EGO and Virgo at Festival delle Scienze di Roma 2024

Apr 16, 2024

Once again this year, gravitational waves will be among the protagonists of the Festival delle Scienze in Rome, themed Errors and Wonders, with a double event.

  • Thursday 18 April 2024 – h. 21:00
    Sala Petrassi

    Le Mappe del Cosmo. Storie che hanno cambiato l’universo

    A performance by EGO (European Gravitational Observatory) in collaboration with INFN. With Diana Hobel and Marco Sgarbi, accompanied by drawings by Gabriele Peddes. Texts by Diana Hobel, Vincenzo Napolano and Giada Rossi.

    Our view of the Universe has changed radically in the last hundred years, as never before. Scientific revolutions and important discoveries have allowed us to draw new maps of the Universe. Discoveries made of insights, moments of euphoria and long phases of disorientation, which become stories within our reach thanks to the twists and turns, the enlightening and sometimes comical dialogues, and the profound humanity of their protagonists. And so they allow us a glimpse into the vertigo of the infinite that scientists dare to look at.


  • Saturday 20 April 2024 – h. 18:30

    La più folle delle imprese: l’avventura delle onde gravitazionali da Einstein a ET


    Massimo Carpinelli Director of EGO, Professor at the University of Milano Bicocca, INFN researcher
    Eugenio Coccia Full Professor of Astrophysics GSSI, Director of the Institute for High Energy Physics, Barcelona
    Silvia Piranomonte Astrophysicist, first researcher INAF
    Giulio Selvaggi Research Director INGV
    Moderator Andrea Bettini Journalist RaiNews24

    From Einstein’s doubts, who soon found the correct formulation but remained sceptical about their existence for the rest of his life, to the announcement of their discovery by the LIGO experiments in the United States and Virgo in Italy, near Pisa, gravitational waves have given rise to passionate research using gravitational detectors. The most powerful of these will be the Einstein Telescope (ET), the third-generation detector that Italy is hoping to host in Sardinia. From doubts, a certainty: ET will be a project of world-class scientific and technological impact. 

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