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Libera il tuo futuro. Padova nel mondo



 Libera il tuo futuro. Padova nel mondo

Libera il tuo futuro. Padova nel mondo

A conversation with Telmo Pievani and Alessandro Melis

Opening remarks by Fabio Finotti

On the occasion of the celebrations for the 800 years of the University of Padua


As part of the series of events Libera il tuo futuro. Padova nel mondoFree your future. Padua in the worldthe Italian Cultural Institute presents a conversation on "science and serendipity", exploring the deeper aspects of research and the scientific method, with Telmo Pievani, philosopher of science, evolutionist and lecturer at the University of Padua, and the world-famous Italian architect Alessandro Melis, committed to sustainability and the design of resilient communities.

From the name of the mythical Serendippo from which, according to the Persian legend, three princes set out to explore the world, serendipity - to which Pievani dedicated his latest book Serendipity. The unexpected in science (Cortina, 2021) - represents the unexpected, that which, not foreseen by scientists, often plays a decisive role in that "bricolage" of ideas, creativity and intuitions that are the basis of scientific discovery.

Serendipity reveals to us "what we did not know we did not know", but luck is not enough: we need sagacity, curiosity, imagination, cunning. Above all, in order for the unexpected to manifest itself and be seized, freedom of studying and researching is necessary and for eight hundred years this has constituted the founding value of the University of Padua, also expressed in the motto - Universa universis patavina libertas - which illuminates the path "serendipitous" of the University since its foundation in 1222. Melis and Pievani will talk about freedom of research and design, starting from the ideas of serendipity and bricolage, that is the ingenious reuse of existing materials or ideas, a process known in evolution as exaptation, a term coined in 1982 by Elisabeth Vrba and the great New York evolutionist Stephen J. Gould.


The series is organized by the Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. 


Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC-NY

In collaboration with : UniversitĂ  di Padova

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - NY