Curiosity on Stage: Evening Edition - Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius

Canada Science and Technology Museum
May 2, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Curiosity on Stage: Evening Edition - Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fee Description
10$ for non-members, 7$ for museum members, 7$ for students (valid student ID required on night of event). Registration required.
Language Comments
The event will be simultaneously translated into both official languages.

Join the Italian Embassy and the Canada Science and Technology Museum for an evening of discussion and discovery on the quintessential Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci.

Invited speakers from the Galileo Museum in Italy, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa will explore the historical importance of da Vinci’s diverse body of work, as well as the lasting impact of his legacy on science, technology, and art in our age.

Be among the first to visit the all-new exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci - 500 Years of Genius”! Your Curiosity on Stage ticket will grant you access to the exhibit in its entirety, which includes life-size reproductions of Leonardo’s art, touchscreen versions of his codices, and so much more!

Join the conversation and share your thoughts using the hashtag #CuriosityOnStage.


  • 5:00 - 6:30 pm: Explore the “Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius” exhibit. Light refreshments and networking opportunities.
  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Presentations and Panel discussion

Our speakers:

Andrea Bernardoni (Galileo Museum) - Senior Researcher
Angelo Mingarelli (Carleton University) - Mathematician
Hanan Anis (University of Ottawa) - Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lisa Leblanc (Canada Science and Technology Museum) - Director General; Panel Moderator



Dr. Andrea Bernardoni has concerned himself with the History of Technology for many years in his work at the Institute of the History of Science (Galileo Museum). He curated several sections of important exhibitions dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, such as Leonardo, l’acqua e il Rinascimento (Milan 2004), The Mind of Leonardo (Florence 2006, Tokyo 2007, Debrecen 2007, San José 2008, Rome 2009), Leonardo and the art of Sculpture (Atlanta 2009, Los Angeles 2010), Les rêves mécaniques de Léonard de Vinci (Rombas 2008); Leonard de Vinci et la France (Amboise 2009), and many others.

Andrea obtained his PhD in History of Science from the University of Florence. He is the author of numerous publications on the History of Science and Renaissance Technology, including the essays published in 2013: De re metallica and Il tramonto del Medioevo, in the volume Il contributo italiano alla storia della tecnica, Treccani Encyclopaedia, Rome. He has also won the first prize at the film festival “vedere la Scienza” (Window of Science) in 2007 for his 3D animated film “The colossus of Leonardo” (Il colosso di Leonardo), in the category of scientific documentaries.


A professional mathematician by training, Dr. Angelo Mingarelli has always had a keen interest in the intersection of mathematics and the arts, whether they be visual, calligraphic, or sculptural. His interest in Leonardo da Vinci stems from his immersion in Italian culture in Montreal’s Little Italy in his youth.

A graduate of Loyola College in Montreal, he obtained his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto under the auspices of a National Research Council 1967 Science (Centennial) Scholarship. He was then an NSERC University Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa for many years before joining Carleton University in 1990 as Professor of Mathematics.


Dr. Hanan Anis is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She holds an NSERC chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering. As a strong advocate for innovative approaches in engineering, Hanan looks forward to exploring the diverse creative legacy of Leonardo da Vinci and how we can apply these lessons today.

Prior to joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking.

She holds a B.Sc from Ain-Shams University (1987), a M.A.Sc (1991) and a Ph.D (1996) from the University of Toronto both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Lisa Leblanc became Director General of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in October 2018. Before joining Ingenium, Lisa worked as Director, Learning and Canadian Children’s Museum Renewal at the Canadian Museum of History. Prior, she was responsible for program development and visitor experience of the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History.

Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Art History with a specialization in museology from York University, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Concordia University. She was part of the team that developed the new Canadian War Museum. After the Museum opened in 2005, she was responsible for its visitor experience and program development.

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