The New Zealand International Science Festival will postpone the 2020 Festival until 2021, in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Although the 10-day festival is not scheduled until early July, director Dan Hendra said the Festival could not operate as planned.
“With the uncertainty of the situation, we sadly have to join the scores of other events nationally and internationally, and postpone the 2020 Science Festival.” said Hendra.
“The effect of the Covid-19 outbreak is being felt far and wide, and we anticipate that regardless of how long this situation continues, the festival would not be the event that we were looking forward to bringing to Dunedin.”
The festival team hope that by postponing now the events and guests planned may be rolled over into next year.
In the interim, the Festival is piecing together an online alternative for this year, curating and creating entertaining and educational science based content for participants to enjoy with their families at home.
Hendra hopes that the Festival can provide some relief as the public spend four weeks at home.
Content will be available via the Science Festival website scifest.org.nz and across the Festival’s social media channels.
The New Zealand International Science Festival has developed, managed and produced biennial International Science Festivals in Dunedin since 1997, overseeing over a thousand events across the city since it’s inception.
The Festival website says:
“As a not-for-profit charitable organisation we are here to celebrate and promote education and research in the fields of science, the environment, and technology. We aim to foster awareness of the contributions which scientific, technological, and environmental endeavours make to society with particular emphasis on the excellence of the achievements in these fields attained in New Zealand.
“The Society, through the events and festivals it stages, is a catalyst to encourage organisations (educational, research, business and community) and individuals to participate in the promotion of their work in science and its applications and contributions to society.”