Art & Science across Italy is a European project on art and science, that has been organised since 2016 by INFN in collaboration with CERN Geneva. It is aimed at students of classes III and IV of secondary schools with the objective of bringing them closer to the world of science and scientific research using art as the main language. The first three editions of the project involved over 10,000 students and more than 200 teachers from all over Italy from 12 geographical areas.
The project takes place on a two-year basis and includes several phases. The first phase is an educational phase in which seminars, workshops, meetings at schools and universities and visits to museums and labs are organised. The second phase involves the design and creation of artistic works, by groups of three students, inspired by the scientific topics covered in the lessons. Finally, the works are exhibited and awarded in local exhibitions and the top 7 groups go on to the national exhibition, the final event of each edition. The top 10 groups win a scholarship for a School on art and science at CERN or one of the INFN National Laboratories.
The 2020-2022 edition is currently attended by 6137 students, from 111 schools in 10 regions, thanks to the collaboration of the Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Lecce, Milan State University and Milan Bicocca, Naples, Padua, Pisa, Potenza, Turin, and Venice sites and the INFN Frascati National Laboratories, where researchers from INFN divisions and universities are coordinating the project.
The 2018-2020 edition, which ended in May 2021 with the national online exhibition that can be visited on the website Art&Science Across Italy, produced roughly 1600 works that were displayed over the two years in local exhibitions.
Cities and INFN divisions: Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Lecce, Milan State and Milan Bicocca, Naples, Padua, Pisa, Potenza, Turin, Venice and INFN’s Frascati National Laboratories.