JOENSUU MAY 17-19, 2018


SciFest in Joensuu on 11-13 May 2017

11th SciFest opens it doors on Thursday 11 May. The opening hours are as follows:

  • Thursday 11 May at 9-17
  • Friday 12 May at 9-16

SciFest takes place in Joensuu Areena, which is the largest wooden building in Finland.

On Saturday 13 May, SciFest will take part in an event called Kesäntekijäiset organized by North Karelia Chamber of Commerce. The event takes place in Taitokortteli - a handcraft and culture quarter in Joensuu. Kesäntekijäiset is a free event that invites summer to North Karelia. The event includes different types of activities for all ages, such as children's workshops associated with digitalisation, Meet & Greet of a known Finnish YouTuber and a panel about digitalisation suited for all ages. You are warmly welcome to visit SciFest's workshops in Taitokortteli!

Workshops, exhibitions, movies

SciFest 2017 will offer dozens of different workshops. The idea is to get participants to learn and enjoy science by experimenting and trying things out for themselves. There is something to do for everyone, as the workshops cover a whole range of scientific, technological and environmental topics. Teachers and parents are encouraged to join the workshops too!

There are two kinds of workshops. At the nonstop workshops anyone can drop in at anytime, but for scheduled workshops you have to sign up beforehand.

If you want to organize a workshop, or have any question at all about them, please e-mail us at scifest(at)

Besides workshops, SciFest offers exhibitions, lectures, and perhaps even movies!

In 2017, SciFest is an official project in the Finland 100 -programme. We are happy to join in the celebration of Finland's 100 years of independence. The theme of the centenary year is "Together" which is more than suitable for SciFest because SciFest is also organized together with all the workshop organizers and the visitors.

Learning Environment Symposium

Marching Towards Mars is a learning environment symposium organised at SciFest in Joensuu Areena on Friday the 12th of May at 9.00-12.15. The theme of the symposium is Trajectory of Learning Environments from 1917 to 2037. There will be an unforeseen setting of NASA astronauts' problem solving skills and Boeing's top competence in education. The event is organised by University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with Joensuu Science Society ry. The symposium is open and free for anyone to join.

You will find the programme of the symposium here.

You are warmly welcome to join the symposium!

Other programme


New business ideas and living on Mars are on display when the upstairs of Joensuu Areena is taken over by a Showroom of entrepreneurship, innovations and culture of experimentation on Thursday and Friday 11-12 May. In Showroom, the Draft- and Epic Challenge-teams from schools of North Karelia introduce themselves and welcome everyone interested in entrepreneurship and innovations to familiarise themselves with the teams’ activities and accomplishments.

The programme of Showroom will be published soon.


You are warmly welcome to SciFest 2017!


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