SciFest is a science festival in Sweden, arranged by Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). It offers a variety of scientific workshops, shows, competitions, research meetings, and lectures mainly dedicated to young people in schools and the public. This year, SciFest was held from the 4th until the 10th of March and provided numerous educational experiences & virtual demonstrations.
The goal of the festival is to awake young people’s curiosity and create a platform where they can get a taste of research in all scientific fields. The main objective of all exhibitors was to get young people to ask the big questions, take part in the latest research, test themselves and discover how fun and interesting science is! Students, young scientists, and innovators got an opportunity to motivate and inspire their young audience who might become the next generation of researchers!
Our young researchers, Marle Kraft and Hans Schoofs (Uppsala University), Antonio Queiro Palou (Karolinska Institute), and Cuong Pham Van (Potsdam University) reached out to 45 students during presentations and Q & A sessions. In the workshops called “What a Scientist Looks like”, students learned about the vascular anomalies and the V.A Cure project and got an exclusive insight into the life of their presenters. Researchers shared their personal experiences, how to stay motivated and reach personal goals.
Our scientists found out that more than half of the students were interested in entering the field of medical science after high school and were delighted that they had an opportunity to contribute to that goal by sharing their knowledge and experiences.
Furthermore, during the entire week of SciFest, participants had an opportunity to enter the V.A.Cure exhibition platform and access a collection of the project’s videos and elevator pitches of our 14 PhD students.