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ŚFN won Popularizer of Science 2020!

The Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE triumphed in the team category of the prestigious Popularizer of Science competition organised by the Polish Press Agency’s “Science in Poland” information service and the Ministry of Science and Education! The main prize, i.e. the title of Popularizer of Science 2020, was awarded to Jerzy Jarosz, PhD, Associate Professor from the Institute of Physics of the University of Silesia, who has been involved in ŚFN since its inception!

Held since 2005, Popularizer of Science is the oldest and the most prestigious competition in Poland, which awards scientists, journalists, institutions, and community members whose passion is to share knowledge and reveal the mysteries of modern science in an accessible way. Winning such an important competition is a source of great pride for us - ŚFN is something absolutely wonderful for each and every one of us. Just have a look:

The jury recognised that ŚFN is “now one of the largest popular science events in the country and Europe, even though it debuted as a small, local initiative in 2016.” Its constant development is best proved by the numbers: so far, the four editions have attracted almost 150,000 people to the International Congress Centre in Katowice, and another nearly 60,000 viewers have watched the festival via online broadcasts! At the beginning, the University of Silesia in Katowice, as the founder and leader of the project, convinced the Silesian University of Technology and other universities in Katowice to join in and participate, including: Medical University of Silesia, Academy of Physical Education, and Academy of Fine Arts. In the run-up to the third edition, the Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa has also joined the group. And leading up to the fifth edition, we have been joined by the University of Economics in Katowice and Czestochowa University of Technology, which means that currently the festival consortium includes seven universities from the Śląskie Voivodeship (during the first and fourth edition, our circle also included the University of Bielsko-Biała). ŚFN has hosted 82 special guests, including as many as 19 guests from abroad (such as the NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Austrian writer Mark Elsberg, or SETI founder Seth Szostak), while our representatives have visited several foreign science festivals to observe and learn from the best and to establish cooperation with them.

Jerzy Jarosz, PhD, Associate Professor, was awarded the title of Science Popularizer for the year 2020. Prof. Jarosz, who has been associated with ŚFN since its very beginning, has been delivering lectures since 1983 with demonstrations and experiments under the name of „Osobliwości Świata Fizyki” (Pecularities of the World of Physics), he has also been a long-term coordinator of the Children’s University of Silesia, as well as the Chair of Ogólnopolski Klub Demonstratorów Fizyki (Polish Nationwide Physics Demonstrators’ Club). Congratulations!

Animator, Institution, Team, and Media were the other four categories of the 16th edition of the competition. The list of all awarded is available HERE and the list of all nominated  – HERE.

ŚFN has also received other distinctions, e.g. in June 2019, the festival won the EUPRIO Golden Rose, i.e. the first prize for the best marketing activity among popular science events in Europe.

As the ŚFN organising team, we sincerely thank you for acknowledging our efforts thus far, and we will make sure to treat the award in such a prestigious competition as an incentive to work even more diligently during the next editions of the Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE. For obvious reasons, organising the next one is quite a challenge - since the field hospital will be operating in the ICC building at least until April, we had to give up on the original festival date and move it to the last days of May (29-31 May). In order to increase the chances of launching ŚFN in the most complete (in terms of programme and formula) and safe for the audience way possible, we are still looking at the possibility of holding the festival in October.

We have drifted apart due to the pandemic, but we continue to believe that science will bring us together again!

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