The beginnings Serbian Science Festival was created in 2007 as a result of our desire to call public attention to science as an inseparable and irresistible part of life and to provide an inspiring, new and fresh look at different scientific fields. From the very beginning, the essential part of this mission was to bring science closer to non-scientific audience and to provoke interest in scientific work, and furthermore in understanding its impacts in everyday life.
The first edition of the Festival took place at one single location, which was sufficient for our enthusiasm for popularization of science to cause a sensation among a variety of target groups. The Festival recorded 8000 visitors in just two days. Year after year, the Festival has changed in terms of the programs, followed by the raise of the number of venues, demonstrators, lecturers, program segmentation for all ages and science disciplines, as well as, in its ultimate reach - the introduction of scientific discourse in everyday life and provoking general public interest in scientific activities.
Today Nine years since its launch, Serbian Science Festival is far beyond its humble beginnings: at this moment, it is one of the top five science festivals in Europe, while at local level SSF represents the most popular and most important annual scientific event. Last yearâ€™s Science Festival recorded 32,000 visitors in four days and it hosted 45 scientific and educational institutions with over 650 scientific demonstrators.
Since 2007 our Festival is a member of European Science Events Association (EUSEA) and in 2015, the EUSEA Annual Conference took place in Belgrade, hosted by the Serbia Science Festival. www.eusea.info
Mission and goals From the beginning, we are guided by the idea to popularize science in order to reach broadest audience, and to provide our own contribution to the promotion of science and technology pointing to their crucial importance in a modern society. Countless scientific exhibitions, lectures, interactive presentations, well-known contributing lecturers, enthusiastic audience and more than 120,000 visitors from 2007 to the present, are the best proofs that we have succeeded whereas ever growing interest in our programs confirm that we are successfully pursuing this worthy endeavour.
Introducing scientific stages, experimenting not only with science but also with scientists and the ways in which science could be brought closer to the audience, weâ€™ve opened the door of the most prominent city institutions and spaces proving that science can be found outside the laboratories, in places such as city parks, restaurants, squares and streets. Looking for interections of science and art we try to show that innovations contain both aesthetic and technological factors contributed to societal achievements.
Via program section named Experteenagers, we have proven that teenagers can be real scientific ambassadors where we connect peers with diverse interests who spread the excitement and enthusiasm that science involves. We organized the first exhibition in Serbia that merges science and art. In May 2012 we organized Science Picnic and on that occasion we arranged real science feast by performing open â€“ air scientific experiments. In cooperation with Museum of Science and Technology we designed the first Serbian Science Centre and helped production of 25 scientific exhibits. Modeled after our event and in cooperation with us, more than 20 smaller science festivals were produced throughout Serbia.
VISION The long-term vision of Science Festival is to establish the position of science in everyday life in Serbia by the means of continuous presentation of scientific programs in a receptive manner and via the most relevant scientific ambassadors of our time.
OUR DEAR GUESTS Through the programs we have organized over the years, the visitors had the opportunity to witness the most current achievements and to keep in touch with the most advanced instruments, machinery and tools that demonstrate scientific phenomena in a popular way. In front of the enthusiastic Serbian audience, the experts from more than 30 influential international institutions and organizations demonstrated their knowledge, such as: National museum of Natural Sciences Madrid, City of Science and Arts Valencia, Thailand Science Society, National museum of Science and Technology Stockholm, Science Made Simple, University of Lugano, Science et Cite foundation, Cognitive Science Department Paris, Paris Montagne, Forensic Futures Education Group USA, Perugia Science Festival, Lund University Sweden, AHHAA centre Tallin, Atelier des Jours Ă Venir, Les Atomes Croshus and many others.
Our partners The importance and potential of this event has been recognized by the most prominent scientific institutions and universities, that are on the list of our partners for years. Also, every December science becomes one of the major media attractions. More than 50 electronic and print media covered the previous Festival, the complete program has been published in all of the most popular media, and the Festival has received its routine chronicles at the public broadcaster Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).
Farytale continues After eight years, Science Festival made a huge step by moving to a different, bigger venue â€“ The Belgrade Fair. The Belgrade Fair is located on the right bank of the Sava River and it is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Belgrade. This effort has contributed to a greater comfort of both, participants and festival visitors who found this huge change was for the better.
About us The Science Festival initiator, founder and organizer, is NGO “Museum Night” that was founded in Belgrade, in 2004. At the same time, we are founders of Museum Night, the biggest cultural event in Serbia that recorded 13 successful annual editions. Since 2011 we have we have been involved in several EU funded projects, e.g. Researcher’s Night and MARCH (Making Science Real in Schools)
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