XVII edition

Cagliari FestivalScienza 2024


Call for Proposal XVII edition

The call for the presentation of activity proposals for the Cagliari FestivalScienza 2024 is online. The theme, the types of proposals admitted, the forms for sending proposals can be found on the dedicated website. Proposals can be sent by March 12, 2024.

If you are passionate about science, art and culture, don’t miss the opportunity to participate: the Cagliari FestivalScienza needs you!

Woman Scientist of the Day

In all fields, the history of women in culture and civil life is a history of marginalization and even today, in Italy and around the world, gender equality, strongly conditioned by stereotypes, struggles to make headway. Since primary school, girls and boys are told that there are things for boys and things for girls and, among things for boys, there is science and scientists. In this journey we will talk about women who, despite achieving top-level results in the scientific field, are ignored and have been ignored by the cultural history of humanity.
The phenomenon of failure to recognize the achievements of women in science, of belittling their successes and, at the same time, assigning them to male colleagues, comes under the expression “Matilda effect”, coined by the science historian Margaret W. Rossiter in 1993 who, studying biographies and historical facts, realized that there were dozens and dozens of stories of female scientists who, starting from antiquity, had been systematically excluded from the history of science.And it is this “invisibility” that has given rise to the still deeply rooted idea that science is something for men.

To give visibility to some of these scientists we decided to dedicate each day of the festival to one of them.


Montbrison, 1758 – Parigi, 1836

French chemist, she actively collaborated in the experiments of her husband, the chemist Antoine Lavoisier and, with her notes and drawings of the experimental apparatus used, she contributed to making her contemporaries understand her methods and results. Subsequently, she continued to disseminate his works and recover his notes and laboratory instruments.

Maria Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier was presented by student Giulia Pruner from the Liceo Scientifico Michelangelo, Cagliari.


Teheran, 1977 – Stanford, 2017

Iranian mathematician, she has mainly carried out research in the field of geometry. Professor of mathematics at Stanford University since 2008, in 2014 she was the first woman to win the Fields Medal, as well as the first person of Iranian citizenship to receive this recognition.

Maryam Mirzakhani was introduced by student Angela Palmas from the Liceo Scientifico Michelangelo, Cagliari.


Sassari, 1886 – Sanremo,1978

Botanist and naturalist, she was the first woman in Italy to obtain a teaching position in botany, in 1915, at the University of Cagliari. From 1926 to 1929 she directed the Botanical Garden of the University of Cagliari, before returning to carry out research at the Experimental Floriculture Station of Sanremo. Silver medal of merit of the Italian Red Cross and Bronze medal of civil valor.

Eva Mameli Calvino was presented by the students Angelica Cadelano and Aurora Elene Olla from the Motzo Classical, Linguistics and Human Sciences High School, Quartu S.Elena


Shangai, 1912 – New York, 1997

Chinese physicist, she carried out his research activity mainly in the United States. She participated in the Manhattan project and was among the first women to occupy a prominent place in the panorama of world physics in the twentieth century. She was the first winner of the Wolf Prize for Physics in 1978, for conducting the experiment that bears her name.

Chien-Shiung Wu was presented by the students Rossella Mereu and Lucrezia Pinna from the Motzo Classical, Linguistics and Human Sciences High School, Quartu S.Elena


Torino, 1919 – Milano, 1998

Pediatrician, psychoanalyst, partisan and former deportee from the Nazi concentration camps. Despite being from a Jewish family, he managed to graduate in Medicine in 1943, as the fascist racial laws allowed those already enrolled to complete their university studies. Thanks to her medical degree she managed to survive the concentration camps where she was interned.

Luciana Nissim Momigliano was presented by the students Claudia Cara and Carola Fozzi of the Pacinotti Scientific High School, Cagliari.


Ihithe, 1940 – Nairobi, 2011

Kenyan environmentalist and activist. In 2004 she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a Kenyan parliamentarian and Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki, between January 2003 and November 2005.

Wangari Muta Maathai was presented by students Elena Cabras and Bianca Nioteni from the Pacinotti Scientific High School, Cagliari.


an ongoing commitment to spread scientific attitude

putting the general public into contact with the world of science, re-establishing the connection between humanistic and scientific culture, raising a deeper awareness of the transformations and changes science brings about and on how deeply it influences our daily lives.


our new website dedicated to science. All the video contributions produced during the 2020 and 2021 editions in a single collection.

Woman of Science

an acknowledgment to female figures who have contributed to giving Sardinia prestige in the scientific field.

Art & Science

competition for the study of a creative concept/visual for the corporate communication of the Cagliari FestivalScienza

Salone del Libro

in collaboration with Science Is Cool, the annual appointment at the Salone del Libro of Turin with publications and activities

info and updates


All the updates on the board, competitions, prizes and activities related to the FestivalScienza.


In memory of Ettorina Montisci

We bid farewell with regret and affectionate friendship to our dear Ettorina Montisci, one of the founding members of ScienzaSocietàScienza and already a member, for several mandates, of the board of directors of our association.

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Happy Holidays from the Cagliari FestivalScienza

In this festive period, we want to thank you for following us, supporting us with interest and participating in the Cagliari FestivalScienza. We wish you to spend peaceful and joyful days, waiting to meet again in the new year with many new things and surprises. Happy Holidays from all the staff!

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