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The International Science Festival Gothenburg

With hundreds of activities and about 70,000 visits The International Science Festival in Gothenburg is one of Europe’s leading popular science events and the only one of its kind in Sweden.

Theme 2019: Astonishing thought

Intelligence, abstract thought and the ability to reflect on our own existence are the qualities that make us human and for a long time have been considered unique to our species.

This year’s International Science Festival in Gothenburg looked at what happens in our brains when we think: the invisible but magical processes that occur as pieces fall into place, doors are opened, insights arise and we experience the feeling of self. It’s about how our identity and personality are rooted in our thoughts, but at the same time we are ingenious machines that can work out how to build houses and machines, understand the cosmos and save lives, and come up with the most imaginative and creative ideas. 

So what happens when we transfer the thinking process to machines and robots, and the I is no longer always human? What happens if the machines become more intelligent than we are?

We want to thank everyone involved and everybody that visited for a successful Science Festival.

What you could do during the festival

Vetenskapsfestivalen nordstanMost of our programme was in Swedish, but we did offer some activities in English.

Free admission to all lectures. You did not need to register – just show up! First-come, first-served.

Wednesday - April 3

10.00-10.40 The Mysteries of Mussels & How They Grow

Thursday - April 4

09.00-12.00 Climate: role of population, economy, technology

16.30-17.30 Opening of the exhibition Women in Mathematics

17.00-18.10 Why spend our taxes on space travel?

Friday - April 5 

15.30-16.30 Chemicals, an ignored sustainable development goal?

18.00-20.45 Mathematical Evening: Mathematicians of the Future

18.30-19.00 A historical perspective of Brownian motion

19.05-19.30 The missing key? Mathematical modeling!

19.50-20.15 Applications of Elliptic Curves in Cryptography

20.20-20.45 How to simulate the atmosphere?

Saturday - April 6

12.15-13.00 How would the world be without humans?

12.25-12.50 Can computers reason about legal documents?

Sunday - April 7

13.00-14.15 God, Technology and Artificial Intelligence

16.00-17.00 Impacts of drone technologies

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