Levitating objects at the science festival in Moscow

Focusing on Natural Sciences, the Festival is of light-hearted report compiled by the leading scientists and researchers for the society’s consumption.

The 6th Russian Science Festival took place in Moscow between October 8 and 10, 2011 on the premises of the Moscow State University.

The First Russian Science Festival was held in 2006 in Lomonosov Moscow State University. Since 2006, the annual All-Russia Science Festival draws heed to the state of education and science in Russia, recent developments and the opportunities to improve the society with the help of scientific research and innovations.

This year’s festival once again centered upon the pressing problems of scientific research in Russia such as the wonder of magnetic levitation and magnetic iron dust dancing to “Flight of the Bumblebee”. Featured lectures included the analysis of the Fukushima disaster, a symposium on human brain and its memory functions, and a report on the third Russian geographical expedition to Alaska since the territory had been sold to the U.S. in the 19th century.

Focusing on Natural Sciences, the Festival is of light-hearted report compiled by the leading scientists and researchers for the society’s consumption.

Already the first-ever Festival in 2006 attracted over 20,000 visitors; last year’s festival has drawn over 250,000 in three days, and that was only in Moscow alone!

Free of charge, the festival combined the events of different formats, from lectures through discussions to interactive, hands-on sessions that all serve to raise the profile of scientific research and to acquaint the larger audience with the latest developments in Science in Russia and world-wide.

Thanks to the range of activities, the Science Festival has long been attended by school students, universities students groups, and families, along with academics and amateur researchers.

Some other events include several contests aimed at children and teenagers. A literary contest celebrates the 300th anniversary of birth of Mikhail Lomonosov, the leading figure in Russian science. A drawing contest marks the 50th anniversary of the flight to Space and the International Chemistry Year celebrated in 2011.

Two more competitions attract the attention of school graduates and students: the former students are invited to submit their research projects, while students, post grads and young scientists have a chance to promote their projects and ideas to businesses and investors.

Cihan

10 October 2011 Monday