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Science & You - One on One

Serbian Science Festival, from 14th till 17th December, at Belgrade Fair

For the eleventh time, December in Belgrade will be in the brightest colors of the science thanks to the Science Festival, the biggest event in the region that promotes science and education! From 14th to 17th  December at the four halls of the Belgrade Fair, in more than 6000 square meters, visitors will be able to get in touch with some of the most exciting scientific experiments, adventures and challenges - one on one!

This year's Eleventh Science Festival is held under the slogan „One on One”, because it best describes our aspiration and the desire to present science directly "One on One" through scientific exhibitions, contributing lecturers, interactive presentations, , workshops and documentaries.

Introducing scientific stages, experimenting not only with science, but also with scientists and the ways in which science could be brought closer to the audience, Serbian Science Festival has opened the door of the most prominent city institutions and spaces proving that science can be found outside the laboratories, in places such as city parks, restaurants, squares and streets. 11th Science Festival will held 53 different settings,  4 exhibitions and 62 institutions which will  participate in in this year's program.

Visitors will go through different geological age and the planet's posture, through life in the widest form, the formation and movement of living beings, and man through motion, sport, energy which launches means of transport, to the demonstration of frontal collisions, first aid, and moods Nao robot. In addition to the field of Science on the move (Hall 9), the novelty at this year's festival is the Small Scientific Stage, a corner for socializing with scientists who will share their knowledge and experiences from many scientifically popular areas, tailored to both older and younger visitors . The youngest curious visitors this year will also welcome the playful Small Zone (Hall 8), while teens who are in love with science will be able to socialize with their ingenious peers in the Expert Teenager Zone (Hall 9).

The festival will bring together a large number of scientific stars from around the world. Scientific- fantastic stage located in Hall 5 will host the guests from the US, France, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Austria and Israel and present how science can be exciting, playful and revolutionary!

The USA big star Steve Vulf, a communicator of science, will demonstrate on the festival  the scientific principles behind the special effects in the Hollywood film industry. With his twenty-five years of experience, Vulf and his team stand behind numerous cascading stunts and incredible breath-taking scenes in world blockbusters, and until now he has collaborated with stars such as Tom Cruise, Al Pacino, Tom Hanks and many others. From France, from the Paris Circus Academy arrives La belle Apocalypse, which will in cooperation with the physicists, explain to the audience how circus performers are able to defy gravity, while from Austria OMAi company comes Markus Dorninger iJosef Dorninger, creators of the revolutionary Tagtool application, which will transform iPAD into a tool where visitors can express their creativity with virtual graphite painting. From Bulgaria comes Rosica Tascova, which will present Agar Art exhibition and workshop, for all visitors who wish to create a true artwork in a petri dish with the help of microbes.

From Poland arrives team "Heweliusze Nauki”, with a series of scientific demonstration, which  involves performing experiments and different tasks,  with active audience involvement in order to get  got the title of the secret scientific agent 007!

 

The biggest and oldest science centre AHHAA  from Estonia, comes with a science theatre show which involves controlled fires and gas explosions and explains what to do in case of emergency or better, how to  prevent it from happening altogether.

An Israeli actor and scientist Ori Vale, better known as Dr. Molekul, a star which on a unique, investigative and reliable explosive way shows children and their parents why science is the adress you shouldn’t bypass not at all.

From the very beginning, the essential part of this mission was to bring science closer to non-scientific audience and to provoke interest in scientific work, and furthermore in understanding its impacts in everyday life.

Whatever your interests are, you’ll find your scoop of the joy at this year’s Science Festival!

From the very beginning, the essential part of this mission was to bring science closer to non-scientific audience and to provoke interest in scientific work, and furthermore in understanding its impacts in everyday life.

The first edition of the Festival took place at one single location, which was sufficient for our enthusiasm for popularization of science to cause a sensation among a variety of target groups. The Festival recorded 8000 visitors in just two days. Year after year, the Festival has changed in terms of the programs, followed by the raise of the number of venues, demonstrators, lecturers, program segmentation for all ages and science disciplines, as well as, in its ultimate reach - the introduction of scientific discourse in everyday life and provoking general public interest in scientific activities.

Today, nine years since its launch, Serbian Science Festival is far beyond its humble beginnings: at this moment, it is one of the top science festivals in SE Europe, while at local level SSF represents the most popular and most important annual scientific event. Last year's Science Festival recorded 32,000 visitors in four days and it hosted 58 scientific and educational institutions with over 550 scientific demonstrators.

Since 2007 our Festival is a member of European Science Events Association (EUSEA) and in 2015, the EUSEA Annual Conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia, hosted by the Serbia Science Festival.

From the beginning, we are guided by the idea to popularize science in order to reach broadest audience, and to provide our own contribution to the promotion of science and technology pointing to their crucial importance in a modern society. Countless scientific exhibitions, lectures, interactive presentations, well-known contributing lecturers, enthusiastic audience and more than 120,000 visitors from 2007 to the present, are the best proofs that we have succeeded whereas ever growing interest in our programs confirm that we are successfully pursuing this worthy endeavour.

The first Science Festival was held in modest conditions, but even at that early stage it had a clearly defined goal: to show that science isn’t something strange and vague, but an immensely interesting research field of everything that surrounds us. We’ve made kids familiar with the greatest scientific minds bringing them closer to those just seemingly incomprehensible scientific phenomena, so very soon they started visiting us in increasing numbers. We have reached the point where each and every year motivating scientific speakers fill the halls and stands, provoking thundering scientific applauses.

Introducing scientific stages, experimenting not only with science but also with scientists and the ways in which science could be brought closer to the audience, we've opened the door of the most prominent city institutions and spaces proving that science can be found outside the laboratories, in places such as city parks, restaurants, squares and streets.

The Science Festival initiator, founder and organizer, is NGO “Museum Night” that was founded in Belgrade, in 2004. At the same time, we are founders of Museum Night, the biggest cultural event in Serbia that recorded 11 successful annual editions.

Besides recording eight sucsesful anual Science Festivals, since 2011 we have been organizing the EU project named "Researchers' Night". We have also participated in numerous FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects.

Via program section named Experteenagers, we have proven that teenagers can be real scientific ambassadors where we connect peers with diverse interests who spread the excitement and enthusiasm that science involves.

In 2009, we have organized the first exhibition in Serbia that merges science and art. In May 2012 we organized Science Picnic and on that occasion we arranged real science feast by performing open – air scientific experiments.

In cooperation with Museum of Science and Technology we designed the nucleus of the first Serbian Science Centre and helped production of 25 scientific exhibits.

Modeled after our event and in cooperation with us, more than 20 smaller science festivals were produced throughout Serbia.

Through the programs we have organized over the years, the visitors had the opportunity to witness the most current achievements and to keep in touch with the most advanced instruments, machinery and tools that demonstrate scientific phenomena in a popular way. In front of the enthusiastic Serbian audience, the experts from more than 30 influential international institutions and organizations demonstrated their knowledge, such as: National museum of Natural Sciences Madrid, City of Science and Arts Valencia, Thailand Science Society, National museum of Science and Technology Stockholm, Science Made Simple, University of Lugano, Science et Cite foundation, Cognitive Science Department Paris, Paris Montagne, Forensic Futures Education Group USA, Perugia Science Festival, Lund University Sweden, AHHAA centre Tallin, Atelier des Jours à Venir, Les Atomes Croshus and many others.

The importance and potential of this event has been recognized by the most prominent scientific institutions and universities that are on the list of our partners for years, and also every December science becomes one of the major media attractions. More than 50 electronic and print media covered the previous Festival, the complete program has been published in all of the most popular media, and the Festival has received its routine chronicles at the public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS). 

The long-term vision of Science Festival is to establish the position of science in everyday life in Serbia by the means of continuous presentation of scientific programs in a receptive manner and via the most relevant scientific ambassadors of our time. Welcome to the Serbian Science Festival!