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Katowice with the title of European City of Science 2024!

Now we can officially announce it: Katowice is the European City of Science 2024 (ECS)! The success of the Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE (ŚFN) has significantly contributed to this decision – the EuroScience Association awarding the title appreciated, among others, exemplary cooperation between city authorities and universities organising ŚFN, headed by the originator and leader of the project, the University of Silesia. Prof. Michaël Matlosz, President of EuroScience, informed about the choice of Katowice during the press conference which took place at the Scientific Information Centre and Academic Library (CINiBA) on 22 December 2021.

The prestigious title of the European City of Science has been awarded every two years since 2004. Its goal is to intensify changes for the society’s transformation towards science in specific European cities. It is intended to showcase the richness and diversity of European science, foster mutual learning, scientific integration, interest in science among younger generations, and develop European research without borders. ECS enhances the European and international profile of the scientific community in a particular city and region, increases the involvement of citizens and scientific environment in local issues, inspires public investment in regional science and infrastructure and stimulates tourism.

‘I’m extremely excited. It’s a great challenge and a lot of work, but also an amazing investment in the society and the residents of our region,’ said Marcin Krupa, PhD, Mayor of Katowice, during the conference. ‘To quote Izaak Newton: “What we know is a drop, what we don’t know is an ocean”. I am confident that with this team we can sail out into the ocean.’

Leiden (Netherlands) is the European City of Science in 2022. Previously, the title of the European City of Science belonged to Stockholm, Munich, Barcelona, Turin, Dublin, Copenhagen, Manchester, Toulouse, and Trieste. It is therefore easy to notice that Katowice is the first city in Central-Eastern Europe to join this group!

‘I am very glad that Katowice will be the European City of Science 2024, because great technological and industrial projects, as well as future ambitions, are all present here. I believe that just as Katowice has turned into one of the leading cultural centres in the country, the capital of Silesian Voivodeship will also become a carrier of science, which will help create a better future for Poland, claimed Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland.

Katowice’s bid for the title of European City of Science is a joint initiative of the city’s mayor, Marcin Krupa, PhD, and the academic community of Katowice, represented by Prof. Ryszard Koziołek, Rector of the University of Silesia. On 30 September 2021, the Katowice City Council passed a resolution of intent to apply for the ECS 2024 title, and EuroScience invited Katowice to negotiate individually for the title – at the beginning of October, Prof. Michael Matlosz, President of EuroScience already visited our city during the 5th ŚFN.

‘Katowice is becoming an informal capital of European science. We have obtained the right to organise the European science olympic games, only it will last the whole year. Through the development of universities in the region, advanced science and education may become a new unique Silesian industry,’ said Prof. Ryszard Koziołek. ‘In a way, the history of this region is the past and future of Europe, because all challenges faced by the Western people are present here: this space created the hunger for work, competition, exploitation, profit. Time to become smarter, time to listen to solutions offered by science, thanks to which we can repair the world.'

The ECS title is connected with the right to organise the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in 2024. The event is held every two years and is dedicated to research and innovation vital to the world’s future. ESOF Katowice 2024 will be one of the most prestigious scientific and technological events in the world. Earlier, in 2022, we are going to organise a conference accompanying the EuroScience Open Forum 2022 (ESOF 2022), whose host city will be the aforementioned Leiden.

During the conference, a consortium agreement between the ECS organisers was signed. The signatories are: City of Katowice, University of Silesia, Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice and other universities located in Katowice: Medical University of Silesia, University of Economics, Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, and Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music.

Organisational support for initiatives related to the ECS title for Katowice has already been announced by Jakub Chełstowski, Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship and Kazimierz Karolczak, Chair of the Board of Metropolis GZM.


A video recording from the conference, both with the original audio and with English translation, is available on the University of Silesia's YouTube channel and below: 

 

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