DaVinci Hero

Leonardo da Vinci visits UCD

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:26:00 GMT

A half-day event dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci to be held in UCD O’Brien Centre for Science on the 21st of November.

About this Event

Together with Padraig Dunne from UCD Physics, and Patricia Maguire and her team from UCD Institute for Discovery, we are organising this event to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The event will consist of a series of invited talks and a mini-exhibition of few of the most famous machines of Leonardo (coming from a permanent exhibithion based in Rome, Italy).

The talks are quite heterogeneous in nature: some talks are related directly to Leonardo, others indirectly. For example, one talk will cover his paintings and anatomy drawings, another will give an historical context by focusing on the Italian renaissance, and another on his famous machines. The other talks, the ones that are "just inspired” by Leonardo, will be, for example, on the chemical-physics of nano-polymers and their use in restoring old paintings (also by Leonardo), on quantum computing, on “innovation in education”, and on symmetry in physics, nature and crystals. You can find the list of invited speakers in the attached flyer.

The mini-exhibition is composed by few of the most famous machines of Leonardo (full scale and in wood) made by an Italian “artigiano” following the original Leonardo’s drawings reported in his Atlantic Code. The exhibition will take place in the Hub of the O’Brian Centre for Science, and it will run for the entire week of the event (i.e. Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Nov).

For seats availability, we are kindly asking you to reserve your seat (free of charge) using the following link:

The event is supported by the Italian Embassy in Ireland, the Italian Institute of Culture in Dublin, the Mostra di Leonardo exhibition in Rome, the School of Physics, the Discovery Institute, the Conway Institute, the UCD-Wellcome ISSF fund, the College of Science, UCD Global, and a few other sponsors.