“The programme of the National Geographic Science Festival calls for over 340 events: more than 40 meetings with international scientists, philosophers, researchers, innovators, artists and more than 200 educational activities for kids and teenagers.”
The festival is produced by the Musica per Roma Foundation and co-directed by Vittorio Bo and Jacopo Romoli, and was planned together with National Geographic, ASI – Italian Space Agency and INFN – National Institute of Nuclear Physics, with the support of Roma Capitale, MIUR – Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, with the scientific collaboration of CNR – National Research Council, IIT – Italian Institute of Technology, INAF – National Institute of Astrophysics and INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, and with the participation of Unesco-L'Oréal and the Benetton Foundation.
A Kaleidoscope of Cultural Stimuli
The events are divided into four broader themes which are binary: “Earth and Environment”, “Thought and Creativity”, “Society and Law”, “Technology and Reality”. Important international academics will present the public with stimulating reflections on the relationship between humans and nature, thoughts and words, causes and time. Don’t miss the exclusive presentation of Genius: Picasso, a new TV series produced by Ron Howard for National Geographic, with Antonio Banderas playing the famous artist. There will be no plastic at the festival, because “it’s the small gestures, every day, that produce great changes”, in the words of Kathryn Fink, CEO of National Geographic.
“The festival will come to an end right on Earth Day, 22 April. Understanding the effects of human activities in all aspects is important: the world is becoming more and more crowded and we are reflecting on how to live in it better and preserve it.”
Focusing on Education
The festival will focus on education, because if children are interested, families can be involved as well. There will be more than 200 free events for children from 3 to 11 years old, there are already 10,000 reservations for workshops for students from Rome schools and free entrance on Saturday and Sunday to encourage families to participate.
“During the Festival, Fabiano Ventura’s exhibit entitled “On the Trail of the Glaciers – Searching the Past for a Sustainable Future” will be displayed, while Andrea Fantini, skipper of the Enel Green Power Class 40 sailboat, will be a speaker on the panel “What’s the Future for the Earth?”
Rome’s vice mayor in charge of culture, Luca Bergamo, in the presentation of the event, emphasised “how important it is that these themes are part of each citizen’s ordinary civil life. This festival, strengthened by the collaboration of National Geographic and other partners, is an important asset for the city of Rome. I hope that it is not limited to the duration of the event but lasts over time”.