World Logic Day (WLD) 2024

Il World Logic Day (WLD) 2024, under the joint patronage of AILA and SILFS, saw the participation of approximately 13 Italian university venues engaged in the organization of local events held between January 12th and 16th, 2024. The events saw a wide audience including high school and university students and teachers ( The activities were predominantly held in person and took place in different formats, based on the specific themes addressed by each venue. Seminars and workshops were held to introduce the fundamental concepts of logic (University of Bari, University of Cagliari), as well as certain topics of particular relevance to the foundations of mathematics such as infinity (University of Bari, University of Pisa, University of Trento, University of Turin) and computability (University of Pisa), as well as the latest developments in logical research. Particular attention was given to epistemic logics (University of Salerno), non-classical logics (University of Padua, University of Palermo), and their use in dealing with uncertainty (University of Palermo). Other seminar activities aimed to highlight the interdisciplinary nature (University of Roma Tre) and the importance of logical research in areas of investigation with relevant practical implications (for example, in game theory, University of Udine).

In addition to addressing the fundamental themes of research in the logical field, some venues aimed to introduce the broader public to argumentation theory and critical thinking through seminar activities (University of Urbino), workshops, and games (University of Perugia, University of Teramo) aimed at raising awareness about the importance of logic for everyday life and the active and conscious exercise of citizenship.

On January 15, 2024, an event was held and streamed on the YouTube platform organized by AILA and coordinated by Silvia Pittarello (University of Padua), aimed at discussing and disseminating some of the most important themes of logic. The meeting featured presentations by Mario Piazza (Scuola Normale Superiore), Carlo Toffalori (University of Camerino), and a roundtable discussion with Silvio Ghilardi (President of AILA) and Pierluigi Graziani (Vice President of SILFS). Starting from an examination of the dual nature of logic as both “descriptive” and “normative” science (Mario Piazza), its importance in educational contexts and, more broadly, its social impact (Pierluigi Graziani) were discussed. Applications of logic in the field of computer science (Silvio Ghilardi) and in the investigation of the foundations of mathematics (Carlo Toffalori) were also examined.