Talk for FermHAmente, the Fermo Science Festival (in Italian)

Yesterday I had the pleasure to take part in FermHAmente, the Fermo Science Festival.

I have been talking about the impact of past and present climate changes on animal species, and about the board game that I have created on the topic.

In the original program two different events were scheduled, but because of tecnical problems they were merged into a single one held on Saturday.

Here is the video of my talk (in Italian).

Q&A for MeetScience (in Italian)

Yesterday Andrea Idini interviewed me for the first season of MeetScience.

Flyer for the Q&A (in Italian)

We have been talking about many topics that I have been studying, from lactase persistence and the digestion of milk, to horse domestication; from ancient human migrations to migraine; from the genetic history of Lucca to the impact of the Neolithic Revolution on human demography; from climate changes in the past to… board games! Here is the video (in Italian).

New release: Climate change – the board game

I have just released Climate Change – the board game: a free educational board game about evolution and climate change. The aim is to “put yourself in the paws” of animal species, and to experience both their evolution and their struggles in the current climate emergency.

Climate change - the board game

Each player is a medium/large mammal species, living in a word where climate changes unexpectedly. Every species has its DNA and collects mutations through time, allowing it to adapt to new habitats. Sometimes evolving is not an option, and the species must migrate or go extinct. It is also possible to integrate human-associated climate changes.

It has been designed as an educational resource for schools (groups of 4-5 people, with an approximate duration of 30 minutes to leave space for discussion and questions): we have used it successfully to do outreach at the Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge. Still, it can also be played with friends and family.

Climate change the board game activity at the Zoology Museum, Cambridge