Popularization of Science
For many years the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology has been involved in various public events aiming at popularization of science, such as the Science Festival and the Science Picnic of the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre. Both of these events have greatly contributed to the general public’s appreciation of science and scientists. In 1998 the Polish Foundation for Science Advancement (PFUN) and the Society for Science Promotion and Knowledge Dissemination have awarded the organizers of the Science Picnic and the Science Festival with a joint Professor Hugon Steinhaus Prize for holding outstanding science promoting events.
The staff of the Nencki Institute has been involved in organization of workshops for teachers with Centre for Innovative Bioscience Education and seminars for the Polish Children’s Fund recipients. Meetings with smaller groups of students have been arranged for those interested in research activity of individual scientific teams.
dr Anna Wasik, The Coordinator.
Science Picnic of Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre ...
The Science Picnic of the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre is the biggest outdoor science event in Europe. The first Science Picnic (BIS Polish Radio Science Picnic at the time) took place on June 14, 1997 in the New Town Square in Warsaw. Since 2008 it has been jointly organised by the BIS Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Centre. Its main goal is to disseminate scientific knowledge through experiments and tests. Both simple experiments and the latest achievements of Polish scientists are presented to the public. The personnel of the Nencki Institute also contributes to its organization. Every year the Picnic has a different theme and our task is to prepare a special presentation on the current theme. This extremely popular event is visited by tens of thousands of visitors.