the first European festival on creativity

2018 Programme

Event #3

Carlo Alberto Redi, Manuela Monti

Community and DNA

The acceptance and inclusion of “others” is not characterized just for its proper moral and social aspects but also operates on a biological level ensuring benefits to the members of the community. Homo sapiens’ evolution is therefore characterized by the development of reciprocal strategies that ensured success in the competition with other species. On the contrary, inequalities and exclusion are able to mark the genome and increase the rate of serious illnesses. In this case, the biological disadvantage will transmit from one generation to the other: the social becomes biological, determining major conflicts in society and high health costs. On the other hand, spreading a culture of sharing and altruism ensures a harmonic development of a new form of democracy: a cognitive democracy.



Carlo Alberto Redi, a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, president of the committee for bioethics of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation, teaches Zoology at the University of Pavia and is an honorary member of the Genetic society of Chile. He researches functional genomics and genetic reprogramming. As an essayist, he published DNA. La vita in tre miliardi di lettere (Carocci, 2019) and Prepararsi al futuro. Cronache dalle scienze della vita (Il Mulino, 2022).


Manuela Monti, PhD in bioengineering and medical bioinformatics, is a contract professor at the IUSS University of Pavia. She researches stem cell differentiation and ovogenesis in collaboration with research institutions in the USA and Japan. She is the author of several popular science essays. Her latest work is Prepararsi al futuro. Cronache dalle scienze della vita with C.A. Redi (Il Mulino, 2022).

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Event #1

Andrea Riccardi

Community or the eclipse of Us

Event #2

Jan Brokken, Massimo Cirri

Jungle Rudy – the loner and the community

Event #4

Olivia Sellerio

Olivia Sellerio sings Montalbano

Event #6

Serena Dandini, Michela Murgia

The community of valiant women

Event #8

Ian Goldin

Our new Renaissance

Event #9

Federico Condello

School, community, justice

Event #10

Cristiano Galbiati

The Argonauts in pursuit of dark matter

Event #12

Giuseppe Festa

On a journey with wolves

Event #14

Franco Farinelli

Space, modernity, community 

Event #15

Massimiliano Valerii

What are today’s myths?

Event #16

Stefano Allievi

Immigration: changing everything

Event #17

Mario Cucinella

Architecture as a political action and an instrument for territories’ revitalization 


Event #18

Esther Perel

Betraying a relationship: reasons for unfaithfulness 

Event #19

Antonio Forcellino

The Renaissance emporium – the heart of the artistic community. 


Event #20

Kamila Shamsie

In the name of love 

Event #22

Hervé Barmasse

My life between zero and 8000

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

World War I
May 24th: Italy enters the War

Event #25

Angélique Del Rey

Against competition

Event #26

Alessandro Barbero

World War I: Caporetto 

Event #28

Roberto Esposito

Back to community? 

Event #29

Daniele Zovi

The wood as a community: cooperation and interdependence among plants

Event #32

Dino Pedreschi

Virtual communities: how Big Data reflects society 

Event #33

Anna Foa

From community to citizenship: European Jews facing modernity 

Event #34

Matteo Nucci, Davide Livornese

The community of theatre

Event #35

Gabriele Lolli, Marco Licalzi

Tales from the Tower of Babel

Event #36

Mimmo Cuticchio

Duelling marionettes 

Event #38

Maddalena Crippa

The Widow Merry. Café chantant

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

World War One. From the battles of the Piave River to Vittorio Veneto.

Event #43Children / Kids

Luca Boscardin

Profession… toy designer!

Event #49Children / Kids

Fausto Gilberti

This family is a circus!

Event #50Children / Kids

Dino Ticli

Horrible plants and animals

Event #52Children / Kids

Claudia Corrent, Luca Quinzani

On a piece of paper the sun turns… blue!

Event #55Children / Kids

Giuseppe Festa

Opening our senses to Nature

Event #56Children / Kids

Sara Donati

Illuminating portraits

Event #58Children / Kids


Magic sandbox. Playing with augmented reality

Event #59Children / Kids

Caterina Giannotti, Maria Pia Montagna

Writing is a game if you know the rules!

Event #60didatticaMente

Elena Corniglia

Accessible books for an inclusive community

Event #63didatticaMente

Claudia Corrent

Nature's footprints: experiments in blue 

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