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Bright 2018 - European Researchers' Night in Florence

This year's double appointment is on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 September

September 28 is this year's appointment for the European's Researchers Night, the European Commission's initiative to promote the dissemination of scientific culture, launched in Tuscany with the title "Bright 2018".

The event is aimed at an audience of all ages and offers the possibility to approach the multi-faceted world of science by meeting vis-a-vis the men and women that work daily in research.

Waiting for the Night

Thursday September 27 (Aula Magna - Piazza S. Marco 4)

Presentation of ideas and projects by young researchers

10 am | "Parliamo di ricerca" (Let's talk about research) with the winners of the competition "Giovani Ricercatori Protagonisti" (Young Protagonist Researchers) in collaboration with Fondazione Ente Cassa di Risparmio of Florence

3 pm | "Falling Walls Lab Florence" Italian stop of the international competition dedicated to young researchers and doctoral candidates.


Open Laboratories, Museums and Cultural Spaces

Friday September 28 (10 am - 2 pm)

University Museum System - Museum of Natural History

  • La Specola (Via Romana 17)
  • Anthropology and Ethnology (Via del Proconsolo 12)
  • Geology and Paleontology (Via G. La Pira 4)
  • Botanical Gardens "Giardino dei Semplici" (Via P.A. Micheli 3)

Tuscany's Museum Pole | National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Piazza SS. Annunziata 9b)

Museo degli Innocenti (Piazza SS. Annunziata 13)

Fine Arts Academy of Florence (Via Ricasoli 66)


Speaker's Corners

Friday September 28

Researchers chat with the public in some of Florence's notable corners (conversations are in Italian).

  • 11 am - Mercato di Sant’Ambrogio (piazza Ghiberti) | Sustainability and good nutrition. Wine, milk, meat, ancient food for a modern diet. Speakers: Arianna Buccioni and Valentina Canuti
  • 11.15 am - Piazza Santissima Annunziata |  Education and consumerism between past and present. Speaker: Stefano Oliviero
  • 11.30 am - Piazza Santa Maria Novella | Hypertension and blood pressure. Speaker: Pietro Amedeo Modesti

Researchers' Night

The programme starts at 4.30 pm at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1 – Florence) with the miniconferences by professors and researchers of the University of Florence (UNIFI), the European Laboratory for Non-linear Spectroscopy (LENS), the National Research Council (CNR), the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), the university hospital Meyer, the European University Institute. The talks are organised along key topics and are held in Italian:

  • European Paths (conferences held in English)
    • 5 pm - The role of English after Brexit. Will people still want to learn the language? (Nicholas Brownlees)
    • 5.45 pm - Populism or New Political Paradigm? (Sophia Hunger)
  • Food sustainability  and the climate change
  • European Year of Cultural Heritage
  • What a Wonderful World (conference held in English)
    • 5.30 pm - What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society (Olivier Roy)
  • Health
  • New technologies

OpenLab will offer scientific dissemination-level learning paths titled "Science and Cultural Heritage".
The UNIFI departments will present apps, role games and ideas for high school students' work experiences.l

Musical "intermezzos" performed by the University Choir.

Musical Night

The event will end, again at the Teatro del Maggio (starting at 9 pm), with the show "The origin of the musical species. A night of symphonic evolutions." The show features a cruise led by Charles Darwin, who will let the audience discover the incredible evolution of symphonic music, from Vivaldi to Nino Rota, through the protagonists of 300 years of musical and civil history.

The text is by Luigi Dei, president of the University of Florence, who will recite it together with Giovanni Vitali. Paolo Ponziano Ciardi conducts the Orchestra of the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory in Florence with additional elements from the Orchestra of the University of Florence (director Gabriele Centorbi) and the Music Higher Education Institutions of Livorno, Lucca and Siena.

Music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Igor 'Fëdorovič Stravinsky, George Gershwin, The Beatles, Nino Rota (arranged by Francesco Oliveto)

Free admission. Booking required.


10 September 2018