The Polish Radio and Copernicus Science Centre Science Picnic
The Polish Radio and Copernicus Science Centre Science Picnic is Europe's largest outdoor event aimed at the promotion of science. It has been held in Warsaw every year since 1997, hosting about 200 institutions from Poland and abroad and each time attracting more than 100.000 visitors in the course of a single day. Institutions of higher education and scholarship, research institutes, museums and cultural bodies, science-related foundations and interest groups – all present their achievements and reveal behind-the-scenes aspects of their work. They illustrate the very stuff of science in ways accessible to visitors of various ages, using hands-on experiments, demonstrations and interactive exhibits. A wide range of research fields is presented at the Picnic, including the natural, and social sciences plus the humanities.
British Council has supported this event for many years by inviting different science communicators from UK, who deliver amazing science shows, talks and presentations. Our guests in recent years included:
The Picnic helps to understand and get to know science by presenting it as an extremely exciting and fascinating aspect of life. It also brings scientists closer to people which helps to encourage and inspire visitors to start their own scientific activity.
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.