Citizens and Science as a tool to strengthen democracy

Sapienza University of Rome, 6 April 2022, Rome

Workshop organised in partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation within the Italian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

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The event, involving high-level personalities both among the speakers and the participants, will focus on how critical thinking and scientific communication, when appropriately conveyed, contribute to shaping democratic social interactions. Likewise, politics achieves credibility and trust when supported by scientific evidence. The speakers will exchange their views on science communication, also through social media, on the links between education, science and public engagement, as well as on the social dimension and inclusiveness of higher education and science.


13.30 Registration of participants and welcome coffee

Moderator: Enrica Battifoglia, Italian journalist, ANSA
14.30-16.00 Opening session

Welcome address
Antonella Polimeni, Rector, Sapienza University of Rome

Introductory remarks
Maria Cristina Messa, Minister, Italian Ministry for Universities and Research
Benedetto Della Vedova, Undersecretary, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Ferruccio Resta, President, Conference of Italian University Rectors

Keynote speakers
Telmo Pievani, Philosopher of science
Francesco Sette, Director General, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

16.00-17.30 Round table

Moderator: Enrica Battifoglia, Italian journalist, ANSA

“The active engagement of higher education and science. Some concrete examples”

The round table will mainly focus on science communication (also trough social media), on the fundamental values of higher education (in the perspective of the link among education, science and public engagement), as well as on ethics, transparency and integrity in education and research.


Patrick Levy, Board, European University Association
Pegi Pavletić, Executive Committee, European Students’ Union
Massimiano Bucchi, Scientific Committee, Observa-Science in society
Matjaž Gruden, CoE-DG Democracy, Directorate of democratic participation
Riccardo Haupt, Head of Strategy, Will Media


– Presentation
– Presidency of the Council of Europe





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