A Dream Becomes Reality

14th edition BergamoScienza 2016, total attendance

Rita Levi Montalcini, 1986 Nobel Prize in medicine, honorary president of the Scientific Committee for the third edition of BergamoScienza in 2005

Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry, attended the sixth edition of BergamoScienza in 2008

John Nash, 1994 Nobel Prize in economy, attended the seventh edition of BergamoScienza in 2009

James D. Watson, 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine, attended the 10th edition of BergamoScienza in 2012

Founded in 2003, the BergamoScienza Festival is committed to spreading scientific knowledge through its events. A group of friends – our founding members – came up with this ingenious idea and made it a reality. Every year the festival enlivens the city and province of Bergamo with its packed schedule of events that delve into various realms of science and technology.

The goal is to make science accessible to all, particularly the young and their schools. These events expand the students’ scientific and technical knowledge while encouraging their passions.

This festival is special for three key reasons:


  • the approach used to address and debate the various subjects is engaging and understandable for the general public;
  • the events – every single one – are free of charge;
  • the extensive participation of schools,teachers and, in particular, students who have a role in many of the scientific exhibits.

During the first two weeks of October, the city of Bergamo and its environs become an epicentre of scientific and technological knowledge that has global reverberations. Talks, exhibits, workshops, shows and much more unveil the latest and greatest in science for a whirlwind of exciting, inviting educational moments that strengthen the rapport between science and an aware and informed citizenship.

During 15 editions of BergamoScienza, we have had the distinct pleasure of welcoming on our stage 24 Nobel Prize winners, among them Rita Levi Montalcini, John Nash and James D. Watson. In addition, 1,326 researchers and experts in chemistry, physics, medicine, mathematics, engineering, astronomy and neuroscience have also participated. This list of acclaimed experts includes Oliver Sacks, Paolo Nespoli, Margherita Hack and Massimo Banzi.

The festival is a celebration of advanced research, fascinating presentations and infinite inspiration. In 15 years, more than 1.3 million people have witnessed the power of science at the festival.

In 2005 when the association was established, some prominent institutions, associations and companies stepped up, offering support and joining us as founding members: University of Bergamo, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Bergamo Chamber of Commerce, Confindustria Bergamo and UBI Banca.

Many other local institutions, foundations and companies also provide significant support for the festival, which allows the events to remain completely free of charge.

Check out past editions.