IIT Researchers win the Genoese selections of Famelab 2020

Giuliano Greco

IIT Researchers win the local Genoese selection of Famelab, the global competition of science communication

Ottavia Bettucci a post-doctoral researcher in the team Tissue Electronics at the Centre for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare (CABHC-IIT Naples) and Fabrizio Fiorentini, a PhD student in the team Smart Materials IIT (CCT – IIT Genoa) are the winners of the local Genoa selection of the Famelab 2020 science communication competition.

The two IIT researchers were announced during a video conference with the participants, jury and organisers. A common scene today during the Coronavirus crisis.

The final event did not take place as programmed, at La Claque, the famous theatre in the historical centre of Genoa, but by sending a 3-minute video with which the finalists of the local selections illustrated a scientific topic of their choice without any audiovisual media in accordance with the competition’s rules.

Participants were judged by a technical jury, composed of researchers and science communication experts, as well as the public by liking the videos published on the website channels of the University of Genoa, leader of the local selection organised together with CNR – National Research Council,  IIT, INFN – National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Science Festival Association, Genoa Aquarium, Association of PhD students and PhD graduates in Italy, Italian Mathematical Union and Scientificast.

Ottavia Bettucci placed first for the technical jury and second for the public jury with “Electrical body”; Fabrizio Fiorentino, instead, placed second for the jury and first for the public with “Drinking is believing”

The two winners of the local selection will be entering a master class in science communication and the national final, to be held in Trieste. Ottavia and Fabrizio will therefore be the ones representing Genoa during the final phase of that which, this year more than ever before, was an opportunity to demonstrate that #laScienzanonsiferma (#Sciencedoesnotstop). The congratulations of the organisers and the jurors go to all the finalists for going through with the challenge and for not giving up, even at this time which is certainly not easy.