Rector of the Pedagogical University
of Cracow Professor Michał Śliwa, Ph.D.

Dear Young People,

Ladies and Gentlemen,


            I am extremely pleased to invite all the Inhabitants and visitors of the Royal Capital City of Krakow to the 15th Festival of Science, organized by the Pedagogical University of Cracow.

On the 20th December, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the year 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

It aimed to highlight to the world the importance of moderntechnologies usinglightfor sustainablehumandevelopment.Referring tothis event,we have chosen”Enlighten yourself!” for the mottoof this year’sfestival.


            The Festival of Science has already become a permanent May ceremony in Krakow’s annual calendar of events popularizing science and research. All Krakow universities and research institutions will take part in the festival. It has became Krakow’s celebration of science and the entire academic environment, which brings together several thousand scientists and two hundred thousand students.

At the same time, it provides great opportunity to present the latest achievements in research, and projects in all fields of science, as well as intellectual and artistic activity.


I am aware that the exceptionally rich and diverse artistic and scientific achievements of the oldest and best academic center of the country, and of Europe, can be presented during a single event only on a microscopic scale.


            Still, I hope that each participant to the 15th Festival of Science will find something interesting and inspiring for himself or herself. From taking part in the “Light Circuit” – a cross country run at Błonia Park, to numerous events and presentations in “The Town of Festival of Science” at the Main Square. Marek Biliński’s concert of electronic music and a light illumination show will also be taking place, as well as a theatre performance prepared by the students of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts, which will close the event.

            You are all cordially invited to the Festival of Science, to active involvement in lectures, demonstrations, workshops and experiments. I hope you will enjoy it.




Professor Michał Śliwa, Ph.D.

Rector of the Pedagogical University of Cracow