Science Festival Foundation

To support the production and execution of the annual World Science Festival and related year-round live and digital activities in 2016, 2017, and 2018

  • Amount $1,350,000
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Tracy Day
  • Year 2015
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program New Media

Launched in 2008 with the help of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the World Science Festival is perhaps the world’s premiere science festival, bringing first class scientists from all over the globe to New York City to lead the public in a weeklong series of panels, presentations, and events in celebration of all that is fun and fascinating about science. More than 50 panels and events are targeted at all ages and education levels, with recent panels devoted to such diverse topics as the science and history of beer-making, the use of electrical stimulation to improve cognitive function, and the effects of zero gravity environments on the human body. To increase its reach beyond New York City, the festival produces online and video segments and education material for science teachers to incorporate into their curricula. Funds from this grant provide continued support to the World Science Festival for another three years.

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