Laser shows, artificial intelligence and extraterrestrial life are just some of the attractions on offer at the 7th Silesian Science Festival Katowice, which will be held at the International Congress Centre (MCK) from 9 to 11 December. The event coincides with the official launch of the European City of Science 2024 celebrations in Katowice.
The Silesian Science Festival Katowice is an annual celebration of Silesian science, organised since 2016. For several years, the festival has gathered thousands of people hungry for knowledge. This year’s edition will last for three days, aims to showcase the best of Silesian universities and highlight global scientific marvels. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to researchers from Poland and abroad, as well as take part in workshops, lectures and science shows.
The festival programme will include several hundred events popularising science and the arts – lectures, workshops, scientific demonstrations, exhibitions, concerts, talks, debates and meetings with special guests, which will be prepared and hosted by nearly 2 000 scientists and science popularisers. The six knowledge zones include climate and environment, health and quality of life, future industry, social innovations, industrial and cultural heritage, as well as creation and criticism. The event also marks the official launch of the 2024 European City of Science celebrations in Katowice.
New at this year’s festival will be a zone dedicated to industrial diseases, named after Jolanta Wadowska-Król, and a motorsport zone, hosted by sports journalist Mikołaj Sokół. One of the main attractions of the Festival will be a laser science show by physicists from Lund University in Sweden. This will be an hour-long show that will use the phenomena of electricity and pressure, sound and light effects, as well as smoke and fire.
The Silesian Science Festival has already become one of the largest popular science events in Poland and Europe in previous years. The success of the previous editions of the Silesian Science Festival provided the basis for local governments and the academic community to apply for Katowice to be awarded the title of European City of Science. To this end, the rectors of the region’s public universities formed the Academic Consortium Katowice – City of Science. It comprises seven universities, over 59,000 students, almost 1,800 doctoral students and 747 fields of study and specialisations.
During the 7th Silesian Science Festival Katowice, the gala of the next edition of the Silesian Scientific Award 2023 will be held. The award is granted to people who significantly contribute to the development of science or have outstanding artistic achievements, as well as promote Silesian science on the national and international arena. These distinctions honour the activities of people working at universities co-organising the Festival and people studying at doctoral schools or undertaking doctoral studies.
Participants are asked to register for the event – individual free tickets valid for events at the International Congress Centre (MCK) on December 9-11 can be downloaded via the registration form. Separate registration will be required for some lectures, workshops and special events that require a seat limit. Free tickets do not apply to entry to Katopolis, the opening spectacle of the European City of Science Katowice 2024 celebrations – the event will be ticketed separately. The total income from ticket sales will be allocated to the development of education.
The founder and leader of the festival is the University of Silesia in Katowice.
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