The Science Forum
The Science Forum (Finnish: Tieteen päivät) is a biennial science festival taking place in Helsinki, Finland. It is free and open to all visitors. The festival presents the latest research to the curious public and discuss the possibilities as well as the limits of science more broadly. This is where Finland's leading scholars from various fields have a chance to introduce their branch of scholarship and the latest research results to a wide audience. The Forum includes debates, seminars, exhibitions, book sales and planetarium shows. Most of the lectures are held in Finnish or in Swedish.
The current format of the Science Forum is a five-day and one-night festival which consists of over 300 appearances by researchers from different parts of the country. All fields of research from the humanities and natural sciences to art and technology are represented. In the recent years the various events of the Science Forum have garnered an audience of about 15,000. The events are also widely followed on the Internet, both live and in recording.
The Science Forum is organized by the Federation of the Finnish Learned Societies, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Technology. The Forum is supported by Tieteen tiedotus ry and Kone Foundation.
Today wide-ranging science events for the general public are organized all over Europe. Most of these events were initiated in the last decade, so the Finnish Science Forum is one of the oldest in Europe. The first Science Forum in its current format was organized in January 1977 and the first, individual event under the name of the Science Forum was held already in 1954.
The program of the Science Forum is always planned under a chosen main theme. The earlier themes include topics such as The Limits of Freedom (2017), Chance (2015), Crises – Threats and New Start (2013), Science and Everyday life (2011), Charles Darwin and Evolution (2009), Boundaries and Conflicts (2007), The Centennial of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (2005), Change (2003), Science and Life (2001) and The Future at the Millennium (1999).
Photo: Jari Loisa, Science Forum 2017.