Researchers’ Night at Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Experiments, demonstrations, performances, meetings, exhibitions, guided tours, open workshops and a party to learn all about the world of science.
On September 25, 2009 Trento will be animated by “The Researchers’ night”, an event sponsored by the European Commission and organized by Fondazione Bruno Kessler (where I work) in collaboration with the Istituto Agrario S. Michele all’Adige, the University of Trento, Trentino Sviluppo, the Institute for evaluative research on public policies (IRVAPP), the Municipality of Trento and the Autonomous Province of Trento.

Check the Program and the video on Youtube.
The night will end up with a party and I’m sure you will not miss the opportunity to dance with a researcher! ;)

Children and adults will have the opportunity to understand science by experiencing its day-to-day practices, by frequenting the spaces and places where research is carried out and by coming into contact with its machinery and equipment, but above all by talking to those directly involved. The public participating will be actively involved in hands-on experiments, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, using also an accessible wording also for non scientists . Each of the venues for the day’s events will plan a “European corner”, providing information on Europe and European interventions in favour of researchers and research.

Through offering the public at large and specifically young people the opportunity to directly get in touch with researchers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the Researchers’ Night project not only allows the participants to better understand the input of research in economic growth, employment and competition and in their dally lives, but also offers a unique occasion to discover the “human face” of researchers. While discovering the fascinating aspects of the job, the visitors will also share with researchers their hopes, dreams, hobbies, concerns …and perceive them as “ordinary people”.

In the following the program but you better check the Program on the FBK web site.

Researchers’Night 2009

events, workshops and speakers
for a closer look at the world of science

Trento, Povo, San Michele all’Adige, Pergine
Friday 25 September 2009


FBK – Scientific and Technological Hub
Povo, via Sommarive 18
FBK – Humanities Hub
Trento, via Santa Croce 77
FEM – IASMA Fondazione Edmund Mach
S. Michele all’Adige, via E. Mach 2
University of Trento
Trento, Department of Juridical Sciences, via Verdi 53
Department of Economics, via Inama 5
* Trentino Sviluppo
Pergine Valsugana, BIC Innovation Center


Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo
West, North, East Buildings in via Sommarive 18
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
See how the “Sterile Room” works, where silicon devices are created for the largest European experiment at CERN in Geneva; enter the FBK laboratories and discover the secrets of microscopic worlds; experiment with new technologies that move beyond personal computers and take a look at the video cameras of the future. Don’t forget to try the voice-activated television, animate photographs with 3D images and challenge new surveillance systems with face recognition technology. This and more is possible in the research laboratories of FBK!

Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario San Michele all’Adige
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Visit our laboratories to discover how much information an apple holds and see how we can produce fruit with the least number of chemical substances. Come in and learn about sequencing, an essential step in understanding the role of the genome in fruit plants that can help improve their quality and nutrition. Observe the universe in a drop of water – learn about phytoplankton and other essential microorganisms which affect the quality of the water in our rivers and lakes. Listen to the music of insects or relax with a frosty liquid nitrogen ice cream whipped up during our scientific coffee breaks! Pay a visit to FEM for a fascinating exploration of the life sciences!

University of Trento
Department of Juridical Sciences
4:30 pm
“The public administration must be transparent and provide high quality services.” Easy enough to say, but much harder to actually meet this legitimate request. To achieve this, public institutions often use the services of legal researchers. How can they be useful? For example, they help to define correct and effective legislation; assist and support judges in interpreting the law or suggest best practices. Come to the Faculty of Juridical Sciences to see how their work can be useful to improving the quality of life for all of us.

Faculty of Economics
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Did you know that the economic crisis has a lot to do with psychology? There are even scientists who try to simulate consumers’ behaviour in the laboratory in order to explain the reasons behind economic trends. Come to the Experimental Economics Laboratory (CEEL) and participate in five surprising experiments to discover how much we allow our decisions to be influenced by the context and by psychology.Dipartment of Economics

Trentino sviluppo S.p.A.
B.I.C., Pergine Valsugana
10:00 am – 6:00 pm (guided tours, 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
From research to the business world: TRENTINO BUSINESS INNOVATION CENTRES.
“B.I.C. Pergine Valsugana Open door”:
– Exhibits
– Guided tours of the University of Trento laboratories
– Prototype demonstrations in conjunction with the Fiat Research Centre and FAR Systems


Fondazione Edmund Mach, San Michele, Multifunctional Hall at IASMA
9:00 am -10:00 am
Researchers without Borders.
Experiences in world countries and where academia meets business
Elisabetta Curzel, scientific journalist
Fernando Guarino, Executive Director of University and Scientific Research Service – PAT
Patrizia Ballardini, Managing Director of Trentino Sviluppo
Manuela Malavolta and Stella Passerotti, former researchers for IASMA, analysis laboratory at Bioanalisi Trentina srl

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Conference Hall
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Brain drain, caged brains
Different sides of the research problem in Italy
Augusto Palombini, CNR researcher and author of the articles “Cervelli in fuga” and “Cervelli in gabbia”
Francesca Pasinelli, General Manager of Telethon and member of the FBK Board of Directors

University of Trento, Conference Hall of the Faculty of Law
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Dire, fare, baciare…. RICERCARE! (One, two, three …. RESEARCH!)
Life-stories of researchers among laboratories, libraries and corporations
Giuseppe Tognon, Professor of the History of Education at the LUMSA University of Rome and President of the FBK Scientific Committee
Sheref S. Mansy, Researcher at the University of Denver (Colorado) and the CIBIO – Interdepartmental Centre of Integrated Biology
Fernando Ianeselli, Medical Director of the Provincial Health Department of Trento
Giulio Ricotti, researcher, ST Microelectronics

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo, West Hall
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Work or family? Both, please.
The “Audit family and work” in the research industry
Andrea Zanotti, President of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Eleonora Stenico, Equality Opportunity Councillor – PAT
Luciano Malfer, Special Project Manager for coordinating family policies and support to birth- PAT

Autonomous Province of Trento, Press room
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Role of the researcher and territorial growth: methods, ethics, missions
Guest speakers
Alberto Piazza, Professor of Human Genetics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Turin and member of the National Committee for Bioethics
Lorenzo Dellai, President of PAT
Andrea Zanotti, President of FBK
Davide Bassi, Rector of the University of Trento
Roberto Viola, Director of the FEM – IASMA Research Centre
Paolo Mazzalai, President of Trentino Sviluppo Provincia autonoma di Trento, Press Room


Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo
Piazzale and Open Space, North Building
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn geometry with origami and discover how a book is made. Jump into the soft corner, have fun with the inflatable toys, and draw your own researcher!

Fondazione Edmund Mach – Istituto Agrario San Michele all’Adige
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Have fun in our playground, discover the colours and fragrances of the forest, experience predator and prey dynamics just like in the animal kingdom, or track our researchers with GPS collar technology! Try your hand in the environmental education laboratories or let loose with the soft inflatable toys!


If you want to know more about European projects and the opportunities available for young people, stop by the “European corners” located around the event site.
At the FBK of Povo, visit the exhibit of the “Poster Competition”, the design contest for the Researchers’ Night poster. The winner will be announced at 3:00 pm at the FBK!


Researchers’Night ends with a bang:

Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Povo at 7:30 pm
Happy Hour rock concert with the musical doctors “Takamine Blood Rockers”

Department of Sociology, Trento, from 9:30 pm
Dance party with DJ !


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