QA – Science in the City, Valletta 2018

Questions and Answers:

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  1. When did Science in the City start, and who was the brainchild of this annual event?

Science in the City was conceived way back in 2012. It was Dr Edward Duca who came up with the idea of marrying Science and the Arts to show just how creative both professions are and to engage the publics with researchers and science. The festival is part of a larger European activity called European Researchers’ Night. On the last Friday in September over 320 cities in Europe host some sort of activity to celebrate researchers and their achievements.

  1. The science demonstrations are always fun to watch. What’s the background of the demonstrators? Do they prepare the demo themselves?

Each demo is carefully and lovingly prepared by our scientists or aspiring scientists. Who use the summer months to perfect their ideas. The festival organisers help the scientists by organising workshops to discuss the best ways to engage the audiences. Which vocab to use, how best to present a demo, how to attract people to their stand and so on.

  1. What’s new in this year’s event with respect to demos and expos? Any favourites?

Our favourite with regards to demos has to be Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, this show has evolved over the years to become a truly inspirational spectacle. The scientists performing the show have developed their skills with the assistance of our artistic director as well as our science communications expert Dr Duca. This team of both women and men scientists is def one of those not-to-be-missed annual events.

  1. I heard about a new Science in the city app. Can you briefly explain its features?

The app contains info about each and every activity along Republic Street and the adjacent squares, complete with time schedules and age appropriateness. Transport arrangements to get there and back home safely, while avoiding the usual parking hassles. An interactive, user-friendly map and a list of cafes and restaurants where you can get a special Science in the City discount.

  1. Kids love Science in the City and are easily fascinated. What’s new and fresh for those adults with a curious mind?

Dance, theatre with adult only themes, talks about current affairs such as blockchain, biohacking, gender assignment and terrorism. Ro-Botanicals an 18+ activity mixing innovative plant technology with delicious cocktails and interesting talks about food of the future. These are a few of the events for a more grown-up audience, in reality however all the activities are super interesting for curious minds whether they are little ones or slightly more mature.

  1. What theatrical or musical performance one shouldn’t miss?

Kids Dig Science, Orkidea and Shadow of Malta’s Times are puppet shows for children of all ages. Jazzing the Golden Ratio is a concert about that special mysterious number that repeatedly adds up to beauty.

Any last comments to the general public?

Our message this year is, everyone starts from zero. By that we means that nobody is born smart, we all have to learn to smile, walk, read, count… the greatest artists and scientists could not count to 3 or draw a straight line, we’re all in the same boat. So give yourself the opportunity to learn, to grow and why not, to fail too that’s the only way to reach your potential. Join us at Science in the City for an evening with a difference.