Sezione Euresis di Catania (Catania Section of the Euresis Society)
In existence since 1991, the Catania Section of the Euresis Society convenes professors and researchers from fields of chemistry, physics, astronomy, computer science, statistics, geology, Italian literature, philosophy, and history. In addition to monthly meetings of the group for discussion, planning, and exploration, activities involve a wide rang of outreach through well-attended public lectures and discussion series, inviting scientists, philosophers and theologians to present viewpoints; public exhibitions, with guided presentations, demonstrating classic and modern physics and microscopic/macroscopic visions of the Universe; and sponsored high school presentations and conferences to graduating classes exploring contemporary research in chemistry, physics, and astronomy in relation to ethics and faith. Plans include a deepening of outreach to educational and faith communities in the surrounding area, with a focus of monthly meeting on such topics as the origin and implication of modern scientific discovery; the Anthropic properties of the universe and connections to the laws of physics and chemistry; review of the notion of “purpose” in scientific research in relation to faith; contemporary developments in bio-technology, computer and communication sciences and the impact and value to humanity. Euresis Catania continues to expand these efforts. Matching fund support is provided in a combination of local membership donation, and resources from the City Hall of Catania and the University of Catania.