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Foligno, with the Festival of Science and Philosophy, we enter the cell between virtual reality and immersive technologies

Foligno, with the Festival of Science and Philosophy, we enter the cell between virtual reality and immersive technologies

FOLIGNO – A journey inside the human cell to discover and learn its secrets from all its parts. This is an innovative and unique project being promoted by the Laboratory of Experimental Sciences in Foligno on the occasion of the 11th edition of the “Festival of Science and Philosophy”, which will take place from 21 to 24 next April. Titled “Let’s Get Into Our Cell,” the highlight of 2022 is the superlative installation of Cellulaessenziale® in the outdoor patio of Palazzo Trinci in Foligno, which is open from Saturday 9 April to Sunday 1 May.

Project “Enter the cell”

In detail, the project saw the creation of a transparent dome representing the cell membrane containing the nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria and ribosomes. Once inside, visitors will be able to follow the main steps that characterize cellular metabolism. Outside, under the arches of the historic Foligno building, computers will be located with which knowledge about biology will be presented to the public, and workstations that will allow, thanks to the spectators, to experience innovative and immersive technologies. In short, a real virtual tour with the guidance of attentive teachers who will accompany adults and children on a real journey between the different cellular organs. A journey that is repeated, in real time, even on screens installed in the same courtyard.

Sponsored by the Laboratory of Experimental Sciences in Foligno, the project was a collaboration between the Technical and Technological Institute Leonardo da Vinci, Liceu Clássico Fritzi-Beta Angela, Academia ITS Umbria and the Directorate of Education of the Third Arrondissement. In addition, the municipality of Foligno, Confindustria Umbria – Foligno and several companies in the area also contributed.

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La Cellulaessenziale® will be open from April 9-20, April 10-13, and April 15-19; From 21 to 24 April from 10 am to 12:30 pm and from 4 pm to 6:30 pm; From April 25 to May 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Mondays except on public holidays. Information and reservations at 0742 330584-600 or 0742 342598.


The “Let’s Get into the Dungeon” project was presented during a conference on Friday morning, April 8, in the outdoor patio of Palazzo Trinci, where Essential Cell® was installed. To clarify its properties and properties, curators Corrado Morichi and Mario Tai spoke, who spoke about the importance of the cell itself, but also about the models applied to the scientific method. In addition to the physical context it was entered, thanks to the work of the architect Giacomo Sana. “We are in front of a futuristic dome – explained Corrado Morici – which is part of a project that will allow all visitors, children and adults, to experience a real flight in space, but also in time.”

Also speaking was the President and Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Sciences in Foligno, Professors Maurizio Renzini and Pierluigi Mingarelli, Mayor of Foligno, Stefano Zuccarini, Education Adviser for the Municipality of Foligno, and Paola de Bonis, Secretary General. The Foundation, Casa di Risparmio di Foligno, Cristiano Antonitti, and Giuseppe Mitelli, have been among the promoters of the Festival of Science and Philosophy since its inception. I also participated in some Ite “Scarpellini” classes, where students illustrate the survey conducted in 2019 to find out the numbers and users participating in the Festival of Science and Philosophy.

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Pierluigi Mingarelli, Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Sciences – “Today we present a unique initiative, formulated in the context of the courtyard of the Palazzo Trinci, allowing us to merge the modern with the ancient. This initiative is made possible thanks to the cooperation between the Municipality of Foligno and Casa di Risparmio di Foligno and the valuable contribution of schools and companies in the region.

Maurizio Renzini, Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Sciences – “We are at the stage of renewal after the difficulties we encountered during the pandemic, which, however, did not prevent us from continuing our mission. This eleventh edition is characterized by a very rich program of conferences and parallel events, which will also and above all include Students, who will be not only users, but real heroes, because they will help us take care of a whole range of activities through alternating schoolwork projects. ”

Stefano Zuccarini, Mayor of Foligno – “Seeing an advanced structure like the one we have today at the heart of the city’s tradition is a unique experience, a perfect blend of our past and what is to come. This will add value to the project for an event like the Festival of Science and Philosophy, whose validity is fundamental to the city. We are honored. Being able to host such an event and as administrators we will always be close to it.”

Paola de Bonis, Educational Consultant, Municipality of Foligno – “The Festival of Science and Philosophy is such a wonderful event that I had the pleasure of participating in following all the stages of the organization, to the point of feeling that I am part of this family. Something as important as the hive created within this beautiful place It is a unique opportunity. Just as I consider the involvement of young people essential. This festival is distinguished by actively spreading scientific culture among our children and helping them develop their critical spirit.”

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Cristiano Antonetti, Secretary General of the Cassa di Risparmio di Foligno Foundation – “The Foundation has supported this event since its first edition and we are satisfied with the results achieved both nationally and internationally. Another essential aspect of the Festival of Science and Philosophy is the participation of children, an aspect that our organization has always been at the forefront of training and education, also because we are convinced that knowledge is necessary to reduce, especially today, the differences between young people.”