• Research Day 2019: the programme and all the guests

The €1 million regional prize will be awarded to biologist Guido Kroemer on 8 November at Milan’s Scala Theatre

The programme for the third edition of Research Day, which is now  on line, features new guest stars like IT populariser Salvatore Aranzulla, presenter Gerry Scotti, and actor Giacomo Poretti.

The event is sponsored by the Lombardy Region in collaboration with the Veronesi Foundation, and will be held on 8 November at Milan’s Scala Theatre.

The main event will be the consignment of a € 1 million cheque for the International “Lombardy is Research” Prize, the award established by the Lombardy Region for major discoveries in the field of Life Sciences, one of the most exciting and promising areas of medical/scientific research, and one in which Lombardy is able to boast a considerable presence, even on a global scale.

This year’s Prize was dedicated to Healthy Ageing. A jury of 15 top scientists awarded the prize to doctor and molecular biologist Guido Kroemer (University Paris Descartes) for his discovery of the mechanisms that, through the reduction of calorie intake, protect healthy cells against disease, as well as the deterioration processes associated with old age.

Research Day - which draws the participation of businesses, research institutes, universities, manufacturing companies, and about 500 students from Lombard high schools - will thus be an opportunity to tell the general public about the potential ramifications of Kroemer’s research.

Before him, another high-level scientific figure will also appear on stage: Stefano Mancuso. In addition to being a lecturer at the University of Florence, and the first Italian scientist to speak at a TED GLOBAL conference, Mancuso is the founding father of plant neurobiology, which offers a revolutionary view of plants as intelligent and sentient beings, capable of choosing, learning and remembering

 The guest will be introduced and interviewed by Corriere editorialist and Corriere Innovazione editor, Massimo Sideri.  

Awards will also be given to the innovative projects put together by teams of students from high schools and vocational training centres throughout Lombardy: this year, the € 45,000 set aside by the Region for the “Lombardy is Research” award reserved for schools will be accompanied by an additional € 30,000 “RYoung” award sponsored by the Claudio De Albertis Award Committee, dedicated to the theme of ‘smart cities’.

As usual, the day will begin with a musical segment, which, for this third edition, has been doubled to include performances by pianist Raphael Gualazzi, winner of the 2011 Sanremo Giovani competition, and violinist Edoardo Zosi, who will be playing the precious 1734 Spagnoletti Guarneri del Gesù violin.

Institutional speeches will be given by the President of the Lombardy Region, Attilio Fontana, the Vice President of the Lombardy Region and Councillor for Research, Innovation, University, Export and Internationalization, Fabrizio Sala, and the President of the Veronesi Foundation, Paolo Veronesi.

The awards ceremony will be attended by the president of the Awards Jury, Silvia Priori, and the director of the Corriere della Sera, Luciano Fontana.
The event will once again be hosted by presenter Alessia Ventura.
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