At the conclusion of the celebrations for the 800th anniversary of the University, the Comitato 800 Anni of the University of Padua organizes on Febraury 6 and 7, 2023, the international scientific event AQVA. Our water, our world, our life.
The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary conference aims to address issues related to water (AQVA) from various disciplinarian perspectives such as hydraulics, hydrology, chemistry, marine ecology, economics, geopolitics, history, literature, art history, urban planning, and medicine.
The two-day conferences offer seminars of a more general nature that are open to the public, while others of a more technical nature welcome University of Padua students and faculty along with nationally and internationally renowned scholars.
Welcoming numerous speakers, the AQVA conference includes three plenary sessions over two days. On Monday 5 February, the conference welcomes British science writer Philip Ball, who presents his lecture Why water is weird, followed by Nicola Di Cosmo from the Institute for Advanced Studies – Princeton, New Jersey, to discuss Floods and political change in early modern China: the case of Liaodong. On Tuesday 6 February, the conference welcomes Georgia Destouni from the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University, Sweden, to share her lecture Water, climate and society – interplaying systems in change. The same day welcomes the UNESCO Chair Francesco Vallerani (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice,) as part of the Water, Heritage and Sustainable Development of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, sharing his lecture Waterscapes as cultural representations: narrating and painting hydraulic memories.
The event closes with a musical moment with Maddalena De Biasi, soprano, and Aldo Orvieto, piano, performing music by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, and Ottorino Respighi and texts by Charles Baudelaire, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Paul Verlaine.
As part of the scientific schedule of the 800th-anniversary celebrations of the University of Padua. The conference is held in English, with some parts in Italian; simultaneous translation is available.
Registration to the conference is now closed as we have reached full capacity.