“CittadinI per la ScienzA” (CISA) is a project funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento within the call “I comunicatori STAR della scienza”. The call awarded four grants to young researchers to carry out a three-year post-doctoral project in the field of public communication of science, hosted by four research institutions in the province of Trento: University of Trento, Edmund Mach Foundation, Bruno Kessler Foundation and MUSE-Science Museum. CISA is the project of the Bruno Kessler Foundation: after a preparatory year, it entered into full swing in autumn 2018 and is due to be completed in summer 2020.
The aim of the project is to create a bridge between the researchers of the Bruno Kessler Foundation, the citizens of the local community and the schools, moving in two distinct but complementary directions. On the one hand, the dissemination and communication activities already carried out within FBK are expanded and strengthened, experimenting science communication languages that have not been explored yet. Among the planned activities, the project proposes a series of conferences featuring popular and nationally renowned science communicators (“Stasera che scienza!”), photographic and artistic exhibitions, radio interviews with FBK researchers and also “Raccontascienza”, a book for children.
On the other hand, an even more interactive and participatory approach is proposed, offering local citizens and high school students the opportunity to become protagonists of research with an innovative project of participatory research, called “La bottega della scienza”. The initiative allows private citizens to make requests and propose ideas, based on specific needs, that can be translated into concrete research projects: the best ideas are transformed into real projects carried out by high school students, under the supervision of expert researchers by FBK and other local research facilities.
Finally, the project contributes to numerous educational and science communication events in the area. These include the initiative “Building the future“, born from an idea of Piero Angela and dedicated to young students from schools and universities, the cycle of scientific aperitifs “Science at six o’clock“, the 2018 and 2019 editions of the “Researchers’ night” and the scientific theatre festival “Teatro della meraviglia“.