The second edition of the Didacta Italia Fair will take place at the Fortezza da Basso from 18th to 20th October 2018. This School Fair is devoted to teachers, school leaders, educators, instructors, professionals and entrepreneurs from the school and technology sector.
This year, the fair will be dedicated to the “Lady of Stars” – Margherita Hack – the famous Florence astrophysicist who died in Trieste on 29th June 2013. Hack was the first Italian woman managing an astronomical observatory, as well as one of the greatest minds of the Italian scientific community, giving an essential contribution to scientific research and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
The opening of the Fair will be preceded by an Opening Concert, taking place on 17th October at 6.30 p.m. (Teatro della Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r), performed by the Orchestra Erasmus and conducted by Maestro Elio Orciuolo. The orchestra is formed by 50 young musicians coming from various Italian Conservatories and music institutes.
During the opening day – Thursday, October 18 – Marco Bussetti, Minister for Education, University & Research will participate in the event, visiting the Fair and following the activities carried out by students inside the MIUR exhibiting space which, during this edition, will host 50 events including workshops, seminars and training activities.
The opening ceremony of the Fair will start at around 9.30 a.m. inside the Main Hall (Teatro Lorenese, inside the Fortezza da Basso), in the presence of Salvatore Giuliano, State Secretary of the Ministry for Education, and local authorities.
During the three days of the Florence event, numerous conventions will be held concerning the Erasmus+ Programme, eTwinning, the most excellent Educational Programmes, small schools and Technical Schools. Researchers of the Harvard and Princeton Universities – with whom Indire started a scientific collaboration on educational innovation – will also participate.
This event, included by the Miur among those provided for in the multiannual teacher training plan, offers a scientific programme organized by Indire, scientific partner of the Fair and leader of the Scientific Committee formed by Cnr, Istituto degli Innocenti, CRUI, the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and Reggio Children.
Following the success of its first edition, which saw the participation of over 20,000 visitors and 4,000 teachers, this year the Fair becomes even bigger – over 31,000 square metres of exhibiting spaces, 200 Italian and international exhibitors and 6,000 teachers already registered for the scientific programme; 474 events: 227 managed by Indire and 247 activities curated by institutions and companies, with one third more halls devoted to training.
Prominent cultural figures, including the famous Italian lyricist Mogol, Umberto Galimberti, sociologist, psychoanalyst and Professor at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Francesco Sabatini, philologist and honorary member of the Accademia della Crusca, are all due to attend this event.
Fiera Didacta Italia is organised by Firenze Fiera in co-operation with MIUR, the Region of Tuscany, the Florence Municipality, the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Unioncamere, Didacta International, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany (ITKAM) and Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau.