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September 25 – October 11
176 cities
6-8 октября 2017
МГУ | Экспоцентр | 90+ площадок
14–16 октября 2016
Центральная региональная площадка
28–30 октября 2016
ИРНИТУ, Сибэскпоцентр
14–15 октября 2016
Центральная региональная площадка
23 сентября - 8 октября 2017
«ДонЭкспоцентр», ДГТУ
октябрь-декабрь 2017
МВДЦ «Сибирь», Кванториум,
Вузы и научные площадки города
6-8 октября 2017
Самарский университет
27-29 октября
Кампус ДВФУ, ВГУЭС
30 сентября - 1 октября
Ледовый каток «Родные города»

What is it?

In 2006 posters appeared on Moscow streets inviting people to the first Festival of Science. At that time very few people could imagine what the posters referred to because nothing similar had ever been held in our country. Many people responded with curiosity to the appeal to come to Lomonosov Moscow State University. And the very next day hundreds of people, impressed by the stories of friends and acquaintances about the Festival, came to the Intellectual Center, the main library of Moscow State University on Lomonosov Avenue.

Since that day not much time has passed, but the phrase "Festival of Science" has become a part of our lives. That first Festival was visited by about 20,000 people during three days; the fifth took place in 14 regions of Russia and attracted more than 250,000 visitors in Moscow alone!

What is the Festival of Science, and why is it so attractive to all who have participated in it—both children and adults—that they look forward eagerly to each successive Festival?

This is as it should be because the Festival of Science is intended for the widest audience. Its purpose is to tell society in clear and understandable language what scientists do, how taxpayers’ money is spent on the development of scientific research, how science improves the quality of the life, and what prospects it opens for the modern person.

In other words, the Festival of Science is a kind of public report. But the report is unusual because it always involves a celebration. It is a celebration of science and its achievements—a celebration that contributes to public education.

The Festival of Science increases the prestige of scientists and teachers bearing knowledge. The Festival acquaints visitors with the successes of science—both around the world and in Russia—and helps them to learn first-hand what is happening on the front lines of scientific research. That is why, in particular, the Festival of Science in our country has chosen as its motto "Touch science!"

People aspire to gain knowledge at any age, but it is especially important for the younger generation. Thus, the Festival of Science in any country is heavily oriented toward youth. It is important that the Festival be not just for schoolchildren and students—although, in practice, they are our most active visitors—but also for young children. Thus, the Festival of Science helps to create intelligence, to cultivate interest in knowledge of the world, and to inspire interest in and respect for science from the earliest age.

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Certainly, such a varied audience and such a versatile orientation also imply a special style for the Festival of Science. That is why its organization is fundamentally different from that of any other format for the popularization of science—exhibitions, conferences, lectures, excursions, competitions, welcome days, and so on. The Festival of Science is unique: it includes almost all ways of communicating with a large audience, and it uses those forms of communication to transform the audience thoroughly.

The Festival of Science has three distinctive characteristics. First, the Festival is open and accessible to all. A whole family, class, or course can take part in the activities of the Festival. Second, the Festival creates a celebratory atmosphere, thereby emphasizing the importance of touching science, touching knowledge. Third, and most important, the Festival allows everyone to become a full participant in the events. The exhibits, for example, are interactive so that it is possible not only to touch them but also to tinker independently with them. If there is a debate, it engages everyone. If scientific experiences for school students are presented, whenever possible they are in the form of a game. And it is most interesting to any teenager to make something at the Festival and then to bring it home or to school in order to remember the bright event.

A special effect of the Festival is immersion in “big” science. Where else can an ordinary person participate, for example, in a teleconference with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where important issues regarding the Large Hadron Collider are discussed? No wonder that when such a conference was held, there was barely room to move!

The Festival of Science makes it possible to meet with outstanding scientists who can clearly describe their work to a wide audience. People queue up at the microphone wishing to ask questions, and then they continue to ask the lecturer questions for a long time in the foyer. Indeed, for many people the Festival provides an exclusive opportunity to talk with academics such as Vladimir Skulachev, Andrei Zaliznyak, Valery Rubakov, Alexei Khokhlov, Victor Matveev, Robert Nigmatulin, Anatoly Cherepashchuk, Natalia Basova, and famous astronaut and director of the Mars-500 program Boris Morukov. These are only a few of the great scientists to whom visitors to previous Festivals could listen.

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