Talk May 5th, 2023: “What experts? Whose advice? The ‘Delphi oracle’ and ‘Moses tablets’ in the management of the covid19 health emergency in Italy”

When: 5 May 2023, 12:00 – 14:00

Where: Conference room (A222), Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Universitätsstr. 7/2nd floor, 1010 Vienna

One side of lockdown in Italy in 2020
Another side of lockdown in italy in 2020 (drones policing lockdown violations)

In this talk I will present the results of the Italian branch of the international research project ESCaPE (Evaluating Scientific Advice in a Pandemic Emergency) which I led in 2020-21 and which aimed at understanding how expert advice was sought, produced, and utilized in the management of the Covid-19 emergency in Italy.

This case study provides an overview and encompassing representation of the mobilization of experts, and of selected types of evidence, in Italy in 2020. The findings of this study suggest that expert politics can lead to the confirmation of knowledge hierarchies that privilege hard sciences, and corroborate prior literature indicating that economic and social expertise has not been well integrated into public health expert advice, constituting a major challenge for policymaking during an emergency.

You can find a summary of the research here:

and the article published in Nature Humanities & Social Sciences communications in 2022 here:

Nuove Droghe Emergenti nello Sport /New Emerging Drugs in Sport Workshop April 28th, 2023, University of Trento

Quando: Venerdi’, 28 Aprile 2023, 14:00 – 16:30

Friday, 28th April 2023, 14:00 – 16:30

Dove: Dipartimento di Psicologia e Scienze Cognitive, Universita’ di Trento, Corso Angelo Bettini 84, Rovereto

Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Corso Angelo Bettini 84, Rovereto

14:00  Benvenuto / Welcome

14:15 Assegnazione del titolo di Distinguished Visiting Professor al Prof Olivier Rabin, WADA Senior Director in Science and Medicine

Conferment of Distinguished Visiting Professor to Prof. Olivier Rabin, WADA Senior Director in Science and Medicine

14:45 Discorso Inaugurale/Inaugural Speech

Prof. Olivier Rabin

15:30 Tavola Rotonda sulle Nuove Sostanze Emergenti nello Sport/Round Table on New Emerging Drugs in Sport


Prof Ornella Corazza & Prof Gianluca Esposito, Universita’ di Trento/University of Trento (Italia/Italy)

Relatori / Panelists

Prof Francesco Botré, Laboratorio Anti-Doping FMS, Anti-doping Laboratory FMS, Roma/Rome  (Italia/Italy)

Dr Thomas Zandonai, Universita’ di Miguel Hernandez University of Elche Alicante/Miguel Hernandez University of Elche Alicante (Spagna/Spain)

Dr Pierluigi Simonato, Parco dei Tigli, Clinica per la Doppia Dignaosi/ Clinical Dual Diagnosis Clinic, Padova/Padua (Italia/Italy)

Dr Renzo Ferrante, Arma dei Carabinieri (NAS) (Italia/Italy)

Dr Silvia Camporesi, Universita’ di Vienna/University of Vienna (Austria/Austria)

16:15 Riflessioni conclusive/Final remarks

Tito Giovannini, Fondazione Milano-Cortina 2026

16:30  Chiusura /End

Keynote at Leuven EAPS/BPSA Conference:”Uses and abuses of the concept of race in sports genomics: epistemological and ethical considerations”

…for those of you interested in philosophy, ethics and sport, the joint EAPS/BPSA annual conference is going on in Leuven. the full conference programme is available here.

I gave a keynote lecture yesterday on the ‘Uses and abuses of the concept of race in sports genomics: epistemological and ethical considerations” and the presentation can be found here.

#keynote #philosophyofsport #epistemology #ethics #race #genomics