2014 – The roots of motivation in science and knowledge


pauli-bohr-1954 International Symposium organized in collaboration with Rimini Meeting for Friendship amongst Peoples, CEUR Foundation, Republic of San Marino – Segreteria di Stato per gli Affari Esteri e Politici, University of San Marino.
Sponsored by Riviera di Rimini Convention Bureau

August 27-29, 2014
University of San Marino, Ancient Monastery of Santa Chiara


Focal Issues
Part of the motivation in tackling a specific research subject rests in the anticipation of how “relevant” a result in that particular field could be. What are the “big questions” in different fields? Why are these questions “big”? What lies at the heart of interest for the specific topic of research? Can it be expressed?
What is the cultural impact of the “big questions” addressed by science on our perception of life, of nature, of humanity? The popularization of science often portraits nature as a gigantic mechanism that leaves little room for real novelty, to the point that it is often perceived as suffocating. Is it true? Is this trend as an intrinsic and unavoidable consequence of the advance of research?
Has there been a change over time as to what is considered most relevant in your field of research? Is the trend toward increasing specialization -possibly an inevitable consequence of the fast growth of knowledge- leading to the loss of a comprehensive understanding of nature?

Guest participants
The Symposium will be open to a limited number of “guest participants” (PhD students, Postdocs, and Scholars) who will be invited to attend the seminar sessions and to participate in the discussion sessions. Application informations will be published soon. Deadline for application is June 30th. Application informations can be found in sm2014-announcement.

SPEAKERS (abstracts available):
Piero Benvenuti, Astronomy Dept, University of Padova, Italy
Mauro Ceroni,
University of Pavia and Mondino Hospital
Yves Coppens
, Paleoantropology Dept, College de France, Paris, France
Christopher Impey, Astronomy Dept, University of Arizona
Laurent Lafforgue, Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris
Ignacio LatorrePhysics Dept, University of Barcelona
Dan Maoz
, Physics and Astronomy Dept, Tel Aviv University
Lorenzo Magrassi, University of Pavia – IRCCS San Matteo Hospital, Pavia
Amos Maritain, Physics Dept, University of Padova

Marco Aluigi
, Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples
Tommaso Bellini
, Department of medical biotechnology and translational medicine, University of Milano
Marco Bersanelli
, Physics Department, University of Milano
Giorgio Dieci,
Department of Life Sciences, University of Parma
Andrea Moro, Department of General Linguistics, IUSS Pavia
Elio Sindoni
, CEUR Foundation
Carlo Sozzi,
 Milano Plasma Physics Institute, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Benedetta Cappellini,
 Euresis Association
Tonino Ceccoli,
 Euresis Association
Matteo Turchi
, Meeting for Friendship Amongst Peoples

The proceedings will be published on Euresis Journal.
A short report of the discussed topics can be found on IlSussidiario.net online magazine.
Vai alla galleria di immagini A few photos of the Symposium


Wolfang Pauli and Niels Bohr, demonstrating 'tippe top' toy at the inauguration 
of the new Institute of Physics at Lund, Sweden.
Photograph by Erik Gustafson, courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, Margrethe
Bohr Collection