Brussels hosts top annual science festival

Interested in learning how technology and science can contribute to improving everyone’s day-to-day life?

If so, this weekend’s “I Love Science Festival” in Brussels will be right up your street.

This year, the annual gathering for science lovers will take place at Brussels Expo, from 26–28 April. Around 60 institutions, associations and universities will be in attendance with more than 200 stands and 10 science trucks with fun learning activities for finding out more about science and new technology, while having fun.

Having received more than 10,000 visitors in its first year, the festival anticipates another resounding success.

A festival spokesman said, "The first edition of I Love Science was a great success, with more than 10,000 visitors. This supports our view that science also needs to come out of the laboratories a nd classrooms and meet the general public where it is not expected. We are convinced that the festival has the potential to become the ultimate fun event for science lovers and that it will help motivate young people to pursue studies and careers related to science and technology.”

Created in 2018, through the initiative of the Brussels Secretary of State responsible for scientific research and Innoviris, the festival of science and technology is a free event that is open to everyone. It offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the world of science and new technology.

It does not limit itself merely to the observation of scientific discoveries but is designed to be both immersive and interactive. Visitors can genuinely take part in the experiences and activities on offer to them, such as observing the stars in a mobile planetarium, discovering the world of insects or even taking a flight in a glider simulator.

The spokesman said, “More than ever, the future of the planet is right at the heart of our concerns. Through interactive activities, multimedia exhibitions or even by presenting new modes of transport that respect the environment, the festival will show the public how technology and science can contribute to improving everyone’s day-to-day life and ensuring a better future for all.”

Belgium’s young scientists will be taking part once again. In addition to the exhibitions of science experiments from high school students, they will also be showcasing a new activity called Science Worlds. The programme for this huge team game includes puzzles, tests and the discovery of parallel world.

The “science trucks” from all around Europe are also back in a big way. They will be inviting visitors of all ages to check out the most original of experiments.

Like last year, BOZAR is taking part in the event. Several activities based on the theme of “Speculative Futures” are being showcased at Brussels Expo, Osseghem Park, in the Jette-Ganshoren marsh and at BOZAR. The subject will be ecology and the responses that art and research can bring to environmental problems.

The topics will be addressed through talks, exhibitions, virtual-reality films, an app and experimental walks.

The festival  is an invitation to discover science and new technology and among this year’s patrons is Nathan Uyttendaele who has a real gift for popularising science. Through his YouTube channels under the name “chat sceptique” (“sceptical cat”), he has more than 85,000 subscribers. He has also given a TEDx talk on “the truth about gambling” that has been viewed more than a million times.

Others include Véronique Dehant who works at the Belgian Royal Observatory, where she is responsible for the operational management of the “Planetology and Reference Systems”.

Further info:

Location: Brussels Expo (Palace 1)

Accessibility:Metro: line 6 in the direction of Roi Baudouin – alight at the stop for Heysel

STIB Bus: bus 88 and 84 in the direction of Heysel – alight at the stop for Heysel

Tram: tram 7 in the direction of Heysel – alight at the stop for Heysel

Opening times and dates:

Friday 26 April  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday 27 April 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday 28 April 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

www.ilovescience.brussels

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Martin Banks

Martin Banks

Martin Banks is a highly qualified journalist with many years experience of working within the EU institutions. He is an occasional, and highly valued, contributor to EU today, writing on a wide variety of issues.

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