Telmo Pievani

Philosopher and evolutionists, he holds the first Italian chair in Philosophy of Biological Sciences at the Biology Department of Padua University

In the same Department, he also teaches Anthropology and Bioethics. He is a corresponding Member of the Institute for Sciences, Letters and Arts of the Veneto Region, corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences in Turin, non-resident Member of the Accademia Olimpica in Vicenza. Since 2015 ha has been deputy Chair of the Italian Society for Evolutionistic Biology. Between 2001 and 2012 he has worked at the University of Milano Bicocca.

Philosopher and historian in the area of biology, as well as expert on the theory of evolution, he has written a number of books in Italy and abroad on the subject of the philosophy of science. Some of them have been translated or are currently being translated into foreign languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese and Korean.

He is a member of the Ethics Committee and of the Scientific Committee at the Umberto Veronesi Foundation for the progress of sciences. He is a Board Member of the Italian Anthropology Institute, as well as of the Editorial Board of international scientific journals such as Evolutionary Biology and Evolution: Education and Outreach. Since 2014 he has been on the Editorial Board of Rendiconti Lincei for Natural and Physical Sciences. He is the editor of Pikaia, the Italian evolution portal. He served as secretary on the Scientific Board of the Festival della Scienza in Genoa from 2003 to 2011. Since 2013 he has been in the Scientific Committee of BergamoScienza. Since 2014 he has been on the International Scientific Committee of MUSE, the Trento Science Museum.

With Niles Eldredge he was scientific editor of the encyclopaedic project “Ecosphere – The Planet’s Future” by UTET Grandi Opere (2010). He has authored with Banda Osiris and Federico Taddia numerous stage, comedy and music projects about science, including “Finalmente il Finimondo!” [Finally the End of the World] (2012) and “Il maschio inutile” [The Useless Male] (2015).

He works with Il Corriere della Sera, the magazines Le Scienze, Micromega and L’Indice dei Libri.

Telmo Pievani speaks at popularising conferences for a wide range of audiences: from children of all ages to students and citizens. He attends both corporate conventions and festivals. His areas of interest are: biological evolution, human evolution, philosophy of science, the scientific method, science histories, history of biology, Darwin, biotechnologies and all related bioethical issues.

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