National Science festival “Spaceship Earth” – annual event, which started in 2004 in two biggest cities of Lithuania – Vilnius and Kaunas. Since then, Science festival became most important and biggest cluster of popular science events and spread into more than ten cities. During series of diverse hands-on activities (lectures, demonstrations, excursions, exhibitions, which now annually exceed 300) each September more than 30 000 participants visit all main universities, laboratories of the biggest technological companies, such as TEVA/”Sicor Biotech”, “Thermofisher Scientific Baltics”, “Ekspla”, other innovative companies, museums. Children of all ages, schoolchildren and families are taking part at the concomitant open air events (science fairs) in Vilnius and Kaunas. Each year we’re welcoming our guests from abroad – famous scientists with lectures from UK, Poland, Italy and other countries.
Main aims of the festival: to foster scientific culture in society and to encourage young audience – especially schoolchildren to pursue careers in science.
Science festival is being supported financially by the EU Structural funds. This project is part of a bigger effort – Creation of the National Science Popularization System, coordinated by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.