Public engagement defines the set of not-for-profit activities aimed at a non-academic public, with an educational, cultural and developmental value of the society through which the University communicates the benefits of education and its research outcomes. These initiatives include concerts, theatrical performances, film shows, sporting events, exhibitions, publications, programs, websites, social channels, activities involving schools and participatory democracy initiatives.
The University of Florence permanently promotes public engagement initiatives throughout the year with the aim of creating new relationships with the territory and society, in accordance with the provisions of the 'third mission'.
The University takes part in APEnet, the Italian universities and research institutes network that recognize the role and importance of values and actions of public engagement.
The University of Florence opens its doors to citizens one Sunday a month to discuss with professors and researchers on topical issues related to their disciplines, with a clear and accessible language and supported by a coordinator who facilitates the dialogue with the public and the exchange of ideas. The format, inaugurated in 2013, provides for roughly ten appointments a year and the full recording of each keynote, which is then made available on the University website and on YouTube. The talks are delivered in Italian.
This is an initiative promoted by the European Commission to spread scientific culture and knowledge of the research professions. For the realization of this event, the University of Florence takes part in the BRIGHT-NIGHT regional consortium supported and coordinated by the Region of Tuscany - Giovanisì. Characteristic of the initiative is the widespread involvement of researchers from all departments of the University, and in particular, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellows, protagonists of scientific conversations, workshops, demonstrations and shows on a wide range of topics. The objective of BRIGHT-NIGHT is also the involvement of the cultural institutions of the city and the Municipality of Florence.
Open access database, continuously updated which presents the research topics of the professors and researchers of our University by keyword search and, at the same time, makes the offer linked to scientific dissemination and communication visible. A channel of communication and dissemination of research that guarantees easier and direct access to the topics and to individual researchers, encouraging meeting spaces with all stakeholders in the community at large.