International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Andrea Moltrasio Ideas Activities
  • ing., Associazione BergamoScienza
    Bergamo, Italy
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    Tel +39 35 215992
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    Associazione BergamoScienza
  • IYC Interests:

    Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
    Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
    Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
    Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
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In the fall of 2011 (October 1st-October 16th) the City of Bergamo, located in Northern Italy, will host the 9th Edition of the Science Festival “BergamoScienza". The Festival’s aim is to popularize science among young people, students, professionals and citizens who are interested in many of the most crucial aspects of the scientific debate today.

The BergamoScienza Festival is organized from The “Associazione BergamoScienza”, an independent association founded by a group of citizens together with the University of San Raffaele of Milan, the University of Bergamo, the Chamber of Commerce, the Association of the Industrialists along with other private Institutions of the City and Province of Bergamo.

The goals of this non profit association are to promote cultural events related to the public understanding of science and to develop opportunities for direct engagement, in particular of students, in projects of education and formation. The association is neither political nor religious. The Scientific Board has as Honorary President, the Nobel Laureate Rita Levi Montalcini and the Chairman is Edoardo Boncinelli, a world-known molecular neurobiologist.

The previous editions hosted noted speakers like: Robert Gallo, Luca Cavalli Sforza, Kary Mullis, Rita Levi Montalcini, Francesco Salamini, Burt Rutan, John Barrow, Oliver Sacks, Marvin Minsky, Paul Crutzen, John Casti, Bjorn Lomborg, Nazli Choucri, Roald Hoffman, Kerry Emanuel, Peter Agre, Daniel Dennet, Martin M. Monti, Craig Venter, Guido Tonelli, Eric R. Kandel, Richard S. Lindzen, Roger A. Pielke Jr, John Cacioppo as well as many others. The 2010 Edition had an attendance of around 100,000 people and the latest 2009 edition saw more than 83,000 people attend the various events.

The BergamoScienza Festival usually lasts two to three weeks with conferences, exhibits, interactive laboratories and live performances. It is possible to refer to our website <> for more information. References on the BergamoScienza Association are also available upon request.

Moreover, this year BergamoScienza will celebrate the International Year of Chemistry in particular on October 15th we have scheduled several Chemistry Events as: conferences, laboratories, exhibitions and entertainments. There will be also the Elements Exhibitions organized in collaboration with the Dublin Science Gallery.