EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANOES AND CLOUDS. From the forgotten vulnerability to the culture of safety
Island of Ischia July 21 – September 29, 2018
E X H I B I T I O N/CONFERENCE/A P E R I T I F S WITH S C I E N C E
Extreme natural events, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, climate changes have an increasingly dramatic impact on people’s lives, the economies of the territories and our extraordinary cultural heritage. They consume human lives, economic resources, cultural heritage and social cohesion.
Italy has significant levels of danger ascribable to potentially disastrous events, but the size and severity of losses depends on the vulnerability of our inhabited territory with respect to these events, such as: non-seismic-resistant buildings, uncontrolled constructions on the slopes of volcanoes, cementing over of riverbeds etc.
Many losses are due to the lack of awareness of risks and prevention, a deficiency unfortunately widespread at all levels: from institutional governance to the entire population.
It is now crucial an effective response to future major calamitous events, both in terms of prevention and education to a new culture of risks and therefore of safety.
This is exactly the message of the current initiative aimed at filling this lack of knowledge and which encompasses three purposes: an exhibition, a dissemination activity, a conference on risks from extreme natural events.
Not only, therefore, memory of the natural calamitous events that historically have affected the island through the history of the prestigious tradition of geodynamic and meteorological observatories of Casamicciola and Ischia Porto, designed and directed by Giulio Grablovitz (1846 - 1928), but also “culture of safety “through the study and debate on the most recent prevention and protection measures against the risks of extreme events.
:: EXHIBITION ::
Villa Gingerò di Villa Arbusto - Lacco Ameno (Na) - Corso Angelo Rizzoli, 210
Open daily: 10.00-13.00 / 16.00-20.00 - FREE ENTRANCE
Official opening: July 21 - 6.30 p.m.
The exhibition traces various aspects of the earth sciences such as: seismology, meteorology, study of the tides and thermalism, investigated by Giulio Grablovitz, eclectic scientist, owner of the Royal Geodynamic Observatory of the Island of Ischia, established by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1891 after the famous Casamicciola earthquake of 1883. The observational conditions of the observatories of Casamicciola and of Porto d’Ischia are reconstructed, where he conducted scientific experiences among the most innovative of his time. Panels and multimedia tools do create an immersive journey on the destructive events of the last 150 years on the island and on the evolution of seismology, volcanology and meteorology.
The seismological, meteorological or tidal tools used, and partly designed by Grablovitz, are exhibited in their original version. The material exhibition is accompanied by video and a very rich collection of documents including letters, photographs, extremely rare seismic and meteorological recordings by Giulio Grablovitz’s scientific archive.
The exhibition itinerary, informative but rigorous, also presents the modern monitoring and study techniques of geodynamic and meteorological phenomena that are the basis of many natural disasters. A seismic station completes the route proposed to the public.
:: CONFERENCE ::
Aula Magna dell’Istituto Comprensivo Forio 1 - Forio (Na) - Via G. Castellaccio
September 19th marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Giulio Grablovitz; the current initiative intends to remember the great scientist with a conference on risks from extreme natural events and their mitigation. The conference is divided into three days.
September 17th - 3 pm - 7 pm - The forgotten vulnerability: extreme natural events that have affected the island and the history of science in response to them.
September 18th - 10 am - 7 pm - The culture of safety: today’s science answers, open questions and tomorrow’s science challenges.
September 19th - 10 am - 1 pm - Towards a more resilient society: the relationship between science, institutions and society for a safer and more resilient community.
:: The Bar of Science ::
Giardini Ravino S.S. 270 Citara - Forio (Na)
An evening at the bar, while tasting an aperitif, to get to know and discuss with researchers and experts the topics related to the exhibition “Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Clouds”. Four events in the setting of the Giardini Ravino, a magnificent botanical garden, where, through an informal approach far from the academic one, experts will meet the public in evenings of divulgation and entertainment that will address the issue of the effects of extreme events on the territory and on biodiversity.
July 27th - 7 pm - Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Clouds and ... wine: “How much landscape” in a sip of wine
September 19th - 5.30 pm - Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Clouds and…biodiversity: the possible alternative
September 21th - 5.30 pm - Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Clouds and….music: per musicam ad astra
September 28th - 5.30 pm - Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Clouds and….sea: Biodiversity and climate change
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