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The 2023 Lake Como School of Advanced Studies program will start in April!


The first school is planned for April, 2023.

For the complete program, see here.

The human self beyond itself? 4-5 October 2021


The International conference, organized in the fame of the activities of the ARC Centre, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (“TECNICA E UMANESIMO” relevant project) and in collaboration with the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies, will be held online.

Participation is free of charge.

To participate, visit

Download the final program:


Scienza diffusa – Convegno online (4 ottobre 2021)


Nell’ambito del Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile 2021, Fondazione Volta e Lake Como School insieme all’Università di Milano propongono il convegno virtuale:

SCIENZA DIFFUSA – 4 ottobre 2021

Scienza Diffusa. Diffondere il pensiero scientifico con una visione caleidoscopica, dai cambiamenti climatici, all’inquinamento ambientale, coinvolgendo i cittadini per una maggiore consapevolezza. Dialoghi tra esperti e studiosi per orientarsi nel futuro.

Il convegno si terrà il 4 ottobre dalle 16:30 alle 19:00.

Iscrizioni gratuite fino a esaurimento posti. Info e programma:

The 2021 Lake Como School program is about to start


The first school of 2021 will start in March. Find out more on the school web page.

See also the complete 2021 program here.


Ambiente e Società: Changing Challenge CHANCE

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Nell’ambito del Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile 2020, Fondazione Volta e Lake Como School insieme all’Università di Milano propongono il convegno virtuale:


Dai cambiamenti climatici all’impatto ambientale, attraverso una visione globale: evoluzione e nuove sfide. Esperti nelle diverse discipline, si confronteranno, guardando al futuro.

Il convegno si terrà il 6 ottobre dalle 16:30 alle 19:00.

Iscrizioni gratuite fino a esaurimento posti. Info e programma:

Alternative Methods: Ethics & Science – VIRTUAL CLASS


Logo.jpgAlternative methods and 3Rs (Reduce, Refine, Replace animal use), from ethical and scientific point of view, represent a topic of great interest.

The purpose of this class meeting is to provide an overview, through an ethical, scientific, and philosophical approach, to illustrate the history, the application and the future of alternative methods.

The Virtual Class Meeting Alternative Methods: Ethics & Science is open to young researchers, from different diciplines.


Milano Digital Week: The City Brain May 29th, 2020


in collaboration with the Center for complexity & Biosystems of Milano University

Milano Digital Week: The City Brain

A discussion over a possible post pandemic plan, involving all areas (health, reserach, knowldge, protection of most vulnerable groups) will take place in the frame of  Milano Digital Week The City Brain.
The City Brain is organized by MondoHonline, CC&B UNiMi and ESP under the patronage of the European Parliament.

Join the meeting on May 29th, 2020 at 18: download the poster.


ONLINE Conference by Duccio Fanelli, June 8th, 14.30

8 June 2020, 14.30
Duccio Fanelli (Univ. Firenze)

“Endogenous noise and emerging regularity in stochastic population dynamics”
Complex systems are systems composed of many microscopic entities, subject to mutual interactions. Starting from the microscopic rules of interaction, systems self-organize in time and in space, yielding ordered macroscopic patterns which are needed for implementing dedicated functions.
The classical approach to population dynamics relies indeed on characterizing the densities of species through a system of ordinary differential equations, which incorporates the interactions being at play. In other words, pure competition, predator-prey interactions, or even cooperative effects could be translated into specific interaction terms. Noise and other disturbances can be eventually hypothesized to alter the ideal deterministic dynamics but always acting as a macroscopic bias.
As opposed to this formulation, a different level of modeling can be invoked by focusing instead on the individual-based description, which is intrinsically stochastic. Individuals entities interact when e.g.
they happen to meet and the ensuing reactions might occur with a given success rate. The system becomes probabilistic and the idealized deterministic picture can be solely recovered when considering very large populations of interacting units.
For finite size populations, demographic noise, as the probabilistic contributions are  customarily referred to, acts as a source of endogenous perturbation, shaking the system from the inside. In this talk I will discuss, in simple terms and building on examples, how the noisy component of the dynamics, as stemming from the discreteness of the scrutinized sample, can yield the emergence of quasi-regular patterns. Microscopic disorder can hence materialize in macroscopic order, a counterintruitive mechanism which could be exploited by living systems to orchestrate a multitude of different functions.



in collaboration with the Center for complexity & Biosystems of Milano University

On May 14th, 3.30 pm, ALESSIA BERTERO (Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Milan) will hold the online webinar entitled: “Emerging mycotoxins and in vitro studies”.


Download the announcement with the link to access: announcement

Our summer schools go online! Find out the first school planned for June

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic related restrictions, some schools have been rescheduled and some will be hold online.

The first one will be “Alternative methods and models in Science: a multidisciplinary in vitro approach” school, chaired by Prof. Francesca Caloni, University of Milan (Department of Environmental Science and Policy – ESP). The school will take place on June 3-4, 2020.

Check the website for all details: