Get to know each other please: Slovak science
One of the most significant potentials of Slovakia is its science base and research, which is under way at the same or even greater intensity than in many other scientifically advanced countries. Unfortunately, at the same time, it looks like unnecessary modesty in presenting results of their work is the national feature of Slovaks. What would occupy the newspaper headlines in the world is often only in an abrupt manner published in academic university journals and the general public has often no way of knowing on what projects and what novel results of research work Slovak scientists work with.
Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia
The idea of organising an annual event, which would be based on wide publicity and in a clear and attractive manner bring information not only on scientific research, but also on studying science or subsequent employment of science graduates. Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is organised annually by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information and the National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society and seeks popularisation and boosting attractiveness of the Slovak science.
The opening ceremony of the event will take place in the presence of representatives of the scientific and technical institutions and representatives of the Slovak government on 11 July 2016 in the Aurelium Experiential Science Centre in Bratislava. It includes several side events, exhibitions and competitions that will take place until 11 November 2016.
Part of the opening ceremony of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is also the opening of the above mentioned Aurelium Experiential Science Centre.
Tuesday with chemistry
On Tuesday 8 November 2016, the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information will change to a live lecture 'bee-hive'. In the morning lecture of doc. Ing. Peter Szolcsányi, PhD., from the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, especially secondary school students can learn more about the chemistry of love in terms of biochemical process. In the afternoon lecture on the symbiosis of art and chemistry, doc. Ing. Milena Reháková, PhD., from the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and doc. Danica Stojkovičová, academic paintress from the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, explained the topic of restoration and the need for interdisciplinarity in the protection and conservation of monuments to all interested.
Science Unusually in Incheba and Amavet
The event also consists of an interactive exhibition on science and technology entitled 'Science unusually', which will take place on 10 – 11 November 2016 from 9AM to 7PM. The event also consists of a nationwide competitive exhibition of scientific and technical projects of primary and secondary schools – Festival of science and technology, organised by the Youth Association of Science and Technology AMAVET. Both these side events will take place in the exhibition area of Bratislava's Incheba. At the exhibition, visitors can „try out” lots of interactive booths aimed at various fields of science and technology. Pupils and students will present the results of their research work in more than 80 booths at the Festival of Science and Technology AMAVET. Festival of Science and Technology AMAVET is intended for children and young people under the age of 20 that have not completed their secondary education, who compete in categories: biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and computer engineering, electronics and mechanics, energy and transport, geosciences, environmental science, medicine and health, physics and astronomy, and social sciences. The most successful students from the regional rounds with co-participation of invited foreign delegations from the Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Belgium, Czech Republic, and the French Republic will participate in the nationwide finals in Incheba. Selected winners may then defend their project and represent their school and Slovakia at prestigious national and international science competitions and forums of scientific research activities of youth (Intel ISEF, EUCYS, I-SWEEEP and others). They will also win the award of the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Comenius University.
Awards for the most successful
The announcement of results of two competitions – art one with the theme “Time Machine”, intended for pupils aged 11 – 16 and a photographic one, entitled “Science under the microscope”, which was opened to students of secondary schools and universities, will also be a part of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia.
The event traditionally culminates with the gala evening, which will take place on 10 November 2016 with the participation of government representatives and representatives of the academic community. It will also include the prize-giving of prestigious awards for science and technology in the following categories: Personality of science and technology, Lifelong achievements in science and technology, Personality of science and technology under 35 years old, Populariser of science, and Scientific and technical team of the year.
Wealthy nationwide program
In addition to events offered by the organisers of the Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia, there will be dozens of other attractive accompanying seminars and lectures, and “research institutions' opened doors” provided by colleges, universities, and the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Those interested can visit them from 2 November 2016 in numerous Slovak towns. The fact that the general public, as well as future university students, teachers, but also future employers are increasingly interested in Slovak science is shown by the fact that although there are still several days remaining before the main program, the guest capacity of many lectures is already fully occupied. Thus we have to believe that this year's Week of Science in Slovakia will fulfil the expectations of the organisers and the Slovak science will through its medium gain new supporters, potential scientists and inspiring projects of the future successful researchers – and all that with the involvement of the general public.
Compiled by: Barbora Hrvolová, National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society within SCSTI
Photo: National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society within SCSTI
Edited and published by: Zuzana Vetrecin Čeplíková, National Centre for the Popularisation of Science and Technology in Society within SCSTI
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10. Nov. 2016