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About 22 Science Picnic: Movement

How is the program of the Science Picnic prepared?

Themes of the Science Picnic allow for a wide interpretation, so that the picnic guests can learn about many disciplines of science and understand the diversity of the world around us. Every year we encourage you to look for new associations and ideas. We try to inspire you to unconventional thinking about shows, which we want to achieve with thematic topics prepared by our Program Teams. This year we invite you to contribute to this picnic: we offer a working list including eight interpretations of the theme of this year's Picnic. We hope that they will help you choose the theme of activity to present at the event. In the course of work on the program, based on the shows you have submitted, we will refine the picnic’s themes. The aim is to present them to guests in the form of exemplary “visitor’s paths” – so that guests may broaden their knowledge in a given field, as well as engage in various discussions on topics related to science, technology and society. At the same time, developing the themes helps us in cooperation with the media, which are offered different ways of covering the main theme and information-rich messages about the program you prepared. Thank you for your ideas and proposals for the shows. 

The theme of the 22nd Science Picnic is Movement.

Shift, change, translocation? From particle dynamics to star collisions. From neuronal motion to global migration. The world is never still and so is the science, which strives to describe the world changing around us. Thus, in order to understand the order of things, we follow the scientists and see what sets the micro- and macrocosm in motion.  

Recommended interpretations of the theme:

Movement – the principle of things. How do we measure the movement of particles, objects and the entire galaxies? Is movement assigned to every object? Let’s start the discussion from questions about the essence of movement, its universality and method of testing.

Body in motion. How does blood move? How to make medications reach the right place? How do muscles work? How to move in the most healthy way? How is body influenced by the lack of movement? Let us ask questions about movement mechanisms inside the body and possibilities of its use, let’s talk about sports and health.

Machines in motion. Can machines replace humans? How are complicated manipulators designed? What type of human motor activity is most difficult for robots? Let us take a closer look at manipulators and mobile robots, as well as the challenges, which scientists face when transferring human motions to machines.

Planets in motion. What moves below the surface of the earth? How are typhoons formed? How do oceans move? Does Earth have to move? The dynamics of the elements, as well as the cosmic dimension of motion are issues that we want to expose in this subject. 

Movement in network. How does Internet work? Can you remove information from the network? How does the new method of communication change the understanding of the world? What does network know about me? Let us talk about how information movement in the Internet shapes our everyday life.

Thoughts in motion. How does information flow in my head work? How to measure thought movement? How can I control objects with thoughts? Why do I remember things and learn? Let us talk about the mechanisms governing the cognitive process and using knowledge on the brain functions.

People in motion. Why do we migrate? How does our language and culture change through constant movement? What means of transport will we use in the future? How intelligent can our vehicles be? Travelling is more and more common, and we want to take a closer look and consider the means, causes and effects of moving of small groups and entire populations.

Historical movements. How is community formed? Why do we feel the need to join in groups? How was society defined 100 years ago and how is it defined today, in the 100th anniversary of restoration of independence? This is the dynamics of people’s history that we want to discuss.