The Science Festival in Warsaw is starting

The Science Festival in Warsaw is starting

The 24th Science Festival in Warsaw has started, with over 250 online and offline events. During the main debates, scientists will consider, inter alia, whether a quantum computer is the new philosopher's stone and to talk about the next pandemic after COVID-19.

Main debates with audience participation will take place at Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28 and will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the University of Warsaw. The exception will be the debate on the threat that will come after the current pandemic, which will be entirely conducted online on the COVID channel.

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On Friday, September 18 at At 6.00 p.m., scientists will explain why it is worth talking about a quantum computer. The principle of computer operation according to the idea of ​​von Neumann will be presented, experts will explain the computational complexity and discuss the tasks of breaking the code in secure communication and encryption. The audience will learn why there are no quantum computers in electronics stores, what the main technical difficulties are with this concept, and where the giants are in the technology race. The debate will be attended by dr hab. Eng. Jarosław Arabas, dr hab. Rafał Demkowicz-Dobrzański, dr hab. Eng. Paweł Kerntopf and dr hab. Magdalena Stobińska.

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On Sunday, September 19, researchers will debate the origins of life on earth. They signal questions worth pondering. For example, did so many organic molecules accumulate in the ocean under the influence of electrical discharges that they spontaneously combined to form the first organisms? Or were the first RNA molecules to come from space? Did the metabolic cycles arise before the transmission of information? Are the hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor the place where life originated? What is evolution and could it be abiogenic? Where did complex organic molecules come from? What was the primary source of energy for the synthesis reaction? An attempt to answer them will be made by: prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska, prof. Jerzy Dzik, prof. January Weiner and prof. Krzysztof Dołowy.

The following week, on Friday, September 25 at 6.00 p.m., prof. Paweł Śpiewak, Irena Wóycicka, prof. Wawrzyniak and prof. Ireneusz Krzemiński is to consider to what extent the process of political transformation, known as transformation, has fulfilled the goals and expectations of the Solidarity movement.

Debate: "What will be the next pandemic, or what will come after COVID-19?" will be held on Saturday, September 26 without direct audience participation. Speakers on the web will be prof. dr hab. Dariusz Doliński, prof. dr hab. Dariusz Jemielniak, dr hab. Anna Małgorzata Czarnecka and Natalia Osica. "The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there are dangers that science has long described. The debate is to indicate the direction (directions) from which will come (or is there already?) Another threat to the whole of humanity "- announce the organizers.

The day after, on Sunday, September 27, scientists will show the "Brave New Universe" and discuss the "Wonderful Age of Astronomy". In the last main debate in Krakowskie Przedmieście, led by Dr Stanisław Bajtlik, prof. Dorota Rosińska, prof. Grzegorz Pietrzyński and prof. Andrzej Udalski. Members of the discussion panel will present new perspectives for astronomical research in various areas. They will remind you that the period of great astronomical discoveries has been going on since the beginning of the 20th century. Technological advances have made it possible to observe the cosmos in all ranges of electromagnetic waves, elementary particles and, more recently, gravitational waves. Opening each of these windows has always brought new, often surprising discoveries. The technological, IT and theoretical revolution is underway.

In addition to the main debates, all-day meetings were organized for the audience, incl. meetings for children and teenagers and clubs. Festival lessons are intended for organized school groups. Lessons and meetings can take the form of stationery, online - a recording that can be played at any time and online in real-time.

The co-organizers of the Festival are the University of Warsaw, the Warsaw University of Technology, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, the Warsaw School of Economics, the Medical University of Warsaw, the SWPS University and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. The festival was co-financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Honorary patrons are the president of Warsaw, the president of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the chairman of the Conference of Rectors of Warsaw Universities.

Admission to all festival events is free, some with reservation. The program of the event can be found at  https://festiwalnauki.edu.pl/program The festival will last until Sunday, September 27. (PAP)