Science Talks



Title of Talk: My Journey to Mars

Speaker: Mikolaj Zielinksi (Mars One Project - Shortlisted Astronaut)Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min.

Age Group: 8-15 years old

Details: Mars One is a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands that has put forward plans to land the first humans on Mars and establish a permanent human colony there by 2027. Out of 200,000 potential candidates, UAE resident Mikolaj Zielinski is now in the top 100 shortlist. In this talk he shares his experience preparing for this mission and explains the reasons he wants to be one of the first astronauts to go on a one-way trip to Mars.


Title of Talk: Techno-optimism and Serious Wonder

Speaker: Kevin Russell (Executive Director, Serious Wonder)Age Group: 8-15 years old

Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min

Details: U.S. based SERIOUS WONDER is about the future of technology. Kevin is obsessed with the future. In this talk he talks about the mission bring people the best in futuristic ideas, technology, robotics, science, consciousness, philosophy, psychology, space travel, transhumanism, longevity and modern design.


Title of Talk: The Venus Project: Paradise of Oblivion

Speaker: Monu Singh (Dubai-based member of The Venus Project)Age Group: 8-15 years old

Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min

Details: The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. This talk calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalogue of problems inherent in today's world. Today many people believe what is needed is a higher sense of ethical standards and the enactment of international laws to assure a sustainable global society               


Title of Talk: Astronomy in the UAE

Speaker: Hasan Al Hariri (Founder of Dubai Astronomy Group)Age Group: 8-15 years old

Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min

Details: Hasan Al Hariri founded the Dubai Astronomy Group. In this talk Hasan outlines the wonders of the Universe and the extraordinary things happening in the UAE in the field of Astronomy, astrophysics, and space exploration.


Title of Talk: Science is Fun

Speaker: Adam Griffin (Occupational Therapist and member of Café Scientifique)Age Group: 8-15 years old

Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min

Details: Everything around is a product of the scientific method. In this talk, Adam outlines his personal passion for science and why everyone should be scientifically literature.    


Title of Talk: Taking a Cosmic Perspective

Speaker: Rohan Roberts (Director of SciFest Dubai, Founder of Café Scientifique Dubai)
Age Group: 8-15 years old

Duration: 30 min.

Q&A: 15 min

Details: Rohan is the lead astronomer of the Café Sci Dubai Astronomy Group. In this talk, he takes the audience on a journey into the depths of deep space and gives an overview of the vast distances involved in space travel and the mysterious objects we encounter in the universe. Filled with fascinating stories, vivid details, and inspiring videos, this talk will blow the mind of anyone curious about the Universe we live in.



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