Researchers’ Night is an initiative that has been promoted by the European Commission since 2005, and that involves thousands of researchers and research institutions throughout Europe each year. The objective is to create opportunities for interaction between researchers and citizens in order to spread the scientific culture and knowledge of research professions in an informal and stimulating context. Siena also comes alive on that day with many events such as live scientific experiments and demonstrations, guided exhibitions and tours, educational conferences and seminars, and shows and concerts.
Each year TLS, which is part of the organizational board together with the University of Siena, brings its own researchers, as well as those of the incubated and affiliated companies, to the city’s streets with research activities and interactive experiments.
Toscana Life Sciences Foundation has decided to present to the citizens (by reservation, one shift a day for about two hours for 5 people) what happens in the Umberto Di Mario Foundation laboratory. On 25 and 26 September, from 16 to 18, those interested can visit the laboratory to discover methods and applications of diabetology research. This subject, in fact, has made numerous progress in recent years through the use of new and advanced technologies, but not entirely known to the public.
It is an interactive activity event. A stand will be created divided into two sections. One, dedicated to children, where to play recreating pancreatic islands (those structures responsible for the synthesis of insulin, whose damage represents the cause of diabetes) through puzzles, coloring drawings, holograms, 3D constructions, and a treasure hunt. The other stand will be used for scientific information on diabetes with interactive presentations dedicated to adults.
Disclosure event designed for children, with interactive experiments in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. All in collaboration with the VITA Foundation and the UNISI Department of Chemical Biotechnology and Pharmacy. By playing, it will be possible to discover the functioning of biological structures and laboratories.
Neverland: Regenerating pancreatic islets Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Fondazione Umberto di Mario/UOC Diabetologia Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes scientific research has made many advancements during last several years, by using brand new and advanced technologies not completely known to the general public. We propose to open our diabetes research laboratory in order to present the scientific tools actually used to deeply understand the molecular basis of diabetes pathogenesis. Moreover, we will meet general public in our outlab stand in which children and adult can play to re-construct the architecture of pancreatic islets while learning the basis of diabetes pathogenesis. Interactive presentations of our research lines will be also reported during the entire event.
Porte Aperte Date: September 26-30, 2016 From 15:00 Location: strada del Petriccio e Belriguardo n. 27 - Siena In collaboration with: Fondazione Umberto di Mario Contact: email@example.com
Umberto di Mario Research Foundation is focused on the research about Diabetes mellitus pathogenesis. Visitors will be guided throughout the research methods applied to study such pathology, especially by analyzing pancreatic islets architecture using fluorescence microscopy.
A tutta birra - la birra in diretta (BeerBone Project) Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia Università degli studi di Siena Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project nutraceutical "BeerBone" (funded by Regione Toscana EU funds) is disclosed through the preparation of live beer, by using glass laboratory instruments (therefore transparent). Also will be exposed 3/4 posters describing the project in a simple manner ( the beer is good for bones ) and will be run at constant 6 different story-telling video.
Yeast Yeast Yeast! - I lieviti: dal neolitico la prima biotecnologia agri-food Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia Università
degli studi di Siena Contact: email@example.com
A continuation of the projects on native yeasts for the protection of the Tuscan DOCG wines and "The Wine Educated", will be given two experiences for children. 1) Fermentation of yeast that are inflating balloons; 2) olfactory tasting of wine aromas; the olfactory tasting will be to riddle.
Vaccini e strategie di vaccinazione Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Vismederi Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical definition of vaccine and morbidity of main diseases threated by vaccination. Research and development of new vaccines. Mandatory and recommended vaccines: a comprehensive list of viral diseases featuring their spreading, sintomatology, complications and analysis of spread decrease due to vaccination campaigns. Misinformation and misrepresentation as leading causes of vaccination decrease. Public awareness on risks: how to improve?