the first European festival on creativity

2017 Programme

Event #1

Elena Cattaneo

The networks that are good for science

In the 1980s a group of scientists from various parts of the world landed on lake Maracaibo, in the North-West of Venezuela, to study the origin and causes of a neurodegenerative disease known as Huntigton’s chorea, which has its highest incidence in those areas. This year, some of the Venezuelan families struck by the disease were welcomed in Rome by researchers, scientists and representatives of Italy’s highest institutions. The network that connects these two experiences starts with Maria Concepción Soto – who lived in the village of Lagunetas at the end of the 19th century and is considered one of the progenitors of the disease – and, from generation to generation – an estimated 20.000 descendants – it reaches Maria Esther Soto Soto and her brothers, Franklin and Yosbely; Pope Francis expressed to them that the disease they’ve inherited from their father should never again be hidden, because the frailty of their bodies is not a sin to be ashamed of. This network intersects laboratories all over the world that study the gene that causes the disease, testing new treatments and medicines to alleviate its symptoms until a cure is found. It traverses the desks of the American, British and Canadian researchers who in 1993 identified the mutated gene responsible for Huntington’s, and current experiments on neuron transplants from stem cells and gene silencing which aim to defuse the diseased genes. As research focuses on how this billion-year old gene has survived through our species’ evolution, relationships and connections between laboratories continue to be formed, interconnecting with society, the people afflicted, associations, institutions and vice-versa. These are the networks that are good for science, that support the ill and allow many people to live their humanity to the fullest.


Elena Cattaneo

is a full professor at the University of Milan. She directs the Stem cell biology and neurodegenerative disease pharmacology laboratory of the Department of Bioscience, where she researches Huntington’s disease. She is a confounder and director of the UniStem stem cell research center and coordinator of the new European Neurostemcellrepair commission and of an Italian network that studies stem cells in Huntington’s. Her awards include the Gold Medal assigned by the Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, for her research in Huntington’s and stem cells (2001); the Luigi Tartufari Prize for Molecular biology and genetics awarded by the Accademia dei Lincei, which she has been a member of since 2013; the Public Service Award, International Society for Stem Cell Research ISSCR (USA, 2014). She was nominated Senator for life by the president of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, in 2013. In 2016 she published the book Ogni giorno. Tra scienza e politica (Mondadori).

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Event #1

Friday 1 September 2017, 05.45 pm

Elena Cattaneo

The networks that are good for science

Event #5

Friday 1 September 2017, 09.15 pm

Marco Albino Ferrari

Enchantment. From Val Grande to the polar icecaps

Event #6

Friday 1 September 2017, 11.00 pm

Alessandro Barbero

Clandestine networks. A network of spies: doctor Sorge in Tokyo

Event #9

Saturday 2 September 2017, 10.00 am

Franco Lorenzoni

Weaving relationships through silence and listening

Event #10

Saturday 2 September 2017, 11.45 am

Axel Fiacco, Massimo Scaglioni

From networks to formats: creativity on television

Event #13

Saturday 2 September 2017, 12.15 pm

Giorgio Manzi

In the web of deep history: Lucy, Neanderthals and other stories

Event #14Approfonditamente

Saturday 2 September 2017, 02.45 pm

Matteo Cerri

Keeping cool: hibernation and the exotic network of its physiology

Event #15

Saturday 2 September 2017, 03.00 pm

Nicola Gardini

The beauty of occurring. Ovid and the network of metamorphoses

Event #24

Saturday 2 September 2017, 11.00 pm

Alessandro Barbero

Clandestine networks. A network of partisans: the GAP groups in Rome and the attack in Via Rasella

Event #26

Sunday 3 September 2017, 10.00 am

Emanuele Biggi

Spiders, silk and spider webs: wonders of the unloved

Event #39

Sunday 3 September 2017, 09.00 pm

Centro Formazione Supereroi

Neverending stories. A challenge in literary improvisation

Event #41

Sunday 3 September 2017, 11.00 pm

Alessandro Barbero

Clandestine networks. A network of terrorists: the Red Brigades and the kidnapping of Aldo Moro

Event #48Children / Kids

Saturday 2 September_11.00 am_5.00 pm


The art of reclamation. DIY construction of a network of animals

Event #61Children / Kids

Sunday 3 September_4.00 pm_6.00

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