Ratio 2017 | 5 November 2017, Sofia Event Center

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On November 5 we’re organizing the next edition of Ratio Popular Science Forum. We’ll talk about real things that we don’t see, unreal things we believe we’ve seen – and everything in between! We’ve chosen speakers who will considerably improve your brain’s contents.

Tickets for Ratio are already up for sale and here’s more info on our talks and speakers.



At Ratio 2017 you’ll meet three speakers that will cover diverse topics, as well as a discussion panel with completely new faces. Here are our first guests:

speakers steven goldfarbDr. Steven Goldfarb

Dr. Steven Goldfarb is a particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. He worked on the L3 experiment at CERN’s Large Electron Positron collider, helping to determine that there are three families of particles in the universe.

Most recently, Dr. Goldfarb has focused effort on the challenges of large-scale science communication, serving as ATLAS Outreach and Education Coordinator, overseeing worldwide communication of the Higgs boson discovery in 2012, and launching the award-winning ATLAS Virtual Visit system. He’s seen on stage both as a speaker at different TEDx events and as the frontman of the popular Geneva-based Canettes Blues Band.

The Missing Pieces: LHC and our dark Universe

Ever since ancient times, people have been fascinated by scientific discovery. Today, for the first time ever, we can discover and analyze phenomena that we can neither see nor feel directly. We will talk about dark matter, antimatter, and dark energy. We will go into extra dimensions and we will look into those 95% of the Universe that we still know nothing about.

The talk will be held in English with no translation in Bulgarian.

speakers chris frenchProf. Christopher French

Prof. Christopher French is a British psychologist and skeptic, specializing in paranormal psychology and anomalistic experiences. He’s the head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department of Goldsmiths, University of London.

In addition to his academic work, prof. French participates in conferences, discussions and other public events, he’s a columnist for The Guardian and was the editor-in-chief of The Skeptic magazine for more than a decade.

The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings

Opinion polls repeatedly show relatively high levels of belief in ghosts even in modern Western societies. Furthermore, a sizeable minority of the population claim to have personally encountered a ghost. This talk will consider a number of factors that may lead people to claim that they have experienced a ghost even though they may not in fact have done so. Topics covered will include hoaxes, sincere misinterpretation of natural phenomena, hallucinatory experiences and pareidolia (seeing things that are not there), inattentional blindness (not seeing things that are there), the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, the possible role of complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound, photographic evidence, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), and the role of the media.

The talk will be held in English with no translation in Bulgarian.

Udrivolf Pica Ratio speakerUdrivolf Pica

Udrivolf Pica works for the European Commission, which leads the “Copernicus” programme together with the European Space Agency. He’s been working with EC since 2015 and is now part of the Copernicus Support Office (CSO) – an entity focused on promoting “Copernicus” on a regional level. He has performed research in systems engineering at NASA and at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia), with a focus on space mission analysis and design.

Presenting the Copernicus Programme

Earth is our only home and this is why we need to follow its development closely and learn how environmental elements interact. Within the “Copernicus” programme there are 6 families of satellites that cover the entirety of the Earth in detail. This is the largest project on following Earth’s environmental development. Looking at different elements, scientists learn more about climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem development, both caused by natural forces and the human hand.
The talk will go into more detail on how the Sentinel satellites work and how we use the information provided by them.

The talk will be held in English with no translation in Bulgarian.

pontus jelenaDiscussion panel: The Vaccination Situation

During the last couple of years in Europe we’ve witnessed a serious increase in diseases that were almost eradicated with vaccines – such as measles and others. Today, there are many groups that stand against government created vaccination plans.

During Ratio, we’ll review the topic of required vaccinations. We will talk about potential risks from a medical point of view. We will also discuss what are the ethical and legal considerations when creating child vaccination plans.

Our guests from The European Skeptics Podcast – Jelena Levin and Pontus Böckman – will take part in the discussion.

The talk will be held in English with no translation in Bulgarian.



The autumn edition of Ratio 2017 is happening on November 5 from 10:00 to 17:00. Here’s the full schedule:

10:00-10:45 – Registration
10:45-11:00 – Opening remarks
11:00-11:45 – Steven Goldfarb – The Missing Pieces: LHC and our dark Universe
11:45-12:00 – break
12:00-12:45 – Udrivolf Pica – Looking down on Earth: Presenting the Copernicus Programme
12:45-13:30 – break
13:30-14:30 – Discussion panel: The Vaccination Situation
14:30-14:45 – break
14:45-15:30 – Christopher French: The Psychology of Ghosts and Hauntings
15:30-15:45 – break
15:45-16:45 – Q&A session with all speakers
16:45-17:00 – Closing



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