Moscow Festival of Science NAUKA 0+ again breaks records

17 October 2014

During October 10-12, 2014 a huge science holiday took place in Moscow — the 9th annual Moscow Festival of Science NAUKA 0+. This year the Festival broke several records: one in attendance by Muscovites — 810 000 — and another in number of volunteers — over 200.

Visitors and volunteers had their reasons for rushing to the Festival: various forums and events were awaiting them. For instance, on Saturday October 11 there was a teleconference with the international space station, during which the guests asked the astronauts about the most important aspects of their work and immediately received a response from space. The astronauts talked about whether there was any dust on board the space station, how dreams in outer space differed from dreams on the Earth and what they intended to do after retiring. Anyone who wanted to was able to speak directly to astronaut, Sergey Ryzansky, the person who brought the Olympic torch into outer space during the Winter Olympics.

Special meetings included lectures given by four Nobel prize laureates, during which auditoriums were filled to capacity. German physician and scientist Harald zur Hausen shared news about his invention — a vaccine that can reduce the possibility of developing a malignant tumor to zero, and Steven Benner told the audience about the achievements of synthetic biology.

One of the most popular events of the Festival was a teleconference with CERN, which this year celebrates its 60 years. At present scientists in Geneva are looking for new particles and dark matter, but they found time to meet with the guests of the Festival of Science, who were interested in everything from “what are the practical benefits of the Higgs boson” to “why ether was removed from the Mendeleev periodic table”.

During the three days of the festival, leading world teams performed entertaining science shows for the visitors. Young guests of the Festival studied the laws of physics together with Physicantena&Co, organised chemical explosions under the guidance of doctor Hall and performed experiments with liquid nitrogen together with the youngsters from ArtNauka.

In the Robotic Zone of the Fundamental Library of the Moscow State University it was possible to shake hands with a shy, blushing robot. Many events and interesting exhibitions were arranged for children at the Expocenter. Russian, Estonian and German science promoters invited children to learn how a tornado forms, to find out about the mysterious world of Ancient Egypt or print out something on a 3D printer.

The colourful holiday of science ended with an awards ceremony for the winners of the science contest and the volunteers, during which the guests, organisers and exhibition participants all felt that they had made their own contribution to the important process — promoting science.

About Festival of Science NAUKA 0+

The first Festival of Science was held in Russia at Moscow State University in 2006. Across the three days of the event over 20,000 visitors attended. This year the Festival was held in over 100 city sites and was attended by over 800 000 people.

The event was organized by the Moscow City Government, represented by the metropolitan Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship, the Lomonosov Moscow State University with the participation of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation was the general partner of the 9th Festival of Science in Moscow and 4th National Festival of Science.

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