Kvarner newsletter / no 5

Festival of Science 2008
Water – the most actual topic today

The 6th Festival of Science, dedicated to the topic of water, will discuss actual problems of the modern world not only in a scientific, but also in a popular way in several Croatian towns

Water as the source of life, water and people, water in nature, environment, cities and worldwide, water in space, and water in all its manifestations – this is the topic of the 6th Festival of Science that will take place from the 21st to the 26th April in Rijeka, Split, Osijek, Zagreb and, for the first time this year, in Zadar. The goal of the Festival is to popularise science and facilitate communication between scientists and the public, making actual scientific and professional topics more understandable to people who are not scientists but understand the importance of science for the development of modern civilisation. This year’s Festival of Science is organised under two initiatives: The UN General Assembly, which proclaimed the period between 2005 and 2015 the International Decade for the action Water for Life, and the UN Initiative to declare 2008 the International Year of Planet Earth.
A part of the Festival of Science will be a competition in which participants must within three minutes hold a precise, clear and understandable presentation with no aids whatsoever. The competition was started on the initiative of the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2004, and last year it was held for the first time outside Great Britain in a total of nine countries including Croatia. The event was organised by the British Council and local partners. The best three competitors from each town will participate in the final competition on the 25th of April on the Festival of Science in Zagreb.
The Festival of Science includes lectures, workshops, exhibitions and scientific forums on the topic of water, as well as a series of debate forums, simulated courtrooms, competitions, theatre performances, etc. The Festival of Science is organised by the University of Rijeka,  University of Zagreb, British Council, Technical Museum Zagreb, Zlatni rez Association, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, University of Split, University of Zadar and the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.