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Śląski Festiwal Nauki KATOWICE

Silesian Science Festival is the largest science popularization event in Poland. Based in Katowice it is hosted by 9 public universities based in the silesian voivodship:

- University of Silesia (leader)
- Silesian University of Technology
- Medical University of Silesia in Katowice
- Jan Dlugosz Academy in Czestochowa
- Czestochowa University of Technology
- University of Economics in Katowice
- Academy of Physical Education in Katowice
- Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Katowice

The host and co-hosts are: City of Katowice, Metropolis GZM and the Marshall Office of the Silesian Voivodeship.

Each year the festival programme consists of hundreds of activities promoting science and art: lectures, workshops, exhibition stands, exhibitions, concerts, meetings with special guests, and other initiatives. The festival space is divided into six zones dedicated to natural sciences, technology, humanities and social sciences, medicine and health, and special zones. More than 210,000 people visited the past six editions of the event.

Since the very beginning, we wanted the subsequent editions of ŚFN to take an increasingly international character, therefore each year we invite foreign scientists and science communicators to take part in the festival and visit foreign science festivals to establish long-lasting cooperation.

The Silesian Science Festival KATOWICE is a member of the European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA). The ŚFN was also awarded the ‘Golden Rose’, i.e. the first prize for the best marketing campaign among popular science events during the EUPRIO (European Association of Communication Professionals in Higher Education) conference, as well as the prize in the team category of Popularizer of Science 2020 organised by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Science in Poland website of the Polish Press Agency.

The Festival will be a part of the European City of Science 2024 in Katowice.