10th Moscow Science Festival NAUKA 0+ Attracts 830,000 Visitors
Another achievement of the festival was its extremely varied programme — 2,500 unique events, many of which surprised guests with their fresh and original approaches.
The opening ceremony had a new format — a series of scientific battles called the Science Slam. Whether themed on space or biology, each performance was a mini-play staged by young scientists. An unexpected surprise at the opening ceremony was the awarding of the Moscow State University Honorary Professorship to Ada Yonath, a Nobel laureate in chemistry, who came to Moscow to participate in the Festival.
As part of the NAUKA 0+ lecture series, two Nobel laureates gave speeches, Ada Yonath of Israel and Sidney Altman of the US, as well as honoured Russian and foreign scientists such as Eli Kapon, a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Nils Christian Stenset, a professor at the University of Oslo, Andrey Seriy, a professor at Oxford University, and many others.
The number of videoconferences also increased this year. Their participants experienced a live video link with the ISS crew, scientists from the CERN high-energy physics laboratory, as well as got in touch with the staff of the Antarctic Station Progress and of the British Science Museum.
According to the tradition, over the three days, each guest could take part in exciting and spectacular science shows. Here are some of them:
- Science shows from the UK and Germany loved by all — Dr. Hull and Fizikanten
- A section with research laboratories for children, where every child had the chance to feel like a physicist, a chemist, or engineer
- A large robotics area at the Moscow State University’s Fundamental Library became a meeting place between the public and the most up-to-date robots. The robots demonstrated their incredible capabilities and could even show emotions
- An interactive stand devoted to aerospace engineering for everyone willing to sit at the helm of real aircraft, learn about modern technologies in the aviation industry, and find out the answer to the following question: “Why do airplanes fly? ”
The Moscow State University’s Fundamental Library, the Moscow State University’s Shuvalovsky building and the Expocentre, a central exhibition complex, were the Festival of Science’s main sites.
Over 150 exhibitors and more than 100 universities, colleges, lyceums, schools, educational and leisure centers took part in the central exhibition held at Expocentre. In addition, there were 15 museums, 10 institutions from the Russian Academy of Sciences, more than 20 projects by small innovative and high-tech enterprises in Moscow, as well as science and technology parks, participated in the central exhibition. In total, the 2015 Festival of Science involved more than 250 organisations.
ABOUT THE NAUKA 0+ FESTIVAL
Russia’s first Science Festival was held at Moscow State University in 2006. In the festival’s three days, more than 20 000 people attended. Success and popularity of similar festivals in other countries gave organisers the confidence to hold this kind of event every year.
Since 2007, NAUKA 0+ has become a city-wide festival, and in 2011 it received Russia-wide status. Its goal is to explain in clear and accessible language what scientists do, how scientific research improves our quality of life and what opportunities such research creates for modern man.
The organisers of the 2015 Moscow Festival were the Government of Moscow, Moscow State University and the Ministry of Education and Science.
The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is the general partner of the Russian National Festival of Science and has been supporting it since 2012.