Public Engagement – Our commitment towards the dissemination of science
The Department of Pharmacy is strongly committed to outreach and science communication. We aim to engage people in science and discovery, communicate the power of knowledge and creativity, cultivate the next generation of scientists and encourage adults to become informed citizens - mainly by increasing awareness about rational use of medicine.
We have continued to enlarge our target audience through a variety of local, national and international activities. The main ones are reported below.
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Book Presentation "Da Speziali a Farmacisti, Storia, iconografia e arredi"
Saturday 25 February 2023 at the State Archives of Naples, Antonio Lavecchia and Sergio Attanasio have presented the book "From Apothecaries to Pharmacists, History, iconography and furnishings" published by Guida Editori. The volume describes the fascinating developments of the Pharmaceutical Art and follows its fundamental stages from prehistory to the early 1900s, telling the stories of the men and women involved in the extraordinary evolution of this science. An excursus, which starts from the archaic practices of the doctor-apothecary-sorcerer, passing through the teaching of Hippocrates and medieval beliefs and superstitions, up to the triumph of knowledge and techniques accomplished between the 1800s and 1900s.
Neapolitan Days of Health, Prevention and Wellbeing "Health for all" 2022
The Department of Pharmacy contributed to the Neapolitan Days of Health, Prevention and Wellbeing "Health for all" which were held from 1 to 2 October 2022 in Piazza del Plebiscito https://www.comune.napoli.it/salute-per-tutti.
The Neapolitan Health Days saw an extraordinary participation of the public. More than 15,000 attendees on Saturday and Sunday visited the "Health for all" village, where over 50,000 services were provided in a series of different specialist disciplines, scientific information, consultancy and prevention activities, as well as veterinary services.
We presented a series of laboratory activities that represent some of the main lines of research carried out at the Department. In parallel, we organized a calendar of seminars in a nutshell in order to provide citizens with an information service on the main issues relating to the world of drugs and pharmacy.
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The Department of Pharmacy and the Polo Universitario Penitenziario
The Department of Pharmacy, led by Prof. Mariano Stornaiuolo, is one of the promoters of the Polo Universitario Penitenziario (P.U.P.) of the University of Naples Federico II dedicated to enabling the attainment of university-level qualifications by inmates in prisons of the Region Campania http://www.polopenitenziario.unina.it/.
In 2022 we contributed to various Public Engagement initiatives on the subject, awarded at the National Conference of Rectors' Delegates for the University Penitentiary Poles (CNUPP) set up at the CRUI. In particular, we created at the prison centre "P. Mandato" of Secondigliano a University Library focusing on Biology and Pharmacy. In the prison there is a field cultivated with saffron by our students from the Herbal Sciences degree. We have also organized activities at the Nisida juvenile prison where we held an educational workshop as part of the 2022 European Researchers' Night S.T.R.E.E.T.S.
Global Women Breakfast 2022 - Empowering Diversity in Science
Does diversity represent a limit or a resource? This was the focus of the Global Women's Breakfast - GWB2022.
Once again, this year the Department of Pharmacy hosted the event involving the AURORA Identity, Culture, Diversity domain. The meeting, now in its fourth edition, was held on Wednesday 16 February 2022, in the Ludovico Sorrentino's lecture theatre at the Department of Pharmacy and is accessible on YouTube.
The following contributed to the discussion: Angela Zampella, Director Department of Pharmacy; Concetta Giancola, President of UNINA Single Committee for the Guarantee of Equal Opportunities; Antonella Liccardo, UNINA Delegate for Gender Balance; Daniela Montesarchio, Neapolitan Coordination Women in Science; Elena de Filippo, President of the Dedalus Social Cooperative and Anna Trieste, Il Mattino Journalist. The meeting was moderated by Alessia Caso, Aurora European University Alliance Office Manager for Federico II and Francesca Scamardella, Law Department and Federico II representative of the AURORA Identity, Culture, Diversity domain.
Futuro Remoto 2021
Also this year the Department of Pharmacy contributed to the XXXV edition of Futuro Remoto, held from November 23 to December 3, with live activities at the Science Village and online events.
Despite the pandemic still in progress, Futuro Remoto registered 45,000 attendees.
The Department of Pharmacy has organized two international activities with Futuro Remoto:
On November 25th we presented the story of Gertrude Belle Elion, American chemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1988. Throughout her history we have discussed how drugs are designed and developed
On November 26th we have discussed gender equality in research and innovation with Italian women scientistsworking internationally.
See also the presentation of our live and online activities
2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26)
COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, has been held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 13 November 2021. Members of the Department joined the summit featuring world-renowned thinkers, innovative exhibitions and expert discussion panels.
COP26 ignited vital conversations around the globe on climate change and other man-made impacts on the environment including both why and how we can make changes to improve the lives of others.
Environmental stressors, including climate change, can increase the risk of development and progression of several diseases. Reducing various types of pollution and other environmental risk factors could significantly impact our health.
All of this is at the heart of the activities of the Department of Pharmacy hosting projects studying the role of environmental risk factors in a broad range of diseases and the identification of possible solutions that will encourage additional research in this evolving field.
Federico II meets The Jackal
How innovative use of creative ideas can drive a business' growth. This was the focus of the meeting organized by Federico II with The Jackal.
As part of Meet me Tonight, an event associated with the European Researchers' Night 2021, Federico II met the well-known Neapolitan group of video makers who, from the web to TV, have contributed to changing digital communication in recent years.
The event, held on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at the Department of Pharmacy, is accessible on the YouTube channel https://youtu.be/DXrYedZzOFc.
The Rector of the University Matteo Lorito opened the meeting. Angela Zampella, Director of the Department of Pharmacy, Giovanni Ausanio, Federico II Lead for the Meet Me Tonight Project, Francesco Ebbasta, Director and Founding Member - The Jackal, Gianluca Fru, Talent and Author - The Jackal, Anna Manzo, Ciaopeople Account Manager - The Jackal, and Antonio Pescapè, Rector's Delegate for Innovation and Third Mission, contributed to the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Pasquale Maffia.
La Banda dei FuoriClasse
Watch "La Banda dei FuoriClasse" episode aired on 09/27/2021, where Stefano Cinti, researcher at the Department of Pharmacy of the University of Naples Federico II, explains how sweat can be monitored through sensors.
IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast 2021
On 9 February 2021 the Department of Pharmacy has contributed to the IUPAC Global Women's Breakfast 2021 (GWB2021) https://iupac.org/100/global-breakfast/. The overall purpose of GWB is to establish an on-going virtual network where women in the chemical and related sciences can connect with each other in a meaningful way to support their professional aspirations and to develop leadership skills. The theme for GWB2021 has been"Empowering Diversity in Science". The Director and several academics from the Department of Pharmacy contributed to the Breakfast event, which hosted also the YouTuber Ruggero Rollini https://www.ruggerorollini.it/ and a theatre show.
Futuro Remoto 2020
The Department of Pharmacy is actively involved in the front line of the study of COVID-19 and in the development of new approaches for the treatment and prevention of Coronavirus. On this page dedicated to outreach and science communication, we invite citizens to stay informed on the topic from the following official sources:
IUPAC 2020 Global Women's Breakfast
On 12 February 2020 the Department of Pharmacy has contributed to the IUPAC 2020 Global Women's Breakfast (GWB2020) https://iupac.org/event/iupac-global-breakfast/. This global event was held one day after the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science. The overall purpose of GWB2020 was to establish an on-going virtual network where women in the chemical and related sciences can connect with each other in a meaningful way to support their professional aspirations and to develop leadership skills. The theme for GWB2020 has been "Building bonds to create future leaders". The Director and several academics from the Department of Pharmacy contributed to the Breakfast event, which was followed by a theatre show.
Mini Atelier della Salute for Kids 2019
On 22 March 2019, an Open-Day for Primary school kids has been organized at the Department of Pharmacy and dedicated to healthy eating.
For full details please visit: https://www.unina.it/-/18749560-mini-atelier-della-salute-for-kids.
The event was very well received and attracted press coverage on newspapers.
Participation at "Futuro Remoto"
The Department of Pharmacy has organized and delivered several exhibits at Futuro Remoto, the first science festival to be created in Italy in 1986.
The 2015 edition attracted over 150,000 visitors in a 3 day of science and entertainment at Plebiscito square in Napoli, success repeated till the 33rd edition held in November 2019 at Città della Scienza, Napoli.
"M'illumina la scienza" Notte Europea dei Ricercatori 2019
"M'illumina la scienza" European Researchers' Night 2019
On 27 September 2019 the Department of Pharmacy has contributed to the European Researchers' Night of the University of Naples Federico II. The event "M'illumina la scienza", has seen thirteen professors from the School of Medicine presenting to a lay audience recent scientific breakthroughs and discoveries in the biomedical field. A night dedicated to support the public to understand the basics of science to make informed decisions. Several topics have been discussed, from progresses in tumor immunotherapy, to waste disposal of cells, robotic surgery and prenatal tests.
See press releases on:
7° Congresso SIFA "Benessere, Nutrizione Funzionale e Attività Fisica"
Atelier della Salute - 3rd Edition 2019
For the second consecutive year, on the 18-19 October 2019, the Department of Pharmacy contributed to the 3rd edition of "Atelier della Salute" a large public engagement event organised the School of Medicine with the final goal to inform about the population health benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
4500 adults and students interacted with 40 exhibition stands, 4 workshops and a broad range of activities.
For further details on 2018 and 2019 editions and press coverage please see:
Frontiers for young minds
Academics from the Department of Pharmacy contribute with different editorial roles to Frontiers for Young Minds (https://kids.frontiersin.org/), the first scientific journal written by scientists for kids and reviewed by kids. The main aim of the Journal is to connect young curious minds to the experts and information that will motivate them to ask informed and critical questions about real science throughout their lives. The journal has reached global coverage publishing work from over 800 authors from 40 different countries and total article views of more than 3,000,000. The journal has engaged with over 1800 young reviewers from a variety of sectors of the community.
See how the Journal works on YouTube.
Interaction with high school students
The Department of Pharmacy through the "Blue Chemistry Project" and "Alternanza Scuola Lavoro" is working in concert with several high schools in Napoli (e.g. Nino Bixio, Liceo Mercalli) to introduce secondary school students to several aspect of pharmacology and chemistry. The offered activities include tutorials, labs visits and hands-on experiences.
"Summer in Science" Summer School 2019
On 10-21 June 2019 the Department of Pharmacy has contributed to Summer in Science, an international Summer School organized by AdamaScienza at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo (Rome). The school offers the opportunity to high-school Italian students to spend two full weeks exploring the fascinating world of research in biomedical sciences, epigenetics, genomics and cell biology.The offered activities include tutorials andhands-on experiencein world-leading scientific laboratories.
See how the school works at: https://adamascienza.com/en/summer-in-science-2/
New horizons in cannabis research: medical and food application
"New horizons in cannabis research: medical and food application" is the title of a one-day meeting organised in partnership with the Department of Pharmacy on 3rd May 2019. During the event, basic and medical scientists in concert with representative of local institutions discussed the latest news related to the therapeutic use of cannabis.
Full details are available on: https://www.cannabisterapeutica.info/category/storie/ and on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/unina.it/videos/632088113939715/
Atelier della Salute - 2nd Edition 2018
On 21 and 22 September 2018, the Department of Pharmacy contributed to "Atelier della Salute" a large public engagement event organised by the School of Medicine with the final goal to inform the population about health benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
4000 adults and students interacted with 50 exhibition stands, 40 workshops and a broad range of activities.
For further details please see: http://areacomunicazione.policlinico.unina.it/34176-atelier-della-salute-il-resoconto-della-seconda-edizione/
In collaboration with the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde, in the last two years the Department of Pharmacy has contributed to the delivery of an exhibit called NanoMate Science at major festivals in the United Kingdom.
NanoMate Science are a group of researchers aiming to investigate how nanoparticles can be used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
NanoMate Science participated to several large public engagement events in the UK (Glasgow Science Festival 2016, Explorathon 2017, Cheltenham Science Festival 2017, Green Man Festival 2017, British Science Festival 2017, etc.), in addition to visiting schools interacting face to face with more than 18,000 people.
You can follow NanoMate Science on Twitter
Blog on food and drugs interactions
Prof. Paolo Grieco curates a blog on drug-food interactions that has reached over 30.000 contacts to date. Aim of this website is to provide information about the most recent scientific findings in the issues concerning the interactions between Drugs and Nutrients. Understanding the effects of food taken on a daily basis on the activity of drugs can favour the task of health professionals in taking the necessary precautions in the simultaneous intake of food and drugs. Many nutrients can interact with drugs both at the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic level and very often the final results are not always predictable. These unexpected events can not only reduce the therapeutic effects but also give rise to serious side toxic effects.