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Among the workshops at TEDMED #Call4Brain of Fightthestroke, hosted at the Milan Polytechnic, was the session ‘What if not being perfect can explain diversity in science?' organised by the Bracco Foundation as part of its commitment to women. 

Among the speakers was Telmo Pievani, a philosopher and evolutionist, who proposed a reflection on diversity as a catalyst for change starting from the natural world and Greta Radaelli, a young researcher of the IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and an online scientist thanks to the #100esperte project.

A stimulating morning at TEDMED #Call4Brain of Fightthestroke, dedicated to science and innovation. The session proposed DIVERSITY as a strategy and resources the change through a multidisciplinary path.

Telmo Pievani, and evolutionist and professor at Padova University, explained the concept starting from biological organisms, which through diversity adapt and renew themselves, while perfection, which is of itself static, would not permit progress. Greta Radaelli, a researcher at the IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, took up the concept of diversity of gender, recounting our #100esperte project, an online database of female scientists created to increase female presence in the media.

The public was then given the chance to explore the concept by sharing their own and other people’s experience, in which diversity brought about change and hence evolution and innovation at the individual and collective level.

 

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