Outreach activities

One of the main goals of ENABLE is to bring science closer to society through a series of educational activities that will be held across Milan.

Our outreach activities will partially take place on the days prior to the symposium and will be tailored specifically towards the general public.

Activities for schools

To give young students a glance into biomedical research, we will provide primary and high school students with an interactive lesson.

Primary school students will get their first-hand experience on the work of a scientist and they will playfully learn about science and in particular about the microbes’ world. The activity is called “Discovery the invisible world” and we will talk about microorganisms and their relationship with humans and science.

High school students, instead, will have the opportunity to dive deeper into biomedical sciences. They will join a virtual tour in the scientific laboratory and they will have a chance to be scientists for one day, by performing some simple guided experiments. They will then have the possibility to ask questions and curiosities about scientific research and career. The activity is “Giving each experiment the right model” and we will talk about the different models in science from cell culture, to ex vivo organoids and in vivo models.


Activities for the general public

Cross-disciplinary Session

The trophy would not fit the suitcase because it was too small: Machine Learning between science and narrative
We will organize a public discussion in collaboration with the eXtemporanea, a “small temporary scientific community” comprising students and researchers located all around Italy and Europe. The topic of this session will be Machine learning and it will be in English.

The main aim of the cross-disciplinary session is to encourage the participation of the general public in a dynamic discussion with speakers coming from different fields.

The final goal of the whole event is of course to offer people a different point of view on science and on scientist life.

Harry CollinsDistinguished Research Professor School of Social Sciences Cardiff University, UK
Matteo PolettiniResearcher, Complex Systems and Statistical Mechanics group, University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg

Ask the Scientist

We will bring the community closer to science, by giving them the opportunity to interact, in an informal contest, with professional scientists.

We’ve developed a virtual event in which people will have the chance to approach the Neuroscience frontiers, from the recent discoveries in the neurogenomics and brain development, to the new biomedical artificial intelligence applications.

At the end of the plenary session, attendees will have the opportunity to directly talk with the scientist during online speed-dates.


Giuseppe TestaFull Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Rita Cucchiara, Full Professor of Information Elaboration Systems, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

Stefano TribertiProfessor of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Arianna ManziniMental Health Ethics and Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


Andrea GentileChief Editor at Wired Italia, Milan, Italy

Pub Talks

10 minute talks of mind-blowing science, still at the PC, but with a beer!

In the evening, there will be organized a series of online pub talks performed by young scientists.

International PhD students and Postdocs taking part in the ENABLE conference will share their work with the general public in a short, entertaining and easy-to-grasp manner. The best performances will be chosen by the public and awarded prizes.

Talks will be held in English, as well as in Italian language.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724115.