The annaul Researchers' Night Festival, which bills itself as the biggest and oldest science event in the Baltic States, celebrates its 10th birthday this year. The jubilee program features over 400 science events.
The festival takes place from September 20-25 in more than 40 locations all over Estonia. The aim of the festival is to spark people’s interests in new and intriguing scientific discoveries and show how much our everyday lives are intertwined with science.
Helin Haga, head organiser of the festival, said that this year's festival is going to focus, more than ever before, on how the biggest science event in the Baltic states has changed the attitudes of people throughout the years.
"These six days will be a conclusion to the changes that have occurred over the past nine years," Haga explained. "We want to show the development and changes that various science institutions have gone through. Several researchers who were with us 10 years ago, will also make an appearance in Researchers’ Night Special live show on ETV on September 25."
Science Theater (Photo: Science Centre AHHAA)
With more than 400 events in the program, the festival offers something to everybody, regardless of education level or interests. From September 23-25, the very first Science Show International Cup – SSIC’15 takes place in Tallinn, Pärnu and Tartu. On September 20, over 100 makers and inventors gather in Science Centre AHHAAA for the 2nd Tartu Mini Maker Faire and on a day later, the University of Tartu Hospital will be transformed into a Teddy Bear Hospital.
"I’d also recommend the Science Cafes, some of which are going to take place in Tallinn as well, AHHAA’s outdoor cinema, and Tallinn Music Week’s special event that brings together rocket science, post-punk and choral music,“ Haga added.
For her, the most valuable and memorable aspect of organising the festival is seeing people gradually becoming more interested in science and science events.
"Active communication through social media only began last week and, to be honest, half of the events that require prior registration, have already been fully booked. That sort of positive feedback is making me really glad," she added. "The mentality of people has clealy changed for better, for both AHHAA and the organising team of the festival."
Editor: M. Oll