Meeting ‘Italian Scientists and Italy’s Unification’

The Meeting is promoted in the framework of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italy’s Unification. The Italian scientific community played a major role during the unification process, the so-called Risorgimento, and in the creation of the Unified State. This is borne out by the presence of important scientific figures like Stanislao Cannizzaro, Carlo Matteucci, Quintino Sella, Francesco Brioschi, Vito Volterra in the State Institutions. Since the beginning of the XX century the role of the scientific community has become more problematic, in particular as far as the relationship with politics is concerned. However, the contribution of scientists to the Country’s social and economic development has never ceased. This theme, which looked as if it had been ‘removed’ by historiographers, lately is once again the object of studies and considerations.

The meeting, promoted by the Academy in collaboration with Centro Pristem – Bocconi, the Italian Society of History of Science and the National Group of Fundaments and History of Chemistry, will examine the contribution of Italian researchers to the evolution of several disciplines, as well as their role in public and social life, and the relevance of their activity for the economic growth and advancement of society.

Rome, November 14th – 17th, 2011

The meeting will be held at the Academy Library, Scuderie Vecchie di Villa Torlonia, Via L. Spallanzani 1/A.