Towards a more sustainable Science Festival

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21 October 2019

This great citizen event about popular science and technology is committed to reducing paper consumption through digital communication formats.

At its 13th edition, the Science Festival will be in the autumn, on 26 and 27 October. On its thirteenth occasion, this great event about popular science and technology held by Barcelona Ciencia will bring together more than a hundred activities organised by research centres, universities, associations, facilities, popular science professionals and other organisations. For two days, citizens will have an unmissable chance to find out about science and explore all the research areas and meet the people involved.

This year, the festival is strengthening its commitment to digital content in an attempt to reduce the event's environmental impact by creating less waste. With this aim in mind, the festival's website will take greater prominence and online viewing of the activity programme will be encouraged through QR codes on the signage. Also, as in previous years, the festival will have an information point and support staff to deal with any doubts and questions visitors may have.

Commemorative themes

This year special emphasis will be placed on three events of great importance to science and culture in general. One of these is the commemoration of 2019, International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements. 150 years ago, Dmitri Mendeléiev published the first version of this classification of the elements that make up matter based on their atomic number and their chemical and physical properties. This work aided progress in chemistry during the twentieth century and is one of the most relevant milestones in science.

Another key theme of the festival is the fiftieth anniversary of human's reaching the moon. On 20 July 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong stood on the surface of our satellite for the first time in history, while Michael Collins waited for them on board Apollo 11 to return to Earth. That was the culmination of an international race that brought about enormous scientific and technological advances.

2019 is also 500 years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance genius who contributed to knowledge, thought and culture, enabling the arts, sciences and humanities to advance together.

These three events will be reflected in many of the activities but, as always, the festival will reveal scientific and technological knowledge through a much broader range of themes, covering practically all research disciplines. And it will do so through many different formats: games, tours, talks, shows, workshops, microtalks, debates, demonstrations, interactive installations, experiments and multimedia, etc.

Remember, it will be on 26 and 27 October. Keep the date!