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Science and Technology Week in the Slovak Republic
In 2005 the Week of Science in the Slovak Republic took place at the national level in participation with the European Commission. In addition to the main activities organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for this event, 260 collateral events were organized in 2005 and more than 400 took place in the regions of Slovakia. The aim of such science weeks is to engage and inspire people of all ages with science, engineering and technology.
Since the year 2007 the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic has been preparing and organized the Science and Technology Week in the Slovak Republic in cooperation with the Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information, National Centre for the Science and Technology Popularisation in the Society. Its goal is the same : to increase awareness of the public about the work of science and technology in society and in everyday life, to support and increase interest of young people about science and technology and careers in science, as well as to support participation of the public in developments in science and technology and transfer this knowledge to society via intensive dialogue with the public. Science is above all a quest for knowledge and how it can be used to improve our lives, lifestyles, and our living world. An important goal of today’s knowledge society is an increase in the social status and acknowledgement of the importance of science and technology within society, as part of the long-term development plan of the Slovak Republic. Achievement of this goal requires construction of a society in which youth value training and education. Research and development must be more user-friendly. Workplaces for research must be reconstructed into open institutions with good interconnection with the business sphere. This interconnection promises more knowledge and innovation with a beneficial impact on the whole society, which in turn will assist in the popularisation in society of science and technology. Science and Technology Week's mission is to create a totally new perspective on science. But Science Week is more than a ‚quest for knowledge‘, it is also about having fun. The emphasis is on showing, rather than telling, Europeans and Slovak too, how science and technology affects them, from the simplest gadgets to the most sophisticated satellite technology. Science and Technology Week wants to bring the challenges and excitement of the world of science to young people ─ and the young at heart ─ around Slovakia. In so doing, it hopes to rekindle scientific education, and to provide a beacon for the future of science and technology in Slovakia and beyond. Science Week is a great opportunity for school groups to learn and participate in some stimulating science activities, as well as having some fun and excitement with their families and communities.
According to the Strategy for the Popularisation in Society of Science and Technology (Approved by resolution of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 103/2007 the Week of Science (Science and Technology Week) in the Slovak Republic have these important goals:
- Bring attention of public to the importance of the science and technology contributions for general development of the society;
- Motivate young people to pursue overlooked study programs of technical and scientific branches;
- Improve the stature of the research and development agents as well as graduates;
- Create space for presentation of research and development results and requirements of society for research and development, especially regarding products and service markets;
- Develop fellowship between researchers and the wider public and add a European dimension to the research and development in Slovakia.