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The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (MUST) was founded in 1953 and is the largest science museum in Italy. Every year, its collection of 15.000 historical objects displayed in permanent exhibitions and 14 “Interactive Labs” – experimental learning spaces inviting visitors to engage actively with science and technology – welcome more than 500.000 visitors, among which 4.500 school groups.

MUST also carries out research and develops methodologies, tools and educational activities for the involvement and participation of different audiences – especially the younger generations – in learning experiences and training on science, technology and on their role in society and everyday life. It is a space that encourages dialogue and collaboration between the world of research, production, citizens, institutions, schools, and other museums.


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Build together not only the answer, but the way you build the question

The FIT4FOOD2030 lab coordinators experimented with a new method to tell the stories of impact of the project. The coordination team of the City Lab Milan emphasises the reflexivity necessary for the bottom-up processes of running a lab.

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Defining the lab vision and trajectory The City Lab Milan started analysing the local context and engaging stakeholders in the framework of the already existing Milan Food Policy, noting that deep systemic knowledge and a “working-together” attitude already existed among stakeholders. Three main areas of intervention were defined: communication and education, dialogue among stakeholders and system awareness. Click on 'View more' for more information. Read more Understanding the local food system - visions, showcases and breakthroughs A cycle of three system understanding workshops was framed by the Milan context. The City Lab identified expected impacts – participants coalesced around networks and collaboration, training, sustainable agriculture – and barriers to be overcome – with agreement around a lack of science data about food and scientific information, strict regulations on innovation and the lack of food literacy and education. Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", Milan; July - October 2018 Building scientific citizenship at school Interactive activities to imagine the future food system with teachers For MUST, the host of the City Lab Milan, its Open Day for Teachers is an opportunity to showcase projects and share tools that teachers can use in the classroom – no better moment to empower teachers to adopt the FIT4FOOD2030 ‘systemic approach’ when tackling food and nutrition with their students. 13 teachers tested two hands-on exercises: creating a Personal Meaning Map and visioning using clay and other creative materials. Read more Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", Milan, 6 October 2018 Co-developing ideas for educational modules After the last workshop dedicated to stakeholder engagement and system analysis, the Museum as a City Lab coordinator identified some relevant topics and possible actors to develop the points of the Lab Vision into concrete educational modules. The collaboration with the City Lab members during the prototyping phase happened through individual meetings, dedicated to discuss: target audiences, topics, competences, spaces of implementation, formats for dialogue. Two main topics served as a background of the module development: the recovery of food products against food waste, and the systemic dimension of the future food supply chain. December 2018 - March 2019 A snapshot of the life of a City Lab Interview with Matteo Villa, member of the coordinating team of City Lab Milan “To help a successful food system transformation, it is important to drive the change with a common vision and a common agenda, but also setting processes concretely capable to take in account the bottom-up feedback of the stakeholders...” Matteo shares from behind the scenes. Brussels, 6 March 2019 Bringing everything together Two new resources produced at MUST Two educational modules - ‘Valuable Market’, and ‘Visions of Future Food’ were developed, with a strong emphasis on a mix of experiences: hands-on activities and reflection, scientific enquiry and artistic creation, a focus on present conditions and a future orientation. March 2019 Putting things in practice Testing the modules with different audiences such as students in the classroom and adults and families in the museum's interactive confirmed people's interest in the topics and allowed further refining. The importance of facilitation skills to connect together the different elements of the module came out as a strong point. Various locations in Milan; May - December 2019 Behind the scenes at the museum While MUST was closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new 'Stories behind closed-doors' initiative (#storieaportechiuse) allowed visitors to continue engaging online with collections and archives, science news and educational lab activities. On the topic of food, it was important to engage with people starting with their daily lives under the new measures – and access to food plays a large role in this. Barbara Gallavotti, scientific journalist and advisor of the museum, spoke to Ivano Vacondio, president of the Italian Federation of Food Industry – Federalimentare. March 2020 onwards Reflecting about impact Build together not only the answer, but the way you build the question The FIT4FOOD2030 lab coordinators experimented with a new method to tell stories of the impact of the project. The lab coordination team of the City Lab Milan emphasised the reflexivity necessary for the bottom-up processes of running a lab. Read more December 2020