Science Picnic

The Science Picnic is Europe's largest outdoor science-popularization event[1] organized jointly by Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre. It has been held every year since 1997. A wide range of research fields are represented at the Picnic, including the hard, natural, and social sciences together with the humanities. Research and teaching institutions from Poland and abroad reveal here behind-the-scenes aspects of their work and present science in ways accessible to visitors of various ages, using hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits.

12th Science Picnic of Polish Radio

The Science Picnic was commended by the European Commission in 2005 as one of 10 model European projects in the "Science and Society" field. The event has served as the inspiration for many other popular science initiatives, including the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.

HistoryEdit

The first Science Picnic (as Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS) was held in the Old Town district of Warsaw. During the first edition, 17 scientific institutions held scientific demonstrations in physics, medicine and archaeology in 13 tents, and the Picnic recorded around 3000 visitors. In subsequent years, the number of participating institutions and visitors grew rapidly. The event was moved to a larger public park in 2009 and then to the grounds of the newly constructed National Stadium in 2013. Since 2008 it has been organized jointly by Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre. Recent attendance varies between 100,000 and 120,000 people, with the exception of the blowout years of 2006 and 2013, when the Picnic received around 150,000 visitors.[2]

Since 2013, Science Picnics are also held in Ukraine.[3]

Date Full name Theme Venue
1997-06-14 1st Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS New Town Market and Podzamcze
1998-06-06 2nd Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS New Town Market and Podzamcze
1999-05-22 3rd Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS New Town Market and Podzamcze
2000-06-10 4th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS New Town Market and Podzamcze
2001-06-09 5th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS How Will The World Surprise Us? New Town Market and Podzamcze
2002-06-08 6th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS What Does Science Give To Art? New Town Market and Podzamcze
2003-06-14 7th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS DNA Your Life New Town Market and Podzamcze
2004-05-22 8th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS Science Without Borders New Town Market and Podzamcze
2005-06-04 9th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS Physics On The Waves New Town Market and Podzamcze
2006-06-03 10th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS The World in Ten Years' Time New Town Market and Podzamcze
2007-05-26 11th Science Picnic of Polish Radio BIS M4TH3M4T1C5 AND US New Town Market and Podzamcze
2008-06-14 12th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Discover the Language of Science New Town Market and Podzamcze
2009-05-30 13th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Science Among the Stars Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Park
2010-06-12 14th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre The Great MicroWorld Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Park
2011-05-28 15th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Freedom Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Park
2012-05-12 16th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Energy Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły Park
2013-06-13 17th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Life National Stadium
2014-05-31 18th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Time National Stadium
2015-05-09 19th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Light National Stadium
2016-05-07 20th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Health National Stadium
2017-06-03 21st Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Earth National Stadium
2018-06-09 22nd Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre Motion National Stadium
2019-05-11 23rd Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre We and Machines National Stadium
2020-05-09 24th Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre The Climate and Us National Stadium

Organizers and initiatorsEdit

  • Professor Łukasz A. Turski, Center for Theoretical Physics of Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Robert Firmhofer, Polish Radio (since 2006 director of the Copernicus Science Centre)
  • Krystyna Kępska-Michalska, Polish Radio

Participating institutionsEdit

Each year the Science Picnic is participated in by institutions from Poland and abroad (including from Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, United States).

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "www.pikniknaukowy.pl/2009/en/".
  2. ^ "Historia Pikniku". Piknik Naukowy Polskiego Radia i Centrum Nauki Kopernik. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  3. ^ "First picnics in Ukraine".

Coordinates: 52°13′40″N 21°02′03″E / 52.227778°N 21.034167°E / 52.227778; 21.034167