A National Geographic Mission at the Athens Science Festival 2024 and a Globe at the Heart of Athens!

4 April, 2024 News

Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO of the National Geographic Society, along with distinguished National Geographic Explorers, are coming to ASF 2024 to share Stories of Exploration and Change centered on our Home – the Earth!

Our planet is our Home, a World – a heritage that we must manage with respect! This is advocated by Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO of the National Geographic Society. As the leader of a community of pioneering global citizens who use the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to protect and “illuminate” the fascinating story of our planet, they participate in the Athens Science Festival.

For over a century, Disney has been creating stories that celebrate the wonders of the world we all share. For more than 136 years, National Geographic has been synonymous with inspiring a deeper connection to our world. This year, these two powerful legacies come together at the Athens Science Festival, which this year marks its 10th anniversary and tells captivating “Stories of Change” to celebrate the beautiful planet we call #OurHome.

The global campaign #OurHome focuses on efforts that help protect, restore, and celebrate our planet, through actions, screenings, and talks that bring exciting stories to the forefront. Coinciding with April, Earth Month, it supports National Geographic’s long-term commitment to meaningful and measurable action for a healthier planet for people and wildlife. Specifically:

On Saturday, April 20, Dr. Tiefenthaler, the first female CEO of the National Geographic Society, will share with the audience in Greece the exciting Stories of Change of an organization that has been continuously present for 136 years. Stories that are inextricably linked to the past, present, and future of our planet.

On Sunday, April 21, she will join a group of distinguished National Geographic Explorers in an unexpected panel that constitutes a real mission of the Organization on Greek soil. Lucy Hawkes – Physiological Ecologist, Nick St.Oegger – Documentary Photographer, Piero Amodio – Behavioral Ecologist and Evolution Scientist, Imogen Napper – Marine Scientist, Tom Matthews – Climate Scientist, and Theodoros Anagnostopoulos – Co-Founder of the Athens Science Festival and Science Engager, will take us from the depths of the oceans to the planet’s highest peaks, through their incredible experiences as National Geographic Explorers. Additionally, specially designed workshops will be offered to Athens Science Festival visitors who wish to connect with them and draw inspiration for protecting the natural environment.

“A Globe in the Heart of Athens!”

A selfie with the Earth? You don’t need to be in space to achieve it. The largest globe in Greece will be at the Athens Science Festival from April 16 to 21. The 10-meter diameter inflatable model of the Earth was designed and manufactured by the creative studio Visualové for the Brno Observatory and Planetarium. The companies collaborated for the first time in 2019 on a model of the Moon created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Hosting the Earth model at the Athens Science Festival 2024 is an initiative of the Czech Center Athens, carried out with the support of National Geographic.

A Grand Premiere and the National Geographic Screenings Program!

Want to see the world through the eyes of a National Geographic Explorer? The exploration stories will culminate with National Geographic documentaries. Screenings for school visits to the Festival include episodes from the series “Secrets of the Elephants” and “Secrets of the Whales” while on Wednesday at 21:30 in the “Miltiadis Amphitheater”, the avant-premiere of the new documentary series “Secrets of the Octopuses”, narrated by Paul Rudd, will take place. In every ocean, beyond our shores, lives an animal with – what we consider – “human” characteristics. Intelligent, social, curious, kind, and wild, it builds cities, uses tools, and collaborates with other species to hunt. In its species, one can encounter many personalities; some are bold, others shy. These animals can change their skin color, texture, and shape in the blink of an eye and see far beyond our vision.

Recent research confirms the consciousness of octopuses, their complex decision-making, and their unique personality. In tropical reefs, cold waters, from the coast to the open sea, and everywhere in between, the octopus is at home. Join us as we unveil the “Secrets of the Octopuses.” The series will be available from April 22 on National Geographic Wild and Disney+ in Greece. The documentary series “Secrets of the Elephants” and “Secrets of the Whales” are now available on Disney+.

Ticket presale has started! Discounted tickets are available for students, the unemployed, and people with disabilities, as well as family tickets. For more information about the program and ticket purchases, visit the festival’s website www.athens-science-festival.gr.

The Athens Science Festival 2024 is organized by the educational organization “Science Communication – SciCo”, the British Council, and the Technopolis City of Athens in collaboration with numerous academic, research institutions, and educational organizations with the support of COSMOTE as a Platinum Sponsor.

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More information and ticket purchases: www.athens-science-festival.gr.