Date
Wednesday 01 April 2020 to Sunday 05 April 2020
Location
Technopolis, Athens

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 theme of this year’s festival is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Through a variety of activities –  tailored for every age group – we will try to highlight the new possibilities that AI opens up, explore its relationship with key areas of our lives and provide answers to questions such as:

  • What is AI?
  • As a new tool, how much does AI control or facilitate our everyday life?
  • To what extent can machine intelligence replace human intelligence?
  • How does AI relate to other cognitive domains?
  • Is it necessary to engage with ethics, philosophy, the humanities and social sciences as a whole?
  • Will our life eventually turn into nothing more than a huge ‘database’?
When Wednesday 1 April to Sunday 5 April 2020
Where Technopolis
100 Pireos Street
118 54 Athens
Website www.athens-science-festival.gr
Facebook www.facebook.com/athenssciencefestival
Instagram www.instagram.com/athens_science_festival

Highlights

FameLab Competition
Saturday 4 April 2020, 21.00

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.

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.

If you’d like to book a school visit and/or a tour of the festival, please contact Isaiah Kioiloglou by email at Isaiah.Kioiloglou@britishcouncil.gr or by phone on 210 369 2342.

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 organised in partnership with the educational organisation Science Communication – SciCo, Technopolis City of Athensthe Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs 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).

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