Special event

The structure of DNA: the decoded code

70 years since the discovery of the double helix
11 November 2023
Start time 
10:00 am
Polo Ferrari 2 - Via Sommarive 9, Povo (Trento)
Atrium and Room B107
Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology
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Free – Registration required
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Seventy years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, we welcome an extraordinary celebration: an exhibition/event exploring the secrets of DNA through the eyes and works of the artist FULBER. The exhibition/event commemorates the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, a momentous moment in the history of biology.

Together with the artist and CIBIO researchers, we will retrace the milestones that led to the discovery of DNA as the genetic material of every organism - animal, plant, and bacterial. We will analyze together the - sometimes neglected - contribution of the work of scientists over the centuries.

But what is DNA, and what is it used for? DNA, with billions of pieces of information, is compacted into a tiny volume inside each cell. The information it contains is accurately read and decoded into functional messages for life. But what if, during this process, some mistake is made? A change in the genetic code can lead to better environmental adaptation, a process that is the basis for the evolution of organisms. However, if harmful changes are made, complex pathologies can arise that threaten the lives of different organisms. This is the role of research: first, to understand the basic working mechanisms of molecules and then to study possible treatments. 

The exhibition will open on 11 November with a special program:

10.00 a.m.

Round table with Paolo Macchi - CIBIO Department Director; CIBIO professors Marta Biagioli, Alberto Inga, and Orietta Massidda; and artist Fulvio Bernardini - in art FULBER. Moderator: Paola Siano, University of Trento.

11.00 a.m.

Visit to the exhibition

Let's play with Biology:

  • Look at your cells
  • What colour is your DNA
  • Let's build the double helix together

Guided tours of the laboratories in groups


To register for the round table, please fill in this form.

To register for the lab visit, please fill in this form.

NB: registration is compulsory.

Join us on this unique journey! We celebrate DNA through Fulber's art and continue exploring life's mysteries. Thank you for joining us on this extraordinary adventure!

Who is Fulber?

Fulvio Bernardini began publishing his illustrated ideas at 18, immediately demonstrating a flair for creative independence and a personal work style. 

Over almost fifty years, several hundred commercial businesses, cultural associations, periodicals, and organizations would use his talent, and nearly 200 illustrated publications would be published. Before and after the definitive launch of Fulber Creazioni in 2007, many sectors will benefit from the editorial projects under the Fulber brand (also distinguished by his well-known signature and the cartoon character of the big dog Gary), now extended to the preparation of story-boards and story-reels for animated drawings and projects in partnership with animation studios.

With Pictorial Revivalism, Fulvio Bernardini has been experimenting since 2012 with a new process of approaching a higher-level target audience, maintaining the characteristic of "figurative narrating image" and opening up to the art of oil painting with his large-format Pop Art style works, inaugurated with an exhibition at the Rainalter Centre in Madonna di Campiglio in Trentino and continued with essential shows in many European cities.

The exhibition will remain open until 31 May 2024.