Resilience innovates: engaging society in science through web-based virtual reality

INAF (Institute Nazionale di Astrofisica) is the Italian public body in charge of performing, advancing research in all the Astrophysics and Space Physic domains and of coordinating the related Italian policy in this field of research and to promote it worldwide.

It’s a long-standing tradition in developing digital tools to analyze observationally and to let INAF’s researchers develop 3D models to study astrophysical phenomena. INAF is developing an experimental outreach programme targeted at schools, based on a 3D real data model integrated into a virtual reality environment where INAF scientists can virtually meet students via the web to dialog with the scientists him and with themselves.

A demonstration of this live educational tool will be presented in the panel discussion focused on the potential global impact of the digitalization as an opportunity to facilitate cross culture exchanges and front-run scientists-students’ interactions to include the next generations in cutting edge scientific debate, awareness, engagement and discovery.

Corrado Perna, Chief Policy Officer: Introduction: The Resilience Innovates
Salvatore Orlando, INAF astrophysicist:
Laura Daricello, INAF VR Outreaching Program
Tiina Elise-Neuvonen; Thematic Lead in Education at United Nations Technology Innovation Lab
Peter Fagerström; Educraftor
Mei Lin Fung Chair & Cofounder, people-Centred Internet
Monica Cantón de Celes, Design for Change Global CEO
Neil Milliken Global Head of Inclusion at ATOS
Jennie Yeung Philanthropist
Declan Kirrane , ISC Intelligence in Science

Resilience innovates: engaging society in science through web-based virtual reality

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Oct 02 2020


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Corrado Perna
    Corrado Perna
    Chief Policy Officer and Head of Business & Innovation of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF),

    Corrado Perna, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Business & Innovation of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), in charge to plan and to coordinate the global engagement strategies to maximize impact and benefits from the national investments in Astrophysics.

    Front run promoter of the Italian involvement in XXI century global large scale research facilities challenges, such as SKA, CTA and EELT projects, he develops engaging policies targeted to national and international policy makers institutions to build global partnerships for the advancement of science and to position the Italian astrophysics research system in a leading positions on the global cutting-edge initiatives.

    Physicist, background skills as researcher, he has a more than 15 years experience in science policy by leading EU funded projects related to the construction of large scale facilities as well as developing and directing national programs to transfer the benefits from astrophysics researches to industry and society.

  • Declan Kirrane
    Declan Kirrane
    Director ISC Intelligence in Science and Coordinator EU Africa Radio Astronomy Platform

    Declan Kirrane is Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, a specialized science, technology and R&D public affairs firm based in Brussels, Belgium. ISC develops and implements Strategic Research Agendas for science and technology-based organisations in the EU and US.
    His practice areas cover IP, R&D consortia development, management and dissemination and is responsible for themes of ICT, health, security, defence, space and related policies, legislation, programmes and funding mechanisms. Declan Kirrane has a background in analysing the relationship between public and private R&D funding and the impact on R&D performance: he has worked extensively on science and technology policy evaluation methodologies and technology options for policy- and decision-makers. The EU’s Digital Agenda, emerging European space, security and defence policies are part of his remit.

  • Laura Daricello
    Laura Daricello
    Technologist at INAF

    Laura Daricello is a technologist at INAF and is the national responsible for the educational activities related to virtual and augmented reality. She is in charge for communication, education
    and outreach at the INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo. She conceived the INAF format for communicating astronomy to children named “astrokids”, published articles and books, and participated in national and international meetings. In 2016 she was appointed national responsible of INAF for the Civil Service, giving the opportunity to many young people to work at INAF for more than a year in the field of “education and cultural promotion” and “enhancement of cultural heritage”, as a service to our nation. She is also a trainer in post-graduate training projects to create new skills and strengthen human capital with the know-how developed in INAF and thus promote high-tech employment. One of her interests is also astro-tourism. An astronomical guide of the city of Palermo will be published by the end of 2020. Cooperation, sharing, synergy and curiosity are the characteristics that distinguish her.

  • Mei Lin Fung
    Mei Lin Fung
    Chair & Cofounder, people centred-Internet

    Mei Lin Fung is Chair & Cofounder, People Centered Internet (2020, taking over from founder Vint Cerf), Chair Impact Network, Chair IEEE IC Social Impact Measurement
    Mei Lin Fung is proud to represent and lead the Internet by the People and for the People. She co-founded the People Centered Internet with Vint Cerf so that all people can have access to the opportunities that are made possible when people are connected. She deeply believes that people can connect to thrive. With a passionate founding team, she created the Impact Network in 2017 and works closely with the IEEE Industry Connections Social Impact Measurement which she chairs. She is incorporating the voice of the people and the voice of the community which she believes is vital in any measurement of social impact in order that the outcomes be sustainable. She is the founding Chair of the California Health Medical Reserve Corps as a pioneer in the shift from healthcare of individuals to the health of a community. She specialises in working with people in communities to form learning networks, to visualise and voice and take action to make their dreams come true.

  • Mónica Cantón de Celis
    Mónica Cantón de Celis
    Design for Change Global CEO

    Bachelor in Law (UCM) and Masteryourself (3º Generation), she started working in
    the Spanish Red Cross as Provincial Director of Volunteering and Training (León),
    Director of Fundraising, Legal and Property Affairs (León) and Provincial Secretary (Cádiz). A sudden change related her with the education world:
    Coordinator of Design for Change Spain and an external expert of Law
    in the Mondragón University degree of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and
    Innovation (Madrid & Barcelona) and also a team coach in the same
    degree (Madrid)
    She has been recognized as an Honorary Collaborator of the Department of General Didactics, Specifics and Theory of Education of the Faculty of Education
    (University of León).

  • Peter Fagerstrom
    Peter Fagerstrom
    Teach Millions, Finland
  • Salvatore Orlando
    Salvatore Orlando
    Senior Researcher (Primo Ricercatore) at the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo

    Salvatore Orlando is Senior Researcher (Primo Ricercatore) at the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo. He graduated in Physics “cum Laude” at the University of Palermo in 1993 and since 1997 he holds a PhD in Physics from the same University. In 1995 he was visiting scientist at the Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the University of Chicago (USA), and in 1997-1999 research fellow at the European Space Agency (ESA). His main research activity is
    performed in the realm of optically thin astrophysical plasmas (more specifically in the fields of supernova remnants and solar and stellar coronae) and in the field of thermal and non-thermal
    (synchrotron) emission processes. His skills include: plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), computational fluid dynamics and high performance computing (HPC). He is the author of over 130 scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals and of several
    invited presentations at international meetings.

  • Tiina Neuvonen
    Tiina Neuvonen
    Education Thematic Lead, UN Technology Innovation Office

    Tiina is a sociologist & innovation professional combining and understanding of people, technology, and innovation. Currently, she works at the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) in Finland as a Thematic Lead in Education after being an innovation focal point at UNESCO New York and spending some years in East-Africa overseeing the organization’s ICT innovation portfolio.

    Before joining the UN, Tiina worked in innovation consulting, service design and marketing bringing disruptive ideas to life to build brand value and expand into new markets and categories. From the onset of her career as a researcher of socio-technical issues (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology), she has remained passionate about transformative technologies and their impact on individuals, communities, organizations, and countries.

    Tiina holds a Master’s degree in sociology from Helsinki University, a first-class Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of York, and a Diploma in Social Innovation from the General Assembly mandated University for Peace in Costa-Rica.