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Bucharest Science Festival – Looking into secrets of science

Anticipating the night of scientists that will take place on September 27 in eight cities in Romania, on September 25 to 29, the Bucharest residents are invited to participate in the first edition of a Festival dedicated exclusively to science.

The Secular-Humanist Association in Romania (ASUR) together with the Parentime Center for Parenthood Courses organize the Bucharest Science Festival in several locations: in the Bucharest French Institute, at the National History Museum (MNIR), in the Magna Aula of the Bucharest University, at the Studio Cinema and at Humanitas Cismigiu.
“We hope that, through this festival, we will be able to share, especially with kids, at least a piece of the fascination and the pleasure to discover the Universe,” the organizers say. For five days, the event offers exhibitions, conferences and debates, experiments and demonstrations, documentary screenings that promise to open new perspectives on the human knowledge for the public. The theme chosen for this year’s edition is “Origins, Universe, Life, Man”.
One of the attractions of the Festival will no doubt be the interactive exhibition for children “Experiment – Man and Life” (The French Institute, September 25-28). The exhibition is realized in partnership with Da Vinci learning and the French Institute and it wants to show kids how people are made and how the human body works. Using interactive models and microscopes, children will be able to find out what happens inside the human organism. Moreover, the visitors will learn to identify different plants and animals and to discover how they adapt to the environment in which they live.
Another interesting exhibition will be the one at the National History Museum, “A look at the technology of the past” (September 25-29). The exhibition will include an impressive collection of machinery and equipment of the past centuries, used both for research and in the everyday life. Whether it is a pharmacy kit from 400 years ago or Grigore Antipa’s biological research kit, Dr. Ioan Cantacuzino’s microscope or surgical instruments used by Carol Davila in the military hospitals, this is a rare opportunity to take a look at a lost world.
The vintage camera exhibition should not be missed either. There are some conferences in the program as well, such as “ The evolution of the astronomical observation: from the eye to the giants telescopes of the future”, presented by the French astrophysicist Michel Dennefeld, from Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (French Institute, Wednesday, 6 p.m.), “The mysteries of the quantum world” (Magna Aula of the Bucharest University, Thursday, 2 p.m.) and “Science in society: A prince or a pauper?” (Humanitas Cismigiu, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.)
A series of experiments and demonstrations will take place during the night of the scientists, offered by the “Horia Hulubei” Nuclear Physics and Engineering Institute, Fun Science and Ikedoo.
For the complete program of the Festival: http://www.bucharestsciencefestival.ro/

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