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Festival of Science – European Space Expo

Genoa, 24 October – 2 November 2014

Genoa will host at the same time two significant scientific events: the Festival of Science and the European Space Expo, which will be both held from 24 October to 2 November 2014.

“Time” is the main theme for the Festival’s 2014 edition. The event has been organized since 2003 and its aim is to make science comprehensible in a charming and innovative way for a large audience, especially for young people.

The Festival is a meeting point for researchers, enthusiasts, schools and families and it’s one of the biggest events for the dissemination of scientific culture at an international level. Meetings, workshops, shows and conferences will tell the science in an engaging way, with interactive initiatives and cross sections.

Each year the Festival offers happenings inspired by current issues and hot topics of scientific debate. Major national and international guests are another strong point of this event.

The Italian Space Agency will take part in the Festival, with special regard to lectures. In particular, on 27 October 2014 the ASI President Roberto Battiston will give a ‘lectio magistralis’ – together with Riccardo Musenich (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) – on “Magnetic shields for interplanetary journeys” and on 30 October 2014 Alessandro Coletta (Head of  COSMO-SkyMed Mission Management Unit) will deliver a lecture about “COSMO-SkyMed: an eye on Earth and sea changes”.

The European Space Expo will occur at the same time. It will be back in Italy after the stop-over in Rome in August 2013.

The aim of the Expo is to show citizens how European space policies and space-based technologies benefit our everyday lives and their importance for the European economy.

As a travelling exhibition, 18 European cities have hosted the Expo since 2012 and more than 360,000 people have visited it.

The area Porto Antico – Piazzale Mandraccio in Genoa will host the exhibition, that contains a range of technologies for communicating the benefits and the applications of the most important European space programmes such as Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS.

The Italian Space Agency will also take part in this event as it did in Rome last year. Specifically, the ASI President Roberto Battiston will give a lecture on 27 October 2014.

Additional information on both the events is available on the websites below mentioned.