries. 

The Science Festival event lasts 11 days and takes place in many spots around the city. In the 2017 edition alone, there were 273 events, 140 interactive exhibitions and labs, 13 shows and special events, 120 lectures and meetings, 47 locations and 341 speakers.

In the 2018 edition, Ospedale San Raffaele organized a interactive lab about the use of fluorescence in biomedical research.



Bergamo scienza_logoBergamoScienza Festival (co-founded in 2003 by the institute) is committed to spreading scientific knowledge through its events. During the first two weeks of October, the city of Bergamo become an epicentre of scientific and technological knowledge that has global reverberations.

Talks, exhibits, workshops, shows and much more unveil the latest and greatest in science and strengthen the relationship between science and an aware and informed citizenship. These are the numbers of 16 editions of the festival: 28748 volunteers and 332 schools, inviting 24 Nobel prices and registering 1489777 presences.

Our researchers and scientists involved as speakers in the 2018 edition were, among others, Gianvito Martino, Luigi Naldini, Matteo Iannacone and Stefano Previtali. 


Pint of science

pint of science_logoThe Pint of Science festival (PoS) aims to deliver talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – mainly across bars and pubs. This event is run mainly by volunteers and was established in England by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012.

The festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May and simultaneously in hundreds of cities across the world: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Holland, Paraguay, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, Spain, United States, South Africa and Thailand. In Italy, Pint of Science takes place in 20 cities with more than 300 speakers in 66 pubs.

Since 2017 Ospedale San Raffaele is sposoring the Milan edition of Pint of Science. Our researchers involved as speakers in the last two editions were: Manuela Battaglia and Roberto Furlan (2017); Simone Cenci, Stefano Erzegovesi and Anna Ogliari (2018).


Meet Me Tonight

Meet me tonight_logoMeet Me Tonight is the European Researcher’s Night in Milan, a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. Since 2005, it takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

Meet me tonight event lasts two days and takes place at Giardini Indro Montanelli park, in Milano. Over 50.000 visitors participated in interactive workshops and organized activities in 2017, with 500 researchers involved, 44 stands, 4.000 mq of labs and 18 talks.

In the 2018 edition, Ospedale San Raffaele in collaboration with Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele organized a hands-on activity on neuroscience research and the relationship between the mind and the brain.


focus live

Focus Live Festival, at its first edition, is science event organized by Focus – the popular science and entertainment magazine – in cooperation with the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan.  It features over 200 events in 4 days, including conferences, workshops, debates, shows, labs and interactive installations – run in collaboration with national and international universities, institutions, research centres and companies – with the aim of presenting and offering a more detailed look at the current challenges facing humanity and the tools we have to meet them.