“What exactly is an invention? What ingredients and conditions favor it? What can we imagine and create and what could we never reach?” Three questions that men and women have often tried to answer, putting themselves to the test, studying, tirelessly setting themselves higher goals to reach. Sometimes even accepting their own limits. Perhaps it was devising the way to fly, then arriving on the Moon, now to discover Mars. At the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome from April 8th to April 14th, the National Geographic Festival of Sciences will put into action topics to try to answer these centuries-old questions. And it will do so through round tables and conferences, music and dance, films and screenings, workshops and installations, shows and exhibitions. A mix of around 500 events, distributed in different locations, to pay tribute to Science and its expressions.
Now in its 14th edition, produced by the Musica per Roma Foundation and organized by National Geographic in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, University and Research and many other partners, the Science Festival this year will pay tribute to that creative twist and ingeniousness that underlies countless discoveries, revolutions, progress in every field of human knowledge. That engine of knowledge which, from technology to art, from philosophy to science has made exploration, knowledge, transmission of knowledge and relevant findings possible. The concept of invention will be the protagonist and focal point of the event and it could not be otherwise in a year which marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, as well as 50 years since the landing on the Moon and the 150 years since Dmitry Mendeleev invented the Periodic Table cataloging of the elements.
From the Auditorium to the Casa del Jazz, from the MAXXI to the Bioparco, passing through science museums, libraries and universities, Rome will be the scenario where scientists, writers, Nobel prizes, astronauts, dancers and directors will discuss about that knowledge engine that leads to the introduction of an idea, a theory, a technology. That fundamental matrix through which man has made great discoveries and created immense beauty.
Inserted in the event of the National Committee for the celebrations of the genius of the Mona Lisa, the Festival will talk about space with Carolyn Porco, scientist and American influencer, explorer of the external solar system, leader of the Imaging Team of the Cassini mission to the discovery of Saturn. It will investigate modern laser technology with the Nobel physics awards Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland, while with Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1998 for the essay Guns, Germs, and Steel, it will explore the relationship between invention and evolution. Art will mix with science, art that talks about science, science that creates art. Then we will see the dancer Marta Ciappina in the artistic-scientific performance La danza della mente, we will attend MAXXI at the screening of Galileo by Liliana Cavani and at the meeting with the director to narrate the story of the brilliant scientist and his clash with the Church. A dense network of events that will see alternating concerts, debates on environmental protection, ethical reflections, incursions into the world of artificial intelligence and the posthuman.
Past and future that intersect in a continuous exchange under the banner of invention, the wonders of the mind and its wonderful creations.
For info on the Festival visit the dedicated page and for the complete program click here.