The 11th annual Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia is ahead

05. 11. 2014

prof. Ján Turňa a minister školstva Peter Pellegrini On 5 November 2014 at the press conference in the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic Peter Pellegrini said, among other things, “The space is not so abstract for us”.

The briefing was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic on the occasion of the upcoming Week of Science and Technology in Slovakia 2014.

Minister of Education Peter Pellegrini in his opening speech emphasized that the Science and Technology Week 2014 is already the 11th edition of this very popular event in Slovakia. It is going to take place from 10 to 16 November 2014 and there will be more than 300 side events taking place from Bratislava to Košice in the framework of this event.

He pointed to the fact that the Week of Science and Technology has been prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic together with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, Slovak Academy of Sciences, research and development associations, districts and municipalities. This well-known event should popularize the achievements of science, which are often discussed today. It should serve precisely to enable our scientists to show off their achievements, which they reach in research and development and thus possibly change the view on science in Slovakia.

The minister praised the work of Slovak Organization for Space Activities, where young people can show off their achievements and thus can truly represent Slovakia better than any campaign devised by the state. He expects the popularization of science to contribute to encouraging other young people to study something from the field of science and not only humanities. He firmly believes that next week will be successful that the individual events will be attended by a large number of also young people and that the media will contribute to the popularization of science and technology in Slovakia. He also recommended an interesting exhibition Wireless World, focused on the inventions of Jozef Murgaš, which is opened from 1 November in the Avion Shopping Park in Bratislava.

Prof. Ján Turňa, vice chancellor of the Comenius University in Bratislava and Director General of the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information (SCSTI) stated that SCSTI is directly controlled organization of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic. SCSTI includes an organization unit National Centre for the Popularization of Science and Technology in Society, hence a mission to popularize science can be found directly in its founding document. This year, SCSTI can get involved in the Week of Science and Technology with greater intensity than in previous years thanks to a national project aimed at popularization of science and technology, which is financed from the structural funds. SCSTI is the organizer and co-organizer of ten events, of which a large part will take place in its building at Lamačská Cesta 8/A. He clarified a number of side events, of which there is already 360 registered on the portal www.tyzdenvedy.sk and it is assumed that there will be even more. In this context, he appreciated very good cooperation with universities, Slovak Academy of Sciences, as well as with departmental research institutes.

He mentioned several new events. One of them is Science Unconventionally. This event will take place on 10 and 11 November 2014 on the premises of SCSTI, aiming to bring science closer to general public in an interesting way. He added that there is often a persisting feeling that science is something dull, boring and individual showpieces will show how science can be interesting and exciting. One of the new events is also the Science Film Festival, which will screen movies of Slovak and foreign production. There will be competitions, which are a part of the Festival. These competitions are for young people for the best three minute shot of the past, present and future of science and technology and the best reportage about Slovak science and technology.

Furthermore, he emphasized that science is an important component for creating economic values. The point is that the public should perceive that the funds invested in science appreciate a lot better than in other areas. Also the Week of Science and Technology should put pressure on scientists to persuade general public about the meaningfulness of their work. 

Other guests of the press conference also encouraged to participate in events of the Week of Science and Technology.

 Jakub Kapuš, Slovenská organizácia pre vesmírne aktivity

Jakub Kapuš from the Slovak Organization for Space Activities articulated belief that they too will manage to motivate young people through these events to study science. Their aim is to show that Slovakia has the potential to participate in the European Space Programme. Space research has been conducted in Slovakia for several years. However, we are one of the last European countries that does not have its satellite and does not cooperate with the European Space Agency. Slovak Organization for Space Activities has been working on the project of the first Slovak satellite for approximately two years. In the first half of 2015, they want to finish the satellite hardware, which should then go for testing. Their work will be presented at their stand in the SCSTI building, where they will present development models and technical solution of the satellite model. 

 

Juraj Marušiak, Slovenská akadémia vied

Juraj Marušiak from the Slovak Academy of Sciences presented the events of the Week of Science and Technology. This year, 47 departments of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, aimed at various science fields took part in organizing of these events. They are not only making an Open Day, but different tours, lectures, e.g. tour of the Arboretum Mlyňany at the Institue of Forest Ecology, lectures and night sky observations at the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Tatranská Lomnica, Institute of Measurements of the Slovak Academy of Sciences is organizing a laboratory in the woods to capture low-frequency signals, etc. Institute of Economics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences will focus its lectures on issues of world and Slovak politics. The events will not only take place in Bratislava, but also in Nitra, Banská Bystrica, Zvolen, Tatranská Lomnica and Košice.

Gabriela Kukolová, AMAVET

Gabriela Kukolová, director of AMAVET (NPO) began her speech by pointing out to the fact that the majority of people think that science is done only at universities and institutes. However, already secondary school students are engaging with science. The Association for youth, science and technology (AMAVET) traditionally organizes the Festival of Science and Technology for students of secondary school.  Nationwide round of the scientific display of young scientists will take place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the premises of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Comenius University in Mlynská Dolina in Bratislava. The festival will present 85 projects, especially in the field of physics, chemistry and biology, which passed the first round of evaluation. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday, 15 November.

For more information on events of the Week of Science and Technology see www.tyzdenvedy.sk

PhDr. Marta Bartošovičová
Photo: Mgr. Bibiana Kubašková

Keywords:
Popularization of Science and Technology , education

Areas:
Natural sciences

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