SciFest - Festival of Science and Technology


SciFest is a yearly international festival which brings together thousands of schoolkids, high school students, and teachers to discover new experiences and learn about science, technology and the environment. SciFest takes place every year in the month of April in Joensuu, Finland. The festival is free and open to everyone.
The key to SciFest is first-hand experience. SciFest is all about bringing science to young people in fun and engaging ways. This is why the chief element of the festival is workshops, where kids can experiment and try things out for themselves. Alongside these activities the festival offers science cafés, public speakers and a national RoboCupJunior tournament, to name just a few.
SciFest is future oriented and truly international by its very nature. The number one aim of the festival is to provide innovative solutions for education and the workforce challenges of the future. The previous festivals have had themes ranging from space to biodiversity and chemistry, with visitors and contributors from over 50 countries. The SciFest in organized jointly by University of Eastern Finland and Joensuu Science Society.

  • Abloy Ltd.
  • Alfred Kordelin Foundation
  • City of Joensuu
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation – North Karelia Regional Fund
  • Fortum Ltd.
  • (Former) Joensuu University Foundation,
  • Karjalaisen Kulttuurin Edistämissäätiö, Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki r.y.,
  • Ministry of Education and Culture,
  • Pohjois-Karjalan Sähkö Ltd.,
  • Regional Council of North Karelia, 
  • Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, 
  • University of Eastern Finland (former University of Joensuu)

1.2 M €, 2007-2013.


Ilkka Jormanainen, ilkka.jormanainen at

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