Conferences\Workshops

META Debate: “Il Populismo Scientifico”, PoliMi, May 12, 2021

On-line platform “Webinar”: 16:00-17:30

Negli ultimi anni, complici la pandemia e una comunicazione non sempre coerente ed efficace, alcuni gruppi di cittadini, associazioni e movimenti si sono mobilitati in opposizione alle istituzioni scientifiche e accademiche. Il META debate affronterà le sfide poste dal cosiddetto “populismo scientifico” mettendo a confronto prospettive provenienti dalla sociologia della scienza e dagli studi sui movimenti populisti con un’attenzione particolare al ruolo della comunicazione scientifica. Moderatore: Elisabetta Tola (Facta – formicablu). Relatori: Paolo Gerbaudo (King’s College London) e Giampietro Gobo (Università degli Studi di Milano). Per maggiori informazioni si veda:  Meta-Debate_Populismo Scientifico

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PAST EVENTS

Workshop: “Migranti climatici: da emergenza a fenomeno epocale. Le cause, la ricerca, la normativa“, PoliMi, April 15, 2021

On-line platform “Teams”: 15:00-18:00

Il seminario, organizzato da META (Unità di studi umanistici e sociali su scienza e tecnologia del Politecnico di Milano) e da CLIMATE-LAB (Laboratorio interdipartimentale dedicato allo studio ad ampio spettro degli effetti del cambiamento climatico), vuole proporre all’interno dell’Ateneo una prima riflessione sulla tematica dei migranti climatici e, in generale, sui risvolti sociali ed etici del riscaldamento globale. Esperti nei campi della geografia politica, dell’economia e della giurisprudenza introdurranno l’argomento da un punto di vista tecnico fornendo spunti per una riflessione sul ruolo dell’accademia e della ricerca nella lotta al cambiamento climatico, anche verso un’ottica di terza missione. I relatori invitati sono Daniele Bocchiola (Politecnico di Milano), Cristina Cattaneo (Centro Euromediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici),  Robert McLeman (Wilfried Laurier University, Waterloo) e Francesca Perrini (Università di Messina). Per maggiori informazioni si veda: Seminario_META_C_LAB-Migranti climatici. Link con la registrazione dell’evento: META CLIMATE LAB SEMINARS – YouTube

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META Debate: “La Scienza Controversa. Quando i Ricercatori Litigano e la Conoscenza Progredisce”, PoliMi, March 12, 2021

On-line platform “Teams”: 11:00-13:00

Il dibattito affronterà il tema di come la scienza cresca all’accendersi di nuove controversie. Lo ha dimostrato la pandemia, durante la quale virologi, epidemiologi, statistici, biomedici hanno sostenuto opinioni tra loro divergenti, manifestato contrasti, dato corso a polemiche, ma nel far questo hanno attivato meccanismi collettivi di formazione della conoscenza scientifica. Moderatore:  Angela Simone (comunicatrice scientifica, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti). Relatori: Carlo Ghezzi (ingegnere informatico, Politecnico di Milano), Eleonora Montuschi (filosofa della scienza, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia), Attila Bruni (sociologo della scienza, Università di Trento). Per maggiori informazioni si veda: INVITO META Debate_ScienzaControversa . Link con la registrazione dell’evento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6nV0aJ1eFQ

Conference: “Digital Humanism”, PoliMi, October 9, 2020

Politecnico di Milano, Aula Magna, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 10:00-18:00

The Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism, which was edited last year, is a call to deliberate and to act on current and future technological development. It encourages academic communities, as well as industrial leaders, politicians, policy makers, and professional societies all around the globe, to actively participate in policy formation, with the aim to shape technologies in accordance with human values and needs. This event brings together various scientists, politicians and practitioners from different fields to discuss the scope and objectives of the Manifesto within the Italian context. For more information click here:  DigHum_Milano_9 ottobre

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Workshop: “La scienza è democratica?”, PoliMi, May 26, 2020

On-line platform “Teams” – 17:30

Nella scienza, che richiede l’evidenza dei fatti, il consenso della comunità dei pari è l’arbitro ultimo del valore di una ricerca. Ma è la decisione collettiva della comunità sociale e politica a stabilire se questa evidenza è sufficiente ad attribuire credibilità a ipotesi e spiegazioni scientifiche, come mostra con particolare chiarezza l’emergenza sanitaria che stiamo attraversando. Quale relazione ha la scienza con la decisione politica e con i comportamenti dei cittadini? Il workshop prevede la partecipazione dell’immunologa Maria Luisa Villa, autrice del volume “Scienza è democrazia. Come funziona il mondo della ricerca”, e della dottoressa Annalisa Malara (Ospedale di Codogno), che ha diagnosticato il primo caso italiano di Covid-19. Per maggiori informazioni si veda: ScienzaDemocratica

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Conference: “Scientific and Epistemic Tools: Models, Thought Experiments and Analogical Reasoning”, Salzburg, March 6-7, 2020

This conference aims to explore the conceptual status of various epistemic tools employed in scientific reasoning and models construction, ranging from thought experiments to analogy and abduction. Invited speakers include Laura Felline (University RomaTre), Rawad El Skaf (University of Salzburg), John D. Norton (University of Pittsburgh), Viola Schiaffonati (Politecnico di Milano), Daniele Chiffi (Politecnico di Milano), Jan Sprenger (University of Turin), Cyrille Imbert (Université de Lorraine), Mike Stuart (University of Geneva) and Tarja Knuuttila and Andrea Loettgers (University of Vienna). For more information click here: ScEpToolSalzburg

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META Debate: “La scienza in-credibile. Il fenomeno delle fake news scientifiche”, PoliMi, December 5, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Aula Magna, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 11:00-13:00

Le fake news sono divenute un problema socialmente rilevante negli ultimi anni, sempre più spesso oggetto di notizia giornalistica o commento politico. La questione riguarda direttamente anche il mondo della scienza e della tecnologia, che soffre di una crisi di autorevolezza di medio periodo accentuatasi con la nascita di movimenti collettivi a sostegno di teorie che la scienza ufficiale considera del tutto inattendibili (no vax, terrapiattisti ecc.). A metà strada tra le leggende metropolitane e le bufale scientifiche di una volta, le fake news scientifiche odierne si basano fortemente sullo strumento dei social media ma fanno presa come mai prima d’ora sulla credulità e sulla volontà di attivarsi del pubblico generico.Il META Debate “La scienza in-credibile” vuole affrontare il problema attuale delle fake news scientifiche mettendo a confronto scienziati, scienziati sociali ed esperti dei media per discutere delle regioni e dei meccanismi della loro diffusione, nonché delle strategie per limitarne l’impatto.
Moderatore: Luca De Biase. Esperti: Walter Quattrociocchi (data scientist, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia), Angela Simone (giornalista scientifica, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti), Giuseppe Tipaldo (sociologo, Università di Torino). Per maggiori informazioni si veda: METADebateFakeNews

Workshop: “Dismantling boundaries between STS and Design: A workshop on RRI and assessment practices in co-creation landscapes”, PoliMi, November 20, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Design, Campus Bovisa, Edificio B4, via Candiani 72 – 10:30

The development and introduction of new technologies within our turbulent society is crucial in solving and shaping challenges in equal measure. In this regard, the concept of co-creation has been recently introduced in diverse fields as a way to engage lay people and stakeholders in the ideation, implementation and assessment of innovative solutions to societal challenges, by embracing a sensitiveness towards their (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability. As pointed out by scholars engaged in Science & Technology Studies and design, co-creation has the potentiality to become a novel constitutive driver for performing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), with the overall expectation of increasing the societal value of science and technology, not only by striving to manage unwanted consequences. The workshop, by offering the opportunity to STS and design international scholars to interact with practitioners engaged in co-creation initiatives, will be an opportunity to reflect on emerging practices of assessing the translation of RRI practice within co-creation initiatives. Full description of the workshop and more information in attachment and at this link: http://www.stsitalia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/work_RRI_co-creation_des.pdf

Workshop: “Assertion and Proof (WAP 2019)”, Lecce, September 12-14,  2019

The theme of the workshop is the notion of assertion and its logical treatment. We aim to bring together scholars interested in the analysis of the logical notion of assertion and other related notions such as inference, proof, argument, meaning of logical constants that may receive an assertion-based interpretation. Following the 2016 workshop How to Say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’: Logical Approaches to Modes of Assertion and Denial, in the present workshop we will analyse the inferential role of assertion, often assumed as the external counterpart of the internal act of judgement, and its relations with the notion of proof. The Call for Papers provides the background, research questions, and instructions to submit your abstract. There will be a special issue of Journal of Applied Logics – IfCoLoG Journal of Logics and their Applications with selected contributions. Promoted by the Charles S. Peirce Society, there will be a satellite workshop “Peirce on Assertion” devoted to enhance our understading of the notion of assertion in Peirce’s writings and its contemporary relevance in logic, pragmatics and communication. For more information visit:  https://sites.google.com/view/assertionproof 

Workshop: “Symmetry and Equivalence in Physics”, Salzburg, September 3-4, 2019

This workshop, which is organized in connection with the ILMPS2019 conference, aims at exploring philosophical issues concerning the concepts of symmetry and equivalence that arise in our fundamental physical theories. The keynote speakers are Adam Caulton (Oxford), Ben Feintzeig (Washington), Doreen Fraser (Waterloo), Karen Crowther (Geneve), Giovanni Valente (Milan), and David Wallace (Pittsburgh). For more information visit: https://ilmpsnetwork.wordpress.com/ilmps-2019/

Conference: “Irvine-London-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics”, Salzburg, September 2-3, 2019

Over the past decades, important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories have been made within the philosophical community. Conversely, critical analysis of the formal structures of our best physical theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases new theorems have been proven and new lines of argument developed that are of philosophical significance. This conference, which is organized by the Irvine-London-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg network, aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues. For more information visit: https://ilmpsnetwork.wordpress.com/ilmps-2019/ 

Workshop: “Are Science and Technology Gendered? Insights from Philosophy and Sociology”, PoliMi, March 28, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Auditorium, Via Pascoli 53 – 15:30

This workshop has the aim to offer to a large audience of Politecnico di Milano’s scholars an in-depth and accessible understanding of the differences between the professional trajectories of men and women in science and technology, by detailing some of the main cultural, symbolic and economic barriers that women have faced in these fields. Moreover, by relaying to research and reflections matured on the ridge among sociology of work, philosophy of science and culture studies, the workshop will analyse controversies and conflicts inherent in the production of expert knowledge and technologies, as well as their social consequences as regards to gender dimension. The invited speakers are Annalisa Murgia (Sociologist, Università degli Studi di Milano), Cailin O’Connor (Philosopher, University of California, Irvine) and Federica Timeto (Sociologist, Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo). For more information click here:  Gender_META

Workshop: “Interpreting Quantum Mechanics: Old and New Philosophical Problems”, PoliMi, March 11, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Matematica, Aula Consiglio, VII floor, Via Bonardi 7 – 10:15

Quantum Mechanics is our most successful theory to account for the microscopic world. Yet, it is still beset with outstanding interpretational questions that have intrigued physicists, mathematicians and philosophers for almost a century. The present workshop aims at exploring some of the major foundational problems that arose already in the early formulations of the theory and continue to plague our understanding of quantum probabilities. The invited speakers are Michael Cuffaro (Western Ontario\Munich\Vienna), Molly Kao (Montreal), Miklos Rédei (London\Munich) and Jos Uffink (Minnesota). For more information click here: PhilQM 

Workshop: “Etica per la Tecnologia: Come Affrontare Consapevolmente le Sfide di Tutti i Giorni”, PoliMi, March 4, 2019

Politecnico di Milano, Aula Magna, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 – 10:30

This workshop purports to discuss and bring to public attention important themes related to the Politecnico di Milano’s project of developing the field of ethics for technology. Invited speakers are Helga Nowotny (Vienna), Mariarosa Taddeo (Oxford) and Giuseppe Testa (Milan). For more information click here: Etica_x_la_Tecnologia

Workshop: “Philosophy and Technologies of Simulation”, PoliMi, November 22-23, 2018

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Aula Seminario, Via Ponzio 34/5

This research workshop is jointly organized by the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart, Politecnico di Milano and Middlesex University London. This workshop follows the successful organization of the First Summer School on Computer Simulation Methods, held in Stuttgart in September 25-29, 2017, http://regi.hlrs.de/2017/summer-school/overview.jsp and is conceived as the first of a series of biennial workshops addressing methodological, conceptual and technical problems in computer simulation. For more information visit: http://www.pts.deib.polimi.it/ 

Conference: “Putting Ethics into Work: Educating the Future Professionals in Engineering, Architecture and Design”, PoliMi, November 8, 2018

Politecnico di Milano, Auditorium, Via Pascoli 53 – 9:45
A roundtable discussion with IDEA League partners on the initiatives, strategies, and issues in educating ethically sensitive professionals. For more information click here: A3_Putting_Ethics_intoWork_def

Conference: “Analogical Reasoning in Science and Mathematics”, Munich, October 26-28, 2018

Analogy is a powerful, yet controversial, tool of scientific reasoning. Indeed, many achievements in the history of science and mathematics have been driven by analogical inferences. Moreover, one can formulate conjectures about domains into which one does not have empirical access just based on analogy with other known domains. Nonetheless, from a logical point of view analogical inferences do not yield conclusions with certainty. So, what is that justifies the use of analogy in science and mathematics? And how reliable is analogical reasoning? This conference, taking place at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy and supported by the Humboldt Foundation and META at the Politecnico di Milano, addresses such open philosophical problems. Invited keynote speakers are Paul Bartha (British Columbia), Mazviita Chirimuta (Pittsburgh), Silvia de Bianchi (Barcelona), Michele Ginammi (Salzburg), Silvia Jones (Munich), Jennifer Juhn (Lake Forest). For more information visit: www.lmu.de/analogicalreasoning2018

Workshop: “Time in Physics”, Salzburg, September 4-5, 2018

This workshop, which is organized in connection with the IMPS2018 conference, aims at exploring philosophical issues concerning the concept of time that arise in our fundamental physical theories. The keynote speakers are Harvey Brown (Oxford), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Bryan Roberts (London), Jos Uffink (Minnesota), Francesca Vidotto (Bilbao) and Christian Wuthrich (Geneve). For more information visit: https://impsnetwork.wordpress.com/time-in-physics/

Conference: “First Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics”, Salzburg, September 3-4, 2018

Over the past decades, important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories have been made within the philosophical community. Conversely, critical analysis of the formal structures of our best physical theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases new theorems have been proven and new lines of argument developed that are of philosophical significance. This conference, which is organized by the Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg network, aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues. For more information visit: https://impsnetwork.wordpress.com/imps/

Workshop: “Philosophy and Mathematics for Medicine”, PoliMi, May 10, 2018

Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Matematica, Aula Consiglio, VII floor, Via Bonardi 7 – 14:30

This one-day workshop, which is jointly organized by META and the PhD course “Communicating Scientific Research” at the Politecnico di Milano, surveys the issue of how theoretical and applied work in philosophy and mathematics, as well as the mutual interaction between these disciplines, can actively contribute to the advancement of medical research. Speakers include Alfio Quarteroni (PoliMi) “Matematica in Medicina: ricercare, applicare, comunicare”; and Giovanni Boniolo (Ferrara) “Why should we put more ph into a scientific PhD?”.

Conference: “Ethics for Technological Innovation”, PoliMi, October 19, 2017

Politecnico di Milano, Aula De Donato, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32 – 9:30

Research in science and technology does not usually address the ethical and social consequences of its own accomplishments. Such issues are rather entrusted to politics, philosophy, and social sciences. However, funding agencies and political institutions are increasingly requesting research to address ethical issues and the societal impact of research projects. Throughout the scientific communities it is becoming clear that the awareness of ethical and social issues inherent in technological development improves research itself in science and technology. This conference is promoted by the Research Ethical Committee of Politecnico di Milano with the aim of fostering a culture of research attentive to the ethical facet of innovation, and it is organized in collaboration with the study unit META – Social Sciences and Humanities for Science and Technology. http://www.meta.polimi.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Flyer.pdf