Leonardo da Vinci: Imagining Futures Symposium

25 October 2019, 09:00 - 18:00

Rooms SG1 & SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Leonardo da Vinci: Imagining Futures is a transdisciplinary initiative led by Ingrid Paoletti and Inanna Hamati-Ataya, developed with Marta D’Alessandro and gloknos's partners at the Material Balance Research Group and the Department of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano.

The project launched in Milan in May 2019 at the start of Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary commemoration, and is moving to Cambridge in October 2019, before returning to Milan for its final activities. This one-day symposium is a celebratory event hosted by this initiative, coinciding with our Cambridge Festival of Ideas Exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci 500 Years On: Visions of Future Imaginaries.

Organisers: Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Cambridge) and Ingrid Paoletti (Milan).

Confirmed speakers include: Nicola Carniato (AKTII), Inanna Hamati-Ataya (University of Cambridge), Federico Leoni (Università di Verona), Alessandro Melis (University of Portsmouth), Ingrid Paoletti (Politecnico di Milano), François Penz (University of Cambridge). A full programme will follow in due course. 

This event is free to attend, but space will be limited. To register your interest, please email

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gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.

This symposium is accompanied by a public exhibition, hosted as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019. 

Developed through an interdisciplinary partnership between the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (CRASSH, Cambridge) and the Material Balance research group (Department of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano) this exhibition celebrates the technical imaginaries of Leonardo da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death, with reproductions of da Vinci’s portfolios from the Ambrosiana Library in Milan and an interactive art installation to explore future imaginaries of sense and technique. Organisers: Inanna Hamati-Ataya (Cambridge), Ingrid Paoletti (Milan), Marta d’Alessandro (Milan).

More information is available via the dedicated event page or the Cambridge Festival of Ideas programme