The ResearchNight.it conference series returned in style last night with its fifth instalment at the Centre for the Book. Jointly organised by the Network of Italian Researchers in the Cape (NIRC) and the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town, ResearchNight.it aims to bring together the Italian community, friends of Italy and/or of science to discuss interesting topics from ongoing research. On the floor last night we had Professor Fabio Bagarello, hailing from the University of Palermo and currently visiting the Mother City and Dr Francesco Russo as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the UCT’s Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Fabio gave an entertaining and informative talk about the use of mathematical models in daily life, with examples drawn from the dynamics of migrations, political alliances and love stories. The 200+ people in attendance were treated to a glass of wine or two before the talk, kindly offered by the Consul of Italy Alfonso Tagliaferri, and the lively Q&A session following the talk had to be brought somewhat abruptly to a halt due to the overwhelming response. The slides are linked here for those who could not join us and for those who would like to brush up on their mathematics. Please stay tuned and like us on facebook to be kept in the loop about future events.