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30 September 2020

The annual International Science Festival was a natural element and platform during the focus year, and its theme in 2019 was Astonishing Thought. The festival offered a fortnight- long public programme that was free and open to everyone, as well as a programme for schools, a conference for teachers and a Forum for Research Communication for professionals. To reflect the focus year, there was also an experimental workshop – Gothenburg in our Senses – that aims to promote diversity and accessibility, and invites all school pupils to take part.

2019 also marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and it was only natural that we celebrated this together with the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg during Space Week in September.

Meanwhile, anniversary initiatives continue throughout the city with support from the various administrations. One focus area for the district administrations was the joint initiative Young Art, a visual art project created by and with children and young people in the ten districts of the city. The school and educational administrations in the City of Gothenburg (the Preschool Administration, the Compulsory School Administration, the Education Administration and the Labour Market and Adult Education Administration) are all committed to lifelong learning.

In collaboration with Business Region Göteborg, the focus year initiatives was also coordinated with the City of Gothenburg business strategy programme in the area of skills provision.

During the year, several cross-sectoral collaborative meetings took place to inspire more people to work towards the focus year theme and develop new partnerships in various activities. Other contributors include the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, the Universeum Science Centre and trade & industry stakeholders that set the tone later in the year and as we get closer to the anniversary.


Christian Westerberg, process manager Knowledge and Enlightenment

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