Città della Scienza: One Year later, Let’s Start Again

On the occasion of its first anniversary, following the devastating arson that destroyed the Città della Scienza in Naples on 4 March 2013, a Framework Programme Agreement will be signed between the Italian Government, the Campania Region, the City of Naples and Fondazione IDIS - Città della Scienza to kick off its reconstruction.

Città della Scienza is an initiative for the promotion and popularization of science implemented through a multi-purpose facility located in Naples, consisting of an interactive science museum, a business incubator and a training center. In 2013, the Science Unit of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), reinforced its cooperation with Città della Scienza, making it a strong supporter of its rebirth.

Throughout the planned celebrations of “Science and Culture for Naples” starting on 4 March, the Città della Scienza will open its doors to the public with science labs, talks, music and theatre. These celebrations will be moments of reflection so to envision together and share the desire to rebuild the Science Centre. The day will be dedicated to the many citizens of Naples, Italy and the world, who have supported the Città della Scienza, making it the centre of the scientific community and the cultural identity of Naples. Numerous universities, associations, research institutes and artists will be participating in the Naples for Città della Scienza Day!  

The new centre will be built where the previous one was located, in a new modern and sustainable building, within the urban planning programme of the City of Naples for the requalification of the coastline. The first threshold will be the opening of ‘Corporea’, by the end of 2015. This building will feature health issues and the human body, together with a dome for the planetarium and the projection of 3-D scientific films.

Thanks to the wave of solidarity and funds collected, Città della Scienza has already been able this year to resume very quickly some public programmes in the undamaged buildings: exhibitions, lectures, shows, etc. Most significant projects have similarly been launched, such as the National initiative ‘Logicamente’ to raise Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills in Italian schools; the preparation of an exhibition on Responsible Research and Innovation about marine sciences for the European Commission; and, the Italy-USA cooperation project with the MIT Museum for the Exhibit FabLab.

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The UNESCO Venice Office and the IDIS Foundation jointly organized on 9 November 2013 the World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) at Città della Scienza in Naples. As part of the annual festival “Remote Future” which marked the re-launch of the science promotion activities of the center, the UNESCO Day had special significance after the arson that struck the center’s exhibition facilities.