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13th Science Festival: It’s time to reveal the truth!

The 13th Science Festival will welcome visitors from across the region, leading them with a range of exhibitions, experiments, shows and workshops on a unique journey from from December 5 to December 8 at the Belgrade Fair.

For the thirteenth time in a row, under the intriguing Reveal theme, the largest science festival in this part of Europe will reopen its gates! At a time when truth is often sidelined and interpretation of facts becomes more important than the facts themselves, science has proven to be a great tool against all these misconceptions, as a safe place for all who continue to cultivate a critical spirit and an inevitable dose of curiosity.

That is why this year the Science Festival is about to reveal all those popular myths and misconceptions that have become part of our daily lives. And it will do it all with the help of more than 700 scientist and science communicators from Serbia at nearly 6,500 square meters in halls 3, 3A and 5 of the Belgrade Fair.

WHERE SERBIA MEETS EUROPE AND BEYOND

Traditionally, the best science teams from all over the world are coming to Serbia for the Science Festival! This year, total of eight countries will be represented at the main stage, led by quite an unusual French team called Traces. Paul Boniface and Théo Caroff are bringing their science experiments mixed with some that are pure hoaxes, and it will be up to the audience to distinguish one from another. Catch the Light is the name of the Austrian Circus Lumineszenz’s wild scientific show that combines rays of light, optical lenses, glasses, dichroic filters, led lights etc. Coming straight from New York, Bob Friedhoffer will present his spectacular The Science behind Magic show. Friedhoffer takes laboratory experiments and demonstrations and presents them as magic tricks, explaining in a simple and intriguing way all the science behind them.

Slovenia’s finest Hiša eksperimentov is bringing their playground composed of around fifty "hands-on, minds-on" exhibits. It will be followed by their amazing show called The Almighty Gas, displaying all those super powers we didn’t know gasses have, plus bringing them to a whole new level.  Estonia will be represented by a remarkable Kvark team, crazy about explosions, which will take the visitors on thrilling ride packed with some tricks, a lot of science, and a blast or two. Our favorite doctor who has already picked up the sympathies of the youngest festival crowd, Israeli Dr Molecule is inviting us once again to take a peek at his office, filled with the latest scientific inventions and fun experiments.

Much beloved Polish duo Heweliusze Nauki will announce a call for their Secret Science Agency, with their agents going through some typical situations from their work, like: Turkish bazaar chase or collecting intelligence data. Together with Czech’s Amazing Theatre of Physics, the most curious visitors will take a look on how do we see and hear and what our brains make out of that. Their show comes with one important alert: do not trust senses even when they are making sense. It can often be only a myth or blatant lie!

Working hours of the festival: from 10am until 7pm

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.

We are guided by the idea to communicate science in order to reach the 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!