VIRUS! A contagious experience
It 's an interactive exhibition created in collaboration between Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele: a journey to discover these microscopic organisms, from the strategies with which they spread to how we can prevent them, to the way researchers manage to study them in high security laboratories. The goal is not just to make citizens aware of responsible and preventive behavior towards viral infections that affect us closely - from HIV to papilloma, from measles to influenza - but also to tell the advanced research of San Raffaele in this field.
The exhibition-workshop was held at the main science festivals in Italy, including MEETMeTONIGHT - the European Researchers' Night in Milan - BergamoScienza and the Genoa Science Festival:
Genova Science Festival
Genova Science Festival is a major event of 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 2019 edition alone, there were 280 events, 40 locations and 315 speakers for a total of 210.000 visits.
BergamoScienza 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.
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.
Meet Me Tonight
Meet 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 2019, with 500 researchers involved, 44 stands, 4.000 mq of labs and 18 talks.
Pint of science
The 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.
UniStem day is an event to promote study and education in scientific culture aimed at high school students between 16 and 19 years. There are about 20,000 students involeved only in Italy, scattered across the 50 Italian universities and research centers.
The event started in 2008 from our Milan university and has expanded over the years to extend in Europe and the world to promote a more mature and aware of the importance of knowledge and innovation for themselves and for others.
FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition. Participants have just three minutes to win over the judges and crowd with a scientific talk that excels for its content, clarity and charisma. If you are a scientist, researcher or university student and would like to put your talent as a communicator to the test, then take part in FameLab.
As with all talent shows, contestants are judged by a panel of experts from the fields of science and communication. The winners of each of the national competitions travel to the Cheltenham Science Festival for the FameLab International Final, which takes place each June.