11th Moscow Festival of Science Held in Moscow

11 October 2016

Supported by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, the culminating event of the 6th Russian National Festival of Science — the 11th Moscow Festival of Science — took place in Moscow from 7 to 9 October.

The Russian National NAUKA0+ Festival is a social project dedicated to the popularisation of science. It is implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow and the Lomonosov Moscow State University. The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is the general partner of the Russian National Festival of Science.

This year, almost 3000 NAUKA0+ Festival events took place in more than 100 venues in the capital city. The festival was visited by about 840 thousand people. Country-wide, approximately 5000 NAUKA0+ Festival events took place in 2016 with a total of more than 2 million visitors.

The main theme of NAUKA0+ Festival 2016 was the present and future of Russian astronautics, stemming from the fact the aerospace industry has seen a number of significant events this year, including the first launch of the ‘Lomonosov’ satellite from the new ‘Vostochny’ space launch site, the discovery of gravitational waves by Russian scientists within the international LIGO collaboration, and the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight.

The NAUKA0+ Festival in the capital city included lectures by more than 100 world-renowned scientists, including special festival guest James Mirrlees (Great Britain) — the Nobel Prize-winning professor of economics. The program included live broadcasts from the European Centre for Nuclear Research (the CERN) and from the ‘Vostochny’ space launch site, as well as a popular science exhibition which presented more than 150 organisations.

The central festival venues were the Fundamental Library and the Shuvalovsky building of Moscow State University. The ‘Expocentre’ at Krasnaya Presnya served as the central exhibition area.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation has supported the Russian National Festival of Science since 2012.

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