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All-Russian Festival of Science

About the Festival of Science

  • Science festivals have been successfully developed in many countries around the world, but this tradition began in the United Kingdom.
  • In the beginning of the 19th century people started thinking about how important it is to explain to the public what is going on in the laboratories of scientists and how our quality of life has been changed through research.
  • The first Russian Festival of Science was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006. More than 20,000 people attended the three-day event. The 2015 All­Russian Festival of Science was held in 76 regions of Russia, included more than 3,750 scientifically oriented events, and was attended by over 2,000,000 people.

Events at the Festival of Science

  • Public lectures by Nobel Laureates
  • Lectures by eminent scientists and popularizers of science
  • Heated discussions about the future of humankind
  • The latest scientific and educational films
  • Creative workshops
  • Multimedia installations
  • Teleconferences with scientists at CERN and other leading research centers
  • Fascinating research shows
  • Interactive exhibits
  • Robot competitions
  • Excursions to science laboratories

Participants in the Festival of Science

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Training institutes
  • Schools
  • The Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Public research centers
  • Innovative companies
  • Industry
  • State­owned corporations
  • Museums
  • Ministries and departments of the Russian Federation
  • Journal editors
  • Foreign embassies
  • Foreign scientific organizations from the United States, Japan, Germany, China, the United Kingdom, India, France, Israel, Estonia, Switzerland, and other countries

Visitors to the Festival. Statistics

Number of visitors to the Festival: Audience for the Festival:

The Festival in Moscow

  • The central area of the Festival: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)

    A rich lecture program by prominent Russian and foreign scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, is planned in the classrooms of the Fundamental Library of MSU and in the Shuvalov building. Here you can visit workshops and take part in discussions, roundtables, and teleconferences with scientists from CERN and other research centers. In the foyer there will be an exhibition of the latest developments in
science and technology. MSU is the intellectual playground of the Festival.
  • The exhibition area of the Festival: Expocenter

    The Festival of Science exhibition covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Visitors will see demonstrations of the latest developments in the fields of robotics, space, computer technology, construction, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and medicine; they will participate in interactive and multimedia exhibits and become acquainted with educational exhibits of museums: "Through the Looking Glass" and "Experimentarium." Expocenter is the main exhibition area of the Festival.

90 venues of the Festival of Science in Moscow

Higher Education:

1 ­ The faculties of Lomonosov Moscow State University (50 sites)

2 ­ Moscow State University of Technology and Management named after KG Razumovsky (MSUTM)

3 ­ Moscow State Academy of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology named after KI Skryabin (MSAVMiB)

4 ­ Moscow State Conservatory named after PI Tchaikovsky

5 ­ Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI)

6 ­ Moscow Architectural Institute (MArchI)

7 ­ Moscow City Pedagogical University (MCPU)

8 ­ Moscow State Humanitarian University named after MA Sholokhov

9 ­ Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU)

10 ­ Moscow State Open University named after VC Chernomyrdin (MSOU)

11 ­ Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MSCU) (district area)

12 ­ Moscow State Textile University named after AN Kosygin (MSTU)

13 ­ Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technologies named after MV Lomonosov (MSUFCT)

14 ­ Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics, and Informatics (MSUESI)

15 ­ Moscow Humanitarian Pedagogical Institute (MHPI)

16 ­ Moscow State Pedagogical University (MSPU)

17 ­ National University of Science and Technology (NUST MISiS)

18 ­ National Research Nuclear University (NRNU)

19 ­ Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after I Glazunov

20 ­ Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after IM Gubkin

21 ­ Russian National Research Medical University named after NI Pirogov

22 ­ Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (over 10 sites)

23 ­ Russian Chemical­Technological University named after DI Mendeleev

24 ­ Russian Economic University named after GV Plekhanov (REU)

25 ­ Financial University attached to the Government of the Russian Federation

Division of the Russian Academy of Science / Russian Academy of Medical Science:

26 ­ Space Research Institute (SRI)


27 ­ State Darwin Museum

28 ­ Children's Center of Scientific Discoveries (InnoPark)

29 ­ Mineralogical Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences named after AE Fersman

30 ­ Museum­Memorial Complex of the History of the Navy of Russia

Other Organizations:

31 ­ College of Entrepreneurship No. 11

The central area of the Festival:

­ Intelligence Center, Fundamental Library of MSU

­ Shuvalov building at MSU

The central exhibit space of the Festival:

Expocenter, Pavilion 2, Halls 4, 5, 6

All­Russian Festival of Science


Results of the Festival in 2015:

  • 76 regional sites
  • 800 member organizations: universities, museums, science centers, and research organizations
  • 3753 scientifically oriented activities: lectures, workshops, roundtables
  • 2,000,000 visitors
  • 850,000 visitors to Festival of Science VII in Moscow

The main sites of the Festival in 2016:

  • Moscow

    The central area of the Festival of Science XI in Moscow (October 7-9, 2016): more than 850,000 expected visitors;
  • Irkutsk, Barnaul, Kaliningrad

    Central regional areas (September 30 - October 2, 2016): more than 150,000 expected visitors;
  • Regional sites

    In 2016, science festivals will be held in more than 80 regions of the country.
  • There will be more than 5000 popular-science events and exhibitions.
  • The expected number of visitors is more than 2,200,000 people.

Press Festival

There were more than 1,000 publications about Festival of Science VII.

General information partner: Interfax news agency

General TV partner: Discovery Channel

You have not sat on a chair studded with nails? Have not seen a drop of water dangling in the air or a human battery? Do not know how to form stem cells, for which two scientists received the Nobel Prize? This is what you can try out for yourself and see at the Festival of Science, which opened in Moscow. «Rossiyskaya Gazeta»

The Festival of Science is good because it encourages young scientists and engineers from across the country to perfect their inventions. And all others can just come and "touch science" with their own hands. «First Channel»

Within the framework of the Festival are lectures by prominent scientists, intellectual games, open laboratories. The main criteria for all projects are accessibility and interaction. At the same time, the scientists themselves admit that when they are answering the questions of children, new ideas often occur to them. «Culture»

In the hall of Moscow University, everything is buzzing, flashing, rotating. The ideas and achievements of Russian universities, research institutes, and industrial laboratories are at the Festival of Science. Information about complex matters is presented in an entertaining way. The objective of the forum is to cultivate an interest in science. «Culture»

The main motto of the event is "Touch science." Hence the task is to talk about the latest developments in a simple and interesting way. Any visitor can understand in practice how, on what, and how successfully the best Russian and international minds work. «Russia 24»

A snapshot of the Moscow Festival: the low-key popularization of science, a clear demonstration of how, with pleasure, to combine comprehension of the required knowledge with usefulness. «Trud»

Advantages of the Festival

"This exhibition, aimed at promoting science as such, should be interesting to visitors. When they come here and look at the exhibits, an interest in science should awaken in them. The motto of the festival is "Touch science."

George Fitzgerald Smoot III

Nobel Laureate
«This exhibition, aimed at promoting science as such, should be interesting to visitors. When they come here and look at the exhibits, an interest in science should awaken in them. The motto of the festival is «Touch science.»

Alexei Khokhlov

Academician, prorector, Lomonosov Moscow State University
«The idea of the Festival of Science is a great idea for any country, especially Russia, because Russia has a good and long tradition of being in a leading position in science. Moreover, Lomonosov began this tradition.»

Alexey Tarasenko

General director, Envision Group
«The main purpose of the festival is to save science from the taint of dry academicism, to prove that research and experimentation are fascinating, and sometimes even fun. The activities are designed mainly for young people ­ schoolchildren and students - but they will be interesting to all. It is necessary to recount the discoveries and achievements of modern scientists to a wide audience, and we are happy to fulfill this educational mission.»

Reviews of the Festival

Alexander Zeitlin

Guest of the festival, a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (MISiS), vice president of the American company MLMK Indiana
«The idea of the festival is to make it clear to children that science is the reason humankind is progressing.»


Guest of the Festival
«Before us on the floor paces a robot that looks like a spider; nearby, on a windowsill, sits a young man with a remote control. And then all our doubts are dispelled at last: we have got to the right place, and we just will not be bored!»


Guest of the Festival
«On Friday, our son went to a class at the Expocenter of the Festival of Science. After he told us about the Festival, his younger sister, 9 years old, asked to go too. On Saturday we arrived earlier. Our son immediately sat down to control the robot; our daughter was put in a master class for coloring bandanas. We stayed almost to the end, almost 17 hours; we were terribly tired, but the kids said that next year we must go again.»