Waterday Catania 2017 2018-03-11T18:38:32+00:00

22 March  2017

World Water Day 2017

Water through the microscope and the camera is an event to celebrate water and its microscopic life that could be captured by using microscopy and photography as high-powered expression of art. The exhibition will consist of a presentation of images and video of aquatic microscopic life commented by a scientist to illustrate the wonder of life in a drop of water. In the gallery, the microscope connected to a camera and a video will allow the direct and public observation of water samples; on the wall a selection of microphotographs of aquatic life forms. We celebrate water as the most valuable resource of daily use; scientific techniques and instruments will be realistically merged with interests of professional photographers and public opinion to unveil Mother Nature’s deepest and most beautiful secrets. “Seeing is believing”.

Plenum Gallery

Via Vecchia Ognina, 142  Catania
22 march 2017
Opening h.17:00 -22:00
Official presentation: h 20:00
Free Entrance

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Microb&co  is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science in the field of microbial ecology. To achieve its mission, Microb&co involves people of all ages, from students of different educational levels to researchers. It yearly organizes the International Course in Microbial Ecology (ICME) for cutting-edge research techniques and tools; it runs workshops for training students in the soft skills of writing, communicating and planning in science. It organizes events to promote scientific knowledge and to disseminate its wonder to public opinion.

Speaker: Manuela Coci

The exhibition will be presented by Dr. Manuela Coci, a biologist specialized in aquatic microbial ecology of fresh and marine waters. In 2012, she founded the organization Microb&co for the dissemination of microbial ecology beyond the academic world.

Plenum is a contemporary photography gallery located in Catania with the aim of becoming the reference point for fine art photography in Sicily. The gallery is located in the center of the city and disposes with exhibition area of about 80 square meters on an overall structure of about 170 square meters. His specific purpose is to host exhibitions of international authors.

The UN-World Water Day is the annual campaign of the UN-Water interagency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues. It is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The World Water Day was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

The Academy of the University of Catania promotes the studies on natural phenomena to contribute to the advancement of science. The academy was founded in 1823 and dedicated to the great naturalist Catania Giuseppe Gioeni d’Angiò (1743-1822) which initiated its realization.

The CNR- Water Research Institute focuses its main activities on the management and protection of water resources and the development of methodologies and technologies for water and wastewater treatment.

The CNR-Institute for Marine Research conducts research in Mediterranean, oceanic and polar regions, focusing mainly on ocean and plate tectonic evolution, marine ecology, fish resources and stocks, marine paleontology and climate changes and pollution.

Nikon Microscopy 

Nikon is a world-renowned brand, firmly established as a market leader in optical instrumentation including microscope. The company manufactures its own glass, ensuring the very finest quality assurance throughout production.

Npi Italia

Npi Italia manufactures flexible braided hoses for sanitary and heating applications for many years. In 2014 it entered the Neoperl Group, a global company that offers innovative solutions for drinking water components used by the plumbing industry, including water and energy saving products worldwide.

Nikon Small world

It is the Nikon photography competition dedicated to images collected under the light microscope. For 42 years, the photomicrography Competition is open to anyone with an interest in microscopy and photography.

A2D – Analisi dell’Acqua a Domicilio

The first Italian Service on domestic water analysis. It initiated its activity in January 2017 in the city of Catania. It checks and monitors the quality of domestic water for drinking use.


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Scientific Committee

Manuela Coci (Microb&co)

Gian Marco Luna (CNR-ISMAR-Ancona)

Stefano Amalfitano (CNR-IRSA)

Angelina Lo Giudice (CNR-IAMC)

Antonietta Rosso (Università di Catania)

Chiara Pennesi (Università Politecnica delle Marche)

Grazia Quero (CNR-ISMAR-Venezia)

Fabrizio Joppolo (Nikon Instruments)

Michele Nubile (Mima srl)

Franco Ferro, Alberto Castro (Plenum Gallery)