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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:


“The nucleus Science Talk” Online Talk by C. La Porta & S. Zapperi


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

On May 12th, 4 pmCaterina La Porta & Stefano Zapperi will hold the online talk entitled: “Chromatin and cytoskeletal tethering determine nuclear morphology in progeria expressing cells”.

The talk is part of the series “The nucleus Science Talk”.

If interested, please contact: to get the password to access (link:


COVID-19 Emergency: check for program updates!


The 2020 calendar is undergoing some changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy. Some schools have been postponed or cancelled, some schools will be held online!

Please check the course plan for updates:

Have a look at schools held so far @Lake Como School!


More than 100 schools have been held so far at the Lake Como School of Advanced Studies.

See the Past schools page for a complete list and link to each school.