VivaMente: the Garden of Ideas is a scheme devised to promote and sustain the best ideas from CSMBR members with adequate economic and logistic support. It owes its name to the Latin motto Viva Mente (“with a lively mind”) and to the Italian expression Vivamente (“profoundly”, “keenly”, “with energy”) as we expect our events to be as intellectually stimulating as dynamic.


The Scheme at Glance

Under the new scheme, € 3000 plus the free usage of the Domus Comeliana (worth of additional €2500 per day) will be awarded to the best proposals for a max 2-day event to be held in Pisa. VivaMente will run every two years with selected events held in the spring, approximately between April and May, starting from 2020. The scheme aims at promoting new developments in Intellectual History, History of Philosophy and History of Ideas. Depending on the topic and the strength of the application, Cultural and Social History might be also eligible fields.

VivaMente is wider both in scope and timespan than any other CSMBR award and it allows scholars to expand freely on any topic, from ancient and medieval to modern and contemporary history of science, medicine, technology and ideas.


Application Process

VivaMente is a highly competitive award which provides a prestigious platform to senior as well as to young scholars willing to advance the scholarly knowledge internationally.

Applications ought to meet the QRI criteriaquality, relevance, and internationality. Events eligible under this scheme are: colloquia, conferences, workshops, public engagement events (including engagement via media, figurative and performing arts), public lectures and similar. Previous experience in organising large events is desirable and, for this reason, the scheme is open provisionally to Permanent and Effective Members only. However, Associates members and Santorio Fellows will be able to access it via a partnership with any Permanent Member.

Applicants should send an application form (here), a separate spreadsheet of costs along with the information privacy (here) and their updated CV to, specifying the object: Vivamente 2020.

The proposal should not exceed 1000 words and must include a detailed description of the event, including how it meets the QRI criteria, state-of-art, name and number of invited speakers, time schedule, additional sponsors (if needed) as well as to whether the organiser/s intend to ask for any registration fees.


Usage of the Domus Comeliana

VivaMente events are intended for an audience of 20/25 delegates. However, depending on the relevance of the event, the Domus Comeliana can accommodate up to 50 people.

Please, consider that CSMBR events usually take place in the Sala degli Ulivi and that the lower room, or Sala del Seminato, is most commonly used for catering and other services.



The application deadline is on the 15th October 2019.

Should the Governing Board fail to receive a suitable number of applications, the scheme will be opened to any applicant and advertised internationally.