InScience is about the impact of science on society. How science as the systematic search, unfettered and beyond one’s own right, profoundly influences our culture. And even if the facts do not speak for themselves, it is impossible without facts. That is why the theme of the third edition of InScience was:
No Facts, No Future
That the facts speak for themselves has always been an overconfident observation. But in the post-truth era, we really mess it up. Fake news and alternative facts are coloring our reality more and more brightly. Inconvenient truths are exchanged for stories that make life more comfortable. And why not, if you think that life goes on without you having any control over it?
About the festival
The third edition of the festival, which took place from 8 to 12 November 2017. The irony wants us to start this year with an extensive Virtual Reality program. The fact is that VR has fantastic perspectives not only in the visualization of research but also in the practice of the research itself. Visitors of InScience could already immerse themselves in it. This latest trend was countered by the first science films from the beginning of the last century. In the third edition of InScience we connected history with the future.
Special this year was the live concert and lecture by techno producer and scientist Max Cooper. He opened the festival with his multimedia show Emergence in Doornroosje. The next day, Cooper gave a lecture on the science behind Emergency. Emergence is the story of natural laws and processes, their inherent beauty, and their occurrence in the universe. Each track is mixed with data visualizations, including waves, spatial dimensionality, and the action of physical forces on matter.
268 submissions, 53 films screened
20 premieres, of which 2 worldpremieres
13 interactives and special events
The theme and campaign
Science can be disturbing. Therefore, sometimes the results are ignored. Also because of a poor understanding of what scientific knowledge is: it is never the truth, but the best possible truth given the state of science at the time. Because science by definition does not have a monopoly on absolute truth, there is room to dismiss unwelcome knowledge as just an opinion. And to set one’s own opinion as equal to that. Science is the search for truth, unbound and verifiable, beyond one’s own right. With the theme ‘No Facts, No Future’, InScience takes a stand in the age of alternative facts, post-truth, and the view that science is just an opinion.
Jury & Awards
The films from the competition program had a chance to win the NTR De Kennis van Nu Audience Award and the Student Jury Award. InScience also awards the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. View the 2017 winners here.
NTR De Kennis Van Nu Audience Award
Which film is most liked by InScience visitors? A selection of the best science films has a chance to win this audience award.
- Chasing Coral / Jeff Orlowski
Student Jury Award
InScience Student Jury consists of five students from colleges and universities in the province of Gelderland. Through the Student Jury, InScience encourages young people to be more involved in science.
- Dusk Chorus – Based on Fragments of Extinction / Alessandro d’Emilia & Nika Saravanja
With the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs, Het Klokhuis and InScience reward interesting and relevant scientific research for children aged 9 to 12 years.
- ‘Met een 3D camera kijken waarom kinderen kanker krijgen’ / Floor Postema (Academisch Medisch Centrum Amsterdam)