Scientific Speed Dating

Scientific Speed Dating

Scientific Speed Dating @ Futuro Remoto 2015

Locandina_Speed_DatingDuring Futuro Remoto, the biggest Science Festival of Naples, we organized the first Scientific Speed Dating ever in our city!

A Speed dating is a standard match-making process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. The first one was organized at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.

With a science festival in the biggest square of our city, we had to think how to facilitate the meeting between
people and researchers. So, just like in heart affair, we thought that a speed dating was the right tool for common
people to meet them. The event was organized with “People” and “Scientists”, they were rotated to meet each other over a series of short “dates” of 10 minutes. At the end of each interval, we ringed a bell to signal the participants to move on to the next date.

In 10 minutes, people could ask scientists whatever they wanted: why is the sky blue, what the infinite is, are we alone in the universe, or even what is the scientist job about. We have a full one-hours session of questions. As you can see from the images, people were amused, were speaking like with a friend. 16 Scientists and more than 50 People made the connection
between the Science and the City.

We would like to thank all the Scientists that made this possibile: Lucio Rossi, Giuliana Galati, Giulia Rusciano,Tristano Di Girolamo, Camilla Di Donato, Marco Serpico, Andrea Rubano, Biagio Rossi, Gian Paolo Papari, Giovanni Covone, Francesca Di Lillo, Antonino Di Leva, Pietro Malara, Giovanni Cantele, Stefano Lettieri, Valentina Di Sarno, Giovanni Onorato and Antigone
Marino. And their institutions, too.

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Here you can find the pictures.

 

Scientific Speed Dating @ Futuro Remoto 2016

SSD_FR_2016_12.jpgFor the second consecutive year, the PONYS organized a Scientific Speed Dating (SSD) in Naples main square, Piazza del Plebiscito. The event was organized together with the Physics Department of Federico II University and the Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISASI), in the framework of Futuro Remoto science festival.
A speed dating is a standard match-making process of dating system whose purpose is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. And what if you are looking for science rather than love? A scientific speed dating brings together common people and scientists. Seated on the stage together, they rotated to meet each other over a series of short “dates” of 10 minutes. At the end of each interval, a bell ringing indicated the participants to move on to the next date. In 10 minutes, people could ask scientists whatever they wanted: what the infinite is, what happens to my body when I hug someone, are we alone in the universe, or even what is the scientist job about. Like one year ago, the SSD seems to be a nice way to connect Science and Society, to break down the wall of “I can’t understand it” that many believe they have towards science.
The PONYS would like to thank Fulvio Caruso, official presenter of SSD 2016, Roberta Caruso and Antigone Marino, who took care of the SSD organization, and all the scientists that made this possible: Simona Mosca, Claudia Tortiglione, Angela Tino, Luca Lista, Giovanni Covone, Giuliana Galati, Ciro Riccio, Tristano Di Girolamo, Domenico D’Alelio and Emanuela Dattolo and of course their institutions.