About the festival

His Magnificence Professor Michał Śliwa, Rector of the Pedagogical University of Cracow, 
cordially invites you to take part in the Festival of Science in Krakow.


The Festival of Science in Cracow is a prestigious event that is aimed at the popularization of science. It is regularly organized in Cracow. The 15th edition of the Festival will be held from the 20th to the 23rd of May, 2015.

The idea of the festival originated at the Jagiellonian University during the preparations for the celebration of the 600th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Cracow Academy. The Jagiellonian University was the main organizer of the event from 2000 to 2004. In the years 2005 – 2007, the care of the organization of the Festival was taken over by the AGH University of Science and Technology, and further by the Cracow University of Technology (2008-2010). From 2011 to 2014, the main coordinator of the event was the University of Agriculture in Krakow.

For the first time, the Festival of Science in Krakow will be held under the Pedagogical University of Cracow in May, 2015. The supporting organizer of this year’s Festival will be the Board of Education in Krakow.

The Festival Events such as: the Feast of Science at the Main Square, sport activities at Błonia Park, presentations, shows, lectures and exhibitions, held at the premises of the co-organizers of the Festival, and all associated events, will be represented under the motto:

Enlighten Yourself!

This motto refers to the UN General Assembly proclaiming the year 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. 

International Year Of Light

 Jan Szczepanik has been chosen as the patron of the 15th edition of the Festival of Science in Krakow. He is a Polish teacher and inventor, known as the “Polish Edison”, “Polish da Vinci” and “Galician genius”, also the author of more than 50 patented inventions and hundreds of technical ideas in the field of colour photography, weaving or television.

Traditionally, the centre of the Festival’s events will be held at the Main Square in Krakow, where “The Town of Festival of Science” is to be exhibited. The visitors will enjoy experimental demonstrations and will have an opportunity to take part in them. They may also take part in scientific discussions and debates on research issues with researchers and students.

The Festival Stage at the Town Hall Tower will be located at the Main Square. The Stage upon which the most interesting and the most spectacular scientific achievements will be presented, will also show a variety of artistic events to a broader audience.

Like every year, the co-organizers of the Festival of Science in Krakow will provide the participants to the Festival with plenty of attractions, such as: opportunity to explore laboratories and research ateliers, also taking part in lectures, shows, presentations, workshops and experiments, and cultural and sporting events. Detailed Festival programmes offered by the co-organizers and invited institutions, are full of useful information for participants, together with an interactive map of the festival events, which will be available in the Festival Programme tab.

In addition, the participants to the Festival of Science will have an opportunity to take part in artistic and photographic competitions, volleyball tournaments for girls from upper secondary schools entitled: “Mistrzostwa Świat(ł)a” (Championship of Light), and a cross country run at Błonia Park -“Światło (o) bieg” (Light Circuit).

A concert of electronic music and a light illumination show entitled: “Po drugiej stronie światła” (On the Other Side of Light), will be performed at the Main Square of the Old Town in Krakow.

Every year, the Festival of Science is becoming more and more popular, not only among the inhabitants of Krakow and the Malopolska Region, but also among Polish and foreign tourists. In 2014, in the festival events were attended by approx. 250 thousand people. It is because, the Festival provides an increasing number of attractions in the field of science, culture, art and sport.

Pedagogical University of Cracow acting as the Main Organizer, together with all the co-organizers will make every effort to ensure that the coming edition of the Festival of Science in Krakow will became a great celebration of science not only in Krakow, but in the whole Malopolska Region.