Homo sapiens is a species that does not stand still, moves, walks, migrates. Its evolution, its culture, its languages are the result of thousands of years of movement. Born in Africa, in 200 thousand years Homo sapiens has managed to conquer every corner of the planet. Even in the last centuries man has not stopped migrating: to the Americas, to Australia and today to Europe.

The objective of the Forum, which took place on October 13, 2018, was to offer an interdisciplinary scientific reflection on the theme of migrations: geneticists, linguists, sociologists, anthropologists and jurists in comparison to understand who we are, looking at the history of the past that illuminates the present.


Telmo Pievani, Full Professor of Philosophy of Biological Sciences – Università di Padova, Italy

Giovanni Pellegri, Head of L’ideatorio – Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Silvia Misiti, Director of IBSA Foundation for scientific research, Lugano, Switzerland


Anja Klug, Head of the UNHCR Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Switzerland

Bernardino Fantini, Honorary Professor of History of Medicine – University of Geneva, Switzerland

Daria Pezzoli Olgiati, Professor for the Study and the History of Religion – University of Munich (LMU), Germany

Federica De Rossa Gisimundo, Assistant Professor of Economic Law – Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Federico Rampini, Journalist, writer, news correspondent of La Repubblica from New York

Gianluca Grossi, Photographer, Bellinzona, Switzerland

Guido Alfani, Associate Professor of History of Economy – Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Mark Maslin, Professor of Climatology and Environmental Sciences – University College London (UCL), UK

Pascal Mahon, Professor of Constitutional Law – University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Telmo Pievani, Full Professor of Philosophy of Biological Sciences – Università di Padova, Italy


Location: Auditorium USI – Lugano – Switzerland

Date: October 13, 2018


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