Date
Tuesday 05 April 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016
Location
Technopolis, Athens

Under the slogan ‘Evolving with Science’, the Athens Science Festival – a unique cultural event aimed at opening up science, technology and innovation to the public – returns to Technopolis in the heart of Athens for the third consecutive year from 5 to 10 April 2016.

For six days, adults and children of all ages will have the opportunity to ask questions and get scientific answers, meet scientists, carry out experiments, play games, take part in workshops and seminars, attend thought-provoking talks, and much more!

The festival will host 80 exhibitors, 50 talks, 30 workshops for children, 25 workshops and seminars for adults, 8 theatrical plays, 7 evening shows, 2 ‘Star Nights’ and a series of film screenings.

Researchers, scientists, teachers, artists and performers from the Greek and international scientific community will come together at the festival and take us on a journey through the magical world of science.

Keynote speakers from the UK

This year we are delighted to welcome three prominent UK scientists to the festival, where they will discuss their research with us and offer answers to some of today's most pressing questions.

Robert Winston
Bad Ideas? An arresting history of our inventions
Saturday 9 April 2016, 19.00

Virtually every major idea that we have had – be it to do with farming, living in cities, writing, fire, transport, even medicine – has, at least at one level, made humankind more vulnerable. On his first visit to Greece, Robert Winston will explore the dangers human societies may face from our inventiveness.

Professor Lord Robert Winston is a world-renowned fertility expert, an acclaimed author and one of Britain’s best known faces of science. A pioneer of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and the treatment of female reproductive diseases, he is an outspoken critic of their commercialisation. A passionate believer in science education, he has taught physicians from 80 countries and is a gifted communicator of often-complex science to the public through popular science books, TV programmes and lectures. He is currently Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London, chair of the Genesis Research Trust and the Royal College of Music and an active member of the House of Lords.

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Daniel Wolpert
What's a brain for? A moving story
Saturday 9 April 2016, 20.00

While computers can now beat grandmasters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child. A major factor that makes control hard is the uncertainty inherent in the world and in our own sensory and motor systems. Daniel Wolpert will explain complexity of movement and show us how the brain deals with this, and demonstrate that a key feature of skilled human motor performance is the ability of the brain to perform optimally in the presence of uncertainty.

Daniel Wolpert read medical sciences at Cambridge and clinical medicine at Oxford. He completed a PhD in the Physiology Department at Oxford and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, before moving to the Institute of Neurology, UCL. In 2005 he took up the post of Professor of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and was made a Fellow of Trinity College.

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John Ellis
What are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?
Sunday 10 April 2016, 20.00

John Ellis will discuss the above questions, the discovery of the Higgs boson – which apparently completes our understanding of the structure of matter, and may hold clues to where we come from and where we are going – along with other mysteries, such as the nature of dark matter and the origin of matter itself.

Jonathan Richard Ellis is a British theoretical physicist who is currently Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics at King’s College London. Ellis’ research interests focus on the phenomenological aspects of particle physics, though he has also made important contributions to astrophysics and cosmology and quantum gravity.

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For the full programme and to register for the talks, visit the Athens Science Festival website.

Information

For further information and school bookings, please contact Victoria Kyriaki:

Telephone 210 369 2337 / 694 2783269
Email info@athens-science-festival.gr
Victoria.Kyriaki@britishcouncil.gr
Website www.athens-science-festival.gr
Facebook page www.facebook.com/athenssciencefestival

The festival is open to everyone and is being organised in partnership with SciCo (Science Communication), in co-operation with the Onassis Scholars' Associationthe Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub INNOVATHENS and theTechnopolis City of Athens Industrial Gas Museum, in collaboration with a variety of academic, research and educational institutes.

Under the Auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and the General Secretariat for Research and Technology

With the sponsorship of Microsoft