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 to connect science with everyday life, to promote its role in society, to present high quality scientific research carried out in Greece, to debate and look for answers to complex and controversial scientific issues, to inspire and create new standards in the scientific field, as well as to encourage 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.
This year’s Athens Science Festival will focus on sustainability and the knowledge economy. We will explore the challenges of sustainable living, share examples of good practice that will enable us to reduce our environmental footprint and plan a future where protecting the planet goes hand in hand with growth and development.
|When||Wednesday 3 April to Sunday 7 April 2019|
100 Pireos Street
118 54 Athens
Relax and Release installation
Wednesday 3–Sunday 7 April 2019
Created to encourage movement and play, Relax and Release is an interactive digital installation where audiences are invited to take a journey through the states of relaxation and release. The installation is a participatory experience aiming to enhance the connection with the emotional, the abstract, the mysterious and perhaps also the magical aspects of the human body and mind.
Racial and Gender Bias in AI Systems, by Alex Fefegha
Saturday 6 April 2019, 20.30 (New Retorts space)
AI systems are only as good as the data we put into them. Bad data can contain implicit racial, gender or other biases. Many AI systems will continue to be trained using bad data, making this an ongoing problem. A crucial principle, for both humans and machines, is to identify how we could take steps to limit the impact of bias. Bias in AI system mainly occurs in the data or in the algorithmic model. As we work to develop AI systems, it’s critical to develop and train these systems with data that is unbiased (if possible) and to develop algorithms that can be easily explained.
Saturday 6 April 2019, 21.30
Join us at the Grand Final of this year’s FameLab Competition and find out who’ll be chosen to represent Greece at FameLab International taking place at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK this June! By joining the audience, you’ll help create a lively atmosphere for the contestants to deliver their talk in, and you’ll even get to vote for your favourite presentation at the end of the evening. The audience award is completely independent of the judges’ decision, so your vote really counts!
Find out more at www.britishcouncil.gr/en/famelab/audience.
So far over 35,000 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.
If you’d like to book a school visit and/or a tour of the Festival, please contact Victoria Kyriaki by email at Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr or by phone on 210 3692337 or 6978484512.
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.
For further information, please contact Vangelis Kravvaritis:
|Telephone||210 3692 361|
The Athens Science Festival is organised in collaboration with the educational organisation Science Communication – SciCo, Technopolis City of Athens, the Onassis Scholars’ Association, the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, in collaboration with a variety of academic, research and educational institutions. Our strategic partner is the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY).