Rectoverso: basic research, applied science

Institutional Communication Service

Date: 27 March 2018 / 17:30

Auditorio del campus di Lugano

What do beauty creams and anti-tumor therapies have in common? The answer lies in the unpredictability of scientific progress, a line that divides basic research from applied science and that is much more liquid and uncertain than what is commonly assumed. Basic research imagines, applied science creates - but sometimes the object of imagination can differ significantly from what can actually be created. Serendipity is a characteristic of the world of science, underscoring the fragility of the "base or applied" dichotomy.  

On Tuesday, March 27 (Auditorium, 17:30 PM) Rector Boas Erez and Professor Andrea Alimonti (USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences) will discuss about epistemology and the research projects conducted at the Institute for Oncology Research (IOR, Bellinzona).