The Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) is organising “Passion for Knowledge 2016″, a festival to promote science as a key cultural activity that contributes to both social and economic progress.
The festival will take place in San Sebastian between 27 September and 1 October 2016, and coincides with the European Capital of Culture which will be held in the city in 2016 as part of its official programme DSS2016EU. The main venue for the festival will be the Teatro Victoria Eugenia, but parallel activities have also been scheduled in Bilbao and in the city of Bordeaux, organised within the framework of Euskampus, the International Campus of Excellence of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).
The programme will be attended by several Nobel laureates and world-class experts who will give public lectures and meet with students. Among other things, there will also be a round table, an event to show the creative process of the bertsolaris (Basque verse singers) and a multidisciplinary show which crosses the boundaries between science and ideas, inspired and organised by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), and the familiar Naukas sessions.
Furthermore, there will be a photographic exhibition in the aquarium, and on the opening day of the festival there will be a dance show, Breaking Boundaries, as well as sculptures, sound and images which seek to break the boundaries between science and art.
Finally, it is important to note that this edition of Passion for Knowledge will also have an international summer school aimed at the scientific community with particular focus on young researchers: Dynapeutics. The school will focus on computational methods for studying biomolecules relevant to the optimisation of molecular drugs and will be attended by, among others, the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry 2013, Martin Karplus, one of the most acknowledged speakers of the festival.
The organisers would like to express their gratitude for the financial backing from all the entities that have made this festival possible:
The Basque Government (Department of Education, Language and Cultural Policy, the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, the Department of Education, Language and Cultural Policy), Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, UPV/EHU (University of the Basque Country), the City Council of San Sebastián, Kutxa, Telefónica, EDP and CAF, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Donostia/San Sebastián Foundation 2016, DSS2016, the European Capital of Culture.
All activities schedules during the festival are free. There will be an interpretation facility into Basque, Spanish and English, and the main sessions will be relayed by live streaming over the festival website. In order to take part in Passion for Knowledge 2016, we recommend registering and reserving a place through the festival website: p4k.dipc.org.