Date
Saturday 27 March 2021 to Monday 29 March 2021
Location
Online

Since its launch in 2014, the Athens Science Festival has established itself as one of the biggest celebrations of science and technology in Greece.

For one week every Spring, school children and other visitors from the wider Athens area take the opportunity to explore science in fun, innovative and interactive ways, while researchers, teachers, distinguished scientists, artists and performers give their very best to communicate science and make it part of their audience’s everyday lives.

With more than 33,000 visitors every year, the Athens Science Festival has not only achieved its original objectives, but has also managed to broaden them. Each year, it delivers on its promise by connecting science with everyday life and promoting the role of science in society, presenting high quality scientific research carried out in Greece, looking for answers to complex questions and debating controversial scientific issues, inspiring and creating new standards in the scientific field, and encouraging young people to consider a career in science. However, its main achievement is that it has proved to young and old alike that science is not just about learning, but also about having fun.

The Athens Science Festival returns this year in a new digital format and will transport us to the ‘era of heroes’! Between 27 and 29 March 2021, the country’s largest science festival will highlight the latest developments in the fields of science, technology and innovation, as well as art and science in a live online broadcast from Technopolis City of Athens.

The pandemic and its devastating effects on the entire planet have shed light to a new category of heroes, primarily in the field of science! Using their superpowers, their determination to be of service and their sense of duty towards others, they battle daily in order to achieve the impossible; to expand the boundaries of human knowledge and provide solutions. The Athens Science Festival 2021 will honour these scientists from all fields.

When 27–29 March 2021
Where Athens Science Festival virtual platform
Programme Download the programme (PDF, 2 mb)
Website www.athens-science-festival.gr
Facebook www.facebook.com/athenssciencefestival
Twitter twitter.com/AthensSciFest
Instagram www.instagram.com/athens_science_festival

Highlights

Steering Science Communication towards Sustainability
Saturday 27 March, 10.00–10.50

Professor Iain Stewart, El Hassan Research Chair in Sustainability at the Royal Scientific Society in Jordan

Scientists can play a critical role in communicating to lay audiences what they know about future planetary threats and geo-environmental challenges, and so are increasingly being encouraged by universities to ‘go public’ with their science. In that regard, they are becoming the communications interface between universities, which produce knowledge, and the general public who could use that knowledge.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Olga-Joan Ktenidou, Associate researcher at National Observatory of Athens.

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Turning the Periodic Table upside down
Saturday 27 March, 18.00–18.50

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, Research Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham

Could turning the periodic table on its head make some important aspects easier to understand and enthuse more people to study chemistry? Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff believes that there is a better way of presenting this information to a new – and in particular a young – audience. In this discussion, we will explore how looking at something from a new perspective gives rise to new ideas and stimulates new thinking. Professor Poliakoff, a global leader in the field of green chemistry, will also talk about how he was inspired to become a chemist and how he sees the field of green chemistry developing in the future.

The discussion will be moderated by Stratos Asimellis (MSc in Chemistry, PhD candidate in Science Communication) and Eleni Venardou (PhD in Chemistry, University of Nottingham in the UK, and Quality Assurance and Product Compliance Manager & Qualified Person at Boehringer Ingelheim Hellas).

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The World of AI-Powered Creativity
Sunday 28 March, 13.00–13.50

Arthur I. Miller, Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at University College London

The development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology has achieved a number of extraordinary feats in recent years which would have been scarcely believable just a few decades ago. Indeed, the introduction of this technology through ‘smart’ machines, robots and applications has made our everyday life easier and more comfortable. So far, ‘smart’ machines perform strictly defined, repetitive and often boring tasks that their human designers programmed them to do. But could they do something more creative? It’s easy to think of a robot programmed to perform household chores, such as cleaning the house and washing the dishes, but could we envision a robot writing poetry or books, or making music?

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Green careers for sustainable development
Sunday 28 March, 18.00–18.50

Dr Spiros Kitsinelis, PhD in Physical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Dr Olga-Joan Ktenidou, Associate researcher, National Observatory of Athens
Vasilis Rallis, Co-Founder and CEO, EarthIndex

The need to tackle climate change and create a sustainable future has prompted scientists to work on new green technologies and make new discoveries. This development has transformed the job market as it has created the need for new skills. The opportunities that open up for students and early career professionals to study and work in the green sector are promising and rapidly involving. The discussion will explore the different careers that exist within the green sector and some of the routes into them, with a particular focus on the higher education options available in the UK.

With the support of the British Embassy

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Science Communication via Documentaries
Monday 29 March, 18.00–18.50

Elena Andreicheva, Oscar and BAFTA-winning Producer and Filmmaker

Award-winning British filmmaker Elena Andreicheva and data journalist Thanasis Trompoukis discuss the role that documentaries play in improving our understanding of science and technology. How do documentaries communicate science? Are some more effective than others at communicating scientific concepts and data? How do documentaries balance the need for dramatic storytelling with factual content? How can they bring us closer not just to science, but also to scientists in an authentic way? Are documentaries an effective way to learn about new topics or to gain more knowledge on topics that we are already familiar with? These are just a few of the questions that Elena and Thanasis will try to answer during their discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Thanasis Troboukis, data journalist and project manager at iMedD Lab.

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Download the full programme in the ‘Documents’ section below.

School visits

So far over 50,000 pupils from 300 schools have taken part in fun-filled days that have included action-packed shows, engaging workshops and free interactive zones, all designed to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life before their eyes. This year, students will have the opportunity to visit us digitally and participate in interactive online activities.

Our supporters

The Athens Science Festival aims to highlight the important role of science and technology in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging issues. We therefore focus on the importance and relevance of science and technology in our daily lives.

We could not achieve the above without the support of our many sponsors who share the same values. Over these years, we have collaborated with Microsoft, AstraZeneca, Cosmote, Plaisio and Cyclon to name but a few.

Information

For further information, please contact Vangelis Kravvaritis:

Telephone 210 3692 361
Email Vangelis.Kravvaritis@britishcouncil.gr

The Athens Science Festival is being organised in partnership with the educational organisation Science Communication – SciCo, Technopolis City of Athensthe Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and GSRI (General Secretariat for Research and Innovation), in collaboration with a variety of academic, research and educational institutions, under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital GovernanceOur strategic partner is the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).

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