Science Picnic 2016

Graphic design of the “Health” illustration by Joanna Franczykowska

Science Picnic is the largest outdoor event in Europe which proves that science can be really fascinating. It is intended not only for people interested in science, who want to take a closer look at it, but also for those who are not into scientific experiments yet. The Picnic may well give them a chance to become real science enthusiasts!

Operating tables, organ transplantations, endoscopes reaching to the most inaccessible parts of our bodies, cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment — you will find all of these at the 20th Science Picnic, focusing on the connections between science and our health.
Health care development is the most valuable manifestation of the progress of human civilization. We may be fascinated with the phenomenon of the Internet, exploration of the universe, super-fast computers and huge TV sets. But at the same time, it is incredibly satisfactory to hear about breakthroughs in medicine (e.g. new drugs), painless treatments, successful surgeries and effective rehabilitation methods, which bring hope to people suffering from diseases that have so far been incurable Therefore, this year we want to show you how science and modern technology pave the way for advancements in medicine and health care, and how the fight for people’s lives and well-being stimulates the development of other branches of science.

Increasingly healthier
The best evidence of an extraordinary progress in medicine within the last decades is the change in people’s average life expectancy. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was 31 years – only 3 years more than many centuries earlier, in ancient Greece. Today, it is 36 years longer! We interfere with human bodies increasingly easier and more effectively – by transplanting organs, placing endoprostheses and implanting pacemakers. Today, lens replacement surgery, a revolutionary surgery not so long ago, is performed on a regular basis almost all around the world.

Technology in the service of mankind
Medicine keeps posing challenges to science and technology. The development of electronics and biomedical engineering changes surgery, diagnostics and rehabilitation. At the Picnic, we’ll meet Robin Heart, the life-saving surgery robot, we’ll be able to control an artificial heart and check how the process of biodegradable implants absorption looks like. We’ll test an interface that connects the brain to artificial limbs and robotic parts; we’ll find out why neuronavigation is so important during a surgery; we’ll discover the potential of parasites in various treatments and we’ll make our own zinc cream; we’ll find out what diseases were common among the prehistoric people and… dinosaurs.