Athens Science Fes­ti­val to take place at Tech­nop­o­lis in Gazi

Kathimerini English - - Focus - OMAIRA GILL

From to­mor­row un­til April 2, vis­i­tors to the Tech­nop­o­lis event space in the cap­i­tal’s Gazi dis­trict will be able to en­joy a host of sci­en­tific ex­hibits and in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions as part of the fourth an­nual Athens Science Fes­ti­val. The event al­lows vis­i­tors of all ages to ex­plore the world of science in a fun and thought-pro­vok­ing way.

In to­tal, 130 or­ga­ni­za­tions, 90 free ac­tiv­i­ties, 60 work­shops (in­clud­ing 40 specif­i­cally for chil­dren), 40 talks, five science and tech­nol­ogy ex­hibits plus nu­mer­ous documentary screen­ings and com­pe­ti­tions will com­bine to cre­ate Athens’s big­gest sci­en­tific event.

The ex­hi­bi­tion has grown steadily since its in­cep­tion and last year drew some 33,000 vis­i­tors. The aim of the or­ga­niz­ers is to con­nect science to the public’s ev­ery­day lives, pro­mote the role of science in so­ci­ety, en­cour­age young peo­ple to pur­sue sci­en­tific ca­reers, pro­mote di­a­logue and high­light the qual­ity of the re­search cur­rently be­ing per­formed in Greece.

But the pri­mary goal is to show vis­i­tors that science and learn­ing can be fun. Ex­hibits and in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions will en­cour­age prob­lem solv­ing and math­e­mat­i­cal skills. These in­clude the Blue Play­ground for chil­dren aged 3-8, where kids will be able to con­struct their own play ar­eas out of blue foam blocks. Older chil­dren and adults will be able to visit the science the­ater, wit­ness live ex­per­i­ments, and at­tend talks on sci­en­tific is­sues that im­pact ev­ery­day life, such as how global warm­ing will af­fect the Greek seas.

The Athens Science Fes­ti­val is or­ga­nized by ed­u­ca­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion Science Com­mu­ni­ca­tion – SciCo, the Bri­tish Coun­cil, the Onas­sis Schol­ars’ As­so­ci­a­tion and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with var­i­ous aca­demic, re­search and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

The full pro­gram of events, maps, trans­port con­nec­tions and more is listed on the fes­ti­val’s site, www.athens-science-fes­ti­

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