World Biotech Tour: the Italian stop hosted at the Museum
30 September - 2 October

The World Biotech Tour (WBT) is a multi-year initiative supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Biogen Foundation, which chose the Museum as location for the Italian edition of the festival.
For the project, the Museum has organised a three-day festival on biotechnologies open to families and adults (from 30 September to 2 October 2016), with the involvement of researchers, schools and students who have already worked together with Museum in the previous months.

Activity program (all activites are conducted in Italian)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Professional development event reserved for secondary school teachers (booking required)

One, ten, a hundred biotech
Open workshop on biotechnology | 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Experiments and models to talk about biotechnologies at school.

Friday, September 30, 2016

as part of Meet Me Tonight
Free entry

World Biotech Tour opening event
From 6:00pm to 6:30pm

Fiorenzo Galli, Director General of the Museum
Walter Staveloz, Director of International Relations of ASTC (Association of Science - Technology Centers)
Chris Barr, Director General of Biogen Foundation Giuseppe Banfi, CEO of Biogen Italia
Luca del Gobbo, Councillor for University, Research and Open Innovation of the Lombardy Region

Biotech party
From 6:30pm to 7:30pm and from 7:30pm to 8:30pm (two slots) | i.lab Biotechnology | Recommended age: +8

In which direction is biotech research moving? Learn more about the potential of biotechnologies with researchers and young students who have worked together to explore and present biotech issues.

Biotech party DIY
From 6:30pm to 9:30pm, drop in | i.lab Genetics | Recommended age: +8
From 8:30pm to 10:30pm, drop in | i.lab Biotechnology | Recommended age: +8

Experience the world of biotechnology together with young students who offer first-hand experience.


For more information and for the complete program of MeetMeTonight see the event page (in Italian) >

Saturday, October 1, 2016

As part of Meet Me Tonight – at Indro Montanelli Public gardens
Free entry

11:00am to 10:00pm | Recommended age: +8
What are biotechnologies? How do they influence our lives? With the Museum of Science and Technology and the young World Biotech Tour ambassadors, come and test and experience how living organisms can help us obtain different useful products.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Museum | admission included in the Museum ticket

Biotech party DIY
From 11:00am to 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 5:00pm | drop in | i.lab i.lab Genetics and Biotechnology | Recommended age: +8
Meet the young ambassadors of the World Biotech Tour to get to know plants that consume less water, bacteria that make plastic or eat oil, cells that repair hearts. See what our cells look like and take a Cellfie.

Biotech exploration
At 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm | duration 1 hour | Recommended age: +8
Let's go hunting for biotechnology in the Museum's sections to discover the secrets of biotechnology around us.

PTC test: de gustibus ...
At 11:00am, 1:00pm and from 2:00pm to 5:00pm | drop in | Recommended age: +8
Even taste is a matter of genes. Come and find out more about yourself with Biogen Italy volunteers.

Students involved in the project and their research

Four secondary school classes were accompanied by industry researchers to investigate specific research on biotechnology (environmental, health, and industry applications).

Students have also worked with the staff of the Museum on the communication with the public, preparing experiments to be presented during the three-day festival on biotechnology (at the Museum from 30 September to 2 October 2016).

Watch the videos made by students and vote for your favourite by September 26.
One student from the winning class will represent Italy at WBT Global Summit in Tokyo in 2017.
The winning class will be nominated and receive the award in the course of the official opening event of the World Biotech Tour at the Museum, Friday, September 30 at 6:00pm.

Easy to just say plastic
Si fa presto a dire plastica

Actor: Beatrice Bondurri
School: Liceo Classico San Raffaele di Milano
Mentors: Prof. Paola Branduardi and Dr. Stefano Bertacchi | Galatea Biotech Srl – Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca

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Plants, what waisters!
Le piante che sprecone!

Actor: Pierre Cuillermoz
School: Liceo Scientifico Casiraghi di Cinisello Balsamo
Mentor: Prof. Massimo Galbiati | Dipartimento di Bioscienze – Università degli Studi di Milano

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STEM CELLS the doctor in each of us
STAMINALI il medico di ciascuno di noi

Actors: Cristiano Conte, Lara Contino, Alexandra Dimofte, Stevano Gullo, Mattia Vismara
School: ITCS Primo Levi di Bollate
Mentors: Prof. Gianluigi Condorelli and Prof. Elisa Di Pasquale | Istituto Clinico Humanitas, CNR – Istituto di Genetica e ricerca Biomedica (IRGB) - UOS Milano

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The bacteria circus
Il circo dei batteri

Actor: Mario Spiniello
School: ITIS Facchinetti di Castellanza
Mentors: Prof. Sara Borin and Dr.ssa Francesca Mapelli | Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l'Ambiente (DeFENS) – Università degli Studi di Milano

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The winner at The Science Centre World Summit in Tokyo

Mario Spiniello (from ITIS Facchinetti) is the ambassador selected to represent the Italian program for the World Biotech Tour. He presents the activities developed with the Museum and his research mentors Prof. Sara Borin and Dr. Francesca Mapelli from the Università Statale di Milano at the at the Science Center World Summit in Tokyo - November 2017.

Mario Spiniello

Tour stops around the world

March 2015: Mechelen, Belgium – Technopolis, the Flemish Science Centre
April 2015 Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilion of Knowledge, Ciência Viva
August 2015: Tokyo, Japan – Miraikan, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
June 2016: Pathumthani, Thailandia - National Science Museum
August 2016: Perth, Australia – Scitech
September 2016: Milan, Italy – Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia
November 2016: Montreal, Canada - Montréal Science Centre
2017: 4 news sites under selection
2017: global summit in Tokyo.

The Italian festival is curated by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci for ASTC (Association of Science - Technology Centers) and Biogen Foundation in collaboration with Biogen Italia and in the frame of the European Biotech Week. – coordinated in Italy by Assobiotec.