Slowing down global warming, improving our cities, preventing hunger and drought, fighting cancer… It's all part of the topics that schools, youth, citizens and stakeholders will discover through Science is Wonderful!, a free science exhibition which brings the world of science to the public.

Science is Wonderful! will feature an array of fun, educational online activities that introduce visitors to the latest cutting-edge research taking place throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The exhibition has established a reputation as a major event that introduces the public to the science of tomorrow.

This year, the event will be open to schools and public from all over Europe through a dedicated online platform, where they will be able to meet and talk to researchers, ask them questions, perform their own scientific experiments, play games and watch an array of online activities in different languages. Particpants can discover the microbes that make our food tastier, take an underwater voyage to experience our cultural heritage, uncover a method to turn waste into wonderful materials and artworks - and many more scientific marvels that have a direct impact on our everyday lives. The flagship event may even inspire visitors – young and old alike – to embark on an exciting, fulfilling career in science!

The event will shine a spotlight on 40 research projects funded by the European Union that impact citizens’ lives and. These projects address the development of solutions to the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath, as well as the priorities that are at the core of both European and Global recovery efforts – such as the European Green Deal.

See highlights from 2019!

Last year, the European Commission organised Science is Wonderful! together with the first edition of the European Research and Innovation Days (EU R&I Days).

The event took place from 24 to 26 September in KANAL – Centre Pompidou, in Brussels.

About EU R&I days

The EU R&I days brings together world leaders to debate and shape the future of research and innovation. This Research and Innovation days take place in a crucial year. The event follows an unprecedented global crisis. It also takes place just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – starting its next research and innovation programme in 2021 - and an enhanced European Research Area. The EU R&I days therefore will provide a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe and beyond.

Are you interested?

Schools and citizens will need to register to take part in the event (for free). The registration link, details about the event platform and the programme of activities will be made available as from the beginning of September and communicated through this website - check this space for updates.

Contact details and questions

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email:

Questions from schools:

Questions from the public:

This year's Science is Wonderful! projects


Environment and Geosciences

Information Sciences

Life Sciences


Social Sciences and Humanities

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