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This year's festival once again centers upon the pressing problems of scientific research in Russia: who needs it? who pays for it? what does "scientific research" actually mean? Focusing on Natural Sciences, the Festival becomes a kind of light-hearted report compiled by the leading scientists and researchers for the society's consumption.
October 1st, 2011
Sixth Annual Science Festival Comes to Moscow in October
Since 2006, the annual All-Russia Science Festival has been drawing attention to the state of education and science in Russia, recent developments and the opportunities to improve the society with the help of scientific research and innovations.
This year's festival once again centers upon the pressing problems of scientific research in Russia: who needs it; who pays for it; what do "scientific research and innovations" actually mean? Focusing on Natural Sciences, the Festival becomes a kind of light-hearted report compiled by the leading scientists and researchers for the society's consumption.
Already the first-ever Festival in 2006 attracted over 20,000 visitors; last year's festival has drawn over 250,000 in three days, and that was only in Moscow alone! The Festival has long acquired a Russia-wide character, with regional events taking place throughout the year. Free of charge, it combines the events of different formats, from lectures through discussions to interactive, hands-on sessions that all serve to raise the profile of scientific research and to acquaint the larger audience with the latest developments in Science in Russia and world-wide. Thanks to the range of activities, the Science Festival has long been attended by school students, universities students groups, and families, along with academics and amateur researchers.
This year's Festival runs from 7th to 9th of October, mainly at the territory of the Moscow State University. Featured lectures include the analysis of the Fukushima disaster, a symposium on human brain and its memory functions, and a report on the third Russian geographical expedition to Alaska since the territory had been sold to the U.S. in the 19-th century.
Some other events include several contests aimed at children and teenagers. A literary contest celebrates the 300th anniversary of birth of Mikhail Lomonosov, the leading figure in Russian science. A drawing contest marks the 50th anniversary of the flight to Space and the International Chemistry Year celebrated in 2011. Two more competitions attract the attention of school graduates and students: the former students are invited to submit their research projects, while students, post grads and young scientists have a chance to promote their projects and ideas to businesses and investors.