On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its operations, I3P, the Innovative Enterprise Incubator of the Polytechnic University of Turin, has launched a series of special events titled Scintille: a series of meetings with brilliant minds and prominent figures not only from the world of technology, who have made a significant mark in their field and beyond.

Following the success of the first two events in March and April, I3P is pleased to present the third appointment on Tuesday, May 14, with a uniquely profiled new guest: Chiara Montanari, the first Italian woman to have led an expedition to Antarctica and an engineer with decades of experience in managing polar missions at international research stations.

“Uncertainty has a bright side because it awakens our vitality”. This is one of the phrases with which Chiara describes her relationship with adventure and the exploration of ever-new horizons, often under challenging conditions that require constant ingenuity. This state of mind is familiar to young entrepreneurs who tackle their nascent ventures every day, still devoid of certainties and exposed to countless unforeseen events, but driven by passion and the desire to achieve something never seen before.

In addition to having participated in five expeditions to Antarctica, representing not only Italy but also France and Belgium, Chiara Montanari has managed some of the most extreme research stations on our planet, such as the Concordia station, located at the top of the polar ice cap, at 4,000 meters altitude with temperatures ranging between minus 50 and minus 80 degrees Celsius.

Moreover, Chiara has conducted research in Organization Theory at the Polytechnic University of Milan and at the Center for Epistemology of Complexity at the University of Bergamo, before assuming managerial roles in various sectors and prominent companies. She has collaborated with the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the international astronomical observatory for exploring the high energies of the universe, and currently offers training courses to companies interested in developing the so-called Antarctic Mindset, the ability to thrive in uncertainty. She is a TEDx speaker and collaborates with various non-profit organizations on issues of empowerment in youth entrepreneurship, awareness of research, and environmental sustainability.

How to Participate

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, starting at 18:00, in person at the Agorà Hall of the I3P incubator, located within the Campus of the Polytechnic University of Turin and accessible either from the main gate at Corso Castelfidardo 30/A or from the pedestrian entrance at Via Pier Carlo Boggio 59.

Participation in the event is free, with prior registration on Eventbrite.


18:00 | Welcome of participants

18:10 | Introductory greetings – Paola Mogliotti, Director of I3P

18:15 | Opening of the meeting – Adriano Marconetto, Entrepreneur In Residence at I3P

18:20 | Chat with Chiara Montanari, Antarctic Expedition Leader

19:00 | Q&A session with the audience in the hall

19:20 | Conclusion of the meeting